Nick Jenkins crowned APAT World Champion
A busy week at the Vic in London saw amateur player Nick Jenkins become the Amateur Poker Association and Tour (APAT) World Champion of Amateur Poker. The festival was the first on the APAT tour to feature a mix of poker disciplines proving that up and coming UK players are by no means just hold'em players.
Jenkins beat over 200 players to win the title and the £3,500 first prize and a very exciting looking seat to the GUKPT Grand Final worth $8000. 3 more champions were crowned too, as David Howard became the first APAT PLO champion, Mike Bodman the first Razz Champion and Owen Ranking the first Stud Champion. Here's hoping APAT can one day groom us a player to take on the Americans at their own game of the stud disciplines at the WSOP.
GUKPT Leaderboard Race Heating Up
As we reach the final 3rd of the GUKPT calendar the hotly contested leaderboard race is becoming fierce, so much so the Blue Square have opened up a betting market on who will be the eventual winner. The two favourites are no stranger to taking each other on, Marc Goodwin and Nik Persaud faced each other heads up in Manchester earlier this year. Persaud has made an amazing 3 GUKPT main event finals this year while Goodwin won the Manchester main event and since made 3 back to back side event finals in Luton. Both men are quoted at 3/1.
Just behind them are two men you can never write off, Julian Thew and Jeff Kimber at 6/1 and 7/1 respectively. Sam Trickett is quoted at 10/1 and we've spotted a real dark horse in the form of Jerome Bradpiece at 66/1. Bradpiece is a former GUKPT champion and has this year took down two side events in the GUKPT and won a further 2 tournaments this year, he'd need to outright win another to stand a chance, but he does tend to win the whole thing when he cashes so he could be a great value bet.
The top virtual reality poker room have announced they will be letting their players sample the real life poker experience for themselves this year. PKR will be hosting their first ever offline festival at the Loose Cannon club in London between the 14th and 16th of November. PKR Live will have an estimated prize pool of at least $90,000.
It starts with a $60 'welcome tournament' on the 14th of November. A two day main event with a $75,000 prize pool starts on the 15th, which is a $500 freeze out and a $20,000 guaranteed first prize. Finally there is a invite only $10,000 bounty freeroll for qualifiers only, as well as cash games and side events all weekend.
The only way to get into this tournament is by qualification or invite, so you'll need to download PKR for one of the great value $1000 packages. This could be a very soft tournament, so we think it's really worth the effort of qualifying for.