Paul McHenry Wins Scottish Amateur Title

Glasgow’s Alea Casino played host to the APAT Scottish National Poker Championship weekend where a sell-out crowd gathered to play the 2-day deepstack Main Event, the Scottish Amateur Poker Championship, in the latest from the APAT Season 7 Calendar.  With a strong Scottish contingent, from both the APAT faithful and new players alike, they mixed it up throughout the weekend of events with a plethora of players from across Europe that bodes well for APAT’s upcoming European Championship of Amateur Poker that will kick off the Prague Poker Festival in early December with the European Amateur Team Championship (5th/6th Dec) immediately followed by the European Amateur Poker Championship (7th/8thDec).

APAT have remained a ground-breaking Association and Tour and their members continue to enjoy the intuitive ‘Cash Tournament Tour’ that saw Leg 4 qualifiers play over Friday and Saturday evenings to win through to the Final Table on Sunday where it was taken down by APAT regular Vaino Tiik, who also finished 4th in the PLO Championship and made Day 2 of the Main Event – a superb all-round weekend performance from Vaino who had recently taken down the APAT Irish Online Amateur Poker Championship.  Alongside the Main Event, APAT also hosted the Scottish PLO Championship  won by Roddy McNeill, and the inaugural Scottish Pub Poker Championship won by APAT’s Live Pub Poker League regular Ross ‘Smurf’ Fullarton from the East of Scotland Area League.

The Main Event had an eventful Day 1 that saw the elimination of 110 players from the sell-out crowd of 137 including Alternates, and it was an epic Day 2 for eventual Champion Paul McHenry who, having started the day as Chip Leader with a 250,000 stack, never looked back as he steadily built momentum to see off a constant barrage of attacks from 3rd placed Bronze Medalist Mike Scothern.  Mike put in a sterling effort to return his best-ever APAT live event placing to take the Bronze Medal ahead of Runner-Up Jim McClean, a Glasgow local who entered the day in 4th position with just over half the chips that Paul had, and Jim clearly enjoyed the APAT deepstack structure showing a mixture of patience and well-timed moves to take him all the way to Heads Up.

However it was Paul McHenry who progressed his stack steadily throughout most of the final day, which never really came under much pressure, and with stacks pretty even when it got to Heads-Up with Jim, following an exhausting Final Table and a Heads Up battle that lasted an hour and a quarter and into the early hours of Monday, Paul eventually, after a series of split pots and to-and-fro action, got far enough ahead as chip leader with Blinds at 30k/60k to call Jim’s push  with QJo – Jim  showing Q9o – and with a J on the flop and Jim missing completely, the result was inevitable as Paul eventually took it down when the board gave him 2 pair on the turn with Jim drawing dead.

The APAT Tour arrived in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on 9th November, and following Prague 5th-8th December will move on to the UK Team Championship at Genting Casino, Stoke 1st-2nd February 2014 before hosting the APAT Festival of Poker at Pontins Holiday Camp, Southport 28th February – 2nd March 2014. Visit


APAT Scottish Amateur Poker Championship 2013 (137 players, £75+£7.50 buyin, £10275 prizefund)

1st     Paul McHenry – £3,085, APAT Gold Medal, WCOAP National Championship Seat (April 2014)

2nd     Jim McClean – £1,850 APAT Silver Medal

3rd     Mike Scothern – £1,130 APAT Bronze Medal

4th     Joe McEvoy – £820

5th     Steve Kearns – £720

6th     Tony Grey – £620

7th     George Dick – £510

8th     Michelle Parkes – £410

9th     Scott Watson – £310

10th   Bryan Cameron – £260

11th   Jimmy Kearns – £210

12th   Alan Moody – £150

13th   Charley Kearns – £100

14th   James Neil – £100