Dusk till Dawn, Nottingham hosted the 2013 APAT United Kingdom Championship of Amateur Poker, held over the August bank holiday weekend.
This annual festival is one of the most anticipated on the APAT Calendar as it incorporates several poker disciplines, including the UK Amateur Poker Championship – a two day deepstack with a great structure which attracts amateur players from far and wide. 189 runners took part in this year’s event, a great turnout on a very busy weekend for poker across the UK, generating a prize pool of nearly £20,000.
Barry Simpson, an unassuming Yorkshire man, had been through the mill during the event – reaching day 2 with about an average stack – but the start of the day certainly did not suggest what was about to happen as his stack plummeted to desperate levels. But Yorkshire grit shone through and Barry fought back superbly to make the final table. From then on, whilst not quite a procession, Barry picked his moments to commit his stack and fought off his rival players in what was a final table of exceptional quality. In the end, Barry found pocket Kings which was enough to see off the AT of valiant runner up Andrew Cowl, and Barry was deservedly crowned UK Amateur Poker Champion for 2013 – taking home just over £5,000 and the APAT Gold Medal. APAT UK Amateur Poker Championship Payouts 1 Barry Simpson £5,086.40 2 Andrew Cowl £2,939.20 3 Antony Spillings £1,760.00 4 Chris Webber £1,232.00 5 Steve Mooney £968.00 6 Paul Taylor £792.00 7 Stuart Baker £704.00 8 Jonathan Walker £563.20 9 Matthew Roberts £475.20 Elsewhere over the weekend, the following UKCOAP Champions were also crowned:- Home International Team Champions: Ireland Pot Limit Omaha Championship: John Wood Six Max Championship: Rajiv Sakaria High Roller Championship: Keith Littlewood Heads Up Championship: Marcin Rejmak APAT travels to Ireland in late September for the next leg of season seven; the Irish Amateur Poker Championship. To reserve a seat, see the APAT website at www.apat.com.