4/17/2012 : SIXTY-YEAR-OLD LANDLORD THE VICTOR IN BIGGEST EVER UKIPT POKER TOURNEY
Regular DTD player collects GBP 210,400 – the biggest UKIPT prize yet.
The record-setting Pokerstars UK and Ireland Poker Tournament outing in Nottingham, England came to a conclusion Monday with a 60-year-old landlord from Leicestershire, Robert Baguely, taking the honours and the GBP 210,400 prize after besting a record turnout of 1,625 players at the Dusk Till Dawn poker club.
All the more remarkably, Baguely qualified for his seat in a GBP 100 Pokerstars satellite tourney, and started the final table action with the lowest chip stack.
It was a bitter disappointment for Iqbal Ahmed, who dominated the action from Day 2 onward and faced Baguely in the heads up, only to leave with the runner up prize of GBP 125,000.
At 1,625 players the Nottingham tournament boasted the biggest entry field ever in a Pokerstars sponsored live event, generating a prize pool of GBP 1.1 million.
Baguely, a regular player at Dust Till Dawn, said he had not expected to win, but was clearly delighted that he had, and against some excellent players to boot.
Going into the final table, Iqbal Ahmed held the chip lead, with Baguely the lowest man in chips at the table. Facing them were Grant Pirie, Barry McMahon, Hasmukh Khodiyara, Nick Woodward, James Cummings and Ian Senior.
The table took six hours to produce a winner, with Baguely and Ahmed battling it out in the heads up.