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
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 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 . Neither player improved on the 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 whilst Barzantny revealed pocket tens. The flop was rather final and when the fell on the turn Murray was drawing dead. The meaningless 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 but was in really bad shape against Greenwood’s black aces. The final board of 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 . 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 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 but he was behind to Forsyth-Forrest’s pocket nines. The man with the double-barrelled surname stayed ahead on the flop but fell behind upon the arrival of the turn. The 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 was the best hand as it was against the of his German opponent. That was until the landed on the turn, along with the and . The on the turn didn’t change matters much and the 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 , a flop that Barzantny lead out for 200,000 on. Greenwood moved all-in for 1,725,000 and Barzantny called. Greenwood flipped over but was way behind to the of Barzantny. The turn was the and the river the and with that Greenwood was eliminated and Barzantny had pulled off a magnificent double victory in Bristol.
UKIPT Bristol Final Table Results
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