Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody won the inaugural UKIPT Series Main Event and now Gabriel Dragomir has added his names to the list of champions after taking down UKIPT Series 2 on Sunday.
One hundred and thirty-one players returned to the Hippodrome casino for Day 2 and only 56 of those made it into the money places. The bubble burst around three hours into Day 2 when four players busted before the tournament director could enforce hand-for-hand play. With the bubble out of the way, each of the remaining 56 players locked up a minimum payout of £490.
One by one, the players fell by the wayside until at just after 20:30 only nine players still had chips in front of them. These nine player took an unscheduled break and decided to each take £8,000 (Dragomir was chip leader at the time so got £10,000) and leave £6,480 to play for.
Simon Griffin was the first player to benefit from the flatter pay structure; his ace-jack fell victim to the ace-queen of David Radnor.
Shortly after Griffin’s demise, Mark McCluskey got his last 12.5 big blinds into the middle with and ran into the of Patrik Meca. Although the flop flirted with helping McCluskey, the turn and river bricked and McCluskey busted.
Ten minutes later and Michal Jaron decided that the best way to play on a flop was to move all in for 600,000 when there was only 300,000 in the pot. Radnor was his only opponent, but he was an opponent with in his hand. Jaron couldn’t improve further by the river and his tournament ended.
Another 10 minutes passed and another elimination happened. Dragomir opened from the cutoff to 125,000 and Radnor three-bet to 350,000 from the small blind. Dragomir moved all in and Radnor called. It was somewhat of a cooler, Radnor holding and Dragomir . Radnor received no help from the board, was left with only 40,000 chips and was eliminated the very next hand.
After that blistering start, there were no more exits for the best part of 90 minutes. Then at 22:45, Craig O’Neil got his chips into the middle of the felt with against Dragomir’s on an flop only to see Dragomir hit a straight on the river.
Mere minutes later and Meca joined O’Neil on the sidelines. Meca open-shoved 20 big blinds with and Pul Zimbler called with pocket treys. Meca paired his king on the flop, but Zimbler turned a set to leave Meca drawing dead.
Meca’s exit left Zimbler and Dragomir to lock horns heads-up for the title. Zimbler held a narrow 5,000,000 to 4,600,000 chip advantage, an advantage he lost almost immediately. Twenty minutes after heads-up play began, it was all over. Zimbler raised to 250,000, Dragomir moved all in and Zimbler called off his last 1,500,000. Dragomir flipped over to Zimbler’s and when the board ran out Dragomir had won the UKIPT Series2 Main Event.
UKIPT Series2 Final Table Results
*Reflects a nine-way deal
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