Annual varsity poker match
Forget the boat race, the brightest young minds from Oxford and Cambridge universities swapped their oars for cards as they faced off on a different river all together at the Oxford versus Cambridge Varsity Poker Match and the 12th annual Oxford Cup, both sponsored by Full Tilt Poker.
To kick-start the weekend, Cambridge triumphed over Oxford in the Varsity Poker Match, getting revenge over the dark blues for this year's boat race.
Cambridge captain Mark Hammond (right), who comes from Wimbledon and is studying history, was the last man standing at the end of the day’s proceedings, securing the bragging rights for his university.
The event featured six players from each team facing off against each other in a heads-up shootout to determine the amount of chips each player started the decisive final table with.
The first part of the competition saw Cambridge take a 20-16 lead in the matches. This granted Cambridge a slight advantage going into the final stage of the event which they made the most of to claim overall victory.
Things had looked bleak for Oxford when, of five remaining players, only Yousisif Moneimne, a PPE student, remained to wave the dark blue flag. Despite a valiant effort, Yousisif was next to exit, allowing the remaining Cambridge players to enjoy the rest of the match safe in the knowledge victory was already secured.
Cambridge captain Mark was delighted with the win, saying: "The Cambridge team played well, we deserved it. Both teams gave a good account of themselves, but we lead it all the way."
The Oxford Cup XII followed the Varsity tournament and was won by Oxford local Rick Hawkins after he triumphed over a field of 153 entrants.
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October 18, 2013