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£220 Main Event
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Event Info

Buy-in £220
Prize Pool £141,372
Players 714

Level Info

Level 32
Blinds 100,000 / 200,000
Ante 200,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 119

Lawrence Cullen Wins the Record Breaking Unibet UK Poker Tour London Main Event (£25,500)

Jaxon • Level 32: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Lawrence Cullen and Kasia Scanlon
Lawrence Cullen and Kasia Scanlon

United Kingdom's Lawrence Cullen outlasted a huge field of 714 entrants to win the 2020 Unibet UK Poker Tour London £220 Main Event at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City for £25,500.

This was the first big cash for Cullen who never had the lead in the event until heads-up play.

"I won a smaller tournament a few weeks ago but this is my first big win and means a lot to me," Cullen shared with PokerNews. "The smaller win gave me some confidence after struggling a lot during the year I have been playing tournaments."

Cullen would have been satisfied with simply a final table result and he was on top of the world after winning the event.

"I enjoyed every second of the event and was just happy to make the final table," said Cullen. "To win it is a dream!"

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Lawrence CullenUnited Kingdom£25,500
2Callum PoolesUnited Kingdom£18,319
3Damien Pilkington-LewisUnited Kingdom£12,200
4Micahel IsguzoUnited Kingdom£8,800
5Bartas SamoskaLithuania£6,500
6Valentin GhiocaRomania£5,250
7Martin TseHong Kong£4,350
8Mark WongSingapore£3,480
9Vlad MunteanuRomania£2,610

To say the Unibet UK Poker Tour London was a success would be a huge understatement. Not only was the £50,000 guarantee smashed by almost triple with a huge £141,372 prize pool but also it by far set a new record for the tour.

The previous record was established in 2018 when Paul Romain outlasted a field of 289 entrants to win the £13,000 top prize. That event generated a £57,800 prize pool.

This is not all as there were plenty of promotions surrounding the event by both Unibet Poker and Aspers Casino with plenty of goodies handed out including t-shirts, phone popsockets, and free beverage service for the entire final table.

This is not all as Unibet Poker held a special Last Longer contest for its online qualifiers won by Russia's Aleksandr Lebedev, who finished in 33rd place for £805. Although the cash was nice the last longer prize was even nice as Unibet Poker awarded him a Unibet Open Tallinn package on May 20-24 valued at a whopping €2,000.

Last longer contests for online qualifiers will be held at all future Unibet UK Poker Tour events this year including the next one at Aspers Casino Newcastle on May 28-31.

Players can qualify through feeder tournaments for just €0.50!

Final Day Action

A total of 119 began the final day with 80 players guaranteed at least a min-cash of £400. The bubble broke before hand-for-hand play even began after Louis Zimmermann ran his jacks into the queens held by Egidijus Alsauskas.

Among the notable players to cash short of a final table finish included Unibet Poker Ambassador David Lappin (49th - £595), Antonis Poulengeris (22nd - £1,050), William Kassouf (19th - £1,180), and Unibet Poker Finnish Ambassador Jorma Vuoksenmaa (13th - £1,555).

Lappin, Vouksenmaa, and Dara O'Kearney, who unfortunately didn't cash, were all gracious ambassadors and happy to mingle with the everyday poker player at Aspers Casino.

The final table began after Romania's Alexandru-Dan Toporeanu (10th - £1,920) ran his treys into the fives held by Hong Kong's Martin Tse.

Callum Pooles, who was playing his first big live tournament in a casino, entered heads-up play in the chip lead and showed relentless aggression throughout the table. Meanwhile, the eventual winner Cullen entered the final table in fourth place and was relatively quiet until heads-up play, letting Pooles do most of the dirty work.

Two eliminations took place shortly after the final table began. Romania's Vlad Munteanu (ninth - £2,610) jammed his short stack with king-queen before Singapore's Mark Wong (eighth - £3,480) three-bet jammed for more with tens. United Kingdom's Damien Pilkington-Lewis had both players covered and called with queens and flopped a full house.

Lithuania's Bartas Samoska managed to double up against Collum to temporarily take the lead by Collum snagged it back after eliminating Tse in seventh place for £4,350.

Shortly after, Romania's Valentin Ghioca (sixth - £5,250) three-bet jammed his short stack with jack eight and didn't get there against Cullen's king-ten suited.

Samoska then got short on chips and hit the rail soon after in fifth place for £6,500. He got it in with jack-six suited in a three-way pot and didn't get there against the ace-king held by Pilkington-Lewis despite flopping a flush draw.

Pooles continued to put the pedal to the metal, seemingly raising every hand unopened to him. He had more than half the chips in play after he eliminated United Kingdom's Michael Isiguzo in fourth place for £8,800 when his king-ten suited held against king-nine suited.

Pilkington-Lewis then hit the rail in third place for £12,200. He three-bet jammed with ace-six and didn't get there after getting called by Pooles with sevens.

Pooles began heads-up play with a 4:1 chip advantage against Cullen. But the lead didn't last long.

Cullen doubled up after his king-four suited got there against the treys held by Pooles. Shortly after, Cullen managed to take a small chip lead.

Pooles then got jacks the next hand and was up against the queen-seven suited held by Cullen. Cullen flopped a flush with a king on the board and called a bet from Pooles. Another king came on the turn to pair the board. Pooles check-jammed and got snap-called by Cullen. Neither a king or jack came on the river to give him the full house and he was eliminated in second place for £18,319.

Pooles should be proud of his runner-up performance as he shared with PokerNews that this was his very first live event at a casino.

Meanwhile, applauds were heard around the room to help Cullen celebrate his first big win!

The Unibet UK Poker Tour is a grassroots poker at its finest. Be sure to head to Unibet Poker to try to qualify for the next event in Newcastle on May 28-31.

Remember, online qualifiers will be entered into a Last Longer contest where the winner will go home with a package valued at €2,000 to a Unibet Open that features a big buy-in of €1,100, four-nights accommodation at a luxurious hotel, invitation to two memorable parties, plenty of Unibet merchandise, and, of course, you can bring a guest to enjoy every last moment with you.

This concludes our coverage of the Unibet UK Poker Tour London Main Event. Stay tuned at PokerNews as we bring you coverage of big poker events from around the world.

Unibet UK Tour London Final Table
Unibet UK Tour London Final Table

*Photos courtesy of Lyle Bateman

Tags: Aleksandr LebedevAntonis PoulengerisBartas SamoskaCallum PoolesDavid LappinEgidijus AlsauskasJorma VuoksenmaaLawrence CullenMark WongMartin TseMichael IsiguzoPaul RomainValentin GhiocaVlad MunteanuWilliam Kassouf

Final Table Payouts

Jaxon • Level 32: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Congratulations to Lawrence Cullen for shipping the Unibet UK Poker Tour London Main Event for £25,500. Here is a look at the final table results.

A full recap of the final table will be posted shortly.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Lawrence CullenUnited Kingdom£25,500
2Callum PoolesUnited Kingdom£18,319
3Damien Pilkington-LewisUnited Kingdom£12,200
4Micahel IsguzoUnited Kingdom£8,800
5Bartas SamoskaLithuania£6,500
6Valentin GhiocaRomania£5,250
7Martin TseHong Kong£4,350
8Mark WongSingapore£3,480
9Vlad MunteanuRomania£2,610

Callum Pooles Eliminated in 2nd Place (£18,317)

lukemaskell94 • Level 32: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Callum Pooles
Callum Pooles

After taking the chip lead, it only took Lawrence Cullen one hand to get the win.

Cullen raised from the button to 700,000. Callum Pooles fired right back with a three-bet to 2,000,000. Cullen called in position.

The flop came down {10-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and Pooles continued his aggression with another bet of 2,000,000. Cullen didn't seem phased and made the call.

The turn was the {k-Spades} which Pooles slowed down on and decided to check. Cullen took over the betting with a bet of 2,000,000. Pooles raised all-in and was snap-called by Cullen.

Callum Pooles: {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}
Lawrence Cullen: {q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}

The river was neither a King or a Jack, but instead was the {7-Hearts} and after commanding the chip lead from the time there were around 18 players left, it wasn't to be his day and instead it was Cullen who would take home the trophy.

Lawrence Cullen GB
Lawrence Cullen
GB 21,420,000 10,420,000
Callum Pooles GB
Callum Pooles
GB Busted

Cullen Takes the Lead

Jaxon • Level 32: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Lawrence Cullen
Lawrence Cullen

Lawrence Cullen has taken a small lead after the following hand.

Callum Pooles opened for 800,000 from the button and Cullen called.

Cullen check-called a bet of 800,000 after the {8-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{6-Clubs} came on the flop. Both players checked after the {j-Spades} appeared on the turn.

The {4-Hearts} paired the board on the river and Cullen led out for 1,400,000. Pooles called and mucked his hand after Cullen turned over {j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}.

Lawrence Cullen GB
Lawrence Cullen
GB 11,000,000 2,950,000
Callum Pooles GB
Callum Pooles
GB 10,400,000 -2,970,000

Tags: Callum PoolesLawrence Cullen

Cullen Doubles First Hand Heads Up

lukemaskell94 • Level 32: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Lawrence Cullen raised from the button to 700,000. Callum Pooles went all-in from the big blind. Cullen went into the tank using one of his time bank cards before eventually calling.

Lawrence Cullen: {k-Clubs}{4-Clubs}
Callum Pooles: {3-Clubs}{3-Spades}

The {4-Spades} was in the window which made Pooles sigh and he was even less pleased when it was followed by {k-Diamonds}{6-Spades}. The turn of the {9-Spades} gave him some hope, now that he had a flush draw. However, he couldn't get there when the {8-Clubs} was the river and so heads-up play continues.

Callum Pooles GB
Callum Pooles
GB 13,370,000 -3,380,000
Lawrence Cullen GB
Lawrence Cullen
GB 8,050,000 1,700,000

Tags: Callum PoolesLawrence Cullen

Damien Pilkington-Lewis Eliminated in 3rd Place (£12,200)

Jaxon • Level 32: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Damien Pilkington-Lewis
Damien Pilkington-Lewis

Callum Pooles opened up from the button to 800,000, a sizing he has been using just about every hand during three-handed play. Damien Pilkington-Lewis jammed for about 4,000,000 and Pooles snap-call.

Damien Pilkington-Lewis: {a-Clubs}{6-Spades}
Callum Pooles: {7-Clubs}{7-Spades}

The {5-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{3-Spades}{k-Clubs}{5-Clubs} ran out on the board to give Pooles a full house and Pilkington-Lewis was sent to the rail in third place for £12,200.

Pooles entered heads-up play with about a 4:1 chip advantage against Pilkington-Lewis.

Callum Pooles GB
Callum Pooles
GB 16,750,000 7,825,000
Damien Pilkington-Lewis gb
Damien Pilkington-Lewis
gb Busted

Cullen with the Double

lukemaskell94 • Level 32: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Lawrence Cullen raised to 550,000 from the button and Callum Pooles came along in the big blind.

A flop was dealt of {4-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and both players checked.

The turn came the {6-Diamonds} and this time Pooles led out for 600,000. Cullen made the call.

The river was the {k-Hearts}. Pooles thought for a moment before moving all in. Cullen almost beat him into the pot and called instantly.

Pooles turned over{j-Clubs}{7-Hearts} for just Jack high while Cullen tabled {6-Hearts}{6-Spades} for a full house. He doubled up and took some of the momentum away from Pooles.

Callum Pooles GB
Callum Pooles
GB 8,925,000 -3,250,000
Lawrence Cullen GB
Lawrence Cullen
GB 6,350,000 3,175,000

Tags: Callum PoolesLawrence Cullen

Michael Isiguzo Eliminated in 4th Place (£8,800)

Jaxon • Level 32: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Michael Isiguzo
Michael Isiguzo

There was some fireworks on the first hand coming back from break. Callum Pooles jammed from the small blind his monster stack.

Michael Isiguzo was down to five seconds on the shot clock before he made the call.

Michael Isiguzo: {k-Hearts}{9-Hearts}
Callum Pooles: {k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

Isiguzo was behind but took the lead after the {9-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{5-Spades}. Pooles seemed frustrated and stood up from his seat.

He didn't sit back down after he improved to a straight after the {j-Clubs} came on the turn. Isiguzo was eliminated after he failed to get a chop with the {q-Diamonds} coming down on the river.

After the hand, the remaining three players are each guaranteed a five-figure payout of £12,200. Pooles had a commanding lead to start three-handed action with more chips than both of his opponents combined.

Callum Pooles GB
Callum Pooles
GB 12,175,000 2,675,000
Michael Isiguzo GB
Michael Isiguzo
GB Busted

Tags: Callum PoolesMichael Isiguzo

Level:
32
Blinds:
100,000/200,000
Ante:
200,000

Chip Counts for Last Four

lukemaskell94 • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

There were four players left as we went onto the break. Pooles has the commanding chip lead and his aggression has been winning him a lot of pots. We will be coming back to 100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 big blind

Callum Pooles GB
Callum Pooles
GB 9,500,000 500,000
Damien Pilkington-Lewis gb
Damien Pilkington-Lewis
gb 6,225,000 525,000
Lawrence Cullen GB
Lawrence Cullen
GB 3,175,000 -1,925,000
Michael Isiguzo GB
Michael Isiguzo
GB 2,675,000 -1,825,000

Tags: Callum PoolesDamien Pilkington-LewisLawrence CullenMichael Isizugo