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Simon Priddis Wins Back-to-Back UKSPC High Roller Events!

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Simon Priddis

In 2013, Simon Priddis became the UK Student Poker Championship (UKSPC) High Roller champion when he outlasted a field of 112 players to get his hands on the £2,825 first place prize. Yesterday, Southampton University's Priddis completed an impressive double by winning the 2014 edition of thr UKSPC High Roller!

After chopping a deal three handed with start of the day chip leader Sam Wain (Glasgow) and Jack Averty (Abersywthy), the trio played for the title and the added £1,000 GUKPT seat that was thrown in by the UKSPC's new sponsors.

The key moment three-handed was when Priddis shoved from the button and was called by Wain with {A-}{6-}. Priddis turned over {Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and the winner would take a huge chip lead. Wain flopped two pair with {A-Clubs}{6-}{5-} and many on the rail thought Priddis was heading for the cashier's desk. However, the {J-Clubs} on the turn gave him a huge lifeline with a broadway gutshot AND flush draw, and the {8-Clubs} on the river completed a flush for Priddis and handed him a huge advantage in the tournament.

The winning hand was {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts} when Wain shoved {A-}{8-} heads-up and got snap called by his opponent.

2014 UK Student Poker Championships High Roller Final Table Results

1Simon Priddis£3,230*
2Sam Wain£3,480*
3Jack Averty£2,760*
4Michael Shepherd£1,280
5Daniel Welsford£860
6Andrew Holroyd£630
7Simon Steedman£510
8James Craig£440
9Sam Baddely£350

*reflects a three-handed deal

With unlimited re-entries in this years competition, Priddis showed is keenness of retaining his titlehis title because he re-entered four times on Day 1, before going on to outlast the field of 155.

Main Event Set to Smash Attendance Record; Harry Vane Tops the Field

The 2014 UK Student Poker Championships Main Event will have an attendance of over 500 for the first time in its 10-year history after another great turn out on Day 1b. The first of three starting flights saw 120 entries taken, Thursday's Day 1b 181 entries, which in itself is 301 players. Day 1c is sold out with 200 players already bought in, so by the time late registration closes the television screens around the tournament area will show more than 500 entries; a remarkable turn out.

Harry Vane (Bath) bagged up the most chips of the 49 surviving players. He won a huge pot on the last hand of the day to bag up 263,700, and he took to twitter to mention the hand.

Harry VaneChip leader day 1b in main #ukspc - oops. Huge hand, last of day. Flop nuts on AKJ, all in vs nuts and set, backdoor flush for no chops!

Last years champion Ben Foxwell also took through a top ten-sized stack as he looks to go follow in Priddis' footsteps and go back-to-back.

2014 UK Student Poker Championships Main Event Day 1b Top 10

1Harry Vane263,700
2Thomas Devine215,500
3Alex Holbrook190,500
4Ryan Rush149,900
5Ved Uttamchandani146,300
6Thi Tran119,300
7Craig Anderson118,500
8Daniel Ginn107,800
9Ben Foxwell101,700
10Adam Graves101,100

Day 1c starts at 1pm today and if you are wanting to be part of this record breaking field you need to get down to the Ricoh Arena early and put your name on the alternates' list. Make sure you get involved in the action by following @ukspc_poker on Twitter and don't forget to use the #ukspc hashtag to get your tweets displayed around the poker room on the big screen!

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