The Amateur Association & Poker Tour (APAT) dropped anchor in the G Casino in Luton this weekend for its annual APAT UK Team Championships.
Although the tournament was essentially a standard freezeout, the 200 players who had bought in were also part of one of 25 teams. Players earned their team points based on their own finishing positions, with the £10,000 prize pool split evenly between teams and individuals.
The teams competing were representing:
- APAT Forum
- APAT Yorkshire
- APAT South West
- Betfair Poker
- Black Country Poker Club
- Blackbelt Poker
- Blonde Poker
- Bristol & South West poker Meetup
- Edgworth Cricket Club
- Elite Amateur Poker League
- Gambling Network Forum
- The Hendon Mob Forum
- Hetton Social Club
- In The Muck Poker
- Lee Barrett Poker Night
- Live Pub Poker League
- London Poker Meetip
- Midlands Poker Forum
- Newcastle Poker Forum
- Punter Lounge
- Sky Poker Hitsquad
- Team Blue Blood Poker
- WPT Poker Magazine
With individual and team pride at stake, the stakes were much higher than the money involved, with everyone wanting to win. However, it was a case of history repeating itself a the Gambling Network Forum cruised to victory for the second consecutive year.
With 33 players remaining, Gambling Network Forum still had four of its members in the field, and their victory was confirmed and £2,500 was given to them to share among its eight team members.
2013 APAT UK Team Championship Results
|1||Gambling Network Forum||£2,500|
|2||APAT South West||£1,500|
|3||The Hendon Mob||£1,000|
The individual prize pool was highly sought after too, with £1,000 up for grabs for the eventual champion. That champion was Ben Walton, who thanks to representing the Gambling Network Forum, became the first player to win the individual event and be on the winning team since APAT started this fantastic format. Walton defeated Dave Stephenson of the Newcastle Poker Forum heads-up to scoop the win and his second gold medal of the weekend.
2013 APAT UK Team Championship Individual Results (Final Table)
|1||Ben Walton||Gambling Network Forum||£1,000|
|2||Dave Stephenson||Newcastle Poker Forum||£750|
|3||Cecilia Sparke||Bristol & SW Poker Meetup||£500|
|4||Ian Witt||In The Muck Poker||£450|
|5||Tom Fielding||Gambling Network Forum||£300|
|6||Brian Frew||Edgworth Cricket Club||£250|
|7||Phil Hertel||Blackbelt Poker||£250|
|8||Graham Gorton||Black Country Poker Club||£200|
|9||Jo Harris||Live Pub Poker League||£150|
If you would like to become a member of APAT then all you need to do is head to their website and register. It is completely free and we are 100% sure you will not regret getting involved in one of poker's great communities.