UK Poker Legend Ali Mallu denied by Local Car Mechanic in £60k heads up showdown!

Published On May 2, 2017 |

That’s a wrap for the Walsall leg of the 2017 GUKPT and it’s over in record time! GUKPT Walsall pulled in a healthy field of 238, creating a prize pool of £119,000. Local players were out in force, with a large majority of the field from Walsall and the surrounding areas. When the dust settled on a week of enthralling poker action it was local man Gareth “Gaz” Howard who was the last man standing in the Main Event, earning himself £28,850!

It wasn’t an easy ride for the car bodyshop repairer who was up against the UK’s most notorious poker live wire and GUKPT veteran Ali Mallu. Self-confessed Gambler Mallu is well known for his crazy antics on the felt. His style always adds an interesting dynamic to any poker table, creating some fast and furious action. This final was no different, with our champion crowned within a record 6 hours!

27 year old Gareth Howard managed to hold his nerve right until the end,  making an impressive call with fourth pair to finally take out Mallu and snatch the 2017 GUKPT Walsall title. Gareth was absolutely ecstatic with this result and remarked he is “booking a flight to Las Vegas as soon as possible!”

Grosvenor Casino Walsall also hosted an array of side events throughout the week, much to the delight of the crowds of poker enthusiasts in attendance . Congratulations to Richard King, David Trigg, Gareth Bakewell, Stephen Norman, Daniel Bakewell, Peter Djordjenic and Katie Swift on their Side event wins!

GUKPT Walsall Main Event Results



Gareth Lee Howard



Ali Mallu



Steven John Healey



Yiannis Liperis



Timothy Chung



Richard Trigg



Ming Ju



Harish Sahnan



Jan Naderzadeh



Christopher Peter Johnson


Grosvenor Casinos’ GUKPT is now gearing up for its 5th leg of the 2017 Tour, which will be taking place at Grosvenor Casino Reading South. The £100,000 Guaranteed (£500+50 buy-in) Main Event crowns off the week which also sees an array of side events and satellites. There’s no need for customers to wait to grab their seat at the action – there are 10 x £550 GUKPT Main Event seats guaranteed online at Grosvenor Poker every week!


The GUKPT’s sister tour, the 25/25, is also making waves across the UK as it pulls up at a Grosvenor Casino most weekends. This week it’s Grosvenor Casino Portsmouth’s turn to play host as the £25,000 Guaranteed (£200+20 buy-in) event will be running from Thursday to Sunday with 3 different starting flights to choose from. Just like for the GUKPT, you can win your £220 25/25 Seat for Portsmouth or the series of your choice. 25/25 satellites take place online on Grosvenor Poker every Monday and Wednesday with 5 x £220 Seats Guaranteed in each.

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