2023 APAT WCOAP Wraps Up with Ralston Crowned as ME Champ

August 31, 2023 August 31, 2023 Kate Gonda
August 31, 2023 by Kate Gonda

Chris RalstonSummary:

  • The 2023 APAT WCOAP featured 23 events and took place at Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham UK
  • The Main Event was won by Scotland’s Chris Ralston for £15,000
  • Other winners at the series include Javed Akhtar and Andrzej Ciesielski

The 2023 Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) World Championship of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) is now done and dusted, and one of the biggest winners to emerge from the festival was Scotland’s Chris Ralston who claimed the Main Event title.

Ralston Takes Down WCOAP Main Event

The £180 buy-in WCOAP Main Event attracted a 696-entry field, generating £104,400 in total prize pool. The top 103 finishers walked away with a slice of that figure, worth at least £300. Each player who reached the final table won at least £2,000.

The largest chunk of £15,000 went to Ralston as the Main Event champ, with James Martin finishing as runner-up for £10,000.

Apart from his first-place cash, Ralston also took home a coveted WCOAP bracelet. He joins Dan Owston and Patrick Blye on the list of WCOAP Main Event winners.

Martin also received a silver medal to add to his 2nd-place payout.


2023 WCOAP – Results

The 2023 WCOAP ran from August 23-28 at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, UK. It featured a total of 23 events played in various variants and formats, including NLHE, PLO, 8-Game, Razz, Bounty, 2-7 Triple Draw, and H.O.R.S.E., with team events also thrown into the mix.

Each event pulled in at least 47 entries, and expectedly, the Main Event had the biggest turnout. The other key events on the schedule along with their winners are as follows:

£340 High Roller Championship (Javed Akhtar), £120 NLE 6-Max (Sean Lliffe), £120 Bounty Championship (Andrzej Ciesielski), £120 PLO8 Championship (Grzegorz Staniszewski), £120 8-Game Championship (Michael Perry), £60 NLHE Tag Championship (Mark Radford and Valerie Bennett), £120 International Teams MTT (Team England), £120 H.O.R.S.E. Championship (Chris Cooper).

Quentin Kwan (£60 NLHE 8-Max Championship) was also among the winners, so was Danny Strange (£60 PLO/PLO8 ROE Championship), Daniel Williams (£120 PLO 4/5/6 Championship), Scott Genever (£60 PLO Championship) and Daniel Turner (£60 NLHE Turbo Championship).

The APAT team heads next to Cardiff in Wales on September 15-17 for the APAT Welsh Amateur Poker Championship. After that, the tour’s next destination will be in Czech Republic at the Grand Casino Asch for the APAT German Amateur Poker Championship which is scheduled for September 27-October 1.

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Kate is fairly new the whole poker industry, with a background in finance she enjoys playing online poker during her downtime. She will be providing a insight into the UK industry as well as happenings in the online world