The Unibet Open London Main Event has been completed after the United Kingdom's Pratik Ghatge outlasted a talented final table to walk away from the British capital city with the £80,050 first place prize.
Ghatge started the nine-handed finale third in chips, as you can see from the seat draw below, but quickly slid down the counts after losing three hands in quick succession. However, he rallied and soon started to plug the gaps causing him to leak chips.
The first elimination came around an hour into play when the short-stacked Sander Hart made a move for his 189,000 chips whilst holding and ran straight into the of Marc Inizan. The board ran out and the final table lost its first player.
Just ten minutes later and Dariusz Charski's tournament came to an abrupt end. The action folded to Charski in the cutoff and he moved alll-in for 185,000 with and was, like Hart before him, called by Inizan who this time held . By the river the board read and Inizan won with a straight; though his pair of sevens would have been enough anyway
Soon after Pyry Kekalainen joined Hart and Charski on the sidelines. Unibet Ambassador Paul Valkenburg opened to 40,000 in early position, Kekalainen moved alll-in from the cutoff for 360,000 in total and Ghatge re-shoved for 845,000. Valkenburg instantly folded and the cards were turned onto their backs. Kekalainen could only muster the whilst Ghatge turned over . Kekalainen was still in with a chance of survival when the flop came down but the on the turn ended those hopes. The meaningless landed on the river to send Kekalainen home in seventh place.
Another half hour passed and another elimination took place, this one being Inizan's departure from the Main Event and a hand that ultimately proved to be the turning point of the entire tournament. Ghatge opened to 48,000 from under the gun, Tomasz Kozub three-bet to 105,000 in the hijack and Inizan four-bet to 260,000 from the small blind. Ghatge then moved all in, Kozub got out of the way but Inizan made a reluctant call and a 2,200,000 pot was created. Inizan turned over and was not happy to see the of his opponent. The board contained no ace or straight for Inizan and the Frenchman was busted out n sixth place.
Six became five when Piotr Jaworski lost a crucial coinflip against Ghatge and his pocket eights. The chips went into the middle preflop, Ghatge holding to the of Jaworski and the latter took the lead as a king appeared on the flop. However, the was the turn card and that all but locked up the hand for Ghatge. The river ended the hand and Jaworski's run in the Main Event.
Four handed play went on for around 90-minutes before Valkenburg's exit caused a sigh of relief from the three remaining players. Valkenburg was on the button and opened to 64,000 with and Ghatge called from the big blind with . The flop saw Ghatge check-call a 60,000 continuation bet from Valkenburg, leading the dealer to put the onto the turn. Ghatge then check-called another bet, this one topping the scales at 110,000 and a large pot was brewing. The o the river saw Ghatge check for a third time and this time Valkenburg moved all-in for 677,000. Ghatge tanked for two minutes before making a great call and Valkenburg's tournament was over.
Heads-up was reached two hours later when Gavin Eley was sent to the rail – via the cashier's cage of course. Ghatge opened to 120,000 from the button and Eley moved all-in for 1,200,000 in total. Ghatge composed himself before making the call with . Eley and his were drawing dead by the turn of a and the one-on-one opponents were now known.
Ghatge lead Kozub by 4,100,000 to 2,100,000 chips but it still took an hour to press home this advantage. The final hand saw Kozub move all-in with and up against and when the five community cards ran out the Ghatge had won the 2012 Unibet Open London Main Event.
Unibet Open London Main Event Final Table Results
Lead image courtesy of Matt Edwards. Chip counts and information provided by the Unibet Open live reporting team.
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