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Drew Kirkland is the latest name to be written into the history books of the Grand Prix Poker Tour after he walked away with the title of champion in Glasgow’s Hampden Park stadium.

2016 GPPT Glasgow Main Event Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Drew Kirkland $41,000
2 Jonathan Gray $25,000
3 Ryan Pearson $16,130
4 Lauris Kulins $12,250
5 Paul McTaggart $9,250
6 Mark Armstrong $7,000
7 Chris Bartlett $5,500
8 Anthony Gray $4,000
9 John Burns $3,000

One-hundred-and-ninety players progressed to Day 2, each of them in the money places having locked up $330, which included a $109 GPPT ticket. After around eight hours of action, those 190 returnees were reduced to the final table of nine, with Calvin Park falling in 10th place to miss out on a final table berth.

John Burns was the first final table member to bust, his being no match for the dominating of Drew Kirkland, before Anthony Gray fell at the hands of Paul McTaggart to leave only seven players in contention for the $41,000 first place prize.

Those seven became six with the exit of Chris Bartlett, whose didn’t improve to beat the of Ryan Pearson with the board running .

McTaggart then sent Mark Armstrong to the rail. Armstrong was short stacked and pished all-in with , but McTaggart was lying in wait with . Those kings improved to a set on the flop of the board to bust Armstrong.

Despite winning Armstrong’s chip, McTaggart was the next casualty of the finale. Jonathan Gray raised to 600,000 and McTaggart called in the big blind. McTaggart check-called a 500,000 bet on the flop, before check-calling a 1,050,000 bet on the turn. The river was the , McTaggart checked, Gray moved all-in, and McTaggart called, showing which was crushed by Gray’s .

Soon after McTaggart’s demise, Lauris Kullins bust at the hands of Gray, then Gray’s held against Pearson’s to send the tournament to the heads-up stage.

Gray held a 22,500,000 to 11,700,000 chip lead, but the lead was reversed when Kirkland’s caught a king on the turn to beat Gray’s .

The final hand of the tournament was another preflop all-in, and a coinflip, Gray holding and Kirkland . The dealer spread the community cards, eliminating Gray in second place, leaving Kirkland to be crowned champion.

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