Michael Wright Wins the BoylePoker.com IPO London Main Event
The BoylePoker.com International Poker Open (IPO) London Main Event is in the bag after Michael Wright bested a talented final table to emerge as a worthy champion at Apsers Casino Stratford. Along with bragging rights, Wright also won £10,105 in prize money.
BoylePoker.com IPO London Main Event Final Table
Any hopes and dreams of winning the IPO London Main Event that Ken San may have been harbouring were shattered around 40-minutes after the nine-handed final table commenced. Saulius Tumosa opened to 60,000 and San, seated to Tumoa’s direct left, three-bet all in for 245,000. The action passed to Andy Sotiriou in the small blind and he re-shoved, which saw Tumosa snap-fold.
San turned over and was drawing to three outs because Sotiriou had made his move with . Those three outs failed to materialise as the board ran out to send San to the rail in ninth place.
Mere minutes later and the final table lost another player. Asif Yusuf was in dire straits and needed to double up in order to mount a serious challenge for the title. He moved in with what turned out to be and was unfortunate to run slap-bang into the of Tumosa. The five community cards fell and Yusuf’s tournament ended.
Play became six-handed just 10 minutes later when Kirit Patel lost his stack to Sandeep Phull to become the seventh place finisher. Patel, who recently finished third at the Genting Poker Series London Main Event for £23,200, open-shoved from the hijack seat with and Phull looked him up in the cutoff with his . A board reading condemned Patel to seventh place, adding £2,415 to his bankroll.
Andrew Berkecz only took his seat shortly after Patel’s demise, citing public transport problems for his unfashionably late entrance. He lost the vast majority of his stack almost straight away when he and Tumosa entered a raising war on a flop, Tumosa holding to Berkecz’s . The turn and river were the and respectively, awarding the hand to Tumosa and leaving Berkecz with just 26,000 chips.
Berkecz then mounted a valiant comeback – including beating with just – but despite peaking at 300,000 chips, his tournament ended abruptly just before 16:30. Berkecz committed his stack with and Sotiriou woke up in the big blind with . Berkecz paired his deuce on the flop but the turn nor the turn improved him further and he busted out.
With just five players remaining, the tournament was paused and a deal discussed. The active players decided to flatted the payouts considerably. This meant each had guaranteed themselves £5,900 for their efforts.
The player who benefited most from the payout changes was Tumosa who picked up £5,900 instead of the original £3,620. Wright opened in the cutoff and then called when Tumosa moved all in from the small blind. Tumosa revealed the but was in a whole world of pain against the dominating . Neither player improved on the board and Tumosa headed to the cashier’s cage to pick up fifth place money.
From that point onwards, it appeared Wright could do no wrong. Wright held a substantial chip advantage over his opponents and he used his big stack to maximum effect. Phull became a victim of Wright when the latter opened to 65,000 on the button and then called when Phull three-bet all in to 600,000. Phull showed to Wright’s dominated but the seemingly unstoppable Wright backdoored a club flush when the board ran out !
Wright then sent Paul Wimbledon to the rail when the chips went flying into the middle on a flop. Wimbledon held for a pair of jacks with an open-ended straight draw and Wright the for two pair. Wright’s two pair improved to a full house when the landed on the turn, locking up the hand for him. The meaningless was the river card and Wimbledon’s tournament came to an abrupt end.
Going into head-up Wright held a massive 4,350,000 to 700,000 chip lead over Sotiriou and although Sotiriou doubled early on in the encounter with Wright, there was only ever really going to be one winner. That winner was decided just after 18:30 when Sotiriou opened on the button and Wright decided to call and see a flop. That flop read . Wright checked, Sotiriou shoved and Wright called with his to discover Sotiriou held the . Wright’s lowly pair of fours with a three-kicker held as the and competed the board
BoylePoker.com IPO London Final Table Results
*denotes a deal was made five-handed
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