Chris Ralston Crowned 2023 APAT WCOAP Main Event Champion

Scotsman Chris Ralston can forever call himself the 2023 Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) World Champion after he took down the £180 World Championship Of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) Main Event at Dusk Till Dawn. Ralston heads back north of the border with a coveted WCOAP bracelet plus a bankroll-boosting £15,000.

A bumper crowd of 696 entrants created a £104,400 prize pool that the top 103 finishers shared. A min-cash weighed in at £300, with a top 18 finish resulting in a four-figure sum. Anyone reaching the final table secured at least £2,000 for their efforts.

2023 WCOAP Main Event Final Table Results

Rank Player Prize
1 Chris Ralston £15,000
2 James Martin £10,000
3 Elliot Crowder £7,000
4 Matthew Newman £5,000
5 David Amos £4,100
6 Steven Frew £3,500
7 Anonymous £3,000
8 Neil Wyatt £2,500
9 Garry Spinks £2,000

Garry Spinks was the second-shortest stack at the start of the final table’s action, but he was the first out of door. Start-of-the-day short-stack Neil Wyatt joined Spinks at the Dusk Till Dawn cashier desk before an anonymous player fell by the wayside, leaving only six players in the hunt for the title of champion.

Steven Frew bowed out in sixth for £3,500, with long-time APATer David Amos finding himself void of chips, and finishing in fifth for £4,100. Amos is a hugely popular APAT member, one who tirelessly raises money and awareness for the Raise for Jack charity, a charitable organisation that supports young lives affected by cancer.

Matthew Newman fell in fourth for £5,000, bursting the all-important medal bubble. Elliot Crowder finished in third for a bronze medal plus £7,000, and James Martin in second for £10,000 and a silver medal, after a incredible final hand.

Ralston opened on the button, a short-stacked Crowder moved all-in from the small blind, only for Martin to move all-in. Ralston snap-called, covering both opponents by some margin, and turned over pocket kings. Crowder showed four-trey suits, while Martin could only muster pocket eights. Ralston improved to a full house on the turn, and became the 2023 WCOAP Main Event champion, an accolade that came with £15,000 in prize money plus a WCOAP bracelet.

2023 APAT WCOAP Results

Dan Williams
Dan Williams

Twenty-two other WCOAP events crowned their champions over the course of the festival, including a gold medal for PokerNews‘ own Daniel Williams.

Williams bought into the Pot-Limit Omaha 4/5/6 Card event, and bulldozed his way through a talented final table line-up to scoop £2,450 and the aforementioned gold medal. You have likely interacted with Williams if you are member of the PokerNews Discord channel – if you’re not, why not? – or are a regular at APAT events or on the APAT Facebook page.

Aside from the Main Event winner and runner-up, Javed Akhtar was the biggest winner of the WCOAP, courtesy of securing a £9,360 payout by triumphing in the £340 buy-in High Roller championship.

In the more unique tournaments, Team England came out on top in the International Teams event, leaving Team Wales and Team Germany to collect second and third place, respectively. PokerNews stated Team England looked strong, and they lived up to the hype, making up for a runner-up finish at the 2022 WCOAP.

There was also an impressive victory for Valerie Bennett and Mark Radford in the £60 NLHE Tag Team Championship. Bennett and Radford each banked £880 and some poker gold after defeating the tag team of Nicholas Crossfield and Gary Lipman heads-up.

Event Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool Champion Prize
High Roller Championship £340 104 £31,200 Javed Akhtar £9,360
NLHE 6-Max £120 112 £11,200 Sean Lliffe £3,250
PLO8 Championship £120 98 £9,800 Grzegorz Staniszewski £2,945
8-Game Championship £120 81 £8,100 Michael Perry £2,750
Win The Button Championship £120 83 £8,300 Grace Smith £2,695
PLO 4/5/6 Championship £120 72 £7,200 Daniel Williams £2,450
International Teams MTT 120 48 £4,800 Team England £2,400
Bounty Championship £120 173 £17,300 Andrzej Ciesielski £2,335
H.O.R.S.E. Championship £120 68 £6,800 Chris Cooper £2,315
NLHE 8-Max Championship £60 119 £5,950 Quentin Kwan £1,655
NLHE/PLO ROE Championship £60 107 £5,350 Anonymous £1,600
PLO/PLO8 ROE Championship £60 99 £4,950 Danny Strange £1,600
Pineapple Championship £60 104 £5,200 Nicholas Crossfield £1,555
PLO Championhip £60 87 £4,350 Scott Genever £1,410
NLHE Turbo Championship £60 86 £4,300 Daniel Turner £1,395
2-7 Triple Draw Championship £60 65 £3,250 Ashley Squirrell £1,370
NLHE Shootout Championship £60 72 £3,600 Dean Pearson £1,260
Mix Max Championship £60 74 £3,700 Tariq Mahmood £1,260
NLHE Ante Only Championship £60 65 £3,250 Anonymous £1,165
Razz Championship £60 61 £3,050 Stefan Roder £1,100
Aviation NLHE (4 Card) £60 63 £3,150 Neil Gilchrist £1,100
NLHE Tag Championship £60 47 £4,700 Mark Radford and Valerie Bennett £880×2

Next Up For APAT

There is not long to wait until the next APAT festival takes place because the APAT Welsh Amateur Poker Championship takes place in Cardiff on September 15-17.

The tour then heads to Grand Casino Asch in the Czech Republic for the APAT German Amateur Poker Championship from September 27-October 1.

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