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2015 UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event Day 2: Paren Arzoomanian Leads the Final Table

Paren Arzoomanian


  • Team PokerStar Pro Chris Moneymaker busts before the money players

  • Former ANZPT Sydney champion, Paren Arzoomanian has a sizeable chip lead going into the final table

At midday on Saturday, 97 players returned to the Villa Marina Arcade Harris Promenade for Day 2 of the Season 5 UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event. After the completion of 10 hour-long levels, all but eight of them lost their chips, some in spectacular fashion, leaving the tournament with only one table of players in contention for the £26,600 first place prize.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blind
1Christopher SwindenIsle of Man515,00026
2Elliott HayesJersey1,033,00052
3John LawsonIsle of Man1,210,00060
4Daniel StaceyUnited Kingdom1,714,00086
5Rodger ReynoldsUnited Kingdom715,00036
6Michael FletcherUnited Kingdom911,00046
7James WalshIreland220,00011
8Paren ArzoomanianUnited Kingdom2,257,000113

Leading the way going into the final table is Paren Arzoomanian, a PokerStars employee who won an ANZPT Main Event in Sydney during 2009 for $246,500. Arzoomanian (2,257,000 chips) is sure to be pushed all the way by the likes of young British grinder Daniel Stacey (1,714,000), Jersey’s Elliott Hayes (1,033,000), and seasoned British pro Michael Fletcher (911,000), indeed each of the nine finalists have got where they are on merit and would make a worthy champion.

They’ll return to the felt at 12:00pm local time to play for the title.

With only 47 places paid, 50 players left the tournament empty handed, with only the experience of playing in such a prestigious event to show for their substantial efforts. One such player was Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker who bust when his {Q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} couldn’t get there versus the dominating {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} of Phillip Corion.

Corion wold bust two places from the money when he called an all-in on a {10-Spades}{5-Hearts}{3-Spades}{K-Spades} board with {5-Spades}{5-Clubs} only to run into Craig Sewell’s {A-Spades}{Q-Spades}. The board didn’t pair on the river and a disappointed Corion headed for the exits, forgetting his baseball cap as he did so.

Sewell then sent Dylan Coady to the rail in 48th place to earn the unwanted title of bubble boy. Sewell opened to 10,000 at the 2,000/4,000/500a level with {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} and then called when Coady, a PokerStars VIP manager, three-bet all-in for 77,000 with {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. The five community cards fell {J-Spades}{5-Spades}{4-Hearts}{4-Spades}{5-Hearts} to leave the remaining 47 players in the money.

As is usually the case when the money places are reached, there was a flurry of eliminations including the likes of Luke Staudenmaier (47th for £770), Diego Gomes (45th for £770), Daniel Best (39th for £865), reigning UKIPT Bristol champion Pierrick Tallon (31st for £990), Deborah Worley-Roberts (28th for £1,058), David Clarkson (25th for £1,125), Irish star David Lappin (19th for £1,395) and Joe Grech (10th for £2,275).

The official final table was set when Craig Sewell moved all-in for 14 big blinds with what turned out to be {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds} and Michael Fletcher looked him up with {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts}, Fletcher took the lead on the {q-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{7-Spades} flop and when the {j-Clubs} turn as followed into play by the {9-Clubs} river, Sewell bust and the tournament was paused for the final time with 24 minutes left on the level (10,000/20,000 with 3,000 ante).

Return to the PokerNews Live Reporting pages on Sunday from 12:00pm UK for all of the action from the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event. Until then, why not enjoy this interview with David Lappin, by Sarah Herring, to see why Lappin is claiming to be the new Miss Finland!

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