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£2,100 Main Event
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Event Info

Buy-in £2,100
Prize Pool £181,248
Players 96

Level Info

Level 22
Blinds 8,000 / 16,000
Ante 16,000

Players Info - Day 3

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Entries 9

Highlights

Highlights

£2,100 Main Event
Day 3 completed

Jack Hardcastle Storms to Victory in 888poker LIVE London High Stakes Series Main Event (£57,098)

will_shill • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Jack Hardcastle
Jack Hardcastle

A dominant final table performance from Jack Hardcastle saw him top a 96-player field to win the 888poker LIVE London High Stakes Series Main Event for £57,098.

In the final hand, Hardcastle cracked Kings to defeat Neil McCulloch heads-up who had to settle for £37,500, while start-of-day chip leader Jaspreet Panchhi fell in third place.

Tipped earlier this year as a 'British Player to Watch', Hardcastle moved into the chip lead after the very first hand and held on through a rapid-fire four-hour final day.

888poker LIVE London High Stakes Series Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPayout
1Jack HardcastleUnited Kingdom£57,098
2Neil McCullochUnited Kingdom£37,500
3Jaspreet PanchhiUnited Kingdom£24,500
4Shah AtharUnited Kingdom£17,200
5Andrew SeabrightUnited Kingdom£12,700
6Euan McNicholasUnited Kingdom£9,400
7Matthew SkeadasUnited Kingdom£7,250
8Eoghan O'DeaUnited Kingdom£5,800
9Harry LawIreland£5,100

Winner's Reaction

A regular in both England and the United States, Hardcastle admits that the tournaments are much tougher on this side of the Atlantic.

"American tournaments have bigger fields for sure, so that makes them more minefield-esque," he told PokerNews. "The standard of poker [in England] is much better, but also you're more familiar with everyone."

After knocking out Eoghan O'Dea on the very first hand of the day, Hardcastle never once relinquished the chip lead in what was a dominant performance. He said that that first elimination was a "sign of things to come."

"I don't think I lost an all-in all day," had said. "There wasn't any pressure with a big stack; it's just about taking it spot by spot and making the best decisions I can."

After securing victory, Hardcastle was planning to head off to his father's 50th birthday party, with a newly-acquired shiny new gold trophy in hand. Would that make the perfect birthday gift?

"If he wants it, he can have it!" replied Hardcastle.

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Final Table Recap

There was a rapid-fire start to the final table, with two eliminations in the space of three hands. Harry Law had his kings cracked by Jack Hardcastle on the first hand of the day, before Eoghan O'Dea was felted by Shah Athar.

Matthew Skeadas failed to pick up anything at the final table, before falling in seventh. Euan McNicholas was then on the receiving end of a bad beat to bust in sixth, losing out to the running diamonds of Athar.

Hardcastle had held the chip lead since the early stages, and boosted his chip stack further with the elimination of Andrew Seabright.


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Five eliminations in the space of two hours were always going to inflate the average stack, but with Hardcastle holding more than 150 big blinds he was the clear chip leader.

The remaining three players nervously battled it out against one another, failing to land a clear blow on the chip leader as Athar fell in fourth place and start-of-day chip leader Jaspreet Panchhi in third place.

Hardcastle held a huge chip lead heads-up and despite McCulloch securing a double-up, he never looked like catching up to his opponent, who held on to secure victory at the Victoria Grosvenor Casino.

Tags: Andrew SeabrightEoghan O'DeaEuan McNicholasHarry LawJack HardcastleJaspreet PanchhiMatthew SkeadasNeil McCullochShah Athar

Neil McCulloch Eliminated in 2nd Place (£37,500)

will_shill • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Neil McCulloch
Neil McCulloch

Neil McCulloch opened to 38,000 and Jack Hardcastle moved all in.

McCulloch called all in for his last 461,000.

Neil McCulloch: {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}
Jack Hardcastle: {a-Clubs}{10-Spades}

McCulloch was in a good spot to double up although Hardcastle did pick up a ten on the {10-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop.

The turn was the {2-Diamonds} and the river was the {10-Diamonds} giving Hardcastle trips and eliminating McCulloch in second place.

Jack Hardcastle gb
Jack Hardcastle
gb 1,920,000 476,000
Neil McCulloch gb
Neil McCulloch
gb Busted
Level:
22
Blinds:
8,000/16,000
Ante:
16,000

McCulloch Closes the Gap

will_shill • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

Jack Hardcastle {k-Spades}{9-Diamonds} raised to 27,000 and Neil McCulloch {j-Hearts}{8-Hearts} called.

The flop came {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and McCulloch checked. Hardcastle continued for 12,000 and McCulloch called.

The turn {7-Spades} saw both players check and the river was the {j-Diamonds}.

Both players checked and McCulloch took down the pot.

Jack Hardcastle gb
Jack Hardcastle
gb 1,500,000 -100,000
Neil McCulloch gb
Neil McCulloch
gb 401,000 71,000

McCulloch Doubles Through Hardcastle Heads-Up

will_shill • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante
Neil McCulloch
Neil McCulloch

Jack Hardcastle {8-Diamonds}{3-Spades} limped and Neil McCulloch {7-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} checked.

The pair checked the {10-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop and McCulloch check-called 24,000 on the {7-Hearts} turn.

The river was the {5-Clubs} and McCulloch checked. Hardcastle shoved and McCulloch snap-called for his last 129,000, and he doubled up.

Jack Hardcastle gb
Jack Hardcastle
gb 1,600,000 -100,000
Neil McCulloch gb
Neil McCulloch
gb 330,000 126,000

Hardcastle Extends Chip Lead

will_shill • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

Jack Hardcastle {q-Clubs}{10-Hearts} raised to 27,000 and Neil McCulloch {q-Clubs}{10-Hearts} called.

The flop was {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and both players checked. McCulloch check-called 36,000 on the {a-Diamonds} turn.

The river was the {a-Spades}. McCulloch checked and Hardcastle bet 90,000. McCulloch folded.

Jack Hardcastle gb
Jack Hardcastle
gb 1,700,000 100,000
Neil McCulloch gb
Neil McCulloch
gb 204,000 -87,000