Seventy-seven players turned out for the £2,500 GUKPT Grand Final High Roller, and it was Jack Hardcastle who was the last player standing. Hardcastle reeled in a £52,900 score and continued his amazing run in live poker events.
This latest victory comes less than four months after Hardcastle triumphed in the £1,000 GUKPT Main Event for £125,450 at the Goliath festival. Hardcastle is one to watch in the upcoming 2022 GUKPT Grand Final.
2022 GUKPT Grand Final High Roller Final Table Results
Chris Dirs‘ time at the final table was short-lived because he crashed out in ninth for £5,100. Dirs reeled in a £35,315 score last month at Aspers Casino in Westfield, London.
The 2022 GUKPT Leeds champion, Chris Johnson, finished eighth for £5,950, with Jay Crane banking the £7,140 seventh-place prize, the largest of his live poker career. Sixth place and £9,180, the final four-figure prize, went to Kanan Farzaliyev, which takes his live winnings tally ever closer to $250,000.
Phil Ward received a £12,245 payout when his tournament ended in fifth place before Gary Blackwood banked £16,490 for his fourth-place finish. Blackwood recently won a £330 Deep Stack event at EPT London for £26,542.
Heads-up was set when Terry Jordon fell by the wayside. Jordon received £23,800 for his efforts.
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Hardcastle locked horns with Artan Dedusha, the 2020 GUKPT London Main Event champion. Dedusha ultimately fell at the final hurdle, his second-place finish awarding £35,705, leaving Hardcastle to capture yet another title and £52,900 in prize money.
Hardcastle has won more than $1 million during the past two years, with his purple patch of form showing no signs of relinquishing. He won the $3,200 WPT Montreal Main Event, which was held online atPartyPoker, for $447,859 in January 2021. He followed up that impressive result with a fourth-place finish in the $5,000 WPT at Venetian Main Event for $271,050.
Hardcastle then finished third in the 2021 GUKPT Grand Final for £110,300 ($146,734), and won the £1,000 GUKPT Main Event at the Goliath for £125,450 ($148,046). Look out for Hardcastle in the £2,000 GUKPT Grand Final that gets underway on December 15.
Fabian Donovan Captures Career-Best Live Score
Fabian Donovan‘s fourth recorded live victory came with a career-best live score of £29,150, taking his lifetime winnings to more than $100,000. Donovan came out on top of a 590-strong field in the £220 GUKPT Grand Final Mini Main Event, and walked away with the lion’s share of the spoils following a six-handed deal.
Some of those who cashed but missed out on a final table seat included Lorenc Boci, John Bousfield, and former WSOP Main Event finalist Jack Oliver.
£220 GUKPT Grand Final Mini Main Event Final Table Results
The anonymous “J.B.” was the first finalist to bow out, his ninth-place finish coming with £2,480. Joseph Phillips joined Mr Anon at the cashier’s desk with a note for a £2,980 payout. Ben Ohana busted in seventh for £3,470, which prompted the remaining six players to strike an ICM-based deal that left an additional £10,000 for the eventual champion.
Danny Ryder, Jerome O’Shea, Rajiv Sakaria, and Silviu Cioncu crashed out, leaving Donovan heads-up against Edmond Mares. Donovan utilised his superior experience to get the job done, and his hands on a prize worth £29,150. Mares, who only had £480 in winnings before this tournament, headed into the cold London night with £17,870 in cash.