GUKPT Grand Final – Grafton Eager To Defend Title (vids)


The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour saw its final event of the season start up a few hours ago as a field of 88 players signed up for the £400,000 guaranteed event in London for the first of its two opening day flights. There were a number of big names that bought in, which all meant for a feast of high quality action at the tables throughout Day 1a.

We saw the likes of Ross Boatman, Barny Boatman, Neil Channing, Karl Mahnreholz and reigning champion Sam Grafton take to the felt in order to claim one of the biggest poker titles in London this year.

Grafton claimed a payout of £102,000 last year and will be looking to emulate his own success at the tables and win back to back GUKPT Grand Finals.


Things started to go quite well for Grafton early on as he looked to defend a title that he is obviously extremely proud of in the English capital. That momentum seemed to carry on for the rest of the day too as he finished up with 159,325 chips and the overall lead. He leads a top ten that includes Sergio Aido and JP Kelly, so there is still plenty of notable competition on his radar in his attempt and defending his crown.



There were a number of players that couldn’t muster a performance good enough to see themselves into Day 2 including PokerStars Team Pro Mickey Petersen, Neil Channing and Shaun Conning; though with such a tough field on display it was inevitable that we would lose some big names on the opening day.

The Top Ten From Day 1a

1st) Sam Grafton – 159,325

2nd) Joe Laming – 108,050

3rd) Sergio Aido – 107,075

4th) Les Packer – 90,175

5th) Driton Haxhiaj – 86,675

6th) JP Kelly – 80,625

7th) Charlie Combes – 79,850

8th) Pratik Ghatge – 78,850

9th) David Tighe – 77,175

10th) Nicholas Katz – 68,300

Make sure you are around to see who takes part on Day 1b in which is expected to be a far greater turnout than the first opening day flight. Numbers that have been bandied about are around 150, which is obviously far greater than that of today, meaning we have a greats days worth of action to look forward to from 12pm GMT tomorrow.