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Brett Angell Banishes Demons and Wins the 2014 UKIPT London Main Event

Brett Angell

In 2011, Brett Angell finished as runner-up to Gareth Walker in the UKIPT Nottingham Main Event. It was a result that banked him £80,000 but it was also a result that left Angell bitterly disappointed not to have gone all the way and win the tournament; poker is such a funny game, a player can win £80,000 and still be gutted!

On October 12, 2014, Angell managed to banish his runner-up demons by taking down the UKIPT London Main Event and securing a huge payout of £115,083 and the priceless title of UKIPT champion.

2014 UKIPT London Main Event Final Table

1Nickolas DaviesUSA4,000,000
2Rasmus AgerskovDenmark3,150,000
3Sandro MescolaItaly1,145,000
4Vladimir TroyanovskiyRussia2,705,000
5Brett AngellUK5,190,000
6Fabrizio FuchsSwitzerland1,240,000
7Caicai HuangUK1,960,000
8Mark JamesUK2,300,000

Angell went into the eight-handed final table as the chip leader and he extended that lead by an additional million chips over the course of the first one-and-a-half hours of play. Amazingly, there were no eliminations from the final table for three hours, yet the tournament still concluded before seven hours were played.

The first exit came at 4:00 p.m and it was Danish pro Rasmus Agerskov who fell. Mark James opened to 210,000 on the button and Agerskov re-raised all-in for 1,100,000 from the big blind. James made the call and turned over {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}, while Agerskov revealed the {K-Diamonds}{10-Spades}.

Agerskov binked a king on the {K-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} flop, but was then drawing dead on the {6-Spades} turn. The {2-Hearts} fell on the river and Agerskov fell by the wayside.

Ten minutes later and Caicai Huang crashed out to leave the UKIPT without a female champion during its first four seasons. Fabrizio Fuchs raised to 225,000 and then called when Huang three-bet all-in for 1,280,000 from the next seat along. Huang showed {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}, a hand that would suffer the same fate as Agerskov’s overcards and against the same pocket sixes that busted him.

By the river the board read {J-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{6-Clubs} and Huang was gone.

Huang’s seat hadn’t even gone cold when early favourite Vladimir Troyanovskiy busted. The action folded to Troyanovskiy on the button and he chose the {A-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} to move all-in for 14 big blinds with. Usually, this would be a faultless move, but not on this occasion because Fuchs was sat in the big blind with {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}. No helped arrived for Troyanovskiy on the {6-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{J-Spades} board and suddenly the tournament was down to five players.

Those five became four a few minutes after Troyanovskiy’s demise when Nickolas Davies got his chips into the middle in bad shape and couldn’t find a three-outer. A raise to 250,000 from Davies was three-bet to 505,000 by Angell, four-bet all-in for 3,500,000 by Davies and instantly called by Angell.

Angell flipped over {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} and Davies the dominated {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}. A board reading {7-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{K-Spades}{8-Diamonds} kept Angell’s hand as the best and sent Davies to the rail in fifth place. Davies is set to play his first EPT this week so watch out for him in our EPT London coverage.

Next to fall was Mark James who pinned his hope on a flush draw, a flush draw that didn’t come in. The hand started normal enough with James raising to 260,000 and Fuchs calling from the big blind. The {Q-Hearts}{6-Spades}{6-Hearts} flop came into view, Fuchs checked only to see James jam for 2,965,000 in total.

According to our friends at the PokerStars Blog, Fuchs said, “That makes no sense. Why would you do that? You could have the flush draw,” and then called.

James did indeed have the flush draw, his {A-Hearts}{5-Hearts} needing to hit on the turn or river to best the {Q-Spades}{3-Spades} in Fuchs’ hand. Sadly for James, the {2-Diamonds} turn and {7-Clubs} river were no help to him and he headed out of the tournament area with a fourth place finish under his belt.

Italy’s Sandro Mescola became the third place finisher shortly after the clocks around the Grand Connaught Rooms displayed 5:40 p.m. Mescola set the price to play at 260,000 from the small blind with {K-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} and Angell defended his big blind with a call. Mescola led out for 335,000 on the {3-Clubs}{5-Spades}{10-Spades} flop, Angell moved all-in and Mescola called off his last 2,000,000 chips.

Angell turned over {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for top pair, which held when the {J-Clubs} was followed into play by the {4-Spades}.

The heads-up duo struck a deal while their chips were counted (Angell: 12,425,000 chips and Fuchs: 9,230,000) that saw Angell take him £105,083, Fuchs £98,717 leaving £10,000 for the eventual champion.

Angell was in control throughout the heads-up battle and it was no surprise to anyone when he came out on top. The final hand saw Angell raise to 420,000 and Fuchs respond with a three-bet to 1,000,000. Angell was having none of it and raised to 2,600,000 only to see Fuchs move all-in for around 7,000,000 and Angell quickly call.

It was the {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} for Angell versus the {A-Spades}{9-Diamonds} of Fuchs and when the five community cards came {4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} it was game over for Fuchs who left the final table to a hearty round of applause.

2014 UKIPT London Main Event Final Table Results

1Brett AngellUK£115,083*
2Fabrizio FuchsSwitzerland£98,717*
3Sandro MescolaItaly£56,500
4Mark JamesUK£42,500
5Nickolas DaviesUSA£32,500
6Vladimir TroyanovskiyRussia£23,800
7Caicai HuangUK£17,800
8Rasmus AgerskovDenmark£12,800

*reflects a heads-up deal

The UKIPT now takes a break for a few months, probably until after the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA). As soon as the schedule is finalised, UK & Ireland PokerNews will bring you all of the details. Until then, join us in congratulating Angell on his impressive victory.

Lead image courtesy of Danny Maxwell

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