The inaugural World Poker Tour South Africa Main Event has concluded and it was a case of close but no cigar for British pro Jerome Bradpiece, who finished second to German pro Dominik Nitsche in the $3,300 buy-in tournament.
Bradpiece, who was born in South Africa, got off to a great start at the six-handed final table when he added the stack of Andrew Anthony to his own to bust out the first player. The action folded to Anthony on the button and he thought the best way to play his was to move all-in. It was a move that would probably have worked had not Bradpiece being sat in the big blind with pocket tens. The board was void of any drama and the final table lost its first player.
Anthony was joined on the sidelines 20-minutes later when Jason Strauss lost his stack to Nitsche. The blinds were 15,000/30,000/5,000a and Strauss was sat with 450,000 chips in front of him. After a brief preflop raising war with Nitsche, Strauss found himself all in holding to Nitsche’s much stronger and when the board ran out Strauss’ exit was confirmed and Nitsche held around 75% of the total chips in play!
Ninety minutes passed before the next player was eliminated, that dubious honour going to Wesley Weigard. Finding himself with a shoving stack, Weigard moved all-in from the cutoff with but was in a whole world of trouble when William Ross re-shoved from the button with what turned out to be pocket queens. By the river the board read and Weigard busted out in fourth place.
Despite adding Weigard’s chips to his stack, Ross was eliminated just five minutes later – ironically it was against a pair of queens, the same hand that he busted Weigard with. With blinds of 25,000/50,000/5,000a Ross thought the best way to extract value from his was to move all-in from the button for 1,500,000. Unfortunately for him, Bradpiece looked down and found in front of him and re-shoved. Nitsche got out of the way and when the dealer fanned out the board it was game over for Ross.
Ross’ exit left Bradpiece (2,800,000 chips) and Nitsche (4,050,000) to battle it out for the title. Bradpiece took and early lead when Nitsche opened on the button and Bradpiece called. Bradpiece then check-called a 110,000 bet on an flop, then check-called a 250,000 bet on the turn and then check-called when Nitsche fired 475,000 on the arrival of the river. Bradpiece showed pocket sixes and Nitsche mucked.
The turning point came some 40-minutes later and it went Nitsche’s way. The blinds were now 30,000/60,000/10,000 and Bradpiece opened to 130,000, Nitsche three-bet to 375,000 and Bradpiece made the call. The flop fell and Nitsche lead for 350,000 and Bradpiece called. Nitsche bet again, making it 450,000 to play when the landed on the turn and again Bradpeice called. The river was the and Nitsche bet again, increasing the size to 575,000 and once again Bradpiece called. Nitsche showed and Bradpiece mucked what we think was .
That hand left Nitsche holding a 5,100,000 to 1,800,000 chip advantage over Bradpiece and it wasn’t too long before he pressed that advantage home. Bradpiece min-raised to 160,000, Nitsche checked his cards and moved all-in and after taking a peak at his own holding Bradpiece made the call.
Nitsche held the advantage and his equity increased as the flop came down . The turn was no help to Bradpiece and when the appeared on the river Nitsche had won WPT South Africa and added the second prong to the coveted live poker Triple Crown. According to his Facebook page Bradpiece struck a deal with Nitsche during heads-up and actually won $145,000, slightly more than the $121,477 advertised.
Congratulations to Nitsche and of course to Bradpiece who fought a valiant battle throughout this event and would have been a more than worthy champion.
WPT South Africa Final Table Results
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