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Matt Davenport Wins the 2015 GPS Sheffield Main Event

Matt Davenport


  • Matt Davenport wins the 2015 Genting Poker Series Sheffield Main Event for £37,000.

  • The legendary Ali Mallu finishes as runner-up and secures a £24,500 payout.

The 2015 Genting Poker Series is now complete after the final leg of this year’s tour, held in the Steel City of Sheffield, ended on Sunday night. The last name to go into the history books under the title of champion is Matt Davenport who wakes up this morning £37,000 richer than a few days ago.

2015 Genting Poker Series Sheffield Final Table Results

1Matt Davenport£37,000
2Ali Mallu£24,500
3Nigel Ventre£15,900
4Mian Wei£9,720
5Sam Bailey£7,340
6Chris Karanikki£6,140
7Chris Cancelliere£4,830
8Sean Rigley£3,740
9Iwan Jones£2,950

Twenty players returned to the Genting Club Sheffield on Sunday afternoon and it took four-and-a-half hours for those 20 to be reduced to the final table of nine. Leading those finalists into battle was the end-of-Day 2 chip leader Ali Mallu courtesy of his 2,456,000 stack, with Nigel Ventre’s 1,206,000 stack being enough for second place.

Iwan Jones was one of the shortest stacks at the start of the final table and he tried to rectify that by getting his chips into the middle with {A-}{Q-} and being called by Ventre’s {J-}{J-}. Jones caught a queen on the {K-}{Q-}{10-} flop, but Ventre improved to a straight on the {9-} turn. A {6-} on the river ended Jones’ run and left eight players in the hunt for the £37,000 first place prize.

Eight became seven only 10 minutes after Jones’ exit when Sean Rigley found himself in a one million chip coinflip with {A-}{Q-} versus Mallu’s {8-}{8-}. Rigley couldn’t melt Mallu’s snowmen as the board ran {6-}{4-}{2-}{7-}{j-} and he was eliminated.

Chris Cancelliere was the next player out of the door, meaning three players had bust from the final table within the first hour of play. Cancelliere moved all-in for only 350,000 chips from the button with {A-}{9-} and Mian Wei, winner of the 2015 partypoker WPT Nottingham High Roller, called from the big blind with {K-}{Q-}. A king on the flop of the {K-}{5-}{5-}{8-}{2-} board resigned Rigley to a seventh place finish.

The steady flow of exits continued with the demise of Chris Karanikki and Sam Bailey before the clocks displayed 7:00 pm.

Karanikki bust when Mallu shoved on the {9-}{10-}{7-} flop, Ventre folded and Karanikki called off his 400,000 chips. Mallu revealed {9-}{7-} for two pair, which held against Karanikki’s {A-}{10-}. No help arrived on the turn and river, and Karanikki was gone.

Bailey lost a race with {Q-}{J-} versus Ventre’s {A-}{8-} to become the fifth place finisher.

A stroke of bad fortune ended Wei’s run in fourth place. Davenport opened to 80,000 on the button with {A-}{J-}, Wei three-bet all-in for 900,000 from the big blind with the dominating {A-}{K-} and Davenport called. Wei looked set for a timely double because by the turn the board read {4-}{q-}{7-}{7-}, but a jack on the river gifted Davenport the pot and sent Wei to the rail.

The chip counts of the final three players were evenly matched, yet they opted to continue playing without making a deal for the remainder of the prize pool. It was a decision that Ventre may rue because he was the first of the final trio to bust.

Ventre shoved all-in for 1.5 million at the 25,000/50,000/5,000a level with {A-}{8-} and Mallu called the bet with {5-}{5-}. Ventre failed to connect with the {10-}{9-}{3-}{7-}{7-} board, which meant it was time for heads-up.

Davenport took an unassailable lead after the first hand of one-on-one action when Mallu got his chips into the middle of the felt with {A-}{9-} and Davenport calling with {A-}{K-}. Davenport’s Big Slick heald to leave Mallu with 180,000 chips to Davenport’s colossal stack of 8,825,000.

The next hand saw Davenport raise to 200,000 to set Mallu all-in, and Mallu called. It was {7-}{6-} for Davenport and {10-}{3-} for Mallu. A final board reading {5-}{k-}{6-}{a-}{7-} eliminated Mallu and left a delighted Davenport to claim another major live title and £37,000.

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