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Tony Cascarino Wins Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Grand Final

Former Soccer Pro and Pundit Takes Down £168,800 in London for Second GUKPT Main Event Victory


Tony Cascarino wins second GUKPT titleFormer Chelsea and Celtic footballer Tony Cascarino yesterday won the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Grand Final topping a field of 183 players and taking home £168,800 for his win.

This is the second time the soccer pundit has won a GUKPT title and it shot him to the top of the all-time GUKPT money list.

Cascarino started the final as the second short stack with Louis Vitton communications manager Antoine Arnault the short stack but unexpectedly it was these two who ended heads up for the title.

The former international footballer took a chip lead of 2.1 million to 1.4 million into the heads-up battle but the lead flip-flopped several times until Cascarino ratcheted up the pressure and assumed a 4 to 1 lead. Arnault then rivered a flush for his tournament life and fought back until the pair were almost level again.

The final hand saw this scenario reversed when Cascarino came from behind to hit a runner-runner nut flush with his opponent holding two pair and a straight draw, taking down the title and a spot in the Champion of Champions event later this week in Luton.

After the game Cascarino said, “I’ve been moaning all year, ‘cos nothing good has really happened to me. I’ve won something (in poker) every year for the last four years, but until now 2009 has been frustrating. I got divorced earlier in the year and I’m delighted that she won’t be getting her hands on any of this. She’s already had enough out of me.”

The final table results were:

1: Tony Cascarino – £168,800
2: Antoine Arnault – £107,100
3: Philip Patrick – £71,400
4: Daniel Millar – £43,900
5: Albert Iversen – £32,900
6: Charalambos (Bambos) Xanthos – £27,400
7: Romano Pizzo – £22,000
8: Mike Hill – £16,500
9: Stuart Rutter – £11,000

The schedule for the next season of the tour has just been announced.