After a short day to match the Short Deck format, Sam Greenwood blasted his way to victory in Event #4 of the British Poker Open by defeating Robert Flink heads-up at Aspers Casino.

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With Cary Katz going into his fourth successive final table this series as a massive chip leader, the Poker Central supremo would have had high hopes of taking it down, but it was not to be after a series of early-stage runouts that would frustrate the most patient of pros.

Danny Tang was first to leave, however, the Hong Kong player busting when his failed to stay ahead of Robert Flink’s on a board of .

Katz, for so long the leader in this event, would bust next, albeit for £24,000. His pocket aces were cracked by Sam Greenwood’s when the board ran out to send Katz out of the door and give Greenwood the lead.


Both Anson Tsang and Robert Flink, who reached his second final table of the four events like Greenwood, could do nothing to prevent the latter from claiming yet another win in a spectacular year for the pro from Canada.

Tsang left the action when his was skittled by Greenwood’s flopped trip kings, and just a few short minutes later, it was all over, as the heads-up battle saw Greenwood make a flush when the money went in on the turn of a board showing , Greenwood holding for a flush and Flink with the for a straight. Flink still had outs, but only a club would do for the Swede, and the was not what he needed.

Robert Flink puts himself in strong contention for the British Poker Open title with a second place finish.
Robert Flink puts himself in strong contention for the British Poker Open title with a second-place finish.


“I registered, went on this crazy heater and won every all-in basically,” said Greenwood moments after his victory. “It happens a lot in Short Deck; people go from having all the chips to having no chips. I sprung 100,000 up to 1.5 million.”

Greenwood did exactly that and knows how the variance of tournament poker, and Short Deck in particular, helped him.

“On the bubble, there was intricate finesse to it, then I cracked Cary’s aces and it was just the easiest tournament I’ve played in a long time!”

It’s a victory that gives Greenwood a real foothold in the race for winning the British Poker Open leaderboard.

Here’s how everyone at the final table today fared:

Final Table Results:

Place Player Country  Prize
1st Sam Greenwood Canada £110,400
2nd Robert Flink Sweden £67,200
3rd Anson Tsang Hong Kong £38,400
4th Cary Katz United States £24,000

That all means that the overall leaderboard in the 2019 British Poker Open sees Sam the name to beat, with Greenwood closing in on Soverel at the top with six events to play. Who’s your money on?

Current 2019 British Poker Open Leaderboard:

Rank Player Points Winnings
1 Sam Soverel 280 £179,200
2 Sam Greenwood 260 £147,200
3 Robert Flink 240 £108,800
4 Paul Newey 200 £156,400
5 George Wolff 200 £120,000
6 Luc Greenwood 200 £119,600
7 Steve O’Dwyer 140 £72,800
8 Stephen Chidwick 140 £71,000
9 Cary Katz 120 £51,600
10 Elio Fox 100 £69,000

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Sam Soverel, Anson Tsang, Sam Greenwood, Cary Katz, Robert Flink