GukPT Goliath 2013 Final Table

Published On August 26, 2013 |

The 2013 GukPT Goliath is Over

After 7 days of poker in Coventry, the 2013 GukPT Goliath has run its course, giving Jake Skidmore his biggest ever Poker result, and giving the GukPT a European record for the biggest ever live poker event.

The final table started a little late due to a few technical gremlins, but once it got going, the action was fast, furious and saw chips flying around the table.

The first elimination was Dan Arbon, who was eliminated in the first hand by Dan “Harry Styles” Cullen. Cullen had the and Arbon got all the chips in on the flop with his . The turn brought no help in the form of the , and the river was a blank as well. Arbon picked up £2,400 for his ninth place.

We barely had time to take breath, when another one bit the dust. Kevin Stevens got his chips over the line in a coin flip against Robert Trueman. Stevens had the but was slightly behind Trueman’s , and the board ran out as a bunch of balnks to give Stevens 8th place and £3,200.

7th place went to Rob Trueman, who was eliminated trying a move I’d be proud of myself. He shoved over a blind on blind raise from Jiri Sladkovsky with nothing more than and cojones the size of footballs. Unfortunately for Trueman, Sladkovsky had and made the call. The board was dealt out showing and sent Trueman home with £4,800.

Nishid Pnadipleuman was the next one to go, and did it in much the same way as Trueman. The main difference was Nishad had been a lot more active than Trueman, giving his small blind shove with a lot less credibility. The other thing that didn’t help was Steve Winstanley waking up next door with . Winstanley hit an on the river to add some finality to Pnadipleuman’s departure. He picked up £6,100 for his troubles.

Next on the train out of the competition was Luke Vincecombe. With a shortstack, he open shoved from the button with and got looked up by current chipleader Daniel “Harry Styles” Culen, who made the call with a dominating . The flop didn’t change a thing, and Lucke got 5th place and £8,000.

With four left we saw some great play and the next elimination was just after the break. First hand back and Steven Winstanley shoved his dwindling stack with from the button. Jiri Sladkovsky looked at his cards, and probably couldn’t believe his luck when he saw , and snapped off the call. the board ran out 7 high, and sent Winstanley home with a cheque for £11,000.

This started a flood of action on the table, and we saw Daniel “Harry Styles” Cullen start to run ice cold, haemorrhaging chips to both Jiri Sladkovsky and Jake Skidmore, and not putting a foot wrong. He may have been running bad, but this One Direction look-a-like was playing more than adequate poker, and really should think about a Rabbits Foot in future. His cold streak culminated in his last hand when he made a light shove into an unopened pot from the small blind with . Jake Skidmore, who had just crippled Cullen, was sat there with most of the young student’s chips, and . The call was instant, and the board ran out to end the young man’s run. He collected £19,000, which is going to give him a whale of a time at university this year.

Heads up was a short affair, and with Skidmore having a big chip lead and enough aggression to single handedly take over a small African Nation, it was only really going one way.

Jiri Sladkovsky opened the last hand with a min bet, holding , more than a reasonable starting hand in heads up play. Skidmore, however, was running just a little bit better, and looked down at . He fired back a bet to 1.8 million, eliciting a shove from the Czech. Skidmore took a breath or two, and announced “Call!” The flop went in Jiri’s direction with staring up from the red felt on the table. The on the turn helped no-one, and most of us were expecting to see Skidmore cutting out the chips to pay Sladkovsky in short order. The river changed all that, and gave Jake Skidmore the 2013 Goliath title and £56,540 in prize money. Sladkovsky takes home £31,000 for a job well done.

The Goliath will be back next year, and the GukPT will be confirming the dates in the near future.

We’ve now finished our coverage of the event from the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The GukPT will be back in September with the Manchester

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Skidding to a Finish

Jiri opened the action to 800k on the button, holding . Sitting over the table, Jake had , and he fired back to 1.8 million. Jiri, obviously thinking he was ahead shoved his remaining chips into the middle. Jake took a second for a breath, and announced “Call.”

The cards were turned over to show Jake as the favourite but the flop of put him behind to the pair of queens. The turn didn’t make any difference, but the river gave Jake a straight, and the Goliath 2013 Title. Jake’s rush of cards at the end of the final table has earned him £56,540.

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First hand of Heads Up

Jiri started by raising to 1 million, but Jake just shoved with Ace Three. Jiri folded, and flashed the as his cards hit the muck.

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Goodbye Harry

Cullen shoved his small blind into Jake Skidmore’s big blind with , but Skidmore, running like god, found and obviously made the call.

The board ran out to send Daniel Cullen off in 3rd place. He played very well, and just ran bad to lose his chip lead, and bustout. He takes home £19,000.

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It Never Rains but it Pours

Cullen is again in our next hand, opening with from the button to 800k finding a three bet from Skidmore, who woke up with . Jake made it 1.6 million, which Dan called in position. The flop fell and Jake checked, letting Cullen fre out another 1.4 million, which Skidmore called. The turn brought a 1.7m bet form Jake, which Cullen called after some thought. The river was the , amd Jake continued his aggression with a 2.1 million bet. Dan agonised over the decision, but finally Cullen hero called, mucking his cards when he sae Skidmore’s cards.

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Cullen Again

The next hand saw Dan Cullen in action again. Jake Skidmore opened to 1 million with and got a call from Cullen with .

The flop fell , and the action started to heat up. Jake started by firing 2 million into the middle, followed by Cullen firing back 4 million chips. Jake wasn’t done yet, and made it 8 million, leadin Cullen to shove, which was snapped off by Skidmore.

The board was completed by the and Skidmore jumped into this chip lead.

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The Big Stacks Collide

Dan Cullen min bet from the button with his and got called byJiri holding .

The flop was the and Jiri led out for 850k, Dan wasn’t content to just call, and fired back to 1.7 million. Jiri called, and the turn came a deuce. 2.5 million hit the middle from Jiri which cullen just called. The River brought a blan seven, which both players checked, giving Cullen the pot.

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First Hand Back, Another Victim

We’re not back online for more than a few monuets, and we have already had another bustout.

Winstanley pushed his remaining chips over the line with and was snap called bu Jiri in the small blind with .

The board ran out and Steve Winstanley is out 4th place finisher for a well earned £11,000.

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Chip Counts From the Break

Seat Two – Steven Winstanley – 5,500,000
Seat Five – Jiri Sladkovsky – 18,900,000
Seat Seven – Daniel Cullen – 28,000,000
Seat Nine – Jake Skidmore – 11,600,000

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Here We Go Again!

We’re back for another level of fun, with the blinds at 200/400 and an ante of 40.

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Break

End of the 3rd level of the day, and we’ll be back in a few

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What you looking at?

Jiri opened from under the gun with to 660k, and around to the big blind we went, finding Steve Winstanley with :8 making the call. The flop came and steve checked, allowing Jiri to make the 900k bet. Steve gave Jiri a stare down before counting out a raise from his stack. After a little more though, he changed his mind, and sent his cards to the muck.

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Amazing Play

Dan Cullen raised from the small blind to 800k hold just and found a caller in Jake Skidmore’s big blind with . The flop was fanned out to show and the two players checked. The turn brought the 9d giving Jake the check mark. That didn’t stop Cullen from making a move, raising to 775k. Skidmore made the call, in a show of either bravely or skill. The river was the , putting a real scare card out on the board. Cullen made a great move, applying a large amount of pressue with a bet to 1.66 million. Removing the Bravery option, and leaving us with nothing but skill, Jake made a fantastic call, and took the pot.

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Then There Was 4

Luke Vinnicombe got his whole stack into the middle with :Jd5s, open shoving from the button. He  was called by chip leader Daniel Cullen with  .

The flop ran out and Luke picks up 5th place money for his time in Coventry.

Calming Down

The action has slowed down, and we haven’t seen a hand get interesting for a while. Rest assured, we’re still here, and we’ll bring you the action when it picks up again.

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Chip Counts

Seat Two – Steven Winstanley – 7,645,000
Seat Four – Luke Vinnicombe –4,850,000
Seat Five – Jiri Sladkovsky – 24,485,000
Seat Seven – Daniel Cullen – 24,980,000
Seat Nine – Jake Skidmore – 5,970,000

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Right Idea, Wrong Time

Nish, trying the same move as Rob Trueman did a few hands ago, shoved all in in the SB with with just Winstanley left to act. Unfortunatley, Winstanley had , and snapped him off. The board ran out to send Nishid Pnadipleuman to the rail in 6th place.

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The Power of Position

Under the gun seems to be the new button, and Nishid Pnadipleuman has been the player seeming;y making that statement at this final table. He opened the action to 650k in this spot with , and was shoved on by Luke Vincecoombe with , making it a pot for more than 5 million chips. Nishid decided this wasn’t the time, and showed the ace as he folded. Luke returned the favour and showed his jacks as he poicked up the pot.

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Imaginative Play

Jiri pressured Rob Trueman in a blind versus with a pressure raise with , and we were all expecting Trueman to fold the . However, Rob hadn’t read the script, as he pushed his last chips over the line, leaving it as a 3,420,000 call to Jiri.

Jiri was put in a horrible spot as Rob’s move screamed strength, and he went deep into the tank before making the call.

The board ran out , and Rob Trueman was eliminated in 7th place.

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You Got to Know When to Fold ‘Em

Daniel “Harry Styles” Cullen opened to 650k with in the cutoff and got a call from Steve in the big blind with . The flop fell and the One Direction wannbe continued with another 650k, leading Winstanley to muck his hand.

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Shove Away

Luke shoved under the gun +1 with and it folded round to Nishid in the BB with :3d3s, but he got out of the way, showing his hand. Luke showed his pocket sevens and scooped the pot.

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First hand back

First hand back and Jiri stats it off by raising in the cuttoff with to 640k.

Cullen, sat in the Small Blind, three bet to 1,560,000 with , and Jiri decided to see a flop. It came and Cullen led out, but Jiri couldn’t make the call, sending the pot to the student.

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Third Level of the Day

Level 3 of the Final Table is about to start on our stream. You can find the stream here. Blinds are at 150/300k

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Break Time

The players are on a break between level 2 and 3, and will be back in 15 minutes. You can watch the “as live” stream here.

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Running into a Brick Wall

Nishid opened from the hijack with , but ran into the of Luke Vinniecombe, who shoved over the top. Nishid hollywooded for a few moments, put quickly passed his cards to the dealer.

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All in, but No Action

Luke Vinniecombe opened the last hand with a shove under the gun with . Nishid, who seems to be a serial caller, asked for a count sitting in the small blind, but finally passed the in his hand. Steven Winstanley in the seat next to him got rid of his rags as well.

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Drawing Thin

Steven Winstanley opened the action under the gun with a min raise, holding and it was folded around to n Nishid Pnadipleuman  on the big blind with , who made the loose call. The flop fell and Nishid checked, allowing Steve to fire out another 760k, and Nishid again called, hoping to see a heart. The 8s turn brought another check from Nishid, and a 1,080,000 bet from Steve. Pnadipleuman went into the tank, and decided his odds weren’t good enough to continue to the river.

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I’m a Believer

Jiri opened to 540k from the button with , and was three bet to 1.1 million by Rob Trueman in the Small blind. Trueman was making a move with and forced a fold from Cullen with . Jiri called and the flop came down and  Rob bet again for another 1.2m. Jiri wasn’t a believer, and clicked it back to 2.4m. Rob decided discretion is the better part of valour, and folded.

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Chip Counts

Seat One – Nishid Pnadipleuman – 5,795,000
Seat Two – Steven Winstanley – 5,980,000
Seat Three –
Seat Four – Luke Vinnicombe – 3,645,000
Seat Five – Jiri Sladkovsky – 13,970,000
Seat Six – Robert Trueman – 7,560,000
Seat Seven – Daniel Cullen – 18,795,000
Seat Eight –
Seat Nine – Jake Skidmore – 6,820,000

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Winstanley gets Canny

Steve Winstanley opened the the action preflop to arong 780k with and found a caller in Dan “Harry Styles” Cullen holding . The flop was dealt as , giving Steve top pair. He checked, allow “Harry” to bet out. He refused the offer bringing the turn. Steve fired out a 1m bet, and after a quick thought, Cullen folded.

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Aggression Wins Pots

Rob Trueman opened to 500k from early position with and found a caller in Nishid in the big blind. The fop was fanned out to show the and Nishid check in flow to Rob. He continued his aggression, and bet 700k. Nishid had a long think, and sent his pocket pair to the muck.

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They are called Premium Hands for a Reason

Daniel “Harry Styles” Cullen opened to 500k with in the cutoff and was three bet to 1.2m by Jake Skidmore with . After a few minutes in the tank, Cullen folded, and the pot was slid to Skidmore.

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Bullets Don’y Always Hit

Rob Trueman found in the cutoff, and raised it to 500k. Nishid called in the big blind with , and brought the flop of 9c 2h and Nishid checked to the aggression of Trueman, Rob fired out 700k, and sent Pnadipleuman into the tank. He finally folded, and Trueman picked up the pot.

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Call it a Live Read…

Steven Winstanley opened it up to 760k with from the button and got a call from Jiri in the bb, but couldn’t see his cards.

The flop fell and Steven fired out 760k, only to see Jiri call again. The Qd turn saw both players check and the 8d on the river was an action card. It brought a 4 card flush and a 4 card straight draw, as well as a set for Steven. Jiri fired out 700k, and Steven called. Steven got it right, and Jiri turned over his bluff. Winstanaley is back up to around his starting stack of 4.3 Milion chips.

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Would You Fold?

Jiri Sladkovsky raises to 500 with and got a call from Luke Vinniecombe who also had . The flop fell 5d:3hJs, and Luke checked over to the pre flop aggressor. Jiri checked it back, bringing the Jc. Vinniecombe fired out a 460k bet, and Jiri called. The river was the  2d, and both players checked to chop the pot. Luke asked his opponent, “Would you fold if I jam?” but the answer wasn’t forthcoming.

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Warning, Slow Play May Lose you Value

Cullen opened to 550k from button with and Nishid Pnadipleuman made the call in the big blind with . The flop fell  and Nishid checked to Cullen’s agression. Cullen checked behind which brought the turn. Nishid checked again, hoping for a bet from Cullen, but he disappointed him. The river got Nishid for fire out 500k, which got the fold from Cullen.

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Level 2

The blinds are 120/240 with a 30k ante

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Break Time

We’ve reached the end of the first level, and we’ll be back with the 2nd level of the final table in a few minutes.

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Pot Odds Aren’t Always a Good Thing

Nishid Pnadipleuman opened with and found a caller on the button in Luke Vinniecombe wth , which gave the pot odds to Jiri Sladkovsky () and Rob Trieman() to also make the call

On the flop of it folded round to nish who bet 660, who got folds from the rest of the players to scoop the pot.

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Three Bet to Victory

Steven Winstanley three bet over Cullen’s opening bet with pocket jacks and got  Cullen to fold his in position.

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Everyone Loves a Chopped Pot?

Luke Vinnicombe opened to 600k from the button with and ran into a three bet to 2.74m from Rob Trueman in the big blind with . Luke went into the tank, and fired back with his whole stack. Rob made the call with a fistpump when he saw the cards. The board ran out for the split pot, and the chips were return to their original positions.

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Exposed Ladies

Nishid Pnadipleuman shoved from the big blind with after an open from Jiri, and exposed his cards after the fold from his opponent. He really wanted to see a call from the big stack, but is trying to build a strong image showing those cards.

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One Direction to the Title?

Dan “Harry Styles” Cullen raised to 420  from the cutoff with and got a call from Steven Winstanley in the Big Blind with . The flop fell and Winstanley checked, allowing Cullen to bet 370k, making the pot 1,450,000. Winstanley got out of the way, and gifted the pot to Cullen. Cullen has the monster stack at the table so far.

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Chip Domination

Robert Trueman opened the pot from the button with , and got a call from both the blinds including Dan Cullen in the small blind with the dominating . The flop fell and the action check round. The turn was the which got things going with a bet from Cullen of 520k. Trueman called, and brought the river. The action checked round, and Cullen picked up a smallish pot to add to his monster stack.

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Time is Money

The clock has been increased to 75 minutes for today’s action at the request of our tournament staff. We’ll be playing this length of level all day, with a 10 minute break in between each level.

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Jake Skidmore’s, Back From the Dead

Jake Skidmore was down to 1 big blind on Day 3 and has risen like a Phoenix to make this final table, and it seems his run of luck is continuing after that hand with .

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Another All in and a Call

Cullen just took a small hit to his monster stack. He bet out over Jake Skidmore’s opening raise, and called the shove from the shortstack.

Skidmore flipped over for the bluff move, and Cullen was ahead with .

The Flop changed all that, as it fell giving Skidmore three of a kind. The Turn and river of didn’t change the outcome, and Skidmore is up to around 6 Million chips.

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Already, Another One Gone!

Kevin Stevens Seat 8 opens the action from seat 8 and ends up all in against Robert Trueman. Stevens shoved his and was called by Tureman’s .

The Board ran out and Trueman picks up a scalp in the shortstacked Stevens.

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First Hand, First Bustout

Dan “Harry Styles” Cullen takes out Dan Arbon when “Harry’s” won the flip against Arbon’s :A, The money went all in on the :J:d flop, and the runout couldn’t save Arbon. Cullen is up to 22 million in chips.

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Here We Go!

The stream is about to start, and we are blogging as live from here on in.

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Slight Delay

The action has just started, about 30 minutes behind schedule, meaning we are aiming to have the first action from the final table posted in about 75 minutes.

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Chip Counts and Prizes

The chip counts going into the final table are below:

Seat One – Nishid Pnadipleuman – 5,125,000
Seat Two – Steven Winstanley – 4,350,000
Seat Three – Daniel Arbon – 8,660,000
Seat Four – Luke Vinnicombe – 4,355,000
Seat Five – Jiri Sladkovsky – 18,025,000
Seat Six – Robert Trueman – 4,515,000
Seat Seven – Daniel Cullen – 13,380,000
Seat Eight – Kevin Stevens – 2,305,000
Seat Nine – Jake Skidmore – 3,330,000

The players are aiming for the £56,540 first prize, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the prizes aren’t going to matter. The full list of the payouts are below.

1st – £56,540
2nd – £31,000
3rd – £19,000
4th – £11,000
5th – £8,000
6th – £6,100
7th – £4,800
8th – £3,200
9th – £2,400

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The Final 9

The final table will begin at 1pm, but we are going to be blogging at the same time as the Live Stream, so as not to give anything away. You can view the Live Stream here, and that will be starting at around 2:20pm.

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