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Nik Persaud Wins World Heads Up Poker Championship

Small But Strong Field Chase £30,000 Top Prize


Nik PersaudNik Persaud last night won the World Heads Up Poker Championship at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London.

Persaud, a co-founder of Black Belt Poker with Neil Channing, topped the 28-strong field in the £2,000 + £200 buy –in event to take home £30,000.

He beat Leon Louis heads up with final hand seeing the player get it all in on a flop of 7-6-4 with Persaud holding 9-8 suited and Louis 5-5.

A turn and river of 6-7 counterfeited Louis’ 5-5 and the title was shipped to Persaud.

“I’m really pleased to have won a title,” he said after his victory. “There were some great players in there, so it feels good to have won, especially in a format which I’ve been playing a lot of. It’s also great for Black Belt Poker, and hopefully shows what a great team spirit we have. It spurs you on when you see everyone else doing so well.”

The tournament, won last year by Bambos Xanthos, also saw Vicky Coren, JP Kelly, Jeff Kimber, and John Tabatabi take part. The payouts and results were:

1: Nik Persaud — £30,000
2: Leon Louis — £15,000
3: Toby Lewis — £5,500
3: Jeff Kimber — £5,500