Last week saw the eagerly awaited Caribbean Poker Party (CPP) take place in St Kitts, an event hosted by Dusk Till Dawn who were celebrating their fifth year in the live poker industry.
The $2,700+$300 buy-in Main Event commenced on the 22nd November with a total of 66 players taking to the field for Day 1a, amongst them were notable players such as James Dempsey, Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliot and Marcel Luske, but none of these talented individuals made it though to Day 2 on their first attempt. After six levels were completed, 48 players advanced through to Day 2, with Matt Dale going through as the chip leader on 110,000.
Forty-four players bought into Day 1b, JP Kelly and WSOP Main Event runner up Julian Gardener amongst them. After failing to make it through to Day 2 at the first attempt, Marcel Luske, "Devilfish" and James Dempsey re-entered and successfully navigated their way through to the second official day's play. They were joined by 33 other players; the new chip leader being the 2007 WSOP Main Event fifth place finishers Jon Kalmar and his 133,500 stack.
Day 2 started with a total of 83 players. The prize pool was announced as $288,090 with the top 14 places getting paid, 1st place would be taking home $85,600, the trophy and the inaugural CPP title! By the time the curtain came down on proceedings, just 35 players managed to make it through to Day 3, with DTD regular Paul Grummitt and DTD Owner Rob Yong being two of the biggest stacks with 231,000 and 188,000 chips respectively.
Day 3 played down to the final table with pro JP Kelly holding the chip lead of 589,000 and Yong close behind with 574,500. DTD regulars Grummitt and Waheed Ashraf were still in the running hoping to bring the title back to Nottingham. Many Dusk Till Dawn players made the money including Raj Kanabar, Matt Dale and Llyr Owen Jones each receiving a min-cash of $5,750. Martin Cheese was the first player eliminated from the final table for $7,800, Grummitt finished eigth for $10,100 and George Wainberg received $15,550 for his sixth place finish.
JP Kelly busted out in fourth place for $24,800, Romanian Dan Christian finished in third place for $33,100 leaving Yong and Ashraf heads up for the title and the not-so-small difference of $35,000 in prize money. The rail really got behind both players with lots of cheering and friendly banter. Eventually, a short-stack Yong moved all-in with , and Ashraf made the call with . The flop came down , giving Yong an open-ended straight draw. The turn was a , which was no help to Yong, but he still hand plenty of outs to hit. However, Ashraf caught an unneeded king on the river to win the hand and the entire tournament.
CPP Main Event results
|11||Llyr Owen Jones||$5,750|
Thanks to the Dusk Till Dawn poker club for the lead image and tournament history.