Pierrick Tallon Takes Down the UKIPT Season 5 Bristol Main Event

Pierrick Tallon: 2015: UKIPT Bristol champion
  • Belgian takes down the UKIPT Season 5 Bristol Main Event

  • Brett Angell's quest for a second UKIPT title ends in 10th place

  • Isle of Man is the next top on the UKIPT circuit.

Belgium’s Pierrick Tallon is the latest player to be crowned a UKIPT champion after he walked away with the Season 5 Bristol Main Event title, a result that brings with it a £53,000 bankroll boost.

Play resumed on Day 3 with 11 players, but within 10 minutes of action Andrew Fleming fell in 11th place when his aces were cracked by the nines of Joseph Lalor, the latter flopping a set.

The unofficial final table was reached 40 minutes later when Brett Angell’s quest to become a double UKIPT winner ended prematurely. Benjamin Winsor opened to 60,000 from under the gun with {J-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}, Hak-Mann Lee called from the next seat along and Angell squeezed all-in for 507,000 from the small blind with {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}. Winsor re-shoved and when Lee mucked the dealer spread the {7-Spades}{3-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} board, busting Angell in 10th place.

Lee then saw his tournament end with a ninth place finish when he open shoved for 458,000 chips with {A-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} during the 15,000/30,000/4,000a level and found a caller in the shape of Christopher Brice and his dominating {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}. With the {8-Clubs}{q-Spades}{j-Spades}{3-Spades}{j-Spades} board four-flushing, Brice improved to an unnecessary spade flush and Lee was gone.

UKIPT Season 5 Bristol Main Event Final Table

1Christopher Brice1,813,000
2Chi Zhang1,775,000
3Joseph Lalor1,390,000
4Les Packer575,000
5Otto Richard594,000
6Lee Mulligan283,000
7Pierrick Tallon2,707,000
8Benjamin Winsor1,953,000

The eight finalists hadn’t played many hands of note before Lee Mulligan moved all-in from under the gun for 204,000 chips, Chi Zhang called in the cutoff then Otto Richard pushed all-in for 590,000 from the big blind. Zhang tanked for four minutes before electing to call.

It was {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} for Mulligan, {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs} for Zhang and {K-Spades}{K-Hearts} for Richard. A final board reading {3-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} saw Otto’s stack pushed towards the 1.5 million mark and sent Mulligan home in eighth place.

Before heads-up play began the final two players struck a deal that saw Tallon (7,950,000 chips) lock up £44,000 and Brice (3,200,000) £42,300 leaving £9,000 and the trophy for the eventual winner.

Another two-and-a-half hours passed by without an elimination before Leslie Packer committed his final 10 big blinds with {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades} and ran straight into the {A-Spades}{A-Clubs} of Richard. Packer picked up an inside straight draw on the {Q-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{10-Spades} flop but when the {7-Hearts} and {Q-Hearts} completed the five community cards his tournament was over.

Next to fall, in sixth place, was Benjamin Winsor. Again, it was a big-ace versus dominating ace scenario, Winsor holding {A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} and failing to improve against Tallon’s {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} when the board ran {8-Spades}{9-Spades}{3-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}.

The final five became four when, at 5:30pm, Joseph Lalor lost back-to-back pots to Brice. The second resulted in his tournament ending. Lalor’s last 385,000 chips went into the middle with {K-Spades}{J-Diamonds} and Brice was waiting in the wings with {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}. Lalor flopped an open-ended straight draw but couldn’t hit any of his outs as the dealer spread {6-Spades}{10-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} in the middle of the PokerStars-branded felt.

Fourth place went to the talented Richard. The Frenchman was fiorst to act in the small blind and he chose to move all-in for one million chips with {5-Hearts}{3-Hearts}. Tallon was sat in the big blind with {K-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and opted to call. It proved to be the correct move because by the river the board read {4-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{a-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Spades}, meaning there were only three players still in contention for the title.

Heads-up was set when the dangerous Zhang fell by the wayside. With blinds at 50,000/100,000/10,000a, Zhang raised to 200,000 on the button and then called when Tallon three-bet to 550,000 from the small blind.

The flop fell {8-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, Tallon bet 450,000 and Zhang called. The turn brought the {6-Spades} into play and Tallon checked. Zhang took up the role of aggressor and bet 675,000. Tallon responded by moving all-in and Zhang called off his last 1.6 million, turning over {A-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} which was well behind the {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades} of Tallon. That remained the case as the {J-Spades} landed on the river, game over for Zhang.

Before heads-up play began the final two players struck a deal that saw Tallon (7,950,000 chips) lock up £44,000 and Brice (3,200,000) £42,300 leaving £9,000 and the trophy for the eventual winner.

Ninety-minutes later, Tallon emerged victorious. Brice moved all-in for 1,500,000 with {K-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and Tallon looked him up with {A-Hearts}{3-Spades} and was rewarded with a {4-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{9-Clubs} board to become the UKIPT Bristol champion.

UKIPT Season 5 Bristol Main Event Final Table Results

1Pierrick Tallon£53,000*
2Christopher Brice£42,300*
3Chi Zhang£26,500
4Otto Richard£21,000
5Joseph Lalor£16,000
6Benjamin Winsor£12,900
7Leslie Packer£9,700
8Lee Mulligan£6,900

Next up for the UKIPT is a trip to the home of PokerStars, the Isle of Man. The festival runs from September 30 through to October 4 and satellites to the Main Event are running in the PokerStars lobby right now.

Lead image courtesy of Mickey May of the PokerStars Blog

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