Neil Channing wins GUKPT Luton

Neil Channing wins GUKPT Luton

Monday, 16 August 2010

After a number of tantalisingly close finishes at this year's WSOP Neil Channing has a victory to celebrate this year after taking the honours at the latest leg of the GUKPT in Luton.

A total of 229 runners bought into the £1,000 Main Event with just 10 left standing come Sunday afternoon. Among the familiar faces at the final table were UK tournament stalwarts Joe Grech and Jeff Kimber who were appearing at their fifth GUKPT final table. Both were unfortunate enough to run into pocket aces though and bowed out in ninth and eighth place respectively.

The big story of the day of course was Neil Channing. Bad Beat had come tantalisingly close to a bracelet at this year's WSOP only to finish just short. He was to make no mistake in Luton though with an impressive final table performance. Bad Beat really got going after his set of fives eliminated Les Fenton in 7th place with Ricky Mackintosh the next to hit the rail followed by Carlo Citrone.

Despite holding pocket aces four times George White was eliminated in fourth place leaving Channing, Keith Johnson and Adebayo Odetoyinbo to battle it out for the title. It was Johnson who busted next. Crippled after his pocket 7s couldn't outrun Channing's AK he hit the rail soon after. Big slick proved decisive minutes later too. Odetoyinbo raised, Channing re-raised and Odetoyinbo shoved. Channing snap called, his AK in great shape against Odetoyinbo's A9. The board brought Odetoyinbo no help leaving him to settle with £43,500 for his second place finish.

The final table positions and payouts were as follows:

1st Neil Channing -- £64,050
2nd Adebayo Odetoyinbo -- £43,500
3rd Keith Johnson -- £28,050
4th George White -- £16,600
5th Carlo Citrone -- £12,600
6th Ricky Mackintosh -- £10,300
7th Les Fenton -- £8,000
8th Joe Grech -- £6,300
9th Jeff Kimber -- £4,600

There was plenty of side action on offer in Luton this past week too with the aforementioned Jeff Kimber the biggest beneficiary. Kimber pocketed £14,570 after winning the £500 NL Hold'em event and also had a deep run in the £300 PLO Double Chance that was won by David Lloyd. Kishani Mithani won the £150 NL Hold'em tournament for £5,170 with Brijesh Das and Gabriel Chrysanthou winning the £100 NL Hold'em events. Martin Holmes took the £300 NL Hold'em freezeout with the £250 Bounty event won by Tony Housden who pocketed £3,060. GUKPT Ranking Points leader Alli Mallu strengthened his position at the top of the table after winning the £200 NL Hold'em side event.

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