The weekend of May 26-27 brought 122 of the UK’s finest amateur poker players to the G Casino in Cardiff for the William Hill Welsh Amateur Poker Championship, the second stop in APAT’s sixth season.
Amongst the 122 competing players were former APAT Player of the year Warren Jones and former APAT Welsh Amateur Champion Gareth Johns. For their £75.00 + £7.50 buy in, players started the event with 15,000 chips on a generous 45-minute clock.
Day 1 saw 13 levels played, at which point the field had been whittled down to 31 players; who were led by Garry Wildin and JP Round.
Play was brisk at the start of Day 2, as the short-stacks looked double up and move up the chip counts. After four hours play, the final table was reached and they lined up follows:
APAT Welsh Championship Final Table
Blinds began at 5,000-10,000, so the tournament was wide open. Over the first couple of levels David Jackson and then pre-final chip leaders Dan Carpenter and Garry Wildin exited, as fortunes fluctuated with short-stack double-ups. The major beneficiary was Andrew Jones, doubling several times.
Jason Kemp exited sixth, Jason Stephens in fifth and Warren Jones busted in fourth when he ran ace-five into Kevin O'Driscoll's dominating ace-queen.
Three handed, JP Round, a chip leader for much of the competition found himself as the short-stack and despite doubling through O'Driscoll early doors Andrew Jones knocked him out to take the tournament to the heads-up stage.
The one-on-one "battle" lasted just two hands, the final hand seeing Jones' ace-king spike a king on the turn to crack the pocket tens of Round and Jones, from Caerphilly, became the 2012 William Hill Welsh Amateur Poker Champion. In addition to the title, Jones won an APAT National Gold Medal, £2,750 in prize money and a seat at a Genting Poker Series tournament.
APAT’s next event; the Irish Amateur Poker Championship will take place the Macau Club in Cork on July 7th-8th. More details can be found at www.apat.com.
APAT Welsh Amateur Poker Championship Final Table Payouts
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