“Super” Mario Andreas Wins the Record Breaking Bigger 100
The Royal Surrey Poker & Snooker Club was full to bursting last week, when it hosted The BIGGER 100 Part II; a tournament that cost £100 to enter and boasted a £20,000 guaranteed prize pool. Despite only being a local club, The Royal Surrey somehow managed to process 395 entries — the largest turnout in the club's history --, meaning the prize pool stood at a most impressive £39,500; almost twice what they had set out to achieve!
In and amongst the huge field were some familiar faces in the shape of PokerStars UKIPT Brighton final tablist and a former Dusk Till Dawn 150 Deepstack winner David Trigg; Paul Zimbler and the former World Poker Tour Dublin runner-up Charles Chattha.
With 40 spots being paid out, nobody wanted to finish in 41st place and become the dreaded “bubble boy,” but unfortunately, it has to happen to somebody in every poker tournament played across the land. In this particular event, Karim Biria burst the bubble and as he headed to the rail to watch on from the sidelines, the surviving players each locked up a min-cash of £150.
The first player to help himself to some cash was Sikhunjulwe Sizalakho, the 40th place finisher. Also making it into the money places included the aforementioned Trigg (24th place and £200) and Main Event Travel’s Faisal Bhatti (12th for £500).
The first elimination from the final table was Loretta Manuel, her exit leaving the tournament as an all-male affair. John Clarke, Kesh Kesevan, Rick Fuller and Randeep Sabharwall followed Manuel to the rail, which left Gareth Hounsell, James O’Sullivan, Luke Flack and Marios Andreas to discuss a potential chip-chop deal.
After lengthy negotiations, a four-way deal was struck that saw Hounsell and O’Sullivan pick up £5,325 each, and Flack and Andreas walk away with £7,000. Andreas was deemed to be the event’s champion, his first title since turning pro six months ago.
The Bigger 100 Part II Final Table Results
Stay tuned for information on the next major event to take place at The Royal Surrey Poker & Snooker Club.