Arctic conditions across the country did not deter the poker community from turning out in force to compete in the £30,000 guaranteed Multi Prize Pool (MPP) poker tournament, at the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) poker club in Nottingham.
After a highly successful launch of MPP in early January, the DTD management decided to push the boat out and increase the buy-ins of each prize pool, and also boost the guarantee to an impressive £30,000, for MPPs biggest challenge yet. By the time the registration desk had closed, an impressive field of 248 players had been formed, and although the guarantee was missed by just £500, Mother Nature could have made matters far worse.
My trip from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire to the Nottingham-based club is best described as “different.” The outside lane was half its usual sizes thanks to the compacted snow that had gathered there, and the hard shoulder was like a scene from Mad Max with all the abandoned vehicles that littered it. Twenty or thirty miles from the venue I was mentally preparing myself for a small turnout and a huge overlay. That was if I ever made it there at all thanks to the surface water on the M1. Thankfully, a couple of aquaplaning incidents aside, I made it to the fantastic DTD in one piece.
I will not bore you to tears with tales of how my poker tournament went I finished 74/248 in the main prize pool) even though I did outlast the likes of Roberto Romanello, Chris Sly, Ben Vinson and Alex Goulder, what I will tell you is how seamlessly the tournament ran from start to finish. The floorstaff at DTD are excellent, so that would have obviously helped things to run smoothly, but at no point was there any controversy. Regular spot checks were made to ensure players were still in possession of their original prize pool identifier, there were no warnings for dubious plays and the atmosphere was buzzing, with the general consensus being how simple the concept was.
Once again it was a player from Prize Pool 3 (£200 to enter) who scooped all the first place prizes, and it was a very familiar face too. Mickey Wernick has been a regular on the poker circuit longer than many players have been alive, and now he is £8,254.99 richer after taking down this latest edition of MPP poker.
Wernick, a man who has seen many poker concepts come and go in his long career, was full of praise for MPP poker, billing it as “revolutionary,” and calling it, “the best thing to ever happen to live tournament poker” in his memory. Strong words from the poker veteran.
£30,000 MPP Poker Final Table Results
|Position||Player||P1 Prize (£50)||P2 Prize (£100)||P3 Prize (£200)||Total Winnings|
|6||Craig Betteridge||£491.72||£352.76||Not entered||£844.48|
|7||Morteza Assadi||£437.08||£313.56||Not entered||£750.64|
|8||Mindaugas Bacevicius||£349.66||£250.85||Not Entered||£600.51|
If you want to try out the MPP poker concept then head down – or up – to the Dusk Till Dawn club this Thursday where you can buy in for £25, £50 or £100 and play for a share of the £5,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Lead image courtesy of Blonde Poker.