The £550 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament attracted 78 runners to the Genting Club in Reading, who between them created a prize pool of £39,000. The top 11 players helped themselves to this money, a min-cash being worth £500.
David Spicer was the first player to make it into the money places and he was joined on the rail first by the former Palm beach Big Game champion Craig Sweden then Brighton poker scene regular Neil Fox.
Fox’s demise left just eight players in the competition and also meant each of those eight players would leave Reading with at least a four-figure score. Daniel Hardy’s eighth place netted him £1,120, his sixth £1,000+ score of 2012. Keep an eye out for his name in future events because he seems to be very talented indeed.
Seventh place was claimed by Peter Arrigoni, while Lisa Hawkes exited in sixth. Alan Short got his hands on fifth place money — £2,870 to you and I — and when P Corion lost his stack to finish in fourth place, the surviving three players battled it out safe in the knowledge they had increased their investment almost ten-fold.
The Genting-sponsored pro and last woman standing, Elzbieta Biessek-Piechota finally bust in third place, leaving Chris Gordon and Ross McDermott to fight it out for the title. The duo took some pressure out of the situation by agreeing to chop the remaining prize pool, Gordon claiming £10,395 and McDermott £9,395.
Ultimately, McDermott walked away with the trophy and bragging rights, defeating the talented Gordon to become the 2012 Southern England Poker Challenge Champion.
Southern England Poker Challenge Results