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Canadian pro Sam Greenwood (cover image) is arguably one of the world’s most accomplished NLHE players, with a string of title wins in his name. Greenwood’s last victory was in January this year when he decimated a field of 53 entries to win the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) $100K Super High Roller for $1,775,460. Greenwood has followed that up with a series of final table finishes that includes EPT Monte Carlo, and the Triton Poker stops in Jeju, Montenegro, and London. So when Sam accompanied his Luc Greenwood for the British Poker Open (BPO) that is now well underway at the Aspers Casino in Stratford, London, there was understandably a lot of attention on the poker superstar.
While Luc went on to win the series-opener £10K NLHE, the coveted BPO title had somehow evaded Sam who entered the £15,000 NLHE and could only muster a fifth-place finish. Until now. Overcoming a field of 24 entries, Greenwood has taken down the first of the two short-deck events at the stop – £10,000 Short Deck! The winner’s purse worth £110,400 is only a consolation prize for Greenwood who has added another feather to his cap by taking down his first BPO title.
“I registered, went on this crazy heater and won every all-in basically. It happens a lot in Short Deck; people go from having all the chips to having no chips. I sprung 100,000 up to 1.5 million,” Greenwood said, recalling his run. “On the bubble, there was intricate finesse to it, then I cracked Cary’s aces and it was just the easiest tournament I’ve played in a long time!”
Along with winning the title, Greenwood has consolidated his position on the 2019 British Poker Open Leaderboard that is currently led by Sam Soverel (280 points). Greenwood (260 points) has climbed up to the second position and is followed by Short-Deck runner-up Robert Flink (240 points).
Coming back to the event, a 24-entry field helped generate a £240,000 prize pool. The last elimination on Day 1 was that of high roller specialist Rainer Kempe who crashed out in sixth place at the hands of Robert Flink, leaving only five players in contention for the title.
Leading the race when the final table began on Day 2 was Cary Katz (2,900,000) who was last seen making a final table finish (6th for £27,600) in the £10K NLH. Trailing Katz was Hong Kong’s Anson Tsang (1,305,000) and Sweden’s Robert Flink (1,295,000) with Greenwood (1,250,000) a distant fourth amid the five-player field.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
With only four places paid, the first one out was fated to leave empty-handed, and it was the short-stacked Danny Tang who was booted out in fifth place by Robert Flink.
Several hands later, the start of Day 2 chip leader American pro Cary Katz fell out in fourth place. The dramatic hand saw Katz move all-in for 530,000 with pocket aces and Greenwood called with queen-ten. Greenwood paired both his cards on the flop, eliminating Katz.
Soon, Hong Kong’s Anson Tsang moved all-in for 1.3 Million, and Greenwood moved all-in over the top while Flink mucked his hand.
The board ran , and with two more kings coming by, Greenwood managed to send Tsang to the rail in third place.
Greenwood began the heads-up play with 3,640,000 as against Robert Flink’s 3,560,000. Flink lost a string of pots to Greenwood before the final hand saw Greenwood call and Flink check before the flop fell . Flink bet 150,000 which was raised by Greenwood to 500,000. Flink called to see the landing on the turn. Greenwood then checked his option while Flink moved all-in evoking an almost immediate call from Greenwood.
Greenwood had hit a flush on the turn and Flink a straight. With the on the river blanking out for Flink, Greenwood was declared the champion!
Final Table Results (GBP)
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