“The event was the best competition I’ve ever played.” Those are the words of Nottingham’s Adam Bone who in the early hours of Monday 12 October, 2015, emerged victorious in individual element of the partypoker UK Team Challenge at Dusk Till Dawn.
Twenty-eight year old Bone, a director at advertising agency AM Media, outlasted 338 opponents in the live final to get his hands on £2,250 and help push his team, “Randoms,” to a fourth place finish in the team element, a finish that banked the four friends £3,000 to share between them.
The victory rounds off a remarkable few weeks for Bone who finished fourth in a £50+£8 buy-in tournament on September 22, eighth in a £30+£5 buy-in event on September 30, both at Dusk Till Dawn.
Below are the results from the UK Team Challenge and a recap of the final table’s action.
UK Team Challenge: Individual Element
|1||Adam “ballerbone” Bone||£2,250|
|2||Richard “richking” King||£1,350|
|3||Sylvia “silvieblueblood” Hewitt||£900|
|4||Hasmukh “fppstars4lfe” Khodiyara||£700|
|5||Cezary “cymer888” Bincyzk||£600|
|6||Matt “schotfox” Hays||£500|
|7||Nicola “scoobietufc” Caunce||£400|
|8||Adrian “adykgb” Ko||£300|
|9||Tom “Fugliee” Simm||Grand Prix seat|
UK Team Challenge: Team Element
|2||Ironman 3 + 1||832,500||£7,200|
|3||The Ninja Turtles||818,750||£4,800|
|5||Cravens Shaven Havens||682,500||£1,800|
UK Team Challenge: Star Player
|1||nitsandnatter||1,932,000||£2,200 WPT UK Seat|
|2||mrdoovde||1,898,400||£70 Grand Prix seat|
|3||DoobieFish||1,727,600||£70 Grand Prix seat|
|4||richking||1,697,400||£70 Grand Prix seat|
|5||pokerskillz1983||1,368,800||£70 Grand Prix seat|
|6||pred888||1,231,400||£70 Grand Prix seat|
|7||hittheshowers||1,229,350||£70 Grand Prix seat|
|8||EBBERDON47||1,226,600||£70 Grand Prix seat|
|9||paulscot1||1,213,600||£70 Grand Prix seat|
|10||silvieblueblood||1,212,600||£70 Grand Prix seat|
The final table got underway with nine players and thanks to how the points were distributed one of three teams could have walked away with the £12,000 first place prize in the team element.
One team that was still in with a chance of glory as The Ninja Turtles, but they needed Tom Simm to finish seventh or better in order to pip Nits&Natter to the finishing post. However, Simm went into the final with a short stack and with the odds stacked against him and his fellow turtles. He committed the last of chips with and was called by Hasmukh Khodiyara and his . A final board reading sent Simm home in ninth place.
Khodiyara then sent Adrian Ko to the rail in eighth place, before Bone’s held against the of Nicola Caunce to leave only six players at the final table.
Matt Hays was the next to fall, losing a coinflip with against the of Khodiyara, then the last of The Laughing Giraffes, Cezary Binczyk, was eliminated before Bone soared into the chip lead when he improved to a set with on the flop and cracked Khodiyara’s .
This is where the team element grew ever more interesting because Richard King, representing Ironman 3 + 1, was the only person who could determine where the team title would end up. If he finished third his team would do the same. Finish second and Ironman 3 + 1 would be runners-up, but if he won the individual element his team would push Nits&Natter into second place.
King guaranteed Ironman 3 + 1 would be at least runners-up when his remained the better hand in an all-in confrontation with the last woman standing, Sylvia Hewitt, who held .
Bone and King locked horns heads-up for three hours, all the while Bone teammates supporting him from the rail and the Nits&Natter team looking on hoping for a Bone victory, too. Then at 2:30am on Monday morning, Bone raised to 4 million and King called. Bone then fired a continuation bet of 2 million on the flop and King put in the calling chips. On the turn, Bone bet 4 million and King called once more. The river was the and Bone moved all-in, covering his sole opponent. King decided that his was the best hand and called, but Bone flipped over for two pair, the pot and the title of champion.
“I’m buzzing with the win and the team effort,” said Bone to the partypoker blog shortly after being crowned the UK Team Challenge champion,” putting the win aside, the event was the best comp I’ve played. The team element brought a different edge to the game, everyone was having a laugh at the tables throughout the whole two days. In the 10 years I’ve been playing poker, it is easily the most enjoyable event I’ve played and I’m already looking forward to the next one.”
Congratulations have to also go to the Nits&Natter team who finished a mere 2,500 points ahead of Ironman 3 + 1 to scoop the £12,000 first place prize and a place in poker’s history books. Also to the players nitsandnatter who was the UK Team Challenge Star Player and wins a £2,200 seat to the upcoming World Poker Tour UK Main Event. Indeed, congratulations and a huge thanks to each and every player and team who helped make the UK Team Challenge a massive success and one of the most fun and exciting poker tournaments ever held at Dusk Till Dawn!