The Fitzwilliam Card Club, Dublin, Ireland hosted the APAT 2013 Irish National Poker Championship, where almost 100 runners gathered to play the 2-day deepstack spectacular in the latest event of the APAT Season 7 calendar.
APAT National Championships always attracts players from far and wide and this event was no exception, as players from the UK travelled to the Emerald Isle to take on the Irish contingent along with players from France, Germany, Poland and even Latvia, emphasizing APAT’s ever-growing reputation across Europe.
It seemed from the get-go that the French players were determined to stamp their authority on the tournament; Elie Bonnamour took an early chip lead that would see him well through Day 1 and into Day 2. Indeed, of the 27 players who returned for Day 2, France had the biggest number of players remaining, although Dublin native Rachel Samuels held the chip lead overnight on 114,300.
Sadly, Samuels couldn’t maintain her Day 1 dominance and fell in 11th place. Patrick Piednoel busted in 10th place shortly after and the final table was set.
Latvian player Sindijs Anspoks and Frenchman Seb Kerrien were the two biggest stacks when play resumed on the final table and, although both suffered a number of highs and lows, both eventually made it to the heads up battle to determine the champion. By this stage, Seb Kerrien had established a 2:1 chip lead over Sindijs and was relentless in his pursuit of the remaining chips in play and Anspoks seemingly had little answer to Kerrien inexorable pressure. When Anspoks finally made a stand, Kerrien managed to river a straight with to best the of Anspoks and Kerrien, from Normandy, France was declared the Champion!
2013 Irish Amateur Poker Championship Results
|1||Seb Kerrien (FRA)||€2,020 + APAT Gold Medal + WCOAP National Championship Seat|
|2||Sindijs Anspoks (LAT)||€1,225 + APAT Silver Medal|
|3||Don Roberts (ENG)||€815 + APAT Bronze Medal|
|4||Andrew Duncan (ENG)||€525|
|5||Frank Piednoel (FRA)||€405|
|6||James Kemp (ENG)||€290|
|7||David Smith (IRE)||€230|
|8||Hugh Cairnie (SCO)||€175|
|9||Brian Kiely (IRE)||€115|
|10||Patrick Piednoel (FRA)||€50|
The APAT Tour next moves on to the Alea Casino, Glasgow over the weekend of November 2-4th 2013 for the Scottish Amateur Poker Championship. For full details of this event, and to reserve your seat, visit www.apat.com