Grosvenor-Sponsored Jamie Nixon Wins GUKPT London Main Event
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Jamie Nixon reeled in the largest live poker tournament score of his career when he came out on top of the £1,250 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour GUKPT London Main Event. The tournament, part of the 2022 GUKPT Grand Final festival, drew in 347 entrants and awarded its champion, the Grosvenor Poker-sponsored Nixon, an impressive £93,970.
Nixon's victory and the prize money stemming from it pushes his live poker tournament earnings through the $500,000 barrier.
2022 GUKPT London Main Event Final Table Results
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The top 34 finishers won a slice of the prize pool, with the likes of Kevin Allen, Lee French, Timothy Chung, Yiannis Liperis, James Rann, and Chris Johnson cashing but failing to reach the nine-handed final table; Johnson popped the final table bubble.
Yucel Eminoglu, affectionately known as the "Mad Turk" busted in ninth place in a cruel fashion. Eminoglu committed his last seven big blinds with ace-queen of hearts and found himself up against the ace-queen of diamonds in the hand of Justin Tsui. A chopped pot looked most likely until the board ran out with three diamonds, gifting Tsui a flush, and sending a mad Mad Turk to the rail.
They say you have to win your flips if you want to win poker tournaments, which is exactly what Nixon did in a hand against Nikolai Mamut. Down to ten big blinds, Mamut open-shoved with ace-king, and Nixon looked him up with pocket sevens. A queen-high board was no help to Mamut, and his tournament ended in eighth place.
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Seventh place and the last four-figure score went to Ryan Mandara. From under the gun, Mandara min-raised to 50,000, and Kully Sidhu called in the big blind. Mandara bet 70,000 on the deuce-nine-five flop, and Sidhu called. The turn was a ten, and Mandara shoved for 270,000. Sidhu snap-called and revealed a slow-played pair of aces in the hole, which crushed Mandara's pocket jacks. No jack on the river meant Mandara was gone.
Tsui was next to fall after a move against Phil Clarke did not have its desired effect. Clarke opened from the hijack and Tsui called in the big blind. A jack-nine-four flop with two hearts saw Tsui check-shove for 400,000 with only nine-seven offsuit, only for Clarke to snap him of with the queen-jack of hearts. Tsui failed to connect with the turn or river, and was gone in sixth.
The final five became four when Antoine Labat lost to a suckout/re-suckout against Clarke. Labat was all-in for ten big blinds with ace-eight against the dominating ace-queen of Clarke. An eight on the flop looked to cause an upset, but Clarke spiked a flush on the river to send Labat to the showers.
Mitch Hynam was the shortest stack at the start of four-handed play, so it was unsurprising to see him bust in fourth. Hynam's last nine big blinds went into the middle holding king-nine, and were handed over to Sidhu when his pocket nines held.
Heads-up was set soon after when Clarke crashed out at the hands of Nixon. Clarke min-raised to 120,000, and Nixon called. A five-ace-eight flop saw Nixon check-raise a 110,000-continuation bet to 305,000, and Clarke called. Nixon led for 400,000 on the king turn, and Clarke stuck around. A four on the river was greeted by an all-in shove of 860,000 from Nixon, and Clarke called. Clarke showed ace-trey but was destroyed by Nixon's ace-eight.
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Sidhu held a 3,700,000 to 3,300,000 chip lead over Nixon going into heads-up but was left with only two big blinds almost immediately after the one-on-one battle ensued. Sidhu raised to 150,000, and Nixon called. A six-five-seven flop saw Nixon check, Sidhu bet 175,000, and Nixon check-raised to 450,000. Sidhu went into the tank and remained motionless up to the second the shot clock ran out, which is when he announced all-in. Nixon beat him into the pot with a call, and turned over eight-four for a flopped straight. The hand was not over because Sidhu held eight-seven for top pair and an open-ended straight draw. However, tens on the turn and river all but eliminated Sidhu.
Sidhu was all-in on the very next hand, his five-deuce needing to hit against Nixon's suited ace-king. The five community cards fell queen-high, busting Sidhu in second place, and leaving Nixon as the last player standing in the 2022 GUKPT London Main Event.
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Nixon was not the only GUKPT Grand Final champion crowned this weekend because Sebastian Jung won the £550 GUKPT London Cup. Jung outlasted 311 opponents, including Charles Akadiri, Jack Hardcastle, Jack Oliver, Brandon Sheils, and runner-up Lorenc Boci to bank a £38,080 payday.