London celebrations

Timothy Chung wins the GUKPT Main Event in London (£185,560) | 2022 GUKPT London

It was a last marathon day of more than twelve hours, but Timothy Chung won the GUKPT main event in London after dominating a field of 702 players.

He takes home £185,560 which will see the avowed cash game player top $1m in live earnings.

“Money is temporary but tournaments are forever,” he said. PokerNews following his victory. “I run pretty badly in these events normally.

“I came to the final table as the chip leader and had a really good image, but then I was short with five remaining and actually super pissed off. But I knew if I doubled down I would come back up fast Accounts.”

Chung beat Anonymous Player DA head-to-head, his opponent narrowly missing out on the Main Event title after completing the Mini and Midi Main Events so far this week.

GUKPT London Main Event Final Table Payouts

Place Player Country Payment (GBP)
1 Timothy Chung hong kong £185,560
2 AD N / A £128,650
3 Giorgos Onisiforou UK £76,850
4 Ludovic Geilitch UK £48,050
5 Harry’s Law UK £29,900
6 Colin Gillon UK £21,550
seven Matthew Bonham UK £14,750
8 Al Farouk Obe UK £12,500
9 Lorenc Boci UK £10,200
Timothy Chung GUKPT London Main Event

Winner’s reaction

A big rail had formed for Chung as he edged closer to victory, something he certainly didn’t take for granted.

“I thought it was just friends who picked me up, but it was great to have a lot of support. It really helps because we’re going to be tired.”

The quick head-to-head battle was at odds with the long and sometimes drawn out tournament stretches on Day 3, after Chung came second in chips.

“It was a really weird day. Everyone was pretty close together in chips at the start of the day, but even with 33 players left wherever you end up, you’re going to be annoyed. You know , because it’s the biggest GUKPT ever and £185,000 on top.

“So every position you end up in, other than first, is boring! It was a very heavy structure, so a lot of people were falling back in the beginning. And having [Day 2 chip leader] Ludovic Geilich to my right meant he used to put pressure on people in these situations, so I 3-bet this and that. And he has to go all in because of the size of the stacks, so that was my plan.

He came to the final table as the chip leader and went through a tricky five-hand stretch before emerging victorious.

“I ran really badly for the first five hours, but in the end I enjoyed it. I just like to play poker in general. Tournaments or cash games are fine. Money is temporary, trophies are forever.”

Summary of the last day

A large field of 33 players returned for the final day with Ludovic Geilitch open the way. Three former WSOP Main Event Finals tablists (Antoine Saout, Antoine Labat and Nick Marchington) were quickly eliminated as Matthew Bonham took over the chip lead.

The rest of the field was forced to hold on to Bonham, who dominated the following hours, at one point holding more than five times the average chip stack.

And Bonham would have led to the final table, but for a fluke that kept eventual winner Chung in the tournament. Bonham’s queens topped Chung’s pair of nines, only for a nine to appear on the turn. This meant that Chung was in the driver’s seat in front of D A.

GUKPT London Main Event Final Table
GUKPT London Main Event Final Table

Geilich made it to the final table as a short stack and doubled through Geilich in one of the first hands to stay in contention. Bonham’s fall from grace was spectacular, and after Lorenc Boci and Al Farouk Obe were eliminated, Bonham also came out at the hands of Harry’s Lawbut it was DA who continued to lead after sending Colin Gillon to the rail in sixth place.

DA dominated a long stretch of five-handed play, punctuated by Geilich hitting an outside against him to stay alive, and Law and Chung before Law met ace-king in Chung’s pocket of kings.

Shortly after, Chung was himself in the lead after a daring flutter against D A. He then sent Geilich to the rail after beating ace-king with his queens and also knocking out Giorgos Onisiforou who had quietly and skillfully headed to three-handed game.

Head-to-head was a short affair, with Chung picking up the win after just a handful of hands. The biggest win of his career was celebrated with tequila, celebrating the fact that after pocketing over £185,000 he didn’t have to drive home!

GUKPT Calendar 2022

Now in his 16th season, this champ was a record for a GUKPT Main Event champ, with all signs pointing to the rest of the ten stops this season being a resounding success.

PokerNews will be reporting live from GUKPT all season, so stay tuned for our next coverage from Coventry in early March.

Leg Place Dated Membership Domain Winner Payment (GBP)
1 The Poker Room, London January 27-February 6 £1,250 702 Timothy Chung £185,560
2 Coventry February 24-March 6 £1,000
3 Bury the New Road, Manchester March 17-27 £1,250
4 read the south April 17-24 £1,000
5 Edinburgh May 8-15 £750
6 Luton May 26-June 5 £1,000
seven The Poker Room, London June 23-July 3 £1,000
8 Leeds September 22-October 2 £750
9 Luton October 13-23 £1,250
ten Blackpool November 6-13 £1,250
Grand finale The Poker Room, London December 1-18 £2,000