The final set of GUKPT summer tournaments took place both sides of this weekend as Summer Series 5a (London) and 5b (Manchester) saw large fields settle in to contest a series of events culminating in the Main Events on the 29th-30th August.
Manchester’s £500 Main Event was won by Lee Atherton for £9,080 with Pravin Khilosia as runner-up and Ash Hussain third, while the bumper buy-in in London (£750) may have contributed to its 134 runner field – one of the best at any Summer Series.
Coming out on top at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino was Michalis Andreas Michael who took the top prize of £27,500 out of the £100,500 total prize pool, while Robert Angood received £20,250 for 2nd and David Lloyd £15,360 for third. Fourth spot Jamil Ogunmakinwa, too, received an even five figures (£10,000), the final table on Bank Holiday Monday bringing the Summer Series as a whole to a thrilling conclusion.
Side events in Manchester began with a £200 NL Hold’em freezeout on the 26th August, Pravin Khilosia beating a pretty respectable 75 other players to win nearly £5,000, a warm-up for his Main Event run to heads up. The buy-in grew and the field shrank for the following event, the £300 freezeout, but the top prize of £4,280 gave winner Alli Mallu a decent return on investment and yet another injection of GUKPT ranking points, settling him even more comfortably in the top position. Manchester’s players came back in force for the £100 NL Bounty freezeout at the end of the week, and Christopher Nicol took 1st place and £1,780, just pipping the seemingly unstoppable Mallu to yet another top spot.
Rewind a few days to Monday 23rd August, when London hosted its first Summer Series event: 123 players took a shot at the £300 NL Hold’em freezeout generating a prizepool just shy of £40k. £9,000 of it went to Pratik Ghatge who was the first winner at the Vic. He was followed by Patryk Slusarek who won the £200 NL Hold’em rebuy, and Peter Huggard who won the £200 NL Hold’em freezeout version. London also featured a £500 NL Hold’em side event, which ordinarily would be the price tag on the main, and which brought 100 players to the felt. Chun Law topped the results list on this one, chopping up the top spots with Matthew Moss (the monetary winner), Arkady Kielman and Martin Davis.
The final warm-up event in London was a £300 Pot Limit Omaha Double-chance freezeout, which brought in 50 players and gave winner Jonas Ovestad a prize of £4,960, with Ian Grier coming in second and Alan Vinson third. After the dust settled on the Main Event’s second day, again a £100 Bounty freezeout concluded the Series, and 119 players went after each other’s scalps until only Ergun Macit remained (the final bounty being that of Nicolas Ekkesies).
You can find results from this and all other GUKPT events at www.gukpt.com, as well as check out the standings for the Leaderboard and view the qualifiers for the Champion of Champions Event (all Summer Series event winners join this exalted selection).
Next up on the GUKPT calendar, a gently repositioned Brighton GUKPT (Leg 7) to be held at the Grosvenor Casino from the 4th-10th October. More side action than you can shake a stick at ( GUKPT Brighton Schedule ), plus the £1,000 Main Event with two flights on the same day (Friday 8th October) at 12pm and 6:30pm.
Remember that this leg still has its Early Bird Bonus – be one of the first 20 players to register on the cardroom and the £70 registration fee is free!
Take advantage of this offer by signing up now at https://www.grosvenorcasinos.com/poker – the Brighton Main Event is found in the lobby under ‘Land Based’>GUKPT>Brighton M/E 1A/1B.