Until this weekend, the only live tournament cash on the Hendon Mob page of Robertas Gordonas was a fifth-place finish in a £110 buy-in event which netted him £580. Now Gordonas has a £150,000 score to brag about after he triumphed in the £1 million guaranteed partypoker LIVE Grand Prix UK.
partypoker LIVE Grand Prix UK Final Table Results
An impressive 5,143 entries were processed for the partypoker LIVE Grand Prix UK, which meant the ambitious £1 million guarantee was surpassed by £28,600. The massive field was reduced to only 53 hopefuls by the time Day 3 was reached on Sunday and each of the returning players locked up £3,000.
The likes of Allan Peers (39th for £3,000), partypoker’s Charlotte Godwin (23rd for £4,500), Paul McTaggart (22nd for £5,500), Stuart Fox (16th for £6,500) and Ben Winsor (12th for £9,000) were among those who fell on the third and final day.
By the time the eight-handed official final table was reached, the minimum payout was £15,250, an impressive sum for a £220 buy-in tournament. This was the sum collected by Adam Maxwell who bust in eighth-place when his lost to the of Antonis Poulengris when the five community cards fell .
Seventh-place went to Peter Craw who bust at the hands of Poulengeris. Craw’s final hand saw him all in for 17 big blinds with and needing some held to beat the of his opponent. That help didn’t arrive as the board ran out .
Tomas Fara was the next to fall by the wayside. Down to eight big blinds, Fara moved all-in with from under the gun only to see Richard King re-shove from the button to isolate him. King made this move with and when the board came into view, Fara’s tournament was over.
Another all-in preflop confrontation resulted in Andrei Frujina heading to the cashier’s desk. Frujina min-raised on the button to 2,400,000, Gordonas three-bet to 8,000,000 from the small blind and then called when Frujina moved all-in for 32,000,000. Frujina turned over and Gordonas the . The flop gifted Frujinas two pair, but the turn improved Gordonas to a Broadway straight. The fell on the river and Frujinas was gone.
Fourth-place went to Antonis “The Enigma” Poulengeris who lost an all-in encounter with Richard King. King and Poulengeris entered a preflop raising war that resulted in King four-bet shoving with and Poulengeris calling with the dominated . A few seconds later, the dealer had spread the board and Poulengeris was heading for the exits.
Heads-up was set when the talented Jamie Whyte was sent packing by King. Whyte committed his last 14 big blinds with and King made the call with to put him at risk. A final board reading was of no help to Whyte although the £70,750 he was awarded will go some way to numb the pain of not winning the Grand Prix UK, especially as he qualified for the tournament via a $2.20 satellite on partypoker.
The final hand took place at the 1,500,000/3,000,000/300,000a level and saw Gordonas raise to 7,500,000 with , King move all-in for 26,000,000 with and Gordonas make the call. King was drawing dead by the turn of the board, resigning King to the £100,000 consolation prize (he also won a Caribbean Poker Party package for reaching the final table with a Golden Chip) and leaving Gordonas to bank the £150,000 first-place prize and the Grand Prix UK trophy.
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