Sheffield United’s Brammall Lane was the venue for the South Yorkshire Regional Final. 8 National Final qualifying places were to be won along with the usual £1000 to be split between the top 8.

An 8 player final table meant that everyone would receive an invite and some cash to go with it. After a short break, play resumed with a tie for the chip lead. Paul Foster from the Sportsman in Doncaster and Ian Jolley from the Shoulder Of Mutton in Chesterfield both had 190,000 in chips. Their lead was very slim though as Martin Presley had 180,000 in front of him and not much further back was Neil Wenlock and Donovan Wiggan, both with 150,000 in chips respectively. Six eliminations later, we had our heads-up match which was between Paul Foster and Martin Presley, who was also from the Sportsman in Doncaster. Martin would take down the South Yorkshire Regional Final when his K8 suited had Paul’s 84 dominated. The flop brought a possible spilt pot when it came down J79, but a Q turn and a 2 river saw Martin Presley win the tournament.

National Final Qualifiers & Cash Prize Winners
1st Martin Presley – Sportsman, Doncaster
2nd Paul Foster – Sportsman, Doncaster
3rd Ian Jolley – Shoulder Of Mutton, Chesterfield
4th Neil Wenlock – Riley’s, Rotherham
5th Richard Coleman – Queens Hotel, Sheffield
6th John Barker – Haynook, Rotherham
7th Donovan Wiggan – Big Tree, Sheffield
8th Richard Patterson – Tut & Shive, Doncaster