GUKPT London 2011 Won By Praz BansiMarch 21, 2011 9:22 am
Praz Bansi has just won the 2011 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) London, after overcoming a field of 245 players over three days to lift the title, as well as collect the £101,020 ($165,587) first place prize.
With his latest win the 32 year-old London born pro has further consolidated his position as one of the UK’s top poker players, while taking his live tournament winnings to almost $2.5 million.
As yesterday’s £1,500 main event final table of nine got underway, Praz Bansi was the chip leader sitting on a 1.281 million stack and with clear daylight between himself and second big stack Gary Lindsay on 842k. Also at the table was Chris Kyriacou (412k), Manig Loeser (340k), Karl Mahrenholz (317k), Jim Dunsfield (190k), Ken Wong (110k), Jamie Roberts (109k) and Jeff Kimber with a mere 79k in chips.
Playing exceptional poker, the two time WSOP bracelet winner managed only to increase his stack as play continued and by the time the heads-up phase of the competition had been reached, Bansi held a 6 to 1 chip lead over Germany’s Manig Loeser.
However, Loeser continued to fight bravely and had even sneaked the lead when the defining hand of the heads-up battle occured.The German was all-in on the turn holding top pair but unfortunately for him Bansi had turned the nut straight and Manig Loeser was then reduced to just one big blind.
Loeser was then out on the next hand but collected £67,070 for his runner-up finish, while Praz Bansi picked up the GUKPT London Champion to go with the GUKPT Bolton title he lifted in 2007.
UK pro Praz Bansi belongs to a five strong group of London based professional poker players known as The Hitsquad. After being impressed with each others poker play the group agreed to share their poker strategies and now have combined tournament winnings of more than $6 million over five years.