Ben Mayhew won the inaugural PokerStars UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max Main Event on Monday amid emotional scenes at the Dusk Till Dawn casino. Mayhew scooped £72,840 for his victory after defeating Tony Salmon heads-up.
The final table action commenced shortly after 2.00 p.m and it was not the best of starts for Mayhew as he lost three large pots in the first hour to see his stack size move in the wrong direction. He clawed those lost chips back when his smashed into the board to beat Salmon’s to put himself back into contention.
At around 4.15 p.m, more than two hours since play began, the final table lost its first player when Sergio Aido open shoved for around 700,000 chips from the small blind with and was unfortunate to find Ben Vinson was holding in the big blind and had an easy call. Call he did and when the five community cards fell it was game over for the talented Aido.
Tim Wong, who had promised to cook the tournament staff Kung Po chicken if he won, was the next player to be eliminated, much to the disappointment of the rumbling tummies of the aforementioned staff. Wong shipped his 335,000 stack in from the button with what turned out to be and Vinson, in the small blind, re-shoved on him. Chip leader David Clifton-Burraway folded and Vinson showed . The had something for both players but the turn was only useful to Vinson as it improved him to a flush, which was the nuts in this case. The inconsequential completed the board and Wong exited to the cashier’s cage to collect fifth place money.
Vinson was looking extremely comfortable until a huge ended any hopes of a victory in Nottingham. Mayhew opened to 130,000 in the small blind and Vinson called in the big blind. The pair shared a flop, a flop that Mayhew continued on with a 100,000 bet. Vinson raised to 285,000 and Mayhew moved all in for around 1,300,000 in total. Vinson called, flipped up and was ahead of the of Mayhew. The turn gave some outs to a straight for Mayhew and one of those outs fell on the river, the to leave Vinson with more dust that chips in front of him.
Vinson managed to double once but when the big blind came around to him again it claimed half of his chips. The rest of them went into the middle while holding against the of Mayhew and when the board ran out Vinson’s demise was complete.
With Vinson out of the way, the final three surviving players took some time away from the felt to discuss a deal for the remaining prize pool. A deal based on chip counts that left 10% of the prize pool for the champion was agreed upon.
Three-handed play spanned across 60-minutes before the start-of-the-day chip leader Clifton-Burraway ran into the run-good of Mayhew. The former opened to 160,000 and then snap-called when Mayhew three-bet all in for a total of 1,695,000 chips. Mayhew showed and was a substantial underdog against the dominating of Clifton-Burraway. The direction of the hand flipped over after the dealer fanned the flop, although the turn gave Mayhew cause for concern. Any fears of losing the hand disappeared when the fell on the river to cut Clifton-Burraway’s stack in two.
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The rest of Clifton-Burraway’s stack when into the middle of the DTD felt after Salmon opened the betting and then called when Clifton-Burraway three-bet all-in over the top of that raise. The hands were a less than premium versus and by the river of the board, Salmon had improved to two pair and Clifton-Burraway crashed out.
Thanks to claiming Clifton-Burraway’s stack, Salmon leapt into first place, his 5.77 million stack eclipsing the 3.39 million of Mayhew. A huge hand went down around 45-minutes into the heads-up battle that saw Mayhew all in preflop with and Salmon calling with . Neither player improved their hand, leaving Mayhew to double to 6.2 million courtesy of his ace-high.
Shortly after that double up, it was all over. Salmon raised to 200,000 from the small blind, Mayhew set him all in and Salmon called.
Salmon’s tournament life was in the balance, a coinflip scenario would ultimate seal his fate. The first three community cards came into view, , improving an increasingly emotional Mayhew to a pair of kings. The kept Mayhew in front and when the completed the board, Mayhew dropped to the flop and covered his tearful face with his hands.
Mayhew managed to compose himself enough to shake the hand of his heads-up foe before being mobbed by his friends on the rail. Our friends at the PokerStars Blog spoke to Mayhew once all of the commotion was over and asked about his seemingly unnatural ability to catch cards when he needed to at the final table.
“I swear it’s my old man,” explained Mayhew, “He passed away in March so I think he’s certainly up there. Every time I needed a card it was there, bink! I survived five or six all-ins as an underdog and somehow I got there.”
UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max Main Event Final Table Results
*reflects a three-way deal
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