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John Gudger Wins the partypoker WPT National Milton Keynes Main Event

John Gudger

On Sunday, 59-year-old electrical engineer John Gudger won the partypoker World Poker Tour National UK Milton Keynes Main Event after turning a $3 satellite entry into a much more impressive £12,750.

Gudger qualified for the £200 accumulator event in a $1.65 rebuy satellite, rebuy only once during the rebuy period, and now has a massive Return On Investment (ROI) after outlasting 292 entries on the WPT National Milton Keynes Main Event.

partypoker WPT Milton Keynes Final Table Draw

1David Phetean514,000
2Sam Goodman624,000
3Richard Jwanczuk884,000
4Liam Pettman279,000
5Sunil Mistri710,000
6John Gudger574,000
7Lee Kiat268,000
8Michael Rosaman803,000
9Andrew Brisland291,000

Sunil Mistri was the first casualty of the final table, three-betting all-in over the top of a Liam Pettman raise with {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades} and finding himself up against {J-Spades}{J-Clubs}. Mistri caught an ace on the {7-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{4-Spades} but when the turn and river were the {K-Clubs} and {6-Clubs}, Pettman improved to an unlikely flush and Mistri was eliminated.

David Phetean was the next player to bust; Phetean acciently called an all-in bet a few hands previously to be left extremely short-stacked. Phetean’s micro-stack went into the middle with {4-Hearts}{4-Spades}, Richard Jwanczuk called with {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and Phetean couldn’t get there.

Having earlier busted Mistri in cruel circumstances, Pettman busted in an equally frustrating scenario. Pettman jammed all-in from under-the-gun and Jwanczuk looked him up from the big blind. Pettman showed {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} and found himself up against {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}. Pettman took the lead on the {K-Spades}{10-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} flop, stayed there on the {6-Spades}, but bust when the straight-completing {Q-Clubs} fell on the river.

It is usual to see dozens of coinflip situations during tournament poker and once such coinflip claimed the tournament life of Jwanczuk who got his money in with {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} and faced Gudger’s {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}. The final board read {7-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and the television screen around the room changed to display five players remaining.

Andrew Brisland was nursing a short stack for a while and when he saw fellow shorty Lee Kiat move all-in, Brisland decided to gamble with his {5-Spades}{5-Clubs}. Brisland’s fives needed to stay ahead of Kiat’s {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}, which they did on the flop, but a nine on the turn and ace on the river sealed Brisland’s fate and he became the fifth place finisher.

Fourth place went to Kiat in a hand that almost mirrored Brisland’s exit. Kiat moved all-in with {A-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and Michael Rosaman called with {A-Spades}{9-Diamonds}. A nine on the turn and an ace on the river were more than enough to bust Kiat and leave the tournament with only a trio of players.

Three-handed play ended when Rosaman open-jammed from the button with {J-Hearts}{3-Hearts} and Sam Goodman called in the small blind. Gudger three-bet all-in from the big blind and Goodman folded. Gudger flipped over the powerhouse hand that is {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs} and when the board ran out {9-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{J-Spades}{A-Diamonds} it was game over for Rosaman.

Heads-up was a brief affair and ended when Gudger check-called a 200,000 bet on the {3-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{6-Clubs} flop and then both players checked the {3-Hearts} turn. The river was the {5-Spades} and Goodman moved all-in. Gudger said: “I think I’ll call” and showed {K-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and his call was correct because Goodman had made his move with {10-Spades}{7-Spades}.

partypoker WPT Milton Keynes Final Table Results

1John Gudger
2Sam Goodman
3Michael Rosaman
4Lee Kiat
5Andrew Brisland
6Richard Jwanczuk
7Liam Pettman
8David Phetean
9Sunil Mistri

A delighted Gudger also won a $1,000 package to upcoming WPT National London thanks to being the last standing partypoker qualifier, making it a fantastic weekend of poker for him. Throughout the final table, Gudger was texting his daughter, Eleanor Gudger, who is a keen poker player too. Eleanor finished sixth in the 2013 World Series of Poker Ladies Event and now her dad has an equally impressive result on his poker CV.

Lead image courtesy of the partypoker blog.

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