Monday 22nd April, 2024

Geraghty wins 888poker LIVE UKPL Manchester

By Mad Harper

Scottish player Jamie Geraghty (pictured) has won the 888poker LIVE UKPL Manchester Main Event for the biggest cash of his live poker career. Geraghty won £30,610 after outlasting a 328-entry field – and beating Josh Radley heads-up. The win in Manchester was Geraghty’s first major tournament victory; his previous biggest cash was fifth place for £15k in 888poker LIVE’s London Main Event back in 2021.

A total of 50 players cashed in the £560 buy-in UKPL Manchester Main Event including Day 2 chip leader Leo Worthington-Leese, who also finished third in the High Roller. Worthington-Leese finished 18th in the Main Event for £1,320 while Daniel Laidlaw, Alex Montgomery, Chris Johnson and Tuan Le also all made the money. There were 328 entries creating a £155,790 prize pool.

Side Events
Former GUKPT London champion
Andrew 'Stato' Hulme (pictured below) won the High Roller for £24,015 after beating a stacked 79-entry field. Hulme beat Ian Simpson heads-up with Leo Worthington-Leese finishing in third place. Hulme, who was 18th in last summer’s WSOP Main Event for a monster cash of $345,000, also now tops Grosvenor’s High Roller League.

In the 43-entry £200 Turbo Dash on the last day of the festival, rising star Sinead Priestley outlasted her fiancé Matt Davenport, finishing second to winner Yu Wu (pictured below) for a £1,863 payday. Davenport finished fifth for £630. 

Daniel Charlton (pictured below) won the £250 buy-in Opening Voyage for £15,260 after beating Jonty Willis heads-up. There were 338 entries creating a £70,640 prize pool. Mark Kershaw won the Big Shot while Charles Ihle won the Seniors event. 

The new 888poker UK Poker League has already featured events in Coventry, Edinburgh and Luton and will be heading to Leeds in August for the fifth stop of the season. UKPL Leeds will feature a £560 Main Event as well as a ton of other tournaments on the schedule – check out the details here.

You can book accommodation for all forthcoming events on MainEventTravel.com: Leeds in August, London in September and the UKPL Coventry Grand Finale in October. All this year’s UKPL Main Events are eligible for MainEventTravel’s amazing #FinalTableFreeroll promotion – see details below.

UKPL festivals are run in conjunction with Grosvenor Casinos and count towards Grosvenor’s acclaimed National Poker League. The tour also features its own UKPL leaderboard. In addition to the £560 Main Event, UKPL festival schedules include the Opening Voyage, a £1,100 High Roller, the Big Shot, Seniors and £200 Closer event.

MainEventTravel’s #FinalTableFreeroll Promotion
All this year’s UKPL Main Events are eligible for MainEventTravel’s amazing #FinalTableFreeroll promotion. All you have to do to enter is book your poker travel with MainEventTravel.com and then tag @MainEventTravel.com and #FinalTableFreeroll before the Main Event starts. If you reach the Official Final Table, post a pic of yourself – including the tags – before the event begins and you’ll get a travel credit worth 10% of your MET-booked travel costs. Make it to heads-up and you’ll score a travel credit worth 50% of your travel costs and, if you win, you’ll receive a travel credit worth the full amount of your MET-booked travel.

National Poker League
Don’t forget that UKPL events also count towards the Grosvenor National Poker League. Over the course of the year, players can accrue points in scores of different events all over the country to win a £75k Grosvenor Player of the Year sponsorship package and a host of other prizes. Eligible events include all
UKPL stops, all GUKPT events and Goliath in July. At present, 2023 Player of the Year Cal Morreale looks set to win the leaderboard for a second year running. He has a huge lead already and enjoyed another load of point-accumulating results at GUKPT Edinburgh.

Incredible prizes await the top 10 UKPL leaderboard winners; the player who tops the UKPL leaderboard will win five 888poker LIVE Event packages worth $10,000 with the runner-up snagging a year’s worth of UKPL Main Event buy-ins worth $4,750.

Photo Credit - Grosvenor Poker

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