Englishman llan Peers won the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Stockton £500+£50 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack main event for £11,000 at the Grosvenor G Casino after outlasting a field of 72.
The champion will no doubt be thrilled with his success, coming just one day after his football team, Liverpool, secured their place in the FA Cup Final by defeating local rivals Everton at Wembley Stadium in London – particularly as he gave up his semi-final ticket to play in the latest GUKPT event.
Peers certainly had a very enjoyable weekend, emerging victorious from the three-day tournament to secure his first live tournament crown – and in the process easily surpass his previous biggest cash of $2,006 for finishing fifth in the £75 buy-in Amateur Poker Association and Tour (APAT) European Amateur Championship at Luton’s G Casino back in late August of 2007.
Five English players filled places three to eight, with James Marriot exiting in third for £5,380, Mark O’Kane picking up £3,190 in fourth, Mark James collecting £2,560 for fifth, £1,920 going to sixth-placed Andy Lambert, CT Law leaving with £1,550 in seventh, and Darren Meynell pocketing £1,280 for eighth spot.
Spaniard David Galo left with £1,100 in ninth place, while Irishman Paul Reilly took home £520 in 10th.
Champion Overcomes Challenge of Thomas Dunwoodie
The final hand of the event saw Peers – who had stared the head-to-head with more than four-fifths of the chips – prevail against experienced Newcastle player Thomas Dunwoodie.
Dunwoodie, who had been short stacked for much of the final day, shoved all-in on the turn of a 6-7-7-9 board following a Peers bet. The latter called to show 9c-5c for two pair, while Dunwoodie’s 6♥ 3♥ had secured him a lower pair.
A jack on the river changed nothing and Dunwoodie – the 2008 Irish Open third place finisher for $433,487 – had to settle for the runner-up spot and £8,000, while Peers claimed the top prize and a trophy as the GUKPT Stockton champ.
The next stop on the GUKPT pulls into Thanet in Kent on Sunday for nine days of action at the G Casino which ends on the 30th. The £500+£50 buy-in Six-Max main event will, however, kick off on the 27th for three days’ play.
Top 10 Payouts from the GUKPT Stockton Main Event
1. Allan Peers (England) – £11,000 (approximately $17,417)
2. Thomas Dunwoodie (England) – £8,000 ($12,668)
3. James Marriot (England) – £5,380 ($8,519)
4. Mark O’Kane (England) – £3,190 ($5,051)
5. Mark James (England) – £2,560 ($4,054)
6. Andy Lambert (England) – £1,920 ($3,040)
7. CT Law (England) – £1,550 ($2,454)
8. Darren Meynell (England) – £1,280 ($2,027)
9. David Galo (Spain) – £1,100 ($1,742)
10. Paul Reilly (Ireland) – £520 ($824)