Englishman Neil Slater Upsets Locals by Winning GUKPT Edinburgh

Englishman Nathan Slater has overcome the odds to snatch the GUKPT Edinburgh title from local pro Michael Kane.

Nathan Slater GUKPT Edinburgh

Nathan Slater has overcome a table full of locals to win the GUKPT Edinburgh main event. (Image: Grosvenor Casinos)

As Grosvenor Poker’s live tour hurtles towards its summer schedule, the chips were flying in Scotland. Taking place inside Edinburgh’s Grosvenor Casino Maybury, the latest main event attracted 309 entries.

Comparing like-for-like, this year’s £560 showdown welcomed 51 more players than it did in 2018. As well as live satellites, the GUKPT’s recent online innovations helped the numbers swell as things got underway on April 4.

Englishman Rocks Scottish Event

With the £100,000 guarantee broken, the champion in waiting was set to collect £42,100 when play concluded on April 7.

Despite having a healthy stack, England’s Slater was up against. eight Scots at the table. However, even with eight Scottish players in his way, the Englishman still emerged victorious.

After taking out Steven Macleod in fifth with AQ, Slater sat back as Kane played executioner. That tactic worked well as the emerging pro took three million more chips into the heads-up finale.

Knowing that a well-timed call would end it, Slater played it cool. Eventually, after Kane pushed in his ten big blinds with Q♥5♣, Slater made his move.

Quickly flipping over A♣9♥, he watched as the board ran out 2♠2♦T♣4♠7♠. With ace-high good enough to scoop the final pot, Slater celebrated the biggest win of his career to-date.

GUKPT Edinburgh Main Event Result

1- Nathan Slater- £42,110

2- Michael Kane – £27,860

3- Michelle Baldie – £17,110

4- William Hanratty – £10,900

5- Steven Macleod – £7,420

6- Jamie Whyte – £5,450

7- James Gray – £4,260

8- Jamie Geraghty – £3,840

9- Bernie McGinlay – £2,880

GUKPT Bandwagon Rolls On

With the third leg of this year’s GUKPT complete, the organisers will now take a pre-summer break. Luton will be the next stop in June before players across Europe look towards the Goliath.

As well as gunning for another attendance record, the 2019 GUKPT Goliath will be the stage for David Haye’s toughest test. The ex-boxer is bidding to knockout anyone in his way after parting with Grosvenor Casinos in 2018.

Despite being a novice, the Hayemaker is being coached by a team of experts.

Early tests haven’t proved fruitful. However, the sportsman will be looking to bounce back when he antes up in July.

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