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See previous entry "National Final details"See next entry "October Quarter final summary"

National Final 2014 Winner

Champions Poker League, the UK's #1 Pub Poker League
201 players competed at the recent Champions Poker League Final at the weekend for their chance to win part of the £10,000 cash prize fund. After 2 days of a hotly contested final it was Mihhail Antropov, from the Black Horse in Hounslow, who successfully lifted the trophy and became the Champions Poker League National Final Champion 2014!

This moment was the climax of 12 months of poker, following thousands of players competing through weekly leagues and quarterly finals from Scotland down to Devon to reach the event held at the Genting Casino in Sheffield. Final placings for all signed out players and the pictures taken on the day can be found here.

Read on below for further details of the weekend’s action.

The setting for the National Final was the Genting Casino in Sheffield which was only opened 2 years ago and provided a great backdrop to this exciting event. Players started arriving about 10am and by 1pm we had 201 eager participants registered for the tournament. After a slight delay we kicked off at 1.30pm and it was quickly down to the serious business of playing poker!

As the tournament progressed, a steady stream of players walked to the sign-out desk following their elimination, some with tales of bad beats and others just unfortunate to run into an opponent with a better hand.

With over 2 million chips in play, the display screens around the tables regularly updated the tournament status for players until at around 8.30pm when we reached 80 players would return to continue the following day. After counting and bagging their chips, for some it was time to keep going with further poker by entering the casino’s Saturday night tournament, whilst others decided to go out and sample Sheffield’s nightlife.

With the tournament starting again the following day at 12.30pm, there was some sore heads after the night before, with one player Tracey Welch not even going to bed! She stayed at the casino from 11 am on the Saturday right through till 3.30 am on the Monday morning – that’s over 40 hours straight! Well done Tracey.

At the start of day 2 the biggest chip stack was Dean McGoverin with 77,700 with the smallest being DJ Macdonald and Ian King, both with 1,200 each and with blinds at 800/1600 it was going to be a tall order for them to stay in the competition. At about 3.30pm just as lunch was served we got down to the last 19 players. Since the top 16 were being paid then it was suggested by the players that the prize pool be adjusted so that the extra 3 x players would go home with something. This was accepted by all and actually freed the play up quite a bit as no-one wanted be on the bubble!

It got to around 5.00pm and we had the final table of 10 players, who would all be sharing the remainder of the prize pool. Once we got to 6 players they then decided to do a deal based on how many chips each had at that point in time and continued to play to see who could win the tournament. The cash pay outs were agreed as follows:

Steven Luff - £2,300
Keith Tobias - £1,350
Mihhail Antropov - £1,250
Dean Mcgoverin - £1,100
Samuel Barber - £900
Bev Nicholson - £900

And the final finishing positions were:

10th - Joanne Young from the Bulls Head in Leicester
9th - Eammon Boyle from the Waverley Hotel in Stirling
8th - Ian Noble from many different pubs in Perth
7th - Uwe Beykeufner from the Thornhill Arms in Northamptonshire
6th - Bev Nicholson from the Ram Inn in Suffolk
5th - Dean Mcgoverin from the Ley Inn Chorley
4th - Samuel Barber from Hennighans Bottom Bull in Manchester
3rd - Keith Tobias from the Black Horse in Hounslow
2nd - Steven Luff from the Tydd Gote Inn in Wisbech
1st - Mihhail Antropov from the Black Horse in Hounslow

So a hearty ‘Well Done’ to Mihhail for taking 1st place, (and automatic entry to next year’s National to defend his title), and congratulations to the final table players and indeed to all competitors this year for making it such a well contested tournament played in good spirits throughout the weekends action. We look forward to hopefully seeing you all competing once again at next year’s Champions Poker League National Final.


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