David Gassan may not be a huge name in poker, but his recent performance at the Hippodrome Winter Classic may be just enough to land him on the radar of up-and-coming players. Over the course of an extended final table and gruelling heads up battle, Gassan took down the title and worked towards establishing a reputation as a fierce competitor.
Setting a new record for the biggest number of players, the Hippodrome Winter Classic in London drew 217 runners fighting for a prize pool of over £54,000. Organisers had set a guarantee of £25,000 that was easily surpassed as more people came to the tourney than originally expected.
In addition to the top prize money, Gassan was also awarded a free entry into the Hippodrome Spring Classic where he will have the chance to defend the title and become a two-time winner. The spring event will take place from March 7 to March 9. To reach the winner’s circle, Gassan was forced to defeat Jerome Bradpiece in heads up play. With plenty of exciting moments, it was Gassan that proved victorious and worthy of the lion’s share of profits on this day.
The Hippodrome Casino is fast becoming one of the main places to play poker in the U.K., largely due to its weekly tournament series that is attracting more players with every passing week. The tournaments are meant for smaller stakes players and feature smaller buy-ins where a player with a smaller bankroll can get the most bang for their entry fee. The flagship weekly tournament is the Sunday DeepStack, which usually pays out over £1,000 to the winner.
Another tourney that has been picking up steam happens on Tuesday at the Hippodrome Casino. Featuring Pot Limit Omaha as the game, it offers players an experience quite different from the traditional Texas Hold’em tables. While PLO is largely played in the U.K. and elsewhere as a cash game, the availability of PLO tournaments is sorely lacking. Therefore, the Tuesday PLO tournament has been a welcome addition to the slate of weekly London poker events.
The weekly tournaments also have the benefit of encouraging cash game play at the casino. Each person that enters a weekly tournament is eligible to play at one of the cash game tables for a period of two hours without paying a rake – a huge advantage to players looking to stretch their bankroll and time at the tables.