Michael Zhang Wins GUKPT London for £113kFebruary 7, 2017 2:35 pm
The 2017 GUKPT London Main Event was held at The Poker Room in England’s capital city, with 435 players entering the £1,100 tournament to create a prize pool of £435,000 ($548,259). Four days of intense action later, and it was the UK’s Michael Zhang who would eventually walk away with the title, as well as the event’s £113,000 ($142,421) first place prize.
Zhang’s previous biggest score was a 6th place finish at the 2015 WPT Nottingham Main Event for £40,000 ($61,753), and following his latest victory in London the player now boosts his live earnings to $421,281. Zhang has also amassed a further $504,732 online playing under the screen name Mczhang.
Amongst the notable pros cashing in at the GUKPT London Main Event was Louise Duffy in 40th (£2,200), Ross Boatman in 32nd (£2,200), Simon Deadman in 27th (£2,600), and Paul Romain in 16th (£3,500).
After the final table of nine got underway, Javier Gomez Zapatero (A-7) took care of Khoa Le (K-8) in 9th, followed by Muskan Sethi (8th), Alexios Zervos (7th), and Paul Siddle (5th). In the meantime, Michael Zhang (A-K) sent Sam Meeuse (A-Q) to the rail in 6th, and after doing likewise to Carl Pickles (4th), and Fahd Smires (3rd), the heads-up phase was set between Zhang and Zapatero for the title.
As the final battle commenced, Zhang held a commanding 7m to 1.7m chip lead, with the deciding hand eventually played after Gomez Zapatero (Jh-10h) bluffed all-in on a 2c-2s-8h-9c-3c board. The Spaniard’s timing was off, though, as Zhang (Kc-5c) was sitting there with a king high flush, and after making the call Zapatero collected £74,000 for his hard-fought efforts, while Zhang was crowned the champion.
Final Table Results:
1: Michael Zhang £113,000
2: Javier Zapatero £74,000
3: Fahd Smires £48,900
4: Carl Pickles £29,400
5: Paul Siddle £22,200
6: Sam Meeuse £18,200
7: Alexios Zervos £14,400
8: Muskan Sethu £10,400
9: Khoa Le £7,800
Next stop on the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour is the city of Manchester from February 26th to March 5, with its £1,100 Main Event guaranteeing a prize pool of at least £200,000.