Paul McTaggart kept up his remarkable record in Scottish poker tournaments this weekend by walking away with the title of Edinburgh Scottish Cup champion at the Genting Club Edinburgh Fountain Park.
A total of 244 entries were processed, leaving the organisers with an £1,800 overlay on the £75,000 guarantee. Twenty-five places were paid and it was McTaggart who got his hands on the lion’s share of the prize pool, £18,250 to be exact, after defeating Andy Mackenzie heads-up in a two-and-a-half-hour one-on-one battle; Mackenzie walked away with £14,175.
According to his Hendon Mob page, the recently married McTaggart has cashed 38 times in tracked live poker tournaments and 16 of those in-the-money finishes stem from competing in tournament held in his native Scotland. All four of McTaggart’s wins in the live poker arena have been tournament held in the Scottish capital Edinburgh, including his career-best live score of £32,685, McTaggart’s reward for winning the 2012 Genting Poker Series Edinburgh Main Event.
Once this latest score is added to his Hendon Mob profile, McTaggart should climb to 14th place in the Scottish all-time money listings with $276,559 in winnings, although he has some ground to make up if he wants to catch the current top two, David Vamplew and Niall Farrell, who have $3,853,588 and $3,271,820 in live cashes.
McTaggart is also no slouch in the online poker world. The Scottish grinder has amassed winnings of almost $1.36 million, with his largest online cash being, coincidently, $32,625, but is surely only a matter of time before the popular pro gets his hands on a six-figure score.