The Cumbria Sharks have won the Amateur Poker Association and Tour’s “The Counties” competition.
Cumbria Sharks Team made up of Jon Seal as captain and Andy Pearson, Chris Salmon, and Mark Jones. The team won the trophy and the euro 3,200 prize money.
Derry Airs and Greater Manchester Bolton Whites came in second and third, respectively.
Over thirty teams from across the country took part in the competition, which was held over two days at the Resorts World in Birmingham. 7 teams qualified for the final table. Apart from the three mentioned above, the other teams were Kent Stallions, Lancashire Luckboxes, Staffordshire Marmites, and Suffolk Sharks.
In the first round of the competition, each player of a team had to take part in a Single Table Tournament (STT), and the points of all the team members would decide the teams ranking.
Cumbria Sharks were ranked 13th out of a total of 20 teams, which qualified for the next round and had to participate in another STT. Winners of each table would take their teams to the final table.
Seal played the best hand in the final round, which enabled his team to win the trophy.
The Amateur Poker Association and Tour held the first national poker tour in the UK in 2006 to give a chance to amateur players to improve their poker skills by competing against each other.
Teams that have qualified for the final table in these tournaments have gone on to win WSOP, WPT, EPT, Irish Open, GUKPT, and many other international poker tournaments.
In addition to the UK, the Amateur Poker Association and Tour also hold live events in Europe and North America.