Chris Gordon has taken the top prize in the £200 buy-in World Poker Tour National London No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator event, after beating Jesus Garcia in heads-up action.Chris Gordon is the latest World Poker Tour (WPT) National Series champion. He defeated the Spaniard Jesus Garcia in heads-up action. His reward was £22,500.
The event took place at Aspers Casino in Stratford. It was a £200 buy-in event with accumulator rules. This allowed players to buy-in three times and take their combined weight of chips into the second day of action.
The partypoker sponsored event attracted the UK pros with most of the laughing gas. Steve Watts, Sinem Melin and James Dempsey enjoying the fun, but not bearing any fruit. There was even a return to action for the former Poker Million winner James Akenhead. None of the aforementioned stars of the game made a dent in this one though.
24-players returned for the final day of action. The two most prominent names belonged to Kevin Allen and Matas Cimbolas. Allen – the former Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour (GUKPT) Main Event winner – would finish 19th. Cimbolas – the former WPT UK Main Event winner, and recent European Poker Tour (EPT) Deauville Main Event final tablist – finished 14th. Both players getting there short stacks in on a whim that sent them to the rail.
Chris Gordon was the most experienced player at the final table. He sat down with close to $200,000 in live tournament earnings. He left with over $200,000. It was his biggest score to date. He is yet to hit the jackpot. Instead, he has kept in the game by cashing consistently since 2007.
Darren Mapley deserves a hat tip. The last time he was playing in a partypoker sponsored WPT National Accumulator event, he won it. That was in Newcastle, in May, when he beat Mark Gray in heads-up action to take the £17,500 first prize. He would pick up £7,480 for a fourth place finish in this one.
594 entrants created a total prizepool of £106,920. By the time we had whittled that number down to two, it was Gordon holding a 4:1 chip lead over the Spaniard. There was stubborn resistance. There was one double up. But Garcia never got any true momentum. He crumbled after an hour. It wasn’t a pretty ending.
But then what ending is?
Garcia getting it in with pocket tens against [Kc] [9d]. The first card to hit the flop was a ten. The Spaniard’s rail exploded. Then the board ran out to river a straight for Gordon, and the fire was extinguished before it had even gotten any air.
WPT National London Final Table Results
1st. Christopher Gordon – £22,500
2nd. Jesus Garcia – £15,750
3rd. Laurence Essa – £10,100
4th. Darren Mapley – £7,480
5th. Kenny King – £5,620
6th. Petrit Papushi – £4,490
7th. Lucio Pacifico – £3,740
8th. Rahim Tadj-Saadat – £3,980
9th. Michel Melkert – £2,250
When the WPT National series returns it will be in the Belgian capital of Brussels for the €750 buy-in WPT National Brussels Feb 19-22.