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Scotland's Ludovic Geilich Wins the UKIPT Marbella Main Event

Ludovic Geilich

The inaugural PokerStars UKIPT Marbella Main Event has been won by Ludovic Geilich who takes home €130,000 for a weekend’s work; not a bad hourly rate if you can get it.

UKIPT Marbella Final Table Seat Draw

1Asier Crespo1,410,000
2Pablo Rojas2,155,000
3Lucas Blanco440,000
4Fernando Curto Gonzalez1,190,000
5Jonathan Soderstrom660,000
6Kamil Hrabia2,815,000
7Ludovic Geilich4,100,000
8Jorge Eguaras2,095,000

It took less than an hour for the eight-handed final table to lose its first player. That dubious honour went to Fernando Curto Gonzalez. After opening to 10,000 from the cutoff, Gonzalez saw Geilich three-bet to 225,000. Gonzalez’s response was to move in for 950,000 and Geilich instantly called. The reason for his instantaneous action was because he held {a-Clubs}{a-Spades}. Gonzalez turned over {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} and when the board ran out {8-Clubs}{8-Spades}{q-Spades}{10-Hearts}{5-Spades} it was game over for Gonzalez.

Fifty-minutes later and Jorge Eguaras busted in seventh place. There was three-way action to the {6-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop, Geilich bet 160,000and was called by both Eguaras and Pablo Rojas. The {4-Hearts} turn saw Geilich check, Rojas bet 200,000 and an all in bet for 1,005,000 from Eguaras. Rojas snap-called and showed {a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for a straight, while Eguaras showed {9-Clubs}{8-Spades} for an ill-timed move, albeit one with a gutshot straight draw. That draw missed and Rojas claimed his foe’s stack.

Eguaras’ seat hadn’t had time to go cold by the time Jonatan Soderstrom busted out in sixth place. Soderstrom decided to move all in from under the gun for 555,000 chips with {k-Hearts}{8-Spades} and Poland’s Kamil Hrabia called from the next seat with {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}. The {a-Spades}{j-Spades}{j-Clubs} flop left Sodertrom drawing thin, but the {3-Spades} on the turn gave him a sweat to a flush. The {10-Clubs} was not one of his out and Soderstrom’s tournament ended abruptly.

The eliminations kept coming thick and fast with the exit of Lucas Blanco in fifth place. A min-raise to 120,000 from Blanco saw Geilich call in position. The {q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} flop was met with a 130,000 continuation bet from Blanco and a second call from Geilich. The {5-Clubs} seemed like a relative brick, but it sparked some serious tournament-ended action. First, Blanco bet 250,000, then Geilich made it 500,000 and then called immediately when Blanco moved all in for 1,400,000. Blanco flipped over {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} but was drawing dead to the pocket fives of Geilich that had turned a set.

Hrabia claimed another scalp shortly after Blanco’s exit when he busted Asier Crespo. Looking down at {a-Hearts}{q-Spades} and seeing his stack dwindling, Crespo open-shoved from the button. Unfortunately for Crespo, Hrabia had been dealt pocket queens and he made an easy call. The ladies held as the board ran out {j-Clubs}{8-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{7-Diamonds}.

Players discuss a deal

The final three players took some time out to discuss a deal, but initial talks broke down. They were resumed soon after and it was agreed that Geilich would lock up €116,000 while Rojas and Hrabia secured paydays of €98,000 and €95,000. One of the trio would also win the €14,000 that was set aside for the eventual champion.

Three handed played last over 90-minutes and ended when Hrabia crashed out. Rojas min-rised to 200,000, Hrabia three-bet all in for 1,500,000 and Rojas made the call. Hrabia had made his move with {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs} and was in terrible shape against the {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds} of Rojas. Hrabia caught a king on the flop, yet could not find any additional outs and his exited in third place.

Going into the one-on-one battle Geilich held a three-to-one chip lead over his opponent and, the way Geilich had been running, victory was never in doubt. The final hand took place at around 20:15 in the evening and saw Geilich open to 400,000, Rojas move all in and Geilich call. Geilich turned over {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds} to the {q-Spades}{j-Clubs} of Rojas; a true coinflip. The {k-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} flop gave Rojas outs to the straight, but they failed to arrive as the turn and river were the {3-Spades} and {8-Hearts} respectively. Geilich had won the UKIPT Marbella Main Event.

UKIPT Marbella Main Event Final Table Results

1stLudovic Geilich€130,000*
2ndPablo Rojas€98,000*
3rdKamil Hrabia€95,000*
4thAsier Crespo€48,520
5thLucas Blanco€35,710
6thJonatan Soderstrom€28,300
7thJorge Eguaras€17,580
8thFernando Curto Gonzalez€12,820

*reflects a three-handed deal

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