The largest Main Event in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour’s history garnered 418 entries for the last leg of its 2016 tour. After three days of play and a last-minute heads-up deal, Brett Kennedy walked away with the title and £45,470 in prize money.
Twenty seven players made it to the third day of action, each securing at least £1,470. The nine-handed final table was set when Mark Davey fell in tenth place.
Stephen Bean was the first player to go from the final nine. Chris Lamb (9, 9) called Bean (A♢, Q♢) and stayed out in front when the board came 3♧, J♡, 6♡, 5♢, 4♤. Bean went home with £3,770.
Justin Kyriakides was eliminated in ninth by Jose Bazan’s pair of jacks. Sacha Brookes went home in seventh and Lamb finally hit the rail in sixth, to the tune of £7,130. Right after Lamb’s elimination, Ravi Sharda went all-in with A♡, 10♡ against Bazan’s A♧, 3♧. He looked to be in good shape but the board granted Bazan a set of threes and Sharda left in fifth with £9,840.
After Nick Rishover exited in fourth, Bazan went down in third, leaving Kennedy and Nguyen Khoa Le to battle it out in heads-up play. At the start, Le held three-times as many chips as his opponent but still agreed to a deal that guaranteed him £50,000. Kennedy was guaranteed £40,000, which left £5,450 and the title for the winner.
It took an hour and a half, but Kennedy managed to win the title when he sent his A♤, 9♡ up against Le’s K♤, Q♡. The flop paired Kennedy’s nine, securing him the title and slightly smaller pay day.
Final table results:
The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Goliath kicks off on July 28 in Coventry.
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