Edinburgh Scottish Cup Won By Paul McTaggart
By Bob Garcia
Scottish poker found itself a new champion over the weekend when the Edinburgh Scottish Cup tournament finished up at the Genting Club Edinburgh Fountain Park casino with Paul McTaggart beating 244 entrants in the main event to win himself £18,250 (approximately $23,000).
Out of the 244 entrants, the top 25 ended up inside the money bubble. McTaggart, getting through to the final, ended up in the head to head with fellow Scotsman Andy Mackenzie where a more than two-hour battle ensued for the top prize. Despite McTaggart getting first place, Mackenzie’s second-place prize was still a pretty good payday, walking away from the casino with £14,175 (approximately $18,000) in his pocket.
Paul McTaggart is is much better known in the British poker scene than anywhere else, rarely choosing to play outside of the UK in general and Scotland in particular. He did cash twice in the WSOP at the Rio in Vegas, winning $41,000 for 11th place in a no limit hold’em event in 2015 and almost $33,000 in the 2012 Main Event. He has also cashed in Spain and the Czech Republic. Most of the time though, he stays close to home making money in local tournaments and grinding online, where he’s racked up over a million dollars.
He’s on an upward trajectory and poker fans might well be seeing more of him soon.