The PokerStars UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event is over and its champion crowned after what can be best described as an explosive day of poker in the Scottish capital. When the dust settled in the Assembly Rooms, it was Dean Hutchison who emerged victorious, banking £93,900 and a bagful of bragging rights.
The cry of “shuffle up and deal” came at 12:10pm and was quickly followed by one of “seat open” as Ciaran Heaney fell victim to the continued run-good of Team PokerStars Liv Boeree. You may recall that Boeree ended Day 3 on a huge heater and it looked to be continuing as she opened to 60,000 from under-the-gun, Jason Beazley called in the hijack seat only to see Heaney move all-in for 261,000 from the button. Boeree called, Beazley folded, Heaney showed and Boeree the . The five community cards ran out , improving Boeree first to a set of queens and then a full house, which was more than enough to bust Heaney in eighth place.
Fifteen minutes later, Boeree claimed the tournament life of Michael Kane. Dean Hutchison min-raised to 60,000 from the button, Boeree called in the small blind, then Kane jammed all-in for 500,000 from the big blind. Hutchison had seen enough and stepped out of the way, leaving Boeree to call and put Kane at risk. And at risk he was because Hutchison’s was dominated by Boeree’s . Neither player improved by the river of the board, but Boeree didn’t need to improve as her ace-high was good enough to send Kane to the sidelines.
Boeree than completed a hat trick of eliminations – in less than 40-minutes — when she busted Jacobus Visser. Down to 151,000 chips and facing the prospect of having to put 30,000 of those in as the big blind on the next hand, Visser pushed all-in with what turned out to be . Boeree looked him up from the button with and when the five community cards fell it was game over for Visser.
As the time tick-tocked around to 1:10pm, yet another player lost their chips and exited the tournament area. Tomasz Raniszewski had managed to score a much needed double and continued trying to accumulate chips when he open-shoved from the button with and Hutchison three-bet from the small blind with . The big blind folded and the race began. The flop was rather final and left Raniszewski drawing to two outs. The turn was not one of them and neither was the river; Raniszewski exited in fifth place.
After the blistering start, there was a lull in the number of eliminations, but that only lasted for an hour because at around 2:10pm, Boeree opened to 100,000 from the button, Eldon Orr three-bet all for 1.25 million from the small blind and Boeree decided to call with her . It was the correct decision as Orr held meaning Boeree was ever so slightly ahead. The gap in hand equity increased in Boeree’s favour on the flop, widened further still on the turn and hen the completed the board, Orr busted and Boeree cemented her position as chip leader.
An hour later and one of the largest posts of the tournament resulted in Beazley busting at the hands of the seemingly unstoppable Boeree. The latter opened to 175,000 from her seat in the small blind and watched on as Beazley put in a raise to 360,000. Boeree four-bet and her chips had barely crossed the line when Beazley moved all-in. Boeree called and showed , which was in a coinflip against Beazley’s . A flop reading left Beazley needing to find the and only the as the would improve Boeree to a flush. Beazley could also have caught running cards to a straight or full house but those scenarios were rather unlikely. The turn was followed out of the deck by the river and Beazley’s tournament came to an abrupt end.
Beazley’s exit left Boeree with a 5.32 million to 3.045 million chip advantage over Hutchison and was on course to add a UKIPT title to her European Poker Tour win. At 4:25pm, Boeree was one card away from doing that when she opened to 175,000 and then instantaneously called when Hutchison three-bet all-in for 1.715 million. Hutchison flipped over and trailed significantly to Boeree’s Kh]. The first three community cards onto the felt were , prompting cries of “three-ball” from Hutchison’s friends on the rail. The gave Hutchison outs to a flush, but he didn’t need those because a straight-completing slammed down onto the river to double Hutchison and put him back in the game.
The pair battled for a further two hours before the final hand of the UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event took place. Hutchison checked to Boeree on a flop and Boeree took up the role of aggressor with a 125,000 bet. Hutchison then check-raised to 325,000 an Boeree responded with an all-in bet of 1.4 million. Hutchison called and revealed for top two pair, a better hand than the of Boeree. The turn gave Boeree even more outs to beat Hutchison and claw her was back into contention once more, then the fell on the river to squash any hopes of a comeback, leaving Hutchison rail to explode into song as their hero had become a UKIPT Champion.
2014 UKIPT Season 4 Edinburgh Main Event Final Table Results
The next stop on the UKIPT takes place in Dublin from February 27 through March 3. As always, the best place to qualify for UKIPT Main Events is at the world’s largest online poker site PokerStars.
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