Stian Knutsen of Norway won the new look UKIPT Super Series this weekend, defeating Irish star Dara O’Kearney heads-up to get his hands on the winner’s trophy and a career-best cash of £42,500.
UKIPT6 Super Series Final Table Results
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Three-hundred and thirty-five unique players paid £550 to compete in the UKIPT Super Series at the Hippodrome, and 118 of those took advantage of the rule changes that allowed re-entries, which helped push the prize pool to £219,705.
The top 63 finishers received prize money, a min-cash being worth £935, and a final table appearance boosting that sum to £5,000. Among those who returned home with prize money to brag about included William Kassouf, Benjamin Winsor, Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, Billy Chattaway, Danny Tran, Danny Lamming, former November Nine member Felix Stephenson, and Matt Perrins.
Only eight players progressed to the final day’s play, and an hour into proceedings Henry Bibby became the first casualty of the final table. Bibby’s ace-king fell victim to the ace-ten of Knutsen after the latter improved to a ten-high straight on the turn.
Fifty-minutes later, Alexander Fradlin got into a raising war on an eight-high flop with nothing but ace-high and an inside straight draw, and lost to the red nines of Valdir Cordeiro, before the legendary Albert Sapiano bust at the hands of Adam Maxwell after the latter made a superb call with ace-high when Sapiano made a move with a flush draw on the turn.
Maxwell then came unstuck when his tens failed to improve against the jacks of O’Kearney to leave himself short, then Maxwell’s tournament came to an abrupt end when his black kings were cracked by the ace-seven of spades in the hand of Chris Da-Silva courtesy of an ace on the flop.
Cordeiro exited in fourth place before Da-Silva’s chips were handed to Knutsen when his ace-queen failed to improve against Knutsen’s sixes to leave only two players in contention for the title of champion.
Ninety-minutes of one-on-one action was needed to decide the winner, that winner being Knutsen. The chips went into the middle preflop, O’Kearney holding an offsuit ace-eight, and Knutsen a pair of sixes. The five community cards ran out without an ace in sight, resigning O’Kearney to a runner-up finish, and leaving Knutsen to win his first major live tournament.
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