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Andy Whiteford is the Scottish Amateur Poker Champion

Andy Whiteford
  • Andy Whiteford took down the APAT Scottish Amateur Poker Championship in Edinburgh.

The Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) was in Edinburgh this weekend for the latest edition of the Scottish Amateur Poker Championship and it was another fantastic event for all who competed for the title.

It turned out to be a case of third time is a charm for Andy Whitford who was crowned Scottish Amateur Poker champion after finishing as runner-up and in third place in his previous two APAT events in Edinburgh.

Official Final Table Results

1Andy Whiteford£3,285
2John Lowe£2,180
3Paul Green£1,400
4Daniel Marshall£950
5James Raeburn£630
6Charles Kearns£470
7Robert MacDougall£380
8John Murray£320
9Robert Davidson£280

The sell-out field of 153 was whittled to 49 by the end of the 10th level on Day 1 and these surviving players returned to the tables on Feb. 5 to compete for the £3,285 first place prize.

Pamela Venters was the unfortunate soul to burst the money bubble, pushing all in with jack-nine and finding a caller in the shape of Scott McDonald with the dominated nine-seven. McDonald’s hand improved to a seven-high straight by the river and Venters became the last player to bust and not receive any prize money.

Venters’ elimination meant David Harley, Andrew Guild, Sam Morris, Stuart Matthews, Ben Murray, William Mcleod, Barrie Penman, the aforementioned McDonald and Peter MacDougall all banked some cash for their exits in 18th through to 10th place.

A cagey start to the final table ended with the exits of Robert Davidson, John Murray, Robert MacDougall and Charles Kearns, the latter busting at the hands of Paul Green who flopped a straight.

Fifth place went to James Raeburn before Daniel Marshall’s queen-jack couldn’t improve against Green’s ace-jack and he fell in fourth place.

Green then bust in third place to get his hands on £1,400 and a coveted APAT bronze medal. Green committed his stack with king-ten only to run into the pair of red aces of Whiteford, sending the tournament into the heads up stage.

As is often the case in tournament poker, the final hand of the event was a coinflip. Whiteford sent John Lowe into the tank after moving all in on him with {J-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}. Lowe eventually called with {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and it was off to the races. A {Q-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{6-Hearts} flop strengthened Whiteford’s grip on the hand with the {A-Hearts} turn being a relative blank. The {7-Hearts} river improved both players to a heart flush, but it was Whiteford who held the higher flush and therefore become the latest APAT champion.

Whiteford collected £3,285, a gold medal and a 2017 Las Vegas package for his impressive victory.

Next on the APAT schedule is a trip to the seaside town of Blackpool on the weekend of Mar. 11 for the UK Team Poker Championship. More details, including how to become an APAT member, can be found on the APAT website.

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