Congratulations to Brett Angell, winner of UKIPT4 Grand Final (£115,083)
That's that for Season 4 on the UKIPT then! Ludovic Geilich, Alan Gold, Robbie Bull, Duncan McLellan (twice), Ben Mayhew, Dean Hutchison, Kevin Killeen, Rodrigo Espinosa, Joshua Hart and now Brett Angell have all been worthy champions and helped make the United Kingdom and Ireland's biggest and most fun tour what it is.
Angell narrowly missed out on a maiden UKIPT title in Nottingham in Season 2 but he made sure of the victory the next time he made it to the final two. He defeated Fabrizio Fuchs after a heads up duel that lasted an hour and forty-five minutes and got his hands on that Grand Final trophy and £115,083.
The final hand saw two big aces in the middle of the table, one dominating the other. Fuchs took his time to reveal the nine that went with his ace after he saw Angell's ace-king. All the chips went in pre flop. The board ran blank and Angell shook Fuchs' hand and celebrated with his rail, which included his delighted girlfriend Claire.
After his winner's ceremony, Angell had the following to say:
"I still work in IT and I'm going to carry on working in IT. I really enjoy playing but poker's too unpredictable. I've had the mickey taken out of me by my mates for the past two and a half years [about his runner-up finish at UKIPT2 Nottingham] so it's a good feeling to win one.
"It was great having all my pals from the Teeside area cheering me on, they were fantastic."
At the start of play it seemed that no one wanted to win at all today. Of course that's not true but it took more than three hours of action before we lost out first player and then the floodgates opened. Angell tried his best to eliminate players but he lost back-to-back flips to double up Fuchs and Sandro Mescola. There were also three split pots with jacks versus jacks and two sets of big-slicks matching up twice.
Rasmus Agerskov was one of the favourites for the title coming into today but he four-bet folded to Angell early on and had little room for manoeuvre after that. His final had saw him three-bet all in with king-ten from the big blind after a Mark James button open. James called with sixes, fell behind on a king high flop, but turned a set to seal the Dane's fate.
The very next hand the final table was down to six. Caicai Huang three-bet all in with ace-queen and a rejuvenated Fuchs called with pocket sixes and held. Fuchs was at it again moments later. He made set on the river in hand against the formidable Vladimir Troyanovskiy that left the Russian short and the very next hand after that he called with aces after Troyanovskiy moved all in for 14 big blinds all in with ace-eight. The board bricked and the long-time tournament chip leader left with £23,800 and thoughts of what might've been.
Everyone involved barely had time to catch his or her breath before another big pot saw the end of Nickolas Davies. The solid American, who has a very British sense of humour, four-bet all in with ace-queen only for Angell to be sat there with a dominating ace-king. A king high board later and the final eight had been cut in half in just 25 minutes.
It took another half an hour of play before the fifth player of the day fell and it was to be the well-supported Mark James. He and Fuchs took to a queen-high flop containing two hearts. James over-bet the pot when he moved all in and his Swiss opponent correctly worked out he had done it with a flush draw, called with a weak top pair and held.
While all the fireworks had being going off around him, Sandro Mescola had quietly been going about his business, winning enough chips to stay alive and letting others go to war. He came into the final in last place and had laddered all the way to third place and that's as far as he would go. He raised from the small blind and then bet, called all in with bottom pair on the flop. Angell had top pair and took the chip lead heading into his heads up battle after his hand held.
UKIPT4 London2 Final Table results:
1st. Brett Angell, United Kingdom, £115,083*
2nd. Fabrizio Fuchs, Switzerland, PokerStars Qualifier, £98,717*
3rd. Sandro Mescola, Italy, £56,500
4th. Mark James, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £42,500
5th. Nickolas Davies, United States, PokerStars Player, £32,500
6th. Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Russian Federation, PokerStars Player, £23,800
7th. Caicai Huang, United Kingdom, £17,800
8th. Rasmus Agerskov, Denmark, PokerStars Qualifier, £12,800
*Denotes heads up deal.
That's not quite it for Season 4 on the UKIPT though. As you may remember from past seasons, it's tradition for the season's entire winner's roster to play a Champion of Champions freeroll for ultimate bragging rights and the small matter of entry and hotel to every stop on the Season 5 schedule! That'll be taking place at 10am BST tomorrow and will be updated live right here on the PokerStars Blog.
It'll take the format of a two-table sit and go featuring the players below and the Season 4 Online Qualifier of the Year, Dara O'Kearney.
UKIPT Series 1: Jake Cody
UKIPT Marbella: Ludovic Geilich
UKIPT Series 2: Gabriel Dragomir
UKIPT Galway: Alan Gold
UKIPT Series 3: Dinh Tuan Nguyen
UKIPT London: Robbie Bull
UKIPT Isle of Man: Duncan McLellan
UKIPT Nottingham 6-max: Ben Mayhew
UKIPT Edinburgh: Dean Hutchison
UKIPT Dublin: Kevin Killeen
UKIPT Series 4: Thomas Postlethwaite
UKIPT Nottingham: Duncan McLellan
UKIPT Series 5: Martins Adeniya
UKIPT Marbella 2: Rodrigo Espinosa
UKIPT Series 6: Paul Findlay
UKIPT Isle of Man 2: Josh Hart
UKIPT London 2: Brett Angell
A word from the winner...
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