Priyan de Mel has won the first leg of the GUKPT 2010 in Bolton, this makes De Mel from London the first player to win back-to- back £1,000 gukpt main events. Priyan defeated a field of 146 players at the Grosvenor Casino in Bolton to take home an impressive £44,600 and another stylish trophy to add to his no doubt blossoming collection.
In November 2009 de Mel won Blackpool’s main event and is only the third player to have won two main event titles. His formidable heads up opponent was Andrew Purser from Margate.
Bolton proved a big success and the tour now rolls on to Walsall for leg 2. An excellent start to the UK’s premier poker tour and a great achevicement for Priyan de Mel!
GUKPT Bolton Final Table Results
Priyan de Mel
Pic Courtesy of the GUKPT
1st – Priyan De Mel – £44,600
2nd – Andy Purser – £34,900
3rd – Jamie Sykes – £19,000
4th – Terry Owens – £11,700
5th – Marc Wright – £9,100
6th – Justin Devonport – £6,900
7th – Phil Booth – £5,500
8th – Jeff Kimber – £4,000
9th – Aaron Barry – £2,900
10th – Mark Robinson – £2,200
All eye’s are on Walsall to see if numbers increase. Although player numbers in a few Bolton GUKPT side events were fairly low, it’s a true testament to the quality of tournaments on offer than January, known for being a slow Month, still produces a great turn out and poker of the highest quality!
De Mel was elated to have captured his second GUKPT title, but commented in the post tournament interview that he was thirsty for further success.
“I’m really happy to have done back-to-back titles,but three titles is a good target to aim for.”
He went on to say
“Most of my friends are in Australia now so I didn’t have many people here supporting me, but I guess them being away made it easier for me to win this one.”
He also praised Andrew Purser’s play, saying
“He was short stacked and played a brilliant game to get heads up.”
The final table included another previous main event winner in Jeff Kimber, who exited in 8th place. 4th placed Terry Owens from Liverpool was competing in his second main event final table and 9th placed Aaron Barry from Harrogate had made two previous finals. Cornwall’s Marc Wright (5th), Manchester’s Justin Devonport (6th) and the Preston pair of Philip Booth (7th) and Mark Robinson (10th) completed the ten-handed final table.
In previous years the final table of GUKPT events had been nine-handed, but this year it has been changed to ten. Winner Priyan de Mel was in seat ten and remarked afterwards that ten is his lucky number and also the date he was born on.
The next event on the GUKPT calendar takes place at 8pm on Monday 25th January online on bluesqpoker.com. It is a £100 NL Hold’em tournament and is the first of the GUKPT’s Online 10% Series. Online events will take place throughout 2010 on the day after each of the live festivals concludes and will be for 10% of the buy-in of the main event that has just finished. As per all live GUKPT tournaments, the winners of these online tournaments will earn a seat into December’s £150,000 Champion of Champions tournament.
The next live GUKPT events will be the inaugural GUKPT Club Championships tournaments. Every Grosvenor & Grosvenor Casino with a poker room will host one of these £200 NL Hold’em freezeouts in 2010 and the first batch of these will take place on February 13th at the Grosvenor Casinos in Blackpool, Coventry and Thanet; and at the Grosvenor Casinos in Leeds and Swansea. All start at 2.00pm and players will get 10,000 starting chips each. Please note that there have been some changes to the schedule for the Club Championships since the original schedule was published.
The main tour resumes on February 20th, when Leg 2 begins at the Grosvenor Casino in Walsall. The main event takes place from the 25th – 28th February, with two starting days on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th.
Online super satellites take place four times a week on www.grosvenorcasinos.com/poker