Alex Goulder Sees Off WSOP bracelet Winner to Take Dusk Till Dawn Event
Alex Goulder has lifted the first major British poker tournament since the end of this summer’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas by picking up £77,512.50 (about $126,196/€87,819) for winning the latest Monte Carlo event at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn.
Numerous big-name British pros were in evidence at the £250,000 ($407,137/€283,434) guaranteed Dusk Till Dawn event following the conclusion of the WSOP – apart from the main event, of course, which doesn’t end until early November – with Cambridge’s Alex Goulder seeing off the likes of James Clarke, Birmingham pro Stuart Fox, who finished in third place, and Peter Evans, also from Birmingham, to go into a heads-up clash with WSOP bracelet winner Matt Perrins.
Rochdale’s Perrins lifted the $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit) event #9 in Sin City way back on June 4 to leave Nevada with $102,105, but couldn’t defeat Goulder in the Monte Carlo tournament – which supplied a re-entry possibility to players for the first time – back in England.
It really was the perfect ‘homecoming’ for former Dusk Till Dawn dealer Goulder, though, as he outlasted the 252-strong field to defeat Perrins in heads-up play as the event just reached its money guarantee.
Perrins had entered their head-to-head on 2.7 million chips, compared to fellow pro Goulder’s 4.9 million, but was unable to make any headway as the latter left with the title.
The final hand – which was shown as part of a trial live stream throughout the event – saw Goulder hold A♦ 10♦ to dominate the J♣ 10♥ of Perrins. The board showed K♣ 3♥ A♥ 7♥ 5♠ to give Goulder a pair of aces and the £77,512 winner’s cheque, Perrins left with £45,315 ($73,783/€51,344) to add to his Vegas winnings, while Fox picked up £27,189 ($44,270/€30,805).
Final table placings and payouts from the Monte Carlo event at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn:
1. Alex Goulder £77,512.50 ($126,196/€87,819)
2. Matt Perrins £45,315 ($73,783/€51,344)
3. Stuart Fox £27,189 ($44,270/€30,805)
4. Daniel Laming £19,080 ($31,064/€21,618)
5. James Clarke £14,310 ($23,298/€16,221)
6. Lee Cockroft £10,732.50 ($17,479/€12,166)
7. Mitchell Johnson £8,347.50 ($13,595/€9,464)
8. Kevin Brown £5,962.50 ($9,710/€6,760)
9. Peter Evans £4,770 ($7,770/€5,407)