GUKPT London 2010 Won By Cuong TranMarch 29, 2010 9:51 am
Cuong Tran has won the GUKPT London 2010 after beating a field of 318 players over four days to take down the title and the £127,000 first place prize.
The £1,500 buy-in event managed to attract a top tier of poker pros to the Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London, all vying to lay claims to the prestigious GUKPT trophy. By the time the final table had been reached, the last remaining ten players included online pro Laurence Houghton, EPT Champion Vicky Coren, circuit regular Rumit Somaiya, poker blogger Mick McCool, GUKPT champion Darren Annis and UK poker pro and celebrity Neil Channing.
First to exit the final table was Laurence Houghton in tenth (£6,700) followed byVictoria Coren in ninth (£9,100), who commented later:
“Great. I waited 50 minutes before making a move; the big blind woke up with aces. Out in 9th: clearly not meant to be. Ah well. Nice to make a final and I get £9100. Very good week’s work. If 1st place isn’t meant to be, then it isn’t. Another time.”
As the game played down to its last three players, Neil Channing managed to eliminate Leon Bui in third place (£56,000) to give himself a 2 to 1 chip advantage against Cuong Tran heads-up.
However, the final showdown was a quick affair and two hands later the tournament was all over. Cuong Tran first managed to inflict major damage on Neil Channing’s stack after Channing’s set of eights lost to Tran’s straight on the river.
Tran then raised the next hand holding 10-7 and before long all the chips were in the centre of the table with Channing a clear favourite with pocket 9’s.
A flop of 8-3-3 looked promising for Channing, but a 10 on the turn all but ended his tournament, which was confirmed with a 4 on the river. Neil Channing had to content himself with a great performance all round and a runner-up finish worth £84,700, while Cuong Tran took home £127,800 for his victory.
Following his win, Tran commented, “..I got lucky on the day. Sometimes the cards fall the right way, but hey, that’s poker.”