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Alain Medesan Wins the WSOP-C UK Colossus; Kisacikoglu Triumphs in the SHR

Alain Medesan and Orpen Kisacikoglu

The 2019 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOP-C) is currently at the home of British poker, Dusk Till Dawn, for the WSOP-C UK festival. Two events, the Colossus and Super High Roller, have crowned their champions and the £1 million guaranteed Main Event has kicked off.

Romania’s Alain Medesan secured the second-largest live poker tournament cash of his career when he claimed the £64,000 top prize of the WSOP-C UK Colossus. Medesan’s biggest live score was back in 2010 when he finished fourth at EPT Snowfest for €111,000.

A total of 1,737 entries were whittled down to only 10-players by the time the third and final day’s play began. Each of those 10-players were guaranteed £4,200 but with £64,000 up top, nobody wanted to claim the smaller amount.

Gavin Chamberlain was the first casualty of Day 3and when Carl Johns crashed out in ninth-place, the official final table was set.

Nigel Burge-Jones busted in eighth-place when his ace-king proved to be no match for the red aces in the hands of Medesan and almost immediately after Burge-Jones’ exit, Callum McCuaig’s last 15 big blinds went into the middle of the table with ace-eight and lost to the queens of Adam Smith.

Mathew Seer scooped the first five-figure prize of the event, £10,000 for finishing in sixth-place before the start-of-day chip leader Carl Shaw fell by the wayside in fourth-place, a finish good for £18,000.

Popular Yorkshireman Richard Trigg then lost a huge conflip for almost all of the chips in play. Trigg’s {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} was flipping against Medesan’s {9-Hearts}{9-Spades}. The community cards fell {8-Spades}{10-Hearts}{6-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} to gift Medesan 25 million of the 34.74 million chip in play.

Trigg busted soon after when his ten-five couldn’t get there against James Atkin’s ace-four.

The final hand of the event saw Medesan put Atkin all-in and Atikin called with queen-jack, flipping against the black sixes of Medesan. The Romanian flopped a set, but Atkin had a gutshot straight draw. That draw never came in and Atkin busted in second-place for £40,000 despite pairing his jack on the river.

WSOP-C UK Colossus Final Table Results

1Alain Medesan£64,000
2James Atkin£40,000
3Richard Trigg£27,000
4Adam Smith£18,000
5Carl Shaw£13,167
6Mathew Seer£10,000
7Callum McCuaig£7,800
8Nigel Burge-Jones£6,200
9Carl Johns£5,000

Orpen Kisacikoglu Crowned WSOP-C UK Super High Roller Championship

Fifty-entries participated in the WSOP-C UK Super High Roller, a £5,300 buy-in event that paid out the top six finishers. It was a tournament that attracted some of the best-known poker players in the country, including Yiannis Liperis, Jamie O’Connor, Sam Grafton, Ludovic Geilich, Tom Hall, Jack Salter, Tom Middleton, Steven Warburton and Jeff Kimber, and those were some of the names who failed in their quest to cash.

Jack Sinclair was the bubble boy, busting in seventh-place at the hands of Michael Kane. Sinclair committed the remainder of his stack with {q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} on a {3-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{q-Clubs} flop only to discover Kane was laying in wait with pocket kings. A king on the turn sealed the deal for Kane and sent Sinclair home empty-handed.

Jonathan Proudfoot busted in sixth-place for £12,000 after a clash with Sam Trickett didn’t go to plan. Trickett raised to 120,000, Brandon Sheils called and Proudfoot moved all-in for 800,000. Trickett reshoved to isolate Proudfoot before turning over ace-queen to Proudfoot’s dominated ace-ten. Trickett flopped trip queens and improved to a full house on the turn.

Fifth-place and £17,000 went to Florian Duta who lost a coinflip against Sheils. The chips went in preflop, Duta holding ace-queen and Sheils pocket threes. Duta improved to a pair of queens on the flop, but Sheils spiked a set on the turn to send the reigning GUKPT Goliath champion home.

It was Kane who crashed out next, claiming the £26,500 fourth-place prize. Kane completed the small blind with a pair of red nines in the hole and then called off his last 710,000 chips with Orpen Kisacikoglu moved all-in from the big blind with king-queen. A queen on the flop was enough to bust Kane and leave only three players in the hunt for the title.

Those three became two when Sheils’ ace-ten was defeated by the suited king-queen of Trickett, Sheils collecting £40,000 for his third-place finish.

Trickett and Kisacikoglu went into the heads-up battle virtually level on chips yet only three hands of one-on-one play were needed before the champion was crowned.

The second hand of heads-up saw Trickett raise to 360,000 with {a-Spades}{q-Clubs} and Kisacikoglu call with {5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. The flop fell {4-Hearts}{q-Spades}{5-Clubs}, Kisacikoglu check-raised Trickett’s 250,000 continuation bet to 750,000 and Trickett called. The {2-Spades} turn saw Kisacikoglu move all-in and Trickett eventually call. Trickett needed some help on the river but it didn’t arrive and he was left with a mere three big blinds.

The next hand saw Kisacikoglu set Trickett all-in and the popular Brit called. Trickett showed {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and Kisacikoglu {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}. By the river the board read {a-Clubs}{6-Spades}{4-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}, Trickett busted in second-place for £57,000 and Kisacikoglu added £90,000 to his $2.8 million winnings, cementing his place at the top of the Turkish all-time money listings.

WSOP-C UK Super High Roller Final Table Results

1Orpen Kisacikoglu£90,000
2Sam Trickett£57,000
3Brandon Sheils£40,000
4Michael Kane£26,500
5Florian Duta£17,000
6Jonathan Proudfoot£12,000
  • Orpen Kisacikoglu defeated Sam Trickett heads-up in the WSOP-C UK Super High Roller.

  • Alain Medesan topped a 1,737-strong field to secured the WSOP-C UK Colossus title.

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