While the 2016 GUKPT season has come to a close, Marc Wright made sure he got in under the gun to score the largest live tournament cash of his career. He won the Grand Final, besting 276 players and scoring £132,380 in prize money. But even with his inexperience in live action, Wright has brought in roughly $4 million in online money (as dean23price), and has competed in the European Poker Tour.
The 29 year old was up against big players like Team PokerStars pro Jake Cody for the title, but managed to squeeze into the final table, and score the first elimination. Lucas Blanco was the first to run into Wright when he put a suited A, K against a pair of kings. A board of blanks sent the Spaniard home in ninth place and got the ball rolling for Wright.
Nikola Minkov, a short stack, was also sent home by Wright when he went all-in on an A, Q. The eventual winner held pocket jacks and made a smart call, going on to score a full house on the river.
Kait Le was eliminated next, and just ten minutes later, Paul Scipioni put down his tournament ending hand. He and Will Davies went head to head when Scipioni went all in with a pair of queens. Davies called with a pair of fives and despite his lesser hand, he managed to score a flush of diamonds to eliminate Scipioni.
Wright kept his ruthlessness going, sending home Bandar Alireza in fifth with a pair of aces. But it was over an hour before four-handed play came to an end. It was Naoufel Smires who tangled with Wright this time, going all in with kings against an A, K. The kings held on until the river, but an ace of spades forced Smires to hit the rail.
Also a victim of Wright’s amazing run was Tamer Kamel. Pocket nines had Kamel all in against the much lesser A, 10 of Wright, and despite another nine giving Kamel the set, a flush made heads-up-play an affair between Wright and Davies.
The two battled it out for an hour before agreeing to half the £100,000 reserved for the winner. They flipped for the trophy, where Wright held a K ,Q and Davies a 6, 4. The river brought a fourth spade to the board and Wright secured his title on a flush, making him the 2016 GUKPT Grand Final champion.
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The GUKPT will return Jan 29th in London.
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