Sam Soverel Wins BPO Event #5 – Extends Championship Lead
Sam Soverel is now the predominant favorite to take down the 2019 British Poker Open Championship. He made his third final table of the series over the weekend and won Event #5 to take a commanding points lead.
Meanwhile, Sergi Reixach won his first BPO title after surviving a three-hour bubble and winning Event #6.
Sam Soverel Wins Event #5 – Takes Dominating Points Lead
Sam Soverel had already jumped into the 2019 BPO Championship points lead on Thursday after finishing runner-up in Event #3. On Friday, Soverel improved on his position and won his first BPO title in his third final table of the series.
On Friday, the final table of the £25,000 NL Hold’em Event played to a conclusion. The event drew a field of 28 entries and ended up paying only the final four players. The first player eliminated in the money was Stephen Chidwick who got a nice min-cash of £70,000.
Ali Imsirovic then fell in third place to win £112,000. This setup heads-up play between Rainer Kempe and Sam Soverel. Soverel started with the chip lead and then quickly lost it to Kempe. However, he retook the lead in dramatic fashion when he doubled with pocket queens against J-9.
Soverel then finished off Kempe on the next hand when his Q-10 outran the J-10 of Kempe. Kempe finished runner-up, good for £196,000.
Sam Soverel won £322,000, but more importantly, he earned 200 additional points to take a commanding lead over Sam Greenwood for the BPO Championship. He now leads by 220 points and will likely add to that point total on Monday.
Sergi Reixach Wins £25,000 NL Hold’em
Saturday saw another £25k NL Hold’em Event at the 2019 British Poker Open, but this one only drew 22 players. Just four players were paid, but the bubble period took an incredible three hours to complete. It was Ali Imsirovic that ultimately fell in fifth place.
Michael Zhang then took min-cash honors, winning £55k for fourth place. Elio Fox exited soon after, earning £88k. It was Timothy Adams against Sergi Reixach for the title, but it was a short-lived battle.
Adams was facing an 8 to 1 deficit and found K-Q on the first hand of heads-up play. Reixach woke up with A-K and that ace was enough to win the hand and the title. Adams walked away with £154,000 while Reixach won £253,000.
Following his win, Reixach told Poker Central, “It’s been a tough final day,” Reixach told us moments after his victory. “The bubble lasted four hours or something – it’s probably one of the longest bubbles I ever played. “After the bubble burst, I was lucky in a three-way all-in with pocket nines and heads up was just a cooler… and I win!”
Sam Soverel Makes Final Table of £25k PLO
Unless Sam Soverel has a monumental collapse on Monday, he will likely extend his lead over the field in the BPO Championship race. He has made the final table of the £25,000 PL Omaha Event and will start as the chip leader.
Ben Tollerene is the short stack and unless fortunes reverse for Soverel, it’s likely Soverel will add to his points lead. George Wolff won the £10k PLO earlier in the series and is looking to win his second title. Should he succeed, he will narrow the gap a bit between himself and Soverel, but will likely still need to win another event in order to catch Soverel.
Three events still remain in this series, so anything is possible, but for now, it appears that the 2019 BPO Championship is Soverel’s to lose.
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