February 2020

Card Player


Tournament Round-up

888 Live, London, 5 February 2020
£440 No-Limit Hold’em 888 Live Main Event
Attila Fekete earned his biggest live cash after beating “November niner” Antoine Saout heads-up to win the 888 Live Main Event at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford. Hungarian Fekete bagged £27,000 for his two-day effort.

888 Live Main Event
1st Attila Fekete, Hungary,  £27,000
2nd Antoine Saout, France,  £17,710
3rd Nicu Rad, Romania, £11,500
4th Justin Bateson, England, £8,56
5th Nuno Duarte, Portugal,  £6,430
6th Barrington Nicholas, England, £5,150
7th Mark Yi, Singapore, £4,150
8th Sébastien Russo, France, £3,300

ACOP, Dublin, 13-14 February 2020
€230+30 No-Limit Hold’em Amateur Championship Of Poker
Ireland’s Andy Black padded his bankroll to the tune of €18,150 after winning the opening tournament of D4 Events’ Irish Poker Series at the Bonnington Hotel. Many of Ireland’s elite players turned out in force to support the festival from 13-23 February, with Black taking down a field of 616 players after a three-way deal. With a €123,200 prize pool, the top 79 finishers all grabbed a share of the loot.

ACOP Main Event
1st Andy Black, €18,150
2nd Sean Foley, €15,585
3rd Igor Matias, €15,235
4th Kurt Suarez, €8,280
5th Charlie Porter, €6,490
6th Andrew Doona, €5,100
7th Ciaran Burke, €3,810
8th Eoin O’Shea, €2,640

European Deepstack, Dublin, 20-23 February
€500+70 No-Limit Hold’em European Deepstack
The European Deepstack Main Event at the Bonnington had a popular champion when Richard O’Neill outlasted 415 opponents to get his hands on €32,450 after a four-handed deal. The result was €100 short of equalling O’Neill’s largest live poker tournament prize. The exit of India’s Ankit Ahuja in fifth place saw the final four players strike a deal for the remaining prize pool, with Mark Flanagan and Mark O’Hare collecting €20,070 respectively. Patrick Eagers busted in second-place for €27,170 and O’Neill was the last man standing, a result worth €32,450.

European Deepstack
1st Richard O’Neill, €32,45
2nd Patrick Eagers, €27,170
3rd Mark O’Hare, €20,570
4th Mark Flanagan, €20,070
5th Ankit Ahuja, €12,200
6th Oskar Jonsson, €9,310
7th Ferderik Cuyt, €6,840
8th Barry Donovan, €5,030

Unibet Open Dublin, 27 February-1 March
€1,000+100 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event
Martin Olali took down the Unibet Open Dublin main event after a tumultuous four-hour heads-up battle against Dutch qualifier Steven Vollers. Olali, who was short-stacked for much of the final table and down 8:1 at one point, celebratED his biggest ever live cash and first-ever score on the Unibet tour. The first stop of 2020, the Unibet Open Dublin festival opened on 26 February at the Bonnington Hotel and featured more than 20 tournaments. The €1,100 main event attracted 294 entries creating a total prize pool of €294,000. More than 100 players qualified online through Unibet Poker. Olali’s €64,110 victory takes him just over the $300k mark in live tournament cashes. Vollers, who had a deep run at Unibet Open Sinaia last year and also finished sixth in the Unibet Battle of the Champions, took €40,020 for his runner-up finish.

Unibet Open Main Event
1st Martin Olali, UK, €64,110
2nd Steven Vollers, Netherlands, €40,020
3rd Alex Hendriks, Netherlands, €27,600
4th Sam Baneham, Ireland, €20,440
5th Weijie Zheng, Ireland, €15,730
6th Espen Jorstad, Norway, €12,100
7th Ciaran Burke, Ireland, €9,680
8th Jamie Nixon, UK, €7,740
9th Wim Anne Wesselink, Netherlands, €6,190

Grosvenor UK Poker Tour, Manchester, 27 February-1 March
£1,000+110 No-Limit Hold’em GUKPT Main Event
Ben Dobson took down the second leg of the GUKPT at the Grosvenor Casino Bury New Road, beating Ben Winsor heads up. Dobson went into heads-up play with a 5.1 million to 1.2 million chip advantage but after a Winsor double-up the players decided on a chop that secured Dobson £72,000 to Winsor’s £68,000, with £3,510 left to play for. The final hand saw Winsor all-in for two million in the 120k big blind with AH5S  and Dobson call with 2D2C. The  1oD 7S 4D 2S 8D board meant Dobson took the title with a set of deuces

GUKPT Main Event
1st Ben Dobson, £75,510
2nd Ben Winsor, £68,000
3rd Dean Perry, £35,110
4th Wadey Ashraf, £22,370
5th Nathan Watson, £15,220
6th Garry Wilson, £11,180
7th Justin Devonport, £8,700
8th David Johnson, £7,150
9th Rob Binkley, £5,900