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Christopher Yong Crowned UKIPT Series 7 Champion

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Christopher Yong, a trainee solicitor living in London, finished fifth in the UKIPT London Main Event in London and narrowly missed out on a winner’s trophy. On Sunday, Yong made amends for that by walking away with the title of UKIPT Series 7 champion, a finish that also banked the 26-year old £10,986 in prize money.

Day 2 of the £250+£25 buy-in event saw 42 players return to the Hippodrome Casino at 12:00pm on Sunday afternoon and four-and-a-half hours later those 42 had been reduced to the final table of eight.

UKIPT Series 7 Final Table

1Joseph Pateman859,000
2Christopher Yong780,000
3Richard Paul386,000
4Jesus Castro330,000
5Mark Hitchens315,000
6Richard Heron287,000
7Richard Brabin113,000
8Gabriel Gusetoiu103,000

Within half hour of the final table kicking off, Richard Brabin had bust. Brabin committed his stack with {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} and will count himself unfortunate to have run straight into the {Q-}{Q-} of Mark Hitchens. Those queens held as the five community cards fell {4-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{9-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} and Brabin was gone in eighth place.

Romania’s Gabriel Gusetoiu was the next to fall, shortly after Brabin’s bust. Gusetoiu led for 50,000 on a {3-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{3-Clubs} flop, Richard Paul set him all-in and Gusetoiu called. Paul flipped over {K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} and had his opponent’s {Q-Hearts}{J-Hearts} outkicked. No help arrived for Gusetoiu on the turn or river and the final table was suddenly a short-handed affair.

The players found themselves with even more elbow room 15 minutes later when Richard Heron pushed his stack into the middle of the PokerStars-branded felt with {Q-Spades}{9-Clubs} and was called by Paul and his [Ac4]. Heron looked to have come from behind on the {j-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{2-Spades}{q-Hearts} turn, but a {5-Hearts} on the river improved Paul to a wheel and Heron was shot down.

Soon after Heron’s exit the blinds increased to 10,000/20,000/3,000a and were really starting to bite into the stacks of the players. Jesus Castro now found himself with slightly less thn nine big blinds and he shipped these into the middle from the button while holding {A-Diamonds}{9-Spades}. Day 1a chip leader Joseph Pateman called with the dominated {A-Hearts}{2-Spades}, a hand that didn’t stay under the cosh for long because he turned a straight as the community cards ran {10-Spades}{4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}. Game over for Castro.

Christopher Yong then took over the role of executioner and sent Hitchens to the sidelines. Hitchens moved all-in with {Q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} from the small blind and Yong called from the big blind with {5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} after sitting to work out the pot odds. Yong’s call was rewarded with a {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Clubs} board and Hitchens made his way to the cashier’s desk to collect fourth place money.

Third place went to Richard Paul. Yong raised for the umpteenth time from the button, Pateman called from the small blind only to see Paul squeeze all-in. Yong mucked, but Pateman instantly called, as would you had you decided to play aces this way! Paul could only muster pocket eights and they remained second best as the board ran an ace-friendly {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{3-Spades}{j-Spades}{j-Clubs}.

Heads-up was over almost as quickly as it started, helped by the fact Yong and Pateman altered the payout structure slightly. The final hand was a real cooler for one-on-one play and saw Patemen all-in with {10-}{10-} and Yong sat waiting with {K-}{K-}. Pateman received no assistance from the five community cards and the latest UKIPT Series champion was crowned.

UKIPT Series 7 Final Table Results

1Christopher Yong£10,986*
2Joseph Pateman£7,819*
3Richard Paul£4,305
4Mark Hitchens£3,105
5Jesus Castro£2,320
6Richard Heron£1,745
7Gabriel Gusetoiu£1,260
8Richard Brabin£1,025

*reflects a heads-up deal

Next up for the UKIPT is a trip to Dusk Till Dawn for the £1 million guaranteed UKIPT Nottingham Main Event, which you can qualify for at PokerStars.

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