Drew Kirkland Wins 2016 GPPT Glasgow

Latest stop on the Grand Prix Poker Tour was Scotland’s biggest city of Glasgow, which has a population of 596,000 people, or around 10% of the country’s 5.3 million population. The $109 buy-in GPPT Main Event was held at the National Stadium Hampden Park, and featured a guaranteed prize pool worth $250,000. Two days of intense action later, and eventually triumphing over the field was Scottish player Drew Kirkland who subsequently walked away with the competition’s first-place prize of $41,000.
Starting Day 2 of the event was a narrowed field of 190 players, each of whom at this stage had locked up at least $330 for their hard-fought efforts. Eight hours later, and the remaining nine players then took their seats at the official final table with each player now guaranteed at least $3,000 a piece.
Drew Kirkland (A-K) then eliminated John Burns (A-Q) in 9th, while Jonathan Gray took care of Paul McTaggart in 5th, Lauris Kulins in 4th, and Ryan Pearson in 3rd to go heads-up against Kirkland for the title.
At the start of the heads-up phase of the tournament, Jonathan Gray held an almost 2-1 chip lead over his remaining opponent, but Kirkland forged ahead when his A-K beat Gray’s pocket sixes. Before long, Kirkland’s A-K was up against another pocket pair, this time pocket eights, and after the board ran out J-6-7-K-4, Gray had to settle for a runner-up finish worth $25,000, while top honors and the title went to Drew Kirkland.
Final Table Results:
1: Drew Kirkland $41,000
2: Jonathan Gray $25,000
3: Ryan Pearson $16,130
4: Lauris Kulins $12,250
5: Paul McTaggart $9,250
6: Mark Armstrong $7,000
7: Chris Bartlett $5,500
8: Anthony Gray $4,000
9: John Burns $3,000
Next stop on the Grand Prix Poker Tour is at the opposite end of the U.K. in the east coast Sussex city of Brighton, with the main event taking place at the Amex Stadium between July 23rd and 24th.

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