Simon Brandstrom Wins WPT UK Main Event For $330K
Swedish poker pro Simon Brandstrom became a World Poker Tour champion when he triumphed in the WPT UK Main Event. Brandstrom secured $330,000, which includes a $15,000 seat to the Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.
WPT UK Main Event Guarantee Smashed
A field of 690 entrants created a $2,007,900 prize pool besting the advertised $1.5 million guarantee. The top 100 finishers secured a slice of the impressive sum, with a min0case weighing in at $6,000. Reaching the final table boosted the payout to $36,000 with the eventual champion locking up $330,000.
Many of those who reached the money places hailed from the United Kingdom, as you would expect from a WPT event based on their home soil. Plenty of international stars cashed though, including Martin Jacobson, Matas Cimbolas, and Kahle Burns. Jeff Gross, and Adrian Mateos also navigated their way into the top 100.
Seat Draw For Final Table of Nine
Brandstrom was the man to catch going into the final nine, although it was far from a done deal because some talented poker players sat around him. One such player was Paul Jackson, somewhat of a veteran in British poker. Jackson was once involved in an epic bluffing encounter with Phil Ivey in the Monte Carlo Millions tournament.
Blinds were 40,000/80,000/80,000a when Jackson raised to 400,000 from early position, leaving himself only 235,000 chips behind. Paul Siddle was Jackson’s only customer. He called from the big blind. Both players checked the Qc-5s-9s flop before Siddle, who finished second in the recent Devilfish Cup, moved all in on the 8c turn. Jackson called with only ace-deuce and was drawing dead against Siddle’s ace-queen.
Eighth place went to Leo Worthington-Leese after he lost a coinflip with ace-king against the pocket sevens of Ryan Mandara. Mandara, a former Irish Poker Open champion, saw his sevens remain best and his opponent headed to the cashier.
The official final table was set when German superstar Manig Loeser busted in seventh place. Loeser found himself with only 1.5 small blinds when his ace-queen lost to Brandstrom’s dominated ace-eight. An eight on the turn crippled Loeser’s stack and he busted a couple of hands later.
Siddle’s WPT UK Main Event Dreams Scuppered
Siddle busted in sixth place on the 36th hand of the WPT UK Main Event official final table. Siddle lost all but 25,000 chips when his pocket jacks lost to the ace-king in Matthew Eardley’s hand. That micro stack went into the middle with ace-queen and he eventually lost to Mandara’s full house.
Maria Lampropulos busted on the very next hand, meaning the WPT UK Main Event was now an all-male affair. Lampropulos has good memories of the Dusk Till Dawn Casino in Nottingham after winning the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Main Event in April 2017 for £1 million. She had to make do with $98,500 this time around when her ace-deuce did not melt the “snowmen” of James Rann.
Another 56 hands played out before the next elimination. Mandara raise to 450,000 with ten-nine of diamonds. Eardley responded with a three-bet all in worth 1,700,000 with ace-nine offsuit. Mandara called. The flop kept Eardley ahead, although the turn gave Mandara four outs to a straight. One of those outs landed on the river to bust Eardley in fourth place for $128,000.
Heads-Up Set With Rann Busting Out
That elimination left three players in the hunt for the trophy. Those three became two on the 129th hand of the official final table. Rann jammed for a little under 19 big blinds with ace-deuce and Mandara snapped him off with pocket sevens. It was a case of lucky sevens for Mandara as they held to send the WPT UK Main Event heads-up.
Mandara started the one-on-one battle slightly ahead in chips, but Brandstrom won most of the early encounters. The seventh hand of heads-up turned out to be the last the players would play as Mandara bluffed off his chips.
Blinds were 125,000/250,000/250,000a and Mandara raised to 650,000. Brandstrom called. A 9c-7c-3d flop saw Brandstrom check-call a 550,000 bet from Mandara. The action was similar on the 4c turn, except the best was a chunkier 1,600,000. Brandstrom checked for a third time on the king of hearts river. Mandara tanked before unleashing a 7,500,000 all in bet into the 5,000,000 pot. Brandstrom called after around 20-seconds and showed 9h-7s for two pair, while Mandara opened Js-Tc for a bluff.
2019 WPT UK Main Event Final Table Results
Brandstrom is in incredible form and is seemingly unstoppable right now. The Swede finished second in the €1,500 WPTDeepStacks Barcelona event for €187,880($212,536) in March. He then won the European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event for €1,290,166 ($1,434,793) in August. Now he has the WPT UK Main Event title under his belt; we cannot wait to see what he competes in next.
Tenth place in the Swedish all time money listings is now occupied by Brandstrom. He needs $1,139,355 to break into the top five, but first place is a way off because Martin Jacobson owns that spot thanks to accumulating $16,931,319 in cashes.