GUKPT Luton Main Event 2010 Won By Neil "Bad Beat" ChanningAugust 16, 2010 8:12 am
Neil “Bad Beat” Channing has won the the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton Main Event 2010, after defeating a field of 229 players over four days to take down the title and the £64,050 ($104,316) first place prize.
With his latest win the Londoner has now earned in excess of $2.5 million from live tournament wins, and has further consolidated his position as one of the UK’s top poker players.
On Sunday, after the starting field of the £1,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament had eventually been whittled down, the remaining ten players in the competition then took their seats at the final table.
Neil Channing went into the final stretch firmly out in front as the chip leader, but with George White, Keith Johnson and Ricky Mackintosh also sitting on large stacks.
The remaining players knew they had some work to do if they were to make up the difference in chips. Unfortunately for them as they began making their moves they started getting picked-off one by one. First Victor Ilyukhin was sent to the rail in 10th, followed by Jeff Kimber in 9th and Joe Grech in 8th, both of whom ran into opponent’s pocket Aces.
Channing then dispatched Les Fenton in 7th, while Ricky Mackintosh was knocked out in 6th spot and Carlo Citrone picked up £12,600 in 5th for his deep run in the tournament.
Card rack George White must have felt the poker gods were on his side after picking up no fewer than four lots of pocket Aces at the final table, but eventually his luck run out and he collected £16,000 after being eliminated in 4th place.
With just three players left, the shortest stack at the table Odetoyinbo managed to outlast Keith Johnson who found himself in dire straits after losing a massive race against Neil Channing. Johnson’s pocket 7’s weren’t able to withstand Channing’s AK, and soon after he found himself out in 3rd for a £28,050 pay-day.
A few minutes later Odetoyinbo, too, found himself on the wrong end of Channing’s big slick and so he had to content himself with a runner-up prize worth £43,500.
Meanwhile, Black Belt Poker’s Neil Channing picked up £64,050 for his impressive win and was also awarded a seat in the Champion of Champions event, a £150,000 invite only tournament reserved for winners of GUKPT tournament or associated events.