Ben Winsor emerged victorious at the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Grand Final, as he beat a strong field of 321 players. Winsor earned a cool £178,600 ($269,597) for his efforts.
With solid participation, a prize pool worth £642,000 ($969,100) was created, which smashed the tournament’s guarantee of £400,000.
His latest win took the 27-year-old's career earnings to $557,626. Commenting on his victory, Winsor said:
"I thought I was going to have a big win this year and luckily it has come right at the end. I had been making final tables throughout the year but only really just ticking over. I had quite a downward patch in Las Vegas for a month over the summer but last weekend was great.”
With 30 paid money spots, notable names like Jason Wheeler in 29th (£4,500), Richard Ashby in 21st (£5,100), Sergio Aido in 19th (£5,800), and Adrian Mateos in 15th (£7,100) earned a return on their investment.
Nine players made it to the final table, with Winsor as chip leader with a stack of 1.8 million stack. After a series of eliminations, it boiled down to a face-off between Winsor and Alex Zervos. The former held a 3:1 chip lead over the latter.
The heads-up was a protracted battle and final hand of the game was played when Zervos moved all-in preflop holding 10-9. Winsor made the call with K-Q. The board ran A-6-Q-8-9 to condemn Alex Zervos to a runner-up finish for £118,100, while Ben Winsor was crowned champion.
“My Dad did not really get involved in the decision and has been supportive. My mum was more cautious. Until this win, I was probably going to have to start looking for a job. My family were really happy when I told them the news. They are already asking what presents I’m going to get them for Christmas,” Winsor further added.
Final Table Results:
1 Ben Winsor £178,600
2 Alex Zervos £118,100
3 James Akenhead £72,500
4 Patrick Frew £46,300
5 Ronaldo Amirahiri £31,400
6 Simon Deadman £23,100
7 Alex Zeligman £18,000
8 Mikhail Petrov £14,800
9 Will Davies £12,200
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