Vincent Meli – Photo Credit: Eloy Cabacas/Rational Intellectual Holdings Ltd.
Vincent Meli has gained the PokerStars UK and Ireland Poker Tour Nottingham essential occasion title hosted at Dusk Till Dawn. The French poker participant captured his first event win together with near $200,000 in prize cash. The 43-year-old has been residing in London for the previous 15 years, and he just lately made the swap from money video games to tournaments. This is his largest event rating since making that transition.
“It was perfect, nobody doubled up, players just busted one after the other. I knew I was probably going to be heads-up against Patrice. It was perfect to put pressure on the small stacks,” stated Meli to PokerStars reporters after the win. He continued, “You always dream of it, but when it doesn’t happen it takes time to have a score. You still believe, but you feel it’s far away. I didn’t even think about the possibility of winning, not even at the final table. I’m very glad.”
The £1,100 buy-in no-limit maintain’em event drew a discipline of 1,227 runners over 5 beginning flights (together with one flight that ran on the Hippodrome in London) to construct a complete prize pool of $1,444,248. The high 185 gamers took dwelling not less than $2,044 in prize cash, and Day 2 noticed that many gamers return to march all the way down to the ultimate 10.
Meli was fourth in chips initially of the ultimate day, and he scored a fast double by chip chief Matthew Bonham throughout early motion. He then overtook the chip lead when his quad queens topped a full home for Bonham to offer Meli the highest stack.
Meli completed the job in opposition to Bonham when he took him out in seventh place some time later. Meli bought again in on the motion once more by eliminating John Farrell in fifth place, and Thomas Middleton in fourth place.
Patrice Brandt then took out Andrew Tuxworth in third place to truly maintain the benefit initially of heads-up play. The counts had been 21 million for Brandt and 15.7 million for Meli to kick off the ultimate showdown for the title.
A deal was then struck between the ultimate two that gave Brandt the highest prize cash price £168,425, and Meli acquired £157,325. The gamers left £2,000 up high together with the trophy and title to play for ultimately.
Play continued for an additional hour with Meli taking the lead earlier than the ultimate hand performed out. That hand noticed Brandt get all in preflop with 33, and Meli had him lined holding Q6. The closing board was dealt A1045Q, and the queen on the river gave Meli the event win. Brandt took dwelling the bigger share of the prize cash as a pleasant comfort, and the German poker participant now holds greater than $900,000 in profession event earnings.
Here is a have a look at the payouts and POY factors awarded on the closing desk:
This occasion was the UKIPT season finale for 2023. Stay tuned for particulars on the 2024 season when they’re launched on the Card Player poker tournaments web page.