The Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) poker club in Nottingham was packed to the rafters this weekend for the New Year Special £300 Deepstack event. The club had slapped a £150,000 guarantee on the tournament in order to stir up interest, and it was certainly stirred up because an almost unbelievable 727 players bought in over the course of two starting days, creating a prize pool of £218,100!
Friday’s Day 1a attracted 264 players through the doors (39 survived) whilst Day 1b saw a massive field of 463 players get whittled down to 92. The 131 surviving players returned to the DTD club on Sunday afternoon to first play to the money place and then onto an eventual champion.
The money bubble burst at around 15:30 when Anthony Haughey got his stack in on a flop with against the of Ricky Cross. The turn was a seven but the river was a straight-filling king and Haughey busted out. Haughey’s elimination meant anyone who had chips in front of them had locked up at least £600 in prize money.
The Blonde Poker live update team called Haughey “Gaughan” but we have gone by the official DTD payout table.
A special mention has to go to Natasha Sandhu who was playing in her first major live event. The fiancée of the British superstar Sam Trickett busted out in 102nd place and almost made it into the money! A fine performance, but then she does have a great teacher!
Picking up prize money in this tournament were players such as Sky Poker’s Julian Thew (67th); Paul Zimbler (51st); Barry Neville (43rd); Rupinder Bedi (39th); Alex Goulder (38th); Rob Cowen (32nd) and Mark Mccluskey (18th).
By the time Gene Lam had been eliminated in ninth place, and the official live streamed final table was set, the prize money on offer to each player had swelled to a bankroll-boosting £4,905.60. This amount was picked up by Martin Henderson – the eighth place finisher.
Henderson was eventually joined by former final table mates Dinarte Araujo De Sousa; Salim Jangarwala; Hamid Toghyan; Anthony Kirkham; Neil Ryder and the runner-up in this tournament Vikrum Mehta. These eliminations left just one man standing, the current GUKPT Coventry main event champion, Martyn Frey.
Frey picked up £44,303.70 for his victory, which capped off a great weekend for GUKPT regulars after Simon Deadman won the WPT Dublin main event just hours earlier!
DTD 300 Deepstack New Year Special final table results
|7||Dinarte Araujo De Sousa||£6,132.00|
Next up for the DTD is the inaugural Multi Prize Pool (MPP) tournament on Thursday night, a tournament I will be attending personally. Then on Friday night there is the Super 50 followed by the Incredible 100 on Saturday For full details of these events please contact the excellent DTD staff.