Allan Peers Takes Down First GUKPT £500 Deepstack Main Event
Allan Peers has won GUKPT Stockton for £11,000, besting a field of 72 to take home his biggest ever score and his first live tournament title - an achievement particularly sweet as he gave up a ticket to Liverpool's victorious FA Cup Semi Final game to play the tournament. Runner up was 2008 Irish Open finalist Thomas Dunwoodie, who fought a valiant short-stacked battle throughout the final only to succumb at the very last hurdle and take home £8,000.
The tournament took place at the Grosvenor G Casino Stockton from April 13th-16th, with a full and varied array of side events taking place throughout the week. The main event was a £500+50 NL Hold'em Deepstack tournament; players were allowed to re-enter once if they busted during the first six levels.
The fantastically deep structure, with 50,000 starting chips, a one hour clock and blinds starting at 25/50, meant that action was slow on Day 1 - Level 3 was well underway when Ruslan Vlasov became the first player to hit the rail. He would soon be back, though, taking advantage of the re-entry format to take a second shot at the tournament. It was not to be for Vlasov, though - he busted for the second and final time just a couple levels later when his flush draw failed to come in against two pair. Vlasov was gone but both his buy-ins remained in the tournament, meaning that although there were only 72 runners, there were 73 entries in the prize pool.
Gonzalez Garcia jumped into an early chip leader with nearly double his starting stack after just four levels, but was soon supplanted by Mark James. It was all change within minutes, though, as Peter Wigglesworth doubled through James with pocket queens against James' pocket jacks to take his turn at the top of the chip counts late on Day 1. By the close of Day 1, though, it would be David Outterside who occupied the top spot, his 226,075 stack leading the 48 survivors into Day 2.
Returning the following afternoon to play right down to a final table and the money, David OuttersideMark JamesThomas Dunwoodie would be leading the pack.
Notable Day 2 exits included GUKPT Bolton champion Steve HoldenDavid OuttersideThomas Dunwoodie's J-9 held up and sent Outterside to the rail. Dunwoodie meanwhile almost doubled his stack to a monstrous 600,000 chip lead.
Down to 15 runners, Lewis BrownAllan Peers' K-J and exited immediately after.
The exits of Terry Mitford in 12th and Ray Ryder in 11th should have meant that the remaining 10 players were on the bubble, but within moments of Ryder's exit, a deal was proposed to pay 10th place £520. All the players agreed to the deal, and within minutes Paul Riley became the recipient of the 10th place money. Day 2 was suddenly over, and the remaining nine would return the following day to play out the final table, Andy Lambert holding the chip lead.
Action was not long in presenting itself, as on the very first hand of the day David GaloDarren Meynell soon followed in eighth place (£1,280), and the final was seven-handed when they went on their first break of the day.
CT LawThomas Dunwoodie on an A-K-T-6-Q board, Dunwoodie's K-J making a Broadway straight to beat Law's A-4 for a pair of aces. Law soon got the rest of his stack in with K-J on a jack-high flop but smacked into James Marriot's pocket aces to depart in seventh place for £1,550, in the process propelling Marriot into the chip lead.
Andy LambertAllan Peers called from the button with pocket nines, and Lambert claimed £1,920 for sixth place money while the final five headed off for a well-earned dinner break.
Thomas DunwoodieAllan Peers' A-K. James spiked a ten, but Peers spiked an ace and it was all over for James in fifth place (£2,560).
Fortune continued to smile on Thomas DunwoodieAllan Peers holding the chip lead.
It didn't take long for James Marriot to succumb in third place, calling all in with pocket aces on a ten-high board with two clubs on it. Allan Peers had set him in with a flush draw which came in on the river, sending Marriot home in third place for £5,380.
Now heads up with Thomas DunwoodieAllan Peers was in possession of over 80% of the chips in play. It didn't take long for the chips to go in, Dunwoodie shoving on the turn of a 6-7-7-9 board to a bet from Peers. Peers made the call and turned over 9-5 for two pair; Dunwoodie could only manage 6-3 for a worse two pair, and following an inconsequential jack on the river, Dunwoodie had to make do with second place and £8,000. Allan Peers meanwhile claimed £11,000, the trophy and the title of GUKPT Stockton champion.
1st. Allan Peers (£11,000)
2nd. Thomas Dunwoodie (£8,000)
3rd. James Marriot (£5,380)
4th. Mark O'Kane (£3,190)
5th. Mark James (£2,560)
6th. Andy Lambert (£1,920)
7th. CT Law (£1,550)
8th. Darren Meynell (£1,280)
9th. David Galo (£1,100)
10th. Paul Riley (£520)
Next up, just one week down the line, is the turn of G Casino, Thanet to host its own £500 Main Event – this time in 6-max format. The festival runs from the 22nd-30th April.