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Iwan Jones Wins the 2014 Genting Poker Series Stoke Main Event

Iwan Jones receives the 2014 GPS Stoke Main Event trophy

Iwan Jones is the latest player to win a Genting Poker Series (GPS) Main Event after he staged a fantastic comeback to scoop the 2014 GPS Stoke title and its £32,030 first place prize.
The final day’s play saw 18 players return to the Genting Club Stoke each sharing the common goal of becoming a GPS champion. Those hopes and dreams ended prematurely for Graham Carter, Wayne Rogers, Willie Tann, Guy Taylor, Fareed Hussain, Leon Campbell, Andy Wright, Aziz Miah and Gerald “Skullman” David, the latter’s exit setting the final table.

2014 Genting Poker Series Stoke Final Table

1Chen Tam
2Alex Spencer
3Dominic Kay
4Iwan Jones
5Andreas Olympios
6Jack Allen
7Matthew Simpson
8Richard Horton
9Will Kassouf

The final table played out for over an hour before Chen Tam busted at the hands of Matthew Simpson. Tam was down to only 114,000 chips at the 15,000/30,000/3,000a level and moved in when first to act. Simpson called in the big blind to put Tam at risk, and at risk he was as his {9-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} needed some help to beat the {10-Spades}{9-Spades} of Simpson.

A board reading {A-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} kept Simpson’s hand best and Tam exited in ninth place.

Tam’s seat hadn’t had chance to go cold before the final table lost another player, Andreas Olympios, in eighth place. Olympios open-shoved for 320,000 from late position with what turned out to the {K-}{6-} and Richard Horton tanked before looking him up in the big blind with {A-}{9-}.

Horton caught an ace on the flop and although Olympios paired his king on the turn, he couldn’t find a third king or a six and busted from the tournament.

Another two hours played out without major incident before Horton opened to 100,000 (blinds 25,000/50,000/5,000a), Dominic Kay three-bet all-in for 590,000 and Horton called. Kay showed {A-}{2-} and was way behind the dominating {A-}{10-} of Horton.

By the river the board read {K-}{9-}{K-}{7-}{10-} and with that Kay was gone.

The vocal Will Kassouf was the next player to fall, his tournament ending with a sixth place finish. Jack Allen, the start of the day chip leader, opened to 120,000 and Kassouf defended his big blind with a call.

Kassouf checked the {8-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} flop and then called when Allen bet 100,000. The turn brought the {6-Clubs} into play and Kassouf went into the tank for approximately two minutes before jamming all-in. Allen instantly called and the cards were flipped onto their backs.

Allen revealed {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} for top pair top kicker, which was way stronger than the {8-Hearts}{7-Hearts} of Kassouf. The {3-Hearts} completed the board and confirmed Kassouf’s demise.

Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Main Event champion Alex Spencer was the next man to fall and in a massive 2.1 million chip pot. Spencer open-shoved for 730,000 from the button only to see Iwan Jones call from the small blind. Suddenly, Allen re-shoved from the big blind for 2.38 million and Jones made a painful fold.

Spencer showed the lowly {A-}{2-} and was drawing to three outs as Allen had woken with {K-Spades}{K-Clubs}. Those three outs failed to materialise as the five community cards fell {10-}{4-}{Q-}{9-}{10-} and it was game over for Spencer.

Four-handed play lasted more than two hours before Simpson lost his stack to Allen. Simpson was down to 10 big blinds when he moved all in with {K-}{J-} and Allen called from the big blind with {A-}{6-}. The {6-}{Q-}{Q-} flop improved Allen’s hand, but the {5-} turn and {8-} river didn’t help Simpson and he became the fourth place finisher.

The three remaining players entertained the idea of making a deal for the rest of the prize pool, but the lengthy discussions never resulted in anything concrete. That spelled bad news for Jack Allen who jammed all-in for 10 big blinds from the small blind and Horton snap-called in the big blind.

Allen sheepishly turned over {10-}{6-} and was in a whole world of pain against the {j-}{J-} of his opponent. The {K-}{Q-}{Q-}{5-}{A-} board kept jacks as the best hand and sent Allen to the cashier’s cage to collect third place money.

Horton went into heads-up play against Iwan Jones with a huge 7.5 million to 1.5 million chip advantage and many thought it would be over within minutes. How wrong they were.

Two hands into the one-on-one battle, Jones doubled with pocket deuces against {K-}{Q-} then won a massive pot when he bet all three streets of a {9-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{A-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} board and forced a seven-minute tank-fold on the river to claim the chip lead.

Horton then missed an open-ended straight draw versus top pair of Jones to plummet to 1.5 million chips and they went into to the middle when Jones set him all-in and Horton called off his remaining chips.

Jones held {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} and Horton a pair of threes. The {6-}{6-}{2-} flop kept the threes ahead, but an eight on the turn flipped the hand on its head. A seven on the river busted Horton and left Jones as the last man standing in the GPS Stoke Main Event, the tournament’s champion.

2014 Genting Poker Series Stoke Final Table Results

1Iwan Jones£32,030
2Richard Horton£25,200
3Jack Allen£18,435
4Matthew Simpson£12,020
5Alex Spencer£8,715
6Will Kassouf£6,880
7Dominic Kay£5,475
8Andreas Olympioa£4,175
9Chen Tam£2,880

The Genting Poker Series now takes a couple of months off before returning on July 23 in Newcastle.

Lead image courtesy of the Genting Poker Blog

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