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Paul Findlay Wins the UKIPT Series 6 London Main Event

Paul Findlay, UKIPT Series 6 Champion

The sixth £250 buy-in UKIPT Series took place at The Hippodrome Casino, London over the weekend and once again attracted a bumper crowd to the felt. A total of 353 players bought in, creating a prize pool of £86,330 that as shared among the top 46 finishers.

Over the course of two day’s play the 353 entrants were reduced to 105. Among them were the Full Tilt Poker Ambassadors Martins Adeniya and Sin Melin plus a handful of high-profile players such as Willie Tann, Leon Campbell and Victor Iluykhin. Of those aforementioned players, only Melin and Adeniya failed to progress to the money places.

The bubble burst as the clocks approached 3:25 p.m. and it was Rob Ayton who earned the unwanted title of bubble boy.

Ayton committed his stack with {A-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} and was looked up by the dominating {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}. The {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flop provided no help to Ayton, but the {7-Hearts} on the turn looked like extending his stay in the tournament. However, what the Poker Gods give they sometimes take away and that’s exactly what happened as the river brought the {J-Clubs} into play and Ayton was gone.

It took another four hours of play to whittle the field down to the eight-handed table, and when Rahul Sachdev crashed out in ninth place the final table was set.

2014 UKIPT Series 6 Main Event Final Table

1Jen-Yie Chiang1,040,000
2Darren Murphy365,000
3Mario Trattou2,450,000
4Paul Findlay520,000
5Onur Dag835,000
6Steven Lewzey240,000
7Khashayar Zarghampour710,000
8Damaso Garcia875,000

Despite starting the final table second in chips, Jen-Yie Chiang was the first finalist out of the door. Having lost a few pots as the final table proceedings got under way, Chiang lost the rest of his stack when he got his {A-Spades}{K-Spades} all-in preflop against the {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} of Paul Findlay and when the board ran out void of drama, it was game over for Chiang.

A three-way all-in then claimed the tournament life of Steven Lewzey and boosted Findlay’s stack immensely. Lewzey jammed all-in for 500,000 and Darren Murphy came over the top of that raise with an all-in bet of his own. Findlay instantly called and the trio turned over their hands.

It was {A-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for Lewzey, {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds} for Murphy and the monster hand of {A-Spades}{A-Hearts} for Findlay. A board reading {Q-Spades}{10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} busted Lewzey, crippled Murphy and left Findlay sat there with 1.6 million chips.

Murphy busted during the next hand. He pushed his 200,000 stack into the middle with {J-Hearts}{7-Clubs} and Khashayar Zarghampour decided to gamble with the less-than-stellar {Q-Clubs}{5-Hearts}. The {6-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{2-Spades} flop improved Zarghampour and the {Q-Spades} on the turn locked up the hand for him. The river was inconsequential and Murphy was gone.

Five minutes after Murphy’s demise, Onur Dag followed him the sidelines having lost his chips to Garcia Damaso. Dag’s pocket nines raced against Damaso’s {A-}{K-} and when the five community cards fell {J-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} Dag’s tournament was over.

The final four players paused the tournament and discussed the possibility of striking a deal for the remaining prize pool. Those discussions proved fruitful and a deal was struck, one that flattened the payout structure and left the Champion of Champions seat and £3,500 for the eventual champion.

Damaso was the first player of the final quartet to bust out. He got his chips in good with {8-Spades}{6-Spades} on the {10-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} flop against Zarghampour’s {Q-Diamonds}{10-Spades}, but a jack on the turn and nine on the river gifted Zarghampour an unlikely straight to leave only three players in contention for the title.

Those three became two with the exit of Zarghampour in third place. Zarghampour opened from the button with {K-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and then called when Mario Trattou moved all-in with what turned out to be {Q-Spades}{7-Spades}.

Trattou took the lead on the {9-Spades}{8-Spades}{Q-Clubs} flop, with the {K-Spades} on the turn completing his flush, rendering Zarghampour’s pair of kings useless. Another king on the river, the {K-Diamonds}, served no other purpose than to rub salt into Zarghampour’s wounds and heads-up was set.

Findlay trailed Trattou going into heads-up, but won a huge pot to soar into a 5-to-1 lead.

The final hand saw the chips go in on a {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} flop, Trattou holding a queen and Findlay a pair of aces. Trattou failed to improve on the turn or river and Findlay claimed the title of champion and £12,396.00 in prize money.

2014 UKIPT Series 6 Main Event Final Table

1Paul Findlay£12,396.00*
2Mario Trattou£10,874.00*
3Khashayar Zarghampour£9,688.00*
4Garcia Damaso£9,092.00*
5Onur Dag£5,100.00
6Darren Murphy£3,900.00
7Steven Lewzey£2,850.00
8Jan-Yie Chiang£2,100.00

*reflects a four-way deal

Lead image courtesy of Neil Stoddart of the PokerStars Blog

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