Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||125,000 / 250,000|
Players Info - Day 3
Day 3 Completed
The crown jewel of the United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) has determined a champion for the first time in nearly five and a half years. It was the return of the PokerStars sponsored regional tours at one of its most iconic locations in the Hippodrome Casino in the heart of London. The 2022 UKIPT London £1,100 Main Event attracted a field of 645 entries and the biggest slice of the £619,200 prize pool was split among the final three finishers, who cut an ICM deal.
James Rann was the shortest stack by a small margin when the trio shook hands but ran(n) the best when it mattered from thereon. He defeated Lukas Dimsa in heads-up to claim the top prize of £86,568 while his opponent from Lithuania cashed for £80,282. Third place finisher Rickie Vedhara walked away with £80,204 for his efforts after taking part in a live MTT after a break of seven years in which he solely focused on cash games.
For Rann, it was the first live MTT win on European soil and his first ever live cash back in 2010 was in a UKIPT Main Event in Edinburgh. Start-of-the-day chip leader Joshua Boulton had to settle for fourth place while PokerStars ambassador Ben Spragg bowed out in 15th place (£5,920).
Final Result 2022 UKIPT London £1,100 Main Event
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in GBP)|
|1||James Rann||United Kingdom||£86,568*|
|3||Rickie Vedhara||United Kingdom||£80,204*|
|4||Joshua Boulton||United Kingdom||£40,960|
|7||Kully Sidhu||United Kingdom||£18,644|
*the final three players agreed to an ICM deal and played for the trophy plus £8,732 to the winner
The return of the popular live poker tour, which last took place in November 2016 at the very same location, was a thorough success. Poker players from near and far headed to the former theatre at Leicester Square to join the series from April 1 to 10, 2022.
In the most expensive tournament of the festival, the £2,200 High Roller, a record-setting field of 131 entries for the tour was set and the marquee event followed suit in similar fashion. Lola's, the new tournament room on the ground floor, was bustling with action throughout all starting days of the £1,100 Main Event.
The Action of the Final Day
Only 16 players out of the 645-entry strong field returned for the final day and among them was also PokerStars ambassador Ben Spragg, who was one of the short stacks. He ensured one pay jump thanks to the early elimination of Robert Boon but came up second-best to Antoine Saout soon after to finish in 15th place.
It didn't take long to whittle down the field to final ten after that with Joshua Boulton doing the lion's share of the work to whittle down the number of hopefuls. By the time the final table bubble took place, Rickie Vedhara was among the shorter stacks but scored back-to-back double ups against Julien Sitbon and Antoine Saout to leap into second place. Boulton then knocked out cash game player Dongze Hao in a large pot to enter the final stage with two times as many chips as his nearest follower.
Saout was left short after the previous clash with Vedhara and sent the remainder of his stack over in the same direction moments after the action resumed. The eventual heads-up opponents James Rann and Lukas Dimsa doubled through Boulton prior to the final table and Rann did so again with aces versus nines when all had combined to a single table. It was just a small dent in the stack of Boulton at the time and he made up for it by knocking out Lorenc Boci and Kully Sidhu.
A third double for Rann through Boulton came in spectacular fashion when his king-jack suited went runner runner for a flush. Sitbon was left short after paying off Alexios Zervos' value bet and he was eliminated by Vedhara in the next hand. The Greek was the next to bow out after he doubled Dimsa and the Lithuanian finished the job a short while later.
The next major setback for Boulton was a significant one as Vedhara took the lead, while Dimsa stayed alive against Rann. Ultimately, Boulton's run good ceased to exist and he ultimately fell in fourth place. Once the chips were nearly even in three-handed play, the trio agreed to ICM numbers and Rann dominated the action to claim the trophy and largest payday.
That wraps up the PokerNews live coverage for the first UKIPT series in more than five years. The next two spots of the tour have also been confirmed already. In May 2022, the Bonnington Hotel in Dublin will be hosting the second UKIPT stop of the year while the series then heads to Malta for the Summer Poker Festival in June 2022.
Once the blinds went up, James Rann limped the small blind and Lukas Dimsa checked his option to see the on the flop. Dimsa check-raised from 250,000 to 800,000 and Rann came along to the on the turn.
Dimsa now bet for 1,600,000 with some 3,600,000 behind and Rann called after giving it a few seconds of consideration. The on the river then paired the board for the second time and Dimsa checked. Rann moved all-in and Dimsa immediately sighed, thought about it for some 15 seconds and called.
The of Rann had gone runner runner to make a full house and Dimsa flashed the for a flopped flush. Both shook hands and Dimsa will receive a prize of £80,282 according to the ICM deal, while Rann is crowned the 2022 UKIPT Main Event champion.
The Brit gets the biggest slice worth £86,568 and the winner’s trophy.
A recap of today's action is to follow.
James Rann bet the turn for 300,000 and the river for 400,000. Lukas Dimsa called the first bet and then folded to the final one.
In the next hand, they limped and checked to the river on which Rann bet 200,000. Dimsa called and Rann announced a seven to flash the , which Dimsa had beat with the .
Rickie Vedhara raised the button to 700,000 and James Rann three-bet jammed out of the big blind. Within one second, Vedhara plunked in the call for around 3,200,000 and the cards were turned over.
"It is what it is, a fair fight after all that time," Vedhara said before the flop fell to give Rann the lead. The turn and river changed nothing anymore as Vedhara was eliminated in third place. According to the deal the final three contenders agreed to, he walks away with a cash prize of £80,204.
"Good game buddy, it was a pleasure," Rann consoled his opponent and Vedhara was all smiles when they shook hands.
Rickie Vedhara lost another chunk of his stack to James Rann without showdown and then pulled some back in a battle of the blinds against Lukas Dimsa. He avoided the showdown with a bet worth 800,000 on the river and Dimsa folded.
Dimsa then limped the small blind and Rann checked from the big blind. The flop was checked and Dimsa bet the turn for 200,000, Rann called. Both checked the river and they knuckled it down. Dimsa tabled the and Rann chopped with the .
"No raise?" Dimsa asked and Rann grinned back with a "not this time."
In a limped battle of the blinds, James Rann bet the flop and Rickie Vedhara called. On the turn, Rann checked and then called a bet worth 300,000 by Vedhara to see the on the river.
Rann checked again and Vedhara bet 1,500,000. The brief tank by Rann followed and he then opted to call as Vedhara rolled over for a cheeky bluff. Rann had that beat with to pull into the lead.
James Rann raised to 320,000 on the button and picked up calls by Rickie Vedhara in the small blind and Lukas Dimsa in the big blind. The flop was checked to Rann and he bet 325,000 for Vedhara to call and Dimsa to fold.
Once the fell on the turn, Vedhara checked and Rann's bet of 800,000 won the pot.
One hand later, the players went on a scheduled 15-minute break in which the T-5,000 chips will be raced off.