Redemption for Paul Vas Nunes in the 2024 GUKPT Grand Final

Paul Vas Nunes

Ten years ago, Paul Vas Nunes He almost became the Grand Final winner of the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT). The Londoner fought his way through most of the 212-strong field and had to face a certain opponent Charlie Carrel, who was a relatively unknown quantity at the time. Carrel defeated Vas Nunes heads-up to claim his first major live title, leaving Van Nunes to pick up a consolation prize of £94,775.

In 2024, Vas Nunes won the GUKPT Grand Final Main Event with a buy-in of £1,800, beating 324 opponents on his way to winning £140,000.

GUKPT Grand Final 2024 final table results

rank player Price
1 Paul Vas Nunes £140,000
2 Alex Montgomery £100,000
3 Adam Bonham £62,210
4 Tom Hall £39,440
5 WED £26,120
6 Julian Petrache £20,000
7 Hamza Nasir £14,500
8th Matthew Frankland £12,000
9 Angel Plazasaez £10,500

The top 32 finishers received a share of the £555,600 prize pool. Such luminaries as Keith Johnson, Florian Duta2023 PokerNews Cup champion Johnny KellyGUKPT Coventry winners Joe Hindry, Ludovic Geilichand the recently crowned 2023 National Poker League champion Calogero Morreale were among the in-the-money finishers, with the latter bursting the bubble at the final table.Hamza Nasir

Until this tournament Angel Plazasaez only had a single live score worth £625, but now he has a payout of £10,500 Hendon Mob Profile. Plazasaez used his 18 big blind stack with pocket sixes and ran straight into pocket queens.

Matthew Frankland was the next player to leave, exiting in eighth place. Frankland had the smallest stack at the start of the game with eight players and brought his last chips into the middle with ace-jack on a jack-high flop, only to find his opponent sitting with pocket aces.

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GUKPT Leeds High Roller Champion 2023, Hamza Nasir I ran out of breath in seventh place. Nasir’s pocket aces were a big favorite Adam Bonham‘s pocket ten, but the four community cards were clubs, and Bonham had the ten of clubs in his hand. A brutal way to end another deep run for Nasir.

The final six later became five Julian Petrache bowed. Romanian Petrache used his last chips with pocket threes and was in bad shape when he found that low pair against the queens Alex Montgomery and the ace-king of Bonham. Montgomery improved to an unnecessary full house on the river and Petrache was gone, albeit with a career-best £20,000 for his efforts.

An anonymous player simply known as “MI” crashed in fifth before Vas Nunes cracked Tom Hall’s queen with pocket fours after flopping a set. Hall has been in brilliant form recently; This final appearance at the final table earned him £39,440.

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The three-handed game didn’t last long as Bonham’s pocket threesome lost a coin toss to Vas Nunes’ king ten. The £62,210 raised by Bonham is almost three times his previous best result.

Montgomery went into the heads-up battle with Vas Nunes knowing he would achieve his best result to date in a GUKPT main event. Montgomery’s previous best was a third place finish at the 2018 GUKPT Manchester Main Event.

Vas Nunes had a significant chip advantage over Montgomery and it didn’t take long for him to seal the deal. Vas Nunes moved all in with ace-three and Montgomery called just over ten big blinds with queen-ten. An ace on the flop left Montgomery thin, and he was dead on the turn. Montgomery had reached the Grand Final via satellite and turned that small investment into a £100,000 profit. However, the man of the hour was Vas Nunes, the winner of the 2024 GUKPT Grand Final and recipient of £140,000, almost ten years to the day since he appeared as a bridesmaid at the event.


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