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John Eames Crowned GUKPT Luton Champion

John Eames

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Luton Main Event has had some big names walk away with its title over the years, and this trend continued for the 2017 edition when John Eames emerged victorious and topped a field of 239 entrants to secure a £68,350 payout.

2017 GUKPT Luton Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 John Eames £68,350
2 Harvey Norris £44,700
3 John Mooney £27,960
4 Catalin Dumitrascu £18,170
5 Danny Toffel £12,420
6 Rob Burky £9,320
7 Aleem Kaanji £7,410
8 Paul Dunne £5,980
9 Tom Cropp £5,020

The third and final day saw 17 players return to their seats with Aleem Kanji sitting down as the chip leader, his 681,000 stack putting him narrowly ahead of the 656,000 of Eames. Each of the returning players were guaranteed £2,630 after the money bubble burst late on Day 2.

Patrick Fahy was the 24th place finisher after he moved all-in in a hand with Eames that saw the latter snap-called with a straight. The first players to finish in the money were Martin Bader, Silmon Alzamora, Will Kassouf, Tony Wickert, Tony Poole and Joe Beevers.

By the time the nine-handed final table was reached, Eames found himself in a commanding position with 1,600,000 chips and his nearest rival being Catalin Dumitrascu on 713,000, but there was still a lot of work to do.

Tom Cropp bust first, losing a coinflip with ace-king against the pair of jacks in the hand of Dumitrascu before Eames’ ace-ten came from behind to crack the black queens of Paul Dunne to leave seven players in the tournament.

Those seven became six when Harvey Norris’ pocket kings held against Aleem Kanji’s ace-ten, before Rob Burky fell in sixth place after losing all but 2,000 chips when his queen-ten failed to get there against Donny Toffel’s jacks.

Toffel then got 18 big blinds into the middle with a pair of black eights and found a caller in Norris who held ace-jack. A jack on the flop put Norris ahead and although Toffel picked up a club flush draw on the turn, he was the next player out of the door.

Down to only 240,000 chips at the 15,000/30,000/3,000a level, Dumitrascu moved all-in with seven-five and loast to the queen-jack of Norris who improved to an unnecessary straight, before John Mooney’s 10 big blind shove with jack-eight was called by Eames and his queen-jack, which improved to a pair of queens on the flop to send the tournament into the heads-up stage.

Eames held a massive 4,100,000 to 700,000 chip lead over Norris and it didn’t take long for Norris to bust. On an {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{3-Hearts} flop, Norris moved all-in for 600,000 with {6-Clubs}{3-Spades} and Eames called with {8-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. A five on the turn left Norris drawing dead and meant Eames had won the 1017 GUKPT Luton Main Event.

Next up for the GUKPT is a trip to Blackpool for the penultimate leg of the 2017 tour. After Blackpool it is the £2,015 Grand Final in London, which is sure to attract some of the best in the business, all vying for a slice of the £400,000 prize pool.

Qualify for GUKPT Blackpool online at Grosvenor Poker where you can claim a 200 percent up to £700 first deposit bonus when you create your account via UK & Ireland PokerNews.

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