We started the Grand Prix UK with 5,143 runners (clearing the massive £1,000,000 guarantee by a generous £28,600) across a plethora of Day 1's, both online on partypoker and live at Dusk Till Dawn, through a number of Day 2's, until the field was whittled down to just 53 players coming back for Day 3 of the Main Event at high noon. When it was all over, Robertas Gordonas was the victor, beating Richard King heads-up to take the £150,000 top prize and the Grand Prix UK Main Event trophy.
The field broke down quickly, with some household names failing to convert their deep run, although 50 players did manage to secure themselves a £2,200 UKPC seat. Three tables out was when we really started to see who would make a legitimate shot at the title of Grand Prix UK champion, with some huge stacks giving us a masterclass on how to close a poker tournament.
Each of our eight finalists were as good as the next, each equally deserving of the trophy, but it would be the man who took the chiplead into the final table, Robertas Gordonas from Lithuania, who would ultimately take it down. He took control of the table early on, after some of the short-stacks disappeared, had over half of the chips in play with four players left. Going into the heads up battle against Richard King, Gordonas had a resounding chiplead and it was his tournament to lose and he maintained his composure to see it out for the win.
Robertas Gordonas will take home the massive £150,000 first prize, for a £200 + £20 tournament and lifted the prestigious Grand Prix UK Main Event trophy. We spoke to Robertas and Richard after the dust settled.
Congratulations Robertas from all of the team and a massive thank you to everyone who contributed, from the commentary team of Jesse May and Simon Trumper, all the staff at Dusk Till Dawn and of course the players, but most of all everyone who read along with the updates and joined in by chatting to the commentators as such a high quality final table played out.
"He fully deserved the win, he was the best player on the day," Richard King said of his opponent as the two men congratulated each other on a fine heads-up battle in the moments after the tournament ended. On that note, we look forward to seeing you at the next partypoker event where another major title and stunning top prize is bound to won in dramatic circumstances!
Both Richard King and Robertas Gordonas have tickets to the Caribbean Poker Party and the UK PC Main Event, so we may very well see them renew rivalry later this year.
From Nottingham's Dusk Till Dawn Casino and the Grand Prix UK Main Event, good night, good morning, but most importantly good luck!