Alex Ferguson took down his first tracked live poker tournament at the weekend when he topped a field of 200 in the Grosvenor 25/25 series event in Aberdeen.
Ferguson has a string of impressive results to his name at this level of buy-in, but he'll be the first to admit that finishing second four times and third once was frustrating. The Aberdeen-based player finally got the proverbial monkey off his back, and in his home town too, when he defeated Simon Yates heads-up to scoop an impressive £10,800 – the largest score of his career so far.
The 200 entries, which included 61 re-entries, were reduced to the final table over two days of action, with the finale commencing around 9:00pm on Sunday 1 March.
2015 Grosvenor 25/25 Aberdeen Final Table
First to fall at the final table was Bradley Marsh. Mindaugas Kriauciunas opened to 50,000, Alex Ferguson three-bet to 124,000 and Marsh jammed all-in with the . Kkiauciunas tank-called, Ferguson folded and Kriauciunas flipped over . A queen-friendly board reading sent Marsh to the rail in ninth place.
Marsh's seat hadn't even gone cold when Mehme Asmar busted to join him on the rail. Ferguson raised to 52,000, Asmar flat-called and James Garioch squeezed all-in for 493,000 in total. Ferguson ducked out of the way, but Asmar called, turning over as he did so. Garioch showed and a board kept those kings best and Asmar was gone.
Seventh place was decided soon after when Michael Carr raised all in for 251,000 at the 15,000/30,00/3,000a level with , Ferguson called the shove only to see Steven Raffan raise all-in over the top for 379,000 with the . Ferguson tossed in the extra chips and flipped the onto their backs. Raffan improved to a flush on the board and Carr crashed out.
Next to be eliminated was Lloyd Jack who moved all-in from under the gun with and Ferguson called the extra 120,000 chips from the big blind with . Ferguson took the lead on the [5x6x8] flop, stayed in front on the turn and sent Jack to the showers when the landed on the river.
Garioch was the next casualty, pushing his stack into the middle with the and Raffan looking him up with . Raffan's call was rewarded with a flop, giving him a straight and leaving Garioch drawing dead.
Shortly after midnight, Kriauciunas looked down at and pinned his tournament home on them, jamming his 12 big blinds into the middle of the felt. Ferguson called with and proceeded to flop an ace on the board to make play three-handed.
With only a trio of souls in the hunt for the £12,000 first place prize, the players opted to flatten the payout structure a little. It was agreed that both Raffan and Simon Yates would lock up £6,800 and Ferguson £10,000. This left £100 for the dealers, second would collect an additional £300 and the champion a further £800 and the winner's trophy.
Raffan didn't add any prize money to his haul after Yates moved all-in with and Raffan looked him up with . An eight on the flop and a nine on the river were more than enough to send Raffan home in third place.
Heads-up was a relatively brief affair and ended with Ferguson raising with and Yates calling with . Ferguson caught middle pair on the flop and Yates had an open-ended straight draw. Yates fired a bet and Feruson called. An on the turn gifted Ferguson two pair so it was no surprise that when Yates fired again Ferguson set him all-in. Yates called and missed his outs when a appeared on the river, sending him to the sidelines and leaving Ferguson to be crowned the Grosvenor 25/25 Aberdeen champion.
2015 Grosvenor 25/25 Aberdeen Final Table Results
There's a Grosvenor 25/25 event in Plymouth on March 5-8, one in Bradford and Coventry on the weekend of March 19-22 then London and Didsbury on the weekend of March 26-29.
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