Local player Dave Collins won the Newcastle leg of the BoylePoker International Poker Open after starting the final table as the shortest stacked player.
There was a rapid conclusion to the BoylePoker IPO at the Aspers Casino in Newcastle this weekend, as Aspers regular Dave Collins benefitted from a very swingy final table to break down his opponents and collect the £5,010 first prize.
An early conclusion to the event was partly due to a fairly modest entry into the £225.00 buy-in tournament; with just 124 entries received over the three opening flights – and some of those being re-entries who bust out on Day 1A or Day 1B.
49 players returned to Aspers on Sunday to compete for the IPO title, and the thirteen-player money bubble burst when Marc Foggin (Ace-Queen) rivered a Queen to eliminate James Lawson (Ace-King) in fourteenth place. A little over an hour later, the final table was set – headed by Michael Richardson, with Dave Collins languishing at the foot of the leaderboard with little more than five Big Blinds.
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Jackson Cracks Aces – Foggin Takes the Lead
Paula Wilson had come into Day 2 as the overnight chip leader, but her participation at the final table was incredibly brief. The primary destroyer of her stack was Connie Jackson, who rivered a flush to crack Wilson´s Aces with a pair of Jacks, but Jackson could not repeat the trick with a pair of Sixes against Michael Richardson´s pocket Aces – enabling Richardson to be the first player over a million chips.
Hamid Rowshanari, David Knight and Paula Wilson all fell quickly, while Dave Collins managed a couple of double ups to chip up into contention. Marc Foggin then took over at the top of the chip counts when flopping a King-high straight to bust Connie Jackson, and he established a massive chip advantage with the eliminations of Hailong Xiao in sixth place (pocket Sixes > King-Ten) and Dan Patterson in fifth place (Ace-King > Ace-Ten).
Deals Agreed as Collins Takes Down Newcastle BoylePoker IPO
Former chip leader Michael Richardson was bust in fourth place by Dave Collins, after which the three remaining players agreed to lock up £4,300 each and leave £1,410 for the winner of the event. The deal definitely affected the fortunes of Marc Foggin – who lost a massive pot against Darren Knaggs when Knaggs hit an Ace-high flush; and within two hands Foggin was bust in second place – his King-Deuce running into Dave Collins King-Queen and failing to find the required improvement.
Dave Collins took a 2.1 million -v- 1.6 million chip advantage into the heads-up against Darren Knaggs, and the two players each agreed to split the £1,410 put aside for the winner and just leave £10 and the title to play for. The heads-up lasted just fifteen minutes – Dave Collins completing the ultimate comeback when his A♥ 5♣ paired on the board to take the last of Darren Knaggs´ chips and claim the Newcastle BoylePoker IPO title.
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