Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody has the chance to make his epic three-plane 21-hour journey from Las Vegas to Marbella a trip to remember by taking down the UKIPT Marbella Main Event and claiming the €136,000 first place prize.
Cody goes into the eight-handed final table with 1,600,000 chips, which are enough to see him start the day fourth in chips. Despite Cody’s superstar status – he has won a European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker event – he is still often found grinding his way through the fields of UKIPT events and has tasted success a number of times.
Should Cody win it would be the sixth largest cash of his entire live career, which goes to show how popular these UKIPT events are.
Standing between Cody and another major poker title are seven opponents who have reached the grand finale on merit and will be doing everything within their power to prevent the UKIPT Marbella trophy heading back to Las Vegas with Cody.
Norway’s Katja Svendsen is the woman to catch, starting the day with 3,910,000 chips. A large percentage of those chips used to belong to Cody’s fellow British pro Sam Grafton who was eliminated on the last hand of the night.
Svendsen opened to 85,000 from under the gun and then called when Grafton three-bet to 200,000 from his seat on the button. Both players tapped the table and checked the flop. Svendsen led for 275,000 on the turn and Grafton called. The river was the and Svendsen set Grafton all-in for his remaining 835,000 chips. The popular, talkative pro called with and was shown for his efforts.
Making up the final table, but certainly not there to only make up the numbers, are Ireland’s gareth Hamilton, start of the day chip leader Marcin Barwinski, Spanish trio Rodrigo Espinosa, Daniel Rodriguez and Javier Elorza and Germany’s Christian Bauer.
2014 UKIPT Marbella Main Event Final Table
Play resumes at 12:00 p.m. local time with the PokerStars blog and PokerStars.tv providing coverage on a one-hour delay due to the live stream showing hole card information.
Lock your browsers to UK & Ireland PokerNews and head back here on Monday morning to discover who wins the UKIPT Marbella Main Event.