The inaugural Blackbelt Poker Live Nottingham Main Event took place at the fabulous Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club over the weekend, attracting a sell out crowd of almost 500 runners. But as is the case in all poker tournaments there can only be one winner and that winner was Stuart Hyson.
Hyson not only walked away with the prestige of becoming the champion, his first major live score on record, and the $14,000 first place prize but he also picked up a $100 bounty for eliminating Nick Wealthall at the final table and an additional $1,400 for being an Orange Belt on Blackbelt Poker's online site.
Blackbelt Poker have a unique rewards system where players' VIP levels are based on different coloured belts, with white being a basic member and progressing through various colours up to the exclusive Black Belt club. Depending on a player's belt they receive up to $10,000 each month in live tournament staking deals, Hyson is an Orange Belt, the third tier of the scheme and as such he received a $1,400 bonus!
The money bubble burst at around 1500 on Sunday afternoon and the unfortunate soul who became the last person not to receive any prize money was Nick Finn. He decided to check-raise all in with on a flop, a move that would probably work most of the time but not when Ben Lake was sat there holding for bottom set. No miracle gutshot for Finn and he was sent to the rail empty handed to a round of applause, everyone else locking up at least $150.
From that point on there was a steady stream of eliminations right up to the nine handed final table. Here it was Kevin Corcoran who was the first to go and he was followed out of the door by Adam Carey, Paul Lynch, the aforementioned Wealthall, Byron Brewer, David Buckland and Arran Fletcher, leaving Hyson and Daniel Robertson to fight it out for the title.
Hyson trailed Robertson at the start of heads up by a massive 5,200,000 to 1,300,000 but Hyson doubled up very early on when he survived an all in with against but he still had a lot of work to do. Around half hour later and Hyson took the lead. On a board reading Hyson moved all in and Robertson quickly called but then instantly mucked with he was shown for a full house.
Robertson then drew level before regaining the lead but Hyson hung onto the coattails of his opponent until a huge hand took place that saw Robertson left with just three and a half big blinds. The chips went in on a flop, Hyson holding to Robertonson's and when the turn and river were the and , Hyson opened up a massive lead. Robertson doubled up the very next hand but it was only a matter of time before Hyson would snatch the victory.
Holding Robertson moved all in and Hyson beat him into the pot with the call. He held and would need to improve to win the pot. The flop kept Robertson in front, as did the turn but the on the river gave Hyson a match winning pair of kings and resigned Robertson to the runner-up spot.
Blackbelt Poker Live Nottingham Final Table Payouts
*includes $100 bounty payment and $1,400 bonus for his VIP level on the Blackbelt Poker online site.