Sunil “Sunny” Mistri is the latest Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) champion after he walked away with the Stamford Bridge title on Sunday 29 November, 2015. Mistri not only writes his name into fledgling tour’s history books, he also adds £35,000 to his bank balance.
2015 Grand Prix Poker Tour Stamford Bridge Final Table Results
More than 3,000 players took part in the Stamford Bridge leg of the Grand Prix Poker Tour, the first time the tour has visited an iconic football stadium, meaning there was plenty of money added to the prize pool to make up the £250,000 guarantee, and making this one of the best-value tournaments in the world.
Mistri started his GPPT quest fast out of the blocks, finishing Day 1 with more than 729,000 chips. Fast forward to the final table and Mistri had increased that already large stack to a massive 13 million. The double elimination of Hristo Genov and Martyna Valkunas meant the official final table began with only seven players seated and not the planned eight, each of whom guaranteed £4,830 from their £60+£10 investment.
The other big stack at the final table was Pak Chung, yet it was Tony Vu who got off to the best start, first sending Vincent Sanchez to the sidelines, and then busting Dave Mundle.
Tim Rowlands fell next after losing two key hands to Mistri. The first saw Rowland get his stack in with [Ax][Jx] and lose to Mistri’s [Ax][Qx], with the second being the fatal blow. Mistri open-shoved from the small blind with to put Rowlands to the test for his last few remaining chips and Rowlands called with . A jack of diamonds on the flop improved Mistri and eliminated Rowlands.
Vu and Mistri then clashed in a massive pot that all but won the tournament for the latter. A raise from Mistri with was three-bet all-in by Vu holding , and called by Mistri. A few seconds later the dealer spread the board, busting Vu and leaving Mistri to go into the heads-up battle with Chung holding a 47.25 million to 6.75 million chip advantage.
Chung fought valiantly in an attempt to claw his way back into contention, yet despite doubling up he had to make do with the runner-up prize of £23,100.
The final hand of the GPPT Stamford Bridge Main Event saw a short stacked Chung move all-in with and Mistri call with . The flop was typical of Mistri’s day, with the locking up the hand for Mistri. An inconsequential completed the board, brought an end to a thrilling tournament, and left Mistri to scoop the top prize of £35,000.
Get Set For the next Instalments of the Grand Prix Poker Tour
Next on the Grand Prix Poker Tour schedule is the eagerly anticipated online leg at partypoker. This $100+$9 buy-in $250,000 guaranteed online spectacular runs on December 20, 2015 at 17:00 GMT. Players sit down with 30,000 chips and play to 16-minute long blinds starting at 50/100.
The online leg is already in the partypoker lobby so you can register for it nice and early with $109 cash, or a $109 ticket.
Those wanting to experience playing poker in a football stadium can do so on the weekend of January 16-17, 2016 when the GPPT heads to the home of Manchester United, Old Trafford. Keep a look out in the partypoker lobby for satellites to Old Trafford, for Players Choice tournaments where you can choose where to play your Day 2, or ticket tournaments that award $109 tickets.