Live tournament round-up covers Laurence Houghton’s victory at the World Poker Tour (WPT) National Series event in London, Patrick Mahoney’s victory at the PokerStars.net ANZPT in Perth, Scott Blackman leading Day 2 of the LAPC and Max Silver making another final table in Dublin.
Laurence Houghton has capped off a quite amazing few weeks after following up on the birth of his baby girl with victory at the WPT National Series event in London.
Houghton picked up the £29,500 first prize after overcoming an extremely tough final table that hosted the likes of the former Irish Open champion James Mitchell, and the recent SkyPoker UK Poker Championship Main Event final tablist Chaz Chattha.
Mitchell would meet his demise in a three way all-in holding [Kd] [Qs] against the pocket fours of Steve Owens and [Ad] [Ks] of Gareth Holt. Holt flopped an ace to take the lead, but Owens would river a wheel draw to send the dangerous Mitchell for an early shower in ninth.
Chattha would have to settle for a fourth place finish and when the end came it was a tearjerker.
Chattha getting it in good against Arvin Ravindran on [Ah] [Th] [4s] [Kc] holding pocket kings for the set against Ravindran holding [Ad] [4h] for two pair, only to see a third ace hit the river to send the unfortunate Chattha out for a £9,300 consolation prize.
Laurence Houghton would end the hopes of Darren Holt in third place to set up a heads up contest against Ravindran with chip stacks fairly even.
The end came in Level 29 with blinds at 60,000/120,000 after Houghton doubled up holding [Qc] [7c] on a [Js] [Tc] [5c] [8c] [3s] board, with all the money going in on the river, and Houghton would finish things off a few hands later when his [Kc] [Qh] out ran the [7s] [6c] of Ravindran when the chips went all-in pre flop.
Final Table Standings
1st. Laurence Houghton – £29,500
2nd. Arvin Ravindran – £19,400
3rd. Darren Holt – £12,500
4th. Charles Chattha – £9,300
5th. David Gassian – £6,900
6th. Bobbie Brummitt – £5,540
7th. Steve Owens – £4,610
8th. Edjis Cergars – £3,680
9th. James Mitchell – £2,760
Patrick Mahoney is Victorious in Perth
Patrick Mahoney has netted his third six figure score of his career after winning the A$2,200 ANZPT Main Event in Perth for $108,307.
Mahoney outlasted a final table that contained seven Australians and one fellow American to capture the crown and first prize that now takes him over $530,000 in live tournament earnings.
Mahoney took the title after defeating Dean Blatt in heads-up action after over turning a 2:1 chip deficit at the Crown Casino in Perth.
The final hand seeing both players getting it in on a flop of [Jd] [6c] [3d] with Blatt holding [7d] [6d] for middle pin and the flush draw, against [Kh] [Js] for top pair for Mahoney. The [Jc] on the turn gave Mahoney two pair, before the [Ks] sounded the death knell with a full house for Mahoney and Blatt had to make do with A$86,100 for his runner-up spot.
Scott Blackman Leads the LAPC
Day 2 of the WPT LAPC is in the books and Scott Blackman leads the final 172-players with 380,000 chips.
534 players arrived at the Commerce Casino to participate in one of the hotly anticipated events on the tour, and Blackman is the early favorite to land the $1m first prize.
Other heroes still remaining in the competition with stacks over a century include Bryn Kenney (195,000), Joe Tehan (145,300), Chris Moorman (143,000), Anthony Gregg (127,800), Greg Merson (121,000), Eugene Katchalov (119,800), Andy Frankenberger (112,200) and Mike Sexton (102,400).
Max Silver Going For Gold in Dublin
Max Silver’s hot streak continues with another final table appearance this time at the United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) Main Event in Dublin.
Silver will start the contest third in chips behind Robert Sturman and Kevin Killeen, and he must be the favorite to land the title he first won back in 2010. In fact, this is Silvers third UKIPT Dublin final table after finishing fourth in 2011.
Silver lost out to Joeri Zandvliet in that 2011 final table and incredibly the Dutchman also makes the 2014 final table with over 1.3m in chips.
Final Table Standings
Seat 1: Joeri Zandvliet – 1,310,000
Seat 2: Larry Ryan – 920,000
Seat 3: Kevin Killeen – 3,505,000
Seat 4: Christopher Wood – 650,000
Seat 5: Max Silver – 2,545,000
Seat 6: Ivan Tononi – 435,000
Seat 7: Dirk Thijssen – 1,290,000
Seat 8: Robert Sturman – 2,695,000