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Alex Lindop Wins UK’s Third WSOP Bracelet of the Summer

Alex Lindop

In 2011, Alex Lindop finished 39th in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and walked away with $8,631 for his effort. According to The Hendon Mob database, this was Lindop’s first major live score.

Head to Lindop’s page today and the latest addition to it read first place in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2015 WSOP, a result that bagged Lindop his first gold bracelet – and the UK’s third of the summer – and a massive $531,097 in prize money.

Lindop was one of 2,155 entrants in Event #59, a huge field to navigate through. But navigate his way through is what he did and by the time the ten-handed unofficial final table was set, the lad from Stoke-on-Trent found himself second in chips.

2015 WSOP Event #59 Final Table

1Haixia Zhang2,600,000
2Rick Alvarado485,000
3Joshua Evans1,600,000
4Jason Herron725,000
5Alex Lindop2,340,000
6Jamie Gold1,340,000
7Yorane Kerignard2,200,000
8Aurelien Guiglini2,170,000
9George Hamati555,000
10Luis Freitas2,165,000

Within minutes of 10-handed play resuming, George Hamati three-bet all-in after 2006 WSOP Main Event champion Jamie Gold opened the betting. Gold called and sent Hamati to the rail in 10th place when his {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs} held against Hamati’s {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}.

The fifth hand of the final table saw Rick Alvarado move all-in for 450,000 at the 25,000/50,000/5,000a level with {a-Spades}{10-Hearts} and France’s Aurelien Guiglini called with {k-Hearts}{q-Spades}. Guiglini caught a queen on the {q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{9-Hearts} flop and another on the {q-Clubs} turn. The {8-Hearts} appeared on the river and Alvarado was gone.

Another 26 hands played out before Gold raised to 130,000 and Haixia Zhang called on the button. Joshua Evans squeezed to 425,000 from the small blind and only Zhang called. The pair shared an {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} flop, a flop that Evans moved all-in on for 1,355,000. Zhang went into the tank and emerged with a call, showing {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} as she did so. Those nines were the best hand because Evans had made a move with {a-}{q-} and needed some help from the board. That help never arrived as the turn and river fell {7-Diamonds} and {9-Clubs} and Evans bust in eighth place.

Seventh place was decided soon after and it was Jason Herron who finished in that position. Herron pushed all-in for 550,000 with {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds} and Guiglini called with {a-Spades}{q-Clubs} before winning the coinflip when the dealer spread the {a-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{9-Spades}{8-Clubs}{6-Clubs} board.

A relative cooler of a hand took care of Luis Freitas in sixth place. Yorane Kerignard, the 2012 World Poker Tour (WPT) Malta champion, raised to 165,000 and then called when Freitas shipped his stack into the middle. Freitas turned over {q-Spades}{q-Hearts} and was crushed by Kerignard’s {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}. That fact remained true as the {k-Spades}{5-Spades}{4-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{k-Clubs} board came into view, busting Freitas and leaving only five players in contention for the bracelet.

Those five became four with the elimination of Gold as play was ending for the day. By this stage the blinds and antes were 50,000/100,000/10,000 and Lindop opened to 225,000 from the button, Gold re-raised all-in from the small blind and Lindop made the call. It was {j-Clubs}{j-Spades} for Lindop versus the {a-Hearts}{5-Clubs} of Gold and those jacks remained true as the five community cards fell {10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{4-Spades}{q-Hearts} and Gold was sent to the sidelines.

Play ended for the night soon after Gold’s departure and the final four headed back to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino refreshed and ready to go on Thursday afternoon.

On the 39th hands of play on Day 4, Zhang opened to 325,000 from the small blind, Lindop raised to 925,000 and called when Zhang pushed all-in. Zhang showed {a-Hearts}{j-Clubs} and was racing versus Lindop’s {9-Hearts}{9-Spades}. The flop fell {8-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} and the turn brought the {k-Clubs} into play. The river was the {3-Diamonds} and with that Zhang bust and failed in her quest to become the first female player since Barbara Enright to win a bracelet in the Ladies Event and an open event. No doubt Zhang will be back to try again.

Heads-up was set six hands later when the two French players clashed. Kerignard found himself all-in preflop holding {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs} and facing the {a-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} of Guiglini. A nine on the {9-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{7-Clubs} flop gave Guiglini a pair of nines with the {3-Clubs} turn gifting Kerignard a flush draw. The river wasn’t a club, it was the {4-Hearts} and Kerignard bust.

Lindop went into heads-up holding a 12,300,000 to 3,800,000 chip lead and it took him 28 hands to despatch his opponent.

On the 167th hand of the final table, Lindop limped in from the button and Guiglini checked. The dealer spread the {4-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} flop and Guiglini bet 225,000. Lindop called. The turn was the {3-Diamonds} and Guiglini bet 475,000 and was again called by Lindop. The {q-Hearts} completed the board and Guiglini checked. Lindop pushed all-in and was called by his French opponent.

Guiglini turned over {q-Diamonds}{5-Spades} for two pair, but Lindop had turned a full house with his {4-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} and had become a WSOP champion as a result.

2015 WSOP Event #59 Final Table Results

1Alex LindopUK$531,037
2Aurelien GuigliniFrance$330,578
3Yorane Kerignard$229,787 
4Haixia ZhangUSA$165,492
5Jamie GoldUSA$120,952
6Luis FreitasBrazil$89,473
7Jason HerronUSA$67,058
8Joshua EvansUSA$50,897
9Rick AlvaradoUSA$39,085

An amazing result for Lindop and the United Kingdom who now have three WSOP bracelets this series.

Lead image courtesy of the WSOP

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