Andy Bradshaw wins Liverpool Spring Festival, Stevie444 2nd in FTOPS + more
Andy Bradshaw wins Gala Leo Spring Festival
Andy Bradshaw might just be the most underrated player in the country, as we bring you the news of his fourth big result of the year. So far this year, Andy Bradshaw has come 3rd in the Liverpool Winter Festival, won the Broadway Festival and made the final table of the Irish Open. Last weekend, he was in fine form once again as he took down the Gala Leo Spring Festival Main event. The numbers were not massive unfortunately for the Gala Leo Spring Festival, but a win is a win and the £4000 victory has put Bradshaw within earshot of the European Rankings Top Ten. (Which UK players Kier Ratcliff and Sunny Chattha of the UK are doing very well in).
Well done to Andy Bradshaw, we think the fact that he is doing so well to fly under the radar could make him a very good price to back to do well in the WSOP or future GUKPT betting markets.
Stevie444 Takes Second in FTOPS
One of the brightest young talents in UK poker, Stephen Stevie444 Chidwick came 2nd in FTOPS event number 17 yesterday, the $300+$22 No Limit Six Max event. He held the chip lead for a significant amount of time at the final table and never gave up the unrelenting pressure that has made him one of the top online players in the UK. Eventually Stevie444 got heads up with U_2Good_4Me but wasn't able to overcome a significant chip disadvantage, having to settle for second place and $142,155.30.
Coming Up on the Poker Show
Ever since this writers debut on The Poker Show the big names have been lining up to follow suit. Coming up this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for the next instalment is Mike the Mouth Matusow, Dave 'the Devilfish' Ulliott and Pokernews own Tony G. Three of the most successful and outspoken figures in the poker industry will be trying to get a word in edgeways with Jesse May, Padraig Parkinson and Matt Broughton.
Matusow will be talking about his new book, The Devilfish will discussing his appearance at Oxford Student Union and Tony G will be there to talk about his final table at the High Roller Championship at EPT Monte Carlo. Plus there will be the usual banter between the guys, listener phone ins and competitions.
Banzi, Channing and Gardner Favourites in UK WSOP Betting Markets
As the World Series of Poker is just round the corner, we will be bringing you more news on the ever popular betting markets in the WSOP. They have been noticeable by their absence a little bit so far, but BoyleSports, the Bodog sportsbook, bet365 and Sporting Bet (the people behind Paradise Poker) have all started to open markets on the series.
There are loads of last longer markets, group markets for which player will win the most money and specials such as will a woman win an open event and will a player win more than two bracelets at the series. Bodog and Sporting Bet both have markets on that exact subject and Joe Beevers of the Hendon Mob made a very good case for the answer being a stone cold yes. Yours truly was also on the Poker Show making a similar case for a woman to win an open event (Best price being Bodog at 13/10 for both).
There have also been two UK player last longer markets for the WSOP Main Event at BoyleSports and Sporting Bet. They agree the favourites are Praz Bansi, Julian Gardner and Neil Channing at 20/1 each. James Akenhead, Sam Trickett,Sunny Chattha and Chris Moorman are all amongst the top rated young guns at 25/1, as is last year's last Brit standing Keith Hawkins.
We'll bring you more on these markets as they develop and hopefully we will the likes of Ladbrokes and Paddy Power open up WSOP betting markets very soon.