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The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) landed at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London for the first leg of Season 14 on January 23. The series featured a packed schedule of 13 events that kept the venue busy till February 2. The showstopper event at the stop, the £1,500 Main Event £300K GTD, pulled in a lineup of 379 contenders (Day 1A – 122, Day 1B – 247, and Day 2 – 10). After three days of nail-biting action, Nottingham resident Artan Dedusha (cover image) was the last player left standing in the field, and he walked away with the title and £137,430 ($178,866) in cash prize.
This victory fetched Dedusha his second-best career score, taking his lifetime earnings to $850,441. His best score remains his fourth-place finish in the PokerStars National €2,200 NLHE High Roller in 2017. This was also his second live title as he had earlier won a £220 NLHE event at the Grosvenor 25/25 series in June 2017.
The 379 entries helped crush the £300K GTD by collecting a prize pool of £511,650. The top 34 places got paid with a min-cash worth £3,010, and £137,430 set aside for the winner.
Only 115 players (Day 1A – 34, and Day1B – 81) survived to play Day 2, and an additional 10 entries were made at the start of Day 2.
Panicos Ellianas went out on the money bubble, bringing the remaining 34 players into the money!
Indian-origin Haresh Thakker (23rd for £4,010), Daniel Harwood (24th for £3,510), Yiannis Liperis (29th for £3,010), Rick Trigg (32nd for £3,010), and Jean Chanpan Cheong (34th for £3,010) were among the players who finished ITM on Day 2.
Day 2 concluded with 17 players left standing, and Artan Dedusha bagged the end of day chip lead with a seven-figure stack of 1,105,000.
Day 3 saw Emrah Cakmak (10th for £8,030), Ben Morrison (11th for £7,020), Philippe Souki (13th for £6,010), Paul Tedeschi (14th for £5,530), Aleem Kanji (16th for £5,010), and Jussi Hietalahti (17th for £4,510), all falling out before the final table was set.
Leading the way heading into the final table was Patrice Brandt, with a stack of 2,045,000. His closest competitor was Artan Dedusha, with 1,225,000, while Robert Brobyn held the next top stack of 1,120,000. Paul Siddle (280,000), and Jack O’Neill (240,000) were the shortest two stacks at the start of the final table.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
Short-stacked Paul Siddle and Jack O’Neill were the first two eliminations on the final table, going out in ninth and eighth place, respectively.
Jack O’Neill got knocked out in seventh place when his ace-three ran into Artan Dedusha`s pocket sevens.
Next up, Damian Bell was relegated to the rail in sixth place.
Two-time EPT Main Event champion Victoria Coren-Mitchell was busted in fifth place. Her ace-king off-suit lost the flip against Artan Dedusha’s pocket treys.
She even tweeted about her elimination.
Thanks so much for all the support. Of course it’s a shame not to win but as I always say to young players: if you can’t be happy with a place and a profit, don’t play! All you can do is stay ahead of the game, and I’m very happy.
— Victoria Coren Mitchell (@VictoriaCoren) February 2, 2020
Not long afterward, Mo was sent packing in fourth place.
Twenty minutes after Mo, Patrice Brandt moved all-in with ace-eight and got looked up by Artan Dedusha`s king-queen. A king on the river ended Brandt’s run in third place.
Artan Dedusha entered the heads-up play with a dominating 4:1 chip lead over Ben Winsor. On the final hand of the day, Dedusha’s got there with a ten on the turn against Winsor’s pocket fives to bring an end to the proceedings.
Final Table Results (GBP)
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