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 . Priddis turned over and the winner would take a huge chip lead. Wain flopped two pair with and many on the rail thought Priddis was heading for the cashier's desk. However, the on the turn gave him a huge lifeline with a broadway gutshot AND flush draw, and the on the river completed a flush for Priddis and handed him a huge advantage in the tournament.
The winning hand was when Wain shoved heads-up and got snap called by his opponent.
2014 UK Student Poker Championships High Roller Final Table Results
*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.
Chip 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!Follow @HarryAVane
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
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!