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Thomas Postlethwaite Takes Down UKIPT Series 4

Thomas Postlethwaite

The UKIPT Series was at the Hippodrome Casino in London for the fourth edition of its popular mini festival. UKIPT Series 4 attracted 313 players through the doors of the Hippodrome, each of whom exchanged £275 for 20,000 tournament chips and a blind structure that mirrors the £1,000 buy-in UKIPT Main Events (although with 30-minute blind intervals).

Of the 313 players who bought in across three Day 1s, 91 made it through to Sunday’s Day 2, which also happened to be the final day’s play. With 47 places paid, nobody wanted to finish in 48th place and burst the money bubble, but sadly someone always has to do just that.

That dubious honour in this particular tournament went to Victor Illyukhin, who actually started with his name at the top of the chip counts going into the final day, making his fall from grace even more spectacular.

The last of his stack went into the middle with the {6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} on a {8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{7-Hearts} board and Matthew Stock picking him off with the {K-Clubs}{9-Hearts} that had improved to a higher straight. The {10-Diamonds} river completed the board, busted Illyukhin and secured a min-cash of at least £435 for the 47 surviving players.

Almost two-and-a-half hours were needed to whittle those 47 in-the-money players down to the final table of nine. When that final table was set, the finalists lined up as follows:

UKIPT Series 4 Final Table Seat Draw

1Sam Darkin1,543,000
2Tobias Kirby-Hogarty822,000
3Adam Carroll204,000
4Alejandro Perez Torres487,000
5Thomas Postlethwaite1,028,000
6Alan Pike556,000
7Javier Perez Estevez424,000
8Richard Paul542,000
9Philip Szeto356,000

The first casualty at the final table was Adam Carroll, who opened shipped his eight big blind stack into the middle with {A-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and looked in good shape to double through Postlethwaite who called with the dominated {A-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}. It only stayed dominated until the river of the {K-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{10-Spades}{10-Clubs}{2-Clubs} board, that lowly deuce on the river being enough to bust Carroll in ninth place.

Ten minutes later and Richard Paul joined Carroll on the rail. Alejandro Perez Torres opened, Paul three-bet all in with {A-}{8-} and Torres called the jam with {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}. Neither player improved on the {K-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{6-Spades} board, Torres’ ace-kicker coming into play and Paul busting in eighth place.

Another ten minutes of play passed by before Javier Perez Estevez lost a flip against Sam Darkin and as a result lost all of his chips. Estevez made his move with pocket sixes and Darkin looked him up with {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}. Darkin took the lead on the {A-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{5-Spades} flop and stayed in front as the {7-Diamonds} and {5-Diamonds} completed the board, the hand and Estevez’s demise.

The eliminations continued with the exit of Phillip Szeto in sixth place. Szeto had been trying to keep his head above water by stealing the blinds and the occasional three-bet resteal, but when he jammed {K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} into Darkin’s {A-Spades}{J-Hearts} it was never going to end well.

Indeed it didn’t end well for Szeto who was drawing dead by the turn of the {10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{2-Spades} board, busting in sixth place worth £3,430.

Fifth place went to Tobias Kirby-Hogarty who made a move with {A-Hearts}{3-Clubs} for his 10 big blinds and being rather unfortunate to run slap-bang into Allan Pike’s {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}. The {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} flop left Kirby-Hogarty needing running cards to chop the pot, but the {3-Hearts} and {9-Diamonds} were no good to him and he crashed out of the tournament, leaving only four players vying for the title.

Those four became three when Pike was reeled in and gutted by Darkin. A preflop raising war resulted in Pike being the all-in and at risk player with pocket nines being his weapon of choice. Nines are a strong hand four-handed, yet they are nothing compared to what was in Darkin’s hand – a pair of aces! A board reading {Q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{6-Spades} left the pocket aces as the best hand and resigned Pike to a fourth place finish.

Thirty minutes later and heads-up was set as Torres was terminated. Having lost the vast majority of his stack by making a big river-call only to be shown quad treys, Torres proceeded to move all-in for 400,000 at the 15,000/30,000/4,000a level with {K-Clubs}{6-Spades} and Postlethwaite called with the {A-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}. Both players hit a six on the river of the {J-Spades}{9-Clubs}{5-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} board, Postlethwaite winning the hand by the virtue of his ace-kicker.

Torres’ exit left Darkin to take a 3.2 million to Postlethwaite’s 2.7 million chip lead into the final stages of UKIPT Series 4.

Within half-hour Postlethwaite had pulled level and then pushed in front before he opened to 170,000 and Darkin called. The heads-up duo shared a {5-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Spades} flop. Darkin led for 200,000 and Postlethwaite called. The {4-Hearts} landed on the turn and Darkin moved all-in. Postlethwaite called and showed {A-Spades}{3-Hearts} for a straight, much better than the {J-Spades}{8-Diamonds} for complete air. The river bricked out and with that Postlethwaite had become the UKIPT Series 4 champion!

UKIPT Series 4 Final Table Results

1Thomas Postlethwaite£14,790
2Sam Darkin£9,400
3Alejandro Perez Torres£7,040
4Allan Pike£5,700
5Tobias Kirby-Hogarty£4,490
6Phillip Szet£3,430
7Javier Perez Estevez£2,520
8Richard Paul£1,850
9Adam Carroll£1,520

Next up for the UKIPT is the massive £1 million guaranteed Main Event at the Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham. We’ll have recaps of the action from that event, which should be spectacular by the way, so make sure you keep UK & Ireland PokerNews in your bookmarks as to not miss any of the news from there.

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