Sergio Aido, a Spanish native who is now £144,555 richer than this time last week, has won the final UKIPT Main Event of Season 3. It is quite fitting that a Spaniard claimed the title because Season 4 of the UKIPT will be heading to Marbella (for the first time ever) in June.
At 12:40 on Sunday afternoon, the eight-handed final table began and the action was intense from the moment the tournament director issued the order to shuffle up and deal. Within 50 minutes the table was a man down, Chris Dowling being the first player to bust out.
Dowling’s could not hit against the of Aido to leave him very short of chips and although Dowling doubled through the Spaniard soon after, any dreams of a dramatic comeback were dashed. Dowling moved all in from under-the-gun for 400,000 chips with and Patrick Simcoe looked him up with from the big blind. A board reading was no help to Dowling and he was eliminated.
Just one hand later and Cesar Garcia’s stack was pushed to Simcoe after a his could not find a third jack to crack the . The chips went in preflop, almost two million of them, and when the board ran out Simcoe saw his stack swell to 5,700,000.
After that flurry of activity, the eliminations seemed to dry up and it took almost two-and-a-half hours for the next player to bust out. Guy Goossens of Belgium lost a large ppot to Simcoe and then the rest of his stack in the following hand. Aido set Goossens all in from the small blind with what turned out to be and Goossens called with a pair of deuces. A board was more than enough to send Goossens to the rail in sixth place.
Goossens’ fellow Belgian joined him on the sidelines a few minutes later. Aido opened the betting once again and Wim Neys three-bet shoved for 1,475,000. Aido called with a pair of red sevens and was in a coinflip against the of Neys. The sevens held as the community cards fell , eliminating Neys from the UKIPT London Main Event.
Shortly after the blinds increased to 50,000/100,000/10,000a Philippe Souki attempted to build from his 14 big blind stack, but failed in his quest to do so. Thomas Ward opened to 200,000 from under-the-gun and then called when Souki three-bet all-in for 1,400,000. Ward flipped over and Souki the / The board was no help to Souki and he became the fourth place finisher.
Three became two an hour later when Simcoe finally ran out of run-good. Simcoe raised to 250,000 on the button and Aido called from the big blind. A flop reading saw Aido check, Simcoe move all-in for 2,200,000 and Aido beat him into the pot with a call. Simcoe had made a move with but was in a whole world of pain as Aido held . The turn and river were no help to Simcoe and he busted out in third place.
Going into heads-up, Aido held a 10,095,000 to 6,195,000 chip lead over Ward. Despite the significant lead, Aido agreed to a deal with Ward that saw the payouts altered from £156,800 (champion) and £104,600 (runner-up) to a more level £124,555 and £116,845 with an additional £20,000 for the eventual champion.
Twenty-five minutes into heads-up play and there was an all-in, Ward five-betting with and Aido calling with . The five community cards fell and Aido’s ace-high won him the huge pot. Immediately after that hand Ward was all-in again. This time Aido five-bet all-in and Ward called off his remaining chips. Aido showed and Ward the . The tens fell behind on the flop, stayed behind on the turn and were put to bed by the on the river.
UKIPT London Main Event Final Table Results
*denotes deal struck when heads-up
Lead image is the copyrighted property of Mickey May.