Gordon Huntly has won poker tournaments as far afield as Las Vegas, Sydney and Macau, but this weekend he finished as top dog a little closer to home in his native Scotland.
Huntly was one of 200 entries (including 31 re-entries) in the £200+£20 buy-in Grosvenor 25/25 Main Event in Glasgow, a field size that helped smash the £25,000 guarantee by £15,000. Sixty of those entrants managed to make it through safely to Day 2, and of those only 17 left the casino with prize money to show for their efforts.
The money bubble burst as the clocks approached 5:30 p.m and it was Gordon Hannay who earned the unwanted title of bubble boy. Hannay was all-in holding and looked set to double through Paul Hendry and his dominated but Hendry flopped two pair to send Hannay home in 18th place , locking up £520 for anyone with chips in front of them.
One-by-one the in-the-money players fell by the wayside. John Angus was the first to bust and he was followed to the rail by John Stirling, Sam Wardlaw, Roddy MacNeil, Kyle Swan, the aforementioned Gordon Hannay, Chris Craig and John Hunter, the latter’s exit setting the official final table.
2015 Grosvenor 25/25 Glasgow Final Table
The first of the final nine to be eliminated was Marius Varanavicius who committed his stack with on a ten-high flop only to run into the pocket aces of Nicol Kinnear. No help arrived on the turn or river and the final table was suddenly down to eight players.
Eighth place went to Steve Martin when his was crushed by Huntly’s and Martin was followed to the sidelines – via the cashier's desk – by Scott Maxwell, Nicol Kinnear, Neil Feenan and Martin Gallagher.
The penultimate elimination was that of James McAuley who, you may recall from our live coverage of the event, finished ninth in the Unibet Open Glasgow for £4,240. McAuley found himself all-in with and needing to hit to beat the of Huntly. However, it was Huntly who hit, first a set on the flop and then a full house on the river after the next two community cards came and .
McAuley’s exit left Huntly to go into battle heads-up with UKIPT regular Thomas Ward. Huntly trailed his sole opponent by 400,000 chips and it because of this that after a few minutes of deal negotiations he took £9,120 while Ward secured £9,440, leaving an additional £1,000 for the eventual champion.
After 80-minutes of one-on-one action, Huntly raised with then called when Ward pushed all-in with . The board ran out safe for Huntly’s nines, Ward fell in second place and Huntly locked up another live title.
2015 Grosvenor 25/25 Glasgow Final Table Results
*reflects a heads-up deal
Data and lead image courtesy of the Scottishpoker.net blog