Daniel Haglund wins GUKPT Walsall

Swede ships £45,100 prize

The 2012 GUKPT is in full swing, and after a top knotch opener in Manchester, the tour pulled into Walsall this weekend where Swede Daniel Haglund bagged his first GUKPT title and just shy of £50k.

Haglund, from Tibro in Sweden, already has a WSOP final table and EPT cash under his belt, but the online pro went one better in Walsall, seeing off a final nine that included last year’s Walsall final tablist Simon Deadman, before beating GUKPT stalwart Steve Holden for the win.

Holden, who qualified for the £1,000 Main Event for just £10, had come back from a short stack on Day 2, and held the chip lead for all but two hands of his heads-up bout, before hitting the rail in second for £31,750 when his pocket fours couldn’t overturn Haglund’s pocket nines.

‘I wasn’t thinking too much, to be honest, I just tried to play decent poker and hoped to run OK,’ the modest Haglund said after his win.

Next on the GUKPT schedule is a stop in Stockton from April 8 -15, where the all-new £500 +£50 Deepstack and 6-max Main Events will make their debuts, before the tour moves on to Thanet on April 22.
And don’t forget, if you fancy playing in this year’s GUKPT, you can win a seat for absolutely nothing in the PokerPlayer UK Tour. Tour sponsor Grosvenor Casinos is giving the winner of each PPUK Tour leg winner a GUKPT main event seat as an extra special bonus.

Here’s how GUKPT Walsall finished up:

1. Daniel Haglund £45,100
Steve Holden £31,750
Martin Holmes £19,890
Dave Clark £12,240
Chris Gavriel £9,560
Terry Owens £7,720
Jonathan McCann £5,740
Arulmaran Sivaguru £4,210
Simon Deadman £3,060

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