In a busy day on the poker circuit there was another event that was completed yesterday as the GUKPT Champion of Champions was played out until completion. It was eventually won by the Belgian pro Serge Van Landegham.
In the heads up session he managed to come from behind when down 2-1 in chips against Simon Deadman. Deadman has already recorded a win this year after taking down the WPT National Dublin Main Event. He secured winnings of €67,500 for that title and was hoping to add to that with the winner’s cheque from this on.
That wasn’t to be on this occasion as his Estate agent opponent went on to not only claw back that deficit but eventually land the title.
Van Landegham has only actually been playing live events for around 3 years and this is easily his biggest career score to date. When interviewed he paid homage to his British opponents by stating that they are far more polite than in his home country and that of Holland. He says that he will be playing more GUKPT tournaments this year, if of course his day job allows it.
The players that qualified for this event did so by winning either a GUKPT Main or Side Event during 2012. So in essence this was a freeroll that actually meant a payout of £22,630 for the part time player.
There were originally 94 players that started the event and it came down to a tough final table that of course included the hugely successful Simon Deadman. On this occasion though, Deadman would have to settle for a second place payout of £16,060, as his opponent came from behind to snatch the title from him.
Other notables in the field included the ever aggressive Les Fenton, the fun Steven Warburton and the insanely aggressive Laura Powell. Each of those managed to finish well on the final table, which basically awarded them free money for their previous achievements in 2012.
How It Finished!
Serge Van Landegham — (£22,630)
Simon Deadman — (£16,060)
Les Fenton — (£10,220)
Fadil Isufi — (£6,200)
Vincent Calenti — (£5,110)
Philippe Dhondt — (£3,650)
Thomas Guntrip — (£2,920)
Laura Powell — (£2,190)
Maurice Nicholson — (£2,010)
Steven Warburton — (£2,010)
The GUKPT is easily one of the more prominent poker tours in the UK, one which we like to follow on a regular basis. If you are in need of full reports on the events, you know that we are always on hand to provide them for you. So just make sure that check back here from time to time to stay in the loop.