The APAT World Championships Of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) came to a thrilling conclusion last night with Lithuania’s Erimas Livonas stealing the show by taking down the £110 buy-in Main Event.
Sixty-four of the 451 starters returned to the Dusk Till Dawn poker club in Nottingham yesterday and they battled it out for the £10,000 first place prize, a ISPT Day 2 seat (worth €3,000), the coveted APAT gold medal and a fantastic custom-made commemorative bracelet created by Kevin Smith of Aspire Jewellery.
Throughout proceedings Livonas bamboozled his opponents with his unconventional, yet highly effective, style of play and he ran out a deserved winner. Livonas outlasted fellow final table members Ian Bills, Ryunosuke Mason-Brown, Mark Crump, Mike Sweeney, David Denny, Raj Dhiri and his heads-up opponent, Tod Wood.
WCOAP Heads Up Championship
The heads up championship completely sold out with 64 players batting it out one-on-one for the title and the glory. The eventual champion was a Dusk Till Dawn regular in the shape of Weswell Ellis, who defeated Vikrum Mehta in the final matches to secure victory. Mehta had a great WCOAP having finished as runner-up in the WCOAP Seven Card Stud event.
WCOAP Omaha Championship
Mike Perry made the long journey north from Southampton to compete in the WCOAP and the poker gods must have been pleased as Perry went on to win the WCOAP Omaha Championship.
A total of 113 players turned out for the £55 buy-in four-card craziness, thanks in part to there being an ISPT Day 1 seat added to the prize pool. That seat, of course, secured by Perry who defeated Derek Rowland heads-up for the title.
|3rd||Alberto Herranz Sanchez||£627.15|
WCOAP Razz Championship
A compact but talented field of 32 players turned out for the Razz event and Joanna Sharp outlasted all of them. Here reward was almost £600 in cash, a gold medal and an Aspire Jewellery bracelet.
APAT Award Winners 2013
Over the past few weeks, the APAT community had been casting its votes for a number of categories and the awards were distributed at the WCOAP.
- Best Online Poker Room: PokerStars
- Best Poker Community: Blonde Poker
- Best Poker Venue: Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham
- Best Media Provider: Barry Carter of PokerStrategy (UK PokerNews was a close second)
- APAT Forum Contributor of the Year: Ger Smyth
- APAT Breakthrough Player of the Year: Suzanne Hayward
- APAT Member Performance of the Year: David Amos
- APAT player of the Year: Carl Pilgrim
- APAT Hall of Fame Entrant: Paul Davis