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UKIPT Bristol: Wojtek Barzantny Wins Back-To-Back Titles Within A Week!

Wojtek Barzantny

Wojtek Barzantny has done the unthinkable and unlikely by winning the PokerStars UKIPT Bristol Main Event just days after claiming the title of UKIPT Online champion; a tournament that had the final table completed in the Gala Harbourside Casino in Bristol. According to the PokerStars blog Barzantny’s chances of a double victory were around 340,000:1 but he defied those odds and is now £90,400 richer!

UKIPT Bristol Final Table Seat Draw

1Amanda Sidark523,000
2Robert bull1,342,000
3James Greenwood744,000
4Craig Goddard1,039,000
5Wojtek Barzantny2,880,000
6Jonathan Price407,000
7Niall Murray343,000
8Anthony Forsyth-Forrest691,000

The eight handed UKIPT Bristol final table kicked off at 12:30 and it took just under 90-minutes for the first player to be eliminated, Jonathan Prince being that player. Prince looked down at {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} and decided that it was strong enough to move all-in for around 16 big blinds first to act from the cutoff. Usually his shove would have just picked up the blinds and antes but this time he picked up a caller in the shape of Amanda Sidark and her dominating {A-Spades}{k-Hearts}. Neither player improved on the {3-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} board, Sidark’s ace-kicker won her the pot and send Prince to the rail.

Next to go – around 40 minutes after Prince’s demise – was Niall Murray in one of tournament poker’s typical coinflip scenarios. Barzantny opened to 50,000 at the 12,000/24,000/3,000a level and then called when Murray shipped in his 300,000 stack Murray turned over {A-Hearts}{q-Spades} whilst Barzantny revealed pocket tens. The {10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} flop was rather final and when the {4-Clubs} fell on the turn Murray was drawing dead. The meaningless {6-Hearts} was the river card and with that play became six-handed.

The play remained six-handed for over 2.5 hours until Craig Goddard was eliminated in sixth spot. Goddard opened to 80,000 from under the gun, James Greenwood three-bet to 215,000 and then snap-called when Goddard four-bet shoved for 1,250,000 in total. Goddard had made his move with {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} but was in really bad shape against Greenwood’s black aces. The final board of {j-Clubs}{9-Spades}{4-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{k-Spades}was all-black and kept the aces ahead, busting out Goddard.

The tournament became an all-male affair shortly after the scheduled 20-minute break when Sidark lost her chips to Robert Bull. Sidark was down to around 11 big blind and she put them into the model with an open-shove from the small blind with what turned out to be {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}. Bull was the only player left to act and he called, turning over a pair of nines as he did so. Bull flopped a set on the draw heavy {Q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{10-Spades} flop but no jack appeared on the turn or river and Sidark’s tournament was over.

Shortly after Sidark’s elimination Anthony Forsyth-Forrest joined her on the sidelines. From the button Barzantny opened to 100,000 and Forsyth-Forrest moved all in for close to one million chips. Barzantny had no qualms about calling with his {A-Spades}{9-Spades} but he was behind to Forsyth-Forrest’s pocket nines. The man with the double-barrelled surname stayed ahead on the {8-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop but fell behind upon the arrival of the {A-Hearts} turn. The {10-Diamonds} completed the board and sent Forsyth-Forrest home in fourth place.

Half-hour later and the heads-up stages were reached when Bull lost out on a major coinflip. The blinds had increased to 30,000/60,000/10,000a by this stage and Barzantny made it 120,000 to play from the button. Bull three-bet to 290,000 from the small blind and then called when Barzantny four-bet all-in for 2,310,000. Bull was slightly covered but his {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} was the best hand as it was against the {A-Hearts}{k-Hearts} of his German opponent. That was until the {K-Clubs} landed on the turn, along with the {6-Diamonds} and {9-Diamonds}. The {8-Clubs} on the turn didn’t change matters much and the {3-Diamonds} was the final nail in Bull’s coffin. Heads-up was set.

Barzantny held a 4,600,000 to 3,300,000 chip lead over Greenwood as the one-on-one battle commenced, the match starting at just after 19:00. Three hours later and multiple changes of the chip lead later it was all over. The final hand saw Greenwood open to 200,000 and Barzantny call. The duo shared a flop reading {2-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{6-Clubs}, a flop that Barzantny lead out for 200,000 on. Greenwood moved all-in for 1,725,000 and Barzantny called. Greenwood flipped over {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds} but was way behind to the {10-Spades}{8-Clubs} of Barzantny. The turn was the {5-Diamonds} and the river the {9-Clubs} and with that Greenwood was eliminated and Barzantny had pulled off a magnificent double victory in Bristol.

UKIPT Bristol Final Table Results

1Wojtek Barzantny£90,400
2James Greenwood£54,500
3Robert Bull£33,300
4Anthony Forsyth-Forrest£24,400
5Amanda Sidark£19,000
6Craig Goddard£15,100
7Niall Murray£11,600
8Jonathan Prince£8,800

The UKIPT now has a short break until Jan. 17, 2013 when it drops anchor in Edinburgh. Satellite tournaments are already in the PokerStars lobby so you can win your seat to what should be a superb and well-attended tournament. Do not forget to use the marketing code UKPOKERNEWS and the bonus code STARS600 to help yourself to a 100% match up to $600 first deposit bonus when you create your PokerStars account.

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