Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Professional player Lee Rawson defeated a record-breaking field of 1,765 runners to take home the inaugural Grosvenor Goliath event at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry over the weekend.
The Goliath, which was organised by D4 Events alongside Grosvenor, was the biggest land based tournament ever held in Europe and created a massive prize pool of £176,500, easily exceeding the £100,000 guarantee. A total of 261 players made the money with the 12 players who made it through to Day 3 all taking home at least £1,975. Rawson went into the final table as one of the medium stacks but quickly worked his way to the top of the leader board, eventually seeing off local amateur player Mark Broomhall heads up. Rawson sealed the win when Broomhall made an untimely move on a 7-2-2 board, picking off the bluff with a pair of jacks. And on what will Rawson be spending his first prize money? Given that his car conked out at the end of Day 1 a new motor is a distinct possibility.The final table positions and payouts were as follows:1st Lee Rawson £32,705 2nd Mark Broomhall £21,120 3rd Robert Panayi £13,240 4th Simon Deadman £10,590 5th Helen Godfrey £8,120 6th Clive Smith £5,825 7th Andy Nguyen £4,235 8th Anthony Lissner £3,300 9th Mitchell Scarlett £2,540 10th Benjamin Jackson £1,975 Keep up to date with all the news from the poker world by following us on Twitter and Facebook.
The sixth annual edition of Grosvenor Casinos’ Goliath tournament series may have begun last week but players are being advised that there is still time to qualify for seats into its prestigious £120 buy-in main event.
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With 5,000 expected entries, £250,000 guaranteed in prizes and only £120 to play, its no wonder Coventry is the place to be between July 30 and August 7.
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