Jarrod Thatcher Becomes First Australian GUKPT Main Event Champion
The 2022 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) London Main Event concluded over the weekend when Jarrod Thatcher outlasted a 390-strong field to get his hands on £87,530 of the £351,000 prize pool. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Thatcher is the GUKPT's first-ever Australian Main Event champion, while this is Thatcher's biggest live score.
Thatcher had $516,731 in live tournament earnings before becoming the 2022 GUKPT London Main Event champion. His largest score weighed in at A$101,610 ($80,086), his reward for winning the Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event in 2017. Now he has an even larger score in addition to writing himself into the GUKPT's history books.
GUKPT London Main Event Final Table Results
Plenty of GUKPT regulars navigated their way into the top 38 places where the £351,000 prize pool was distributed. Ali Mallu (34th - $2,130), Ben Maregedze (31st - £2,240), Lee French (24th - £2,580), Andy Moc (17th - £3,440), and Andrew Bak (14th - £4,130) being a handful of stars who saw a return on their £1,000 investment.
Alex T was the first finalist to bust. Ninth place came with a £6,020 payday. "Tallah" headed to the cashier's desk to collect the £7,050 eighth-place prize before Anthony Hughes shoved with ace-seven from the small blind only to run into the dominating ace-king in the big blind. No help arrived for Hughes and he bowed out in seventh for £8,260.
Sixth place and £11,350 went to Rafa Naves who has his pocket kings cracked by Thatcher's ace-king.
Then came the demise of Kim Abramovici who walked away with the third five-figure score of his career, namely £15,480. Abramovici's exit left only four players in the hunt for the title of champion.
Those four became three when Patrick Donohue's ace-deuce lost to king-jack courtesy of a jack on the river. The same player who busted Donohue then saw his king-queen come from behind to beat the ace-jack of Gabriel Ene; Ene banked a career-best £37,150 for this efforts.
Thatcher found himself heads-up against a player calling themselves "I.E." The final hand saw Thatcher move all in for five big blinds effective with jack-six, and his Spanish opponent called with king-seven of spades. A jack on the flop and another on the turn sealed the deal for Thatcher and resigned the runner-up to a £61,230 consolation prize.
GUKPT Heads to Reading From July 17
The next stop of the 2022 GUKPT is a trip to Reading for the seventh leg of this year's tour. GUKPT Reading South runs from July 17-24 and features, among other events, a £1,000 buy-in Main Event.