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How David Haye (almost) Slayed Goliath
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Former World Heavyweight boxing champ David Haye was tasked with going from absolute beginner to taking on Goliath, the biggest poker tournament outside of Las Vegas, and he very nearly did it! Here, Grosvenor Poker Pro Jeff Kimber analyses the 10 key hands that saw The Hayemaker go so close before eventually finishing in 40th place from a field of over 9000 players Just 12 short months ago David Haye didn’t know whether a flush beat a full house, still called a straight a run and didn’t even know clubs from spades. Fast forward a year and the retired boxer faced off against 9300 sceptical poker players at the 2019 Goliath, all determined to take their shot at knocking out the former World Heavyweight Champion. With everyone waiting for Haye to fall on his face, the hard work done by David in the past year, along with the Grosvenor sponsored poker pros charged with coaching this absolute newbie, Joe Beevers, Katie Swift and me, paid amazing dividends as he came within 10 minutes of making the final day, eventually busting in 40th place in the biggest tournament ever held outside of Vegas, finishing ahead of not only all of his coaches, but over 9250 others! While far from the finished article, David has come on in leaps and bounds in his poker journey and while he still has plenty to work on, that competitive edge that saw Haye take on the biggest and baddest fighters in the world over 20 years as an elite pugilist saw him enjoying life as one of the top five stacks for much of day 2 of the Goliath. I’ve picked out some of the key hands from David’s run at the Goliath in early August, showing how far he’s come as well as some newer concepts that he will need to take on to take that next step on his poker journey. Day 1 100/300 Action – Deep stacked in level 4 of Goliath (100/300), David looks down at AQ UTG2 facing a 1200 raise from the under the gun player. He calls with AQo. A 25bb stack moves all in and the button cold calls a third of his stack behind. The raiser passes, David shoves and the button calls all in. Analysis – David’s play is fine up to a point. His call of the under the gun raise is correct given the perceived strength of the open from that position. Calling does open you up to being squeezed out of the pot without seeing a flop, but that’s unlikely to happen with a worse hand at this stage. When the 25bb stack shoves, that’s something we could consider calling if the action is passed back to us, but the cold call for a third of his stack by a player not yet invested in this pot exudes strength and is never being done with any hand Haye dominates, people are just folding AJ and AT. In fact the cold caller is probably at the stone bottom of his range with two jacks, the other hands he plays like this being AA, KK, QQ and AK. Conclusion – David needs to recognise how strong it is to enter a pot with 3 or 4 other players already in there, one of them all in, and pass hands like AQ here. His original call was fine, but the shove and cold call have now given us extra information about the hands we’re up against and AQ doesn’t fare well against this new range, meaning it’s a fold. Outcome – David called with AQ, was up against JJ and 88 and turned a queen to score a fortunate double knockout. Day 2 2h 42 4/8k Action – Having safely negotiated the bubble and made the money in his first ever clash with Goliath (if you exclude his World Heavyweight title clash with real life 7ft2 Goliath Nikolai Valuev), David starts his quest for a deep run in the best possible way with pocket aces. The table big stack, with nearly 90bb, makes it 21k from UTG3 with KTdd and action passes to David in the hijack. Rather than shove his 13bb he 3bets to 42k, 40% of his stack. The big stack peels but folds to a 30k c-bet on the 983cc flop and David wins the pot. Analysis – David has a fear of not being paid with his big hands, a classic beginner mistake and something we’ve worked on him with him, but his old habits came out here. It’s possible he could have won a bigger pot but at least he emerged unscathed here. Conclusion – Not only does the small 3bet look super strong, it puts you in tricky spots postflop, where even a small c-bet in relation to the pot was half of David’s stack. Shoving our whole range with 13bb facing a 2.5x open is much better, he exudes strength with the min 3bet.  2hr 50  4/8k Action – Playing 23bb, David opens to 20k UTG with pocket jacks. The next player to act shoves his whole 44bb stack in and it’s folded back round to David. He thinks for a while, looks his opponent up and down and folds his jacks face up. His opponent taps the table and shows David what a great fold he’d made by showing his pocket queens. Analysis – David’s open and sizing is fine, and when the next player makes such a large move all-in it’s easy to think you’ve got the best hand and are most probably up against AK. David used the lessons he’s been given in reading body language, as well as thinking back over hands he’d seen this opponent play, taking his time and eventually making a great fold. It’s probably no coincidence that he folded jacks preflop in one of the warm-up events we watched him play despite being very card dead, and was shown queens that time too. Conclusion – Now we’re playing some poker! Some players, even vastly experienced ones, would snap this all-in off thinking there’s no way they’re up against aces, kings or queens, but David was calm and considered and decided folding was his best move. Afterwards he told me that he was happy with the fold even if the guy had shown him a worse hand, understanding that it’s better to make a bad fold than a bad call and there’s many different routes to winning a poker tournament. 2 hr 59  4/8k With the post bubble carnage ensuing, there were a lot of all-ins in this level as people looked to go big or go home. UTG3 open shipped all-in for 9bb and the action passed to David in the cutoff with A4dd and 21bb. He reshoved to isolate and while he got heads-up, he also was given the bad news that the short stack had found pocket kings.However, a 98AQ3 run out saw David score the knockout. Analysis – It’s very close whether David should just fold A4 suited here or not, but given the sheer number of all-ins at this stage of the tournament and some of the cards being shown, it’s understandable why he didn’t fold. Once he decides to play, reshoving is definitely the best idea, and his aggression actually got TT to fold behind. Conclusion – At this stage of the tournament we’d really rather be the aggressor with suited wheel cards rather than the caller, but David’s reshove was good and he earned his good luck. 4 hr 35  6/12k  Action – The UTG player min-raised to 24k off a 22bb stack. The small blind called and, David, playing 550k, made it 50k from the big blind with A8cc.Both opponents called and the three of them saw a 789r flop. David c-bet 100k into 162k when it was checked to him on the flop, the UTG player moved all in for just over 100k more and the small blind passed. David called, saw he was winning against KTo and his hand held. Analysis – While it’s good that David balanced his small 3betting hands to include holdings like A8 suited and not just premiums, the sizing across the board needs to be bigger. A8 suited is a fine defending (rather than 3betting) hand against an under the gun player, but this aggression was targeted particularly towards a loose opener. His c-bet sizing was good, and he was priced in to call the shove. Getting the great news he was in front and needed to hold was a massive bonus.  Conclusion – A lot about this hand was good, the targeted aggression, the c-bet sizing, the knowledge that this is a must call even though he felt he was losing. While I’d in general prefer a call preflop, and if I was 3betting to make it bigger, as with a lot of these hands, David’s play is much better than his opponent’s, which after only 12 months of playing is some statement. (Later Day 2 session) 3min26 12/24k Action – UTG1 limps for 24k off a 28bb stack. It folds round to the small blind who makes it up and David looks down at QJo in the big blind and raises to 70k total, which just the limper calls. The flop comes KJ6r and  David cbets 150k, ¾ pot, which is called. The turn is the Jc, giving David trips. David checks, his opponent makes a tiny bet, 100k into nearly 500, and David check raises all in. Luke snap calls with K8cc, a turned flush draw to go with top pair, and bricks Analysis – While the raise size is slightly small (I like to go over 3x to a limp when out of position), David’s aggression and seizing control is excellent. His c-bet size is good and when he hits a beautiful turn the check to allow floats to barrel is perfect, getting all the money in as a strong favourite. Conclusion – While the run out was perfect given the flop call, David’s basics of taking control, punishing limps and imposing himself on the table is excellent. 3hr59   20/40k Action – It’s passed to David in the cut off and he makes it 110k with 77. The small blind shoves 410k (10bb) with A2dd and David makes the call. The small blind can’t find one of his three outs, but wins the pot anyway on a cruel KTKTJ run out to counterfeit David’s pocket sevens. Analysis – David played this pot perfectly and got a harsh lesson that the poker Gods can be cruel at times too! Conclusion – A lot of people have pointed out David ran pretty well during Goliath. Like all those people you think run well, he got unlucky at times too, and this was one of them. 4hr5   20/40k Action – The UTG+1 player raises to 115k from a 1.1m (27bb) stack. David, who just covered his opponent, 3bet to 230k UTG+3 with two red kings. The raiser called with A7o. Despite the ugly AT8dd flop, David bet 300k into 560k, when checked to. His opponent called. The turn was a beautiful king and even better, the UTG1 player decided to open ship all in for 590k drawing stone dead! Analysis – While the 3bet size is again on the small size, David got the pot heads up in position with the best hand. The ace high flop was ugly and probably warranted a mixture of checking or a small c-bet, though just over half pot wasn’t outrageous. Again, a dreamy turn card meant we didn’t get to see what the plan was if he didn’t get there once called on the flop, but it’s always nice for our opponent to shove drawing dead! Another case of David’s play being far superior to his opponent, who really was opening and peeling far too light with A7 offsuit.  Conclusion – A lucky turn card for David, but he’d found an unlucky flop given the hands and again…
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แขกของ DAVID HEY หลังจากการลงทะเบียนสำหรับการพนันที่สนับสนุนอดีตแชมป์มวยโลกจะเข้าร่วมในรายชื่อผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์ที่ได้รับการสนับสนุนที่ Grosvenor Casinos เพื่อแข่งขันในการแข่งขันโป๊กเกอร์แบบต่างๆในช่วง 12 เดือนข้างหน้า เพื่อจบอันดับที่ 40 จากผู้เล่นมากกว่า 9,000 คนในการแข่งขัน Goliath Poker ในโคเวนทรีเมื่อปีที่แล้วเพื่อเป็นการเฉลิมฉลอง Grosvenor Casinos ได้เปิดตัวการแข่งขันโป๊กเกอร์ Hayemaker Bounty ออนไลน์ที่ไม่เหมือนใครเพื่อให้รางวัลแก่ผู้เล่นจากการสังหาร The Hayemaker ภายในเดือนกรกฎาคม 2020: อดีตแชมป์มวยโลก David Haye เซ็นสัญญาอย่างเป็นทางการครั้งแรกเพื่อเป็นผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์ที่ได้รับการสนับสนุน เดวิดผู้ซึ่งได้รับความเคารพจากหลาย ๆ คนในชุมชนโป๊กเกอร์หลังจากการแสดง Goliath 2019 ที่ยิ่งใหญ่ซึ่ง Hayemaker ทำสำเร็จเป็นอันดับที่ 40 จากผู้เล่น 9,300 คนจะเข้าร่วมรายชื่อผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพของ Grosvenor Casinos ในฐานะ Joe Beevers Jeff Kimber และ Katie Fast . ขาต่อไปของเส้นทางการเล่นโป๊กเกอร์ของแชมป์มวยรุ่น Unified World Cruiserweight และ WBA รุ่นเฮฟวี่เวตจะได้เห็นเขาแข่งขันกับมือสมัครเล่นและมืออาชีพสดและผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์ออนไลน์ในช่วง 12 เดือนข้างหน้า David จะแข่งขันในทัวร์นาเมนต์ต่างๆเช่น GUKPT ออนไลน์ที่เป็นสัญลักษณ์ระดับประเทศและทัวร์นาเมนต์ออนไลน์ 25/50 เพื่อเตรียมความพร้อมสำหรับขั้นตอนต่อไปของอาชีพโป๊กเกอร์ของเขาและจะเปิดตัวการแข่งขัน Hayemaker Bounty ซึ่งผู้เล่นที่เข้าร่วมสามารถชนะได้ รางวัลหากพวกเขาสามารถเอาชนะ Hayemaker ได้ ทัวร์นาเมนต์แรกในสามรายการจะเริ่มในวันที่ 14 กรกฎาคมเวลา 20:00 น. บนเว็บไซต์ Grosvenor Poker ผู้เล่นที่ยังทำธุรกิจไม่เสร็จการแข่งขันระหว่างเดวิดกับหนึ่งในการแข่งขันโป๊กเกอร์สดที่ยิ่งใหญ่ที่สุดโกลิอัทก็ตกอยู่ในความเสี่ยงเช่นกันในขณะที่เขาพยายามที่จะเอาชนะและชนะการแข่งขันเวอร์ชันออนไลน์ในช่วงฤดูร้อนนี้ เมื่อพูดถึงความรู้สึกของการลงทะเบียนเป็นผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์ที่ได้รับการสนับสนุน David Haye กล่าวว่า:“ หลังจากแข่งขันกับผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์ที่ดีที่สุดในโลกในช่วง 12 เดือนที่ผ่านมาฉันรู้สึกพร้อมที่จะก้าวไปอีกขั้นในการเดินทางของฉันด้วยการเป็น ผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์ที่ได้รับการสนับสนุน การได้นั่งเคียงข้างกับผู้เล่นคนอื่น ๆ ในบัญชีรายชื่อ Grosvenor Casinos เป็นความรู้สึกที่ยอดเยี่ยมและฉันตื่นเต้นที่จะเติบโตและทดสอบความสามารถของตัวเองในสนามแข่งต่อไป Russell Tamplin หัวหน้าฝ่ายโป๊กเกอร์ของ Grosvenor Casinos กล่าวว่า“ ไม่ต้องสงสัยเลยว่า David ได้ค้นพบความหลงใหลในโป๊กเกอร์ครั้งใหม่และตอนนี้มีทักษะที่จะสนับสนุนมัน Goliath เป็นหนึ่งในทัวร์นาเมนต์ที่ทรหดที่สุดที่คุณเข้าแข่งขันและ David ก็ภูมิใจ "เราหวังเป็นอย่างยิ่งว่าจะได้เห็นความมุ่งมั่นและความสามารถในการแข่งขันแบบเดียวกันที่ทำให้เขากลายเป็นนักมวยที่ประสบความสำเร็จในบทบาทใหม่ในฐานะผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์ที่ได้รับการสนับสนุนเราทุกคนรู้สึกตื่นเต้นที่ได้เห็นสิ่งที่เขาทำต่อไปในเครือข่ายออนไลน์และออนไลน์" David's การเดินทางจากผู้เริ่มต้นที่สมบูรณ์ไปจนถึงผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์ที่ได้รับการสนับสนุนถูกผนึกไว้ในภาพยนตร์สารคดีเรื่องใหม่ที่ถ่ายทำบนกำแพงซึ่งเป็นสารคดี 12 เดือนที่สรุปการเดินทางของเขาเพื่อเรียนรู้ทักษะและกลยุทธ์ของโป๊กเกอร์แข่งขันในคอนเสิร์ตโป๊กเกอร์ที่ใหญ่ที่สุดในโลก ทัวร์นาเมนต์นอกลาสเวกัส Grosvenor Casinos 'Goliath 2019 David vs. Goliath เป็นเรื่องจริงสำหรับคนนอกและกำลังจะเปิดตัวใน Amazon Prim แล้ว จ. สำหรับข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับ David vs. Goliath และการแข่งขัน Hayemaker Bounty ที่กำลังจะมาถึงโปรดไปที่ www.grosvenorcasinos.com โปรดเดิมพันด้วยความรับผิดชอบ: www.begambleaware.org ความคิดเห็นความคิดเห็น
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Goliath 2020: That’s A Wrap!
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Grosvenor Poker sponsored pro Katie Swift wraps up the extraordinary record-breaking week of the first ever online Goliath series. Goliath has officially been slayed, and this time virtually across the online felt!  Over 2000 unique players logged in to play the 15 events across the 10 day festival.  The variety of tournaments offered during the series was incredible, fully testing every level of each player’s poker ability.  With the added bonus of the “Player of the series” leader board, the challenge was fiercely fought daily. Satellites were popular throughout the week, with players attempting to win tickets into each tournament. A wise choice, considering the total Goliath guaranteed prize pool of over £300k ended up smashing the half a million mark at £508k!  A true testament to what has become a much loved festival in the UK poker annual calendar.  Taking the decision to transfer Goliath online (due to the current Covid19 world pandemic) was never going to be a breeze.  However #TeamGrosvenor successfully managed to produce a quality schedule, mirroring many of the live characteristics of Goliath, including decent starting stacks, providing players plenty of poker play with long level duration and all at affordable buy in entries. The series kicked off with a boom at 6pm on Saturday 1st August with “The Opener”, attracting a massive 696 entrants, generating a prize pool of almost £35k.  Unfortunately the current king of the National League, who has remained consistently dominating that top spot since the start of the year, John Bousfield, was the first bubble boy of Goliath.  The remaining 80 players locked up their first cash of the week along with some valuable points for the “Player of the series” leader board.  The eventual winner “LeGrandPoisson” turned out to be anything but “a big fish”, as the screen name alias suggests, bagging a fraction over £6.5k and the first trophy and title. A massive well done to ‘LeGrandPoisson’ who took done Event#1 of our Goliath Online series. They defeated the 696 entry field to take home the first place prize of £6,542!!#Goliath20 Keep it fun – Remember to set your deposit limit. pic.twitter.com/BTUtZl7KMc — Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) August 3, 2020 Running simultaneously, was a new event, never seen before on any Goliath schedule, but an increasing popular poker format online, the “Progressive Knockout” comp.  The prize pool was made up of almost £7k in placed prize payouts and almost £7k as bounty knockout awards, totaling just shy of £14k.  The beauty of bounty comps is that every player has the opportunity to win money from the off, without actually needing to run really deep or placing inside the cash payout places.  With every elimination, half of their bounty is instantly awarded to the player and the other half is added to their available bounty prize.  An interesting twist of strategy and dynamics is needed to succeed, a blend “Zebster1994” perfected to take down the title, trophy and over £2.2k in combined bounties and payout money, after defeating “yinyang1991” heads up. Well done to Zebster 1994 who won Goliath#2 last night on Grosvenor Poker. The tournament had 493 entries in total and they won it for £1,114 and £1,090 in bounties. A great turnout, which we hope will continue tonight with another 3 events taking place.#goliath20 pic.twitter.com/wcgT0BjWxP — Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) August 2, 2020 An earlier start time of 4pm on Sunday 2nd August saw a special 25/50 event take place for Goliath event number 3.  Playing out over 2 days and priced among the upper limits of the festival, the £225 event pulled in 258 players, resulting in a hefty £54k prize pool.  In familiar bubble territory, John “TraderNo1” Bousfield finished touching distance away from the money payouts.  Sponsored Pro, Joe Beevers, secured #TeamGrosvenor their first result of Goliath, finishing 20th for £541.  The aptly named player “LateNightTales” managed to stay awake until just before midnight to win almost £11k and bag the much sought after 25/50 trophy and title. To accompany the bigger 25/50 event on the Sunday evening, event number 4 had a lower price tag of £30 for players to enjoy, which 610 did.  The classic No Limit Holdem comp was won by “BluffSqaaaaud”, who pocketed a chunky £3,245 from the £17k total prize pool and of course, the side event Goliath trophy and title. Completing the trio of comps available to play on the Sunday evening, was the micro stakes £5 No Limit Holdem event number 5.  Grosvenor Poker’s resident Twitch streamer, Jamie Nixon, finished top for #TeamGrosvenor in 24th for £23.  It was “whatacrapname” that outplayed the other 563 entrants to win £503, plus the title and thankfully a trophy that isn’t engraved with the players name! Well done to Grosvenor Leeds Cardroom Manager Phil Denison ‘whatcrapname’ who won Goliath#5 last night on Grosvenor Poker. He won £503 after defeating the 564 entry field! Congrats! Keep it fun – Remember to set your deposit limit. #goliath20 pic.twitter.com/OqU6LioPKM — Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) August 3, 2020 Event 6 gave us the first 6 max format in the schedule and “beeevil15” had the perfect screen name alias to take the top spot in this aggressive poker format.  Over £15k was collected in the prize pool from 545 players, awarding a first place prize of almost £3k. Some familiar screen names were starting to emerge as the half way mark approached for the festival, many making multiple deep runs and cashes whilst steadily accumulating those valuable leader board points.  Testing the purest form of poker, 172 players entered the “Heads Up” format, but with a second trophy and win of the week, “Zebster1994” got the glory and £2322. Midweek madness hit with “Deep and Steep”.  Turbo 5 minute blind levels coupled with a giant 100k starting stack; you would need experience and skill to navigate through the 538 players.  Getting to bed was far from Chris “GetToBed” Maguire’s mind, as he used his talent to take the trophy and top spot for just shy of £3k.  Grosvenor Sponsored Pro, Jeff Kimber also managed a min cash for the best #TeamGrosvenor result. The Goliath Deep and Steep took place last night on Grosvenor Poker. The tournament collected a prize pool of £15,064 and was won by GetToBed. The full result can be seen below. Keep it fun – Remember to set your deposit limit. pic.twitter.com/G9Fhnd60Xl — Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) August 6, 2020 In one of the smallest fields of the week, Pot Limit Omaha was played on Thursday, giving players an opportunity to play with 4 hole cards rather than 2.  It isn’t uncommon to find inexperienced PLO players or even newbies in this event, given the value of those leader board points.  However, cream certainly does rise as here were some well known PLO regulars among those players that cashed deep, including “HeyHowAreYe” and “stpokered2020”.  I secured a cash of £205 for #TeamGrosvenor finishing in 16th place.  According to the screen name alias though, every player is in for a treat, as “illgetthemin” won the comp for over £2.5k which should be plenty enough money for a round! Friday fun was enjoyed by 514 players.  The familiar and friendly Brad “ChefBrad” Simpson, couldn’t quite clinch the title and trophy from “clownkicked96”, who also took top prize of £2734. The £30 buy in created a pot of over £14k, distributed between 64 players.  I locked in another cash for #TeamGrosvenor finishing 22nd for £125. The eagerly anticipated Goliath Main Event had arrived! The inaugural online event, number 11 in the schedule, had a whooping £100k guaranteed prize pool! Goliath Main Event has been running an hour and it already has 800 entries!!! Late registration is open until 11pm and it’s going to be huge!! If you can’t play, please join @jamnix90 & @TheTower68 as they stream the Day 1 here – https://t.co/4da2NZvmXA#goliath20 pic.twitter.com/DDA52Dq9sm — Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) August 8, 2020 Late registration was allowed until 11pm, by which time a record breaking 2013 entrants were playing.  Grosvenor had successfully smashed not only the guarantee, but also their record for the number of entries in a Grosvenor only online tournament.  The mega £231,495 prize pool was distributed to the top 144 players, awarding a gigantic £42,248.55 to first place prize. WOW!! Goliath Main Event Online has had an unbelievable turnout on Grosvenor Poker with 2,013 entries in total. Creating a prize pool of £231,495!! #goliath20 pic.twitter.com/Q3KSLAKwE3 — Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) August 8, 2020 Compliments flew in from players regarding the structure.  The half hour clock and 25k starting stack was incredibly rare for a tournament with a £125 buy in amount.  It’s what has always made Goliath unique, ensuring a great poker experience at an affordable price, appealing to both recreational players and pros alike. Just a message to say congratulations on a fantastic week with the online Goliath. Great to see your online site growing. Youve done wonders this week. Thank you. @GrosvenorPoker — GussyFinknottle (@hongdopoker) August 8, 2020 The eventual “Player of the series” leader board winner “PokerPirate1963” made a final table appearance in the main event, after narrowly bubbling a final table earlier in the week.  Consistently cashing deep in a third of the events during the festival, was enough to accumulate over 500 points and secure top place to win the leader board title.  In addition to the total Goliath winnings in excess of £6k, Grosvenor will award £1000 worth of tickets for “PokerPirate1963” to enjoy. Newly qualified teacher Jacques “JBtheshark” was playing quietly on his mobile phone from a hotel room whilst on a family visit trip away.  Goliath falls perfectly in the school summer holidays for him, when he can dedicate more time to poker.  Last year he attended the live Goliath event and especially enjoyed the Grosvenor Poker Online Sponsored “Joker is Wild” event, in which he actually knocked me out to win a special Pro bounty prize of an event ticket.  It seems Goliath serves him well, as he bagged a big 4th place finish in this year’s #Goliath20 Online Main Event, for over £17k.  He plans to invest a portion of it into a poker bankroll in order to dedicate a little more time to this profitable hobby. Third place finisher was Hasmukh “AhJh” Khodiyara, described by a friend as being “a great all rounder player both live and online”.  He certainly proved this with this result, which he felt “really, really happy with”.  He was one of many players that complimented the event, saying “the structure was really good”. Defeating Goliath and the 2012 other players that had battled, was 34 year old Gerard “WRDortmund7” Barclay.  A poker player for half his life, he relied every bit on his 17 years of experience to overcome a 5:1 chip deficit when heads up started against “FrazzleFraggle”.  It was a perfect ending for him, finishing as number one, with the number one starting hand in poker, pocket aces. A victory that gave him a £12k pay jump, to secure a mega return on his investment of two bullets (at £125 each), the top prize of £42,248.55 plus the title of Goliath Champion, his name forever inscribed on the giant Goliath trophy and a replica trophy for him to proudly keep. Despite having looked forward to this year’s live Goliath after having played it last year for the first time and with Coventry coincidentally being his local Grosvenor Casino, Gerard told of how he actually felt more comfortable online and considered he “had more of an edge”.  Having won the Sunday Millions online tournament back in 2007 for $198k, he is no stranger to big field events and even bigger top place results!  However, it is this Goliath result that he feels “is more prestigious, as it only comes around once a year, whereas the Sunday Million is weekly”. Congratulations to @GerardBarclay on taking down the Goliath Main Event for £42k!!! https://t.co/Jatditc6mW — Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) August 10, 2020 Sharing a fun fact and providing some wise words, Gerard noted that in both…