Minh Nguyen wins APPT Auckland, Matas Cimbolas takes down WPT UK

While we welcome this new week, we look back at a thrilling, and power-packed weekend in the world of poker. Do you want to know who has been crowned the champion of the APPT Auckland Main Event? Are you curious about the new face who is now the new champion of WPT United Kingdom? Read on to find out who headlined the action of a busy weekend in the world of poker.

Minh Nguyen who took down the APPT Auckland in action
Minh Nguyen who took down the APPT Auckland in action

Minh Nguyen wins 2014 APPT Auckland Main Event

Minh Nguyen, a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, overcame a total of 225 players to be the winner of the final stop of Season 8 of the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour(APPT) held at Sky City Casino in Auckland. After 28 hours of play over three days, Nguyen claimed NZ$111,600 for winning the 2014 APPT Auckland Main Event.

Nguyen began the final table of the event with a giant chip lead. When the tournament was whittled down from eight players to two players, Nguyen held a commanding 3-1 chip lead over 24-year old Kiwi poker professional Thomas Ward. When Nyugen and Ward reached at the even chip counts, they decided to make a private deal and blindly go all-in for the title, and after four hands Nguyen was declared the winner.

The Final Results of the APPT Auckland Main Event  are-

Place Player Prize (NZD)
1 Minh Nguyen $111,600*
2 Thomas Ward $104,000*
3 William Rogers $47,100
4 Jesse McKenzie $38,000
5 Sam Williams $31,500
6 Michael Guzzardi $26,500
7 Dean Blatt $21,500
8 Ben Rendall $16,500
9 Stephen Thompson $12,500


wpt-national-uk-teaser_optWorld Poker Tour has a New Champion

Matas Cimbolas from Lithuania as the chip leader in the final table of 2014 partypoker World Poker Tour United Kingdom Main Event in Nottingham and maintained the trend to be crowned the champion. With around 5-1 down in chips in the heads-up play, he played exceptional poker throughout the final table. With this new title, he is acclaimed with a cash prize of £ 190,000, the US$ 15,400 WPT WC seat, exquisite Monster headphones and of course his name on the WPT Champions Cup. The way he handled the pressure from his tough opponent Ben Warrington, surely made him the deserving winner. The turning point of heads-up play came when Cimbolas’ ace-five overtook Ben Warrington’s ace-six. The Dusk till Dawn casino played host to a total of 450 runners over two starting Day 1 flights while 45 finished in the money. Former WPT Champions Chris Moorman, Jake Cody were the notables making the money.

The Final Results of the WPT United Kingdom Main Event are-

Place Player Country Prize
1 Matas Cimbolas Lithuania £200,000
2 Ben Warrington UK £140,000
3 Tamer Kamel UK £92,000
4 Antoine Saout France £67,000
5 Phillip Mighall UK £48,000
6 Patrick Leonard UK £39,500