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Michael Dorman Crowned 2014 UK Student Poker Champion

Michael Dorman: 2014 UK Student Poker Championship Main Event winner

Plymouth University’s Michael Dorman is the 22014 UK Student Poker Championship Main Event after he navigated his way through the largest-ever student-only field to be the last man standing in the £35 buy-in tournament. For his vast efforts Dorman left the Ricoh Arena, Coventry with £2,500 in cash and a £1,000 seat to a Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) event of his choice.

Dorman went into the final day with the chip lead, his 2,021,000 stack dwarfing that of his 15 remaining opponents. Although the ball was firmly in Dorman’s court, he still had plenty of work to do because there was still a lot of talent left in the field.

The final day’s play commences at 1:00pm on Sunday and within 90 minutes , Jordan Lee Ruff, Joseph Ellis, Jack Maclaren, Ka Wang Leung, Ben Renton Williams and Peter Brankin had crashed out and headed for the bar, leaving only the ten finalists remaining in contention for the title of champion.

2014 UK Student Poker Championship Main Event final table
2014 UK Student Poker Championship Main Event final table

2014 UK Student Poker Championship Main Event Final Table

1Elliot NewtonPlymouth1,326,000
2Ryan MandaraCity College1,251,000
3Michael DormanPlymouth1,864,000
4Alexander MarsdenKeele865,000
5Glen EasthamUclan204,000
6Mathew BuckinghamPlymouth2,091,000
7Rehman KassamNottingham1,018,000
8John JacobsSheffield344,000
9Dilen PabariNottingham857,000
10Thomas SlaterSouthampton1,640,000

The action at the final table was fast and furious from the word go so it was no surprise that there was a casualty almost straight away. Glen Eastham was all-in with {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} and needed some help from the board because Alex Marsden held {j-Diamonds}{j-Spades}. The {k-Spades}{10-Spades}{6-Spades}{4-Spades}{9-Diamonds} board initially flirted with coming to Eastham’s rescue, but alas it did not and Eastham was the first player busted from the final table.

Eastham’s elimination also meant that Plymouth University won the Team Event, their prize included a custom made poker table and huge bragging rights in the university poker world!

Plymouth University with their custom made poker table
Plymouth University with their custom made poker table

Shortly after Eastham’s exit, John Jacobs was following him to the cashier’s cage. Jacobs’ {a-Spades}{9-Hearts} was in serious trouble against Rehman Kassam’s dominating {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs} and when the five community cards ran out {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{4-Spades} it was game over for Jacobs.

The frantic pace continued and resulted in Dilen Pabari being eliminated in eighth place. Pabari committed his stack with {2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} and Dorman looked him up with {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. Pabari’s tournament life was in the hands of the poker gods who would decide his fate with one of tournament poker’s many coinflip situations. The [JhhJcTd] flop kept Pabari’s deuces in front, but the {a-Clubs} turn left him drawing to one of the remaining twos in the deck. The {j-Spades} was of no help to Pabari and his tournament came to an abrupt end.

Seven became six when Elliot Newton squeezed all-in with {a-Diamonds}{j-Spades} after Ryan Mandara had opened and Tom Slater had called. Only Mandara made the call and when he showed {a-Spades}{q-Spades} the writing was on the wall for Newton. Newton was drawing dead by the turn of the {6-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{5-Spades} board and he made his way out of the tournament area to collect £360.

Six-handed play last the best part of an hour before another coinflip sent a player to the rail. This time it was Slater who open-shipped with {q-Clubs}{j-Spades} and Dorman called with {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}. The first three community cards came out {9-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} with the {2-Hearts} turn and {10-Hearts} river improving Slater to a straight but Dorman to a hand-winning flush.

Not long after the dinner break, Kassam came crashing down. After losing all but five big blinds in a clash with Dorman, Kassam pinned his tournament hopes on the {k-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} and Mathew Buckingham called with {a-Spades}{7-Hearts}. The first card onto the flop was the {k-Spades} but it was followed by the {8-Spades} and {a-Clubs}, pushing Buckingham further into the lead. The {6-Clubs} failed to alter the course of the hand, with the {9-Spades} improving Buckingham to an unnecessary flush and sealing Kassam’s fate.

The remaining four players decided to pause the tournament and divvy up the prize money based on ICM, leaving the trophy and the £1,000 GUKPT seat to play for.

Within 20 minutes of the restart, Dorman’s {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds} turned a set on a {k-Clubs}{q-Spades}{9-Spades}{7-Clubs}{3-Clubs} board – the chips went in preflop – to beat the {a-Spades}{9-Diamonds} of Marsden to leave only three players at the final table.

Heads-up was set soon after when Buckingham tried his luck with the lowly {j-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} and Mandara woke up with {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts} in his hand. The {8-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{10-Spades}{2-Hearts} board was void of drama and resulted in Buckingham’s exit.

Going into the one-on-one battle, Mandara held a 6.2 million to 4.6 million chip lead over Dorman but that deficit was soon reversed and Dorman had the upper hand. The final hand took place a ittle after 10:30pm when a seemingly innocuous {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Spades} flop saw a flurry of betting that resulted in Mandara being all in and at risk of elimination. Mandara held {a-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and Dorman the {5-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}.

The turn was the {4-Spades} and it looks like Mandara was going to double up. However, the poker gods had other ideas and when the deal placed the {5-Clubs} onto the river Dorman had the better two pair, which won him the hand and the entire tournament!

2014 UK Student Poker Championship Main Event Final Table Results

1Michael Dorman£2,500.00 and a £1,000 GUKPT seat*
2Ryan Mantara£3,275.00*
3Mathew Buckingham£2,235.00*
4Alexander Marsdan£2000.00*
5Rehman Kassam£690.00
6Thomas Slater£470.00
7Elliot Newton£360.00
8Dilen Pabari£290.00
9John Jacobs£250.00
10Glen Eastham£210.00

*Reflects a four-handed deal

Plans are already in place for a 2015 UK Student Poker Championship so watch this space for further news and developments from the UKSPC camp.

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