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Ben Foxwell Wins the 2013 UK Student Poker Championships

Ben Foxwell

Ben Foxwell has won the UK Student Poker Championships (UKSPC) at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Foxwell outlasted a bumper crowd of 469 players to get his hands on the £3,450 first place prize and a GUKPT Grand Final seat worth an additional £2,000. Not bad at all for a £30 entry fee!

A total of 98 players returned to their seats on Thursday afternoon knowing that only 50 of them would be leaving Coventry with some prize money to show for their efforts. The 51st place finisher was Kyle Roberts who, for reasons unknown to us, failed to show up for Day 2! Down to just a single ante, Roberts’ hand was killed because he was not in his seat and the bubble burst.

It took more than six hours from the moment the bubble burst to the nine-handed final table being set. The nine finalists lined up as follows:

1Ben Foxwell1,368,000
2Artur Villa558,000
3Matt Takaro1,740,000
4Matt Butcher341,000
5Andy Symeou393,000
6Lucas Durney448,000
7Han Zhang746,000
8Simon Priddis912,000
9Sunny Kalcutt556,000

The final table started just before midnight and almost immediately lost its first player. Andrew Symeou open-shoved at 15,000/30,000/4,000a for 393,000 chips with {A-}{8-} and Foxwell called with the dominating {A-}{J-}. A jack on the flop left Symeou drawing very thin, and when he failed to catch back up, Symeou’s tournament came to an abrupt end.

Arthur Villa joined Symeou on the rail half hour later when Simon Priddis opened to 80,000 at the 20,000/40,000/5,000a level , Foxwell three-bet to 210,000 from the button and Villa cold four-bet all in for around 400,000 chips from the small blind! Priddis folded but Foxwell called. Foxwell flipped over the meagre ace-deuce and was in bad shape against Villa’s pocket queens. That was until an ace landed on the flop to propel Foxwell into the lead, which I where he stayed to bust out Villa in eighth place.

Seventh place was decided 10 minutes later and once again it was Foxwell who was in the thick of the action. Foxwell min-bet to 80,000, Matt Butcher three-bet all in for 158,000 and Lucas Durney cold-called. Foxwell tossed in the additional chips and the delaer spread the {J-Clubs}{10-}{8-} flop. Neither active player seemed interested and both checked. The {3-} turn saw Foxwell lead for 165,000 and Durney get out of the way. Butcher showed {A-}{7-} and needed a nine to survive because Foxwell held {J-}{10-} for top two pair. The river was a brick and Butcher exited the tournament area.

Priddis was the next Foxwell victim, which ended his tournament in sixth place. On a {J-}{10-}{10-Clubs} flop, Priddis made a move with just {Q-}{4-} and Foxwell called with king-queen. Neither player improved on the turn or river and Foxell’s king-high ended any hopes Priddis had of glory in Coventry.

Guess who sent the fifth place finisher home? That’s correct, Foxwell! Sunny Kalcutt moved all in with {K-}{10-} from the small blind and Foxwell called from the big blind with {K-}{J-}. The board ran out void of a ten and Foxwell scooped the pot with his jack-kicker.

Almost immediately after Kalcutt’s demise, Han Zhang joined him on the sidelines. The action passed to Zhang in the small blind and he opted to move all in pocket sixes but what he didn’t count on was the hot-running Foxwell waking up in the big blind with the monster, to him, {K-}{3-}. Of course, as soon as Foxwell called there was never any doubt he would win and sure as eggs are eggs a king flopped, Foxwell’s hand held, and Zhang busted.

Foxwell kept up his one man wrecking spree when he entered a raising war with Matt Takaro that resulted in Takaro being all in and at risk of elimination holding [A]{8-}. Foxwell turned over pocket queen, flopped a set and sent Takaro to the rail in third place.

Thanks to knocking out everyone at the final table, Foxwell went into the heads-up battle with Durney while holding over 90% of the chip in play. This lead to a short one-on-one battle that ended when Durney was all in with {K-Diamonds}{3-Spades} to Foxwell’s {J-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. The board ran out {A-Clubs}{6-Spades}{5-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{10-Spades} to eliminate Durney and leave Foxwell to pick up the lion’s share of the prize pool.

2013 UK Student Poker Championship final table results

1stBen Foxwell£3,540
2ndLucas Durney£2,100
3rdMatt Takaro£1,405
4thHan Zhang£1,055
5thSunny Kalcutt£915
6thSimon Priddis£775
7thMatt Butcher£630
8thArthur Villa£425
9thAndy Sumeou£245

Next up for the GUKPT is the second leg of its 2013 tour, which takes place in Didsbury, Manchester between April 8-14.

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