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Genting Poker Series Leg 2 Champion: Albert Sapiano

By Gary Oakes, posted April 02, 2012


Entry: £400 + £30
Guarantee: £100,000
Players: 580
Prize Pool: £232,000
Places Paid: 60

Genting Poker Series Leg 2 - Fox Poker Club

After a very short heads up battle with Callum Smith, Albert Sapiano turned at 2:1 chip deficit into a £50,160 pay day and trophy, as he out flopped Callum twice to take the title.

The fact that Callum was even in contention, let alone such a massive favourite at Heads Up was a near miracle as just an hour or so earlier, the lad from the South coast had just two big blinds and was facing down the barrel of a gun with the words “Get your coat” written on. However after a couple of double ups, Callum hit hand after hand to take out 3 players in a period of no more than 20 minutes, building his chip stack up to just over 10,000,000 Vs Albert’s 4,600,000.

But it was Albert who hit the hands Heads up and after no more than 10 hands, he was crowned our Champion. The two blows for Callum came in the shape of Albert calling his AK shove with A7, only to hit a 755x7 board (4.6m swing) and then post flop, Callum pushing with AQ on a KQJ flop, only for Albert to call with K10. Callum still had all manner of outs including a backdoor flush draw, but the turn was useless and the river dry and Albert Sapiano was the winner.

For those who don’t know Albert he is one of the nicest player in the UK, and is a Palm Beach regular. By his own admission he will play any two cards, and hit some incredible outs to navigate his way through the monster field.

A massive thanks to Fox Poker Club and Palm Beach for hosting the events, to Kevin, Colin, Raf and James, who together with Paul, Nick and Charlie and the Fox and Palm Beach teams did an awesome job, working stupidly long hours. Also big thanks to Caroline, Dom and Michelle for blogging / photographing and fixing to the max. Mad Marty and Paul Zimbler worked tirelessly in the commentary kitchen and their efforts were also superb. My team of Dave, Paul (Ralph) and Nygell were heroes. My final thanks goes to Andy Booth, the funniest man in the UK, who is also pretty good with RFID technology.

Notable finishes were:

9th Elzbieta Biesse-Piechota £9,280 (4th GUKPT Leaderboard last year, and highest placed lady)
12th David Lloyd £2,320
17th Stevie Watts £1,620
34th Ruslan Vlasov £970 (GPS Leg 1 winner, and Fox Poker Club ‘Man Event winner’
42nd Yucel Eminoglu £860
53rd Surinder Sunar £770

Genting Poker Series Leg 2 - Fox Poker Club

The full payout list is as follows:

1 Albert Sapiano £48,560 plus £1600 Grand Final Seat
2 Callum Smith £32,940
3 Kirit Patel £23,200
4 Robin Dhinsa £18,560
5 Neil McCulloch £14,500
6 Stephen Hollinshead £11,600
7 Elzbieta Biesse-Piechota £9,280
8 James Thomson £6,960
9 Ghassan Chehbi £4,640
10 Simon Randall £3,480
11 Bharminder Maker £2,780
12 David Lloyd £2,320
13 Amasaka Kawano £2,090
14 Chris Gordon £1,620
15 Rahul D’Silva £1,620
16 Timothy Gordon £1,620
17 Stevie Watts £1,620
18 Elliott Panyi £1,620
19 Jamie Burland £1,620
20 Paul Austin £1,620
21 Robert Davenport £1,620
22 Iaron Lightbourne £1,620
23 Muhammad Alrefai £1,620
24 David Montague £1,160
25 Nick Mazur £1,160
26 Michael Lam £1,160
27 Bin Bin Long £1,160
28 Nigel Berg £1,160
29 Euan Cameron £1,160
30 Ian Broadrick £970
31 Nicholas Jenkins £970
32 Prassanna Suryanarayanan £970
33 Edward Turk £970
34 Ruslan Vlasov £970
35 Ali Chaaban £970
36 Spyros Mouzoura £970
37 Faustas Didzivlis £970
38 Adrian Smith £970
39 R. Birchall £970
40 F. Bellamy £860
41 S. Shelley £860
42 Y. Eminoglu £860
43 J. Black £860
44 Jo Handman £860
45 L. Beaumont £860
46 N. Fox £860
47 P. Marsh £860
48 R. Stockham £860
49 G. Alexander £860
50 J. Kenna £770
51 G. Yates £770
52 T. Mitford £770
53 S. Sunar £770
54 P. Huxley £770
55 R. Horton £770
56 S. Hagger £770
57 G. Stevenson £770
58 A. Miah £770
59 M. Conway £770
60 S. Barrie £770

Next stop - Genting Poker Series Leg 3 - Genting Club Fountain Park Edinburgh - Wed 30th May to Sun 3rd Jun 2012

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