Jay Patel goes from $5 online grind to London Poker Festival champion

Jay Patel

The decision Jay Patel The decision to invest in poker coaching has borne fruit, and significant results. Patel started playing in $5 online poker tournaments just a few months ago, but can now call himself “the one.” Main event of the London Poker Festival 2024 Champion, an award that came with it £79,370 prize money.

Patel, perhaps frustrated with the online poker grind, got in touch Jamie Nixona member of Team Grosvenor Poker, and hired him as his poker coach. Whatever Nixon taught Patel worked wonders as the student became a master, scoring by far the best score of his career.

It was a nice start to 2024 for Nixon’s students. Both Browne won two titles at the Irish Poker Tour Galway Festivaland then another one on Westport Poker Festivalwhile Joseph McKenna triumphed in the Grosvenor 25/50 in Liverpool. Now Patel has found himself in the winner’s enclosure.

London Poker Festival Main Event final table results

rank player Price
1 Jay Patel £79,370*
2 Gianmarco Kovari £60,602*
3 David Costello £60,028*
4 Andrean Kostadinov £25,000
5 Dillan Patel £20,000
6 Douglas Hogan £17,500
7 Stefan Dimitrov £15,000
8th Thomas Winstone £12,500
9 Jiaze Li £10,300

*reflects a three-way deal

The main event of the London Poker Festival attracted a large crowd 822 spectators, which created a prize pool of £500,910. The top 84 finishers won a slice of the pie, with payouts starting at £1,900.

Many well-known grinders hit the money spots, including Jack McDermott, James Rann, Martin’s Adeniya, Joe Hindry, Dara O’KearneyPaddy Power Poker Conor O’Driscolland Harry Lodge.

Each of the nine finalists secured at least £10,300 for their efforts, and that was it Jiaze Li who claimed this sum. Li is best known for his winnings GUKPT Main Event 2021 that was part of this year’s Grand Final.

Thomas Winstone finished in eighth place for £12,500, with Stefan Dimitrov fell back one place later and received a score of £15,000.

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Sixth place and a career-best £17,500 went to him Douglas Hogan, who has almost doubled his income from live poker tournaments with this impressive result. There was another career-best payout at the final table, because Dillan Patel received £20,000 for his fifth place finish. Patel’s best haul so far came in 2022 Irish Poker Tour High Rollers in London, which earned him £8,430.

Once Andrean Kostadinov When he dropped to fourth place for £25,000, the three surviving players agreed a deal that massively reduced the wage jump.

The deal worked out David CostelloAdvantage because he crashed in third place. Costello raised £60,028 thanks to the deal, more than double the amount he received for his fifth place finish in the race 2016 Irish Poker Open.

With Costello out of the way, Patel and Gianmarco Kovari Locked horns heads up. Kovari had yet to score on his Hendon Mob profile, which gave Patel the benefit of the ball. Whether it was the Poker Gods, Lady Luck or Patel putting Nixon’s training into action, Patel emerged victorious, taking home his first live trophy and a whopping £79,370. Kovari’s first recorded live score weighed £60,602.

London Poker Festival results

Although Patel’s Main Event victory was by far the biggest payout, five other champions took home five-figure winnings.

Sebastien Jung won £19,000 after winning that £500 London Poker Cup, Glen Gaines took home £18,400 (including bounty) from the mysterious bounty event Guillaume Soumier received £17,213 for his victory in the £1,650 Omaha Championship.

Call too Christopher Yongwhich decreased The London £250 for £16,000, just a few days after his triumph in the Opening of the London Festival for £5,000.

Event Buy in Participant Price pool champion Price
Main event £700 822 £500.90 Jay Patel £79,370
London Poker Cup £500 152 £68,175 Sebastien Jung £19,000
Mysterious bounty £500 252 £110,565 Glen Gaines £18,400*
Omaha Championship £1,650 48 £75,000 Guillaume Soumier £17,213
The London 250 £250 287 £61,565 Christopher Yong £16,000
£1,000 per day £1,000 53 £46,508 Peter Murphy £15,115
Opening of the London Festival £150 146 £18,505 Christopher Yong £5,000
Omaha 7-Max £300 71 £18,690 Anonymous £4,955
Omaha 7-max 4/5 card £300 56 £14,745 Paul Durston £4,300
Omaha 7-Max £300 42 £11,057 Tan Le £3,702
NLHE Turbo £150 95 £12,040 Anonymous £3,510
NLHE Turbo Freezeout £150 84 £10,645 Julius Buzetoiu £3,195
Women’s Championship £200 57 £10,005 Lydia Cugudda £2,755
NLHE £150 79 £15,000 Marios Nicolaou £2,420
Last Chance Turbo £150 55 £6,970 Alex Isen £1,725


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