HitSquad Shoot Their Way to APAT Team Championship Glory
The Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) UK Team Challenge took place at the Grosvenor Casino in Blackpool over the weekend. It was Hitsquad who won the team element and Richard Clarke who returned home with the coveted APAT gold medal, £2,900 in cash and a package to Las Vegas.
Individual Final Table Results
An impressive 33 teams, each with eight players, bought into the UK Team Championship for £82 and created a prize pool of £19,800. This sum was split in half with 50 percent going towards the team prizes and the remaining money awarded to the top 18 individuals.
The nine-handed final table was reached on Day 2 with James Lee holding the chip lead and Mark Roberts bringing up the rear.
First to fall was Paul Bond whose ace-ten didn’t improve against the pocket jacks of the aforementioned Lee before Roberts made a move with middle pair on the flop only to see Neil Sheehan call with a pair of aces.
Following those two players to the rail were Carl Norris, Amy Coshan, Lee and Sheehan, the latter bubbling the medal places.
Third place and a bronze medal went to Terry Evans his ace-four lost to the king-five of Stuart Greenan courtesy of a king on the flop. Evans’ elimination left Greenan and Richard Clarke battle heads up for the title. The final hand saw Clarke open with and Greenan call with . Greenan then check-raised all in on the [A2c3c] flop, Clarke called and when the turn and river fell and , Greenan bust, which left Clarke to scoop the £2,900 top prize, a gold APAT medal and a trip to Las Vegas.
Clarke also secured a share of the £3,000 runner-up prize of the team element of the tournament thanks to him being a member of the Kracked Kings team. ScotSquad finished third for £1,900 with 292 points, Kracked Kings were second with 394 points with Hitsquad accumulating 417 points and the £5,000 first place prize.
Next up for APAT is the World Championship Of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) at the Grosvenor Casino at Manchester Bury New Road between Apr. 8-17 and features 18 championship events.