BetFred Women’s Poker Tour Grand Final
On 8th Dec 07 all six leg winners and two leader board winners came together in Birmingham to play the Grand Final of the BetFred Women’s Poker Tour.
With the massive £20k sponsorship deal to play for and £5000 added prize pool all 8 ladies were raring to go. They had come from all over the country hoping to win the coveted first prize, much to the envy of all the hundreds of ladies that had played along the way.
Birmingham was represented well at the final table by Carla Goddard, Dawn Wood and Dawn Allen all playing locally. Vicky McKay of Slough sat next to Lynne Beaumont from Newcastle. Middlesborough girl Samantha Grayson took seat 6 with Nikki Short of Reading to her left. Finally, from Blackpool the first leg winner, Sue Adams, finished the line up for the nights play.
One million chips were in play at the table with a fantastic structure of half hour blinds starting at 500/1000, so there was going to be plenty of play.
If women are regarded as tight players, it wasn’t the case at this final table in Birmingham. A huge amount of chips exchanged hands as Vicky got Lynne to lay down pocket aces very early on in the evening, leaving Lynne the short stack at the table. Vicky seemed to be dominating the table with massive raises which seemed to be getting results; she made accumulating chips look easy in the game of poker.
However, the other ladies were not dormant, as Dawn Allen showed by taking out the first casualty, Samantha Grayson. Sue Adams was the next to go, leaving her chips in the ever growing stack of Vicky’s. However, Lynne managed to double up from her rival, Vicky, which put her back into the game. Still short stacked with 134k but a dangerous opponent to give chips to. Lynne’s appearance at the final table was no surprise even though she was not a first place winner at any of the tournaments. She had been the most consistent player throughout the year making 4 out of the 6 final tables along the way. Taking first place on the leader board earned her place onto the Grand Final table.
Nikki Woods being totally crippled after doubling up Dawn Woods, was next to leave. Her third attempt of an all-in was called by Carla and Nikki was on her way home.
Initially the scariest and most aggressive player at the table with a monster stack, Vicky McKay was watching her chips deplete at an alarming rate. She tried to fight back but was unsuccessful and made her exit in 5th place. Carla Goddard followed close behind being taken out by Dawn Allen.
Emotions were running high and the air was tense with only 3 players left.
Lynne had fought back and was now boasting the chip lead with 400k, closely followed by Dawn Allen possessing 330k leaving Dawn Wood 270k.
With the blinds at 15k/30k it was still anybody’s game but not having the luxury to play a slow game anymore, Dawn Woods was taken out in 3rd place by her namesake, which left Lynne Beaumont and Dawn Allen to do heads-up battle. Lynne was chip leader going in with 525k but comparative with Dawn’s stack, who only had 50k less.
After a closely fought war of cards the final ended when Dawn went all-in, for the first time during heads-up, after seeing a flop of 2s 4h 2h which was immediately called by Lynne holding Kh 2d. Dawn showed her Qd 9c needing a runner runner. It was all over when the turn and river were revealed, 9d and 4s giving Lynne a full house. Dawn Allen left taking a cheque for £1000.
Congratulations go to Lynne Beaumont and all the finalists for playing such a fantastic game. Lynne has earned herself a 20K sponsorship from BetFred so there is no doubt that she will be a familiar face on the poker circuit next year. This will include defending her BetFred Women’s Poker Tour Champion title, for sure.
1 Lynne Beaumont – £1,000 + £20,000 2008 Sponsorship Package
2 Dawn Allen – £1,000
3 Dawn Wood – £825
4 Carla Goddard – £625
5 Vicki McKay – £500
6 Nikki Short – £400
7 Sue Adams – £350
8 Samantha Grayson – £300