It’s a tale almost unheard of in professional poker: a nobody qualifies for a big-time tournament through low-stakes online games and comes out on top. However, that story came true for Andrew Jankowski who qualified for the World Poker Tour National Nottingham Main Event (a $1,100 buy-in tournament) via partypoker for a single cent – then rose to the top and scored the $192,210 first-place prize.
The Main Events 886 players were narrowed down to nine for the final table, with the short-stacked Vivek Gudhka departing quickly. Dinarte DeSousa followed shortly after when he shoved with pocket sevens, which fell to Steven Game’s pair of eights.
Miikka Toikka, Matthew Davenport, and Terry Jordon were all eliminated in rapid succession, narrowing the first-place hopefuls down to just four. George Plarkou was taken out next. He went all in with the K♡, A♧, which looked promising when the board read K♧, 2♢, 2♤, 4♡ after the turn. But Game’s K♢, 4♢ had him beat.
Not long after that win, Game found himself short stacked against Jankowski who raised with K♧, 7♧. Game called with A♡, 8♧ and was ahead on the flop (5♤, Q♤, 3♧) but a king on the turn put Jankowski ahead to stay, sending Game away in third.
Heads-up play started with Jankowski so far ahead of his opponent, Daniel Tang, it would have been a miracle for the latter to make a comeback. The final hand saw Jankowski (A♤, 2♤) move all in on a 8♡, 3♢, 6♢ flop. Tang called with 10♡, 8♧. The turn (A♢) once again brought salvation for the champ.
Tang won $130,263 for second place.
Final table results:
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