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Darren Mapley Crowned King of WPT National Newcastle

Darren Mapley

Today is a bank holiday in the UK, a day spent watching James Bond re-runs on TV, mowing the lawn, washing the car and maybe basking in the sunshine in a beer garden of a pub. That last one is almost certainly what Darren Mapley will be doing as he celebrates his victory in the 2014 partypoker World Poker Tour (WPT) National UK Newcastle Main Event.

Day 3 began with 16 players who were quickly whittled down to the final table of nine. First to bust was Erol Taynan whose {K-Diamonds}{8-Spades} couldn’t get there against the {A-Hearts}{10-Clubs} of Rob Patrick.

Two hands after Taynan’s exit, Jack Lam was heading to the cashier’s cage to collect 15th place money and almost immediately after Lam’s elimination Hamid Rowshanaei crashed out to leave only 13 players in the hunt for the winner’s trophy.

Next to go was Di Fan and the field was thinned further with the untimely demise of Nathan Watson and then Eldon Orr.

Orr’s bust out left the tournament on the final table bubble and it took two cruel hands to send one of the early favourites, Kalvin Weeks, to the rail.

First, Weeks’ pocket sixes lost out to a pair of fours for a huge pot, then his {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} couldn’t stay ahead of the dominated {A-Clubs}{J-Spades} in the hand of Mapley to send him to the sidelines in 10th place with some legitimate bad beat stories to tell to anyone within earshot!

2014 partypoker WPT National UK Newcastle Final Table

1Gary Copeland660,000
2Andrew Hetherington1,100,000
3Robert Patrick514,000
4Mark Harding300,000
5James Brady454,000
6Hazel Birchnall590,000
7Mark Gray540,000
8Alex Walton527,000
9Darren Mapley3,100,000

The first casualty of the final table was Robert Patrick and his seat hadn’t even had chance to go cold before he was joined at the payout desk by James Brady. The latter saw his tournament end when his moved all-in with {K-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} and Gary Copeland looked him up with the {A-Spades}{J-Clubs}. The {Q-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} flop improved Brady to a pair of queens and a double up was on the cards, or so he thought.

That was until the {K-Diamonds} fell on the turn and the {10-Hearts} river completed an unlikely straight for Copeland and Brady was history.

The players received some more elbow room when Mark Harding lost a flip with Mapley in spectacular fashion. Harding was all-in preflop with {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs} and facing Mapley’s {K-Diamonds}{Q-} in what was a typical coinflip scenario. The first three community cards came down {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} to gift Mapley a full house and leaving Harding drawing to running eights. The {5-Diamonds} was the turn card and with that Harding was gone.

Mapley was again responsible for the final table losing a player, this time sending Alex Walton for the proverbial early bath. Walton found himself nursing a short stack and pinned his tournament hopes on the {8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. Mapley called his 400,000 all-in bet with {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}, and then caught a two outer on the river of the {7-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} board to claim Walton’s stack.

Another cooler of a hand, also involving Mapley, resulted in Andrew Hetherington busting in fifth place. Both Mapley and Hetherington checked the {4-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} flop, Mapley leading for 100,000 chips when the {2-Spades} landed on the turn.

The river was a rather blank looking {3-Spades} and Mapley checked to Hetherington who in turn bet 175,000. Mapley responded with a check-raise to 500,000 and then snap-called when Hetherington jammed all-in for around two million.

Hetherington flipped over {K-Spades}{J-Spades} for trip kings, but they were crushed by the {4-Clubs}{4-Hearts} that had flopped a full house for Mapley!

Gary Copeland was the next player to fall at the hands on the unstoppable Mapley. Copeland moved all-in with {A-Hearts}{6-Hearts} and Mapley called with {J-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and everyone in the Aspers casino knew what was going to happen; Mapley was going to come from behind and win the hand.

A board reading {K-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{2-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{10-Clubs} meant Mapley did exactly that and Copeland headed into the cold Newcastle night.

That hand left Mapley with 6.85 million of the 7.799 million in play and the writing was on the wall for his two remaining opponents.

Mapley took a short break from sending people broke to allow Mark Gray’s {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs} stay ahead of Hazel Birchnall’s {K-Spades}{9-Hearts} and send the tournament into its heads-up stage.

Gray went into the one-on-one encounter with Mapley trailing by over four million chips so it was no real surprise to see the tournament completed within 10 minutes of the heads-up battle commencing.

The final hand of the tournament saw Mapley raise to 1450,000 and Gray call. Mapley led for 175,000 on the {6-Hearts}{6-Spades}{10-Clubs} flop and Gray again called. The {Q-Spades} was the turn and Mapley kept his foot firmly on the gas and bet 210,000. Gray called and a large pot was brewing. Another queen, the {Q-Diamonds}, completed the board and Mapley set his opponent all-in. Gray tank-called with {9-Spades}{9-Hearts} and Mapley showed {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts} to win the hand and the entire tournament!

2014 partypoker WPT National UK Newcastle Final Table Results

1Darren Mapley£17,500
2Mark Gray£12,245
3Hazel Birchnall£7,875
4Gary Copeland£5,825
5Andrew Hetherington£4,375
6Alex Walton£3,500
7Mark Harding£2,905
8James Brady£2,325
9Robert Patrick£1,740

Next up for the WPT National UK Tour is a trip to Aspers Casio Westfield in London, but not until July 3. You can qualify for the event at partypoker where qualifiers and satellites start as low as $1.

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