Jonathan “Skalie” Kalmar Wins the Latest DTD 500 Deepstack For £33,500

Jonathan Kalmar

The latest £150,000 guaranteed Deepstack at the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) casino in Nottingham had a popular winner as 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event finalist Jonathan Kalmar walked away with the title, the tournament’s £33,500 first place prize and a seat to the upcoming £1 million guaranteed UKIPT Nottingham Main Event.

The £500+£50 buy-in was paid by 280 players, leaving the DTD nursing a £10,000 overlay. Of those 280 starters, 91 made it through to Sunday’s Day 2 and of those only 34 were paid. The 35th place finisher was Martyn Frey, a regular on the UK poker circuit and a player with Grosvenor UK Poker Tour titles and DTD Deepstack wins to his name. He’ll be back for sure.

Frey exit meant anyone with chips in front of them had locked up £1,000 for their efforts. Players such as Matt Davenport, Mark McCluskey, Basharat “Bash” Mahmood, Andrew “stato_1” Hulme, Liam Batey, UK Global Poker Index Player of the Year leader Tom Hall, Sky Poker’s Julian Thew, the legendary Albert Sapiano and Paul Coughlan – Coughland final table bubbled — all helped themselves to prize money.

The first exit from the nine-handed final table was that of former Genting Poker Series Sheffield champion Hasmukh Khodiyara. Down to less than 10 big blinds, Khodiyara open-shoved 360,000 chips with {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} and was looked up by Mike Cummings and his {Q-}{Q-}. The ladies stayed ahead as the board ran {2-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{4-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and Khodiyara busted in ninth place.

Ten minutes later and Khodiyara was joined at the cashier’s cage by Simon Deadman, who surprisingly didn’t finish second! With the blinds at 25,000/50,000, Deadman moved all-in for 352,000 with what turned out to be {A-}{J-} and David Denny re-shoved for 827,000 in the small blind with {A-}{10-}. A ten on the turn improved Denny to a pair of tens and left Deadman heading to the sidelines to collect eighth place money.

Chin Chai Koh, better-known as “Chinese Frankie” was the next final table casualty. Neil Raine opened to 100,000 and then called when Chinese Frankie three-bet to 225,000 from the big blind. Both players checked the {K-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} flop, with Frankie then leading for 165,000 on the {6-Spades} turn. Raine called. The {A-Spades} completed the board and Frankie moved all-in for 475,000. Raine went deep into the tank before emerging with a call, turning over {Q-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} as he did so. Frankie sighed, tapped the table and headed off into the cold Nottingham night.

Almost immediately after Frankie’s exit, David Denny busted. Denny opened, Kalmar three-bet, Denny jammed all-in and Kalmar called. Like the hand that claimed the tournament life of Khodiyara at the start of the final table, it was queens versus ace-king, Kalmar holding the latter. It looked like the result was going to be the same, but a king on the river gifted Kalmar the hand and resigned Denny to sixth place money.

Kalmar then helped himself to the chips of James Clarke, who check-shoved on an {8-}{9-}{10-} flop with {10-}{5-} and found Kalmar sat there with pocket queens. A jack on the turn improved Kalmar to a straight and when a king on the river completed the board, the tournament lost another player.

Raine was the next player to bust, again at the hands of Kalmar. After opening to 120,000 with {Q-}{J-}, Raine was set all-in by Kalmar. After much deliberation, Raine called all-in and was shown {A-}{9-} for his troubles. A board reading {K-}{5-}{A-}{Q-}{4-} left Raine without chips and left the final table with only three players.

Three became two with the exit of Michael Cummings. Waheed “Wadey” Ashraf, one of the biggest winners at DTD, opened to 160,000 from the button and Cummings called in the big blind, who then check-called a 260,000 bet on the {5-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{Q-Spades} flop. The {K-Clubs} saw Cumming initially check, Ashraf bet 500,000 and then Cumming check-jam for 1.5 million. Ashraf instantly called with his {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} and was way ahead of Cummings’ {5-Spades}{3-Spades}. The {8-Diamonds} river was of no help to Cummings and heads-up was set.

Kalmar held an 8.15 million to 5.85 million chip advantage over Ashraf, but it wasn’t long before he opened an even more substantial gap. Then, at 4:00am on Monday morning, Kalmar opened to 300000 and Ashraf called. Both players checked the {K-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} flop, Ashraf also checked the {6-Clubs} turn. Kalmar bet 400,000, Ashraf moved all-in for 3.7 million and Kalmar called.

Kalmar: {6-Spades}{3-Spades}
Ashraf: {8-Diamonds}{7-Spades}

The {2-Diamonds} fell on the river, Ashraf was eliminated and Kalmar was crowned the latest DTD 500 Deepstack champion.

Dusk Till Dawn £150,000 Guaranteed Deepstack Final table Results (April 6, 2014)

1Jon Kalmar£33,500
2Waheed Ashraf£20,000
3Mike Cummins£13,500
4Neil Raine£9,750
5James Clarke£6,900
6David Denny£5,000
7Chin Chai Koh£3,750
8Simon Deadman£3,000
9Hasmukh Khodiyara£2,500

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