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Sergio Aido Wins 2013 UKIPT London Main Event for £144,555

Sergio Aido

Spaniard Sergio Aido won the UKIPT Season 3 London Main Event on Sunday, collecting £144,555 after aggressively playing the final table.

Having won the World Poker Tour National Series in Barcelona last October, Aido had some experience in pursuing the top prize at a final table. He started the final table sixth in chips but used his skill and know-how to spring himself to his first UKIPT title.

Aido’s aggression set the tone early on after Philippe Souki opened to 80,000 in the cutoff (blinds 20,000/40,000). Aido three-bet to 175,000 on the button and Souki called to see a king-high flop. Aido fired a continuation bet worth 180,000, and that was enough to take the pot.

A short time later, Aido was in another large pot to double his stack after his {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} held against Chris Downling’s {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}, leaving the Irishman severely short-stacked. Dowling got the last of his chips in from under the gun with {Q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} resulting in a call from Patrick Simcoe from the big bling holding {K-Hearts}{9-Clubs}. The board ran {A-Spades}{9-Spades}{5-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Clubs} to eliminate Dowling in eighth. In the very next hand, Simcoe busted Cesar Garcia when his {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds} held against {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts}, boosting his stack to 5,700,000.

It soon became the Aido show as he busted Guy Goossens in sixth place when his {5-Spades}{3-Spades} bested Goossens' pocket twos. Aido then eliminated Wim Neys, who three-bet shoved for 1,475,000 with {A-Spades}{9-Diamonds}. Aido called with {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} and collected Ney’s chips after the cards fell {Q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{5-Spades}. Neys earned £33,680 for fifth place.

With the blinds at 50,000/100,000/10,000, Philippe Souki was the shortest stack among the final four players. He attempted to gain some momentum after he three-bet shoved his remaining stack with {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and was called by Thomas Ward who flipped over {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}. Ward’s pocket sevens held up, sending Souki home with a fourth-place finish.

With three players left fending for the title, the aggression intensified when Simcoe attempted a creative play post-flop. Simcoe raised on the button with {A-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and Aido called from the big blind with {K-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} to see a flop of {K-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}. Aido checked and Simcoe pushed his chips to the middle, which resulted in a call from Aido. The turn {Q-Hearts} turn and the {2-Clubs} river brought no help to Simcoe, and he busted in third place.

Aido held a nearly 2-to-1 chip lead over Ward going into heads-up play. A major moment came when Ward put in a five-bet preflop with {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} to put the Spaniard all in. Aido called with {A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} and won the massive pot with only ace-high. Ward was all-in on the very next hand and fell short for a second straight time. Aido five-bet with {A-Spades}{J-Spades} and Ward called with {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}, putting his tournament life at risk. The {A-Hearts} on the flop kept Aido in the lead and his victory was sealed when the {A-Clubs} was dealt on the river.

After a deal was made before heads-up action began, Aido was awarded a grand prize of £144,555, while Ward collected £116,845 for second place. Aido was also awarded the opportunity to compete in the UKIPT Champions of Champions tournament, which started early on Monday, for a chance to win a package to next season’s UKIPT Main Events.

UKIPT London Main Event Final Table Results

1Sergio Aido£144,555*
2Thomas Ward£116,845*
3Patrik Simcoe£63,560
4Philippe Souki£44,870
5Wim Neys£33,680
6Guy Goossens£22,490
7Cesar Garcia£15,050
8Chris Dowling£12,691

*Denotes heads-up deal

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