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Sam Mitten-Laurence Wins Season 5’s UKIPT Nottingham Main Event

Sam Mitten-Laurence

Sam Mitten-Laurence has played more than 20,000 tournaments online but until the Season 5 edition of the UKIPT Nottingham Main Event had only played one live event. Now, after completing his second live tournament, Mitten-Laurence has notched up a victory, taking down the aforementioned UKIPT Nottingham tournament and claiming its £182,000 first place prize.

Day 3 began with 37 players, among them some of poker’s better-known faces. Some of those players, namely Andrew “stato_1” Hulme (37th for £3,760), Morten Mortensen (30th for £4,330), Ireland’s Dara Davey (21st for £6,070), Serigio Aido (16th for £8,070), and Ben Vinson (12th for £10,070) fell before the final table was reached.

Season 5 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event Final Table

1Krzysztof Jacyk2,830,000
2Kuljinder Sidhu5,010,000
3Luke Perrott2,310,000
4Patrick Clarke2,770,000
5Sunil Pancholi2,305,000
6Sam Mitten-Laurence3,570,000
7Trevor Pearson975,000
8Richard Jones4,570,000

The final table got under way at 08:20 p.m. and concluded a shade over four hours later.

First to fall Luke Perrott, some 90-minutes after play at the final table began. Kuljinder Sidhu opened to 300000 from his seat in the hijack, Perrott three-bet all-in for 1,300,000 from the cutoff only to see 2014 Irish Open champion Patrick Clarke four-bet all-in for 5,000,000 from the button. Sidhu had seen enough and folded, leaving the {a-Hearts}{k-Spades} of Clarke to go to battle with the dominated {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs} of Perrott. By the river the board read {k-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{10-Spades}{10-Clubs} and Perrott was gone.

Twenty minutes later and Sunil Pancholi was sent to the rail. Pancholi pushed all-in for 1,085,000 from under the gun with what turned out to be {q-Spades}{10-Spades} and Mitten-Laurence looked him up from the next seat along with {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}. Pancholi connected with the {10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} flop, picked up a gutshot on the {9-Diamonds} turn, but the {k-Spades} river failed to alter the course of the hand and the final table was left with only six players.

Those six became five with the exit of the dangerous Sidhu who jammed from the small blind for 3,200,000 with the lowly {k-Hearts}{5-Spades} and Clarke called with {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}. The door cards was the {a-Hearts} and when the {7-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} followed it into view, Sidhu’s tournament came to an abrupt end.

Moments after Sidhu’s exit, Krzysztof Jacyk bust. Down to 4.5 big blinds, Jacyk moved all-in with {8-Spades}{6-Spades} and was called by Clarke with the superior {k-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. Both players improved to a pair on the {8-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{k-Clubs} flop but Jacyk couldn’t find any more outs on the turn or river and he fell in fifth place.

It took another hour of action to whittle the field further, the next casualty being Clarke. Mitten-Laurence made it 475,000 to go at the 80,000/160,000/20,000 level, Clarke put his 4,375,000 stack into the middle and Mitten-Laurence called. Clarke flipped over {2-}{2-} and was flipping versus the {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds} of his opponent. That ace-queen improved to a pair on the flop of the {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} board, busting Clarke and leaving Mitten-Laurence with a significant chip lead.

As the clocks around Dusk Till Dawn displayed 12:10 a.m on Monday morning, Mitten-Laurence raised to 700,000 on the button, Richard Jones three-bet to 2,200,000 in the big blind, Mitten-Laurence shipped his stack into the middle and Jones called off his last remaining 5,115,000 chips.

It was yet another coinflip; Jones ‘s tournament life being pinned on {5-Clubs}{5-Hearts} and Mitten-Laurence needing his {a-Hearts}{10-Spades} to improve. Improve it did as the flop came {8-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} to leave Jones drawing to two outs, neither of which arrived on the {3-Spades} turn or {q-Diamonds} river. Jones crashed out, albeit with £77,400 to show for his effort.

Mitten-Laurence went into the one-on-one battle with Trevor Pearson holding an 18,900,000 to 6,560,000 chip lead, which is a sizeable gap in heads-up play. A short battle went the way of the online star, the final hand seeing Mitten-Laurence raise to 700,000 with {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}, Pearson making it 1,200,000 to go and then calling when Mitten-Laurence set him all-in. Pearson’s {a-Spades}{j-Hearts} was in major trouble and never managed to come from behind as the five community cards fell {a-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}, leaving Mitten-Laurence as the last man standing.

Season 5 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event Final Table Results

1Sam Mitten-Laurence£182,000
2Trevor Pearson£110,000
3Richard Jones£77,400
4Patrick Clarke£58,100
5Krzysztof Jacyk£44,700
6Kuljinder Sidhu£32,000
7Sunil Pancholi£24,200
8Luke Perrott£17,320

Next up for the UKIPT is a couple of months break before it jets off to Marbella in sunny Spain. The UKIPT Marbella festival runs from June 15 through to June 21 and as usual you can qualify for the Main Event at PokerStars. Perhaps you’ll follow in Mitten-Laurence’s footsteps and turn a £160 investment into a massive six-figure score?

Lead image courtesy of Mickey May of the PokerStars Blog

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