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Martin Smith Wins 2014 GPS Edinburgh Main Event; David Vamplew Second

Martin Smith: 2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Edinburgh champion

Martin Smith went into the final day of the 2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Edinburgh Main Event as the chip leader and left the Genting Club Fountainpark as the latest GPS champion, defeating David Vamplew heads-up to secure the title.

Day 3 of the £440 buy-in Main Event began at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and within minutes of the restart Michael Kane busted. David Vamplew raised, Michael Kane three-bet all-in for 300,000 at the 8,000/16,000/2,000a level and Vamplew called.

Vamplew’s {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} needed some help to beat the {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} of Kane, which didn’t arrive on the {j-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} flop, but did on the {A-Hearts} turn. The {Q-Hearts} river was the right colour but the wrong suit to come to Kane’s rescue and the tournament was down to 11 men.

Jamie Caira then became a Vamplew victim, his {A-}{9-} unable to get there against Vamplew’s {10-}{10-} before Mindaugas Kriauciunas crashed out – during a power cut to add to the dramatics – when his sixes couldn’t come from behind to beat the kings of Chris Craig.

It took only 15 minutes of action at the nine-handed final table for the first player to bust, that player being Jamie Anderson.

Vamplew raised to 35,000 and Martin Gallagher called. Anderson shipped in his 123,000 stack and both active players called. Vamplew led for 80,000 on the {8-}{7-}{8-} flop and Gallagher called. Vamplew then check-folded to a 175,000 bet on the {2-Clubs} turn, leaving the {9-}{8-} of Gallagher to crush the {A-}{K-} of Anderson. The inconsequential {3-} on the river completed the board and Anderson headed to the cashier’s desk to collect ninth place money.

Anor Ali joined Anderson on the sidelines after losing in cruel circumstances in a hand with Martin Smith. Ali moved all-in for 200,000 (10 big blinds) with {A-}{Q-} and looked set for a much-needed double through Smith who called with the dominated {A-}{10-}. The {4-}{4-}{8-}{9-} board kept the ace-queen of Ali in front, but the {10-} on the river gifted Smith a pair of ten, his three-outer resigning Ali to eighth place.

Next to fall was Iain Farrell in seventh place. Vamplew min-raised to 40,000, Farrell three-bet all-in for 230,000 and Gallagher cold called the all-in bet. Vamplew folded and watched on as the {K-}{10-} of Farrell went to war with Galagher’s {A-}{J-}. A jack on the flop of the {Q-}{J-}{6-}{5-}{Q-} board was more than enough to bust Farrell and the players all received a little more elbow room at the table.

Despite cracking Smith’s aces with {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} when he hit a runner-runner straight, Syed Zaidi was the next final table casualty. Vamplew opened and then called when Zaidi three-bet all-in for 500,000 in total. Zaidi showed {10-}{10-} and was in bad shape against the {Q-}{Q-} of Vamplew. Neither player improved by the river, Vamplew didn’t need to, and Zaidi headed for the exits.

The frantic pace continued with the elimination of Chris Craig before the clocks had even struck four O’clock. Jonny Gray open-shoved for 300,000 from the small blind with {7-Spades}{5-Spades} and Craig called off his last 200,000 chips with {A-}{6-}. The {K-Spades}{4-Spades}{J-} flop gave Gray outs to a flush, which came in on the {10-Spades} turn, rendering the {6-} meaningless.

Gray was the next player to fall by the wayside after a clash with Smith. The latter raised to 50,000 on the button, Gray three-bet all-on for 379,000 from the small blind and Smith called to discover his {K-}{Q-} was trailing the {A-}{8-} of Gray. That fact only remained true as far as the {K-}{K-}{5-} flop and when a {7-} fell on the turn it was game over for Gray.

Heads-up was set with the bust out of Gallagher in third place. On a flop reading {8-}{7-}{5-}, Vamplew bet 180,000 and was raised to 425,000 by Gallagher. Vamplew responded with an all-in bet and Gallagher called off his remaining 700,000 chips.

Gallagher flipped over {9-}{9-} and was way behind the {5-}{5-} of Vamplew that had flopped a set. It wasn’t over just yet because Gallagher could catch a six, nine or running cards for a jack-high straight. The {2-} on the turn put played to the running cards idea and the {10-} river missed Gallagher by one pip.

Smith went into the heads-up match with Vamplew holding a 4,200,000 to 3,000,000 chip advantage, and advantage that Vamplew failed to overcome.

The final hand of the tournament saw Vamplew make it 180,000 to play on the {10-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} flop, Smith raise to 400,000 and Vamplew shove. Smith tanked before emerging with a call, turning over {9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} for an open-ended straight draw, while Vamplew held the upper hand with his {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}. The {2-Diamonds} turn was a blank, with the {J-Diamonds} being anything but blank as it improved Smith to a tournament winning straight and left Vamplew to collect the £22,500 consolation prize.

2014 Genting Poker Series Edinburgh Final Table Results

1Martin Smith£33,730
2David Vamplew£22,500
3Martin Gallagher£15,000
4Jonny Gray£8,750
5Chris Craig£6,750
6Syed Zaidi£5,500
7Iain Farrell£4,250
8Anor Ali£3,310
9Jamie Anderson£2,380

Next up for the GPS is a trip to the Steel City of Sheffield for the 2014 GPS Grand Final. This takes place from December 10-14 and should see a massive crowd turn out for it, one including Martin Smith in it!

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