Luc Greenwood and George Wolff Win First Two British Poker Open Events
The inaugural British Poker Open is underway and the first two events are officially in the books. On Tuesday, the first event of the series concluded with Luc Greenwood winning the first £10,000 NL Hold’em Event. On Wednesday, George Wolff defeated Sam Soverel heads-up to win the £10,000 PL Omaha Event.
Luc Greenwood Wins Event #1 for £119,600
On Tuesday, Event #1 of the British Poker Open, the £10,000 NL Hold’em Event played to a conclusion and Luc Greenwood took down the title and a top prize of £119,600. According to Greenwood, “I can’t remember the last time I won a tournament. The money is obviously top priority but getting the win is awesome. Now that I’m off to a good start, the British Poker Open trophy is a good reason to keep playing the rest of the events.”
The first event of this series drew a field of 26 entries for a prize pool of £260,000. Only the final four players were paid in this event. UK pro Sam Grafton took min-cash honors in this event, earning £26,600. Sweden’s Robert Fink finished in third, earning £41,600.
Heads-up play in the event was between Steve O’Dwyer and Luc Greenwood and Greenwood started with a 12 to 1 chip lead. O’Dwyer managed a quick double, but that’s all he could muster. Greenwood finished him off with pocket tens against K-10. O’Dwyer walked away with a £72,900 top prize.
For the win, Greenwood won the prize money and earned 200 points toward the British Poker Open trophy awarded to the player of the series.
George Wolff Wins Event #2 for £120,000
Event #2 of this series was the £10,000 PL Omaha Event and that event played to a conclusion on Wednesday. George Wolff topped a field of 30 entrants to earn a top prize of £120,000.
The top five players all earned a payday with Jens Kyllonen finishing as the bubble boy. Joni Joukimainen took min-cash honors for £24,000 and Gavin Cochrane was right behind him taking £30,000 for fourth place. Stephen Chidwick finished third in the event, earning £48,000.
The 2018 High Roller of the Year Sam Soverel made it heads-up in this series against George Wolff and started with a slight chip lead. Both players battled fiercely for the title and swapped the chip lead a couple of times.
Eventually, Wolff pulled away and eventually won the title when he turned two pair against a single pair of aces for Soverel. Sam Soverel had to settle for second place, earning £78,000.
Amazingly, this was the first live poker tournament ever for Wolff. He managed to take down his first event, earning £120,000 and 200 BPO points in the process. Of his win, he stated, “It was a really tough final table, as tough as any high stakes cash game. I had to play every spot very carefully. Stevie played really well and Sam always plays really good but unpredictable. For the last eight or nine months, I’ve been playing more tournaments and it definitely feels really cool to win one. ”
Presently, George Wolff leads for the British Poker Open Championship on the basis of earnings. Both he and Luc Greenwood had 200 points but Wolff has $400 more in earnings. These standings will naturally change dramatically over the next few days as additional events play to a conclusion. Stay tuned as we will keep you informed as to all of the winners for the inaugural British Poker Open.
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