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Kevin Simpson Wins the 2015 WPT National Newcastle Main Event

Kevin Simpson

The World Poker Tour (WPT) National tour was in Newcastle this past weekend for the latest stop on its 2015 tour. A crowd of 390 descended on Aspers casino at The Gate in Newcastle over the course of three starting flights, a crowd outlasted by the newly crowned champion, Kevin Simpson.

Day 3 took place on Sunday afternoon with a few blurry eyes thanks to many of the players and casino patrons having stayed up to watch the Floyd Mayweather Jr versus Manny Pacquiao fight, not to mention the player’s party at the nearby Tiger Tiger establishment.

Despite a lack of sleep, the action was fast and furious from the word go and the 24 returning players started to drop like flies.

Simon Baker was the first to fall, followed by Gary Langley and a bunch of others. The most notable hand of the eliminations saw Chris “Foggy” Filus get his chips into the middle with {A-}{A-} and finding himself as a huge favourite against the Full Tilt sponsored pro Ben Jenkins who held {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds}. A flop reading {7-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} left Filus drawing to the two remaining aces or running queens for quads, but the turn and river failed to come to his rescue and he headed back to Worcester with a legitimate bad beat tale to tell.

Aces would be cracked again later in the afternoon, this time it was Elizabeth Costa who got her bullets in against the pocket nines of Peter Agnew.

2015 WPT National Newcastle Main Event Final Table

1Tin Sung Tang871,000
2Stephen Fung1,068,000
3Syed Meah754,000
4Gary Miller603,000
5Brett Andrews1,566,000
6Ben Jenkins816,000
7David Knight761,000
8Marc Foggin499,000
9Kevin Simpson445,000

The final table was reached with Brett Andrews leading and Simpson bringing up the rear. It didn’t take too long for the first casualty to be confirmed, the talented Marc Foggin being the first player out.

Stephen Fung opened to 75,000 from early position and then instantly called when Foggin three-bet all-in for around 400,000 in late position. Foggin flipped over {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and was racing against the {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} of Fung. Those tens remained best on the {5-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} flop and the {6-Clubs} turn, but the {A-Diamonds} river resigned Foggin to holding a second-best hand and a ninth place finish.

Syed Meah, a cash game regular at Apsers Newcastle fell in eighth place, with the last-standing partypoker qualifier David Knight busting in seventh place, his {Q-Clubs}{J-Hearts} being no match for the {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades} of Simpson.

With only six players remaining, Ben Jenkins started to show his class and was bossing the table. He came unstuck when his queens lost a huge flip versus the ace-king of Tin Sung Tang and he got his last 15 big blinds into the middle with {A-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}, was called by the {Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} of Simpson and when the board ran {8-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} Jenkins’ run came to an end.

Brett Andrews was the next to fall. Andrews was all-in for around 700,000 with {A-Spades}{K-Spades} and Fung, known as “Chicken,” looked set to double him up with the {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades}. A queen on the flop of the {Q-Clubs}{8-Spades}{j-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} board sent Fung’s army of fans into a chorus of “CHICKEN!” and clucking noises while Andrews collected his belongings and headed to collect fifth place money.

The final four players are all regulars at Aspers Newcastle and it showed as the play showed dramatically and the mood lifted to be more fun with all four laughing and joking. After more than two hours of four-handed play, Gary Miller bet all three streets of a {6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{4-Clubs} board, jamming the river with {Q-}{5-} only to be shown {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} from Tang for a full house.

Three-handed play last another three hours and ended with the exit of Tang. Simpson opened, Tang re-raised all-in and Simpson called, turning over {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} as he did so. Tang showed {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades} and when the dealer spread the {8-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{9-Spades}{k-Clubs} board, Simpson’s tens were still the best hand and Tang was gone.

Heads-up was over rather quickly, thanks in part to Simpson holding a 5-to-1 hip lead. Fung did double his stack, but it was too little too late because a few hands later, all the chip went into the middle, Fung holding {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts} and Simpson the superior {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}. A final board reading {2-Spades}{8-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{4-Spades} bust Fung and left a delighted Simpson to hold the trophy aloft as champion.

2015 WPT National Newcastle Main Event Final Table Results

1Kevin Simpson£24,000
2Stephen Fung£16,500
3Tin Sung Tang£10,500
4Gary Miller£7,800
5Brett Andrews£5,900
6Ben Jenkins£4,900
7David Knight£4,000
8Syed Meah£3,150
9Marc Foggin£2,400

Next up for the WPT National tour is a couple of months break before heading to London for what should be a spectacular event. Satellite will appear in the partypoker lobby in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for those and see if you can win yourself a WPT National London package.

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