Close but no cigar for Tony G
at the U.K. Open Main Event.
Peter Gould wouldn't let anyone, not even his own son, stand between him and the NPL U.K. Open Championship on Saturday.
The elder Gould came into the final table holding the chip lead with $63,200 but his son, Josh, was right behind him with $56,576. Although there were plenty of fluctuations - Jason Ho at one time held the chip lead with $124,000 - Peter eventually busted Josh (now that's cold!) along with Darren Woods and Jeff Buffenbarger.
It was enough to secure a spot for Peter in heads-up play against Patrik Selin. Peter made quick work of Selin finishing him in two important hands and claiming the title for himself.
It was an exceptional finish to two days of great poker. Players like Mel Judah, Rolande De Wolf, Dave Colclough and Tony G all took to the felt at the Loose Cannon Club in London on Day 1 of the tournament. Even actor Jennifer Tilly (who is shooting a movie in London) came by and showed off her poker chops.
Alas, all were eliminated before the final table with the extroverted Tony G getting closer to Day 2 than any of his big-name colleagues.
The final table consisted of Josh Gould, Peter Gould, Dieter Dijkstra, Lee Watts, Darren Woods, James Hart, Dan Carter, Patrik Selin, Jeff Buffenbarger and Jason Ho.
Peter will take home £34,000 for his efforts. Although it's the biggest win of his career, Peter is no stranger to winning at poker. He recently cashed for $25,101 at the 2007 WSOP Main Event and won two Five Diamond Classic tournaments in Las Vegas.
The Main Event also marked the end of the five-event NPL U.K. Open. The Open appears to have been a success, especially for Mike Conway, Dave Colclough, Mel Judah, Tony "Enigma" Poulengeris and Peter Gould who all won events.
Next up for the NPL is the Asia Open, which takes place October 10-13 in Manila, Philippines.
The NPL is one of the newest poker playing organizations in the world. They market themselves as the most "aggressive" tournament organizers around with a heavy emphasis on television and young players. Their 2007 World Opens will be produced entirely in high definition and be aired throughout the world.
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