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Nathan Farnaby Wins the Grand Prix Poker Tour St. James Park Leg

Nathan Farnaby


  • Nathan Farnaby won the 2016 partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour St. James Park leg and turned $109 into $35,000.

  • Sunny Mistri misses out on his second Grand Prix Poker Tour title, falling in 10th place.

Nathan Farnaby is the latest player to be crowned a partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) champion after he triumphed at St. James’ Park, the home of Premier League club Newcastle United, on February 21 and claimed the $35,000 first place prize.

2016 GPPT St. James’ Park Final Table Results

1Nathan Farnaby$35,000
2Thales Salomao$24,000
3Nadeem Hussain$16,000
4Peter Craw$12,000
5Darren Knaggs$9,000
6David Ridout$6,500
7James Ablott$5,000
8Bryan Tismond$4,000
9Lee Kipling$3,000

All 246 players who made Day 2 were in the money, each locking up $221 in cash and a $109 ticket for a future GPPT leg. A four-figure score awaited anyone finishing in the top 27 places, with those reaching the final table guaranteed at least $3,000.

With three tables remaining, all eyes were on Sunil “Sunny” Mistri due to him having a realistic chance of winning what would have been his second GPPT Main Event title, having won the Stamford Bridge event previously.

Unfortunately for Mistri and his fans, his run ended with a 10th place finish when he pushed all-in from the small blind with {J-}{9-} and the big blind looked him up with the dominating {Q-}{J-} and couldn’t get there.

2016 GPPT St. James’ Park Final Table

1Lee Kipling2,500,000
2Peter Craw1,775,000
3David Ridout3,000,000
4Bryan Tismond3,500,000
5Darren Knaggs4,750,000
6Thales Salomao3,850,000
7Nathan Farnaby4,850,000
8Nadeem Hussain6,775,000
9James Ablott5,950,000

The final table was still in its infancy when Thales Salomao opened to 450,000 and was called by James Ablott in the cutoff. Lee Kipling squeezed all-in for 12 big blind from the button with what turned out to be {8-Spades}{8-Clubs} and only Salomao called, doing so with {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}. Those ladies melted Kipling’s snowmen as the board ran {2-Spades}{9-Spades}{4-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} and the first final table casualty was confirmed.

Salomao then sent Bryan Tismond to the rail in eighth place when his {A-Spades}{K-Spades} held against Tismond’s {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} on a board reading {6-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{4-Diamonds}, before turning quad aces on a {A-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{A-Spades} board with {A-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} to bust Ablott, who held {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}.

Peter Craw then took up the role of executioner to end David Ridout’s tournament. Craw raised with {Q-Hearts}{J-Hearts} before calling Ridout’s three-bet shove, a move made with {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}, and was rewarded with a queen on the flop of the {7-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} community cards.

Fifth-place went to Darren Knaggs who may count himself unfortunate to have bust how he did. Looking to improve his chip stack, Knaggs pushed all-in when first to act on the button while holding the lowly {9-Spades}{6-Clubs} and Farnaby decided to call from the big blind with {Q-Diamonds}{6-Spades}. Neither player improved as the dealer spread the {5-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} onto the felt, which meant Faranby’s queen-kicker played and the tournament was down to four players.

Those four became three with the exit of Craw. A raise to 1,100,000 during the 250,000/500,000/50,000a level from Farnaby was three-bet all-in to the tune of 4,000,000 by Craw. Craw had made his move with {2-Diamonds}{2-Spades}, but those ducks were about to be shot down by Farnaby’s {8-Spades}{7-Spades}. The killer blow came on the flop of the {Q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{6-Spades}{K-Hearts}{9-Hearts} board, boosting Farnaby’s stack to 20 big blind, seven less than Nadeem Hussain, and eight more than Salomao.

Hussain lost a few chips before losing out in a race to Farnaby who suddenly could do no wrong. Farnaby shoved from the button with {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs} and Hussain called from his seat in the small blind with {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}. Farnaby flopped a set on the {5-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} board before improving to an unnecessary full house by the river to send the tournament into the heads-up stage.

Heads-up was over almost as quickly as it has begun, thanks in part to Farnaby holding a 27,000,000 to 8,000,000 chip lead over Salomao. A couple of hands into the one-on-one battle, Salomao pushed his 7,200,000 stack into the middle with {9-Spades}{8-Spades} and Farnaby called with {J-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. The {2-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{10-Clubs} flop increased Farnaby’s lead, although Salomao picked up an inside straight draw. The {A-Diamonds} on the turn was no help to either player, and when the {2-Clubs} fell on the river, Salomao bust and Farnaby was crowned the 2016 partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour St. James’ Park champion.

The next stop on the GPPT is an online leg at partypoker on Sunday 20 March. Entry costs $100+$9 and the guarantee stands at $250,000. Anyone wishing to play a GPPT stop at one of the United Kingdom’s iconic football stadium only has to wait until April 9 when the tour heads to Elland Road, home of Leeds United.

Lead image courtesy of Mantas Ruzveltas of the Grand Prix Poker Tour blog

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