Monday, 28 June 2010
Femi Fakinle has won the latest leg of the PokerStars UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) in Kilkenny. The Wexford man outlasted a field of 253 runners to take a first prize of €63,400.
Fakinle went into the final table as the chip leader and was quite happy to play for big pots whenever the opportunity arose. This brave style saw him knock out a procession of players including Mike Hill in 8th, Philip Phu in 7th and Peter Barrable in 4th.After Germany's Jens Schukal was busted in third place it was left to Fakinle and fellow Irishman Aonghus Farrell to battle it out for the title. Fakinle went into heads up play as the chip leader but Farrell won a nice pot with pocket 10s over pocket 6s to put himself back in contention. The Wexford native ground his way back into a decisive advantage though but needed a bit of luck to finally seal the deal. The final hand saw a short stacked Farrell shove with K8 and Fakinle make the call with QJ. A king on the flop looked like prolonging the action but runner runner queen, jack gave Fakinle the title and with it a first prize of €63,400.Talking to the PokerStars blog in the aftermath of his victory Fakinle said, “I'm over the moon but I'm most excited about the fact I've won a seat to the EPT London, the chance to play against some of the best players in the world is something I'm looking forward to.”The final table positions and payouts were as follows:1. Femi Fakinle, Ireland €63,4002. Aonghus Farrell, Ireland €39,2003. Jens Schmukal, Germany €24,0004. Peter Barrable, Ireland €17,7005. Brian Downey, Ireland €14,6006. David Rowley, UK €12,1007. Philip Phu, UK €9,6008. Michael Hill, UK €7,4259. Conor Fennell, Ireland €5,600 The UKIPT now heads to the south coast of England for its next stop. The Rendezvous Casino is the venue for UKIPT Brighton which runs from 15th to 19th July 2010. Qualifiers are up and running at PokerStars.Image courtesy of Mickey May PokerStars.
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