Paul Jackson may have veteran status in the poker world but that did not stop him from schooling the massive field that descended on the Dusk Till Dawn casino for the latest incarnation of the popular Grand Prix tournament.
The £60 buy-in event attracted 2,560 to the Nottingham club, creating a prize pool of £128,000. This impressive sum was shared among the top 260 finishers, with a min-cash being worth £150 and the eventual champion – read that as Paul Jackson – taking home £23,500.
Jackson went into Sunday’s final table with 8.375 million chips and the title of chip leader, but his lead was slender because Guy Johnson (8.36 million) and former Sky Poker Pro James Williams (7.995 million) were hot on his heels. Jackson lost a large pot early on at the final table when his ran into Ross White’s on a flop. Jackson managed to draw on all of his experience to compose himself and start to navigate his way through the final table.
William Young was the first casualty of the final table, followed first by Oliver Morgan and then Guy Johnson. Jackson then managed to double up with pocket nines against the sevens of Jason Herbert to get himself well and truly back into contention.
Johnson then ran his queens into Jackson’s aces to bust in seventh place and he was followed te the cashier’s cage by Herbert, Paul Coughland, Joe Hall and Ross White, leaving Jackson and the highly aggressive Williams to play heads-up for the title.
With 30 million chips to Jackson’s 20 million, Williams held a decent lead over his opponent, but with blinds at 300,000/600,000 the contest was far from over. According to the BlondePoker live updates, Jackson was dominating heads-up play and ran out a worthy winner. The final hand took place just before 3:00am on Monday morning and started with William raising to 1.6 million and Jackson calling. The dealer spread the flop, Jackson check-calling a 2 million bet. The received similar treatment; Jackson check-calling a larger 3.2 million bet. The river saw Jackson move all-in, covering Williams. Williams called and showed for a straight, but was crushed by the that had improved jackson’s hand to a full house!
Dusk Till Dawn Grand Prix Final Table Results (February 2014)
Next up for the DTD faithful is the eagerly anticipated Sky Poker UK Poker Championships that run from February 18 through to February 23 and have combined prize pools of £800,000!
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