Iaron Lightbourne secured the largest payday of his career on Sunday when he won the 2015 partypoker World Poker Tour UK Main Event for £200,000. Lightbourne outlasted a field of 450 players, including his heads-up opponent, Craig McCorkell, to get his hands on the winner’s trophy.
Final Table Results
The six-handed final table commenced at 2 p.m. local time on Sunday afternoon with each of the remaining players guaranteed at least £40,000. This was the amount that Chi Zhang won after he moved all in for 10 big blinds with the and Fraser Bellamy called from the small blind with the . No queen or ten appeared on the [3hc7dJd6c] board, and Zhang busted in sixth place.
Two hours later, Simon Betts busted at the hands of McCorkell.
Betts min-raised to 160,000 on the button and was called by Bellamy and McCorkell from the two blinds. An all-heart flop read and action was checked around by all three payers before Bellamy led for 275,000 after the hit the turn. Both McCorkell and Betts called. The river was the , Bellamy checked, McCorkell bet 760,000, and Betts called all in. After Bellamy folded, Betts showed the for a straight and lost to McCorkell’s for a flush.
Andrew Seden was the next to fall. Seden raised to 220,000 and then pushed all in when Bellamy three-bet to 525,000. Bellamy called with the and those ladies beat the in Seden’s hand when the five community cards fell .
Three-handed play lasted another hour and ended with the exit of Bellamy. Lightbourne raised on the button to 250,000 and called when Bellamy reraised all in for around 2 million. Bellamy’s needed some help to beat Lightbourne’s , and it failed to arrive as the dealer ran out the board to send Bellamy home in third place.
Heads-up play lasted four hands, with the fourth and final hand seeing all of the chips go into the middle preflop. McCorkell held the , and Lightbourne had the . The final board read , and McCorkell was eliminated in second place, leaving Lightbourne to become the latest in a long line of WPT champions.