It was Black Belt Weekend at the Dusk till Dawn Poker Club in Nottingham – not a new variation on the game of poker a la ElkY v RaSZi in Estepona this week – but a series of tournaments comprising the cream of British poker talent.
Among those who attended were WSOP bracelet winners Matt Perrins and Jake Cody, UKIPT Leaderboard winner Sam Razavi, three times GUKPT Main Event winner Julian Thew, Sky Poker presenter Nick Wealthall and Black Belt Poker founders Warren Wooldridge and Neil Channing.
Main Event Attracts a Massive Entry
The focus of the weekend was the $50,000 guaranteed Black Belt Poker Main Event, a $125.00 buy-in tournament in which bounties were placed on a number of Black Belt Professionals – the value of which depended on the players´ own Black Belt Poker ratings (plus everybody got a chocolate Bounty Bar). Satellites for the Main Event had been running for several weeks on the Black Belt poker web site and (unlike the forthcoming online/live iPOPS series), the event smashed its guarantee – enabling 90 players to cash in the tournament.
Stuart Hyson Wins Main Event
After two Day 1s and a day-and-a-half long Day 2 (the tournament finished shortly before 3.00am), Stuart Hyson emerged victorious and captured the $15,500 first prize, when his K♦ Q♣ caught the K♥ on the river to best Daniel Robertson´s A♠ 8♦. Arran Fletcher was unlucky to get busted in third when getting his chips in with A♦ Q♣ against Robertson´s Q♠ 9♥ – only to see a flop of 9♣ Q♦ 9♦ – while Nick Wealthall was the last of the bounties to be eliminated – leaving in sixth when his Q♦ J♣ were no match for Hyson´s flopped set of sixes.
Black Belt “Notts Live” Main Event Final Table and Pay Outs
Notts Live Side Events Also Well Supported
Three side events supported the Black Belt Poker Main Event, and 175 players more than tripled the £750.00 guarantee when paying the £15.00 buy-in for the Friday night NL Hold´em Side Event – Wesley Davies making his trip to Nottingham worthwhile with a £866.25 pay-day.
The second supporting event on Friday was a £2,000 guaranteed deepstack tournament, which again saw the guaranteed blasted into site when 121 players paid the £50.00 buy-in to create a £6,050 prize pool. Jamie Green was the player who managed to keep his eyes awake the longest and scoop the £2,117.50 first prize ahead of Philip Mildon and Warren Wooldridge.
The £1,000 buy-in High-Rollers 6-Max did not have a guaranteed prize fund but nonetheless saw 27 players fork out a grand to play, with Ben Vinson capturing a well-deserved first position ahead of Stuart Fox, Matt Perrins and Jake Cody.