The city of Cardiff opened its doors to the Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) Championship. The event with a £2,750 entry finally claimed its winner, who was none other than Englishman Andrew Jones. The tournament with its prize pool of £9,150 attracted few biggies like the 2010 Welsh Championship winner Gareth Jones and Warren Jones – 2010 APAT Player of the Year.
Day 1 of the tournament witnessed 13 levels with 31 players moving on to Day 2. JP Round and Gary Wilden waltzed through to Day 2 along with the remaining survivors. The winner started the game at the very end owing to his short stack. Dan Carpenter with 372,900 chips and Gary Wilden with 314,300 chips however, took the lead. The nine-handed final stage began with Andrew Jones trailing with 97,000 chips. The Big blinds at this point were around 5,000 to 1,000 with Jones holding less than 10. Ironically, despite the odds, David Jackson exited at 9th place with £210 with Wilden and Carpenter following suit with 8th place (£270) and 7th place (£370) respectively. Jones stayed on with his luck changing over with his stacks doubling up. He contented with consistency and steadfastness aiming for the title. During the course of the final, his stacks doubled up several times and as luck would have it; the other participants fell steadily until Warren Jones’ existed at 4th place with £590.
Kevin O’Driscoll could not capitalize on Warren Jones’ exist and was eliminated quickly after, even though he remained the chip leader for the majority of the game. With O’Driscoll’s exit, Jones came face to face with JP Round. At this point Jones’ luck turned up a notch as the final play took just two hands to complete, with Jones’ Ace-King combo ousting pocket tens from the other player. Jones walked away with the APAT National Gold Medal and a Genting Poker Series seat which he qualified by beating JP Round.
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