2014 GUKPT Reading has reached its conclusion and Paul Vas Nunes defeated the in-form Willie Tann in heads-up action to capture the £29,200 first prize.
British poker is in good shape at the moment.
The triumvirate of the Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour (GUKPT), Genting Poker Series (GPS) and United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) making sure there is an affordable high-class tournament within weeks of one another.
The latest player to take advantage of this intense circuitry is Paul “pvas2” Vas Nunes after taking the plaudits at the recent GUKPT Main Event in Reading.
Vas Nunes has struck a rich seam of poker in 2014. He took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $116,369.57 back in February and followed that up with the biggest win of his career when he captured the SCOOP High $2,100 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) 8-Max for $304,005.71, to take his lifetime online tournament earnings to $1.7 million.
The Surrey native defeated another in-form pro, in heads-up action, to make sure it would be his face splattered all over the pages of the poker press. The legendary Willie Tann following up his recent third place finish at GPS Newcastle, with a runner-up spot in this one.
Tann started the final table with the chip lead, but by the time heads-up action had begun he was trailing 1.5m to the 3.5m of Vas Nunes. The final hand coming on a board of [Ts] [8d] [2c] [Kc] with Tann holding [Ad] [Tc], for second pair, and Vas Nunes holding [Kd] [6d] for a turned two-pair.
Victory for Vas Nunes hands him £29,200, after cutting a four way deal, and that now means his live tournament earnings have eclipsed the one million mark with his career highlight reel including a Unibet Open victory in Dublin back in 2011 for $151,742, a third place finish in a $3K NLHE event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) back in 2012 for $290,407, and a runner-up spot in the €1,100 NLHE at the Estrellas Main Event in Barcelona in 2013 for $273,676.
Final Table Results
1st. Paul Vas Nunes – £29,200*
2nd. Willie Tann – £22,800*
3rd. Daniel James – £22,000*
4th. Haresh Thaker – £14,000*
5th. Jeff Hemmerman – £6,850
6th. Richard Turner – £5,050
7th. Rob Whatsize – £4,050
8th. Steven Chennells – £3,200
9th. Albert Sapiano – £2,700
* Indicates a four-way deal
The next stop on the GUKPT is Leeds Sep 3 – 7.