Tuesday 7th February, 2023

Aspers Winter Festival smashes Main Event records again

By Mad Harper

The Aspers Stratford Winter Festival has smashed records once again with a £212,140 prize pool for the Main Event. 


The latest champion is Hang Xu who has more than doubled his previous live tournament winnings in one fell swoop with a bumper prize of £42,220. There were a total of 405 entries in the Main Event which marked a year of the new seasonal festivals at Asper’s Casino Stratford.


In the Main Event, the prize pool made a staggering £212,140 with 45 places paid. A min cash was worth £1,100 and the bubble finally burst close to 11pm on Day 2. The £600 buy-in tournament came with a £120,000 guaranteed prize pool but the huge volume of entries quickly smashed that. Denas Pranaitis, who won the Autumn Fest Warm-Up event finished third for £20,110 while Brazilian pro Alex Gomes was fifth for £11k. Will Kassouf also made the money – £2,300 for 17th place – and Greek pro Alexios Zervos was 18th, also for £2,300.


The packed schedule featured 15 tournaments in total from January 24 to February 5. Aleksandrs Golubevs won the High Roller for £22,120. Former EPT London and WPT Barcelona finalist Martins Adeniya is working his way up to the title – he finished fifth in the Autumn Fest High Roller and was runner-up this time around for £14,970. Alessandro Acampora, Alex Goulder, Janos Nemeth and Gary Miller all made the money with a min-cash worth £3,400.


Other events on the packed schedule included a ton of satellites along the Progressive Bounty, 4/5/6 PLO event and a £150 + £150 + £40 Mystery Bounty tournament. MainEventTravel.com rooted on train conductor Michael London in the Warm Up event. Michael won a £500 Warm Up Package (£250 buy-in plus £250 MET travel credit) in a special MET Facebook promotion. London put his buy-in to good use by making the final table of the Warm Up and finishing in 8th place for £1,365 – his first cash at Aspers Stratford. The Warm Up kicked off the festival with over 220 entries, and nearly £50k in the prize pool, more than double the guarantee.


Aspers Customer Services Manager Janis Mozajevs said: “The festivals just keep getting better and better! This was a great turnout and everyone enjoyed themselves. Congrats to our new champion and we are now looking forward to the next event.”


As well as its new seasonal festivals featuring £560 buy-in Main Events, Aspers Stratford is well-known for hosting regular tournaments at the casino. Wednesday’s £60 buy-in features unlimited re-entries. Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s tourneys have a maximum of two re-entries.


Aspers Stratford is one of the UK’s leading casinos with the biggest card room in London. The venue has already hosted numerous premier tournaments including the Unibet Open and 888poker LIVE. Getting to Aspers couldn’t be simpler as it’s located right in the giant Westfield Stratford City retail centre and easily accessible by tube or train. If you’re driving, just head to Car Park B of Westfield Stratford City and use the lifts to access the casino.

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