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Duncan McLellan Wins Second UKIPT Title in Nottingham

Duncan McLellan, winner of the 214 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event

Duncan McLellan, a bricklayer by trade, has won his second UKIPT title after taking down the 2014 Nottingham Main Event on the evening of Monday, May 12.

The eight-handed final table kicked off at 2:00pm and was done and dusted with its champion crowned before the clocks struck 6:00pm, making it the fastest final table in UKIPT history! Here’s how the action went down at the Dusk Till Dawn club.

2014 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event Final Table

1Trevor Pearson965,000
2Anthony Flynn2,495,000
3Duncan McLellan3,320,000
4Ramey Shaio1,770,000
5Juan Benito4,385,000
6Angelo Milioto2,455,000
7Ryan Spittles3,305,000
8William Elliot5,625,000

Within 40 minutes of the action commencing, chip leader William Elliot had increased his stack to 10,500,000 following a sequence of successful attacks, most notably in hands with Ryan Spittles and Duncan McLellan.

Although Elliot was running red hot, it was McLellan who claimed the first scalp at the final table, sending the talented Ramey Shaio to the rail in eighth place on the one-hour mark.

McLellan open-shoved his 30 big blind stack (probably because Elliot was bossing people around after they had open-raised) with what turned out to be {4-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and Shaio called off his 1,185,000 (almost 12 big blinds) stack with {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}. The other active players ducked out of the way and when the board ran out {7-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} it was game over for Shaio.

Fifteen minutes later and McLellan took the stack of another player to reduce the final table to six players. The action passed to Anthony Flynn in the small blind and he moved all-in for 1,200,000 with {A-Clubs}{7-Spades}. McLellan, in the big blind, called with the {Q-Hearts}{J-Hearts}. A final board reading {4-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} improved McLellan to a full house and resigned Flynn to seventh place.

Play continued at a frantic pace and within 10 minutes of Flynn’s exit, Spain’s Juan Benito had lost his stack and was heading to the cashier’s desk to collect his dues.

McLellan opened to 250,000 from the hijack seat and Benito, from the button, three-bet to 500,000. McLellan then moved all-in for 4,000,000 and Benito called off his 3,000,000 stack with {A-}{K-}. That “Big Slick” needed to catch a piece of the board in order to beat McLellan’s {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} but it was McLellen who improved as the five community cards fell {10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}.

The Sky Poker pro Ryan Spittles fell next as the eliminations continued to come thick and fast. Spittles committed his last 11 big blinds with {K-Spades}{J-Diamonds} and Angelo Milioto called with the {A-Diamonds}{10-Spades} from the big blind. By the river the board read {7-Clubs}{4-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} and Milioto’s ace-high was good enough to bust Spittles in fifth place.

Start-of-the-day chip leader Elliot was the next player to bust, much to the relief of the remaining three players. Elliot has changed to hyper-aggressive style of play for the final table and it almost secured him a UKIPT title.

McLellan opened from the button and Elliot called from the big blind, meaning it was heads-up to the {A-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{8-Hearts} flop. Elliot then check-called a 525,000 bet and the dealer placed the {A-Hearts} on the turn. Both players checked its arrival.

The river was another ace, the {A-Diamonds} and Elliot checked. McLellan fired a bet of 2,000,000 into the 1,800,000 pot and then snap-called when Elliot motioned that he was all-in. Elliot showed {3-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} but his aggression worked against him in this hand because McLellan was sat there with {A-Spades}{3-Spades} that had improved to quad aces!

While play was three-handed, the players discussed the possibility of a deal, but opted to complete the current level before any serious discussions could take place. Trevor Pearson would not take part in any negotiations because he crashed out before they happened.

McLellan opened to 375,000 and the instantly called when Pearson three-bet all-in for 2,180,000 from the blinds. Pearson had a legitimate hand in the shape of {A-Hearts}{J-Spades}, yet was still crushed by the dominating {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} of McLellan. Neither player improved on the {2-Spades}{5-Clubs}{7-Spades}{9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} board, but McLellan didn’t need to, and Pearson headed for the exits.

That hand left McLellan holding a 17,440,000 to 6,930,000 chip lead over Milioto and looking like he was going to be adding a second UKIPT title to the one he won on the Isle of Man. Despite his substantial lead, McLellan agreed to a deal that saw him lock up £168,372 and Milioto £143,728 with £34,000 set aside for the eventual champion.

That extra money is now with McLellan after a real cooler of a hand busted Milioto. A raise to 350,000 from Milioto was called by McLellan and the first three community cards came down {5-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}. McLellan checked, Milioto continued with a 350,000 bet, McLellan check-raised to 920,000 and Milioto called.

The {4-Diamonds} was greeted with another check from McLellan and then a bet measuring 1,300,000 from Milioto. McClellan announced he was all-in and Milioto beat him into the pot with a call, showing {Q-Spades}{6-Hearts} for trip sixes. Trips heads-up is a phenomenally strong hand, but nowhere near as powerful as the {8-Clubs}{7-Clubs} in the hand of McLellan that had turned a straight!

2014 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event Final Table Results

1Duncan McLellan£202,372*
2Angelo Milioto£143,728*
3Trevor Pearson£89,900
4Willie Elliot£67,000
5Ryan Spittles£51,700
6Juan Benito£38,400
7Anthony Flynn£29,300
8Ramey Shaio£20,800

*reflects a deal struck heads-up

Congratulations to McLellan on his second UKIPT win, an amazing feat considering he didn’t even know the rules to Texas Hold’em as little as three years ago. He certainly knows them now.

Lead image courtesy of Danny Maxwell of the PokerStars Blog

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