I don’t think even the most optimistic of us could have hoped for such an epic Leg 3!
The build up to GPS Leg 3 had started to open our eyes to the possibility that we were going to have another very successful event, when the online satellites were absolutely flying, and we got 222 runners for a live satellite the week before. However to actually see 387 entries was way beyind our expectations!
Day 1A - 136 Entries
Day 1B - 251 Entries
Total Prize Pool: £154,800
Day 2 - 131 Players came back for some fast and furious action and the bubble was burst by Genting Poker Pro Daiva Barauskaite :( who went on to final table the £150 Side Event
Final Day - 11 Players came back including the short stacks of Gavin Stevenson and Paul Jackson. Both made it onto the Final Table, with Gavin clinging onto his 2 BB stack to finish 9th! Paul Jackson had an even better day! From being 8th in chips when Gavin was eliminated, Paul Jackson rose through the ranks, knocking players out and to reach Heads Up as ‘only’ a 4:1 chip mouse.
The Heads Up battle lasted for about 5 hours, with both Pauls seemingly trying to break my own record from the Venetian last year. From his 4:1 deficit Paul J took the chip lead on several occasions, making some unbelievable calls (calling down Paul McTaggart with King high was probably the highlight, a video that will be on Youtube, complete with Paul’s commentary as to why he played the hand, very soon)
However having held the chip lead since the first card was dealt on Sunday, Paul McTaggart wasn’t going to be beaten easily, and a war of attrition began. Both players digging deep into their arsenal of skills whilst trying to remain focused and alert after over 30 hours of poker!
Some 3 hours into the battle, both parties agreed a semi truce, they’d each take £30,000 and play for the balance, and the trophy.
Perhaps it was national pride that meant it them took another 2 hours for Scotland’s McTaggart to beat England’s Jackson, but at some time shortly after midnight the game was up.
So we have a third champion: Paul McTaggart. Paul also won a £1600 Genting Poker Series Grand Final seat courtesy of winning the Last Longest promo for online registered players, so he was able to take home a total of almost £33,000. Not bad for a weekends work!