One Penny Turned Into $192K: Andrew Jankowski Wins WPT National Nottingham Main Event
Andrew Jankowski qualified for the $1 million guaranteed WPT National Nottingham Main Event via partypoker for a single cent, and went on to take down the $1,100 buy-in tournament at Dusk Till Dawn for a career-best score of $192,210.
Final Table Payouts
A total of 886 players bought into the tournament, and 98 of those made it into the money. Established players such as Antoine Saout (91st - $1,954), Ben Winsor (77th - $2,171), Liam Batey (71st - $2,171), Steve Watts (69th - $2,171), Chris Gordon (58th - $2,533), Mitchell Johnson (25th - $5,789), Sylvia Hewitt (12th - $13,388), and Dan O’Callaghan (10th - $13,388) were a selection of those returning home with prize money to show for their efforts.
The nine-handed final table was set on the evening of May 23, and soon became eight-handed with the exit of the short-stacked Vivek Gudhka.
Dinarte DeSousa was the next player to fall, pushing just shy of 11 big blinds into the middle with the only to see Steven Game reraise all in with the . Neither player improved by the river, but Game didn't need to, and it was game over for DeSousa.
Three eliminations in quick succession left the final table with four. Miikka Toikka, a former winner of the GUKPT Goliath, busted when his didn't improve against his opponent’s . Matthew Davenport's 14-big blind shove with the fell foul to George Plarkou's . And then, Terry Jordon lost a huge coin flip with the versus the of Jankowski.
Soon after Jordon's demise, Plarkou committed his chips with the on a board only for Game to hold the . The river was the , leaving Plakou with a handful of chips, which he lost during the same orbit when his shove was called in two spots.
Game then found himself extremely short stacked. When Jankowski raised to 825,000 with the , Game called off his last 625,000 with the . Game stayed ahead on the flop, fell behind on the turn, and was heading for the cashier’s desk with the arrival of the river.
Jankowski went into the heads-up battle with Dusk Till Dawn regular Daniel Tang holding a chip advantage of 21.5 million to 4.825 million, and although Tang did almost double his stack, the gap proved too far to bridge.
The final hand saw the pair go to an flop. Jankowski moved all in, Tang eventually called, showing the , and he was way ahead of Jankowski's . It was an ill-timed move, but one that paid off because the turn was the . This was followed by the , busting Tang in second place, and leaving Jankowski to be crowned the partypoker WPT National Nottingham champion.