On Sunday the Grosvenor UK & Ireland Poker Tour Manchester £1,000 Main Event was completed after the original field of 192 players were condensed down to a winner within four long days of action. That man was Rhys Jones and he took home a score of £42,000 from the £200k guaranteed event.
Won it for £42k
— Rhys Jones (@floppinhel) March 9, 2014
It might be a small local poker tour but it certainly brought out some big names and Jones had to compete with the likes of Simon Deadman, Karl Mahrenholz and Steve Warburton on the final table before coming out of the other end as the champion.
Deadman had started the day as the chip leader and would certainly have been the favourite for the event but despite making it into heads up against Jones he could not go that extra step further. They started heads up with fairly equal stacks but Jones seemed to be getting the better cards.
— Simon Deadman (@SIMONDEADMAN) March 9, 2014
Eventually the chips went into the middle with Deadman holding the Kx-2x and Jones the Jx-9x and Jones managed to not only connect with a 9x on the flop but also finish up with a straight by the time the river came along.
Deadman will be disappointed but due to a split between the final three on the table he actually walked away with not too much less than his opponent. He banked £40,000 which will no doubt soften the blow of missing out on the title. Warburton was the man to finish in 3rd place and he too was clever enough to agree to a chop of the prize pool and will be delighted with a £39,000 payday.
Next up for the GUKPT will be the Edinburgh leg that starts on the 2nd of April and finishes on the 6th. We will of course let you know how the players get on in that one as well.
How It Finished
1st) Rhys Jones – £42,000
2nd) Simon Deadman – £40,000
3rd) Steve Warburton – £39,000
4th) Richard Kellett – £15,000
5th) Nathan Jackson – £11,500
6th) Dahe Liu – £9,500
7th) Karl Mahrenholz – £7,500
8th) Graeme Crozier – £5,500
9th) Mark Harding – £4,000
10th) Ish Patel – £3,500