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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.
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.