Two other winners have felt the warm embrace of success and that of the man thought to have an enormous bear hug in the history of poker, Chris Moneymaker. Their celebration comes after they won tickets to the two other fun field PSPC events.
Yet another winner on Mr Monekmaker’s Road to PSPC has seen Brazilian poker player Valdir Cordeiro dos Santos rule emerged top at the Aspers Casino located in East London. With the last table that played during the afternoon in less than 5 hours of poker, it was all smiles and laughter as the participants embraced the enthusiasm with Chris.
Moneymaker has kept the road to the PSPC rolling around the world. The PSPC tour, which ends this December with the leg towards the end of January 2020 at the Stone Gambling Hall now cancelled, conjured a feast of hysterical action.
The first player to be kicked out of the final leg was Dan Spaturu. His somewhat conservative play saw his share of stakes reduce to a less than damaging figure, which placed him in position 9. Robert Buky came in 8th while Justine Bateson, the one wielding the scythe, play the Grim Reaper to Duncan Mackies, dimming his chances.
Sinead Priestley came in 6th and walked home with £3000. Her all-in with a 10-9 met not luck after another player, Rungarun Thongnonsung made all calls with a pocket-sixes. Bateson was next out of the game after his efforts met the wall. He walked away with £3,700.
Gary Miller held on, letting the world know it was not yet time for him to leave. He managed the fourth position. His three-bet action with an ace-nine met with disaster as Santos made a call with some pocket-jacks.
Rungarun Thongnonsung’s gusty move did not bare results, so he failed to get past Kamal Ahmed. He left the latter in a heads-up fight for the PSPC ticket with a value of $30000, entry to the PSPC, a week of luxury as well as a five-star accommodation accompanied by €1250 worth of expenses.
Elsewhere, Daniel Stancer brought down the Newcastle’s leg of the PSPC and worn £7989 as the cash-game professional turned into a winner for that day.
With close to 436 entries, Daniel Stancer stayed longer than the final table of poker players who also seemed little desperate to have their poker chips moved to the middle of the table. The whole experience did not last more than 150 minutes. It had 71 players who made money, including Chris himself, who came in 50th for a just £267.
The last match started with an early bust. Kyle Soakell turned pocket jacks into pocket aces and left in 10th place. Another player Ali Ahmed sent Paul Herbertson to the 9th place. At this point, Daniel Spencer came in and ended Ryan Kilbey’s hope at 8th place. Chun Lu’s and Thomas Peggs finished at 7th and 6th respectively.
Stancer, who was five-handed at this point, did not show signs of relenting, and he managed an ace-six for pocket kings against Jed Turnbull, which gave him a huge win. Once Konstantinos Patsourakis came to the fourth position, Liam McMurray lucked out on the head-up fight after he lost pocket-tens to Stancer’s ace-king.
Ali Ahmed started small, as Stancer concentrated on pre-flop/fold ranges. Eventually, the latter’s approach won. Stancer went all-in covering Ali’s stack with a pocket-three. Stancer’s people celebrated, and are waiting to join him in Barcelona on holiday.