£1,000 Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in £1,000
Prize Pool £304,200
Players 346

Level Info

Level 27
Blinds 25,000 / 50,000
Ante 50,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 14
£1,000 Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Richard Trigg Is Your Latest GUKPT Reading Champion (£78,260)

Toogood32 • Level 27: Blinds 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Rick Trigg
Rick Trigg

After three days of play, including three Day 1 flights, the £1,000 GUKPT Main Event has concluded. Your winner Richard ''Rick'' Trigg takes his third GUKPT title and £78,260 for his victory after 10 hours of play on Day 3.

The event was a really successful one, with 346 entrants taking to the tables in Reading South Grosvenor Casino. There were 34 players that made the money in the event, with Duc Cao being the unfortunate bubble boy. Day 2 saw 108 players play down to just 14, after 10 levels of play.

Returning players that fell just before the final table were Vikrum Mehta (14th), Eovert Maile (13th), Emrah Yildiz (12th), ex-England international footballer Anthony Gardner (11th). The unlucky man to bubble the final table was Phil Tate, who got in his tens against the aces of Kuljinder Sidhu and didn’t improve.

Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (£)
1Richard TriggUnited Kingdom£78,260
2Kuljinder SidhuUnited Kingdom£54,930
3David AndersonUnited Kingdom£33,570
4Michael BurnettUnited Kingdom£21,360
5Christopher BrammerUnited Kingdom£14,040
6Jack HardcastleUnited Kingdom£10,370
7Jack LoraineUnited Kingdom£7,630
8Andrew BullenUnited Kingdom£6,410
9Benjamin CreaseyUnited Kingdom£5,490

Benjamin Creasey was the first out on the final table, after running his pocket pair of sixes into the pocket kings of Jack Hardcastle, earning £5,490 for 9th.

Andrew Bullen was next to go after he ran into the pocket kings of Jack Loraine, which didn’t improve sending him out in 8th for £6,410.

In 7th was Loraine, unfortunately for him his pocket jacks got rivered after being all in preflop against Michael Burnett's queen-seven. Loraine cashed for £7,630.

Hardcastle finished 6th, not able to grab himself another title. Still a great showing from the Portsmouth-native, who cashed for £10,370 after running his king-queen into the big slick of Burnett.

The names kept falling as Christopher Brammer busted in 5th for £14,040. Brammer busted into Trigg's Ace-queen when he jammed his short stack in. It was Brammer's first GUKPT event in years, a great showing from the British pro who couldn't go better than his best finish in a GUKPT of second place.

Burnett was out in 4th after he lost nearly all his stack with pocket kings against Sidhu’s ace-queen. He did manage to triple up the next hand but ultimately couldn’t spin it back up. He exited after running into the pocket tens of David Anderson with his pocket sevens, cashing for £21,360.

Anderson was actually next to bust, he got in king-queen suited against Trigg’s big slick and although he flopped a flush draw, he didn’t improve, which sent play to heads-up. He did make £33,570 for his efforts, still.

Heads-up play was back and forth, both keeping in contention trading small pots with one another. After Trigg opened up an 3-to-2 lead, Sidhu flopped two pair with queens and fours against the pocket jacks of Trigg. Trigg then turned a set and after a blank river came in, Sidhu quite rightly got his hand all in only to be shown the bad news by Trigg, who three-of-a-king secured the win and his third GUKPT title. Sidhu cashed for £54,930 and added another great accolade to his already fantastic poker resume.


Winner's Interview

Grosvenor live stream commentator and interviewer Phil ''The Tower'' Heald caught up with the victor after his win and asked him how it sounds to be three time champion. ''It feels really good, I've had my eye on trying to get the third one''.

Trigg, who was one of 11 players to max late register at the start of Day 2 and got down to 3 big blinds at one point on Day 2 but battled back, spoke about what it was like playing in the Poker room in Reading where they played out the final table, ''It's been such a strange final, it's been so quiet, it made everyone concentrate a bit more and play better. Normally there are a couple of people on the rail making some noise''.

Trigg was asked how it felt and what it was like to win as a sponsored Grosvenor player, ''Uhm...hopefully I get a contract renewal!'', which drew a laugh from his interviewer. ''It's like a family, everyone roots for each other, everyone's been texting me all day''. It must have been great for Trigg to get a victory on a tour close to his heart.

Trigg drew a big smile as he lifted his third title on the GUKPT tour, congratulations to Rick! That does it for the PokerNews coverage of GUKPT Reading. This is the place for coverage for many events, including future GUKPT tour stops. UKIPT Nottingham and EPT Barcelona are close on the radar so keep it here for all the hand histories and info on players.

Tags: Andrew BullenAnthony GardnerBenjamin CreaseyChristopher BrammerDavid AndersonDuc CaoEmrah YildizJack HardcastleJack LoraineKuljinder SidhuMichael BurnettPhil TateRichard TriggVikrum Mehta

Kuljinder Sidhu Eliminated in 2nd Place (£54,930)

Toogood32 • Level 27: Blinds 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Kully Sidhu
Kully Sidhu

Rick Trigg had won 4 of the last 5 pots against Kuljinder Sidhu and opened up a 4,200,000 to 2,800,000 lead over Sidhu.

In the final hand of the tournament Trigg limped in and Sidhu checked his option.

To a flop of {q-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, Trigg bet 100,000 when checked to and Sidhu flat called.

On a turn of {j-Clubs}, Sidhu checked again and Trigg fired 350,000 into the pot. He got the call to set up a river.

Completing the board was a {6-Hearts}, which caused Sidhu to lead jam all in for 2,200,000 into the 1,100,000 pot. Trigg stood up as he swiftly examined the board to see if he could be beat, before calling.

Kuljinder Sidhu: {q-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}
Rick Trigg: {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}

It was what you could call a ''set-up'', as in Sidhu was doomed to lose, after he flopped top two and then Trigg turned a set. Sidhu finishes 2nd for £54,930 and Grosvenor-sponsered player Rick Trigg wins his third GUKPT and £78,260.

A full re-cap including winners interview with Trigg will be available shortly.

Richard Trigg gb
Richard Trigg
gb 6,920,000 3,620,000
Kuljinder Sidhu gb
Kuljinder Sidhu
gb Busted

Heads-Up Play On Break

Toogood32 • Level 27: Blinds 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

The two players heads-up are on a 15-minute break before play begins to determine the next GUKPT champion.

David Anderson is Eliminated in 3rd Place (£33,570)

Toogood32 • Level 27: Blinds 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

David Anderson raised to 160,000 from the button and Rick Trigg three-bet to 450,000 from the big blind. Anderson then responded by moving all in and Trigg quickly called, covering Anderson by just over 200,000.

David Anderson: {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}
Richard Trigg: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}

The flop of {9-Clubs}{4-Spades}{5-Clubs} gave Anderson a flush draw but on the {j-Hearts} and {6-Spades} turn and river, Trigg held to bust Anderson in third for £33,570 and send play to heads-up.

Richard Trigg gb
Richard Trigg
gb 3,900,000 2,200,000
Kuljinder Sidhu gb
Kuljinder Sidhu
gb 3,100,000 300,000
David Anderson (UK) GB
David Anderson (UK)
GB Busted

Michael Burnett Eliminated in 4th Place (£21,360)

Toogood32 • Level 26: Blinds 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

Michael Burnett had opened under-the-gun to 80,000 before Kuljinder Sidhu three-bet to 275,000 on the button. It folded back to Burnett, known as Teddy, and he moved all in covering Sidhu's last 1,500,000. Sidhu made the call and it was a cooler.

Kuljinder Sidhu: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}
Michael Burnett: {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}

The flop was clean for Burnett {7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} but the {a-Hearts} peeled off on the turn and {10-Clubs} completed the board to give Sidhu a huge double and leave Burnett with just 200,000.

In the next hand, Rick Trigg opened to 80,000 from under-the-gun and David Anderson called from the small blind. Burnett then moved his last 150,000 chips into the middle and both players called. They checked it down and Burnett turned over {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} on the {10-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{8-Clubs} board to triple up.

A few hands later Burnett moved all in from under-the-gun and David Anderson called from the big blind.

Michael Burnett: {a-Diamonds}{7-Spades}
David Anderson: {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

The board ran out {8-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} to send Burnett to the rail in 4th for £21,360.

Kuljinder Sidhu gb
Kuljinder Sidhu
gb 3,300,000 2,300,000
Richard Trigg gb
Richard Trigg
gb 2,000,000 -200,000
David Anderson (UK) GB
David Anderson (UK)
GB 1,600,000 85,000
Michael Burnett gb
Michael Burnett
gb Busted