Brazilian bests Brits in Edinburgh

Brazilian bests Brits in Edinburgh

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Despite British pre-final favourites Jamie Sykes and David Vamplew attracting the support of the crowd, it was Brazilian player Nicolau Villa-Lobos who has claimed the first UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) title of 2013.

Having waded his way through 611 players at the Edinburgh event, Villa-Lobos managed to parlay his £770 entry fee into an impressive £101,000.

The final got off to a good start yesterday afternoon for Villa-Lobos as noted English pro Sykes hit the rail in sixth place.

With one tournament titan down, Villa-Lobos then watched as Chris Derrick hit the rail before he sent Edinburgh native and former UKIPT winner David Vamplew to the rail in fourth place.

With just three players left, the momentum was firmly with Villa-Lobos and, despite having a major heart operation just six years ago, the Brazilian didn’t falter under the pressure as he moved into a heads-up battle with Vladislav Donchev.

A seven-to-one chip lead for Villa-Lobos was enough for Villa-Lobos to pressure his opponent into submission after just a few hands.

A simple call of Donchev’s all-in put Villa-Lobos in a commanding position with A-Q. The dealer failed to produce a much needed slice of luck for Donchev’s Q-7, leaving Villa-Lobos to claim the biggest win of his career.

Villa-Lobos stated that he 'had spirit and very good vibrations from my friends in Brazil' with a lot of these 'supporting me a lot and sending me messages'.

"I’m happy, very happy," said Villa-Lobos.

Edinburgh UKIPT final standings:

1: Nicolau Villa-Lobos (Brazil) — £101,000

2: Vladislav Donchev (Bulgaria) — £61,000

3: Przemyslaw Dajer (Poland) — £37,400

4: David Vamplew (United Kingdom) — £27,350

5: Chris Derrick (United Kingdom) — £21,150

6: James Sykes (United Kingdom) — £17,000

7: Guido Braye (Netherlands) — £12,850

8: Christian Bergstrom (Sweden) — £9,750

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Tags: Jamie Sykes, Brazil, David Vamplew, Nicolau Villa-Lobos, UKIPT, Scotland, Edinburgh