Tuesday March 12,2013 : SERGIO AIDO WINS UK POKER HONOURS
Young Spanish poker pro is on a roll this year
Not content with a great performance in the European Poker Tour Prague, and a $365,000 top spot in the World Poker Tour National in Barcelona, 24-year-old Spaniard Sergio Aido added the UKIPT Grand Final to his list of victories this week, boosting his bankroll by a further GBP 144,555.
Starting the final table on the low stacks side, Aido survived challenges from players like UK aces Thomas Ward, Patrick Simcoe, and Philippe Souki, along with Belgians Wil Neys and Guy Goossens, Chris Dowling from Ireland and fellow Spaniard Cesar Garcia.
Holding the chip lead, Aido faced Thomas Ward in the heads up, at the start of which the duo agreed a two-way chop that left GBP 20,000 on the table for the ultimate winner.
The heads up was a brief but exciting affair which saw Aido quickly victorious and taking home the main prize, leaving Ward with a still impressive second placing worth GBP 116,845.
An add-on to Aido's win was a seat in the Champion of Champions event, but he did not fare so well in that competition, finishing ninth on a tough nine-man table populated by talented champs from the UKIPT stops this season.
Richard Evans took the honours on the table, earning himself free entry to all of next season's UKIPT events.