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“El Blondie” becomes El Champion at NPL Event #2

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Dave "El Blondie" Colclough came back from a final table finish in Event #1 to take the brass ring in Event #2 of the National Poker League UK Open, besting a field of 29 top competitors in the £500 buy-in No Limit Hold Em tournament. Colclough started the final table in second place behind Jason De Fretias, and was joined at the final table by Paul Ephremsen, Hugh Mallaly, Stuart Nash, and Albert Sapiano.

Sapiano was the first to fall, calling all-in with {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} against Stuart Nash's {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}. Nash caught an ace on the flop and Sapiano was sent to the rail in 6th place, good for £760.

Nash lasted another hour and a half before tangling with Colclough to end his tournament life. Nash raised preflop with {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}, and went all-in over the top when Colclough re-raised him. Colclough quickly called with {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}, and caught a {K-Clubs} on the turn and the {Q-Clubs} on the river to send Nash home in 5th place with £940 in prize money.

Not long after, Hugh Mallaly pushed all-in preflop with {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}, to be called by chip leader Jason De Fretias with pocket Aces. No miracle board for Mallaly, and he was bounced in 4th for £1,500. This sent De Fretias into three-way play with a commanding chip lead over Colclough and Paul Ephremsen.

Eighteen hands into 3-way action, Paul Ephremsen pushed all-in with pocket 5s and was called by De Fretias' {A-Spades}{7-Hearts}. Ephremsen was on the verge of a double-up when the Ace on the river sent him drifting away instead, taking home £2,200 for his 3rd-place finish.

It took 122 hands of heads-up play to crown a victor, and it all came down to making the move at the right time. De Fretias open-shoved with {A-Clubs}{7-Hearts}, and Colclough made the call with the {K-Clubs}{8-Spades}. The flop of {J-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{4-Spades} put De Fretias solidly in the lead, but the {K-Spades} on the turn swung the balance to Colclough. The unnecessary {K-Hearts} on the river was the final blow for De Fretias, sending him home the runner-up with £3,500.

The Hendon Mob's Dave "El Blondie" Colclough picked up the win and the £5,600 first prize to go with his final table finish from the day before.

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