The 2012 APAT Scottish Amateur Poker Championship was played at Glasgow’s Alea Casino over the weekend of October 13th & 14th.
The event was sold out weeks earlier and the excellent structure saw players start with 15,000 chips on a 45 minute clock, with the prestigious Scottish Amateur title up for grabs.
Defending Champion and Scottish International Grant Spiers exited late on day one, when his pocket Sevens failed to improve against the pocket Aces of Jonathan Bannerman. It was sweet revenge for Bannerman, who finished just outside the medal positions in last year’s Championship.
Among those making the final twenty seven who would make day two were Internationals Shug Carnie (59k), Steve Roderick (82k), James Eccles (49k), John Murray (36k), David Blacklaw (36k), alongside strongly fancied Scottish players Ben Burnhill (99k), Alan Horsburgh (62k), the last remaining lady player Helen Godfrey (26k) and chipleader Grant Mushet (151k).
The action was fast and furious at the start of day two. 2010 UK Champion Murray was the first of the leading runners to exit, his Jacks no match for Neil Rankin’s trip Kings. Overnight chipleader Mushet somehow found himself out after a mere hour of play, losing several key pots, particularly to Steven Tracey. Shortly after Burnhill and Russell Skimington got involved in a raising war, only to find Horsburgh behind holding pocket Aces to knock them both out.
15 October, 2012