UKIPT Online: Main event final table plays out tomorrow
Tomorrow afternoon eight players sit down to play out a £254,840 final table. One player will win £77,126 and the first ever UKIPT Online main event title and trophy. The others will fight it out for the rest; £55,471 for second, £41,090 for third and so on down until someone finds out they've taken the trip for no up-tick on the £6,163 paid out for eighth place. One player with first place in his sights is Chris 'Moorman1' Moorman, an undoubted talent with in excess of $11,000,000 of combined online and live tournament cashes. Somehow he's yet to land a live title. Will tomorrow be the day he finally breaks his duck?
There are a few players who really won't want to have made their way to Bristol to go out first. It's quite an international affair with two Germans, a Russian, a Dutchman and a Uruguayan joining the three domestic players (two Brits and an Irishman). That would make for some fairly substantial flying to playing time ratio if you're the eighth place finisher. Will it add an interesting dynamic when play begins at 1pm? Follow our live updates to find out.
The first two days of the tournament played out 14-15 October whittling 587 players down to eight before pausing for the live table to be played out at the beginning of the UKIPT Bristol festival, which starts tomorrow with the Online main event final table (and is quickly followed by a £110 No-Limit Hold 'em six-max at 6pm and a £55 unlimited re-buy super satellite to the main event at 9pm). You can see the full festival schedule by clicking here.
UKIPT online main event
Prize pool: £410,900
Final table payouts
The final table (in order of chips, seat draw to take place on 7 November)
1. Rafael 'zugzwang16' Porzecanski, 1,530,528
37 year-old consultant from Montevideo, Uruguay
Two big stacks enter the final table with close to three times as many chips as anyone else, but narrowly taking the top spot is Rafael 'zugzwang16' Porzecanski who is making the trip over from Uruguay. Porzecanski finished third to Faraz Jaka in a €2,100 SCOOP-H event earlier this year for $94,940 so is certainly a player who will be dangerous with chips.
2. Wojtek 'piper_kl88' Barzantny, 1,524,837
24 year-old student from Kaiserslautern, Germany
The 14 October was a good grinding day for Wojtek 'piper_kl88' Barzantny. Not only did he make the final table of the UKIPT Online main event but he beat Joseph 'subiime' Cheong heads up in the Big $109 for $27,840. This won't be his first live PokerStars final table. Barzantny finished sixth in the Estrellas Poker Tour Malaga main event for €14,740 and narrowly missed another final table with a 12th place finish at France Poker Series (FPS) Amnéville.
3. Chris 'Moorman1' Moorman, United Kingdom, 562,818
27 year-old poker professional from Brighton, United Kingdom
Chris 'Moorman1' Moorman is widely recognised as one of the best tournament players in the world with an incredible $8,442,749.50 in online tourney winnings. Add that to the $2,700,162 Moorman has collected in bricks-and-mortar tournaments and, despite the chip deficit, it's hard not to see the Brighton boy make it heads-up. But can he take the title? Moorman is somewhat incredibly yet to pick up major live honours. Close calls have come in the 2011 WSOPE main event (2nd, €800,000), 2011 WSOP $10,000 six-handed championship (2nd, $716,282), €10,000 EPT Berlin 8-max (2nd, €145,000) and 2011 WSOP $2,500 six-handed ($271,800). Can Moorman finally do it on home soil?
4. Joep 'Pappe_Ruk' van den Bijgaart, 545,565
25 year-old poker professional from Amsterdam, Netherlands
Joep van den Bijgaart is a well-known face on the European circuit where his tightly curled locks have graced many a European Poker Tour main event. In 2011 at EPT Berlin Van Den Bijgaart finished seventh for €100,000 when a 60/40 failed to go his way against eventual winner Ben Wilinofsky. Van Den Bijgaart started that final table as the short stack so he's likely to go further than seventh in Bristol.
5. Sregey 'Seradja' Sergeevich Prostakov, 490,798
21 year-old student from Moscow, Russia
This final table will be a baptism of fire for Sregey 'Seradja' Sergeevich Prostakov. Although Prostakov is a proficient player online having racked up more than $400,000 in online tournament scores, he hasn't really played live: "First of all I will learn all rules which are applied to live poker. Maybe I will play with friends to train myself. I think it will be hard. I will need to adapt myself to live poker," said Prostakov.
6. Dan 'danloulou' Smyth, 485,659
26 year-old poker professional from Dublin, Ireland
Dan Smyth has opted for a novel tactic: "Arrive early and rig the deck for me to get dealt AA vs KK, KK, QQ, QQ first hand... And hold!" said Smyth.
All joking aside, Smyth will be a handful at the final table having run deep in several big money tournament and consistently won online. He's scored $1,820,217 in PokerStars tournaments alone picking up $215,555 in one go thanks to a a Sunday Million win in May 2010.
7. David 'komisch99' Lenz, 369,562
34 year-old poker professional from Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany
David 'komisch99' Lenz has had a good year at PokerStars so far. He's won a $530 tournament for $52,023 , finished runner-up in WCOOP #57: $520 No-Limit Hold 'em (1R, 1A) for $123,924.28 and, of course, he's made the final table of the UKIPT Online main event.
Lenz said that he's feeling, "Easy and relaxed, I got nothing to lose." Nothing but a chance to win the £77,125 first place prize.
8. Ben 'gs08bjohnson' Jenkins, 360,233
28 year-old from Newcastle, United Kingdom
Ben Jenkins has a string of live cashes to his name but no major results with a 13th place finish at EPT London last year leaving him just outside the big money for £27,000. Starting as one of the short stacks leaves Jenkins little to lose at this final table and he knows how to perform a final table spin up. Jenkins turned around a short stack at a Sunday Warm-Up final table in September and ended up as runner-up for $71,000.
Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.