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Dale Garrad wins the UKIPT Super Series for £28,300

Dale Garrad

Those of you who frequent casinos up and down the country during major poker festivals will no doubt have bumped into Dale Garrad. Most of the time you’ll find Garrad sporting a Main Event Travel patch, the company he is a director of, feverishly working away trying to secure players a hotel room at five minutes’ notice.

However, on occasion, Garrad swaps the hustle-bustle of work and sits down at the felt. This weekend he did just that and it was a great decision to do so because Garrad won the UKIPT Super Series Main Event for £28,300.

UKIPT Super Series London Final Table Results

1Dale Garrad£28,300
2Julien Rouxel£18,800
3Andrey Veselov£13,760
4Steve Critchley£11,105
5Alex Kaczmarek£8,710
6Andy Purser£6,590
7Jorge Barcelo Cortes£4,840
8Sebastian Jung£3,555

A field of 291 was whittled to the final table of eight over the course of three starting flights and on Day 2. By the time only eight players remained, Garrad was out in front in terms of chips, holding 1,640,000 betting token to Julien Rouxel’s 1,516,000.

Seventy-five minutes after play at the final table began, a short stacked Sebastian Jung pushed all-in from the button and Garrad called in the small blind. It was {k-Diamonds}{7-Spades} for Jung and {k-Spades}{j-Hearts} for Garrad. A final board reading {j-Spades}{9-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} sent Jung to the rail and left seven players hunting for the title.

A few minutes later and those seven became six. All the chips went into the middle of the table with the flop reading {8-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{6-Clubs}, Julien Rouxel holding {10-Hearts}{5-Clubs} and Jorge Barcelo Cortes {k-Spades}{9-Spades}. The {3-Clubs} turn was a brick, but the {9-Hearts} river improved Rouxel to a straight and Cortes crashed out.

Cortes’ seat hadn’t even gone cold when Andy Purser was eliminated. Rouxel opened to 80,000 and Purser three-bet all-in for 600,000. Steve Critchley cold-called and when Rouxell folded, the cards were flipped onto their backs. Purser showed {9-}{9-} and Critchley {10-}{10-}. A few seconds later and Purser bust as the dealer fanned the {a-Spades}{3-Spades}{a-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{8-Hearts} board.

Fifth place was decided as the clock stuck 3:00pm and it was Alex Kaczmarek who was the player to fall by the wayside. Kaczmarek’s final hand saw him all-in preflop with {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} versus Garrad’s dominating {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} and the five community cards falling {8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{6-Spades}{2-Clubs}. Game over for Kaczmarek.

The next player to bust would be the first to secure a five-figure score, and that player was the aforementioned Critchley. He committed his last 10 big blinds with {k-}{5-} and Garrad looked him up with {k-Spades}{10-Spades}. Neither player improved on the {j-Spades}{6-Spades}{8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{a-Hearts} board, Garrad’s kicker played and Cricthley bust.

Third place went to Andrey Veselov who jammed with pocket fours from the button and was snapped off by Rouxel and his pair of tens. The {10-Spades}{2-Spades}{8-Spades} flop improved Rouxel to a set of tens, but gave Veselov a flush draw as he held the {4-Spades}. However, both the {a-Diamonds} turn and {jd] river were the wrong colour and Veselov’s run came to an end.

Garrad was crowned champion at 5:00pm with the final hand of the UKIPT Super Series seeing him raise to 150,000 with {a-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and Rouxel calling. Both players checked the {a-Spades}{9-Spades}{3-Hearts} flop. Rouxel then checked the {q-Hearts} turn, Garrad bet 150,000 and then called when Rouxel check-raised all-in. Rouxel showed {8-Hearts}{6-Hearts} for a flush draw so when the {3-Spades} completed the community cards it was game over for him and Garrad had won the Main Event and its £28,300 first place prize.

Lead image courtesy of Mickey May of the PokerStars Blog

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