The Derek Kavanagh Cup tournament was introduced to the UK poker scene back in 2015. At the time, Derek was proceeding with a battle against cancer, but it was unfortunately diagnosed as being terminal.
The first Kav Cup event took place in January of 2015 and was also a way to raise money for Cancer Research. The event has gone on to occur on a yearly basis afterwards, with the fourth of them occurring on Saturday 20th January 2018.
It was hoped that this year’s event would raise £10,000 towards various charities, but also the memory of Derek Kavanagh, or Kav as he was known. However, not only was this target actually met, but it went beyond expectations.
A total of £11,863 was raised at the tournament, with donations from poker players and a prize raffle making up the numbers. Altogether, 90% of these funds will go to the Brian House Children’s Hospice, while the leftover 10% goes to Homeless Hounds – Dogs in Need.
Of course, while the charitable reasons for the tournament were met and celebrated, there was another main event – the poker tournament itself. A total of 250 players entered into it, and each one of them had the determination to win it.
Chris Wood Storms Through
A total of 26 different players received a pay-out from the tournament. The first recipients of some prize money were Richard Pearson, who finished in 26th place, and Michelle Bennett, the 25th placed player. Each were given £185 as prize money. As the tournament began heating up, the ninth-place slot was filled by William McMurray, who scooped a £470 prize.
It was then down to Reyaaz Mulla to take eighth position, Qasim Zia for seventh and Chun Ho Man garnered an £885 prize in fifth place. The Grosvenor Casino in Manchester’s Bury New Road is where all of the action took place and saw the final five duke it out for the Kav Cup. When everything was said and done, Chris Wood fought off some strong competition in order to claim both the cup and a £4,768 prize!
One of Kav’s closest friends, Richard Gilby thanked everyone who participated in the organisation of the Kav Cup 4. Via Facebook, he then went on to express his gratitude to the 250 poker players, who he said there would not be an event like this without. Of course, future plans are already set in motion for there to be a Kav Cup 5 tournament. Perhaps even more money will be raised for charity once that rolls around.