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Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | Francis Lee


The fourth leg of the 2009 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) was held at the Grosvenor Casino in Manchester.  298 entrants bought in for the £1,000 buy in main event all looking to win the £88,630 on offer to the winner.

The eventual winner of the event would have to play through three days of poker to reach the top prize.  Edward Rogers gave himself the best chance of reaching this prize when taking a huge chip lead into the final table, having almost double the chip stack of his nearest rival Harri Isomaki.  The rest of the table was tightly bunched with Surinder Sunar being on the short stack with 130,000 in chips.  This is how the final table looked at the start.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st  Edward Rogers 807,000
  • 2nd  Harri Isomaki 462,000
  • 3rd  Kevin Holdstock 405,000
  • 4th  David Maudlin 360,000
  • 5th  Simon Moorman 248,000
  • 6th  Eddie Lundon 223,000
  • 7th  Kenny Burke 201,000
  • 8th  Andy Booth 152,000
  • 9th  Surinder Sunar 130,000

It wasn’t until after the first dinner break that the first elimination came about, as play was tight and most pots being decided pre flop.  Surinder Sunar who was on the short stack called Andy Booth’s all in bet with just :10c :3d and was up against :ad :jc Sunar fell further behind when the flop paired a Jack for Booth and the :ah on the turn left Sunar drawing dead on the river.

On the very next hand the chip leader Edward Rogers doubled up Simon Moorman loosing with pocket nines against pocket queens.  This win had put Moorman into the chip lead.  Just a few hands later Rogers found himself all in with :ac :qs and was favourite to double up against Kenny Burke with :as :3s The flop changed the outlook of the hand coming down :5c :8s :2s giving Burke a straight and flush draw and Edwards needed to dodge 12 outs to survive.  The turn was the :4d which completed Burke’s straight and only a three would save Edwards Tournament life.  The :ah fell on the turn sending Edwards to the rail in 8th place winning £8,340.

The eliminations continued to come as just a few hands later David Maudlin found himself in a coin flip situation, all in with :7h :7d against Harri Isomaki with :ac :jh Maudlin held the lead right down to the turn until the :as fell on the river knocking him out in 7th place.  Kevin Holdstock was short stacked at this point and decided to push with :qd :9d Andy Booth made the call with :kh :js and won the pot as the final board blanked out for both players.

Five handed play quickly turned to three handed play in the space of two hands.  First Andy Booth went out in 5th place as his :ac :jd was dominated and beaten by Eddie Lundon with :ad :kh Then on the next hand Kenny Burke was looking good to double up against Moorman with :9c :9d against :jc :9h Moorman managed to pair a Jack on the river sending Burke out in 4th place.

Moorman went onto increase his chip lead eliminating Lundon into 3rd place.   Lundon moved all in after the flop had come down :7d :2s :6c with :5h :4d on a straight draw and Moorman made the call tabling :kd :ks The :5c increased Lundon’s outs but the :7c on the river confirmed his exit.

This win had put Moorman on 2.5 million in chips, well ahead of Isomaki on just 500,000.  Isomaki made an early double to get to just past 1 million in chips but was soon eliminated when his :kd :8c lost out to :as :5s Moorman paired an Ace on the flop to which Isomaki didn’t recover.  Simon Moorman picked up the first place prize of £88,630 which was an amazing feat as this was only his second live tournament he has played in.  The entry fee for this tournament was paid as a birthday present by his son which turned into a huge pay day.

Final Standings

  • 1st Simon Moorman £88,630
  • 2nd Harri Isomaki  £54,380
  • 3rd Eddie Lundon  £35,760
  • 4th Kenny Burke  £23,240
  • 5th Andy Booth  £17,280
  • 6th Kevin Holdstock £14,300
  • 7th David Maudlin £11,320
  • 8th Edward Rogers £8,340
  • 9th Surinder Sunar £5,960



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