Spaniard Sergio Aido won the UKIPT Season 3 London Main Event on Sunday, collecting £144,555 after utilizing his aggressive play at the final table.
Having won the World Poker Tour National Series in Barcelona last October, Aido had some experience in pursuing the top prize at a final table. Aido started the final table sixth in chips, but he used his skill and know-how to spring himself to his first UKIPT title.
Aido’s aggression set the tone early on after Philippe Souki opened to 80,000 in the cutoff (blinds 20,000/40,000). Aido three-bet to 175,000 on the button and Souki called to see a king-high flop. Aido fired a continuation bet worth 180,000, and that was enough to take the pot.
A short while later, Aido was in another large pot to double his stack after his held against Chris Downling’s , leaving the Irishman severely short stacked. Dowling got the last of his chips in from under-the-gun with resulting in a call from Patrick Simcoe from the big bling holding . The board ran to eliminate Dowling in eighth. In the very next hand, Simcoe busted Cesar Garcia when his held against , boosting his stack to 5,700,000.
It soon became the Aido show as he busted Guy Goossens in sixth place when his bested Goossens' pocket twos. Aido then eliminated Wim Neys, who three-bet shoved for 1,475,000 with . Aido called with and collected Ney’s chips after the cards fell . Neys earned £33,680 for fifth place.
With the blinds at 50,000/100,000/10,000, Philippe Souki was the shortest stack among the final four players. He attempted to gain some momentum after he three-bet shoved his remaining stack with and was called by Thomas Ward who flipped over . Ward’s pocket sevens held up, sending Souki home with a fourth-place finish.
With three players left fending for the title, the aggression intensified when Simcoe attempted a creative play post-flop. Simcoe raised on the button with and Aido called from the big blind with to see a flop of . Aido checked and Simcoe pushed his chips to the middle, which resulted in a call from Aido. The turn turn and the river brought no help to Simcoe and he busted in third place.
Aido held a nearly 2-to-1 chip lead over Ward going into heads-up play. A major moment came when Ward put in a five-bet preflop with to put the Spaniard all-in. Aido called with and won the massive pot with only ace-high. Ward was all-in on the very next hand and fell short for a second straight time. Aido five-bet with and Ward called with , putting his tournament life at risk. The on the flop kept Aido in the lead and his victory was sealed when the was dealt on the river.
After a deal was made before heads-up action began, Aido was awarded a grand prize of £144,555, while Ward collected £116,845 for second place. Aido was also awarded the opportunity to compete in the UKIPT Champions of Champions tournament, which started early on Monday, for a chance to win a package to next season’s UKIPT Main Events.
UKIPT London Main Event Final Table Results
*Denotes heads-up deal
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