Nixon is the best in the elite field for the £93,970 carry
Last Sunday saw popular poker player, vlogger and Twitch streamer Jamie Nixon drop £1,250 ($1,530) into the London Main Event (GUKPT) for the best £93,970 ($115,039). Better yet, he did it on home soil of sorts – Nixon is a sponsored Grosvenor Poker player.
A brave 347 took their seats at London’s prestigious Casino Victoria, 34 of which made winnings, and when it got to the final nine, the cream rose to the top with Irish Open winner Ryan Mandara, WSOP finalist Antonin Labatt, and Bellagio. Trophy winner Kelly Sidhu is still in the mix.
An important sign of a great player who has never won a major direct tournament
In the end, however, it was Nixon who emerged victorious from a talented final table, an important sign of a great player who had never before sealed a major direct tournament. Nixon sat with him VegasSlotsOnline news Following this brilliant result.
David K. Lapine: First of all, congratulations on the great result. When I texted you the day after the win, you jokingly said, “I didn’t fill it out in the end.” Earlier this year you had three runners-up in the Irish Open High Roller, PPC UK High Roller and UKIPT London High Roller. Have you ever felt like there was a monkey on your back?
Jimmy Nixon: Thank you very much, my friend! Yes, it’s been a long time since this came out. Like I mentioned, earlier this year I had that string of three second places. They all came within a month, so I guess that’s been playing in my mind ever since. But in London, I felt zero stress – probably due to the fact that I was sick and completely drained of my energy! I did a lot of work on the head-to-head element of my game too, but luckily I didn’t have to use a lot of it because it only lasted 4 hands!
DKL: It was a tough final table – as tough as any I’ve seen at Grosvenor events. Can you describe the final schedule from your point of view?
Jenny: The benchmark at the final table was very high and I’m actually good friends with Ryan Mandara, Koli Sidhu and Mitch Haynam. But I felt at ease in that crowd, and I knew if I played my game, I would be a good sage. I came with a good stack, but dwindled for a while with a hand of cards that didn’t do me any favors, but luckily I ran well in time!
DKL: When you’ve had good results in the past, do you ever brag about something nice to yourself, or is it just money in the pile?
Jenny: I’m a family man, so the majority of my splurges had some purpose – a house deposit and a new car (although I splurged more than I should have on the car because I convinced my better half Ellie to let me get a Range Rover). I’d say the majority of your fun spending money goes to meals out. My son Charlie has an expensive pallet and he loves sushi!
DKL: On a recent episode of “The Chip Race,” Dara said your most striking feature is your “unmistakable ability to not be uncomfortable.” It is a great advantage to have as a poker player. It probably means that you rarely get away from the A-game. If you had to identify which leak is sneaking up, which you should watch out for, which is it?
Jenny: That’s very kind of Dara! I would definitely say I agree because I don’t get nervous at the table, and that definitely helps. Leaks wise though, I’d say I had loads. I may not have studied 80bb+ as well as I should, and I definitely need to work on that more. Also, even though I study alarm clocks a lot this year, I’d say I’m far from perfect! So the next time I encounter Dara, he’ll know he can kill!
DKL: One of the things I’ve noticed is that, unlike a lot of poker players, you understand the value of a dollar. Whether it’s because you had a job before poker or because you have a young family, it manifests itself in being a very steadfast and responsible young man. Did that help or hinder you as a poker player because it made you more risk averse on occasions when there were good shots to take?
Jenny: Are you calling me a thief, David? haha.
Yes sure, I’ve been very open in the past about how before poker I wasn’t doing amazingly well financially. I was a monthly type of guy that a lot of people are these days. I wouldn’t say it makes me risk averse, as if I get a big roll I’ll definitely take a shot. I wouldn’t take the kind of risk that would put me back in the position I was in before poker. I always need this buffer to be there. I would say it definitely helped me, as I was able to build steadily.
DKL: You have posted a Monthly vlog for at least the past two months. I suppose this win will show up heavily in the next win?
Jenny: I’ve been focusing more on live poker for the past nine months, so I haven’t been able to stream much on Twitch. I realized the obvious thing to do was start making vlogs to fill the void. It’s a great way to look back on what you did later, too, rather than just holding back memories.
It’s actually funny, I started it at GUKPT London on day one, but on day two I got sick with food poisoning and could barely hold my head up, let alone videotape, so I ended up not doing it, for the biggest win of my career so far! Bad run even when I win, right? I’ll try to piece together something from other people’s videos and livestreams!
DKL: For the past few months, you’ve been hosting a “Vegas Home Game” where there’s a leaderboard that finally gives away a £10,000 ($12,242) Vegas package. Can you tell me more about this topic?
Jenny: I’ve been running a weekly home game on Grosvenor Poker for a number of years now and the latest promotion is taking two people to Vegas in the summer of 2023. The contest is on through the end of December!
Each month, we have a leaderboard for my home game, and the top three players from each month go into a final (played in January) where they’ll be joined by the top three of each month in a league of fellow pro Katie Swift. In that final, two players will win a package to go to Vegas, as well as several other players will win a number of tickets to the tournament! They’re all value added too, so it’s great to be able to run something like this.
DKL: A few years ago, I came on “The Chip Race” to do an assignment Strategy part. Some strategic guests offer successful bluffs or their hero calls but you brought a hand that you described as “the worst hand I’ve ever played”. I think that says a lot about you and the way you always put your ego to one side in the pursuit of improvement. So…has she played worse since then?
Jenny: Maybe a load of them! I played one recently and I’ll say it’s worse, not because of the way it played but because I almost got hit!
I was in Cyprus two weeks ago for $3,000 and we were on three bets. We got to the river on a board of four shovels. I had an A♦️Q♣️ so I chose to lay in a big river bluff. My opponent (a very large, intimidating-looking Turkish man) wallowed for five minutes before calling. I said “good call” while placing my hand, only to see the Q♠️ and not the Q♣️, which beat his range! He was furious, throwing chips at me as well as flipping his seat! I thought he was going to kill me, but luckily the table was moved with two hands later, otherwise I wouldn’t have come home from Cyprus!
DKL: Ha, ha, I’m glad you got home in one piece and again, congrats on the great outcome.
GUKPT London Main Event Final Schedule Results
- Jimmy Nixon – £93,970
- Kully Sidhu – £64,980
- Phil Clark – 39,630 pounds sterling
- Mitch Hennam – £24,995
- Antoine Labatt – 16,780 pounds sterling
- Justin Tsui – £12,140
- Ryan Mandara – £9,285
- Nikolai Mamut – 7855 pounds sterling
- Yucel Eminoglu – £6,425