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Sherwood keeps his Cool

Andy Sherwood seals Main Event glory to cap off another successful PKR Live

British poker continued its stunning year as Yorkshireman Andy ‘jjcooler’ Sherwood secured the PKR Live V title, coming through a Main Event field drawn from right across Europe.

Following a lavish welcome party on London’s Tower Bridge – an event that included some special heads-up games involving PKR pros Scott Shelley and James Sudworth – the serious business began, with a total of 150 entrants hailing from 21 nations taking their chances in the two-day event, held at the new Fox Poker Club in London. A total of 20 players progressed to the second day, making it into the money in the process. Payouts ranged from $800 for the lower cashes to $20,000 for the winner.

After a demanding 11 hours of play – including the early departure of Sudworth – the field was whittled down to the remaining score of players, a list that included former PKR Live champion Vince ‘vd12345’ Diver and sole female survivor Eleanor ‘Elz442’ Gudger. Diver therefore became the first player to cash at three consecutive PKR Live events, while Gudger took her place in the record books as the first female to cash at PKR Live. It was Russian player Denis ‘OMGMrGreen’ Slaykovsky who was the chip leader however, ending the day with a very healthy 164,500 stack.

Day 2 wasn’t to be Slaykovsky’s finest hour however as he slipped down the pack to finish in ninth for $1,850. Sherwood had actually started the final day with the second shortest stack but battled valiantly to make it to heads-up play. His opponent was Spain’s Jaume ‘japete’ Pous Flor and the pair locked horns for two hours before the title finally went the way of the man playing on home soil. Holding As Kd, Sherwood completed the nut flush on the river to seal the deal against the Jacks of ‘japete’. The win completed another fruitful PKR Live for ‘jjcooler’, who also enjoyed a seventh-place finish in the Shootout event at PKR Live IV.

Reacting to Sherwood’s victory, PKR marketing director Simon Prodger said: “Congratulations to Andy! The last five hours were intense and Sherwood managed to hold his calm through the vital hours of play. PKR Live is a great opportunity to showcase up-and-coming poker players and we look forward to watching closely to see what’s in store for ‘jjcooler’ over the next few months.”

As well as the Main Event, there was also a Terminator tournament whereby $100 of a player’s buy-in went into the prize pool and the remaining $50 stood as a bounty on their head. Again, a British player managed to find success, with 21-year-old Londoner Thomas ‘bolezy’ Boles seeing off all comers to claim the crown. The University of Brighton student took 12 bounties on route to a $4,000 victory.


1. jjcooler UK $20,000

2. japete Spain $12,000

3. Rob1nHood Germany $8,500

4. HopeItsChips UK $6,500

5. vreaubani Romania $5,250
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