Raul Martinez Wins GUKPT Reading

Raul Martinez Wins GUKPT Reading

Monday, 29 June 2015

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour has crowned a new winner after Raul Martinez went wire-to-wire to claim the GUKPT Reading Main Event.

Martinez, who was the leader after day 1a, went on to top a guarantee busting field of 248 runners and walked away with a first prize payout of £25,250.

A total of 17 players were still in contention for the big money on Sunday and after a slow start were soon whittled down to a final table of nine.

Martinez was the big stack at the start of the final table and boosted that still further after eliminating the unfortunate Lee Doran who ran into pocket aces.

Aaron Biggs was the next to exit, losing with QQ to recent GUKPT Cardiff winner Julian Davies' AK. It wasn't a standard flip though as Davies filled up a runner-runner wheel on the turn and river to win the hand.

Florian Andrei was the next player heading to the cage after losing a flip with pocket 8s against David Lloyd's AJ. Lloyd's deep run would be brought to a premature close soon after after his flopped top pair, queen kicker ran into Martinez top two.

Andrey Veselov showed why re-entry events are just so popular. The first player to bust on day 1a, he took his re-entry all the way to a fifth place finish.

The final four agreed a chop with £1,750 left on top. Julian Davies was the first of the quartet to go, his trips no match for Martinez's full house. The fourth place finish was good for £17,500 and takes his earnings from the past two GUKPT events to £42,500.

After Harry Dukes departed in third it was left to Martinez and Hui Jin to battle it out for the extra cash, the trophy and some impressive bragging rights. Luck was with Martinez who took control when his A6 beat Jin's AK then sealed the deal after winning a flip with A7 against Jin's pocket 5s.

GUKPT Reading Main Event Final Table Results

1st – £25,250 – Raul Martinez****
2nd – £24,000 – Hui Jin****
3rd – £17,200 – Harry Dukes****
4th – £17,500 – Julian Davies****
5th – £6,690 – Andrey Veselov
6th – £4,840 – David Lloyd
7th – £3,970 – Florian Andrei
8th – £3,340 – Aaron Biggs
9th – £2,860 – Lee Boran

The next stop on the GUKPT calendar is Leeds. The festival runs from 26 July until 2 August. In the meantime there is the 25/25 Series to get stuck into starting in Reading this Thursday. It's then Swansea from 9-12 July and Glasgow, Liverpool and Southend from 16-19 July. Qualify for all these events online at Grosvenor Poker.

Image courtesy of GUKPT.com.

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