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Chris Johnson Warms Up For GUKPT Reading With a Mini Main Event Win

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A field of 427 players bought into the 2022 GUKPT Reading Mini Main Event for £250 and created a £93,940 prize pool. Popular grinder Chris Johnson outlasted them all on his way to reeling in the £23,140 top prize and another winner's trophy. Johnson now turns his attention to the £1,000 buy-in GUKPT Reading Main Event.

GUKPT Reading Mini Main Event Final Table Results

1Chris Johnson£23,140
2Deniz Ozdemir£16,120
3Kyle Cook£9,760
4Barry Cobb£6,260
5James Williams£4,050
6Daryl Lowrie£2,950
7Mark Gardner£2,110
8Calogero Morreale£1,800
9Frank Bastow£1,520

The 2022 GUKPT Reading Mini Main Event paid out 44 places, with a min-cash tipping the scales at £510. However, the least any of the nine finalists could win was £1,520. London's Frank Bastow collected that sum when he bowed out in ninth. Bastow only recently returned from a trip to the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP), where he cashed in three events while racking up another two in-the-money finishes in tournaments at the Venetian and The Orleans.

Calogero Morreale pushed their live poker lifetime winnings passed $100,000 after collecting the £1,800 eighth-place prize in this tournament. Morreale reached the final table of the GUKPT Coventry Main Event in March 2022 and will be looking for a similar performance in the Reading edition.

Gardner Returns With a Final Table

Seventh place and £2,110 went to Mark Gardner, a player who went deep in the 2017 edition of the GUKPT Reading Main Event; he finished 15th for £1,480. This latest cash was Gardner's first since March 2020. Welcome back to the world of live poker action!

Daryl Lowrie scooped a career-best £2,950 when his GUKPT Reading Mini Main Event run ended in sixth place, while seasoned pro James Williams got his hands on the £4,050 fifth-place prize. Williams has a brace of GUKPT Main Event runner-up finishes. The first came in the 2009 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event, a result that banked Wiliams £52,400. More recently, in September 2021, Williams finished second to Jack Hardcastle at GUKPT Leeds for £51,890.

The final four became three with the demise of Portsmouth's Barry Cobb, a finish worth £6,260. This was Cobbs' third-largest score with the two that beat it also coming from Grosvenor Poker events in Reading. Cobb collected £9,400 after winning a £220 buy-in Grosvenor 25/25 tournament in 2016, and a career-best £23,090 after he was the runner-up in the 2017 edition of the GUKPT Reading Main Event.

Another Victory for Johnson

Kyle Cook ducked out in third for £9,760, narrowly missing out on what would have been the second five-figure haul of his career. Cook's exit left little-known Deniz Ozdemir heads-up against the mighty Chris Johnson, and Johnson got the job done Ozdemir saw his £250 investment swell to an impressive £16,120, leaving Johnson to add the £23,140 top prize to his ever-growing list of live results.

Johnson is most certainly one to watch in the £1,000 GUKPT Reading Main Event. He now has more than $350,000 in live cashes to go with the $2.6 million in online results, where he is mostly known as "MAKKAPAKK."

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