George Wolff Scoops £120,000 With British Poker Open PLO Victory

George Wolff lifted the £10k PLO title at the British Poker Open this week, the four-card game a pleasing addition to the ten-event schedule and rewarding the Oregon cash-game pro with a £120,000 top prize.

By: Andrew Burnett

Thirty entries made it a nice round £300,000 prizepool, though only five of the six players who returned for the final table on the second day of play would find a cash.

The man missing out was Finnish crusher Jens Jeans89 Kyllönen, his opponent Sam Soverel rivering a straight to send Jens spinning out of the tournament on the money bubble.

Next to fall was his fellow countryman, partypoker pro Joni Jouhkimainen, clashing with Stephen Chidwick in a painful hand…

Chidwick: Q♣ Q♠ 9♣ 5♦
Jouhkimainen: A♣ J♥ 9♠ 6♣
Board: 3♥ Q♥ 3♣ J♣ K♦

Gavin Cochrane couldn’t find his flush draw on the river against Sam Soverel, the Englishman cashing for £30,000 in 4th spot, and he was joined on the rail of the Aspers Casino cardroom by Stephen Chidwick in 3rd spot.

Chidwick, England’s leading tournament money-winner, was coolered as the flop gave him trip kings, his American foe a full house, and that was that.

Heads-up saw Soverel and Wolff duke it out for an hour in an exciting display of PLO skills and swings, but eventually Soverel found himself short-stacked and at risk…

Soverel: A♣ J♥ 9♣ 5♠
Wolff: 9♦ 8♦ 7♠ 4♣
Flop: 7♣ A♥ 6♦

All the money went in and Soverel had to avoid Wolff’s dozen outs, but those hopes were crushed as the turn came…

Turn: 4♠
River: Q♣

Wolff told reporters after his victory: “It was a really tough final table, as tough as any high stakes cash game. I had to play every spot very carefully.”

He added: “Stevie played really well and Sam always plays really good but unpredictable. For the last eight or nine months, I’ve been playing more tournaments and it definitely feels really cool to win one.”

Final Table Results:

1 George Wolff £120,000
2 Sam Soverel £78,000
3 Stephen Chidwick £48,000
4 Gavin Cochrane £30,000
5 Joni Jouhkimainen £24,000



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