Richard Sinclair became the first Scotsman to take down a PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour Main Event last night. He went into the final table as chip leader and captured the UKIPT Newcastle title after managing to get all the money in the middle with pocket aces against runner up Raj Verma.
Sinclair won £67,000 for the title and is now heading for Las Vegas to play in the World Series. Watch out for his name, as he has cashed in the main event twice, as well as coming second in the PokerStars Sunday Warm Up for over $100,000, so this result was likely no fluke.
The champion modestly paid tribute to his heads up opponent Verma, who came into the final 2nd in chips, but was crippled early by a bad beat when his kings were outdrawn by jacks, only to mount a huge comeback to get heads up. "I think Raj played the best at the final table, especially to come back from the beat he took, but I got the right cards at the time."
|1st: Richard Sinclair, United Kingdom, £67,000|
|2nd: Raj Verma, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, £40,400|
|3rd: Rakesh Paul Gupta, United Kingdom, £24,700|
|4th: Barry Foley, Ireland, £18,100|
|5th: Tim Slater, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £14,050|
|6th: Jonathan Gawith, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qulaifier, £11,210|
|7th: Tadhg Ryan, Ireland, £8,580|
|8th: James Morris, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £6,510|
Satellites are now running on PokerStars for UKIPT Brighton, which takes place between July 10-14. When you sign up through PokerNews, you will also be eligible for our $15,000 Main Event Passport freeroll on June 30 at 1500 EDT, which will award one lucky player a $13,000 package to play in the WSOP main event.
Images courtesy of Mickey May