Tuesday, March 02, 2021

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How David Haye (almost) Slayed Goliath

Former World Heavyweight boxing champ David Haye was tasked with going from absolute beginner to taking on Goliath, the biggest poker tournament outside of Las Vegas, and he very nearly did it! Here, Grosvenor Poker Pro Jeff Kimber analyses the 10 key hands that saw The Hayemaker go so close before eventually finishing in 40th place from a field of over 9000 players
Just 12 short months ago David Haye didn’t know whether a flush beat a full house, still called a straight a run and didn’t even know clubs from spades.
Fast forward a year and the retired boxer faced off against 9300 sceptical poker players at the 2019 Goliath, all determined to take their shot at knocking out the former World Heavyweight Champion.
With everyone waiting for Haye to fall on his face, the hard work done by David in the past year, along with the Grosvenor sponsored poker pros charged with coaching this absolute newbie, Joe Beevers, Katie Swift and me, paid amazing dividends as he came within 10 minutes of making the final day, eventually busting in 40th place in the biggest tournament ever held outside of Vegas, finishing ahead of not only all of his coaches, but over 9250 others!
While far from the finished article, David has come on in leaps and bounds in his poker journey and while he still has plenty to work on, that competitive edge that saw Haye take on the biggest and baddest fighters in the world over 20 years as an elite pugilist saw him enjoying life as one of the top five stacks for much of day 2 of the Goliath.
I’ve picked out some of the key hands from David’s run at the Goliath in early August, showing how far he’s come as well as some newer concepts that he will need to take on to take that next step on his poker journey.
Day 1

100/300
Action – Deep stacked in level 4 of Goliath (100/300), David looks down at AQ UTG2 facing a 1200 raise from the under the gun player. He calls with AQo. A 25bb stack moves all in and the button cold calls a third of his stack behind. The raiser passes, David shoves and the button calls all in.
Analysis – David’s play is fine up to a point. His call of the under the gun raise is correct given the perceived strength of the open from that position. Calling does open you up to being squeezed out of the pot without seeing a flop, but that’s unlikely to happen with a worse hand at this stage. When the 25bb stack shoves, that’s something we could consider calling if the action is passed back to us, but the cold call for a third of his stack by a player not yet invested in this pot exudes strength and is never being done with any hand Haye dominates, people are just folding AJ and AT. In fact the cold caller is probably at the stone bottom of his range with two jacks, the other hands he plays like this being AA, KK, QQ and AK.
Conclusion – David needs to recognise how strong it is to enter a pot with 3 or 4 other players already in there, one of them all in, and pass hands like AQ here. His original call was fine, but the shove and cold call have now given us extra information about the hands we’re up against and AQ doesn’t fare well against this new range, meaning it’s a fold.
Outcome – David called with AQ, was up against JJ and 88 and turned a queen to score a fortunate double knockout.
Day 2
2h 42

4/8k
Action – Having safely negotiated the bubble and made the money in his first ever clash with Goliath (if you exclude his World Heavyweight title clash with real life 7ft2 Goliath Nikolai Valuev), David starts his quest for a deep run in the best possible way with pocket aces.
The table big stack, with nearly 90bb, makes it 21k from UTG3 with KTdd and action passes to David in the hijack. Rather than shove his 13bb he 3bets to 42k, 40% of his stack. The big stack peels but folds to a 30k c-bet on the 983cc flop and David wins the pot.
Analysis – David has a fear of not being paid with his big hands, a classic beginner mistake and something we’ve worked on him with him, but his old habits came out here. It’s possible he could have won a bigger pot but at least he emerged unscathed here.
Conclusion – Not only does the small 3bet look super strong, it puts you in tricky spots postflop, where even a small c-bet in relation to the pot was half of David’s stack. Shoving our whole range with 13bb facing a 2.5x open is much better, he exudes strength with the min 3bet. 
2hr 50 

4/8k
Action – Playing 23bb, David opens to 20k UTG with pocket jacks. The next player to act shoves his whole 44bb stack in and it’s folded back round to David. He thinks for a while, looks his opponent up and down and folds his jacks face up. His opponent taps the table and shows David what a great fold he’d made by showing his pocket queens.
Analysis – David’s open and sizing is fine, and when the next player makes such a large move all-in it’s easy to think you’ve got the best hand and are most probably up against AK. David used the lessons he’s been given in reading body language, as well as thinking back over hands he’d seen this opponent play, taking his time and eventually making a great fold. It’s probably no coincidence that he folded jacks preflop in one of the warm-up events we watched him play despite being very card dead, and was shown queens that time too.
Conclusion – Now we’re playing some poker! Some players, even vastly experienced ones, would snap this all-in off thinking there’s no way they’re up against aces, kings or queens, but David was calm and considered and decided folding was his best move. Afterwards he told me that he was happy with the fold even if the guy had shown him a worse hand, understanding that it’s better to make a bad fold than a bad call and there’s many different routes to winning a poker tournament.
2 hr 59 

4/8k
With the post bubble carnage ensuing, there were a lot of all-ins in this level as people looked to go big or go home. UTG3 open shipped all-in for 9bb and the action passed to David in the cutoff with A4dd and 21bb. He reshoved to isolate and while he got heads-up, he also was given the bad news that the short stack had found pocket kings.However, a 98AQ3 run out saw David score the knockout.
Analysis – It’s very close whether David should just fold A4 suited here or not, but given the sheer number of all-ins at this stage of the tournament and some of the cards being shown, it’s understandable why he didn’t fold. Once he decides to play, reshoving is definitely the best idea, and his aggression actually got TT to fold behind.
Conclusion – At this stage of the tournament we’d really rather be the aggressor with suited wheel cards rather than the caller, but David’s reshove was good and he earned his good luck.
4 hr 35 

6/12k 
Action – The UTG player min-raised to 24k off a 22bb stack. The small blind called and, David, playing 550k, made it 50k from the big blind with A8cc.Both opponents called and the three of them saw a 789r flop. David c-bet 100k into 162k when it was checked to him on the flop, the UTG player moved all in for just over 100k more and the small blind passed. David called, saw he was winning against KTo and his hand held.
Analysis – While it’s good that David balanced his small 3betting hands to include holdings like A8 suited and not just premiums, the sizing across the board needs to be bigger. A8 suited is a fine defending (rather than 3betting) hand against an under the gun player, but this aggression was targeted particularly towards a loose opener. His c-bet sizing was good, and he was priced in to call the shove. Getting the great news he was in front and needed to hold was a massive bonus. 
Conclusion – A lot about this hand was good, the targeted aggression, the c-bet sizing, the knowledge that this is a must call even though he felt he was losing. While I’d in general prefer a call preflop, and if I was 3betting to make it bigger, as with a lot of these hands, David’s play is much better than his opponent’s, which after only 12 months of playing is some statement.
(Later Day 2 session)
3min26

12/24k
Action – UTG1 limps for 24k off a 28bb stack. It folds round to the small blind who makes it up and David looks down at QJo in the big blind and raises to 70k total, which just the limper calls. The flop comes KJ6r and  David cbets 150k, ¾ pot, which is called. The turn is the Jc, giving David trips. David checks, his opponent makes a tiny bet, 100k into nearly 500, and David check raises all in. Luke snap calls with K8cc, a turned flush draw to go with top pair, and bricks
Analysis – While the raise size is slightly small (I like to go over 3x to a limp when out of position), David’s aggression and seizing control is excellent. His c-bet size is good and when he hits a beautiful turn the check to allow floats to barrel is perfect, getting all the money in as a strong favourite.
Conclusion – While the run out was perfect given the flop call, David’s basics of taking control, punishing limps and imposing himself on the table is excellent.
3hr59

 
20/40k
Action – It’s passed to David in the cut off and he makes it 110k with 77. The small blind shoves 410k (10bb) with A2dd and David makes the call. The small blind can’t find one of his three outs, but wins the pot anyway on a cruel KTKTJ run out to counterfeit David’s pocket sevens.
Analysis – David played this pot perfectly and got a harsh lesson that the poker Gods can be cruel at times too!
Conclusion – A lot of people have pointed out David ran pretty well during Goliath. Like all those people you think run well, he got unlucky at times too, and this was one of them.
4hr5

 
20/40k
Action – The UTG+1 player raises to 115k from a 1.1m (27bb) stack. David, who just covered his opponent, 3bet to 230k UTG+3 with two red kings. The raiser called with A7o. Despite the ugly AT8dd flop, David bet 300k into 560k, when checked to. His opponent called. The turn was a beautiful king and even better, the UTG1 player decided to open ship all in for 590k drawing stone dead!
Analysis – While the 3bet size is again on the small size, David got the pot heads up in position with the best hand. The ace high flop was ugly and probably warranted a mixture of checking or a small c-bet, though just over half pot wasn’t outrageous. Again, a dreamy turn card meant we didn’t get to see what the plan was if he didn’t get there once called on the flop, but it’s always nice for our opponent to shove drawing dead! Another case of David’s play being far superior to his opponent, who really was opening and peeling far too light with A7 offsuit. 
Conclusion – A lucky turn card for David, but he’d found an unlucky flop given the hands and again his general play of seizing the initiative and taking control paid dividends here.
 
20/40k

Action – With a limp in front of him, David limps along on the button with pocket deuces, which is fine. Four players see the AJ7hh flop. It’s checked round to David who bets 100k, about half pot, and the UTG limper makes it 225k with what turned out to be T9cc, a gutshot. Even though his opponent had put in 40% of his stack, David went with a read and set him in, forcing the fold.
Analysis – It’s taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to a stage where David knows he should generally enter a pot with a raise, should only really limp in the small blind when passed round but it’s fine on occasion to see a cheap flop multiway in position with a hand that can flop big. David’s limp is fine, as is his bet and sizing on the flop when checked to. The check raise from the UTG limper is scary, but David thought about what hands this guy had limped with previously, as well as taking in his body language, and decided he was weighted towards a flush draw or nothing, and went with his hand. Great power poker.
Conclusion – Excellent stuff from David. From his opponent, just bet the flop with your gutter and if called go with it and hope that even a weak ace might fold!
4hr 25

20/40k
Action – UTG1 makes it 90k with QJo, David 3bets the cutoff to 320k with 77. Unfortunately for David, while his read on the opener being weak was correct, the big blind woke up with pocket jacks and moved in for  620k total. Fortunately for David, who had to call given the small raise and his dominating 3.1m stack, he got there on a 9T7TK run out to move over 4m chips.
Analysis – .With a big stack, David continued his good aggressive play with the preflop 3bet, and interestingly the sizing was much better, 3.5x the open. He was unlucky to run into a bigger hand behind.
Conclusion – Another concept hard to grasp for beginners is you can play perfect and get your money in bad, and big stacked David’s play here is perfect, including the 3bet size! 
4hr 35

20/40k
Action – UTG makes it 90k preflop and it’s passed to David in the big blind, who flicks in the call with TJo. On a J86r flop David decides to lead out, betting 300k into 240k. The under the gun raiser shoves his whole 1.3m in with pocket kings and David makes the bad call, but gets lucky with another jack on the turn to move over 5m!
Analysis – David played this one badly. His preflop play is fine, but his hand is 100% a check call on the flop. When he decides to lead, the sizing is far too big, overbetting the pot. What that sizing does do is make it basically impossible for the opponent to bluff though, so again it’s a mistake to not fold to the 1m raise all in.
Conclusion – I think the adrenaline got to the Hayemaker in this hand. He’d been playing aggressively and winning lots of pots and obviously thought he’d blast another opponent away on this flop. Luckily, the deck bailed him out.
5hr 7

20/40k
Action – It’s passed to David in the cutoff who makes it 250k with 77. The big blind peels Q9hh off a 1.4m stack and flops a flush draw on JJ6hh. The big blind leads 360k with 850k back to put David in a tricky spot, but having got himself in a mess half an hour earlier donk betting, he learns from his mistake, making a great read to set his opponent trying something similar, forcing the fold.
Analysis – David correctly surmised that his opponent was unlikely to be leading with three jacks, and he beats most other hands that he hasn’t heard from preflop. If he’s up against a flush draw he’d rather they folded their equity now, and that’s exactly what happened. Good read and fine play. David’s 6x preflop raise size was unusual, possibly a live misclick.
Conclusion – I actually like the way both players played this pot. The big blind lead will see opponents fold a lot of big card hands, or at least only call and give you the chance to realise equity. His hand is strongest on the flop, and while he could try and check raise all-in, he knows that David’s c-bets are meaty and might commit him to calling, and also there’s a danger it’s checked behind and the turn bricks. David though makes a great read and shuts it down on the flop, taking down another uncontested pot.
Bust out

100/200k
Action – Having moved off the feature table, David’s stack had taken some hits, but he was still looking good to make it through to day 3 with 40 players left. David, in the big blind with 78dd, calls a mid-position raise, and with the button also peeling, they see a three-way flop of AT6 with two diamonds. It’s checked to the button, who bets. David just calls and the preflop aggressor comes along too. The turn is the 5c, and this time the preflop aggressor leads when David checks. The button raises, David cold calls with his unimproved flush and straight draw and the third player also calls. Looking for a 9 or a diamond, David found both with the 9d and open shoved 1m all-in with his flush, the preflop raiser called, the button made it 3m and forced the raiser to fold. The button showed T5dd for the bigger flush.
Analysis – David had his fair share of luck on his day 2 run as one of the big stacks, but that ran out here when he made flush under flush in a monster pot. His holding – 78dd – is far more playable than the button’s T5dd, but when a third diamond hits the river and David has less than a pot sized bet left, all the money is going in and David is hitting the rail.
Conclusion – David was playing to win and wasn’t scared of getting his money in so close to the end of day 2 (they played 4 more hands after this one). This was a bit of a cold deck and a cruel way to end a fantastic run that proved so many wrong as David took on Goliath and performed better than anyone maybe bar himself expected.
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Goliath 2020: That’s A Wrap!

Grosvenor Poker sponsored pro Katie Swift wraps up the extraordinary record-breaking week of the first ever online Goliath series.
Goliath has officially been slayed, and this time virtually across the online felt!  Over 2000 unique players logged in to play the 15 events across the 10 day festival.  The variety of tournaments offered during the series was incredible, fully testing every level of each player’s poker ability.  With the added bonus of the “Player of the series” leader board, the challenge was fiercely fought daily.

Satellites were popular throughout the week, with players attempting to win tickets into each tournament.

A wise choice, considering the total Goliath guaranteed prize pool of over £300k ended up smashing the half a million mark at £508k!  A true testament to what has become a much loved festival in the UK poker annual calendar.  Taking the decision to transfer Goliath online (due to the current Covid19 world pandemic) was never going to be a breeze.  However #TeamGrosvenor successfully managed to produce a quality schedule, mirroring many of the live characteristics of Goliath, including decent starting stacks, providing players plenty of poker play with long level duration and all at affordable buy in entries.

The series kicked off with a boom at 6pm on Saturday 1st August with “The Opener”, attracting a massive 696 entrants, generating a prize pool of almost £35k.  Unfortunately the current king of the National League, who has remained consistently dominating that top spot since the start of the year, John Bousfield, was the first bubble boy of Goliath.  The remaining 80 players locked up their first cash of the week along with some valuable points for the “Player of the series” leader board.  The eventual winner “LeGrandPoisson” turned out to be anything but “a big fish”, as the screen name alias suggests, bagging a fraction over £6.5k and the first trophy and title.

A massive well done to ‘LeGrandPoisson’ who took done Event#1 of our Goliath Online series.
They defeated the 696 entry field to take home the first place prize of £6,542!!#Goliath20
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— Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) August 3, 2020

Running simultaneously, was a new event, never seen before on any Goliath schedule, but an increasing popular poker format online, the “Progressive Knockout” comp.  The prize pool was made up of almost £7k in placed prize payouts and almost £7k as bounty knockout awards, totaling just shy of £14k.  The beauty of bounty comps is that every player has the opportunity to win money from the off, without actually needing to run really deep or placing inside the cash payout places.  With every elimination, half of their bounty is instantly awarded to the player and the other half is added to their available bounty prize.  An interesting twist of strategy and dynamics is needed to succeed, a blend “Zebster1994” perfected to take down the title, trophy and over £2.2k in combined bounties and payout money, after defeating “yinyang1991” heads up.

Well done to Zebster 1994 who won Goliath#2 last night on Grosvenor Poker.
The tournament had 493 entries in total and they won it for £1,114 and £1,090 in bounties.
A great turnout, which we hope will continue tonight with another 3 events taking place.#goliath20 pic.twitter.com/wcgT0BjWxP
— Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) August 2, 2020

An earlier start time of 4pm on Sunday 2nd August saw a special 25/50 event take place for Goliath event number 3.  Playing out over 2 days and priced among the upper limits of the festival, the £225 event pulled in 258 players, resulting in a hefty £54k prize pool.  In familiar bubble territory, John “TraderNo1” Bousfield finished touching distance away from the money payouts.  Sponsored Pro, Joe Beevers, secured #TeamGrosvenor their first result of Goliath, finishing 20th for £541.  The aptly named player “LateNightTales” managed to stay awake until just before midnight to win almost £11k and bag the much sought after 25/50 trophy and title.

To accompany the bigger 25/50 event on the Sunday evening, event number 4 had a lower price tag of £30 for players to enjoy, which 610 did.  The classic No Limit Holdem comp was won by “BluffSqaaaaud”, who pocketed a chunky £3,245 from the £17k total prize pool and of course, the side event Goliath trophy and title.
Completing the trio of comps available to play on the Sunday evening, was the micro stakes £5 No Limit Holdem event number 5.  Grosvenor Poker’s resident Twitch streamer, Jamie Nixon, finished top for #TeamGrosvenor in 24th for £23.  It was “whatacrapname” that outplayed the other 563 entrants to win £503, plus the title and thankfully a trophy that isn’t engraved with the players name!

Well done to Grosvenor Leeds Cardroom Manager Phil Denison ‘whatcrapname’ who won Goliath#5 last night on Grosvenor Poker.
He won £503 after defeating the 564 entry field!
Congrats!
Keep it fun – Remember to set your deposit limit. #goliath20 pic.twitter.com/OqU6LioPKM
— Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) August 3, 2020
Event 6 gave us the first 6 max format in the schedule and “beeevil15” had the perfect screen name alias to take the top spot in this aggressive poker format.  Over £15k was collected in the prize pool from 545 players, awarding a first place prize of almost £3k.
Some familiar screen names were starting to emerge as the half way mark approached for the festival, many making multiple deep runs and cashes whilst steadily accumulating those valuable leader board points.  Testing the purest form of poker, 172 players entered the “Heads Up” format, but with a second trophy and win of the week, “Zebster1994” got the glory and £2322.

Midweek madness hit with “Deep and Steep”.  Turbo 5 minute blind levels coupled with a giant 100k starting stack; you would need experience and skill to navigate through the 538 players.  Getting to bed was far from Chris “GetToBed” Maguire’s mind, as he used his talent to take the trophy and top spot for just shy of £3k.  Grosvenor Sponsored Pro, Jeff Kimber also managed a min cash for the best #TeamGrosvenor result.

The Goliath Deep and Steep took place last night on Grosvenor Poker.
The tournament collected a prize pool of £15,064 and was won by GetToBed.
The full result can be seen below.
Keep it fun – Remember to set your deposit limit. pic.twitter.com/G9Fhnd60Xl
— Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) August 6, 2020

In one of the smallest fields of the week, Pot Limit Omaha was played on Thursday, giving players an opportunity to play with 4 hole cards rather than 2.  It isn’t uncommon to find inexperienced PLO players or even newbies in this event, given the value of those leader board points.  However, cream certainly does rise as here were some well known PLO regulars among those players that cashed deep, including “HeyHowAreYe” and “stpokered2020”.  I secured a cash of £205 for #TeamGrosvenor finishing in 16th place.  According to the screen name alias though, every player is in for a treat, as “illgetthemin” won the comp for over £2.5k which should be plenty enough money for a round!

Friday fun was enjoyed by 514 players.  The familiar and friendly Brad “ChefBrad” Simpson, couldn’t quite clinch the title and trophy from “clownkicked96”, who also took top prize of £2734. The £30 buy in created a pot of over £14k, distributed between 64 players.  I locked in another cash for #TeamGrosvenor finishing 22nd for £125.
The eagerly anticipated Goliath Main Event had arrived! The inaugural online event, number 11 in the schedule, had a whooping £100k guaranteed prize pool!

Goliath Main Event has been running an hour and it already has 800 entries!!!
Late registration is open until 11pm and it’s going to be huge!!
If you can’t play, please join @jamnix90 & @TheTower68 as they stream the Day 1 here – https://t.co/4da2NZvmXA#goliath20 pic.twitter.com/DDA52Dq9sm
— Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) August 8, 2020

Late registration was allowed until 11pm, by which time a record breaking 2013 entrants were playing.  Grosvenor had successfully smashed not only the guarantee, but also their record for the number of entries in a Grosvenor only online tournament.  The mega £231,495 prize pool was distributed to the top 144 players, awarding a gigantic £42,248.55 to first place prize.

WOW!!
Goliath Main Event Online has had an unbelievable turnout on Grosvenor Poker with 2,013 entries in total. Creating a prize pool of £231,495!! #goliath20 pic.twitter.com/Q3KSLAKwE3
— Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) August 8, 2020

Compliments flew in from players regarding the structure.  The half hour clock and 25k starting stack was incredibly rare for a tournament with a £125 buy in amount.  It’s what has always made Goliath unique, ensuring a great poker experience at an affordable price, appealing to both recreational players and pros alike.

Just a message to say congratulations on a fantastic week with the online Goliath. Great to see your online site growing. Youve done wonders this week. Thank you. @GrosvenorPoker
— GussyFinknottle (@hongdopoker) August 8, 2020

The eventual “Player of the series” leader board winner “PokerPirate1963” made a final table appearance in the main event, after narrowly bubbling a final table earlier in the week.  Consistently cashing deep in a third of the events during the festival, was enough to accumulate over 500 points and secure top place to win the leader board title.  In addition to the total Goliath winnings in excess of £6k, Grosvenor will award £1000 worth of tickets for “PokerPirate1963” to enjoy.

Newly qualified teacher Jacques “JBtheshark” was playing quietly on his mobile phone from a hotel room whilst on a family visit trip away.  Goliath falls perfectly in the school summer holidays for him, when he can dedicate more time to poker.  Last year he attended the live Goliath event and especially enjoyed the Grosvenor Poker Online Sponsored “Joker is Wild” event, in which he actually knocked me out to win a special Pro bounty prize of an event ticket.  It seems Goliath serves him well, as he bagged a big 4th place finish in this year’s #Goliath20 Online Main Event, for over £17k.  He plans to invest a portion of it into a poker bankroll in order to dedicate a little more time to this profitable hobby.

Third place finisher was Hasmukh “AhJh” Khodiyara, described by a friend as being “a great all rounder player both live and online”.  He certainly proved this with this result, which he felt “really, really happy with”.  He was one of many players that complimented the event, saying “the structure was really good”.

Defeating Goliath and the 2012 other players that had battled, was 34 year old Gerard “WRDortmund7” Barclay.  A poker player for half his life, he relied every bit on his 17 years of experience to overcome a 5:1 chip deficit when heads up started against “FrazzleFraggle”.  It was a perfect ending for him, finishing as number one, with the number one starting hand in poker, pocket aces. A victory that gave him a £12k pay jump, to secure a mega return on his investment of two bullets (at £125 each), the top prize of £42,248.55 plus the title of Goliath Champion, his name forever inscribed on the giant Goliath trophy and a replica trophy for him to proudly keep.
Despite having looked forward to this year’s live Goliath after having played it last year for the first time and with Coventry coincidentally being his local Grosvenor Casino, Gerard told of how he actually felt more comfortable online and considered he “had more of an edge”.  Having won the Sunday Millions online tournament back in 2007 for $198k, he is no stranger to big field events and even bigger top place results!  However, it is this Goliath result that he feels “is more prestigious, as it only comes around once a year, whereas the Sunday Million is weekly”.

Congratulations to @GerardBarclay on taking down the Goliath Main Event for £42k!!! https://t.co/Jatditc6mW
— Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) August 10, 2020

Sharing a fun fact and providing some wise words, Gerard noted that in both the Sunday Millions comp he won and in this Goliath Online Main Event, he went to each final table “in dead last position and came out victorious.  Never give up!” which he certainly didn’t.  After beating 2 ladies and 5 men on the final table, Gerard now plans “to be sensible” with his winnings and spend it on a deposit for a new house.

Whilst the main event day 2 was in full flow, the remaining tournaments of the series were also playing out, each awarding a trophy to the winner, as did every Goliath side event.  On Saturday, the “Progressive Knockout 6 max” comp result elevated “PokerPirate1963” up on the “Player of the series” leaderboard, after finishing as runner up to “AnonymousD” in event number 12.  The duo won a combined total of almost £3.5k from the £12k prize pool, which included bounty knockouts.  Grosvenor Sponsored Pro, Jeff Kimber finished 31st from the 452 runners for £58 and managed to knock out 2 players.
At 4pm on Sunday 9th August, the biggest buy in of the series, “The High Roller” presented a second opportunity to play on a half hour clock and 122 players took to the felt to enjoy that online luxury.  Many GUKPT regulars could be seen in the 2 day event.  Unfortunately “Mustymind” and “Snake292929” made day 2 but fell short of the money after an hour and half bubble battle!  With tiny 3bb and 4bb  stacks retrospectively, “YzeusCymraeg”” and “flora1978” must have been delighted to see the clash of 2 medium stacks on the bubble.  With direct ICM implications involved for the biggest min cash money value of Goliath, worth £1778.  An aggressive all in pressure play shove from the eventual winner, “smellitfirst”, holding KJ, managed to hit a Jack on the river to beat the AQ and send “Snake292929″to the rail emptied handed.  A pivotal hand, which “smellitfirst” never looked back from.  By 6 handed the chip lead was enormous with over half the chips in play.  Brad “ChefBrad” Simpson had started the day as chip leader and now found himself heads up, for the second time of the Goliath series.

Unfortunately another title slipped by, but Brad’s enthusiasm and excitement firmly remained as he collected almost £12k for his efforts after continually chatting in the player’s chat box.  The title, trophy and £17,619 awarded to “smellitfirst”.  With these top couple of results, both players climb into the top 5 of the “Player of the series” leader board, for additional bonus tickets.
Including a small stakes unlimited rebuy to the schedule, complimented the evening well and many new names featured on the final table.  With “Shinkansen” winning just shy of £700 out of 264 players, 322 re-buys and 138 add-ons.  Grosvenor Sponsored Pro, Andy Hills finished the week with a £25 payout for 26th place.

Well done to ‘Shinkansen’ who won Goliath#14 last night on Grosvenor Poker.
The tournament had 264 entries in total creating a prizepool of £3,402
The full result can be seen below. pic.twitter.com/NJPiS6yyFg
— Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) August 10, 2020

Closing out the first ever Goliath Online, was event number 15, “The Freeze out Finisher”.  A pure, classic No Limit Holdem freeze out.  Achieving a nearly £9k pot, the 320 players enjoyed the last tournament of what was a very different, but hugely successful Goliath festival.  Taking top spot, trophy, title and £1747 was “grannieannie75”.
Congratulations to all the winners of the 15 fabulous events.  Extra special congratulations to the Main Man himself, the new Goliath Champion of 2020, Mr Gerard “WRDortmund7” Barclay.  Thanks to every single individual player who logged on to play the events.  Well done to all at #TeamGrosvenor who helped to create and promote the festival.  Working together with the UK poker community, it’s been a huge success and we already look forward to the next Goliath in 2021!

Congratulations to the #Goliath20 champion Gerard “WRDortmund7” Barclay, who slayed the other 2012 players to take the title & top prize of over £42k.🏆Massive well done @GrosvenorPoker for the record breaking online main event & successful festival series🥳👌🏻🙌🏻 #TeamGrosvenor https://t.co/AAd11KsdKT
— Katie Swift (@SwiftlyNow) August 10, 2020

Next up on the UK poker menu, Summer Sizzler!

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