The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) is in London for the sixth leg of its 2023 season, and Ravi Sheth has got the series off to a flying start. Sheth came out on top in the £550 GUKPT Midi Main Event and padded his bankroll with the £48,550 top prize.
Sheth is a man in form. Less than a fortnight ago, Sheth navigated his way through most of the 910-strong field in the £3,300 No-Limit Hold’em WSOP Super Circuit Main Event in London. His impressive run ended in a fourth place finish, which netted him a career-best £140,000 score. August has been quite memorable for Sheth, and it is not yet over.
2023 GUKPT London Midi Main Event Final Table Results
Some 369 players bought into the GUKPT London Midi Main Event at The Vic, creating a £184,500 prize pool as a result. The top 34 finishers captured a slice of that pot, and there were plenty of well-known grinders among those cashers.
Lorenc Boci was one of the first players to cash. The likes of Michael Howard, Colin Gillon, James Williams, and Martins Adeniya joined Boci at the payout desk.
Each of the finalists was guaranteed at least £3,190, the sum Iwan Jones picked up when he lost his stack in ninth place. Five of Jones’ last six live cashes stem from GUKPT events, so look out for his name appearing on PokerNews again before this festival concludes.
Karim Louis finished in eighth for £3,800, less than three weeks after helping himself to a £13,000 score in the £450 Colossus at the WSOP Super Circuit London.
The 2022 GUKPT Leeds champion, Chris Johnson, busted in seventh for £4,600, with Brandon Sheils crashing out in sixth for a £6,020 addition to his bankroll. £8,300, the last four-figure prize awarded in this tournament, went to Callum Gordon, which happens to be Gordon’s second-largest live haul.
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Garry Bush has recorded live cashes dating back to 1999, and is a regular in various Grosvenor-run tournaments up and down the country. Bush came unstuck in fourth place, a finish good for £12,400.
Jamie Dwan, no relation to high-stakes cash game guru Tom “durrrr” Dwan, banked the £19,660 third-place prize. Earlier this year, Dwan took down a £440 buy-in Mystery Bounty tournament at the GUKPT Manchester stop and took home £16,920 for his efforts.
Dwan’s elimination left Sheth heads-up against Arian Hassankashani. No deal was struck despite a £16,000 difference in the payouts, meaning Hassankashani collected £32,230 when he fell at the final hurdle, leaving Sheth to scoop the £48,550 top prize. It was yet another solid performance from Hassankashani, who is racking up cashes. In April, he finished second in a £444 buy-in event at 888poker LIVE London for £28,140, and followed that up with a £43,800 prize after winning the £1,500 GUKPT Edinburgh High Roller in May.
However, the night belonged to Sheth, who has won more than $250,000 during 2023.
2023 GUKPT London Schedule
Plenty of events are yet to run at The Vic, including the £1,250 buy-in Main Event. A similarly-sized tournament ran at The Vic in mid-January 2023, and saw 459 players create a £475,750 prize pool. That tournament ended in a three-way deal involving third-place finisher Devan Patel (£98,800), runner-up Calogero Morreale (£65,950), and champion Jonathan McCann (£89,600).
|Mon 21 Aug||2:00 p.m.||£3,000 NLHE Super High Roller|
|3:00 p.m.||£340 NLHE Mini Main Event Day 1b|
|Tue 22 Aug||12:00 p.m.||£340 NLHE Mini Main Event Day 1c|
|4:30 p.m.||NLHE Mini Main Event Day 2|
|Wed 23 Aug||3:00 p.m.||£2,000 NLHE High Roller Day 1|
|4:00 p.m.||£200 NLHE Turbo|
|5:00 p.m.||NLHE Mini Main Event Day 3|
|Thu 24 Aug||12:00 p.m.||£1,250 NLHE Main Event Day 1a|
|12:30 p.m.||£2,000 NLHE High Roller Day 2|
|Fri 25 Aug||12:00 p.m.||£1,250 NLHE Main Event Day 1b|
|9:00 p.m.||£1,250 NLHE Main Event Day 1c Turbo|
|Sat 26 Aug||12:00 p.m.||£1,250 NLHE Main Event Day 2|
|2:30 p.m.||£550 NLHE GUKPT Cup Day 1|
|Sun 27 Aug||12:00 p.m.||NLHE Main Event Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||£550 NLHE GUKPT Cup Day 2|
|1:00 p.m.||£200 NLHE Seniors (50+)|
|3:00 p.m.||£330 PLO 4/5/6 Card Bounty|