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Ellie Biessek Wins Genting Poker Series Newcastle

Polish Teacher Becomes First Female Champ Of Genting Poker Tour

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Ellie Biessek, a Polish maths teacher working in Southampton, has won the £400 + £40 buy in Genting Poker Tour Newcastle main event.

The 30-year-old online qualifier topped the 400-strong field at the Genting Casino having previously made a final table at the Tour as well as scooping third place at a Grosvenor UK Poker Tour event.

Biessek said after her win, “I am absolutely thrilled, very happy indeed. I didn’t get Aces or Queens once during the whole tournament, but I ground it out and I always thought that the trophy had my name on it because it is engraved with one of my favourite numbers, 13!

“It is a prime number and because most people think it is unlucky, I adopted it! As a mathematician I am fascinated by numbers, and that is why I love teaching and poker.”

The final table payouts at the event were:

1: Ellie Biessek — £38,750
2: Jamie Rutherford — £25,600
3: George Clyde-Smith — £19,010
4: Dan Woodford — £14,880
5: Jimmy Charlton — £11,840
6: Jonathan Gill — £8,960
7: Wadey — £6,400
8: Dom Mahoney — £4,320
9: Dan Hemmingway — £2,720
10: Carl Taylor10 — £2,080