Everyone's favorite hyper-aggressive Scotsman, Ludovic Geilich, may have missed this week's Sunday grind online, but at least he was putting his time away from the virtual felt to good use; he was busy winning the 2015 Genting Poker Series Newcastle Main Event for £27,500.
The final day's play started with Rick Trigg leading the 17 returning players, but nothing went right for the Sheffield-based grinder and he fell in 14th place. Trigg's exit hand was typical of his day, getting his chips in with versus Nick Ramsay's on an board, only for the to land on the river to gift Ramsay a full house and Trigg an early exit.
By the time the nine-handed final table was reached, Geilich found himself fifth in chips with a stack the third of the size of leader Darren Grosvenor.
First to bow out was Karl Guiness, who lost a coin flip with Gary Wilson. Guiness committed his chips with the and Wilson called with the . The board left Wilson's fours as the best hand and Guiness walked off to collect his £2,000 prize money.
Geilich then hit a rich vein of form that saw him begin bullying the table then busting two players in quick succession.
The first of Geilich's casualties was Michael Richardson who ran his into the of Geilich — he does get legitimate hands sometimes — and then Norman Little's couldn't get there against Geilich's .
Next to fall was Andrew Leathern. On a flop Wilson fired a bet and Leathern called. A lowly landed on the turn, Wilson led for 115,000 only to see Leathern jam for 436,000 in total. Wilson eventually called with and discovered his top pair was good against the of Leathern. The river bricked and it was game over for Leathern.
Craig Grainger busted in fourth place after a clash with Wilson didn't go to plan, then Geilich's held against Wilson's to leave only three players in the hunt for the title.
Those three became two when Ramsay bust, leaving Geilich to take a 3.8 million-2.4 million chip lead into heads-up play against Grosvenor.
As you'd expect, Geilich was relentless from the second the heads-up battle commenced and when the final hand took place Geilich had opened a 4.5 million-1.7 million lead for himself. It was a classic coin flip that ended the tournament, as Grosvenor was all in with and Geilich showing the . By the river, the board read , which gave Geilich an unnecessary straight and the win.
Final Table Results
The next GPS Main Event takes place in a month's time at the Genting Club Reading and is one of the new Mini Series events. The Main Event costs £220 to enter and sees players sit with 25,000 chips and play to 40-minute blinds.
Lead image courtesy of the Genting Poker blog.