Joeri Zandvliet wins UKIPT Manchester
A 21 year old Dutch college student navigated through one of the biggest and toughest UK poker fields of the year to take down the Pokerstars UK & Ireland Poker Tour Manchester Title. 518 players took part in the £550 main event and it was Joeri Zandvliet who defeated Englishman Jack Ellwood to score the £63,200 pay day and the title.
It was a gruelling three day tournament which saw every days play go into the late levels. The final table also included the in form Chris Brammar who went deep in the last UKIPT event and a name you seem to see a lot in the deep stages of the major UK tournaments. Young player Dean Lyall also looked poised to win it, however a few too many drinks led to 4 orbits of penalties that cost him dearly, no doubt he will have a hangover in more ways than one today.
The tournament ended in the atypical coinflip hand that played itself, as Ellwood got his money in with Ace-Queen vs the pocket nines of Zandvliet, a queen on the flop looked like it would be forced to extra time but a nine on the river won it for the Dutchman.
The next leg of the tour is in Coventry between April 8-11 and you can win your seat now at Pokerstars.
European Poker Awards Results
Last weekend the 9th annual European Poker Awards took place in the Aviation Club in Paris and this writer was lucky enough to be there on the judging panel. It was a fantastic lavish affair with some of the cream of the European Poker scene there in attendance. The big winners were:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Vitaly Lunkin (Russia)
EUROPE’S LEADING LADY
Sandra Naujoks (Germany)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Antoine Saout (France)
OUTSTANDING TOURNAMENT PERFORMANCE
Jeff Lisandro (Italy/Australia)
INTERNET PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Patrick Antonius (Finland)
POKER STAFF PERSON OF THE YEAR
Edgar Stuchly (Austria)
ROB GARDNER AWARD FOR INNOVATION
Eddie Hearn and the Matchroom Sport Team (England)
Bruno Fitoussi (France)
There were lots of UK and Ireland players nominated but the only one to take a gong was Eddie Hearn and the Team at Matchroom Poker, who are right now in Vegas with Pokernews presenting the Party Poker Premier League which you can follow here. Eddie commented:
“We are absolutely thrilled to have won the award for innovation at the European Poker Awards. The news broke as we began the first heat of the PartyPoker.com Premier League Poker IV here in Las Vegas and it gave the team a real lift. We always feel we have a responsibility to grow the game and our innovative formats coveted with our global distribution will hopefully help the game go from strength to strength.”
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New Schedule at Dusk Till Dawn
There has been a new 5 day schedule announced at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, as well as a festival every single weekend this year, beginning the 22nd of February and looks like this:
Wed 7:45pm £10 + £4 Beginners Night 3000 Chips 20 Min £600 GTD
Wed 8:00pm £25 + £6 No Limit Holdem 3000 Chips 24 Min £1500 GTD
Thu 7:45pm £15 + £5 No Limit Holdem 3000 Chips 20 Min £900 GTD
Thu 8:00pm £50 + £6 No Limit Holdem 4000 Chips 24 Min £3000 GTD
Fri 7:45pm £25 + £6 No Limit Holdem 3000 Chips 24 Min £1500 GTD
Fri 8:00pm £75 + £7 No Limit Holdem 5000 Chips 24 Min £4500 GTD
Sat 8:00pm £50 + £6 No Limit Holdem 4000 Chips 24 Min £3000 GTD
Sun 7:45pm £10 + £4 Beginners Night 3000 Chips 20 Min £600 GTD
Sun 8:00pm £25 + £6 No Limit Holdem 3000 Chips 24 Min £1500 GTD