Brits Thrive But Swede Steals Show at WPT UK

Another major poker title has been decided on British soil, this time at the World Poker Tour (WPT) event in Nottingham.

Simon Brandstrom WPT UK

Simon Brandstrom claims the top prize at the 2019 WPT UK festival. (Image: WPT/Flickr/Tomas Stacha)

Following on from the British Poker Open, WPT UK welcomed the great and the good from around the world.

Kicking off the festival with a win on October 3 was Jack Hardcastle. The young Englishman managed to outlast 1,355 entries to win the WPT UK Opener and £56,000.

Home Advantage Helps Brits

As local pros such as Paul Jackson, Simon Trumper and Richard Trigg joined the action, it wasn’t long before another Brit scooped a WPT title.

With Partypoker and host Dust Till Dawn helping to organise a tribute for Dave Ulliott (aka Devilfish), pros turned out in their hundreds.

All eager to pay homage to a fallen icon and raise money for charity, 209 entries were collected for the Devilfish Cup.

With the £800,000 guarantee broken, the aforementioned Trigg was able to turn his £4,300 buy-in into a £205,000 payday.

Just as it was looking like hometown heroes would dominate WPT UK, a Swedish pro had to upset the applecart.

WPT UK Main Event Title Heads Overseas

After 689 players took the felt in search of the WPT UK main event title, Simon Brandstrom soon emerged as the man to beat.

Having already won more than £1 million at EPT Barcelona in September, the Swede was in form heading to Nottingham. Emerging as the chip leader by the end of Day 3, Brandstrom took control during the final session on October 6.

Kicking open the elimination floodgates by ousting Paul Jackson, the EPT champ held his position as those around him fell. However, by the time just three remained, it looked as though Ryan Mandara was going to swoop in and win.

Things quickly changed though once the action was heads-up. Within six hands, Brandstrom caught his opponent bluffing on a 9♣7♣3♦4♣K♥.

Calling with 9♥7♠, the long-time pro raked in the final pot and added another £270,000 to his lifetime earnings.

WPT UK Main Event Result

1 – Simon Brandstrom – £270,000

2 – Ryan Mandara – £181300

3 – James Rann – £137,800

4 – Matthew Eardley – £105,100

5 – Maria Lampropulos – £80,500

6 – Paul Siddle – £62,100

7 – Manig Loeser – £47,800

8 – Leo Worthington-Leese – 37,600

9 – Paul Jackson – £29,400

As the main event came to a conclusion, Michael Tureniec closed out the festival by winning the WPTDeepstacks. With that, the curtain came down on another successful live poker event in the UK.

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