Jack Hardcastle and Rick Trigg Win WPT UK Events
The World Poker Tour is in Nottingham, United Kingdom for the WPT UK festival and has already crowned two champions. Jack Hardcastle triumphed in the $550 Opener with Rick Trigg securing the $5,300 Devilfish Cup.
WPT UK Opener Event Final Table Results
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Dusk Till Dawn casino saw more than 1,300 players buy into the $550 Opener Event, smashing the tournament’s guarantee. Some of the UK’s best players navigated their way into the money place. These included Adam Owen, Triple Crown winner Niall Farrell and Steve Warburton.
Germany star Robert Heidorn busted in 10th place for $8,250, mirroring his finish in this year’s WSOP Main Event. Heidorn’s exit set the unofficial final table as WPT prefer six-handed final tables.
Alex Montgomery continued his impressive form of 12 final tables during 2019 with a ninth-place finish. Neil Van Der Merwe and Richard King joined Montgomery on the rail before Harry Ross crashed out in sixth-place.
The final five players in the WPT UK Opener Event paused the tournament clock to discuss a deal. Those discussions proved fruitful and an ICM deal was struck that left $10,000 more for the champion.
Andreas Putz was the first player eliminated after the deal. His fifth-place exit awarded $53,530. Putz gained some company at the cashier’s desk when Jonathan McCann lost his stack, leaving three players in the hunt for the first WPT UK title of the festival.
Those three became two when Fabio Sperling busted and walked away with $59,205. Sperling’s exit set up a clash between Jack Hardcastle and Tom Deane for the title and the additional $10,000. That extra money went to Hardcastle after he brushed aside his final opponent, banking $68,610 and a trophy.
Trigg Wins the 2019 Devilfish Cup at WPT UK
Rick Trigg scooped $250,000 and the title of Devilfish Cup champion after topping a field of 209 players. The Devilfish Cup is named after the late David “Devilfish” Ulliott who passed away on April 2015. $300 of the $5,300 buy-in was donated to charity, meaning more than $62,000 was raised.
Ireland’s Daniel Wilson burst the money bubble, busting in 24th place. The likes of John Duthie, Jack Salter, Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody and Kahle Burns busted in the money. Burns’ exit set the eight-handed final table.
Dominic Cullen crashed out in eighth-place for $26,000 before Mexico-based British star Scott Margereson saw his tournament end in seventh-place. Margreson takes $33,000 back home with him.
Devilish’s close friend Simon Trumper was the next final table casualty. Trumper became a star in the UK after appearing alongside Devilfish on televised poker shows. A victory for Trumper would have been immensely popular, but it was not meant to be. Trigg sent Trumper to the rail, calling an all-in with nine-three because Trumper was short-stacked. King-queen was no good for Trumper after Trigg paired his three on the flop.
Fifth-place and $58,000 went to Tom Hall, a British online poker grinder who specializes in satellite tournaments. Jack Sandford joined Hall at the cashier’s desk and collected $80,000, the last five-figure prize of this WPT UK event.
Heads-Up Set; Deal Struck
Trigg sent the tournament into the heads-up stage when he busted Fabian Gumz. Gumz shoved with pocket fours and Trigg looked him up with ace-king. A king landed on the river to end Gumz’s run in third-place, a finish good for $115,150.
Both Trigg and Paul Siddle made a deal that secured a $200,000 payout for each and left $50,000 for the winner. That winner turned out to be Trigg when the chips went in on a Jh-Ts-8c-8h board. Siddle tabled Tc-3h and Trigg 8d-6h. The 5s completed the board, busted Siddle and crowned Trigg as champion.
This impressive victory took Trigg’s live poker tournament winnings to more than $1 million. The popular Brit, known as “TheClaimer” online, has more than $8.6 million in online poker tournament earnings.
The WPT UK Main Event Reaches Day 3
Only 100 of the 690 entries in the $1.5 million guaranteed WPT UK Main Event where $330,000 awaits the champion. Paul Siddle, the runner-up in the Devilfish Cup, is the man to catch going into the penultimate day’s action.