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Drew Kirkland Triumphs at Grand Prix Poker Tour Glasgow

Drew Kirkland


  • Drew Kirkland turned $109 into $41,000 by winning the 2016 partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour Glasgow Main Event.

The partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour was in Glasgow this weekend, at the Scottish national stadium Hampden Park to be exact, where the latest leg of its fledgling tour saw a $250,000 guaranteed Main Event contested for. Emerging victorious was Drew Kirkland for a first-place prize of $41,000.

Final Table Results

1Drew Kirkland$41,000
2Jonathan Gray$25,000
3Ryan Pearson$16,130
4Lauris Kulins$12,250
5Paul McTaggart$9,250
6Mark Armstrong$7,000
7Chris Bartlett$5,500
8Anthony Gray$4,000
9John Burns$3,000

Making it through to Day 2 on May 15 were 190 players, each in the money and having locked up $330, which included a $109 ticket to a future GPPT stop. Eight hours after the action commenced on Day 2, the nine-handed final table was set where the guaranteed payout had increased to $3,000.

John Burns was the first casualty at the final table, committing his stack with the {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} and getting somewhat unlucky to run into the dominating {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} of Kirkland. Anthony Gray fell soon after in a battle of raggedy cards with Paul McTaggart.

Chris Bartlett then saw his {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} lose a coinflip against the {10-Spades}{10-Clubs} of Ryan Pearson to fall in seventh place, before McTaggart’s {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs} held to beat the {A-Diamonds}{8-Spades} of Mark Armstrong to leave only six players in contention.

With only six players remaining, McTaggart was one of the favourites due to his online prowess, but he was the next player eliminated. A raise by another talented Scot, Jonathan Gray, was called by McTaggart in the big blind, who then check-called a 500,000 bet on the {J-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop, and a 1,050,000 bet on the {9-Clubs} turn. McTaggart checked for a third time on the {3-Diamonds} river, then called when Gray set him all in. McTaggart flipped over the {Q-Spades}{J-Clubs}, but Gray had the {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}, sending the former home in fifth place.

Lauris Kulins fell in fourth place when his {K-}{9-} failed to connect with the five community cards, and Jonathan Gray’s {A-}{J-} caught an ace on the turn, before Jonathan Gray’s {7-Hearts}{7-Spades} held against Pearson’s {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts} to send the tournament into the heads-up stage.

Jonathan Gray held a substantial 22,500,000 to 11,700,000 chip lead over Kirkland, but that lead was soon reversed when Jonathan Gray’s {6-Spades}{6-Clubs} lost to Kirkland’s {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} with the latter pairing his king on the turn, before another pair versus ace-king, this time the {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades} against the {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} went a similar way with the board running {J-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{7-Spades}{k-Spades}{4-Clubs} to send Jonathan Gray to the sidelines, and leave Kirkland to be crowned the GPPT Glasgow champion.

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Next on the agenda for the GPPT is a $109 buy-on online leg with a $400,000 guaranteed prize pool. Day 1s are running every day from May 15 through to June 6, with Day 2 also being June 6.

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