January 2020

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Tournament Round-up

Partypoker Live Grand Prix, 2-5 January 2020
€125+25 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event
John Behan from Laois claimed the winner’s cheque at the Partypoker Live Grand Prix Dublin, held at the Green Isle Hotel. Behan accumulated a massive chip lead with four players remaining and continued to run good, beating James Tarrant from Tipperary in a tough heads-up battle. Behan took home €33,000, while Tarrant bagged €23,000.

Partypoker Live Grand Prix, Dublin
1st John Behan, Ireland, €33,000
2nd James Tarrant, Ireland, €22,000
3rd Anthony Lynch, Ireland, €10,000
4th David O’Kelly, Ireland, €6,563
5th Fabio Cretaro, Ireland, €4,650
6th William Robinson, England, €3,500
7th Alan Flannery, Ireland, €2,350
8th Craig Rose, England €1,900

Dusk Till Dawn, 4-7 January 2020
$1,000+100 No-Limit Hold’em Millions Mini
Russia’s Nikolay Ponomarev beat Partypoker-pro Bertrand Grospellier heads-up to take first place in the Millions Mini at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn. Runner-up Grospellier, a double WSOP bracelet winner, netted $93,000, while Ponomarev scooped $150,000 for his efforts.

Millions Mini, Dusk Till Dawn
1st Nikolay Ponomarev, Russia, $150,000
2nd Bertrand Grospellier, France, $93,000
3rd Serkan Ersoy, Turkey, $65,000
4th Marty Mathis, United States, $48,500
5th Benjamin Winsor, England, $36,000
6th Mukhtar Taysi, Turkey, $26,000
7th Maria Lampropulos, Argentina, $19,000
8th Gary Miller, England, $14,000

Dusk Till Dawn, 6-7 January 2020
$2,000+200 No-Limit Hold’em Millions Warm-Up
England’s Paul Siddle won the the $2,200 Millions Warm-Up after defeating Daniel Habib heads-up. It was a compact field but Siddle still took home $23,835 for his victory, leaving runner-up Habib to secure a $20,665 payday.

Millions Warm-Up, Dusk Till Dawn
1st Paul Siddle, England $23,835
2nd Daniel Habib, South Africa, $20,665
3rd Andrew Wool, England, $12,500
4th Thomas Mühlöcker, Austria, $8,660
5th Tom Hall, England, $6,000
6th Emran Hussain, England, $4,000

Dusk Till Dawn, 7 January 2020
$25,000+500 No-Limit Hold’em Millions Super High Roller
Igor Kurganov and Kahle Burns locked horns for the title and the lion’s share of the prize pool, with the final hand seeing the Russian all-in with pocket fours against the A-10 of Burns. Kurganov’s low pair remained best on the flop, although the Aussie picked up a gutshot straight draw. That straight came in when the jack of hearts landed on the turn. A meaningless 10 on the river completed the hand, busted Kurganov, and saw Burns win yet another major live poker tournament and take home $350,000.

Millions Super High Roller
1st Kahle Burns, Australia, $350,000
2nd Igor Kurganov, Russia, $222,250
3rd Ben Heath, England, $150,000
4th Preben Stokkan, Norway, $100,000
5th Steve O’Dwyer, United States, $75,000

Dusk Till Dawn, 8-12 January 2020
$10,000+300 No-Limit Hold’em Millions Main Event
Anton Suarez won the 2020 partypoker Millions UK main event, defeating a field of 530 entrants to win his first major live tournament title and $1,000,000. Ironically Suarez didn’t plan to play the Millions Main Event as he travelled to DTD hoping to play PLO cash games. There wasn’t a game running when he arrived so he entered a satellite and the rest is history.

Millions Main Event
1st Anton Suarez, Sweden, $1,000,000
2nd Christian Rudolph, Germany, $620,000
3rd James Romero, United States , $420,000
4th James Clarke, England, $311,000
5th Fredrick Andersson, Sweden, $230,000
6th Weijie Zheng, Ireland, $170,000
7th Jack Hardcastle, England, $130,000
8th Maria Lampropulos, Argentina, $100,000

Dusk Till Dawn, 10-12 January 2020
$10,000+300 No-Limit Hold’em Millions High Roller
Kahle Burns came close to winning his second high roller event at Partypoker Millions UK, but in the end it was Joao Vieira who took home the top prize. Beating a field of 95 entries, the Portuguese high roller crushed the final day, taking no prisoners at the final table. Vieira won $250,000, one of the biggest scores of his career.

Millions High Roller
1st Joao Vieira, Portugal, $250,000
2nd Kahle Burns,  Australia ,$165,000
3rd William Foxen, United States, $115,000
4th Joni Jouhkimainen, Finland, $90,000
5th Joao Simao, Brazil, $70,000
6th Igor Kurganov, Russia, $55,000
7th Michael Sklenička,  Czech Republic, $45,000
8th Fahad Althani, England, $35,000

PPPoker Festival, London, 15-19 January 2020
£300+40 No Limit Hold’em PPPoker Festival London
Paul Wimbledon was crowned the inaugural PPPoker Festival London Main Event champion after he came through a seven-hour final table to claim the trophy and £26,720. Players from all over the UK and Europe made their way to Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford for a piece of the action, with 571 entries accumulated over four starting flights. Wimbledon saw off experienced pro Gary Miller heads-up to claim victory and secured the biggest prize of his 15-year poker history. He went into the heads-up battle with a 2.5-1 chip advantage and the final hand came quickly. After the flop had fallen QH 7H 4S all the chips were in the middle. Miller revealed 9D 7S for middle pair and Wimbledon held the lead with KH KS. The QD turn and 3S river meant Wimbledon collected the pot and became the first PPPoker Festival London Main Event champion having qualified via the satellites.

PPPoker London Main Event
1st Paul Wimbledon, England, £26,720
2nd Gary Miller, England, £22,140
3rd Fabian Donovan, England, £20,000
4th Ramlal Basdeo, Trinidad and Tobago, £10,860
5th Joel Harrison-Croft, England, £8,260
6th Lofti Boughanmi, England, £6,460
7th Daniel Harwood, England, £5,3601
8th Thomas Bird, England, £4,260

GUKPT, London, 23-26 January 2020
£500+60 No-Limit Hold’em Midi Main
The Midi Main Event got the 14th season of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) underway at London’s famous Grosvenor Victoria Casino, guaranteeing £100,000 in prize money for a £560 buy-in. Romanian Valentin Ghioca took the top prize of £35,435, defeating England’s David Gee heads up.

GUKPT Midi Main
1st Valentin Ghioca, Romania, £35,435
2nd David Gee, England, £35,435
3rd Michael Dunleavy, England,  £17,340
4th Craig Rimmer, England, £11,040
5th Ahmad Abdelhadi, England, £7,510
6th Matthew Skeadas, England,  £5,520
7th Antoine Saout, France,  £4,300
8th Riyaz Samad, England, £3,530

GUKPT, London, 30 January to 2 February 2020
£1,350+150 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event
A total of 379 players piled into The Poker Room at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino for the GUKPT Main Event, with a mammoth £511,650 prize pool shared among the top 34 finishers. Artan Dedusha took the lion’s share, snapping up a cool £137,430. He held a massive 6,000,000 to 1,500,000 chip lead over Ben Winsor, who won the Mini Main earlier in the week, going into heads up and it proved too substantial a gap for Winsor to bridge. All the same he added a £91,270 consolation prize to the £39,920 he won in the Mini Main.

GUKPT Main Event
1st Artan Dedusha, England, £137,430
2nd Ben Winsor, England, £91,270
3rd Patrice Brandt, Germany, £55,670
4th Anonymous£35,100 $45,683
5th Victoria Coren Mitchell, England, £23,570
6th Damian Bell, England, £17,050
7th Jack O’Neill, England, £13,040
8th Oliver Bithell, England, £11,030