Ahmed Abdella wins £400K Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Grand Final For £89,000

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Ahmed Abdella wins £400K Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Grand Final For £89,000
27 Nov

It turned out to be a Super Sunday for Ahmed 'Lella' Abdella as the Egyptian-born man with the Irish accent landed the best score of his career, taking down the £400K Guaranteed Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Grand Final and £89,000 – with a final hand worthy of a movie.

With 304 entries paying £2k each to enter the GUKPT’s 11th season finale, the prizefund was a whopping £200k over the guarantee - £608,000 to be exact - and the money up top was a life-changing £168,500, certainly enough for many of the qualifiers to consider taking their poker careers further,

Thirty-three hopefuls had returned for day 3, all seeking a place at the final table – or at least one of the 24 paid places – and it was a long, hard day at the tables as the pressure mounted, the obligatory livestream capturing all the action as the final nine were eventually settled…

The one name at the table that many poker fans might recognise more readily was Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard, an online and live beats of a player who was quite recently in the news – a tad unfairly perhaps – for an angleshooting incident in Barcelona.

He decribed his 8th place finish and £14,000 as ‘just fine’ although added that:

"Winning would have been amazing and meant something little special from bottom to top of my poker career, but had an amazing few days and went away with smile on face so np."

The thoughts of a very good pro can be seen in an adventurous bluff he pulled off earlier in the event, linked in his tweet…

Once they got down to 5 players, the big money on offer started talks of a deal, and it was Eric Chen who walked off with the lion’s share – some £129,000 – although he hit the rails in third when play resumed – and the final hand was one of those crazy affairs…

…and runner-up Jamie O’Connor took it well, saying afterwards:

“Fair play to the guy – he’s played well all day!”

A happy Abdellah described the event as “Fantastic”, and explained:

“It’s a lot of money, but if you let the money get to your head you’re not going to be able to focus, so it was better to stay calm”.

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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