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Gareth Gardner Wins PokerStars Live London Series

Gareth Gardner

Gareth Gardner had a weekend to remember thanks to him triumphing in the PokerStars Live London Series event at The Hippodrome, a result that netted him more than £13,000 in cash and a Platinum Pass to the 2019 PokerStars Players Championship worth $30,000.

Gardner’s previous largest cash weighed in at £350, his reward for winning a £25 buy-in tournament in Newcastle in 2015. Gardner can now boast of a five-figure score and could be bragging of a seven-figure score if the PokerStars Players Championship goes to plan.

PokerStars Live London Series Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Gareth Gardner£13,480*
2[Removed:30]£13,882*
3Alberto Horvath£7,966
4Joe Field£6,447
5Tiberiu Benea£5,082
6Johnny Wu£3,880
7Ben Phillips£2,850
8Dominic Wells£2,095
9George Wyatt£1,717

*reflects a heads-up deal

The eliminations came in thick and fast with George Wyatt being the first casualty of the nine-handed final table. Dominic Wells, Ben Phillips, Johnny Wu, Tiberiu Benea, Joe Field and Alberto Horvath fared a little better than Wyatt but still ultimately fell short of winning.

Gardner locked horns heads-up with [Removed:30], a former professional footballer who played 175 times for Reading along with making appearances for Crystal Palace and Leeds United along with Mali at international level.

Both Kebe and Gardner struck an ICM deal to flatten the payouts and left the $30,000 Platinum Pass on the table to play for. Kebe immediately took the chip lead and led by almost seven-to-one at one stage. Gardner, however, fought back and chipped away at Kebe’s massive stack before drawing even and then taking the lead for himself. There was no looking back for Gardner from that point on and he emerged a worthy winner.

Speaking to the PokerStars Blog about winning a package to the PSPC, Gardner said, “It’s the stuff of dreams really. I’m going to go there fearless and who knows what could happen.”

Qualify for the PokerStars MEGASTACK London Today

The Hippodrome next hosts a PokerStars Live event in April when it plays host to the PokerStars MEGASTACK London event, a £170 buy-in tournament that you can qualify for online at PokerStars from as little as £6.

Download PokerStars via UK & Ireland PokerNews, enter the marketing code “UKPNEWS32” when creating your account and then the bonus code “STARS600” when making your first deposit to get your hands on a 100 percent up to $600 first deposit bonus.

Completing these steps will also make you eligible to play in the PokerNews bi-weekly $3,000 freerolls.

Lead image courtesy of the PokerStars Blog


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