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3: Barrels GUKPT Goliath; Java wins again; Hallaert triple crown

TAGs: Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour, Kenny Hallaert, Nipun Java

3-Barrels from the world of tournament poker as the Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour Goliath breaks its live attendance record; India’s Nipun Java wins another huge event, and Kenny Hallaert wins an online triple crown 

The 2017 Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour (GUKPT) Goliath has beaten its own record for hosting the largest live tournament outside of the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

The Grosvenor Casino Ricoh Arena in Coventry once again acted as host, as 6,385 entrants took a seat in the £120 buy-in event. Grosvenor organisers put on seve3: Barrels GUKPT Goliath; Java wins again; Hallaert triple crownn starting flights and allowed players to go re-entry crazy, but the winner only needed a single bullet.

Before the Goliath, Elliot Marais’s largest live tournament score was £275 for a 46th place finish in a £60 buy-in event in Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) back in 2014. Today, he is $111,665 the richer, and unless the lad had a swap or two with mates, I reckon he banked the lot.

The mammoth field beat Goliath’s previous record of 5,232 entrants set in 2016.

The £250,000 Guarantee was smashed like a chamber pot in the hands of a drunken chambermaid with grease on her hands, as the final tally came in at just under £700,000.

You can expect the 2018 event to extend the record even further.

Final Table Results

1. Elliot Marais – $111,665
2. Tai Hoang – $80,806
3. Levan Reid – $58,113
4. Paul Adrian Morris – $41,237
5. Robert Shore – $28,514
6. Calum James Goodwin – $20,038
7. Oneib Saeed – $15,631
8. Fabio Liriomiranda – $12,883
9. Dean Perry – $11,054

Nipun Java Wins The $570 Deep Stack at The 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open

Let’s jump on our water skis and head over the Atlantic Ocean, and the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, where the $570 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack event attracted a sumptuous 3,173 entrants.

3: Barrels GUKPT Goliath; Java wins again; Hallaert triple crownThe winner was a man who is in the form of his life.

India’s Nipun Java came into the SHRPO side event on a run that saw him win two WSOP bracelets in the summer. The $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Tag Team event with his partner Aditya Sushant, and the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Online Championships on WSOP.com breaking new ground for an Indian player.

Java defeated 3,173 entrants to capture the $230,848 first prize, meaning he has now won $440,249 in 2016 and over $2.2m in lifetime earnings.

Final Table Results

1. Nipun Java – $230,848
2. Alfredo Guevara – $169,791
3. Joshua Robins – $133,825
4. Ana Freitas – $130,702
5. Brian Powell – $79,722
6. Michael Mehallis – $62,667
7. Zachary Donovan – $46,009
8. Manelic Minaya – $30,937

Kenny Hallaert Wins an Online Triple Crown

Nipun Java isn’t the only poker player experiencing a period of brilliance. A certain Tournament Director from Belgium is also racing through tournament fields like a Thunderbird.

On Sunday, Kenny “SpaceFCB” Hallaert locked down the Online Triple Crown with a victory in the $120,000 GTD Whale on 888Poker. Hallaert defeated a field of 177 entrants in the $1,050 buy-in event, including luminaries such as Sebastian Saffari (2nd), Rocco Palumbo (5th), and Thomas Muehloecker (7th). It took Hallaert nine hours to win the top prize of $44,250.

The Triple Crown was secured after Hallaert won the PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday for $57,000, and partypoker’s $15k GTD Eliminator for a smidgen under five grand – all within the space of ten days.

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