It was a busy day in London on Sunday. Not only did the Season 10 European Poker Tour London Main Event kick off, but also Martin Finger took down the £50,000 Super High Roller for £821,000. Phil Hellmuth and Vanessa Selbst also collected titles, and with so many big names capturing the spotlight, it was easy to overlook the conclusion of the UKIPT London Main Event.
That tournament attracted 747 entries and created a prize pool of £724,590. After five days of play, 21-year-old Robbie Bull emerged victorious to capture the £113,405 first-place prize and become the third Scotsman in a row to win a UKIPT title (Ludovic Geilich won in Marbella and Alan Gold in Galway).
Bull began the final table sixth in chips, but he got off to a quick start. He ultimately made it to heads-up play against Irish Poker Open champ Ian Simpson.
Simpson began with a small lead over Bull, and the two opted to strike a deal. There was originally £53,475 in prize money between first and second place, but the two closed the gap. Simpson locked up £106,869.23, Bull received £103,405.77, and they played it out for the trophy and £10,000.
From there, Bull took over and pulled out to a huge chip lead. Simpson battled back, and after an hour of play held a 2-1 lead over Bull. After a break, Bull four-bet jammed with the and Simpson called with the . The board ran out and Bull’s flush gave him the double.
Minutes later, Simpson raised to 375,000 and Bull three-bet all in. Simpson called off with the , and it was ahead of Bull’s . The flop wasn’t very special, and while the turn paired both players, Simpson’s kicker had him out in front. The river actually gave Simpson two pair, but it was no good as Bull had spiked a flush to win the UKIPT London Main Event.
"It's a dream [to win] I've had for three or four years,” Bull told the PokerStars Blog after the win. “When I play a live event in the back of my mind there's ‘I might win it’ but now I feel like I'm dreaming and might wake up and find the UKIPT is next week.”
Sweet jesus. Dream final table. Everything went my way. Can't think straight right now. Thanks for all the support and messages ya legends.Follow @Robbie_Bull
UKIPT London Main Event Final Table Results
|1st||Robbie Bull||United Kingdom||£113,405*|
|2nd||Ian Simpson||United Kingdom||£106,869*|
|3rd||Jack Salter||United Kingdom||£59,125|
|6th||Karl Mahrenholz||United Kingdom||£26,735|
|7th||Patryk Slusarek||United Kingdom||£19,200|
|8th||Paul Zimbler||United Kingdom||£13,115|
*Denotes heads-up deal
The next UKIPT Main Event will take place in the Isle of Man October 31-November 4.
*Photo and data courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.