Leg 7 of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour wrapped up on Sunday, and it will be a happy trip back up the M1 for Doncaster´s Paul “Bad-Pab” Foltyn. Paul/Pab/Paolo/Leadboots has enjoyed a fantastic year of online poker – with major cashes on PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker – and achieved a final table finish in Event #17 at the WSOP earlier this year.
Winning the GUKPT Main Event gives Foltyn the opportunity to regain his GUKPT “Champion of Champions” Crown won in London in 2008 and, if he can reproduce the masterclass of final table play he exhibited on Sunday, must be a strong favourite for the climax of the tour in Coventry in December.
Starting the final day of the tournament in fifth place, Foltyn quickly took out short-stacked Lee Taylor before eliminating overnight second place Michalis Michael and building a large stack which allowed him to intimidate the other players. The exceptionally well dressed Manuel Palanca was next to fall to Paul´s pocket aces, and by the mid-afternoon break Foltyn had established a chip stack twice the size of any remaining player. However, Jose Azorin and Paul Romain started chipping away at Foltyn’s advantage, and when Romain took a three-way pot which eliminated both Damian Evans and John Eames, and then took out 4th place finisher Mark James, it looked as if Foltyn was going to be under pressure to maintain his advantage.
Within an hour though, Foltyn was back in charge, eliminating any threat to his position when Romain shoved on a pair of Jacks and Foltyn’s pocket 4’s caught a set on the flop. The heads up against Azorin started with Foltyn holding a 1.929.000/471.000 chip advantage over Azorin, and within twenty minutes the inevitable happened and Foltyn had claimed Leg 7 of the GUKPT and a first prize of £46.400.
Leg 8 of the GUKPT takes place in “sunny” Blackpool from November 6th – 14th, with the £1.000 buy-in Main Event happening over the weekend of 12th/13th/14th November check out the full GUKPT Blackpool schedule or win your seat exclusively online.