With 2014 rapidly drawing to a close, poker players around the world will sit down, look back on the past 12 months and reflect on their achievements. One man who is sure to be doing that with a wide, beaming smile on his face is the popular British grinder Simon Deadman.
Deadman has had a remarkable year at the live felt, one that is by far his best ever on the live tournament circuit and one that has seen him win more than $1.16 million. The man from Hunstanton in Norfolk, but who now resides in Leeds with his fiancée Shola Akindele – herself a talented poker player – started 2014 as he meant to go on, by scooping £70,000 within the first two weeks of the year.
This was Deadman's reward for a second place finish in the Genting Poker Series Nottingham Main Event. Deadman's £70,000 runner-up prize was far more than the £39,000 that eventual champion Michael Richardson banked, such was the chip lead that Deadman had when the final three players opted to strike a deal.
A couple of weeks later, Deadman travelled to Deauville for the French Poker Series and European Poker Tour (EPT) taking place there and managed to bank another second place finish, and €87,280, in the €2,500 buy-in FPS Deauville High Roller.
Another runner-up finish in February, this time in the GPS Birmingham Main Event for £27,755 made Deadman the but of bridesmaid jokes. However, Deadman took the banter in his stride and when UK & Ireland PokerNews interviewed him in April, by which time he had finished second in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Main Event for £40,000, Deadman was adamant he would win a live tournament before the year was out.
His prediction came true when he entered the $2,500 Hollywood Poker Open in Las Vegas; he finished second twice again in a €330 event at the EPT Grand Final and in the GUKPT Walsall Main Event. Deadman demolished the 692-strong field to claim the $351,097 first place prize, but it was getting the proverbial monkey from his back that was worth far more than the extra zeros on his bank balance.
A handful of cashes, including a fourth place in the Asia Championship of Poker in Macau, followed Deadman's victory before he rounded out 2014 in style by finishing fourth in the star-studded €10,300 EPT Prague High Roller for a cool €238,320.
Deadman went into the final day of the EPT Prague High Roller in the middle of the pack and despite spending most of the day having to grind an awkward-sized stack against some of the best poker players in the world, which Deadman is himself of course.
Having reached the final table Deadman did a great job in laddering his way up the payout table and the dream of winning looked back on when he raised to 200,000 from the cutoff and then called when the dangerous German Ole Schemion raised all-in for 2,050,000 from the small blind.
It was Deadman's that needed help from the board because Schemion flipped over and was a slight favourite to send Deadman to the rail. Schemion pulled further into the lead on the 3s] flop and further still when the made an appearance on the turn. Deadman's bacon was saved when the completed the community cards, doubling him to 3,580,000 and leaving Schemion on life support.
Schemion busted in sixth place and he was followed to the cashier's desk by Viacheslav Goryachev before disaster struck for Deadman.
Laurynas Levinskas opened to 320,000 from under the gun, Deadman three-bet all-in from the button and Andrey Zaichenko jammed all-in from the small blind, folding out the big blind and the original raiser. Deadman turned over and Zaichenko the . The board provided no relief for Deadman and he was gone in fourth place for €238,320.
Out in 4th place. Felt I played as well as I could. Thank you all so much for the support. #EPTPragueHR #timeforbeersFollow @SIMONDEADMAN
Here at UK & Ireland PokerNews HQ, we would have loved for Deadman to sign off 2014 with a win, or even a second place, but it wasn't meant to be. However, this latest result is still a fantastic achievement and we're excited to see how Deadman gets on during 2015 because he is showing no signs at all in slowing down. Let's round off by taking a look at Deadman's 2014 results.
Simon Deadman's 2014 Live Tournament results
|Jan-11||£440 GPS Nottingham||2nd||£70,000|
|Jan-25||€2,500 FPS Deauville High Roller||2nd||€87,280|
|Feb-02||£550 Dusk Till Dawn Deepstack||27th||£1,250|
|Feb-06||£1,080 GUKPT London||30th||£2,250|
|Feb-12||£440 GPS Birmingham||2nd||£27,755|
|Feb-21||£500 Sky Poker UKPC Six-Max||15th||£2,750|
|Mar-06||£1,080 GUKPT Manchester||2nd||£40,000|
|Apr-04||£500 DTD Deepstack||8th||£3,000|
|Apr-26||€10,600 EPT Grand Final Main Event||53rd||€24,400|
|May-01||€330 NLHE Turbo 7/2||2nd||€2,750|
|May-29||£550 GUKPT Walsall||2nd||£19,000|
|Jun-27||$2,500 Hollywood Poker Open||1st||$351,097|
|Aug-28||$5,300 SHRPO Main Event||101st||$12,472|
|Oct-02||£770 UKIPT Isle of Man||32nd||£2,000|
|Nov-08||HK$15,000 ACOP, Macau||4th||HK$170,900|
|Nov-09||£500 partypoker WPT500 UK||65th||£2,500|
|Dec-10||€2,200 Eureka Prague High Roller||64th||€4,220|
|Dec-15||€10,300 EPT Prague High Roller||4th||€238,320|
Data courtesy of The Hendon Mob Database