Martyn Frey Wins 2012 GUKPT CoventryAugust 29, 2012 11:51 am
Martyn Frey has won the GUKPT Coventry, after defeating a field of 122 players over three days to lift the trophy, and collect the £36,610 ($57,457) first place prize.
As the Main Event got underway at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, 122 players put up the £1,070 buy-in fee to create a prize pool of £122,000. Eventually, Tom Langley was the first player to get paid after being eliminated in 13th place for £1,830 ($2,872). A couple of knockouts later and the final table of nine was set with Martyn Frey sitting in pole position ahead of the remaining competitors.
First to leave the arena was Terry Mitford in 9th (£2,740), whose pocket queens fell to the pocket kings of Lee French, followed by Ainis Radauskas (Q-9) in 8th (£3,660) after a mistimed blinds steal attempt in which he also came up against kings, this time belonging to Simon Deadman.
Martyn Frey then scored his first elimination in a pre-flop battle in which his K-J hit a K on the turn to dispatch Ray Power (A-Q) in 7th for £4,880. Frey subsequently took out a short stacked Alan Taddei in 6th (£6,100), who was forced to make a move with 10-3 but walked into Frey’s pocket sevens, instead.
Dean Aldred was the tournaments 5th place finisher (£7,930) after his pocket fives lost the coin-flip against Matt Davenport’s A-J, while Martyn Frey was on the happier side of a coin-flip holding 8-8 against Simon Deadman’s A-K, who subsequently exited in 4th for £10,060.
After Matt Davenport (A-J) dispatched Lee French (8-7) to the rail in 3rd (£16,160), Davenport took a 1.4m to 1m chip lead over Frey into the heads-up phase of the competition. However, Davenport’s lead was soon reduced when he pushed all his chips to the centre of the table holding 10-4 on a 7-5-3-2 board with Frey making the call with 3-2. Soon after, Davenport’s pocket fives shove fell to the K-7 of Frey, and so Matt Davenport had to content himself with a runner-up finish worth £25,920, while Martyn Frey was crowned the 2012 GUKPT Coventry Champion.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1st £36,610 Martyn Frey
2nd £25,920 Matt Davenport
3rd £16,160 Lee French
4th £10,060 Simon Deadman
5th £7,930 Dean Aldred
6th £6,100 Alan Taddei
7th £4,880 Ray Power
8th £3,660 Ainis Radauskas
9th £2,740 Terry Mitford