Jake Skidmore has beaten the biggest tournament field in European poker history to win the Goliath at Grosvenor G Casino Coventry at the Ricoh Arena. Two records were actually broken, with largest total entries of 2,570, and largest individual runners of 1,822.
Originally first prize was £56,540, but with such riches on offer for such a small buy-in, the final four made a deal. Skidmore, from Redditch, topped the event to turn his £100 +£20 buy-in into a first prize of £29,690, beating Jiri Sladkovsky heads up. Champion Jake, 22, was almost lost for words. After his victory he said: “A dream has become reality. It was a gruelling 34 hours of poker but I’m feeling great!”
The massive field gathered at the sumptuous Grosvenor G Casino Coventry over four starting days, with 1,139 runners on day 1D alone. The remaining 370 came together for day two, when the bubble burst after just 10 minutes, with 360 players making the money of at least £180. Day three lasted just three hours, with 18 players departing in double quick time as the 27 remaining played down to the final table.
Russell Tamplin, Head of Poker at Grosvenor Casinos, said: “The Goliath has been running for three years now and it just goes from strength to strength. The success of this competition is testament to our customers, their loyalty to us and what we are trying to achieve.
“We plan to continue to offer great value poker competitions to our customers and to break more records in the future – watch this space!”
This was the third running of the Goliath at Grosvenor G Casino Coventry, and it’s grown in size every year. Expect Goliath 2014 to be even bigger!