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UKIPT London Main Event: Sergio Aido Takes Title Back to Spain

Sergio Aido

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 {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} could not hit against the {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} 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 {Q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} and Patrick Simcoe looked him up with {K-Hearts}{9-Clubs} from the big blind. A board reading {A-Spades}{9-Spades}{5-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Clubs} 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 {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts} could not find a third jack to crack the {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}. The chips went in preflop, almost two million of them, and when the board ran out {8-Spades}{5-Spades}{A-Spades}{q-Clubs}{K-Hearts} 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 {5-Spades}{3-Spades} and Goossens called with a pair of deuces. A {7-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{5-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{7-Spades} 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 {A-Spades}{9-Diamonds} of Neys. The sevens held as the community cards fell {Q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{5-Spades}, 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 {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts} and Souki the {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}/ The {6-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{6-Spades}{2-Clubs}{A-Hearts} 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 {K-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} 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 {A-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} but was in a whole world of pain as Aido held {K-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}. The {Q-Hearts} turn and {2-Clubs} 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 {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} and Aido calling with {A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}. The five community cards fell {7-Clubs}{6-Spades}{10-Spades}{5-Hearts}{3-Spades} 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 {A-Spades}{J-Spades} and Ward the {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. The tens fell behind on the {k-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{A-Hearts} flop, stayed behind on the {3-Diamonds} turn and were put to bed by the {A-Clubs} on the river.

UKIPT London Main Event Final Table Results

1Sergio Aido£144,555*
2Thomas Ward£116,845*
3Patrik Simcoe£63,560
4Philippe Souki£44,870
5Wim Neys£33,680
6Guy Goossens£22,490
7Cesar Garcia£15,050
8Chris Dowling£12,691

*denotes deal struck when heads-up

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