David Gomez Becomes the 2015 UKIPT Edinburgh Champion
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
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 to Rich’s .
Rich caught a four on the flop of the 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 and Dode Elliot looked him up from the big blind with . The board ran 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 , which held against the of Brown with the final board reading .
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 flop. The turn was the , Laing checked, Rich set him all-in for his final 350,000 chips and Laing called. Rich showed for a set and Lain for top pair. The 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 . He was behind to Rich’s and stayed that was as the five community cards ran .
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 . Elliot’s needed a minor miracle, which failed to arrive on the 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 , Burnhill called and Rich squeezed to 400,000. Hutchison shoved for slightly more than one million chips and only Rich called, doing so with .
An ace on the flop of the 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 and was racing against Lynskey’s , a race he won with the board running .
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!
The flop kept Gomez’s kings ahead, with the giving Rich outs to a diamond flush in addition to being able to hit an ace. However, the 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.
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