APAT European Championship of Amateur Poker Recap; Carl Pilgrim Wins Main Event

Carl Pilgrim

A great summer of sport will shortly conclude with the London 2012 Paralympics; and it seems strangely fitting that long term APAT member and wheelchair user, Carl Pilgrim, chose this of all weeks to take down the main event at the APAT European Championship of Amateur Poker (ECOAP) at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn poker club.

Seven Card specialist Wayne Smith took down the first Gold of the four day festival when outlasting an extremely tough field in the Stud Championship. Weswell Ellis took the Silver while Chen Tam failed to shake his poker bridesmaid record, taking his fourth APAT National Championship Bronze – an incredible feat in itself.

ECOAP Stud Championship Results

PositionNamePrize
1Wayne Smith£715
2Weswell Ellis£443
3Chen Tam£255
4Warren Jones£170
5Carl Pilgrim£119

Next up was the European Amateur Team Championship, played over a series of hold’em and pot limit omaha sit & goes, heads up matches and a final multi table tournament. The Republic of Ireland led the nine country field from the outset but a mere five points separated the leading four countries as the final MTT started late on the second day of play. In a very exciting finish, the Irish maintained their momentum to take Gold, with England recovering from a faltering start on day one to take Silver. A huge battle ensued between the Italian and Portuguese teams for the Bronze, with the Italians prevailing in the end.

The Six Max Championship on day two had 165 entrants and it was Bath’s Suzanne Hayward who outlasted the field to take Gold, beating 2011 WCOAP Stud Championship runner up Peter Thorpe into the Silver medal position, with Sharon Roberts taking Bronze.

ECOAP Six-Max Championship final table results

PositionNamePrize
1Suzanne Hayward£2,527
2Peter Thorpe£1,464
3Sharon Roberts£905
4Matthew Dent£604
5Stuart Oliver£453
6Kevin O'Hanlon£339

The main event of the festival, the two day European Amateur Poker Championship, brought in 276 runners and 53 remained at the end of an exhaustive first day’s play. Pat Kelley led with 1.5m chips when the final table was reached.

Meanwhile, elsewhere at the carnivorous Dusk Till Dawn, a field of over 90 runners were fighting for the Omaha Championship, where last year’s WCOAP main event Champion Dave Garden took the honours, with Gordon Goodhall taking Silver and German international Stefan Roder taking Bronze.

ECOAP Omaha Championship results

PositionNamePrize
1David Garden£1,562
2Gordon Goodall£937
3Stefan Roder£625
4Robert Gerrard£402
5Richard Iwaniak£312
6Ashraf Wahid£223
7Steve Redfern£178
8Stephen Kendall£134
9John Little£89

Back in the main event and in front of a huge support at DTD and over 600 online railers, it was APAT regular Carl Pilgrim who took Gold, a Genting Poker Series seat and the £7,700 first prize, beating Dean Mardon heads up. Pat Kelley took the Bronze medal. Thanks to a final table appearance in the earlier Stud Championship, Pilgrim also won the Player of the Series award; a €600 seat to the ISPT event at Wembley.

ECOAP Main Event final table results

PositionNamePrize
1Carl Pilgrim£7,714
2Dean Mardon£4,510
3Pat Kelley£2,706
4Colin Morris£1,899
5Liam Crawford£1,424
6Mark Baker£1,068
7Maria Demetriou£831
8Andy Barnes£593
9Brian Yates£475

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