The UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event concluded on Monday, and Dean Hutchison defeated Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree heads up to win the title.
At the start of heads-up play, Hutchison doubled with the against Boeree’s all in preflop, making the wheel on the river, and took the lead shortly thereafter. The two battled back and forth for the better part of three hours, but ultimately the Team Pro was all in and at risk with a pair and an open-ended straight draw against Hutchison’s top two pair. The turn and river both produced bricks, and Hutchison was the champion.
Prior to the event, Hutchison only had four career cashes for a total of $6,649. His largest career cash came in August, when he finished 85th in the UKIPT Galway Main Event for $3,226.
Jason Beazley entered the table with the lead after bagging 2.3 million chips at the conclusion on Day 2, and Boeree was right on his heels with 2.229 million.
According to the PokerStars Blog, just five minutes after the start of play on Day 3, Ciaran Heaney exited the tournament in eighth place. Boeree opened from under the gun, Beazley flatted in the hijack, and Heaney moved all in for around nine big blinds. Boeree called, Beazley folded, and the Team Pro showed the . She dominated Heaney’s , and flopped a set when the dealer fanned the flop. The on the turn gave Heaney flush outs, but the bricked on the river, finishing Boeree with a full house.
Boeree recorded another knockout 15 minutes later, sending Michael Kane to the rail in seventh place. Kane squeezed, moving all in over a raise from Hutchison on the button and a call from Boeree in the small blind. Hutchison got out of the way, and Boeree called with the , which crushed Kane’s . The dominant hand held up, and Kane was off to collect his £15,570 prize.
The Team Pro made it a hat trick soon after, eliminating Jacobus Visser in sixth place. Visser shoved for five big blinds under the gun with the , Boeree called on the button with the , and the flop, turn, and river came .
Tomasz Raniszewski was the first player to be eliminated by someone other than Liv Boeree — Huchison did the dirty work. A short-stacked Raniszewski moved all in on the button with the , and after isolating from the small blind, Huchison revealed the . The flop gave Huchison a leading pair of queens, and the turn and river bricked with the and , respectively.
Boeree lost the chip lead during four-handed play, losing a few small pots to Hutchison and Eldon Orr, allowing Beazley to reclaim the lead. She regained the chip leaded with her fourth knockout of the final table, however, eliminating Orr in fourth place. Orr three-bet jammed for 25 big blinds with the , and Boeree, the original raiser, called with the . The snowmen held up as the board ran out , and Orr exited, earning £33,700 — the largest score of his career.
Hutchison and Beazley played a massive pot at the start of three-handed action, both turning full houses on a board of . The money went in and Hutchison was in great shape to double with against Beazley’s , and the former avoided quads on the river. Hutchison won a small pot off of Boeree soon after, and took the chip lead.
Boeree landed her fifth and final knockout to Beazley, regaining the chip lead once more. Beazley five-bet all in with the , and was racing against Boeree’s . The flop was devastating for Beazley, who luckily held the , but was unable to hit a two-outer or running straight cards on the turn () or the river ().
Despite starting heads-up play with a two-to-one chip advantage, Boeree couldn’t secure her sixth knockout of the day and exited in second place. This is her largest cash since she won EPT Sanremo in April of 2010.
The UKIPT returns to Ireland on Feb. 27 for the 10th stop of Season 4. The £700+£70 buy-in event will take place at Mansion House in Dublin.
Data courtesy of the PokerStars Blog