Tony Cascarino wins GUKPT Bolton, a huge weekend for live and online tournaments

Tony Cascarino wins GUKPT Bolton, a huge weekend for live and online tournaments 0001

It has been a huge weekend of tournament poker both at home, abroad and online, so let's start with a big result for a true legend of both UK poker and football:

Tony Cascarino wins GUKPT Bolton

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour has a habit of crowning very well known and popular poker pros, and this weekend in Bolton was no different. Chelsea and Republic of Ireland football legend Tony Cascarino bagged one for the celebrity poker players by taking down the Bolton title won last year by Praz Bansi and the £52,850 first prize.

It was an incredibly tough final table where he did it too, which included Kevin O'Leary, Surinder Sunar, Rob Sherwood, multiple GUKPT finalist Roberto Romanello and local legend Ali Mallu, whom he defeated heads up. This result was no fluke and Cascarino is one of the few celebrity poker players that already had the universal respect of the UK poker community (Along with Steve Davis, Teddy Sherringham and fellow Littlewoods Poker pro Michael Greco, who is also a GUKPT champion).

In the post match interview Cascarino compared the elation that he felt from winning the tournament with that of scoring a hat-trick. He went on to say:

"I had a great sports career, but even this I think has overtaken some of things I have done in football. I just enjoyed it. I've had a strange year and this has made a big difference for me in the poker world."

This is a great result for both Cascarino and UK poker in general as surely the mainstream press will be promoting this victory to the wider public. Cascarino has now set his sights on EPT Barcelona as well as that valuable seat in the Champion of Champions event at the end of the year.

Final table payouts:

1st Tony Cascarino £52,850
2nd Ali Mallu £30,600
3rd Roberto Romanello £21,900
4th Rob Sherwood £14,900
5th Kevin O'Leary £11,400
6th Dennis Clough £8,750
7th Surinder Sunar £7,000
8th Sid Harris £5,250
9th Greg Hunt £4,400

'slaktarn' takes down the $25k PLO Heads-up

We have no idea who he is, but 'slaktarn' has won the first ever $25,000 PLO Heads-Up tournament on Full Tilt Poker, beating Patrik Antonius in the final and winning $560,000, Antonius took $320,000 for his runner up place. It was a star studded event with all of the biggest red pros as well as some of the high stakes cash game regulars on Full Tilt Poker in attendance for the two day event. This tops off a great year for 'slaktarn', who is up over $1.63 million in high stakes cash games this summer at Full Tilt.

Alian Roy wins Partouche Poker Tour

Despite the small army of big names that made their way over to Cannes for the $8,500 main event of the Partouche Poker Tour, it was a Frenchman that would emerge victorious. Gus Hansen bubbled the final table, leaving AlianRoy to take down the title and over $1 million, when he managed to defeat Claudio Rinaldi heads up in just three hands:

1. Alain Roy — $1,426,465
2. Claudio Rinaldi — $729,158
3. Antonin Tesseire — $477,926
4. Stephane Bazin — $321,709
5. Philippe Narboni — $223,270
6. Jean Philipe Rohr — $175,477
7. Brice Cournut — $143,378
8. Michel Abecassis — $111,278

Edward Sabat wins APPt Macau

8 countries were represented at the final table of the biggest ever poker event in China, but it was to be American Edward Sabat to cement his name in Asian poker history, with a $453,851 pay day. Sabat beat 538 other players to the title, defeating Charles Chua heads up. Tomorrow will see the end of the festival, with the small matter of the $19,200 high rollers event to play down to a winner:

1. Edward Sabat — $453,851
2. Charles Chua — $291,761
3. Diwei Huang — $153,984
4. Mikael Rosen — $108,600
5. Jeppe Drivsholm — $81,044
6. Kuok Wai Cheong — $56,730
7. Tian Chen — $42,143
8. Javed Abrahams — $30,797
9. So Myung Sim — $22,692

'dorinvandy' wins the WCOOP High Rollers event

Not to be outdone by the high stakes action on Full Tilt, Pokerstars have just concluded their first nosebleed stakes game of the WCOOP, the $10,300 High Rollers tournament. The event and the $617,925 first prize was won by Scott 'dorinvandy' Dorin and he defeated 321 other entrants who created a $3.2 million prize pool. This was a star studded final table that also included Chris Moneymaker, Glen Chorny and Jonathan Little:

1. Scott "dorinvandy" Dorin - $617,925
2. Greg "DuckU" Hobson - $459,030
3. Peter "#1PEN" Neff - $337,050
4. Glen "Choron" Chorny - $256,800
5. Nick "gbmantis" Niergarth - $179,760
6. Chris "Money800" Moneymaker - $139,635
7. Jonathan "Jcardshark" Little - $107,535
8. purplEUROS - $75,435
9. Orel Hershiser - $54,570

The WCOOP is in full swing now and as we write, the two day $530 NL hold'em event is paused, with 72 players still in contention for a $452, 086 first prize. Today sees the start of two big games, the $215 6 max PLO and the debut of the $320 8 game mixed event. So far the list of WCOOP champions looks like this:

[I]1: NL Hold'em 6 Max, 'shane47', $200,856
2: PL 5 Card Draw, 'ImBillMcNeal', $34,201
3. Limit Hold'em, 'cwp394', $73,385
4: 2-7 Triple Draw, 'playitsafe', $24,809
5: High Roller NL Hold'em, 'dorinvandy', $617,925

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