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Shirley Cole Crowned APAT Queen of Luton

Shirley Cole: 2014 APAT Luton Main Event champion

The ever-popular Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) stopped off in Luton over the weekend for the latest leg of its eighth season. While Luton may not be the most glamorous place in the world, it has always been a popular haunt for poker players and is no doubt going to be fondly remembered by all who competed in the APAT Luton Main Event, especially Shirley Cole who was crowed the tournament’s champion.

A total of 172 players competed in the Main Event and they created a £12,900 prize pool that was divvied up among the top 18 finishers. Only 35 of the starters managed to progress to the second and final day’s play, with Adrian Filiczkowski leading them all courtesy of his 150,000 stack.

Other big stacks at the end of Day 1 included Dominic Ricepierse (146,000), Matthew Standring (127,000), Nikolaos Seretis (124,000) and Alan Ellis (123,000). The eventual champion was ninth in chips with a 101,000 stack.

Day 2 got off to a blistering start and the players were in the money within the first couple of hours. The bubble burst when Dawn Cooke committed her short-stack with {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs} and Leonard Langridge looked her up with {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}.

Neither player improved on the {4-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{7-Clubs} board, but Langridge didn’t need to. Cooke did and she busted out in 19th place, bursting the bubble and locking up a pay out of at least £129 for the 18 surviving players.

First to collect some prize money was Nikolaos Seretis and he was followed to the cashier’s cage by the likes of Matt Carter, Tom Clarke, Todd Priest and Ian Thompson – those last two player being eliminated in the same hand by Shirley Cole – and when Alan Ellis busted in 10th place, the final table was reached.

Not long after the final table action began, Cole claimed her second double elimination of the tournament.

Patrick Costello moved all-in with the {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}, Warren Jones called with {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} and Cole called with {8-Clubs}{8-Spades}. Cole shot into a huge lead on the {Q-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} flop and when the turn and river fell {J-Spades} and {7-Clubs} both Jones and Costello crashed out.

Next to fall was Frazer Bolt who only moments before his final hand had lost a 110,000 chip pot with {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} versus Langridge’s {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}.

The rest of Bolt’s chips went into the middle of the felt with {Q-Clubs}{6-Spades}, which lost to {A-Spades}{4-Clubs} when the five community cards rand {j-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}.

Those six remaining players became five with the exit of Ben Naylor. Dominic Ricepierse opened to 38,000 chips and Naylor called. Ricepierse then continued with a 110,000 bet on the {9-Spades}{2-Clubs}{j-Clubs} and quickly called when Naylor raised all-in for 170,000 in total. Ricepierse could only muster the {A-Spades}{2-Hearts} for bottom pair, while Naylor held {J-Hearts}{10-Spades} for top pair and looked odds on for a double-up.

That was until the {8-Clubs} turn was followed onto the felt by the {2-Diamonds} river, gifting Ricepierse trip deuces and sending Naylor to the rail.

Anthony Pickering finished in fifth place when he lost a crucial coinflip with Ricepierse. All the chips went into the middle preflop – Pickering four-bet shoving for 200,000 – with Pickering holding {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts} and Ricepierse the {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}. The dealer put the {K-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} onto the felt and it was game over for Pickering.

Ten minutes after Pickering’s demise, Kevin O’Driscoll followed him to the bar. Again the chips went in preflop, O’Driscoll holding {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs} and Langridge the {A-Clubs}{8-Hearts}. An ace on the flop was more than enough to send O’Driscoll home for the proverbial early bath and left only three players in contention for the title and the £4,063 first place prize.

A real cooler of a hand claimed the tournament life of Langridge to send the tournament into the heads-up stages. Langridge committed his stack with {J-Hearts}{9-Hearts} on a {J-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{5-Clubs} board and will count himself unlucky to run into the {K-Clubs}{J-Clubs} of Cole. The {3-Clubs} turn and {10-Clubs} river improved Cole to an unnecessary flush and Langridge was gone.

The one-on-one battle between Ricepierse and Cole lasted less than five minutes with the final hand seeing a raise to 130,000 from Ricepierse and a call from Cole.

Ricepierse led for 125,000 on the {J-Hearts}{7-Spades}{10-Hearts} flop, Cole raised to 375,000 and then pushed all-in when Ricepierse re-raised to 625,000. Ricepierse called and flipped over {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}, much to the dismay of Cole and her {K-Hearts}{J-Clubs}.

The {10-Diamonds} on the turn was a relative blank, but the {K-Hearts} on the river made Cole a full house, a full house that saw her become the 2014 APAT Luton Main Event champion!

2014 APAT Luton Main Event Final Table Results

1Shirley Cole£4,063
2Dominic Ricepierse£2,193
3Leonard Langridge£1,419
4Kevin O’Driscoll£1,032
5Anthony Pickering£774
6Ben Naylor£645
7Frazer Bolt£516
8Patrick Costello£451
9Warren Jones£322

Next up for APAT is the Belgian championship starting on September 19 followed by the UK Championship in Leeds, Yorkshire on October 11. Check out the APAT site and forum for more details on those and all other APAT events that are in the pipeline.

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