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2014 WCOAP: David Rudling-Smith Is Cash King; Derek Rowland in Split Pot Heaven

David Rudlin-Smith and Derek Rowland

Once again the Aspers Stratford Westfield was teeming with some of the best amateur poker talent in the world as the 2014 APAT World Championship Of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) continued towards its glistening finale.

Saturday saw two more champions crowned in addition to the Main Event getting under way. Interested in a recap of the day’s action? Then keep on reading this article as it will do just that.

2014 WCOAP Event #13: Cash Tournament

The APAT created the cash tournament a year or so ago and it has quickly become one of the most popular tournaments on each APAT stop. It’s a fantastic idea and one that essentially sees players sit down and play eight-handed cash games with the largest stack winning the title.

Five tables of eight competed in the first round of the 2014 WCOAP Cash championship and when play came to a close the following players, in order of stack size, had progressed to the final.

Rick Craig£301.25
J.P. Round£296.75
Shaun Venables£278.25
Neil Sillick£275.75
Richard Sheils£244.50
David Rudling-Smith£241.50
Gary Jackson£237.25

In an epic battle, J.P Round and Rick Craig both lost their stacks, while Shaun Venables was the bubble boy and won no extra prize money, although he did finish with a £337.75 stack so all was not lost.

Third place went to Richard Sheils, the silver medal to Anthony Ross, leaving David Rudling-Smith to secure the title, gold medal, championship bracelet and bragging rights!

2014 WCOAP Event #13: Cash Tournament Results

1David Rudling-Smith£516£280
2Anthony Ross£417£120
3Richard Sheils£399.50 
4Shaun Venables£337.75 
5Neil Sillick£255.00 
6Gary Jacson£198.75 
7Rick Craig£0 
8J.P. Round£0 

2014 WCOAP Event #12: Pot Limit Omaha High/Lo – Derek Rowland Wins

Seventy-nine players bought into the amazingly structured Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (PLO8) event, a popular poker variant that creates some massive pots – many of which get chopped due to the very nature of the game.

The event kicked off at 2:00pm and over the next nine-and-a-half hours the 79 entrants were whittled down to the final table of nine.

1John Seel250,000
2Rieuwert Fleer260,000
3William Whicher190,000
4Neil Sheehan150,000
5Derek Rowland76,000
6Mark Lassman37,000
7Robert Heller61,000
8Michael Perry95,000
9Steve Johnson100,000

Three players busted out during the first 30 minutes of the final table: Michael Perry, Robert Heller and the bubble boy Mark Lassman.

Shortly after the bubble burst, William Whicher (6th for £235) and Steve Johnson (5th for £290) crashed out. They were followed into the cold London air first by Rieuwert Fleer (4th for £395) and then Neil Sheehan (3rd for £530), leaving John Seel and Derek Rowland to lock horns heads up for the gold medal, championship bracelet and the £1,205 first place prize.

All three of those things now belong to Rowland who held {A-}{7-}{6-}{2-} versus Seel’s {K-}{10-}{5-}{2-} on a {3-}{J-}{6-} flop. The turn and river brought the {5-} and {7-}, Rowland scooped the pot and Seel busted in second place.

1Derek Rowland£1,205
2John Seel£825
3Neil Sheehan£530
4Rieuwert Fleer£395
5Steve Johnson£290
6William Whicher£235
7Mark Lassman£0
8Robert Heller£0
9Michael Perry£0

2014 WCOAP Event #11: Main Event Day 1a

The 2014 WCOAP Main Event has got off to a brilliant start after 189 players bough into Saturday’s Day 1a. Of those 189 who bought in only 43 made it through to Monday’s Day 2, with Scott Berridge leading them so far courtesy of his 220,700 stack.

Berridge made the long journey from Cornwall to compete in this event and it looks to be a great decision so far as he stormed to the top of the chip counts. One of the APAT members joked on the bustling APAT forum that “God runs like Berridge,” suggesting he was having more than his fair share of luck on Day 1a. Berridge will hope his run-good continues.

Also well stacked going into Da 2 are players such as Daniel Crabble (181,700), Kerrien Sabastien (167,600) and Ken Wright (164,500). The top 10 chip counts can be found below.

1Scott Berridge220,700
2Daniel Crabble181,700
3Kerrien Sabastien167,600
4Ken Wright164,500
5Levente Varga159,400
6Jamie Lee143,100
7Claire MacGregor142,700
8Terence Simpson142,500
9Rob Quinn137,000
10Anthony Gale129,200

Easter Sunday sees Day 1b of the Main Event take place in addition to the Pot Limit Omaha Championship and the invite-only Season Seven Championship.

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