Patrick Blye Wins the APAT WCOAP Main Event ($27,408)

Patrick Blye

The APAT World Championship Of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) crowned its Main Event champion on February 8 and Patrick Blye is that champion. Blye walked away with $27,408 in prize money plus an APAT gold medal and commemorative WCOAP Main Event bracelet.

APAT WCOAP Main Event Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Patrick Blye Canada $27,408
2 Randy Vermette Canada $18,618
3 Jamie O’Connor United Kingdom $12,709
4 Michael Errington United Kingdom $8,436
5 Shane Pollington United Kingdom $5,748
6 Zachary Lipeles Austria $4,390
7 Jelmer De Visser Netherlands $3,406
8 Stephen Prandstatter United Kingdom $2,706
9 Julian Selinger Malta $2,116

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The WCOAP Main Event drew in a crowd of 1,751 players to partypoker, each paying $109 for the chance to become the tournament’s champion. This field meant the $150,000 guaranteed prize pool was surpassed by $21,500, which is an incredible result for amateur poker.

Nobody at the final table walked away with less than $2,116 for the initial investment. Julian Selinger collected this sum when his 6.5 big blind shove with pocket deuces was called by Shane Pollington in the big blind with ace-ten. An ace on the river busted Selinger in ninth place.

Stephen Prandstatter was the next player to fall. He committed his last six big blinds with ace-king and ultimately lost to Blye’s pair of twos in the hole that flopped a full house courtesy of the flop falling all sixes.

Blye claimed another victim when he sent Jelmer De Visser to the showers in seventh place. De Visser’s ace-king couldn’t get there against the pocket nines of Blye.

Austria’s Zachary Lipeles fell in sixth place for a $4,390 score. Lipeles’ ace-deuce improved to a straight on the river, but the river also improved Michael Errington’s ace-seven to an unlikely higher straight. All the chips went into the middle and Lipeles busted.

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Pollington crashed out in fifth before Errington collected the final four-figure prize of the final table. Errington’s ace-ten proved no match for Jamie O’Connor’s dominating ace-jack and only three players remained in the hunt for the title of champion.

Everyone thought O’Connor would have eased his way to victory not only because he held more a massive lead but is also vastly experienced in much bigger events than a $109 Main Event. Nothing went O’Connor’s way while play was three-handed and he was the next player out of the door.

His final hand saw his ace-queen fail to get there against Blye’s pocket sevens and O’Connor had to make do with the $12,709 third-place finish.

That hand left Blye with a monster-sized chip lead of more than four-to-one. It didn’t take too long for Blye to get his hands on Randy Vermette’s stack. All the chips went into the middle of the table on the turn a nine-high board. Vermette held queen-nine for top pair but Blye turned two pair with his seven-six. The river bricked, Vermette busted, and Blye became the WCOAP Main Event champion.

2021 APAT WCOAP Winners

*Event Champion Prize
WCOAP #01 Team Championship Team Wales
WCOAP #02 – 6-Max Knockout Championship Sander Totuli $10,110*
WCOAP #03 – Mix-Max Championship Roman Matveichuk $4,489
WCOAP #04 – PLO8 Knockout Championship Ron Jr Marshalok $2,608*
WCOAP #05 – High Roller Championship Adam Snee $13,850
WCOAP #06 – 7-Card Stud Championship Joris De Baas $1,494
WCOAP #07 – PLO Knockout Championship Dan Owston $3,247*
WCOAP #08 – 6-Max Championship Jan Strazisar $5,252
WCOAP #09 – Knockout Championship Paul Paelchen $6,973*
WCOAP #10 – PLO8 Championship Sebastian Posch $2,687
WCOAP #11 – Heads-Up Championship Robyn Gale $3,375
WCOAP #12 – Super High Roller Championship Tenno Tonts $22,357
WCOAP #13 – PLO Championship Jarkko Suokas $2,386
WCOAP #14 – Turbo Knockout Championship – Tomas Lestina $6,195*
WCOAP #15 – Turbo Championship Georgios Koufouros $5,696
WCOAP #16 – Main Event Patrick Blye $27,408

*includes bounty payments

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