Monday 14th November, 2022

Clossick wins GUKPT Blackpool Main Event for £109,000

By Mad Harper

Podcaster Jamie Clossick has won the GUKPT Blackpool Main Event in his home town for a bumper prize of £109,000.


Clossick (pictured above) is well-known to fishing enthusiasts as presenter and co-founder of the UK's first-ever carp fishing podcast CarpCast. He cut a three-way deal with runner-up Maxim Fana and third-placed Tom Avovaara to secure his first ever major tournament victory and his biggest ever live cash. Clossick, who is also a professional guitarist, music producer and DJ, now has more than $250,000 in live tournament earnings.


Among those who also cashed in the Main Event were Grosvenor Ambassadors Richard Trigg, Jamie Nixon, Euan McNicholas and Andy Hills. Trigg was chasing a record fourth GUKPT title but had to settle for seventh place and a £12,320 cash. The £1,250 buy-in Main Event attracted 543 entries overall, generating a £597,300 prize pool with 54 players finishing in the money. Other notables who cashed included Stuart Rutter, Jack Hardcastle, former GUKPT Blackpool champion Tom Middleton (2016, £56,255) and GUKPT London champ Tim Chung.



GUKPT Blackpool was the last chance to win big on the tour before next month’s eagerly-awaited Grand Final in London. Let MainEventTravel.com help you bag your accommodation for the festival, which will take place at the Poker Room at the iconic Grosvenor Victoria Casino from December 1-18.


This year’s GUKPT Blackpool took place from November 3-13 and featured more than 15 different tournaments – including the brand new £500 buy-in GUKPT Cup. For many GUKPT players, the annual jaunt to the famous Lancashire seaside resort is the highlight of the year. A definite party atmosphere prevails throughout the 10-day festival which attracts players from all over the UK and beyond.


Davenport celebrates a sensational season

Matt Davenport (pictured below) is now virtually uncatchable as the winner of Grosvenor’s National Poker League Player of the Year contest which comes with a lucrative sponsorship deal. Davenport has been on a massive tear at GUKPT events during 2022 and garnered even more points in Blackpool by beating a 320-entry field to win the inaugural £500 GUKPT Cup for £40,000 and finishing fifth in the High Roller for another £12,000. Davenport’s other achievements this year include third place in the GUKPT Luton Main Event and seventh place in the GUKPT Leeds Main Event.

Thomas Hibbert won the £250 buy-in Mini Main for £34,260 after defeating a 973-entry field, while Nicholas Bass took down the PLO 4/5/6 Card tournament for £8,275. The £1,800 buy-in High Roller was won by Edinburgh player Robbie Bull who beat Andrew “Stato” Hulme heads-up to snag the first £38,563 prize. There were 108 entries in all with 13 players getting a share of the £194,400 prize pool.


Other events during the festival included the £150 Seniors event – won by Kevin Bloor (pictured below) for £5,350, the £440 Mystery Bounty and a £200 NLHE Turbo won by Phi Tate (pictured below) for £4,365.



The GUKPT has visited Blackpool every single year of the tour and awarded millions in prize money for the Main Event. Previous winners include Grosvenor Ambassador Richard Trigg (2013, £53,000), Jonny Gray (2015, £69,050) and Simon Deadman (2012, £49,200).


The GUKPT Blackpool festival also included live coverage of a star-studded £5/£10 NLHE cash game which featured the likes of Jack Oliver, Tom Middleton, Mick Fletcher and Steve Warburton.



The next – and final leg – of GUKPT 2022 is the Grand Final in London. The festival will feature 13 different live tournaments including the £1,100+£150 Main Event, GUKPT Cup, Mini Main, “The Hundred” £100,000 guaranteed and High Roller PLO.


GUKPT 2022 results so far




Prize pool



Jan 27 – Feb 6


£772,500 (702 entries)

Tim Chung - £185,560


Feb 24 -Mar 6


£374,400 (416 entries)

Joe Hindry - £93,460


March 17-27


£578,600 (526 entries)

Trevor Reardon - £141,100


May 8-15


£261,300 (390 entries)

Gary Armstrong - £57,770


May 26 -June 5


£375,100 (341 entries)

Tom Hall - £90,965


June 23 – July 3


£351,000 (390 entries)

Jarrod Thatcher - £87,500


July 17-24


£307,170 (348 entries)

Rick Trigg - £78,260


Aug 25 – Sept 4


£1,270,080 (10,584 entries)

Kyle Jeffrey - £200,000


Sept 22 – Oct 2


£387,000 (430 entries)

Chris Johnson - £73,070


Oct 7-16


£388,300 (353 entries)

Jamie Le - £95,630


Nov 6-13


£597,300 (543 entries)

 Jamie Clossick - £109,000

Grand Final

Dec 1-18





Photo credit: Grosvenor Poker


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