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Sunday, May 27, 2007 | Francis Lee


The 5th event of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour  was held in the sea side town of Brighton last weekend, after being at Bolton, Walsall, Cardiff and Manchester, the popularity of the event seems grows more and more at each venue.  Over 300 players started out the tournament with some of Europe’s top players in attendance.  The winners of all four previous events were there along with the online players who had won seats through satellites played online.

The large prize pool built up by the £1000 buy in was great value seeing  that the winner also won a seat at the £10,000 buy in Grand finale main event to be held at the end of the year.  The tournament lasted four days in total, the first two days split the players into two groups, each group playing on seperate days.

At the start of day three we were down to only 88 players to battle out the final 2 days play, all fighting to make the final day and hopefully the last 9 seats available on final table.  But only 14 people managed to wake up Sunday morning still live in the tournament, with Albert Sapiano leading the way with £450,000 in chips closely followed by Neil Carr.

It didn’t take long until we were at the final table with the two early chip leaders Sapiano and Carr still leading the way with over half the chip stack of the rest of the field.

Final table chip standing:

  • 1st Albert Sapiano £739,000
  • 2nd Neil Carr £726,000
  • 3rd Rajesh Modha £367,000
  • 4th Robert Romanello £323,000
  • 5th James Dempsey £277,000
  • 6th Dave Smith £262,000
  • 7th John Exley £150,000
  • 8th Barney Boatman £138,000
  • 9th Mazhar Nawab £135,000

It was the chip leader Sapiano who dominated early proceedings knocking out three players in a row, Barney Boatman was first to go dominated holding :kc :qs against the big slick :ad :ks winning £6,100 i 9th place, then John Exley was his next victim, knocking Exley out holding :jh :js against Exley’s :as :kd and not long after James Dempsey unluckily went in 7th winning £12,200 holding :qc :qs all in pre flop against Sapiano’s :10d :10c Sapiano hitting hit a set on the flop winning a huge pot  and extending his chip lead.

It was Maz Nawab who went out next in 6th place against Roberto Romanello.  Romanello raised on the small blind with :6h :8d and was called by Nawab with :jc :10c The flop was unkind to Nawab coming down :6d :js :8c giving Romanello the upper hand with two pair against Nawab’s pair of jacks.  Both players raised until we were all in and Romanello’s two pair held up with the turn :2h and river :3h ending Nawab’s tournament winning £15,200.

Sapiano’s grip on this final table was no longer the case from this point on wards doubling Neil Carr up and then loosing a sizeable pot against Romanello.  This win didn’t help Romanello going out in 5th place shortly after when he tried to bluff Sapiano out of a pot going all in with :8s :3d but after good read on Romanello and a call holding pocket sixes Sapiano took his chips back with the board missing Romanello.

We had to wait a while for the next person to go,  and it was Sapiano who was that unfortunate person  collecting £24,000 for 4th place.  Dave Smith and Neil Carr at this point were on the big stacks and dominating the table, Sapiano had fallen behind and found himself on the short stack after loosing a large pot to Smith dominated holding :ah :7c against :ad :10h Smith Hit two pair on the flop and forced Sapiano to fold going all in. Then Sapiano pushed all in with :kh :7d and found himself again dominated against Neil Carr this time holding :kd :qc

It wasn’t too long before we here heads up, Rajesh Mohda didn’t stand much of a chance with a huge difference in chip stack to the other two remaining players.  Going all in with :kh :10d he ran into Carr holding :ad :js Neither player hit the board and Rajesh was out taking home the £33,600 third place prize.

Down to heads up and difference between the winners prize and runner up prize was huge with a difference of £45,000 + the £10,000 Grand Final Seat.  The lead swung from player to player but was Dave Smith who came through victorious in the end.  On the final hand Carr had hit a diamond flush on the flop, holding :2d :6d he quickly moved all in with it showing :10d :5d :4d This was called by Smith holding :10c :9d needing any diamond except the :3d (which would give Carr the straight flush) to come, and it was on the turn that Smith took the lead with with the :ad only 1 card in the deck that could save Carr now.  It didnt come though and Dave Smith won the tournament taking home £95,000 and his seat to the grand final.  Neil Carr very unlucky and gracious in defeat finishing 2nd taking £50,300 second prize.

Next stop for the Grosvenor UK Poker tour take us to Newcastle in the North East of England on July 19th - 22nd.

Final Standings:

  • 1st Dave Smith - £95,000 + £10,000 & Grand Final Seat
  • 2nd Neil Carr - £50,300
  • 3rd Rajesh Modha - £33,600
  • 4th Albert Sapiano - £24,400
  • 5th Roberto Romanello - £18,300
  • 6th Mazhar Nawab - £15,200
  • 7th James Dempsey - £12,200
  • 8th John Exley - £9,200
  • 9th Barney Boatman - £6,100

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