UKIPT Manchester: Joeri Zandvliet wins the UKIPT Manchester

ukiptthumb.JPGWhat a day. In just the second leg of the inaugural United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour we've had a final table that had it all. Penalties and blow-ups, suck outs and hero calls have flashed out throughout the day like forked lightning during a storm. And after the clouds cleared we were left with Dutchman Joeri Zandvliet and Englishman Jack Ellwood heads up. Zandvliet had weathered the bad weather because everything rolled off him like water from a duck's back while Ellwood managed to navigate the choppy swells by avoiding any major mistakes in the big pots. The final pots lasted just a few hands and it was the cheerful Zandvliet that came out on top, starting with a 5.6m to 2.36m chip advantage. It was a classic coin flip to finish off with Zandvliet's 9♥9♣ besting A♦Q♠ after a Geordie heartbreaking board of 5♠6♠Q♦8♦9♦.

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Zandvliet bagged £63,200 and a beautiful trophy for his first place finish

It was a tough final table to call with several players looking like they could take it but it was two aggressive players that had stood out in the early blind levels; Chris Brammer and Dean Lyall. Both came flying out the gates and at least one of them was involved in the vast majority of pots, often against one another. Brammer was sat with Lyall a couple of seats to his left and the Scotsman obviously felt that Brammer was his only threat and, rather than trying to avoid him, he pursued him a voracious aggression at every given opportunity. At one point he flashed a double barrel bluff to Brammer after twice firing at a A♥T♣7♥4♠ board.

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Lyall had been owning the table before his blow up

Unfortunately for Lyall a few too many drinks sent the 22-year old off the rails and saw him racking up a total of 4 orbits of penalties and it's likely that he'll wake up tomorrow thinking of today as a missed opportunity. Had he not been missing for all those hands he stood a great chance to go deep and even runner-up Ellwood admitted that he was probably the best player at the table (albeit with the optimum table draw). Talking of draws it was Ellwood and Zandvliet that had the toughest with the three most aggressive players to their left (Brammer, Lyall Julian Hasser). Brammer who kept himself well composed throughout the final table was extremely unlucky when losing a monster pot with Kings to Hill's four-bet all-in bluff with J♥T♣. Had Brammer's hand held he would have been a big odds-on favourite to win.

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Zandvliet was good humoured throughout the entire final table

That said this didn't mean that the last two players didn't have game. Zandvliet made a huge (almost) hero call with King high when Lyall overbet the pot for most of the Dutchman's chips. He stood by his decision, laughed it off and restarted his grind to victory. For that alone he deserved a solid comeback.

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Ellwood looked like he was running a tight yet solid game and he used that image to killer effect in a couple of key pots but none more so than when big stack Mike Hill raised to 100,000, Zandvliet 3-bet to 310,000 and Ellwood moved in for a shade under 1.2m with A9. 'It was the perfect spot to move in,' he told us. 'I knew Joeri was 3-betting Mike light.' It was a big swing for Ellwood and set him up nicely for his final approach but Zandvliet's flipping ability proved too much and allowed the first UKIPT title to head overseas - but be rest assured that the trophy has found a loving home.


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