The PokerStars UKIPT Manchester Main Event finally concluded late on Monday evening after a gruelling 6 hour heads-up session between Plymouth poker player Matthew McDerra and Mateusz Warowiec from Poland.
After seeing the lead change hand several times throughout the marathon session, it was PokerStars qualifier McDerra who eventually emerged victorious, when his trips fives conquered Warowiec’s top pair, King kicker.
McDerra played a solid game throughout the final day, having joined the final table in the precarious position of 6th against overnight chip leader Warowiec, who was slightly ahead of PokerStars Pro Player – and many people’s favourite for the UKIPT Manchester title – JP Kelly.
Warowiec started the day’s play liked a man possessed, virtually involved in every hand from the off and devastating Kelly’s chip stack. JP was eventually eliminated in 5th (£16.000) ahead of Paul Nash (UK – £12.600), Owen Shiels (Ire – £9.500) and Michael Birt (UK – £7.200).
Just moments after Kelly’s departure, Mick Fletcher (4th – £20.300) – a regular on the GUKPT circuit – saw his Kc7c crushed by McDerra’s pocket eights, and a few hands later McDerra did it again – with KcQh against Robert Angood’s AcJc (3rd – £27.600). Angood also has a commendable record in the GUKPT, but obviously had not learned that playing a hand full of clubs against McDerra does not pay!
Thus, we were set for the longest heads up session in UKIPT history, in which McDerra rode his luck on occasions during the topsy-turvy exchange of chips between the two protagonists.
McDerra’s prize for his patience and perseverance was the PokerStars UKIPT Manchester winner’s trophy plus a cheque for £74.000. Warowiec’s reward for his amazing contribution to the game is £43.500.
A total of 615 players were involved in this year’s Main Event, overtaking last year’s entry of 518 and highlighting the strength of live poker in the U.K. 81 poker players finished in the money, with 32 of them having qualified through PokerStars satellites.
Next up is the UKIPT Cork, and will be hosted by PokerStars at the Rochestown Park Hotel from Friday 19th May to Monday 22nd May. Satellites are already running on the PokerStars web site for the 100,000 Euros Main Event.