Brian Yates wins latest APAT event

Brian Yates wins latest APAT event

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

The Irish leg of the Amateur Poker Association and Tour (APAT) at the Fitzwilliam Club in Dublin has been won by Brian Yates. The Walsall man outlasted a field of 144 runners to claim the first prize of €3,400 and with it a seat in a GUKPT event later this year.

Yates, who held the chip lead at the end of day one, beat a final table which included Ben Dixon, Martyn Sharp, defending champion Darren Shallis and a luckless Andrew Taylor. The key hand came when play was three handed with Yates, Dublin's Brian Murphy and Bradford's Richard King remaining. All of Yates' and King's chip went in with Yates holding pocket 8s against King's A9. The pair held up, the Yorkshireman was eliminated and Yates held a massive chip lead going in to heads up play with Brian Murphy. He sealed the win by flopping two pair with KJ to beat Murphy's A8.

The win marks a double success for Yates as he won the APAT Welsh Online Open earlier this year.

The tour now heads north of the border for the Scottish Amateur Championships at the Maybury Casino in Edinburgh on 18th and 19th July.

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