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Dave Howard Wins the APAT World Championships Main Event

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  • Dave Howard is the new amateur poker world champion.

Dave Howard won the 2017 Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) World Championship Of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) Main Event to become the amateur poker champion of the world.

Official final table results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Dave Howard£7,080
2Alun Jones£4,775
3Paul Haycock£2,965
4Craig Stones£1,910
5Craig Heaton£1,315
6Andy McBean£980
7Kieran Fitzparris£775
8Aaron Henley£620
9Mike Bennetts£515

Going into the final table, Alun Jones held a commanding lead with Andy McBean bringing up the rear as the shortest stack.

Official final table seat draw

SeatPlayerChips
1Paul Haycock628,000
2Dave Howard345,000
3Andy McBean161,000
4Mike Bennetts400,000
5Alun Jones1,634,000
6Dave Stones296,000
7Aaron Henley989,000
8Craig Heaton356,000
9Kieran Fitzparris333,000

Mike Bennetts was the first casualty at the final table, finishing in ninth-place for £515. Dave Stones raised to 25,000 and Bennetts called on the button. A {K-Hearts}{A-Spades}{4-Spades} flop saw Stone bet 29,000 and then call when Bennetts raised to 100,000. Stones then checked the {3-Spades} turn, Bennetts moved all-in for 253,00 and Stones called.

Stones showed {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades} and Bennetts held the {K-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}. The {K-Spades} on the river improved Bennetts to trip kings but also Stones to a flush.

Eighth-place and £620 went to Aaron Henley who found himself all-in on the turn of the {5-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{7-Hearts} board with {7-Clubs}{7-Spades} against the {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs} of Alun Jones. Just as in the elimination hand of Bennetts, the river completed a flush with the {3-Clubs} to reduce the head count by one.

An all-in preflop encounter between Paul Haycock and Kieran Fitzparris saw another elimination. Haycock turned over {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts} and Fitzparris has some catching up to do with his {A-Clubs}{8-Clubs}. Fitzparris had a club flush draw on the flop of the {10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{6-Spades}{q-Spades} board, but Haycock’s hand held to send Fitzparris to the rail.

Another preflop clash sent Andy McBean to the cashier’s desk. McBean three-bet all-in over the top of a Craig Heaton opening raise and when the cards were turned onto their backs, McBean showed {K-Hearts}{J-Hearts} and Heaton the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}. McBean paired his king on the {K-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop, Heaton paired his ace on the {A-Spades} turn, and when the {4-Spades} landed on the river, McBean was eliminated.

Heaton couldn’t put his new chips to good use and he was the next player to fall and the first to secure a four-figure payout. Heaton was all-in from the button with {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and Dave Howard called from the big blind with {K-Clubs}{Q-Spades}. Neither player improved on the {4-Spades}{8-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{6-Spades}{2-Spades} board and with that, Heaton was gone.

The medal bubble burst when Stones’ {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} clashed with the {K-Hearts}{K-Spades} of Howard in a preflop encounter. Stones improved to a pair of queens on the {Q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{4-Clubs} flop but couldn’t improve further on the {J-Clubs} turn or {9-Diamonds} river. Stones’ exit meant the remaining three players were guaranteed an APAT medal for their efforts in addition to their prize money.

It was Haycock who got his hand on the bronze medal after he bust in third-place. The chips went into the middle of the table on a {3-Spades}{3-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop, Haycock holding {A-Spades}{J-Hearts} and Heaton {9-Spades}{9-Hearts}. Both the turn and river were bricks and Haycock’s impressive run was over.

A splendid heads-up battle ended with Howard holding all of the chips. A brief raising war preflop resulted in Alun Jones showing {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and Howard the best preflop hand in no-limit hold’em, {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}. The {2-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{10-Hearts} board ran out without even hinting at helping Jones, who bust in second-place, which left Howard to be crowned the 2017 APAT World Champion.

Howard banked £7,080, a gold APAT medal, the WCOAP Main Event bracelet and a Destination Vegas 2017 package for his victory, plus a place in APAT’s history books.

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