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CPL National Final 2016
137 players from all over the country came to Sheffield Genting Casino to play in the Champions Poker League National Final at the weekend for their chance to win a share of the £10,000 cash prize fund.
After 2 days of play, it was Ian Collenette from the Inn on the Lake in Bletchley, Bedfordshire, who successfully lifted the trophy and became the Champions Poker League National Final Champion 2016!
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…..
Players started arriving about 10am and by 1pm we had everyone seated and ready to go. After a few quick announcements we kicked off and it was quickly down to the serious business of playing poker!
First out of the tournament was Martin Earley who plays at the King Street Run in Cambridge, his exit was duly announced to all the players in the tournament and received a well earnt round of applause. A bit gutting for him since last year he made it to the final table and cashed out!
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.
Play continued and after the lunch break we had a quick succession of players busting out of the tournament until we reached the final 80 players who would be invited back to continue the tournament on day 2.
With the average chip stack at 26,645 there were a few players who stood out. Gareth Tate from the Queens Hotel in Morley had the largest chip stack of 83,200 with Peter Keenan at the other end of the scale, with a not so impressive 700! With the blinds being at 700/1400 some were saying that Peter may not show up for the second day. Thankfully he decided to come and actually lasted longer than most expected, but with the blinds increasing he eventually got knocked out.
We eventually got down to the final 16 players with the top 15 being paid; therefore we were onto the ‘bubble’. A vote was cast by the players to allocate £5 from each of the other prize levels to fund a special ‘bubble prize’, meaning that this person would at least walk away with £80, rather than nothing. Dave Slaughter Alexandra Pub in Farnborough was next to exit and thankfully picked up this £80 ‘bubble prize’.
Players exiting the tournament thereafter were:
15th – Dawn Card from the Old White Hart in Hampshire winning £140
14th – Kevin Powley from the Railway Tavern in Dereham winning £140
13th – Elaine Fitzpatrick from the Ormond Bar in Perth winning £160
12th – Howard Lewis from the Bulls Head in Markfield winning £160
11th – Bev Nicholson from the Ram Inn in Brandon winning £180
Once we got to the final ten players, we had a short break and then everyone took their seats for the final table. The finishing positions were as follows:
10th – Garry Roberts from the Railway Tavern in Dereham winning £180
9th – David Mitchell from the Malling Town Club in Kent winning £240
8th – Peter Sandles from the Malling Town Club in Kent winning £270
7th – Steve Sutton from the King Street Run in Cambridge winning £340
6th – Pete Winter from the Bulls Head in Markfield winning £460
5th – Gerald Buckley from the Cock Inn in Werrington winning £620
4th – Radovan Kassak from the Waverley Hotel in Perth winning £850
With £6,180 in the pot for the final three players, they decided to split the prize pool but to continue playing for the trophy.
James Neve from the Five Bells in Tydd St Mary bust out next but eagerly took his £2,000 cash prize!
And then we reached the final two players, Ian Collenette from the Inn on the Lake in Bletchley and Philip Gunby from the Bulls Head in Markfield, with Ian having about twice the chip stack.
With Ian having a large chip advantage at the start of the Heads-up battle, it looked as though this was going to be easy picking for him. However this wasn’t the case and after an ‘all in’ by both of the players, which Philip won, this left them with roughly equal chip stacks.
A few hands later both players went ‘all in’! Ian showed Q,8 (both spades) with Philip 5,5. With the flop showing J,J,8, this gave Philip the upper hand with 2 x pair with Ian chasing a flush. The turn was 7 and the river a 9, both being spades, which meant that Ian won with a flush against Philip’s 2 x pair.
Philip won £2,000 with Ian taking £2,180 and the important winners’ trophy!
So a well done to Ian for taking first place and congratulations to the top 16 players for making it into a cash position. Well done to all players for making it such a well contested tournament, which was played in good spirits throughout the weekend. We look forward to hopefully seeing most of you at next year’s Champions Poker League National Final. We will be inviting ALL the FINAL table players back next year to the National Final in 2017 to try to defend their positions!
Thanks also to the casino staff who did a fantastic job running the tournament and for coping with the increased number of players in their own evening game, which was 50% up on attendance due to the extra CPL players.
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