£1,100 Main Event
Days:
£1,100 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Boulton Leads the Final 16 in London; Saout and Spragg in Contention

zedmaster84 • Level 23: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Joshua Boulton
Joshua Boulton

Out of a field of 645 entries, only 16 players from seven different countries are still in contention to become the 2022 PokerStars UKIPT London £1,100 Main Event champion. The lion's share of the £619,200 prize pool will be up for grabs when a winner is crowned on Sunday, April 10, 2022.

Best positioned to win the first UKIPT Main Event in nearly five and a half years is the UK's Joshua Boulton with a stack of 3,350,000. He is well ahead of the next contender after pulling away of the pack once the final two tables were set. Julien Sitbon sits in second place with 2,385,000 in chips followed by fellow Frenchman Antoine Saout with 2,185,000.

London resident Alexios Zervos also resides in the overnight top five with 1,580,000 and Dongze Hao follows right behind with 1,535,000. According to the table chat, Hao mentioned that he has been playing cash games for many years but this event is just his second tournament ever.

Most of the hopefuls are hailing from the UK and that also includes the former EPT Main Event finalist Kully Sidhu and PokerStars ambassador Ben Spragg. They navigated through the final stages with shorter stacks and finished with 840,000 and 540,000 respectively.

Ben Spragg
Ben Spragg is among the 16 finalists

Seat Assignments for the Final Day

SeatTable 1CountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Rickie VedharaUnited Kingdom1,315,00044
2Alexios ZervosGreece1,580,00053
3Liudas DidenkaLithuania345,00012
4Ben SpraggUnited Kingdom540,00018
5Lukas DimsaLithuania890,00030
6Lorenc BociAlbania810,00027
7Julien SitbonFrance2,385,00080
8Antoine SaoutFrance2,185,00073
     
SeatTable 2CountryChip CountBig Blinds
1James RannUnited Kingdom905,00030
2Joshua BoultonUnited Kingdom3,350,000112
3Kully SidhuUnited Kingdom840,00028
4Dongze HaoChina1,535,00051
5Ben SlackUnited Kingdom970,00032
6Sorin PruteanuRomania735,00025
7Michael RamiroUnited Kingdom320,00011
8Robert BoonUnited Kingdom590,00020

The penultimate tournament day started with 128 hopefuls all aiming to secure a min-cash of at least £1,684 for their efforts. It didn't take long to get to the money as the bubble was reached within the first two levels. Among those to bow out until then were the £2,200 High Roller champion Jack O'Neill, Sylvain Loosli, Kevin Allen, David Docherty, and Antoine Labat.

For team PokerStars, the bad fortune struck several times as four of the six red spade representatives came up short of the payouts. Parker Talbot ran bad early on and bowed out against Alexios Zervos when his dominated ace was only good on the flop. Steve Enriquez followed shortly after and PokerStars Senior Twitch & Ambassadors Associate failed to get there when nursing a short stack. Two away from the money, Ido Alon ran with queens into the kings of Alexander Zeligman.

On the money bubble itself, local regular Antonis "Tony" Poulengeris stuck his last three and a half blinds in from the cutoff with ten-nine suited and ended up second-best to the queen-nine of initial raiser Antoine Saout. This set the stage for a frantic period in which the all-in showdowns kept coming every other minute.

Saout established himself near the top of the leaderboard after knocking out Atanas Pavlov and Sam Grafton was then knocked out within two hands against Ahamed Mohamed.

Sam Grafton
Sam Grafton was one of two PokerStars ambassadors in the money

Only 37 players remained in contention on the dinner break after six hours of play. Just before that, the fireworks at the tables sent Nikolay Ponomarev to the rail and the action thereafter continued in similar fashion.

Notable casualties in the final stages of the night included Yucel "Mad Turk" Eminoglu, Ori Hasson, and Henrik Hecklen. Zeligman then came up short of the final two tables when his slow-played aces were flushed away by Joshua Boulton's king-nine suited and he bowed out in the next hand. No more elimination took place and the sweet sixteen then wrapped up for the night.

The action on the final day will continue at noon local time with blinds of 15,000-30,000 and a big blind ante of 30,000. Stay tuned right here on PokerNews to find out who will lift the title at the iconic Hippodrome Casino in the heart of London.

Remaining Payouts

PlacePrize (in GBP)PlacePrize (in GBP)
1£119,2709£11,028
2£74,53910£8,520
3£53,24511£8,520
4£40,96012£7,102
5£31,51113£7,102
6£24,24214£5,920
7£18,64415£5,920
8£14,34116£5,146

Tags: Ahamed MohamedAlexander ZeligmanAlexios ZervosAntoine LabatAntoine SaoutBen SlackBen SpraggDongze HaoHenrik HecklenJack O'NeillJoshua BoultonJulien SitbonKully SidhuNikolay PonomarevOri HassonParker TalbotRickie VedharaSam GraftonSteve EnriquezSylvain LoosliTony Poulengeris

End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 23: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Joshua Boulton gb
Joshua Boulton
gb 3,350,000 -50,000
Julien Sitbon fr
Julien Sitbon
fr 2,385,000 85,000
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 2,185,000 -15,000
Alexios Zervos gr
Alexios Zervos
gr 1,580,000 -170,000
Dongze Hao gb
Dongze Hao
gb 1,535,000 -15,000
Rickie Vedhara gb
Rickie Vedhara
gb 1,315,000 -35,000
Ben Slack GB
Ben Slack
GB 970,000 -55,000
James Rann gb
James Rann
gb 905,000 -45,000
Lukas Dimsa lt
Lukas Dimsa
lt 890,000
Kully Sidhu gb
Kully Sidhu
gb 840,000 115,000
Lorenc Boci al
Lorenc Boci
al 810,000 -40,000
Sorin Pruteanu RO
Sorin Pruteanu
RO 735,000 25,000
Robert Boon gb
Robert Boon
gb 590,000 -10,000
Ben Spragg GB
Ben Spragg
GB 540,000 -5,000
Liudas Didenka LT
Liudas Didenka
LT 345,000 -30,000
Michael Ramiro GB
Michael Ramiro
GB 320,000 -55,000

Day 2 Completed With 16 Players

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The final 16 players have bagged and tagged their chips for the night. They will be back at noon on Sunday, April 10, to determine a champion.

Full chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Even More for Boulton Without Showdown

zedmaster84 • Level 23: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

Ben Slack was the initial raiser from under the gun to earn calls from Joshua Boulton on the button and Dongze Hao in the big blind. There was no action on the {10-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} flop and the {a-Hearts} followed on the turn. Hao checked and Slack now bet 75,000 for his two opponents to call.

The {4-Spades} river completed the board and the action now checked to Boulton. He made it 175,000 to go and two folds later, cemented his status as the chip leader.

Joshua Boulton gb
Joshua Boulton
gb 3,400,000 200,000
Dongze Hao gb
Dongze Hao
gb 1,550,000 -175,000
Ben Slack GB
Ben Slack
GB 1,025,000 -175,000

Tags: Ben SlackDongze HaoJoshua Boulton

Boulton Leads The Way; Spragg Gets a Shove Through

zedmaster84 • Level 23: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Ben Spragg
Ben Spragg

Lukas Dimsa defended the big blind against the open raise by Julien Sitbon and checked the {k-Spades}{9-Spades}{3-Hearts} flop. Sitbon continued for 45,000 and Dimsa check-raised to 175,000 for Sitbon to fold.

Antoine Saout then made it 50,000 to go and Benjamin Spragg ripped it in from the button for 430,000. Lorenc Boci in the big blind seemed interested and asked for a count but folded. Saout came to the same conclusion as Spragg chipped up some without showdown.

Over on the other table, Joshua Boulton has leaped into the lead by some margin. In a large pot against fellow big stack Dongze Hao, he called a three-bet and then check-called twice before checking the {k-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{2-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{7-Hearts} the river. Hao checked behind and Boulton tabled the {k-Spades}{q-Spades} for top pair to claim the pot.

Joshua Boulton gb
Joshua Boulton
gb 3,200,000 600,000
Julien Sitbon fr
Julien Sitbon
fr 2,300,000 -100,000
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 2,200,000 -150,000
Dongze Hao gb
Dongze Hao
gb 1,725,000 -600,000
Lukas Dimsa lt
Lukas Dimsa
lt 890,000 115,000
Ben Spragg GB
Ben Spragg
GB 545,000 -5,000

Tags: Antoine SaoutBenjamin SpraggDongze HaoJoshua BoultonJulien SitbonLorenc BociLukas Dimsa

Saout Loses Some to Zervos; Gets Most Back

zedmaster84 • Level 23: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

Antoine Saout raised the cutoff and Alexios Zervos defended the small blind. Once they headed to the {j-Spades}{6-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} flop, Zervos check-raised a bet of 80,000 by Saout, the Frenchman folded and was shown the {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs} by Zervos.

Lukas Dimsa then raised to 50,000 and Saout flat-called. They headed to the {k-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{5-Hearts} flop on which Dimsa bet-folded to a raise by Saout.

Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 2,350,000 -50,000
Alexios Zervos gr
Alexios Zervos
gr 1,750,000 350,000
Lukas Dimsa lt
Lukas Dimsa
lt 775,000 -125,000

Tags: Alexios ZervosAntoine SaoutLukas Dimsa

Redraw of the Final Two Tables

zedmaster84 • Level 23: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
SeatTable 1Chip CountTable 2Chip Count
1Rickie Vedhara1,350,000James Rann950,000
2Alexios Zervos1,400,000Joshua Boulton2,600,000
3Liudas Didenka375,000Kully Sidhu725,000
4Benjamin Spragg550,000Dongze Hao2,325,000
5Lukas Dimsa900,000Ben Slack1,200,000
6Lorenc Boci850,000Sorin Pruteanu710,000
7Julien Sitbon2,400,000Michael Ramiro375,000
8Antoine Saout2,400,000Robert Boon600,000
Joshua Boulton gb
Joshua Boulton
gb 2,600,000
Julien Sitbon fr
Julien Sitbon
fr 2,400,000 50,000
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 2,400,000 -400,000
Dongze Hao gb
Dongze Hao
gb 2,325,000
Alexios Zervos gr
Alexios Zervos
gr 1,400,000 550,000
Rickie Vedhara gb
Rickie Vedhara
gb 1,350,000 255,000
Ben Slack GB
Ben Slack
GB 1,200,000 -100,000
James Rann gb
James Rann
gb 950,000 -10,000
Lukas Dimsa lt
Lukas Dimsa
lt 900,000 385,000
Lorenc Boci al
Lorenc Boci
al 850,000 -100,000
Kully Sidhu gb
Kully Sidhu
gb 725,000 260,000
Sorin Pruteanu RO
Sorin Pruteanu
RO 710,000 10,000
Robert Boon gb
Robert Boon
gb 600,000 -225,000
Ben Spragg GB
Ben Spragg
GB 550,000 -80,000
Liudas Didenka LT
Liudas Didenka
LT 375,000 -145,000
Michael Ramiro GB
Michael Ramiro
GB 375,000 -345,000

Alexander Zeligman Eliminated in 17th Place (£5,146)

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Alexander Zeligman
Alexander Zeligman

Alexander Zeligman slow-played a big hand and that back-fired in a big way. With just a medium-sized pot to the {8-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{4-Spades}{10-Spades} river, he checked and then snap-called a bet worth 330,000 by Joshua Boulton. The latter tabled the {k-Spades}{9-Spades} for a flush and Zeligman mucked the {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds} for aces and sixes.

One hand later, James Rann raised to 50,000 in the cutoff and Dongze Hao called on the button, Zeligman called all-in out of the small blind for 35,000.

Rann led the {k-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{3-Spades} flop for 60,000 and Hao called. The {q-Diamonds} turn and {a-Diamonds} river were checked and Rann turned over {j-Spades}{10-Spades} for a straight. Zeligman was ousted with the {5-Spades}{4-Spades} and Hao's {q-Hearts}{4-Hearts} were exposed only briefly.

The remaining 16 players will now redraw to the final two tables and some 26 minutes remain at the current blinds.

Joshua Boulton gb
Joshua Boulton
gb 2,600,000 400,000
Dongze Hao gb
Dongze Hao
gb 2,325,000 -150,000
James Rann gb
James Rann
gb 960,000 385,000
Alexander Zeligman gb
Alexander Zeligman
gb Busted

Tags: Alexander ZeligmanDongze HaoJames RannJoshua Boulton

Sitbon Chips Up Against Boci

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Julien Sitbon had raised from under the gun to get called by Lorenc Boci. Only a small pot emerged until the {9-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{5-Hearts} river on which Boci opted to lead for 160,000.

Sitbon mulled over his decision for a bit and mentioned "I don't like this, I really don't like this." Some ten seconds later he made the call and Boci revealed the {a-Spades}{8-Spades}. Sitbon had that beat with the {6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} for a full house to rake in the pot and further climb on the leaderboard.

Julien Sitbon fr
Julien Sitbon
fr 2,350,000 225,000
Lorenc Boci al
Lorenc Boci
al 950,000 -350,000

Tags: Julien SitbonLorenc Boci