The Hippodrome Casino in London played host to the UKIPT5 Series 3 this weekend, a £250+£25 buy-in tournament that attracted a bumper crowd of 351, who created a prize pool of £87,750. Some £16,590 of that is now in the bank account of Elliott Panyi, the latest player to secure a UKIPT Series title.
UKIPT5 Series 3 Final Table Results
This latest live victory is Pany’s fourth win of his career so far. Payni won a £500+£50 buy-in event in London in 2011 for £11,700 and won two more events in 2012, one being the Genting Poker Series London leg for £66,900.
Panyi went into Day 2 with a healthy stack of 139,300 chips, but with 106 players returning to the action on Sunday having a large stack far from guaranteed success. With 47 places paid, the worst position to finish was 48th so spare a thought for Shane D’Moirah who got his stack into the middle with on a board reading against the of Jay Samani only for the to land on the river to improve Samani to the best hand and resign D’Moirah to the rail with the unwanted title of bubble boy.
The likes of Daiva “Baltic Blond” Barauskaite, Hippodrome Team Pro Chris Gordon, Andrew King, and Timothy “TimTim” Timotheuo bust in the money place, with Scotland’s Erasmo Marco falling ninth place to set the official final table.
UKIPT Series 3 Final Table
With blinds at 25,000/50,000/5,000a, both Dean Perry and Nicholas Case were looking to secure a double early on so it wasn’t surprising to see them both collide early into final table proceedings. Having raise-folded the hand prior, Perry pushed all-in for 210,000 with and Case called with the dominating . No drama from the board, and Perry was gone in eighth place.
Twenty minutes after Perry’s exit, Case followed him to the rail. Azarya Levy raised to 200,000 with and quickly called when case three-bet all-in for around 700,000 chips with to create a similar spot that cost Perry his tournament life. The end result was also the same, a final board reading that kept the ace-king as the best hand; game over for Case.
Michael Matar was the next player to fall. Blinds increased to 30,000/60,000/10,000a and Matar pushed all-in for 400,000 with and lost to William Funnell’s when the board ran . Down to fumes, Matar got his last few chips in with , Panyi looked him up with , which held on a board.
The flurry of eliminations continued with the exit of Gerald Candy in fifth place as the clocks displayed 9:15 pm. Candy pushed all-in from the button for 440,000 with and Panyi, who had mistakenly tried to fold preflop thinking he was under the gun, called from the big blind with and was rewarded with five community cards reading , which gifted him a straight.
Four-handed play lasted for an hour and 40 minutes, during which time the tournament was anyone’s for the taking. As 11:00 pm approached, Panyi opened to 325,000 from the button with blinds of 60,000/120,000/10,000a, Funnell three-bet to 825,000 from the small blind, Panyi shoved, and Funnell called. Funnell had a legitimate hand in the shape of , but Panyi’s was superior and stayed that way as the five community cards fell .
Heads-up was set 10-minutes later when Kwokwah Man bust in third place. Man raised to 375,000 leaving himself seven big blinds behind. These went into the middle when Panyi re-raised all-in from the big blind, Panyi holding and Man . The flop gave Man some outs to a straight, but the and failed to melt Panyi’s snowmen, and Man headed to the cashier’s desk to collect third place money.
Panyi went into heads-up with an 8-to-1 chip lead, and although Levy managed to double he still only had five big blinds. The final hand saw Levy push all-in with and Panyi called with . A few seconds later the board was in view, Levy bust, and Panyi left to add £16,590 to his lifetime winnings.
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