Duncan McLellan is the latest UKIPT champion after defeating a talented final table in the inaugural UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event. McLellan, a bricklayer from Corby, says he plans to use some of his £94,090 prize money to play a few more tournaments before taking his grandson on the holiday of a lifetime to Disneyland.
UKIPT Isle of Man Final Table Seat Draw
|8||Fatima Moreira de Melo||524,000|
McLellan started the final table second in chips with a healthy stack of 1,161,000 chips, but the majority of the poker media’s eyes were on the players in seats six and eight – Jamie O’Connor and Fatima Moreira de Melo, the stellar names of the group. This suited McLellan as it removed all pressure and allowed him to pick up a few early pots and claim the chip lead for himself.
Around 90 minutes into play, the final table lost its first player when Richard Milne opened to 60,000 and then called when Adam Topping three-bet all in for 498,000. Topping turned over a most respectable , although it was in bad shape against the of Milne. Topping was drawing dead by the turn of the board and finished in eighth place for £11,455.
The next hour-and-a-half were torturous for O’Connor as he could do nothing right and saw his stack dwindle. He was put out of his misery when the Isle of Man native Christopher Jonat min-raised to 80,000 and both McLellan and Daniel Stacey called. O’Connor moved all in for 595,000 and only McLellan called this time. O’Connor showed and McClellan the dominated . McClellan’s loose call was rewarded with a flop, and that pair of eights remained good as the turn and river completed the board, sending a disappointed O’Connor back to Leeds with £15,810 in his back pocket.
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Six became five soon after O’Connor’s departure when Stacey pushed his last 360,000 over the betting line with . It was an ill-timed move because de Melo was sat waiting with By the river the board read . Game over for Stacey.
Another 15 minutes passed before the flame-haired Harry Lodge was knocked out of the competition at the hands of the McLellan. Lodge pinned his tournament life on and McLellan showed he was not afraid to call all-ins with less than premium holdings when he tabled . McLellan took the lead on the flop and stayed there as the and failed to improve Lodge.
The eliminations continued as McLellan built a massive stack for himself by claiming the chips of Jonat. First, McLellan added one million chips to his stack when he caught Jonat bluffing on a board –McLellan called a large river bet with ) – then when Jonat shipped in his last four big blinds with , McLellan called with . The board ran out busting Jonat and swelling McLellan’s stack to 5,130,000 chips.
The remaining three players paused the clock in order to discuss a potential deal. Those discussions broke down and play resumed. Within 20 minutes of the restart, Milne crashed out of the tournament at the hands of de Melo. Milne open-jammed from the small blind with and instead of picking up the ample blinds and antes, he picked up a caller in the shape of Dutch hockey star de Melo and her red pocket queens. Milne caught a five on the turn but it was too little too late and he exited the tournament area to collect his £43,120.
McLellan started the heads up battle with de Melo holding a 5,220,000 to 2,360,000 chip advantage, a lead that was extended further after the opening few minutes of play. Then, 20 minutes after the one-on-one battle commenced, the final had took place.
De Melo had the button and chose to move all in for around 20 big blinds with her . McLellan called with to put de Melo at risk. The flop gifted McLellan a Broadway straight, while the turn locked up the hand or him and resigned de Melo to second place. The inconsequential was the river card, the final card of the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event.
UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event Final Table Results
|2nd||Fatima Moriera de Melo||£59,660|
Next up for the UKIPT is a trip to Dusk Till Dawn for the £1,100 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event on November 27. The main event is capped at 600 players due to the fact it is being played six-handed, which also means the online pros will almost certainly be out in force for what should be a spectacular affair. Until then, why not check out our UKIPT Isle of Man winner’s interview with Laura Cornelius.