GUKPT – Jamie O’Connor Takes Home The Title

Τhe Grosvenor UK Poker Tour has now finally come to an end with the original 155 players being whittled down to the winner on Sunday. That winner after three days of intense action was Jamie O’Connor.


He navigated his way past not just the entire field but a very tough final table too, he came onto the final table second in chips behind Dean Swift but ended the day with all of them in the event. Other players on that final table included Luke “_FullFlush_” Schwartz, Andrew Hills and Mitchell Johnson.


Once the final table was underway it did not take too long for the first elimination who was the short stack when he reached the final table. Next to go was Shaun Conning in 8th place, after struggling to improve his position on the final table he was eliminated by the eventual winner Jamie O’Connor.


We then lost three players in quick succession with Mark Karoullas,Andrew Hills and Mitch Johnson all making way for the final four players.


The top two players at this point were the runaway leaders Dean Swift and Jamie O’Connor  it was looking more and more likely that the winner was going to come from one of these two. This was further proven when Luke Schwartz fell in 4th at the hands of Dean Swift’s pocket 10’s. The early event chip leader Schwartz would have been happy enough though with his fourth place finish and payout of £12,400.


This left us with just three to go, though Tim Blake was completely out chipped by both of his opponents and eventually headed for the exits after battling well, he was never in any shape to truly go up against his opponents and would have to settle with a 3rd place and payout of £20,150.


This left us heads up between Swift and O’Connor  with the latter having quite a large chip advantage at the time. This led to a fairly quick heads up session between the two, which culminated in a hand when Swift tried to steal a pot pre-flop with a bluff holding just 3-4, his timing was well off though as O’Connor made an easy call with an A-Q.


Swift did not get lucky and the title was O’Connor’s  to go with his nice winners cheque of £45,760. That payout was four times bigger than his previous best which came when he finished as runner up in a DTD event earlier in the year.


The Final Standings!


1st Jamie O’Connor £45,760

2nd Dean Swift £32,160

3rd Tim Blake £20,150

4th Luke Schwartz £12,400

5th Mitch Johnson £9,690

6th Andrew Hills £7,360

7th Mark Karoullas £5,810

8th Shaun Conning £4,260

9th Tom Myland £3,100