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Benjamin Preece Takes Down Inaugural Grand Prix Poker Tour

Benjamin Preece


  • Benjamin Preece walks away with £35,000 for his £70 investment

  • Paul Romain misses out on an additional £35,000 on a coinflip

  • Leg 2 takes place at Stamford Bridge on November 28-29

Benjamin Preece is £35,000 richer today thanks to him winning the inaugural Grand Prix Poker Tour main event at Dusk Till Dawn.

1Ben Preece£35,000
2Paul Romain£28,100*
3Zahir Aslam£16,450
5Chris Bartlett£8,610
6Andrew Garland£11,580*
7Michael Sheldon£10,040*
8Robert Owen£3,850
9Kelly Peters£2,940

*includes £5,000 Golden Chip bonus

The £60+£10 buy-in spectacular featured a massive £250,000 guaranteed prize pool, making it one of the best-value tournament to run in the UK this year. According to a blog by Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong, there was an overlay of around £42,000 that those players in the money enjoyed.

A total of 362 players returned to DTD on Sunday for the second and final day’s play and all of them were in the money thanks to the Grand Prix Poker Tour’s policy of having Day 2 players walk away with a cash to their name. Twelve hours after play resumed, the unofficial nine-handed table was set with the players lining up as shown.

1Robert Owen4,035,000
2Michael Skeldon3,070,000
3Andrew Garland6,675,000
4Benjamin Preece15,580,000
6Chris Bartlett6,285,000
7Kelly Peters2,210,000
8Zahir Aslam13,375,000
9Paul Romain9,710,000

Kelly Peters was the ninth place finisher, her {A-}{9-} failing to get there versus Andrew Garland’s {K-}{K-}. Ace-nine was then the undoing of Robert Owen who pushed with it and was called by Zahir Aslam and his pocket fives. Those five held on a {K-}{Q-}{7-}{6-}{4-} board to leave seven players in the hunt for the title.

Michael Sheldon bust in seventh place for £5,040 but thanks to acquiring a Golden Chip by qualifying online at partypoker, Sheldon won an additional £5,000 for reaching the final table. The same was true of Garland whose sixth place finish ended up being worth £11,580 – only £140 less that fourth place.

Chris Bartlett followed Garland into the cold Nottingham air before a player who chose to remain anonymous crashed out in fourth place.

Preece then sent Aslam to the rail when his {9-}{9-} held against {K-}{Q-}, another hand that, like the ace-nine hands earlier, would reappear and play a major role, the role of ending the tournament.

The final hand saw Paul “The Rock” Romain all-in and at risk of elimination with {9-}{9-} and Preece holding {K-}{Q-}. Second place paid £23,100 with the champion scooping £35,000 but Romain held a Golden Chip and if he won the tournament he’d take home an additional £35,000 or a brand new Porsche!

A queen on the flop left Romain drawing to two outs, neither or which arrived on the turn or river, and he therefore busted in second place for £23,100 and a £5,000 Golden Chip bonus.

Stamford Bridge Satellites Go Live Soon

PokerNews understands that satellites to the next Grand Prix Poker Tour leg, being held at Chelsea F.C’s Stamford Bridge, should go live this week and even possibly today, October 19. Win one of those and you earn a Golden Chip that could net you £35,000 (or a Porsche) or perhaps a bad beat story like Romain’s!

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