Ben Maregedze Wins the 2019 GUKPT Manchester Main Event for £83,930
14 March 2019
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The 2019 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Main Event was the second-largest Manchester leg of the GUKPT with 308 entrants, narrowly missing out on the record of 309-entries back in Season 2. The £308,000 prize pool was shared among the top 30 finishers.

2019 GUKPT Manchester Main Event Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Ben Maregedze £69,470*
2 Richard Kellett £70,000*
3 Rob Bickley £34,110
4 Craig Drew £21,730
5 Ryan Plant £14,790
6 Mark Rubbathan £10,870
7 Paul Rigg £8,450
8 Chris Byrne £6,940
9 Harry Ross £5,740

*reflects a heads-up deal

Some 101 players returned to their seats for Day 2 of the £200,000 guaranteed event, 92 players who made it through one of the two starting flights and nine players who decided to buy in before Day 2 for £1,110 despite only receiving 16 big blinds.

Former European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona champion Tom Middleton was one of the players who made it through to Day 2 but he could not progress into the money. Neither could Steve Warburton, who has a second-place finish at EPT Barcelona, Triple Crown winner Niall Farrell, or Marc Foggin.

The bubble burst whe Robert Boon busted in 31st place. Boon will have to continue waiting for his first GUKPT Main Event title, although the man with $632,965 does have three runner-up finishes.

Boon exit cleared the way for the likes of Rehman Kassam, Keith Johnson, Team Grosvenor’s Rick Trigg, Team partypoker’s Ludovic Geilich, and Damien Wain to collect some prize money, the latter finishing in 21st place for £2,410. Play ended on Day 2 with only 14 players remaining.

Those 14 returned to the fray on Mar. 10 and the final table was reached quite quickly. Dan Foskett busted early on and was followed by Richard Herbert, Ryan O’Sullivan and Mick Fletcher before Fraser MacIntyre’s 10-big blind shove with ace-eight fell foul to the pocket kings in the hand of Robert Bickley; the final table was set.

2019 GUKPT Manchester Main Event Final Table Seat Draw

Seat Player Chips
1 Richard Kellett 1,140,000
2 Rob Bickley 725,000
3 Craig Drew 292,000
4 Paul Rigg 1,229,000
5 Chris Byrne 148,000
6 Ben Maregedze 1,063,000
7 Mark Rubbathan 508,000
8 Harry Ross 100,000
9 Ryan Plant 979,000

Short stack Harry Ross was the first casualty of the final table who collected £5,740 for his ninth-place finish, his largest live poker tournament cash to date. Ross was joined on the sidelines by Chris Byrne who moved all-in for nine big blinds with king-jack and lost a flip against Richard Kellett’s pocket sixes. Byrne banked £6,940 for his eighth-place finish, a fantastic result considering he won his Main Event seat in a £22 satellite.

Seventh-place went to Paul Rigg who entered a preflop raising war with Ryan Plant, eventually finding himself all-in with ace-queen against Plant’s kings. Plant flopped a set and saw his stack swell to 1,400,000 while Rigg headed to the cashier’s desk to collect £8,450.

The first player to win a five-figure prize was Mark Rubbathan whose ace-ten could not get there against the dominating ace-jack in the hand of Bickley, a finish worth £10,870, before Plant, who had been left nursing a short stack when his aces were cracked by Kellett’s jacks, busted in fifth-place for a £14,790 score.

Craig Drew then saw his tournament end in fourth-place when Bickley open-shoved with queen-jack to put Drew to the test for his last 18-big blinds. Drew called with ace-ten only to see Bickey pair his jack on the flop. Drew did have a straight draw and an overcard, but the turn and river were blanks and he headed into the cold Manchester night.

Three-handed play ended when Bickley found himself on the wrong side of a cooler. Kellett raised and instantly called when Bickley three-bet shoved. Bickley turned over ace-king of diamonds, but Kellett held pocket aces! No miracle board for Bickley and he was gone.

Kellett and Ben Maregedze then decided to split the remaining prize pool and play a solitary hand to determine where the trophy would call home. Kellett’s all-in hand was ace-four, Maregedze’s six-five with a six on the turn sealing the deal for Maregedze.

This superb result comes less than three weeks after Maregedze finished fourth in Grosvenor 25/25 Series event in London that banked him £17,081

Next up for the GUKPT is a trip north of the border to Edinburgh from Mar. 31 to Apr. 7. The Grosvenor Casino Maybury is the venue for the third leg of the 2019 tour that includes a £560 buy-in £100,000 guaranteed Main Event.