Robin Keston Wins GUKPT London
Hold’em hating poker pro Robin Keston has captured the GUKPT London title after he managed to defeat Daniel Rudd heads-up in the finale of what was the best-attended leg of the season so far.
The London poker circuit regular scooped himself a fantastic £84,310 1st prize after coming out on top of a marathon one-on-one bout, but judging from his comments after the tournament, Keston was pretty glad when the experience was finally over.
“I don’t play Hold’em!” said Keston – who previously had over $1.2 million in live winnings to his name – shortly after victory. “I hate it with a passion, so I don’t travel Europe to play it anymore.”
Given the result – Keston’s largest NLHE cash since he final tabled the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2008 for $246,890 – the Londoner may have to rethink his travel policy and tackle a few more events in his least favourite discipline if he can ever be pried away from the PLO cash tables.
Keston’s runner-up, Daniel Rudd, meanwhile took home £55,910 for his heroic heads-up effort after his resistance was finally broken when he raised all-in with A2 and was called by Keston’s JJ, which not only held, but improved to a straight on the river to capture the London title with a final flourish.
In total, the tournament attracted a season-best crowd of 315 that included several notable members of the UK’s poker aristocracy including Vicky Coren, Barny Boatman, Julian Thew and Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot, although none of the feared quartet successfully made it into the cash in London.