Imagine how cool it must be to open your Hendon Mob page and see that the first result documented there is an outright win for almost £11,000. Imagine how cool it must be for Allan Pike because I have just described him!
Pike was the last man standing in the Hippodrome Spring Classic and therefore the recipient of the winner’s trophy, £10,959 in prize money and an unlimited amount of bragging rights to boot.
The £250+£25 Main Event attracted 184 players through the doors of the Hippodrome Casino over the course of the weekend and these 184 hopefuls were whittled down to the final table of nine 15 minutes before the tournament clocks flicked over to Level 23. Here’s how the nine finalists lined up.
Hippodrome Spring Classic Final Table Seat Draw
|3||Wing Ken Yeung||1,103,000|
First to bust from the final table was Egidijus Genotis who opened to 60,000 from under the gun and then four-bet all-in for 280,000 after Allan Pike three-bet to 155,000. Pike called, turned over and was up against Genotis’ . The was as safe as houses for Pike’s ladies
and Genotis’ tournament was over.
Genotis was joined at the cashier’s cage almost immediately after his exit by Julian Lefevre who lost a crucial coinflip with Pike. Lefevre’s tournament life was pinned on the which needed to hit against Pike’s pocket fours. But it was Pike who improved his hand, flopping a set to leave Lefevre needing running cards. They failed to materialise and the final table suddenly only had seven players seated at it.
Those seven became six with the exit of George Alexander who, like the previous two eliminations, was busted by Pike. Alexander committed his stack from early position with and Pike looked him up with pocket tens. The flop propelled Alexander into the lead and left Pike drawing to the two remaining tens in the deck. The turn was one pip out being a nine, but the two-outer hit on the river to bust Alexander and send Pike to the top of the chip counts.
Sixth place went to British poker legend Joe Grech who was never in great shape when his shove from the small blind with was called by Laurynas Sivilevicius in the big blind with . By the river the board read to improve Sivilevicius to an unnecessary flush and with that Grech exited the tournament area.
Wing Ken Yeung started the final table with a sizable chip lead yet couldn’t quite get going again after losing a massive pot with versus the of JJ Hazan. His hopes of becoming the tournament’s champion were dashed when he open-shoved with and Pike woke p with . Pike caught a queen on the flop to send Yeung home with fifth place money crammed into his wallet.
The final four players requested a few moments to discuss a potential deal, a deal that was struck to flatten the payout structure somewhat based on ICM. This meant the least any of them would leave London with would be a bankroll-boosting £5,420.
Down to fewer than 10 big blinds, Sivilevicius moved all-in with and was unfortunate to run into Hazan’s dominating . The flop hinted at saving Sivilevicius with a chopped pot, but bricks on the turn and river confirmed his demise.
Heads-up was reached soon after Sivilevicius’ exit when the short-stacked Ismael Kalkan finally came unstuck. His was snapped off by the of Hazan and when neither player improved on the it was game over for Kalkan.
Pike started the heads-up encounter with Hazan trailing 3-to-1 in chips, but managed to take the lead when his caught a nine on the flop when all-in against Hazan’s . No sooner had that hand taken place than the two remaining players decided to add £1,000 to their guaranteed winnings.
The deal benefited Hazan the most because when his ran into Pike’s the writing was on the wall. The flop all but locked up the hand for Pike, with the turn doing just that. The river completed the board, Hazan’s demise and left Pike to revel in the glory of becoming the Hippodrome Spring Classic champion.
Hippodrome Spring Classic Final Table Results
|5||Wing Ken Yeung||£2,225|
*reflects a deal made when four-handed and then heads-up
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