Grant Speirs Wins APAT Scottish Championships

Grant Speirs

The Scottish leg of the ever-popular Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) took place over the weekend at the Gala Merchant City Casino in Glasgow. After two days of top class poker it was Grant Spiers who emerged victorious, defeating Jamie Kearns heads up to claim the title, a gold medal, a seat to a GUKPT Main Event and £3,095 in prize money.

A total of 131 players descended on the casino and paid the £75 (rake free) entry fee, creating a prizepool of £9,825. Of those 131 starters only 24 of them made it through to Day 2 with their chip stacks still intact. One by one these 24 survivors were being gradually whittled down until only two players were left on the final table.

Going into the one-on-one battle Speirs held a 1,027,000 to 283,000 chip lead over his opponent and it only took 20 minutes for him to press home his massive chip advantage. The final hand saw Kearns lead out for 40,000 chips on a {J-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} flop and Speirs call. The turn was the {8-Spades} and Kearns announced he was all in for his last 250,000 chips, Speirs snap-called and turned over {8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} nicely in front of the {J-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} of his opponent. The river was the {9-Clubs} and with that Kearns was eliminated from the tournament and Speirs announced as the APAT Scottish International Champion.

Final table payouts

1st: Grant Speirs: £3,095
2nd: Jamie Kearns: £1,965
3rd: Martin Turner: £1,176
4th: John Bannerman: £786
5th: Steven Bayliff: £590
6th: Steven Hall: £491
7th: Dean Cursley: £393
8th: Mark Lockhart: £295
9th: Alex Thompson: £246

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