Talk Club Takes Down the 2024 APAT UK Team Championship

Talk Club Takes Down the 2024 APAT UK Team Championship

Forty teams of eight pokers descended on Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham over the weekend and competed for the right to call themselves the 2024 Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) UK Team Championship champions. Talk Club came away with the bragging rights, 9,200 to share between them, and a coveted gold APAT medal.

2024 APAT UK Team Championship Team Results

1Talk Club3759,200
2Midland Freelancers3616,000
3Fair Play Poker3514,000
4Malvern Poker Club3302,800
5Blue Blood2862,000

Talk Club, consisting of Simon Brooke, Tristan Chaplin, Adam Neal, Richard Wilcox, Ian Witt, Robert Hallworth, John Patten, and PokerNews' very own Daniel Williams ran out worthy winners, ultimately finishing 14 points ahead of Team Midland Freelancers.

First place was locked up for Talk Club when only 12 players remained in the hunt thanks partly to having Brooke and Williams still in the mix. Brooke busted in 11th place before Paul Haycock sent PokerNews' Williams to the rail in tenth on the final table bubble.

The Midland Freelancers had to make do with a silver APAT medal and 6,000, while Fair Play Poker claimed third place, a bronze APAT medal, and 4,000.

What is Talk Club?

Each member of Team Talk Club is passionate about Talk Club, a men's mental fitness community designed to remove the stigma around men discussing their feelings. Instead of asking your friend if they are OK and getting shut down by a one-word answer, Talk Club suggests asking them, "How are you feeling out of 10?" which is the slogan emblazoned on the shirts of Team Talk Club's shirts during the APAT UK Team Championship.

Talk Club offers several services, including Talk & Listen peer-to-peer groups, Talk & Exercise peer-to-peer sharing around physical activity, Talking Therapies that a qualified therapist runs, and Business Support.

You can support Talk Club through donations and purchases via the club's online shop.

Swindells Walks Away With Top Individual Honors

Although the team element of the APAT UK Team Championship was wrapped up with 12 players remaining, it was all to play for in the individual part of the 120 buy-in event.

Nicholas Howat was the first player to bust from the final table, with Mike Errington joining him soon after.

Seventh place went to Jordan James, who navigated his way to the final table despite being blind. James has the table action relayed to him by his partner, Shannon. PokerNews will be speaking to James soon and bringing you an exclusive interview with this remarable man.

The final six became five when Neil Banks busted, then four after Glen Whitehead hit the rail. Nobody wanted to finish fourth because they'd miss out on a coveted APAT medal, but someone had to. The previously mentioned Paul Haycock, the destroyer of PokerNews' Williams' final table dreams, was the unfortunate medal bubble boy.

Third place went to Gareth Howard, leaving Robert Swindells and Rob Wheeler heads-up for the title. The battle went Swindells' way, and he scooped 2,000 and a gold medal for his impressive victory.

2024 APAT UK Team Championship Individual Results

1Robert Swindells2,000
2Rob Wheeler1,300
3Gareth Howard800
4Paul Haycock600
5Glen Whitehead500
6Neil Banks450
7Jordan James400
8Mike Errington350
9Nicholas Howat300

Other Champions From the APAT UK Team Championship

It wasn't only the UK Team Championship that took place at Dusk Till Dawn but also a handful of exciting side events. Habib Chatoo was the biggest winner in these side event after scooping 2,520 in the 120 PLO Championship.

EventEntrantsPrize PoolChampionPrize
60 Bounty Hunter27813,900Warren Jones1,080
60 NLHE1849,200David Amos1,386
120 PLO747,400Habib Chatoo2,520
120 NLHE909,000Anonymous1,810

APAT Confirms 13 Stops on its 2024 Tour

During the UK Team Championship, APAT announced 13 stops on its 2024 tour. APAT stated there may be a few more events to add to the list rumors of a Welsh Championship are lingering but the table below shows the concrete dates of confirmed stops.

Feb 9-11German Team ChampionshipGrand Casino Asch, Czech Republic
Feb 21-25European Championship Of Amateur PokerAspers Stratford, London
Mar 22-24APAT Open ChampionshipMan235 Casino, Manchester
Apr 27-28Mediterranean Amateur Poker ChampionshipPortomaso Casino, Malta
May 1-2Irish Amateur Poker ChampionshipDublin, Ireland
May 17-19Scottish Amateur Poker ChampionshipGrosvenor Casino, Glasgow
Jun 14-16UK Amateur Poker ChampionshipGrosvenor Casino, Leeds
Aug 21-26World Championship of Amateur PokerDTD, Nottingham
Oct 2-6German Amateur Poker ChampionshipGrand Casino Asch, Czech Republic
Oct 18-20English Amateur Poker ChampionshipGrosvenor Casino, Blackpool
Nov 2-3Maltese Amateur Poker ChampionshipPortomaso Casino, Malta
Nov 15-17UK & Ireland Amateur Poker ChampionshipGrosvenor Casino, Newcastle
Nov 29-Dec 1Poker Squads LiveDTD, Nottingham


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