Albert Sapiano Wins Genting Poker Series London

Albert Sappiano

The second leg of the Genting Poker Series took place in London between March 28 and April 1 and was so well attended that the Fox Poker Club ran out of space, despite having three starting days, and play spilled over to the Palm Beach Casino!

In total 580 players turned out for the £400+£30 main event, creating a prize pool of £232,000, the lion's share of which went to the eventual winner Albert Sapiano who walked away with £50,160 including a £1,600 seat to the season-ending Grand Final.

By the time the tournament finally reached the heads-up stages Sapiano held 4,660,000 chips to the 10,020,000 of Callum Smith but almost immediately that was turned around after Sappiano spiked a a full house on the river. Two hands into the one-on-one battle Sappiano moved all in with what turned out to be {A-}{7-} and Smith made the call with {A-}{K-}. The board ran out {7-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{3-Spades}{10-Spades}{7-Diamonds} to gift Sappiano the boat and the chip lead.

Shortly afterwards it was all over as a contest as Sapiano first limped in from the small blind / button then called a 475,000 raise from Smith. The flop came down {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{J-Hearts}, Sappiano bet 400,000 and Smith made the call. The dealer put the {8-Spades} out on the turn and Sapiano announced "all-in" and Smith quickly called turning over {A-}{Q-} for second pair but he was trailing to the {K-}{10-} of Sapiano that had made top pair. The river was the {6-Spades} and with that it was all over, Sapiano had become the Genting Poker Series London winner!

Genting Poker Series London final table results

1stAlbert Sapiano£50,160
2ndCallum Smith£32,940
3rdKirit Patel£23,200
4thRobin Dhinsa£18,560
5thNeil McCulloch£14,500
6thStephen Hollinshead£11,600
7thElzbieta Biessek-Piechota£9,280
8thJames Thomson£6,960
9thGhassan Chehbi£4,640

The Genting Poker Series now heads to the Genting Club in Edinburgh between Wednesday 30 May and Sunday 3 June, 2012 and another bumper crowd is expected in the Scottish capital.

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