Edmund Yeung is the 2016 Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Main Event champion after he outlasted a guarantee-busting field of 1,003 entries to get his hands on the coveted winner’s trophy and a big £210,000 payout.
Final Table Results
|4||Ho Yin Lee||£55,000|
Thirty-four players returned to Dusk Till Dawn casino on Monday afternoon, each looking to become the latest champion crowned at the Nottingham venue. One by one, they fell by the wayside and as the clocks ticked around to 7 p.m., Steve Ford pushed all in with , Jack Hoffman called with , the ladies held, and Ford busted in 10th place to set the final table.
It took longer than two hours for the first casualty of the final table to be determined, and when it was, it was Brett Angell who fell. The action passed to Lawrence Bayley in the small blind and he set Angell all in for his last six big blinds. Angell called, showed , and was against Bayley's . A deuce on the flop was enough to rid the final table of one of its more dangerous players.
Bayley was the next player heading to the cashier's desk when he pushed all in from early position for 3,500,000 at the 100,000/200,000 level with . Yeung cold-called with what turned out to be for the mother of all coin flips — a flip that Yeung won when the board ran out .
Seventh place went to Andrew Garland, who would have been an immensely popular champion. Again, it was a coin flip that settled this battle, as Garland’s lost out to Yeung’s courtesy of a king on the flop and an ace on the turn.
Each of the six players remaining had now locked up £30,000 for the £1,100 investment, and Richard Pearson would collect no more thanks to pushing in his last remaining handful of chips with and losing out to that man Yeung's , which turned a straight.
Fifth place and £40,000 went to Carl Jones, who can count himself unlucky not to have progressed even deeper. Ho Yin Lee moved all in with and Jones called off his stack with , only to see Lee flop trip jacks and turn a full house.
Despite claiming Jones' chips, Lee was the next player out of the door. He moved all in for 10 big blinds with , and Leo McClean called with the , which improved to two pair by the river of the board to leave only three players in the hunt for the £210,000 top prize.
A few hands later, McClean got his stack into the middle of the felt with the and fell a cropper against the of Yeung, thanks to an ace on the flop.
Heads-up was over almost as quickly as it began. Hoffman opened to 1,300,000 with , Yeung three-bet to 2,800,000 with the and then called when Hoffman pushed all in. Yeung's reward was two aces on the flop of the board, which bust Hoffman in second place and left Yeung to be crowned the 2016 Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Main Event champion.