Season 5 of the PokerStars UKIPT concluded on Monday night when Lithuania’s Vladas Tamasauskas found himself with every one of the 25,050,000 chips in play in front of him, which meant he became the UKIPT Dublin Main Event champion.
UKIPT5 Dublin Final Table Results
The 1,002 entrants were reduced to the final table of eight over the course of two starting flights and two more days of high-octane poker action. Only the top 152 finishers received prize money for their efforts with the likes of Kenny Hallaert, Chris Dowling, Antoine Saout, Charlie Carrel, Dara O’Kearney, Brett Angell, Andrew Chen, Patrick Leonard, Dan Carter, Kevin Killeen, Paul Romain, and Adam Owen busting in the money places.
UKIPT5 Dublin Final Table
Seven different nationalities were present at the eight-handed final table, going to show the draw that the UKIPT has on the poker world. Marc Foggin of the United Kingdom was the first player to bust from the final table approximately 40-minutes into the action.
Sporting a Newcastle United jersey, Foggin opened from under the gun with , Finland’s Samuel Vousden three-bet to 440,000 with from a couple of seat across. Foggin responded with an all-in bet for 24 big blinds, and Vousden called.
Usually, Foggin wouldn’t have been in too bad shape, but Mark Reilly had folded an ace while Tamasauskas had mucked a king. A final board reading bust Foggin and sent Vousden to the top of the chip counts.
The action was relentless yet it took another two hours before there was another casualty. Jelcides Monteiro raised all-in for 1,670,000 from early position with blinds of 50,000/100,000/10,000a with what turned out to be and Irishman Dave Pollock called from the big blind with the dominating . Pollock paired his queen on the flop, with the turn leaving Monteiro drawing dead. The [8h[ river completed the board and confirmed Monteiro’s demise.
Almost immediately after Monteiro exited, Quentin Dellis followed him to the sidelines. Dellis’ elimination was at the hands of Tamasauskas who open-shoved from the small blind to put Dellis to the test for his last 15 big blinds. Dellis called off those chips with and needed his snowmen to hold against the [less-than-stellar in the hand of his opponent. It wasn’t meant to be as Tamasaukas caught a king on the flop of the board to leave the tournament with only five players.
Those five became four with the elimination of the dangerous Vousden just after 5:00 pm on Monday afternoon. Again, Tamasauskas pushed all-in when first to act in the small blind, this time with a healthier-looking , and Vousden called off his final 10 big blinds with . Neither player improved on the board, Tamasaukas’ ace-kicker played, and Vousden bust.
Another two hours passed by before Luxembourg’s Adalsteinn Karlsson’s tournament ended. Karlsson found himself with a couple of antes more than five big blinds and he pushed those into the middle while holding . Tamasauskas called with and the latter fell behind on the flop, only to regaun the lead on the turn. The completed the community cards, sending Karlsson to the rail.
Mark Reilly was the next to fall after having his aces cracked by Tamasauskas. The latter limped on the button with and called when Reilly raised to 575,000. The flop saw Reilly check, Tamasaukas bet 550,000, Reilly check-raise and then call when his opponent set him all-in for not many chips more. A turn gave Reilly outs to a Broadway straight, but the river improved Tamasauskas to an unnecessary full house and sent the tournament into the heads-up stage.
Tamasauskas went into the one-on-one battle with Pollock holding a massive 21,425,000 to 3,580,000 chip lead and it proved too much of a gap for Pollock to bridge.
The final hand took place at the 125,000/250,000/25,000a level where Tamasauskas opened to 550,000 with and Pollock called with . A flop reading saw Pollock check, Tamasauskas continue with a 500,000 bet and Pollock make an ill-timed all-in check-raise of 5,500,000. Tamasauskas snap-called and when the turn and river fell and it was game over for Pollock.
Next up on the UKIPT is the Season 6 opener in London. April 5-10 are the dates you need to keep free if you’re planning on following in Tamasauskas’ footsteps and becoming a UKIPT champion, and £700+£70 is what you’ll need to buy in with unless you manage to satellite into the Hippodrome Casino-based event for as little as £1.10 at PokerStars.
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