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Iaron Lightbourne Wins the 2014 Unibet Open London Main Event

Iaron Lightbourne: 2014 Unibet Open London champion

Iaron Lightbourne joins a long list of talented poker players who have won a Unibet Open title after he waked away with the lion's share of the spoils in the 2014 Unibet Open London Main Event.

The final day started with 16 players, led by John Yadgar, all guaranteed a £3,400 Christmas bonus in their stockings, but with £70,000 awaiting the eventual champion none of the returnees wanted to leave Aspers casino in Stratford with that sum.

Sadly for Michael Panteli, it was he who won this amount.

Panteli first ran his {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} into the {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds} of Paulo Rodrigues and we all know how that usually ends. Panteli then jammed his last four big blinds with {4-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and Rodrigues called with {K-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}, the board ran {Q-Spades}{J-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and Panteli was gone.

Following Panteli to the sidelines were aggressive Frenchman Adrien Allain, Richard Pullen, start-of-the-day chip leader John Yadgar, Mohammed Suhail, Andrey Veselov and Niklas Borg, the latter being the player to burst the final table bubble.

2014 Unibet Open London Main Event Final Table

1Tim van de Riet2,755,000
2Lawrie Inman2,045,000
3Iaron Lightbourne1,945,000
4Lucas Oliver1,065,000
5Janos Kutosi1,050,000
6Mike Hill900,000
7Paulo Rodrigues805,000
8Charalamppos Lappas680,000
9Tomasz Kozub625,000

The nine finalists locked horns for the best part of 50 minutes before one of them crashed out of the tournament. Two-time Unibet Open finalist Tim van de Riet opened from early position and was call by five players. Tomasz Kozub decided to squeeze from the big blind, jamming all-in for 595,000 with the {K-Spades}{J-Spades}. Lightbourne then decided to re-shove with the superior {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} and everyone else folded.

Lightbourne made two pair on the {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{4-Clubs} flop, satyed ahead on the {9-Diamonds} turn and eliminated Kozub in ninth place when the {2-Spades} completed the five community cards.

Another hour passed by before Lawrie Inman lost his stack to Lightbourne. A raise to 105,000 from Lightbourne was three-bet to 250,000 by Inman and called by Lightbourne. The flop fell {K-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and Lightbourne checked. Inman fired a bet of 250,000 and then snap-called when Lightbourne moved all-in.

Both players had smashed into the flop, Inman with his {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds} and Lightbourne with his {8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}, although Lightbourne needed to catch another piece of the board. The {Q-Spades} didn't change anything, but the {9-Hearts} improved Lightbourne to a straight and left Inman with empty space where his stack used to be.

Dutchman Tim van de Riet was the next to fall in a hand that the internet generation would call standard. Down to 11 big blinds, van de Riet moved all-in from the hijack with {A-Hearts}{J-Spades} and Janos Kurtosi three-bet all-in from the small blind with the dominating {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}. A few moments later the {10-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{7-Spades} board was in view and van de Riet was gone.

Sixth place when to Rodrigues who raise to 125,000 from the cutoff and called when Charalampos Lappas re-raised to 275,000 from the button. Rodrigues checked on the {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{7-Spades} flop, Lappas made a continuation bet of 255,000 and Rodrigues called. The turn was the {A-Diamonds} and Rodrigues checked again, but instead of calling when Lappas fired again, he check-raised all-in for 1,200,000 and Lappas called.

Lappas held {A-Spades}{Q-Spades} for two pair and a flush draw, while Rodrigues turned over {J-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for a straight. The river was the {6-Spades}, improving Lappas to a flush and resigning Rodrigues to a sixth place finish.

Less than half hour after Rodrigues' exit, Lucas Oliver was heading for the exits. Oliver moved all-in for around five big blinds from under the gun with {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades} and looked set to pick up the blinds and antes because his opponents folded in turn around to Lightbourne in the big blind. Lightbourne was never folding because he held the {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} and called.

By the river the five community cards read {8-Spades}{4-Clubs}{5-Spades}{2-Spades}{K-Diamonds} and Oliver was eliminated.

Janos Kurtosi was the next to bust, pushing all-in from the button with the less-than-stellar {K-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and Lappas looked him up with {A-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}. A six on the river of the {2-Hearts}{9-Spades}{4-Hearts}{J-Spades}{6-Diamonds} board was more than enough to send Kurtosi home in fourth place.

Three-handed play spanned across an hour before ending with the elimination of Lappas. Lappas raised to 300,000 from the small blind, Lightbourne repsonded with a 725,000 three-bet, Lappas four-bet all-in and Lightbourne quickly called.

Lappas showed {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and Lightbourne the {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}. Lightbourne took the lead on the {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop, stayed there on the {2-Spades} turn and busted Lappas on the {3-Clubs} river.

That hand left Lightbourne with an 8,500,000 to 3,500,000 chip lead over Mike “Da Bookie” Hill and it took only 15 minutes for the tournament to conclude.

Hill raised to 285,000 and Lightbourne shoved his stack into the middle. Hill called and what was the final hand played out.

Hill: {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}
Lightbourne: {K-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}

Hill held a slender advantage before the flop, but fell way behind once the {A-Hearts}{K-Spades}{2-Spades} flop came into view. The {A-Diamonds} turn was followed onto the felt by the {7-Hearts}, busting Hill in second place and leaving Lightbourne to be announced as the 2014 Unibet Open London Main Event champion.

2014 Unibet Open London Main Event Final Table Results

1Iaron Lightbourne£70,000
2Mike Hill£45,000
3Charalampos Lappas£30,000
4Janos Kurtosi£22,000
5Lucas Oliver£16,800
6Paulo Rodgrigues£13,500
7Tim van de Riet£13,500
8Lawrie Inman£8,800
9Tomasz Kozub£6,700

As soon as Unibet announced the dates and stops on the 2015 tour UK & Ireland PokerNews will let you know all about it and how to qualify for them Until then, join us in congratulating Iaron Lightbourne on becoming the 2014 Unibet Open London champion.

Lead image courtesy of Tambet Kask of the Unibet Open blog

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