Marcus Farthing

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Neil Blatchly wins!!

Neil Blatchley takes the prize for the 2008 GCBPT Bristol.

In the final hand, Marcus Farthing moves all in for his recently-reduced 200K stack with A T and is called instantly by Blatchly’s A 7

The flop of 2 K Q offer no help for Blatchly and neither does the turn card of 8

But the 7 on the river give Blatchly the trophy, the seat in the final and £34,750* first prize money.

*after the deal between the final 2 where both took £30,000 and played for the remainder and the trophy.

All but game over

On a flop of T 8 4 Marcus on the button bets 50,000 and is called. The turn is a 7 and Marcus again bets, 70,000, there’s a reraise from Neil and Marcus moves all-in. Neil shows 5,6 for the straight, Marcus has K,6. The river is another 4.

Heads up counts

Marcus is on 1.34 million and Neil 1.15. Given the deal made it’s likely to be a short heads up though.

Marcus doubles up James

Marcus raises all-in from the small blind with Q7 and James Dempsey has an easy call A J in the big blind. He hits trip aces and is very much back in the game.

Marcus raises from the small blind....

Michael Punn calls 20,000 more in the big blind. The flop is K 5 7 Both check. The turn is 3 and the chips go in. Marcus shows K T and Punn 5,6. The river is 2 Michael Punn is out in 4th and the short stacked James Dempsey is generously offers an even chop. The offer is refused.

Michael Punn takes £10000 for fourth.

Vedhara - Out

In a 3-way pre-flop raising war, Rickie Vedhara moves all in and elicits a call from Blatchley. Farthing, sat one after Blatchly and has Blatchly covered in chips, immediately re-raises all in.

After a long dwell, Blatchly folds.

Farthing tables A K and Vedhara, who has played an excellent game throughout the tournament, shows 9 4

The board runs 2 8 T 5 5

Vedhara is out in 5th place for £6500.

Farthing hits quads, Gurnam out

Dempsey raises to 50k in mid position, Farthing re-raises to 150k, Gurnam moves all in for 194k total in the small blind.

Dempsey folds. Farthing calls for 44k extra.

Farthing turns over J J and Gurnam tables A A

Flop is 2 J 4

Turn 9

River J

Gurnam leaves in 6th place for £4000

Chip counts on break

James Dempsey 599,500
Michael Punn 522,000
Neil Blatchley 504,500
Marcus Farthing 434,000
Harpit Gurnam 219,500
Rickie Vedhara 214,500

Double Up for Marcus Farthing

Farthing bets 109K. Neil Blatchley raises to 240K. Farthing calls.

Farthing shows A Q.

Blatchley’s got 8 8.

Flop comes 9 Q K… 3… 3…