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Rodrigo Espinosa Wins the UKIPT Marbella Main Event for €136K

Rodrigo Espinosa

Rodrigo Espinosa is the latest name to go into the UKIPT’s history books after he defeated a talented eight-handed final table in the UKIPT Marbella Main Event.

The final table commenced at 1:00pm on Sunday afternoon with Norway’s Katja Svendsen looking to become the first-ever female UKIPT female champion and our very own Jake Cody looking to add a UKIPT Main Event title to his UKIPT Series and UKIPT High Roller victories. Here’s how the eight finalists lined up.

2014 UKIPT Marbella Main Event Final Table

1Katja SvendsenNorway3,910,000
2Gareth HamiltonIreland590,000
3Marcin BarwinskiPoland1,055,000
4Rodrigo EspinosaSpain3,705,000
5Jake CodyUK1,600,000
6Daniel RodriguezSpain720,000
7Christian BauerGermany2,425,000
8Javier ElorzaSpain880,000

An hour into proceedings, the final table lost its first player. Sadly it was Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody. Rodrigo Espinosa opened to 105,000 from early position, Cody three-bet all-in for 1,180,000 from the next seat across and Espinosa instantly called when it was his turn to act again.

Cody flipped over {9-}{9-} and was in deep trouble against Espinosa’s {A-}{A-}. A final board reading {K-Clubs}{4-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} was not what Cody wanted to see and he busted in eighth place, said his goodbyes and prepared for his return to Las Vegas for the remainder of the 2014 World Series of Poker.

Cody’s seat hadn’t even gone cold when Marcin Barwinski crashed out and followed Cody to the cashier’s desk. The action folded to Ireland’s Gareth Hamilton in the small blind and he set Barwinski all-in with the {A-Spades}{J-Hearts}. Barwinski looked up Hamilton with the dominated {Q-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} and when the five community cards fell {8-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{4-Spades} it was game over for Barwinski.

Another half hour of superb poker action took place before Daniel Rodriguez came unstuck. Germany’s Christian Bauer raised to 120,000 from under the gun, Rodriguez three-bet all-in for 940,000 in the big blind with {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds} and Bauer instantly called with the powerhouse that is {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}.

The {4-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} board kept Bauer’s queens ahead and Rodriguez’s tournament was over.

Hamilton was the next casualty of the final table and his exit was cruel. Hamilton saw the action fold around to him in the small blind and he pushed all-in with {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} and must have been delighted when Espinosa called with {A-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}. The {4-Spades}{9-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} flop kept Hamilton’s kings in front and a double up was on the cards. A second diamond, the {J-Diamonds}, fell on the turn and it was followed onto the felt by the {6-Diamonds} river to gift Espinosa a flush and send Hamilton to the showers.

Javier Elorza fell at the hands of Bauer a couple of hands later when Bauer set Elorza in for the umpteenth time and this time Elorza made a stand with {K-Clubs}{7-Hearts}. Sadly for Elorza, Bauer had made this last move with {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}, which stayed ahead on the {8-Clubs}{8-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{3-Spades}{4-Clubs} board to leave the tournamrnt with only three players.

Those three remaining payers became two when Katja Svendsen crashed out in third place. A raising war broke out between Svendsen and Espinosa on a {9-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{3-Diamonds} flop, a war that results in Svendsen calling an all-in bet with {8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. Espinosa showed {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} and when the turn and river were both non-diamond jacks, the heads-up stage was reached.

Espinosa held a massive 11.525 million to 3.360 million chip lead and after five hands of one-on-one action the tournament was over.

The final hand of the UKIPT Marbella Main Event saw Espinosa raise to 225,000 and Bauer call. Bauer checked to his opponent on a {9-Spades}{K-Spades}{6-Hearts} flop, Espinosa bet 255,000 and Bauer check-raised to 825,000. Espinosa set his opponent all in and Bauer called.

Bauer: {K-Clubs}{3-Clubs}
Espinosa: {9-Hearts}{7-Spades}

Espinosa was behind, but only until the {7-Clubs} landed on the turn. Bauer needed a three or a king to prevent his Spanish opponent from winnings, but the {2-Diamonds} fell instead and Espinosa became the UKIPT Marbella champion.

2014 UKIPT Marbella Main Event Final Table Results

1Rodrigo EspinosaSpain€136,000
2Christian BauerGermany€82,900
3Katja SvendsenNorway€58,700
4Javier ElorzaSpain€44,450
5Gareth HamiltonIreland€35,150
6Daniel RodriguezSpain€26,550
7Marcin BarwinskiPoland€19,050
8Jake CodyUK€13,030

Next up for the UKIPT is a trip to the home of PokerStars, the Isle of Man, although not until October. As usual, you can qualify for this next leg and many more UKIPT and other major PokerStars live events at PokerStars.

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