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Mian Wei Wins the 2015 WPT UK High Roller For £100,000

Mian Wei


  • Michael Mizrachi finishes fourth for £30,000.

  • Steven Warburton busts in third place and nets £40,000.

Mian Wei has won the 2015 World Poker Tour UK High Roller event, a title that comes with a coveted winner’s trophy and £100,000 in cash.

Final Table Results

1Mian Wei£100,000
2Mario Sanchez Cano£60,000
3Steven Warburton£40,000
4Michael Mizrachi£30,000
5Daniel McAulay£20,000
6William Chattaway£10,000

Wei was one of 48 players to exchange £5,000+£250 for 50,000 tournament chips and the chance to become a WPT champion. Day 1 ended with 29 entrants, but this figure increased dramatically thanks to the WPT allowing players to buy in on Day 2 with a 50-big blind stack.

Some of those who took advantage of the late registration period included Waheed Ashraf, James Akenhead, Matas Cimbolas, Nick Hicks, Simon Higgins, Chris Sly, Martyn Frey, and Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi. Of that talented bunch of players, only Mizrachi walked away with some prize money to show for their effort.

The unofficial nine-handed final table was reached at around 8:00pm UK time, eight hours after player resumed and it was the aforementioned Mizrachi who led the way. A combination of running good and playing well seemed to be an unstoppable combination, but the title eluded the popular American.

Richard Bacon, Joel Ettedgi bust in ninth and eighth place, with Kuljinder Sidhu earning the unwanted title of bubble boy, busting in seventh place with only six places paid. Sidhu’s {A-}{8-} couldn’t come from behind to beat the {A-}{J-} of 2015 European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event runner-up Steven Warburton.

William “Billy” Chattaway was the first player to bust inside the money, earning himself £10,000.

Scotland’s Daniel McAulay doubled that sum when he pushed his {10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} into Mizrachi’s {J-Spades}{10-Spades} to fall in sixth place.

Four-handed play lasted the best part of an hour and ended with Mizrachi’s demise. After looking like he was going to run away with the title, Mizrachi lost several large pots before pushing all-in from the small blind with {K-}{10-} and losing to the eventual champion’s {Q-}{7-} when a queen appeared on the river.

Another hour passed at Dusk Till Dawn before Warburton’s impressive run came to an end. With Mizrachi out of the picture, all eyes were on Warburton yet he couldn’t quite find the winning formula. Warburton’s exit hand saw him all-in with {K-Spades}{5-Spades} versus Mario Sanchez Cano’s {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} and when the five community cards fell {Q-Hearts}{2-Spades}{3-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} heads-up was set.

Heads-up spanned three hours and the chip lead swapped hands countless times during the battle. The contest was nearly over 30-minutes into the one-on-one match but Wei’s {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} couldn’t connect to beat Sanchez’s {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}.

Just as it looked like the tournament would go on for several more hours, Wie raised with {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades} and then called when Sanchez moved all-in with an inferior pair of threes. No drama from the board saw the 2,600,000 chips slide to Wei, Sanchez bust in second place and an emotional Wei be crowned the 2015 WPT UK High Roller champion.

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