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Richard Harris Crowned 2015 partypoker WPT500 UK Champion

Richard Harris


  • Richard Harris outlasted a 1,616-strong field to win the 2015 partypoker WPT500 UK and £150,000.

  • Alex Goulder finishes ninth for £9,000.

Welshman Richard Harris was crowned the 2015 partypoker WPT500 UK champion earlier this week, an accolade that came with the coveted winner’s trophy and £150,000 in cash.

2015 partypoker WPT500 UK Final Table Results

1Richard Harris£150,000
2Yani Yanev£90,000
3Chin Chai Koh£60,000
4Florian Duta£37,500
5Nathan Gallighan£26,500
6Ben Winsor£20,000
7Sacha Brookes£15,000
8Daniele Carinetti£11,500
9Alex Goulder£9,000

A total of 1,616 entries was processed over the many live and online Day 1s and they were reduced to the final table of nine by Tuesday afternoon. Each of the finalists was guaranteed no less than £9,000 for their effort, quite a return on their initial £550 investment.

Alex Goulder, winner of WPT National Prague, was the first to fall and through no fault of his own. Goulder entered the final table shenanigans with only a handful of big blinds and when he pushed all-in with {Q-}{Q-} he was looked up by Florian Duta holding {A-}{J-}. A jack on the flop was followed by aces on both the turn and river to send Goulder packing.

Goulder’s early exit set the tone for the rest of the final table, which was played at a blistering pace and was over almost as quickly as it began.

Daniele Carminetti’s {A-Spades}{6-Clubs} failed to improve against Chin Cha Koh’s {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}, then 20-minutes later, Sacha Brookes{4-}{4-} remained second best versus Koh’s {5-}{5-}.

Sixth place went to Ben Winsor, winner of the 2014 GUKPT Walsall Main Event. Winsor three-bet all-in with {K-}{Q-} over the top of a raise from Duta, who then called with the dominated {K-}{J-}. Duta’s hand remained behind until the river, where a jack appeared to send Winsor to the rail, via the cashier’s desk.

Nathan Gallighan must have thought he was on course for a timely double-up when he found a caller after pushing all-in with {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}. However, that caller was the aforementioned Harris, who woke up with the powerhouse hand that is {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}. The aces held to leave Gallighan running on fumes, and he bust a few hands later pushing his {K-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} into Harris’ {A-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}.

The popular Koh, known affectionately as “Chinese Frankie,” was the next to fall and to a classic coinflip hand. A raising war between Koh and Harris resulted in the former being all-in and at risk with {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} versus the {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} of Harris. No ace or king for Koh and the chip shop owner had to make do with the £60,000 third place prize.

Harris went into the one-on-one battle with Yani Yanev holding a 37 million to 11 million chip lead and it only took a few hands before Harris’ dominant position resulted in a victory.

On a flop reading {9-Clubs}{7-Spades}{10-Spades}, Harris bet 3.2 million, Yanev raised all-in for 9.5 million in total and Harris called. Yanev revealed the {7-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} for middle pair and an inside straight draw, while Harris held an overpair to the board in {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}. The {4-Hearts} turn was followed into play by the {J-Diamonds} river, improving Harris to an unnecessary set of jacks and earning him the title of champion.

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