David Griffiths is heading to Las Vegas in 2017 for free after he walked away with the title of APAT European Champion this weekend at the Grosvenor Casino in Luton. Griffiths also won an APAT gold medal, and £2,140 in prize money.
APAT, or Amateur Poker Association & Tour to give it its full title, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by awarding all of this season’s Main Event champions a package to Las Vegas in 2017, adding even more value for those competing on the long-running tour.
Ninety-eight players turned out for the Luton leg, but it was a short-lived experience for APAT regular Linda Iwaniak as she crashed out on the very first hand of play, getting her stack in with on the river of a board only to discover he opponent had flopped a full house with the .
The bubble burst later on Day 2 when Hadyn Lyell’s could not get there versus Kev O’Hanlon’s . Lyell bust in 12th place, meaning anyone with chips in front of them had locked up at least £160 for their efforts in the tournament at that stage.
Tony Napolitano and Sam Beckwith then fell to leave only the final table of nine players in the hunt for the bigger prizes.
Dave Harvey went into the final table as the second shortest stack and was the first player out of the door. Harvey was followed to the rail in relatively quick succession by Graham Cutler, John Murray, Craig Dawson, and Michael O’Mahoney, leaving four players on the ‘National Champions Medal Bubble.”
It was Robert Battell who was eliminated in fourth place, moving all-in with on a flop only to be called by the of Griffiths. No help arrived on the turn or river for Battell, and exited the tournament with £640 in cash.
Third-place went to O’Hanlon who raise-called all-in with against Griffiths’ only to lose when a jack appeared on the board, resigning him to a bronze medal and £910.
Heads-up lasted almost an hour before a huge coinflip settled matters. The chips went into the middle preflop, Griffiths holding and Terry Evans . Griffiths improved to a set on the flop, with the turn giving some outs to a chop. They never arrived as the fell on the river, sending Evans home with a silver medal and £1,395, and crowning Griffiths as the European Amateur Poker Champion, an accolade that came with a gold medal, £2,140 in cash, and a trip to Las Vegas.
Eight more stops are planned during APAT’s 10th anniversary celebrations, which you can see in the table below:
|August 12-15, 2016||Belgian Amateur Poker Championship, Spa|
|September 16-18, 2016||Welsh Amateur Poker Championship, Cardiff|
|October 30-31, 2016||Irish Amateur Poker Championship, Dublin|
|November 10-13, 2016||Benelux Amateur Poker Championship, Namur|
|November 26-27, 2016||UK Amateur Poker Championship, Portsmouth|
|February 4-5, 2017||Scottish Amateur Poker Championship, Edinburgh|
|March 11-12, 2017||UK Team Poker Championship, Blackpool|
|April 8-17, 2017||World Championship Of Amateur Poker, Manchester|