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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 | Francis Lee


The third leg of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) got under way at the Victoria Casino in London.  389 players entered the four day, £1,500 buy in main event and generated a total prize pool of £597,000, with $172,850 set for the winner.

The field was filled with some of the best poker players from across the UK and Europe.   Sunny Chattha the winner of the second GUKPT and the rest of the “Hit Squad” was there, along with Michael Greco, David Colclough and Samuel Trickett just to name a few.

The field was split from the start of the tournament with two day one’s, and from these two fields just 120 players survived to return to fight out the third days play.  The bubble burst late-on into day three as the last 32 players cashed in.  Donal Norton was the unfortunate 33rd place finisher and the last player to go out with out a pay day.  The day finished with just 14 players left in the event with Jamie Brown and Martin Silke leading the field.  Also in the field was Sunny Chattha looking to be the first player to win back to back GUKPT titles and also his Hit Squad member and brother Charles Chattha.

It didn’t take long for the final table to be set on the final day as John Baughman, Sunny Chattha, Julien Legros, Kevin Jenkins, and Erik Backlund all missed out leaving the final table chip rankings looking as follows

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st  Martin Silke 945,500
  • 2nd  Luke Trotman 878,000
  • 3rd  Jamie Brown  636,000
  • 4th  Samuel Oatley  604,400
  • 5th  Dave Colclough 545,500
  • 6th  Simon Eastwood  421,500
  • 7th  Cuong Tran  331,000
  • 8th  Charles Chattha  308,000
  • 9th  Andreas Hagen  206,500

Dave Colclough was the first player out shortly after the start in a big pot involving Luke Trotman.  Trotman had Colclough dominated with :as :kd against :ad :qd No Queen for Colclough left him to exit in ninth place winning £11,950.

Trotman continued his good start eliminating Simon Eastwood out in eighth place.  Trotman was looking in bad shape pre Flop as he was up against pocket Aces with just :kc :qh The Flop came down :kh :6c :5s giving Trotman some outs to win the pot.  The :6h on the Turn was no help but the :ks on the River gave Trotman the full house.

Trotman’s hatrick of elimination’s came just before the dinner break.  This came when Andreas Hagen raised to £65,000 pre flop to which Trotman re raised all in for his £1.2 million chips.  Hagen went into the tank before calling with his last £230,000 tabling pocket Nines.  It turned out to be a race as Trotman had :as :kc The big slick won in the end as the :ad fell on the Turn.

Not long after the restart Charles Chattha decided to push his chips in with :ac :10h but come up against Samuel Oatley with :ah :qs Both players drew a bank on the final board showing  :6d :kc :9c :2d :ks leaving Chattha to head to the rail.  Chattha was quickly followed by Cuomg Tran when he got his chips in with :kd :qs against Martin Silke with :as :8h Both players missed the board meaning Tran was the fifth place finisher.

Four turned to three when Jamie Brown made a move pushing all in pre-flop with :as :6d Brown found himself dominated when Silke made the call with :ad :10h Silke hit top pair on the flop to which Brown could not recover.

Sam Oatley was unlucky to run pocket Tens into Trotman’s pocket Jacks during three handed play.  This spelt the end of his tournament as no Ten came to his rescue.  This win put Trotman in a healthy chip lead going into heads up with Silke.

Heads up turned into a marathon battle as it took over 1 ½ hours to complete.  During this time Trotman had his chip stack chipped away by Silke, until Silke found himself in the lead.  Silke didn’t look back from this point taking down the event in one huge hand.  This came when there was an Ace high flop, with Trotman having :ad :4s and Silke had :ac :kd No help for Trotman on the turn or River meant Martin Silke is the GUKPT London 2009 Champion.

Final Standings

  • 1st Martin Silke $172,850
  • 2nd Luke Trotman £103,000
  • 3rd Samuel Oatley £ 68,950
  • 4th Jamie Brown £45,350
  • 5th Cuong Tran £33,450
  • 6th Charles Chattha £27,450
  • 7th Andreas Hagen £21,500
  • 8th Simon Eastwood £15,500
  • 9th Dave Colclough £11,950



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