Terry Jordon made it two Pokerfest titles in a week by taking down the Pokerfest Live Main Event in the early hours of September 7 at Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham, only days after winning the pot limit Omaha side event.
2015 Pokerfest Live Main Event Final Table Results
Jordon went into the final day second from 33 in chips with 3 million chips, an impressive total aided by him busting Rupinder Bedi on the stone cold bubble the previous night. In that particular hand, Jordon looked dead and buried as his [TxTx[ ran into Bedi’s but a ten on the turn turned the hand on its head and bust Bedi.
There was a strange dynamic added to the final day’s play due to the Golden Chips promotion that many of the remaining players were part of. Players could earn up to five Golden Chips for grinding at partypoker in the run up to Pokerfest Live and depending on how many of these chips they had in their possession, received cash bonuses including doubling their Main Event winnings. More on those later as several reached the final table.
Lee Mulligan fell in 26th place, which was a second bubble of sorts because the final 25 players all received a £2,200 World Poker Tour UK Main Event seat.
At around 7:00pm, seven hours after play began, Lee Taylor committed his short stack with and World Series of Poker bracelet winner, Lawrence Gosney, looked him up with . Gosney turned a Broadway straight to bust Taylor in 10th place and the unofficial final table was set.
Adam Ford was the player to bust in ninth place, three-bet shoving with after Dan Owston had raised – and then call – with . A final board reading sealed Ford’s fate and the eight-handed final table was set.
2015 Pokerfest Live Main Event Final Table
First to fall at the final table was one of the favourites to win the tournament. Sebastian Pawlak opened to 450,000 from under the gun with and Gosney three-bet to 1.2 million with . Pawlak responded with a 3 million four-bet and then called when Gosney pushed all-in for 8.2 million.
Pawlak took the lead on the flop and then locked up the hand by turning quads with the . The completed the board and Gosney was gone.
Jefferson Dike, who qualified for the Main Event at partypoker, was the next to fall, albeit with a sizeable bonus for his effort. Dike was one of the players who had multiple Golden Chips and had earned a £7,500 bonus for reaching the final table. His hand ended with a four big blind shove with being called by Jordan’s and he couldn’t connect with the community cards.
Sixth place went to the start-of-day chip leader, Martin Hogarty. Like Gosney before him, Hogarty got his stack into the middle with pocket aces, the to be exact, and Vitas Gapsevicius called with , flopped two pair on the board and sent Hogarty to the rail.
A ballsy bluff by Chris Sly resulted in him finishing in fifth place. Sly min-raised to 500,000 from under the gun with and Owston called on the button with . Both players checked the flop, with Sly betting 700,000 on the turn, a bet that Owston called. The river was the and Sly bet all-in for 2.4 million. Owston went into the tank for more than two minutes before calling with second pair and sending Sly to the rail. Sly was another player with Golden Chips and earned an additional £2,500 for his final table appearance plus the £2,200 WPT seat the top 25 finishers received.
Lithuania’s Gapsevicius then crashed out in fourth place. After doubling through Pawlak, Gapsevicius pushed all-in with and Jordon made the call with . Neither player improved by the river and Pawlak’s jack-kicker was enough to bust his opponent.
Wales’ Owston exited in third place and he’ll count himself unlucky with how the final table went for him. After losing a massive pot with a queen-high flush versus an ace-high flush, Owston proceeded to push all-in with on a flop and get called by Jordan and his . Owston had an open-ended straight flush draw, but missed all of his outs as the turn and river fell and to end his superb run.
Jordon fared the best in the early part of heads-up but Pawlak kept clawing his way back into contention. A key hand saw Jordon take a four-to-one chip lead when he over-bet shoved with on a flop and Pawlak looked him up, then missed, with .
The writing looked on the wall for Pawlak but he doubled in back-to-back hands to find himself up to 28 big blinds then reclaimed the chip lead after flopping an ace-high flush and being paid off by Jordon who backed into trip fives.
Eventually, as 4:00am rapidly approached, a raise by Jordon with was three-bet all-in by Pawlak and his and Jordon called. The five community cards ran to bust Pawlak in second place and leave Jordon to collect the £52,000 first place prize, two £2,200 WPT seats and a £7,500 bonus for holding four Golden Chips. All in all, a superb week for Jordon wh was railed until the very end by his heavily pregnant girlfriend.
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