The 2014 British Poker Awards took place earlier this week and we’re delighted to announce that the partypoker WPT UK festival won the Best Poker Tournament award.
The partypoker WPT UK festival was held in November 2014 at Dusk Till Dawn with its two major highlights being the inaugural £1 million guaranteed WPT500 UK and the first UK-based WPT Main Event held outside of London.
Eleanor Gudger took down the WPT500 event, a £500 buy-in tournament that attracted an unbelievable 2,133 entrants. Gudger, whose father won a WPT National UK event in Milton Keynes, was the last woman standing and walked away with £140,000 and the title of champion.
Lithuania’s Matas Cimbolas was a worthy winner in the WPT UK Main Event. Cimbolas, predominately an online poker player, was one of 354 entries in the £3,000 buy-in spectacular and he turned the £3,000 investment into £200,000 after defeating a star-studded final table that housed Jamie Roberts, Luca Moschitta, Patrick Leonard, Antoine Saout, Tamer Kamel and Cimbolas’ heads-up opponent, Ben Warrington.
The WPT UK fought off tough opposition for the title of Best Poker Tournament as European Poker Tour London, GUKPT Goliath, the Sky Poker UK Poker Championships, UKIPT Nottingham and Unibet Open London were all in the running, but the might of the WPT prevailed.
Adam Pliska, President of the World Poker Tour, was full of praise for Dusk Till Dawn and hinted at future events being held at the club.
“I must thank Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong and club director Simon Trumper for all of their hard work during the inaugural WPT UK held at their tremendous venue. In my recent visit to Dusk Till Dawn, I saw first hand how well-equipped the club is to host world-class poker tournaments and we look forward to creating more WPT experiences each year in Nottingham.”
Dusk Till Dawn owner, Rob Yong, was delighted that the WPT picked up this British poker award.
“I was also over the moon that the WPT 500 won Best Tournament. I remember when the WPT 500 was first announced and the general feedback within the industry to me was – ‘WTF are you doing, it’s a brand new event so has no track record in the UK, you should ease it into the calendar, £1M is impossible at £500.’ But, the WPT never lost the faith, Jeffrey Haas, Hermance Blum and Jessica Tomsett were all believers, so this award was nice for them to receive.”
Congratulations to each and every person involved in the organisation and running of the WPT UK festival, a massive thank you to everyone who competed during the festival, making it such a roaring success. And a special thanks goes out to all of you who voted the WPT UK as the Best Poker Tournament!
Did you play in any of the WPT UK events? What was your experience like? Did you manage to reach the money places? Let us know in the comments box below.