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David Gomez Becomes the 2015 UKIPT Edinburgh Champion

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  • Spain's David Gomez won the Season 5 UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event and walked away with £49,660.

  • Three-way all-in brings the tournament to a conclusion.

  • Reigning champion falls in fourth place.

David Gomez ended Day 1b of the Season 5 UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event as the chip leader. He finished Day 2 on top of the chip counts, too. In Sunday, Gomez once again came out unscathed for his battle at the PokerStars-branded felt and became the lasted UKIPT champion, an accolade that came with £49,660 and the coveted winner’s trophy.

Season 5 UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event Final Table Results

1David GomezSpain£49,660
2Angelina RichUSA£31,490
3Ben BurnhillUK£22,760
4Alex LynskeyAustralia£18,410
5Dean HutchisonUK£14,570
6Dode ElliotUK£11,210
7Michael McHeeUK£8,340
8Gary LaingUK£6,038

Eleven players progressed to Day 3, a figure reduced to ten after an hour’s play when Thomas Pearn bust. Pearn’s exit saw the action fold to Angelina Rich in the small blind and she moved all-in to put Pearn to the test for his 18 big blinds. Pearn took his time before calling, turning over {A-Diamonds}{6-Spades} to Rich’s {A-Spades}{4-Hearts}.

Rich caught a four on the flop of the {7-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{10-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} board and it was enough to send Pearn home in 11th place.

A few minutes after Pearn bust, Dara O’Kearney’s run came to an end. Down to slightly more than 10 big blinds, O’Kearney moved all-in from under the gun with {A-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and Dode Elliot looked him up from the big blind with {8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}. The board ran {2-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{9-Clubs} and O’Kearney was gone.

Alan Brown fell in ninth place to set the official final table. Ben Burnhill opened to 85,000 from under the gun and called when Brown three-bet all-in for 375,000 from the small blind. Burnhill turned over {6-Clubs}{6-Spades}, which held against the {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs} of Brown with the final board reading {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{q-Spades}.

Eight-handed play lasted around 50-minutes and ended with Gary Laing’s elimination. Rich raised from under the gun, Laing called in the small blind before he check-called a 140,000 bet on a {7-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{j-Clubs} flop. The turn was the {K-Hearts}, Laing checked, Rich set him all-in for his final 350,000 chips and Laing called. Rich showed {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} for a set and Lain {K-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} for top pair. The {J-Hearts} completed the board and Laing bust.

Seventh place went to Michael McGee, again at the hands of Rich. From the small blind, Rich raised enough to set McGee all-in for his 270,000 chips and McGee decided to call with {J-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}. He was behind to Rich’s {K-Clubs}{7-Hearts} and stayed that was as the five community cards ran {6-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{8-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}.

McGee’s seat hadn’t gone cold before Elliot joined him on the sidelines. Alex Lysnkey, Rich’s boyfriend, raised to 100,000 from under the gun, Burnhill three-bet to 250,000 and Elliot four-bet all-in for 610,000. Lysnkey folded, but Burnhill snap-called and showed {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}. Elliot’s {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} needed a minor miracle, which failed to arrive on the {5-Hearts}{7-Spades}{3-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} board.

As the time approached 6:00 pm the reigning champion bust. Dean Hutchison made it 125,000 to go from under the gun with {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}, Burnhill called and Rich squeezed to 400,000. Hutchison shoved for slightly more than one million chips and only Rich called, doing so with {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}.

An ace on the flop of the {10-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} was enough to end Hutchison’s impressive run and ensured the tournament would have a brand new champion.

Australia’s Lynskey was the next to fall thanks to Burnhill waking up with another premium hand. Burnhill raised to 125,000 and Gomez called. Lynskey raised all-in for 1,650,000, Burnhill reshoved and Gomez ducked out of the way. Burnhill showed {J-Spades}{J-Diamonds} and was racing against Lynskey’s {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}, a race he won with the board running {4-Spades}{j-Clubs}{5-Spades}{a-Spades}{7-Hearts}.

Something quite rare happened to bring the tournament to a thrilling conclusion. Gomez raised to 180,000, Rich three-bet to 500,000 and Burnhill instantly moved all-in for 1,400,000. Gomez pushed his stack into the middle, and Rich called off her 2,450,000 stack to create a three-way all-in!

Rich: {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}
Burnhill: {J-Spades}{J-Clubs}
Gomez: {K-Spades}{K-Clubs}

The {7-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} flop kept Gomez’s kings ahead, with the {8-Diamonds} giving Rich outs to a diamond flush in addition to being able to hit an ace. However, the {2-Clubs} river kept Gomez’s hand the best, sending Burnhill home in third place, busting Rich in second and leaving Gomez to be crowned Season 5 UKIPT Edinburgh champion.

Next up for the UKIPT is a couple of month’s hiatus before heading to the capital of Ireland, Dublin. The festival takes place at the Royal Dublin Society from February 10-20, 2016 and should be a massive event as it runs alongside the European Poker Tour; qualify for both main events at PokerStars.

Lead image courtesy of Mickey May of the PokerStars Blog

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