The ever-popular Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) was in Cardiff this weekend for the 2015 edition of its Welsh Championship of Amateur Poker, a series of low buy-in, high octane tournaments that culminated in the £75 buy-in Main Event.
By the time the registration desk at the Cardiff Grosvenor casino slammed shut during Day 1b, 138 entries had been processed and a £10,350 prize pool created, which was distributed among the top 15 players, a min-cash being worth £170 and the eventual champion claiming £3,100 and both a World Championship Of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) Main Event ticket worth £110 and a coveted APAT gold medal.
Rob Thomas was the unfortunate soul to burst the money bubble. He moved all-in for 13,000 chips at the 5,000/10,000 level with and Debbie Kimm put in the extra 3,000 chips from the big blind while holding . A final board reading sent Thomas to the rail and the surviving 15 players into the money places.
Rob Davies, the aforementioned Debbie Kimm, Mark Channer, Kyle Hyman and Lewis Tucker all bust, leaving the unofficial final table of 10 to play out for the title.
2015 APAT Welsh Championship Main Event Final Table
Shirley Cole was the first final table casualty, three-betting all-in with pocket nines and being in great shape against Guy Gullen’s sevens until the board four flushed with clubs and only Gullen held another.
Roy Powell then pushed his into the of Bashir Ahmed and didn’t improve then a very short-stacked Bill Law pushed all-in with and Michael Gale was priced in to call with the lowly , which proceeded to improve to a winning pair of threes on the flop of the board.
Seventh place went to Ahmed when his couldn’t get there against the dominating of Gullen, then Gullen despatched of Gale in sixth place when he flopped a set with to smash the to smithereens.
£600 was awarded to Anthony Jones who finished in fifth place, three-betting all-in with and being called by Jason Kemp’s . The latter turned an unnecessary ace on the board to leave only four players in contention for the title.
Those four became three with the exit of APAT regular Stephen Roderick whose failed to improve against the of Kemp.
The final three locked horns and butted heads for a while before something final gave during the 25,000/50,000/4,000a level. Gullen open-shoved from the small blind with and Kemp called with . The flop kept Gullen ahead, as did the turn and when the dealer placed the on the river it was game over for Kemp.
Heads-up lasted around 45-minutes and the final hand played out as follows.
Dave Burt limped on the button and Gullen checked. The flop fell , Gullen checked, Burt bet 150,000 and Gullen called. The appeared on the turn and now Gullen pushed all-in for 700,000 and was instantly called.
It was two pair for Burt versus the pair and open-ended straight draw for Gullen, the latter missing his outs when the completed the community cards. Gullen crashed out in second place, leaving Burt to be crowned the 2015 APAT Welsh Championship Main Event champion.
2015 APAT Welsh Championship Main Event Final Table Results