Marais was sitting in third place when he reached the last nine, with Tai Hoang in second and Levan Reid in third. Within an hour of play beginning at the final table, three players had been eliminated, and by the end of the second hour there were just four players remaining, with Marais still in third place. Fortunately, he managed to double up by going all-in with AKs against A6s, and later turned J9s into a straight thanks to a 10 showing on the flop and a 7 and 8 appearing on the turn and river, respectively.
Marais eventually beat Tai Hong into second place, giving him his biggest live poker win to date and once again demonstrating that it isn’t only professionals who can demolish monster fields to take home the biggest slice of the prize pool. Whether Marais will now choose to take on even bigger tournaments in the future is something that only time will tell, but we congratulate him on his Goliath achievement and look forward to seeing him at the tables again soon.
The Goliath tournament is an annual event which is organised by Grosvenor Casino, and so players will need to wait another twelve months or thereabouts to have a go at following in Marais’ footsteps. The good news is that Grosvenor organises many more tournaments in addition to the Goliath, and the chain is currently preparing for its Summer Sizzler, which takes place later this month.
The 2017 Summer Sizzler will run at venues across the country from Wednesday 23 to Monday 28 August and will offer a guaranteed prize pool of £20,000 per region. The direct buy-in is £100 + £10, but online super satellites costing as little as 25p will be running from Sunday 14 August, so visit Grosvenor today to find out more, and good luck to those of you who choose to get involved.