Isidoro Barrena Wins the 2015 UKIPT Marbella Main Event, Sam Grafton Sixth

Isidoro Barrena

When the UKIPT dropped anchor in sunny Marbella in 2014, it was Rodrigo Espinosa who won the Main Event ensuring the trophy stayed in Spain. That trophy remains in Spain for another 12 months because on Sunday afternoon, Isidoro Barrena took down the 2015 edition of the UKIPT Marbella Main Event, securing a €150,800 payday in the process.

When play at the final table got underway, most eyes were on two of the eight finalists. The UK’s Sam Grafton, who had reached back-to-back UKIPT Marbella Main Event final tables, was one of them and for obvious reasons, with the other being the PokerStars Supernova Elite Jose Angel Latorre being the other.

Grafton doubled early into the final table action, his {2-Spades}{2-Diamonds} cracking the {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} of Juan Bautista when the board ran {2-Hearts}{9-Spades}{K-Spades}{5-Clubs}{10-Spades}. Bautista bust 20-minutes later.

The Netherlands’ Jeffrey Brouwer fell next and he was followed into the sun by Grafton in sixth place. With blinds at 40,000/80,000/10,000a, Grafton pushed all-in for 930,000 from the small blind with what turned out to be {Q-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} and Barrena called from the big blind with {K-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}. Grafton caught a five on the {K-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{5-Spades} flop but Barrena paired his king and when the turn and river fell {4-Diamonds} and {7-Hearts}, Grafton’s quest for UKIPT glory was over.

Ten minutes later, the final table grew ever more short-handed when Austria’s David Vedral was eliminated, guaranteeing a Spanish champion in the process. Rodrigo Rosales opened to 190,000 and Vedral three-bet all-in for 1,190,000. Latorre called from the big blind and Rosales put in the extra chips to call.

A flop reading {4-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} saw Latorre bet 500,000 and Rosales call. The {3-Spades} landed on the turn and Latorre pushed all-in, covering Rosales. After a brief pause, Rosales folded {9-}{9-} face up and was right to do so because Vedral showed {A-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and Latorre the powerhouse hand that is {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}. The {4-Diamonds} river sealed Vedral’s fate and left only four players in the hunt for the €150,800 first place prize.

Latorre continued to chip up thanks to him using his vast high stakes sit and go experience to apply pressure to his opponents, but took a break from doing so to allow Barrena to bust Dario Carrion. The latter committed his chips with {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} and Barrena looked him up with {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}.

Those queens, like the ladies in the hand of eighth place finisher Bautista, were cracked as the five community cards rolled off {K-Spades}{A-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{A-Spades} and Carrion was gone.

Barrena found {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} again half-hour later and it held in an all-in preflop confrontation with Rosales’ {A-Spades}{5-Spades}. Neither player improved their holding on by the river, leaving Barrena’s jack-kicker to come into play and heads-up was set.

Latorre went into heads-up holding 15,370,000 chips to Barrena’s 5,125,000 and it seemed like the writing was on the wall for Barrena but he started to run red hot during the one-on-one phase, flopping pairs and scooping more than his fair share of pots.

After two hours of heads-up play, Barrena had a huge 17,375,000 to 3,125,000 lead over the Supernova Elite yet it took almost two more hours for the champion to be decided.

As the clocks displayed 7:50 p.m, Barrena raised to 500,000 and Latorre raised to 1,350,000. Barrena moved all-in and Latorre made the call.

Latorre: {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}
Barrena: {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}

A few moments later, the dealer had spread the {7-Clubs}{4-Spades}{5-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{8-Spades} board, Latorre bust and Barrena was crowed the UKIPT5 Marbella Main Event champion.

UKIPT5 Marbella Main Event Final Table Results

1Isidoro BarrenaSpain€150,800
2Jose Angel LatorreSpain€91,500
3Rodrigo RosalesSpain€64,600
4Dario CarrionSpain€48,400
5David VedralAustria€38,200
6Sam GraftonUK€28,600
7Heffrey BrouwerNetherlands€20,100
8Juan BautistaSpain€14,100

Next up for the UKIPT is a return to British soil, Bristol to be exact. The UKIPT Bristol Main Event takes place between August 6-9th and satellites are running at PokerStars right now.

Lead image courtesy of Mickey May and the PokerStars Blog

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