Season 5 of the PokerStars UKIPT concluded on Monday night when Lithuania's Vladas Tamasauskas found himself with every one of the 25,050,000 chips in play in front of him, which meant he became the UKIPT Dublin Main Event champion.
Final Table Results
The 1,002 entrants were reduced to the final table of eight over the course of two starting flights and two more days of high-octane poker action. Only the top 152 finishers received prize money for their efforts, with the likes of Kenny Hallaert, Chris Dowling, Antoine Saout, Charlie Carrel, Dara O’Kearney, Brett Angell, Andrew Chen, Patrick Leonard, Dan Carter, Kevin Killeen, Paul Romain, and Adam Owen busting in the money.
Seven different nationalities were present at the eight-handed final table, showing off the draw that the UKIPT has on the poker world. Marc Foggin of the United Kingdom was the first player to bust from the final table approximately 40 minutes into action, but then, despite relentless action, it took two hours before there was another casualty. Jelcides Monteiro was the one to go in seventh place, busting to Irishman Dave Pollock.
Almost immediately after Monteiro exited, Quentin Dellis followed him to the sidelines. Dellis' elimination was at the hands of Tamasauskas, who open-shoved from the small blind to put Dellis to the test for his last 15 big blinds. Dellis called off those chips with the and needed his snowmen to hold against the less-than-stellar in the hand of his opponent. It wasn't meant to be, though, as Tamasaukas caught a king on the flop of the board to leave the tournament with only five players.
Those five became four with the elimination of the dangerous Samuel Vousden just after 5 p.m. on Monday afternoon. Again, it was Tamasauskas doing the deed.
Another two hours passed by before Luxembourg's Adalsteinn Karlsson's tournament ended, and he was followed by Mark Reilly busting. Reilly had his aces cracked by Tamasauskas.
Tamasauskas went into the one-on-one battle with Pollock holding a massive lead of 21,425,000 in chips to 3,580,000, and it proved too much of a gap for Pollock to overcome.
The final hand took place at the 125,000/250,000/25,000 level, when Tamasauskas opened to 550,000 with the and Pollock called with the . A flop reading saw Pollock check, Tamasauskas continue with a 500,000 bet, and Pollock make an ill-timed all-in check-raise of 5,500,000. Tamasauskas snap-called and after the turn and river fell the and the , it was game over for Pollock.
Next up on the UKIPT is the Season 6 opener in London. April 5-10 are the dates you need to keep free if you’re planning on following in Tamasauskas’ footsteps and becoming a UKIPT champion, and £770 is what you’ll need to buy in, unless you manage to satellite into the Hippodrome Casino-based event for as little as £1.10 at PokerStars.
*Lead image courtesy of Mickey May and the PokerStars Blog.