Highlight: What Is Happening Inside The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Event

A Sneak preview of the most amazing things that happened inside the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour...

The second biggest Grosvenor UK Poker Tour was the main event of GUKPT which was held in 2019. Back in season 2, there were up to 309 participants, however this year, there was only a slight difference in the number of participants. In this event, the top 30 finishers received a collective prize money of £308,000. 

Position 

Player 

Prize 

9th 

Harry Ross 

£5,740 

8th 

Chris Byrne 

£6,940 

7th 

Paul Rigg 

£8,450 

6th 

Mark Rubbathan 

£10,870 

5th 

Ryan Plant 

£14,790 

4th 

Craig Drew 

£21,730 

3rd 

Rob Bickley 

£34,110 

2nd 

Richard Kellett 

£70,000* 

1st 

Ben Maregedze 

£69,470* 

Table 1: Players and Prize Money 

For the guaranteed event of £200,000 on the second day, the number of successful players was 101. Those who made it through the two starting flights were 920, and 9 of the players, who only received 16 big blinds, chose to buy in for £1,110 before the second day.   

One of the players who was successful even in the second day was Tom Middleton, who is the Previous EPT (European Poker Tour) Barcelona champion, however, he did not make it to the prize money. In addition, Triple Crown winner March Foggin or Niall Farrell as well as Second place winner Steve Warburton, did not receive the money either.  

Although Robert Boon has three runner-up finishes and has won up to $632,965, surprisingly, the 31st position was secured by Boon in GUKPT. In this context, we think there will be some time until he receives his title of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Main Event.  

The players Damien Wain and Ludovic Geilich of the Team Partpoker’s, the player Rick Trigg of Team Grosvenor, as well as Keith Johnson and Rehman Kassam were the only participants left for the prize money nomination when Boon exited the game. The players of the Team partypoker received £2,410 and secured 21st position. There were only 14 players left towards the end of the play.  

The finals approached rather quickly after those 14 players returned on the 10th of March. Firstly Dan Foskett lost the match, and then Richard Herbert, Ryan O’Sullivan and Mick Fletcher followed him respectively. Finally, with a 10-big blind shove, Fraser MacIntyre also lost to Robert Bickley.  

Seat 

Player 

Chips 

Ryan Plant 

979,000 

Harry Ross 

100,000 

Mark Rubbathan 

508,000 

Ben Maregedze 

1,063,000 

Chris Byrne 

148,000 

Paul Rigg 

1,229,000 

Craig Drew 

292,000 

Rob Bickley 

725,000 

Richard Kellett 

1,140,000 

Table 2: 2019 GUKPT Manchester Main Event Final Table Seat Draw 

The ninth place was secured by Harry Ross of Short stack, who received £5,740. Up till now, this was the biggest live event that Ross participated in. Chris Bryne joined Ross on the sideline however, Richard Kellet won a flip against Bryne. For the 8th place that was secured by Bryne, he received a total of £6,940. If we consider Bryne’s main event seat in a £22 satellite, it is safe to say that he played very well in this event.  

Paul Rigg secured the 7th place, he lost against Plant. Rigg made £8,450, while Plant’s balance increased to 1,400,000.  

Mark Rubbathan was the first player who received a five-figure prize money. Bickley’s ace-jack in hand did not let Rubbathan’s ace-ten get there, he ended up with £10,870. Rubbathan was before Plant, as Kellet’s jacks cracked Plant’s aces. Plan finally made a score for £14,790 score and came in 5th. 

Craig Drew was tested when Bickley entered the game and played efficiently. Despite Drew’s great efforts, he lost to Bickley and came in 4th in the event.  

Bickley found himself in danger while playing with Bickley.  The professional moves made by Kellett took him Bickely by surprise and as obvious, he did not survive and lost the match.   

The leftover prize pool was decided to be split by Ben Maregedze and Kellet. Thus, to determine who deserved the trophy, they decided to have a single game. Maregedze won as he had six-five with a six on the turn against Kellett's all-in hand ace-four. 

The results for the GUKPT event were announced after Maregedze was done with the Grosvenor 25/25 series event in United Kingdom and came in fourth which earned him £17,081. 

In Edinburgh, from 31st March to 7th April, the next Grosvenor UK Poker Tour is going to be held. The venue for the 3rd round of 2019’s event is the Grosvenor Casino Maybury in which a £560 buy-in £100,000 guaranteed Main Event are included.