Ludovic Geilich has become the second British poker pro in the space of a few days to win a major live tournament on foreign soil after he conquered the $1,600 Wynn Classic Main Event in Las Vegas for a $150,622 score.
This latest victory pushed Geilich’s live tournament winnings past the $1 million barrier and comes only one day after James Akenhead walked away with the title of partypoker World Poker Tour Vienna Warm-Up champion.
Final table results
Geilich was one of 499 entrants in the $1,600 buy-in tournament held at the Wynn Las Vegas. Fifty of those starters made it into the money places including Dennis Phillips (48th for $3,267), Jonathan Dimmig (27th for $5,445), Jordan Cristos (22nd for $5,445), Justin Young (18th for $6,534), William Reynolds (17th for $6,534), reigning WPT500 aria champion Craig Varnell (12th for $10,165), and Shawn Sheikhan (11th for $10,165).
The official nine-handed final table commenced at approximately 5:20 p.m. local time with Geilich among the leaders, but still weary of the dangerous Jared Hamby who entered the final table action with one of the shortest stacks.
Brian Hansen was the first player to bust from the final table, his deuces being out-flopped by the ace-queen of Jim Petzing, before Geilich’s tens held in an all-in confrontation with Christopher Stephan’s ace-jack.
Both Zach Ackley and Benjamin Zamani fell before the dinner break, leaving only five players in the hunt for the title and the $150,622 first place prize.
Fifth place went to Nikloai Sears before Lady Luck shone on Geilich whose ace-queen improved to a pair of aces on the flop to crack the queens of Hamby to send Hamby to the sidelines in fourth place.
Geilich now had more than half of the chips in play with only three players remaining, but he relinquished his lead to Petzing before reclaiming the lead once again thanks in part to sending Petzing to the rail as the clocks approached 1:00 a.m.
Heads-up lasted about 30 minutes and ended with Geilich opening the action with ace-ten of diamonds and facing an all-in bet of 5.64 million from Edward O’Connell. Geilich asked for a count of his opponent’s stack before making the call, only to be shown the dominating ace-king.
As was the case when Geilich eliminated Hamby, luck was on the Scotsman’s side as he improved to a pair of tens on the flop and managed to avoid the outs of O’Connell to bust his opponent and get his hands on the winner’s trophy and a bankroll-boosting $150,622