Brian Clarke wins Blackpool GUKPT, Eastgate and Durrrr join Premier League and more
Brian Clarke wins Blackpool GUKPT
Scotsman Brian Clarke pulled off one of the most dramatic and fairytale victories ever seen at a UK final table, as he took down the GUKPT Blackpool main event last night. The night watchmen went into the final table as the short stack and remained that way all until the heads up match with in form Zachary Ford.
Clarke put on a short stack clinic at a final table that included Andreas Hoivold, Gareth Jones and Alan Vinson. The chip lead moved around between Hoivold and GCBPT winner Ford for most of the day, but after finding himself short, Hoivold was sent packing in third place and left Ford with the mere formality of dispatching of Clarke, whom he had a massive chip lead over.
But it was not to be and Clarke found himself on the right side of many an all in moment against Ford until he took the chip lead himself. The writing was on the wall when the deck handed Ford A-K to the QQ of Clarke and the board brought a King on the flop, an ace on the turn and an astounding queen on the river to give an emotional Clarke the title and a £96,500 pay day.
It was a tremendously busy 9 day festival which saw GUKPT Champions Marc Goodwin and Sam Trickett both with side events, which will put them in good shape when they play in the Champion of Champions event next month, but before that there is the small matter of the GUKPT Grand Final at the Vic at the end of this month.
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Jan Sorensen wins Amsterdam Masters Classic
The good luck for the Danes is not running dry just yet, just a few days after Peter Eastgate won the WSOP Main Event, his countryman and fellow WSOP bracelet winner Jan Sorensen has taken down the Amsterdam Masters Classic. The incredibly popular event is now in its 17th year and Sorensen beat Gustav Erkot heads up to take the €623,000 first prize.
Van Marcus wins APPT Manila Main Event
Aussie young gun Van Marcus has finally netted a major title, when he won the Pokerstars.net Asian Pacific Poker Tour Manila Main Event. Marcus has previously made two other APPT finals as well as several WSOP final tables, and it was finally to be his day when he took down the $162,856.98 first prize:
"I guess it is third time lucky on this tour. I have now made three final tables on the APPT – it feels great to finally hold a title. And even better I get a ticket to the Sydney Grand Final. Hopefully I can replicate this week's performance in front of a home crowd," commented Van directly following his win.
Over 600 players are expected for the grand final at the Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia between the 2nd and 7th of December. You can qualify online only at Pokerstars.net.
De Wolfe on top at EPT Warsaw
Just as one Pokerstars.net main event concludes another one is well underway. 217 players descended upon the Casino Poland in Warsaw and now 109 remain as we enter day 2. They are playing for a €367,141 first prize and the kudos of being a European Poker Tour Champion.
At the top of the pack is EPT Dublin champion Roland De Wolfe, but he will have his work cut out as the field is star studded, particularly amongst the chip leaders. Dario Minieri, Andreas Krause, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Johnny Lodden, ElkY and Mark Teltscher are all in the top 15, proving why the EPT is one of the toughest tournaments in the world.
Top Ten Chipleaders
Roland De Wolfe 67,150
Antony Lellouche 57,600
Alain Roy 50,950
Ludovic Lacay 49,600
Christoffer Egmo 46,175
Dario Minieri 43,975
Andreas Krause 43,825
Sebastian Ruthenberg 41,950
Johnny Lodden 41,450
Bertrand Grospellier 41,425
Surely we will see a big name take this one down? As usual, the only place to witness the action is our Live Updates section.
Eastgate and Durrrr join Premier League
New WSOP champion Peter Eastgate and Thomas 'Durrrr' Dwan have added their names to the star studded Party Poker Premier League at the end of the month. All eyes will be on Eastgates monster bankroll as he competes against the best field ever assembled for this years event, including Tony G, the Devilfish and Annette Obrestad.
Eastgate said: "This is my first event since the WSOP Main Event final table so I am delighted to be part of a world class line-up. I am the man in form and want to show people why I am the World Champion."
The event is really starting to create a buzz and there is just one more name to confirm for the event, from what we can gather, they are saving the best till last.