Mayhew plays his ace card to scoop top prize

JACKPOT: Ben Mayhew, who scooped the top prize of �72,840 at the UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max poker tournament
JACKPOT: Ben Mayhew, who scooped the top prize of �72,840 at the UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max poker tournament
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Ben Mayhew hit the jackpot this week after scooping the top prize at the UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max poker tournament.

The 27-year-old from Bury St Edmunds, overcame 458 players from 31 countries to scoop first place and take home a windfall of £72,840, his biggest win to date.

Speaking immediately after his success to the PokerStars website, Mayhew, who survived an unpredictable final table to finally overcome Tony Salmon, couldn’t hide his surprise after a mixed few days competing.

“It’s exhilarating, I don’t really know what to say,” he said.

“I’ve had so much luck the last couple of days. I played really well on Day one and two, then Day three was terrible. I felt I made so many mistakes.

“You get tournaments where you’re at the final table and you look at one guy and you think God, he’s really bad, how did he get here? I think that was me”

“I survived five or six all-ins as an underdog and somehow I got there.”

n For full story, including a full interview with Mayhew, see Friday’s Bury Free Press.