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When John Gudger won a seat to the partypoker World Poker Tour National UK Milton Keynes Main Event for the paltry sum of $3 he had no idea he would be turning it into £12,750, but that is exactly what he has done.

Gudger outlasted a strong field of 292 players at The Casino MK in Milton Keynes to walk away with the £12,750, a trophy and the title of WPT National champion, which is something that is priceless.

The nine-handed final table kicked off slightly after 3:00pm on Sunday afternoon and took an hour for the first player to be eliminated. That dubious honour went to Sunil Mistri who busted when he called Liam Pettman’s all-in bet from the cutoff with and found himself up against . Mistri took the lead on the flop but the turn and river improved Pettman to a flush and resigned Mistri to a ninth place finish.

Next to go was one of the two partypoker qualifiers David Phetean who never recovered from a costly mistake where he accidently called an all-in against Lee Kiat. He bust a couple of hands later jamming into the of Richard Jwanczuk to finish in eighth place.

An hour later and Pettman crashed out of the tournament in a cruel fashion. Pettman was trying to accumulate chips when he moved all-in for 218,000 from under-the-gun and was looked up by Jwanczuk in the big blind. Pettman flipped over and needed to hit as Jwanczuk held . Pettman did hit the flop and stayed ahead on the turn. However, the river was the which improved Jwanczuk to a straight and sent Pettman to the rail earlier than he would have liked or planned.

Six became five when Jwanczuk lost a massive coinflip to our eventual champion, Gudger. Jwanczuk was all-in and at risk with and failed to connect with the board and lost to that had turned into a full house.

Another 60-minutes played out before Andrew Brisland lost his chips to Kiat in a battle of the short stacks. Kiat moved all in with what turned out to be and Brisland made the call with a pair of black fives. Kiat missed the flop but paired his queen on the turn and his ace on the river, Brisland crashed out in fifth place.

Four-handed played spanned almost two hours and saw the chip lead swap hands a number of times. Fourth place went to Kiat who got his stack into the middle with and Michael Rosaman called with and was rewarded with a nine on the turn and an ace on the river.

Rosaman was the next casualty at the final table, jamming all-in from the button with and first finding a caller in Sam Goodman in the small blind. Goodman quickly folded when Gudger re-shoved from the big blind. Gudger revealed the and when the board ran out it was game over for Rosaman.

Heads-up was over almost as quickly as it had started. Gudger held an almost 2-to-1 chip lead and won a couple of pots early on to extend that lead. The final hand saw Gudger check-call a 200,000 bet on a flop and then both players checked the turn. The river was the and Goodman moved all-in. Gudger said: “I think I’ll call,” and did just that, discovering that his was good because Goodman had made a move with !

partypoker WPT National UK Milton Keynes Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 John Gudger £12,750
2 Sam Goodman £8,895
3 Michael Rosaman £5,715
4 Lee Kiat £4,235
5 Andrew Brisland £3,175
6 Richard Jwanczuk £2,540
7 Liam Pettman £2,110
8 David Phetean £1,690
9 Sunil Mistri £1,275

Next up for the National UK tour is WPT National London between February 27 and March 2. We will be there, will you?

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