Duncan McLellan wins his second United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) title after overcoming a field of 1,223 players at Dusk till Dawn (DTD) in Nottingham.
The rather unlikely name of Duncan McLellan has become the first player from the UK to win two UKIPT Main Event titles, and only the fourth worldwide, after taking down the UKIPT Main Event in Nottingham.
1,223 players made sure that there would be no egg on the organizers face as the £1m guaranteed prize pool was smashed in record breaking style with £1,223,000 accrued over six days of poker in Rob Yong’s Dusk till Dawn (DTD) card room.
183 players got paid and amongst the most notable were Ben Carpenter (14th), Ben Vinson (15th), Sebastien Saffari (25th), Steve Watts (40th) and Tom Middleton (52nd), but the main bulk of the cash was reserved for McLellan who took home £202,372 just seven months after capturing the £94,090 first prize, when he defeated the PokerStars Pro Fatima Moreira De Melo, in the main event of UKIPT Isle of Man.
The final table was a whizz, bang wallop affair, with McLellan needing only 3hrs and 49mins to take the title with six of the final seven eliminations all coming at his hand.
Ramey Shaio was the first to feel the wrath of McLellan, when his pocket fours failed to win a flip against the AQ of the eventual champion, and Anthony Flynn was next when QJhh hit a queen to overcome the slight lead that A7o held against him.
The Spaniard, Juan Benito, lost his fatal flip against McLellan, before the starting day chip leader, and favorite, Willie Elliot, ran his boat into the unforgiving cliff that was McLellan’s quad aces.
Trevor Pearson was quickly dispatched in third, and that left McLellan, and a commanding chip lead, to square off against Angelo Milioto for the win. The pair cut a deal that saw McLellan lock up £168,372, Milioto £143,728 and £34,000 to play for, and it went the way of McLellan after he hit a straight whilst Milioto held trip sixes to finish the action with a cooler.
“I want to go out to Vegas and play the main event but I’ll be back on the scaffold tomorrow.” McLellan told the PokerStars blog after his win.
Final Table Payouts
1st. Duncan McLellan – £218,300
2nd. Angelo Milioto – £127,800
3rd. Trevor Pearson – £89,900
4th. Willie Elliot – £67,000
5th. Ryan Spittles – £51,700
6th. Juan Benito – £38,400
7th. Anthony Flynn – £29,300
8th. Ramey Shaio – £20,800
The UKIPT now heads to the sunny coast of Marbella June 11th – 15th as a nice alternative for those not heading out to a certain desert in the state of Nevada.