GUKPT Goliath Hits Stunning 5,232 Entries, £523k Prize Pool


Expectations were high for this year's GUKPT Goliath main event after lest year's 4,000+ entries.

This year's festival took it to another level altogether.

Over the past weekend the 2016 Goliath Main Event drew a staggering 5,232 entries - over 1,000 more than last year's event - to build a massive £523,200 prize pool.

After a three-handed deal that secured each player claim over £50,000, IT consultant Vamshi Vandanapu took home the top prize of £62,750 and the coveted GUKPT Goliath trophy.

IT Streak Hits 2

Vandanapu, an IT consultant in London, is the second consecutive IT worker to win the event after Miikka Toikka won in 2015.

Packed house.

A local at The Poker Room above Grosvenor Casino Victoria, Vandanapu was taken aback by defeating such a massive field:

“I never imagined I’d be the remaining one. I just played it one hand at a time,” he said.

44 year old Irishman Robbie Richwood finished second and 33 year old Cristian Popescu third.

Both took home exactly £50,000 after the deal.

On an original £120 buy-in that's a substantial return on investment.

Full final table results for the 2016 GUKPT Goliath Main Event:

1. Vamshi Vandanapu £62,750 (*after deal between top 3)
2. Robbie Richmond £50,000 (*after deal between top 3)
3. Cristian Popescu £50,000 (*after deal between top 3)
4. Will Campbell £27,000.00
5. Tom Powell £18,850.00
6. Graeme Evans £13,400.00
7. Luke Winsley £10,450.00
8. Craig Drew £8,600.00
9. Jonathan Mellor £7,400.00
10. Daniel Andrew Corbett £6,400.00

Other winners from the Goliath festival week:

  • Deep and Steep -- Lester Mobbs
  • Red Tooth Event -- Jennifer Barr
  • Joker is Wild -- Kevin Leeds
  • Tag Team -- Sophie Rigali
  • Omaha -- Wayne Beet
  • Win the Button -- Drew Grewcock
  • 25/50 -- Peter Wigglesworth.
  • Overall team from Main Event -- Hampshire Squad

Next up for the GUKPT is the Summer Sizzler, held at various destinations over the August bank holiday weekend, and the £100,000 GTD GUKPT Main Event in Edinburgh. Full details on the GUKPT site here.

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