Poker season is in full swing in London and the 11th season of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour has announced its first champion of the £1,100 buy-in Main Event in Michael Zhang. He topped a field of 435 entries at Grosvenor Casino Victoria ‘The Vic’ poker room at the city’s Edgware Road to bag a whopping £113,000 in London. 435 players participated in the Main Event and the top 40 finishers shared the £435,000 prize pool, with a min-cash totaling to £2,200.
The GUKPT Main Event was especially good for Indian players. India’s poker lady Muskan Sethi finished in the 8th place taking home £10,400 for her efforts. Household poker stars Aditya and Rajiv Sakaria also navigated their way to the money places. Both cashed £3,000 in the 22nd and 23 place respectively. Rajiv was the first to be sent packing at 23rd place by Zapatero Gomez when his Ac-9h lost to Gomez’s Ad-Ah. The next player of poker in India to fall was Aditya who exited in 22nd place for the same amount of money. India’s Muskan Sethi was the only lady to reach the final table. She went all-in with ace-queen for 420,000 to which Gomez Zapatero called with a pair of queens. Sethi’s tournament run finally came to end.
The final table of the GUKPT Main Event began with Alexios Zervos as the chip lead with 786,000 in chips. Following him were Paul Siddle on 2nd place with 715,000 and Sam Meeuse on 3rd place with 1,655,000 chips. Michael Zhang was sitting in 4th position with 1,424,000 chips. Khoa Le was the first player to hit the rail, being eliminated by Javier Gomez Zapatero. Shortly, Gomez Zapatero eliminated Muskan Sethi. Gomez Zapatero appeared to be unstoppable and soon he sent Alexios Zervos to rail. The table came down to six players. Gomez Zapatero continued his assault and after a few hands, he sent Paul Siddle home in 5th.
Carl Pickles got eliminated in 4th place when his eight of clubs failed to beat the pocket nines of Michael Zhang. Following Fahd Bennanismires fall in 3rd place, the heads-up match took place between Zhang and Gomez Zapatero. Zhang held a colossal 7,000,000 to 1,700,000 chip lead over his opponent, which gave him an advantage. The final hand saw Gomez Zapatero raise with Jc-10c and Zhang called with Kc-5c. Finally, Gomez Zapatero moved all in and Zhang made the call to win the 2017 GUKPT main event.
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The World Poker Tour India edition has successfully concluded and has been regarded by many as a trailblazing event for poker in India
The Casino Deltin Royale is currently playing host to the inaugural WPT India, a tournament which has so far attracted many enthusiasts of poker in India.
Fans of poker in India can rejoice in the fact that Team India is performing splendidly at the series.