Simon Brandstrom does it again after winning main event

by Charlotte Lee Last Updated
Simon Brandstrom does it again after winning main event

Simon Brandstrom has emerged victorious in the World Poker Tour (WPT) champion in the UK main event held at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn.

His win was with a start-to-finish lead where he entering the final day as chip leader and controlling the play all the way.

Brandstrom’s win follows his victory at EPT Barcelona in September, according to Cards Chat.

With a field of 681 players, the third and final day saw the 9 remaining players guaranteed winnings of $36,000 with the grand prize at a rather handsome $330,000.

Brandstrom did have formidable opposition within star German player Manig Loeser and regular local contender Paul Jackson on the final table.

However, Jackson was unable to build any momentum on the final table, finishing in 9th position and $36,000. Loeser was unable to do much better, bowing out in 7th position earning $58,500.

The top four contestants played the slow game where it took as many as 60 hands to eliminate fourth placed contestant Matthew Eardley, with Ryan Mandara doing so via a A♣9♠.

Mandara was able to pick off another opponent in James Rann to enter a heads-up contest with Brandstrom.

Brandstrom was able to seize some early pots which helped him establish the ascendancy over Mandara. After six hands of heads-up battle, Mandara went all-in on the river which saw Brandstrom follow and prevail with two pairs to Mandara’s nil return.

The board showed, 9♣7♣3♦4♣K♥, with Brandstrom calling with a 9♥7♠ and Mandara having  aJ♠T♣.


WPT UK Main Event Results

  1. Simon Brandstrom – $330,000 (winner)
  2. Ryan Mandara – $221,650
  3. James Rann – $168,500
  4. Matthew Eardley – $128,500
  5. Maria Lampropulos – $98,500
  6. Paul Siddle – $76,000
  7. Manig Loeser – $58,500
  8. Leo Worthington-Leese – $46,000
  9. Paul Jackson – $36,000

Brandstrom’s victory sees him become the first player to win both a WPT Deep Stacks tournament and WPT Main Tour title.

His career earnings to date stand at $2,585,594, which see him 764th on the all-time money list and 12th all-time for Sweden.

Later this week, the World Series of Poker Europe commences, held between October 13 and November 4 at Kings Resort Rozvadov in the Czech Republic.

This year, there will be a huge €5 million guarantee on the WSOP Europe Main Event, with a €10,350 buy-in. Kings have given away more than 100 seats to the WSOPE Main Event over the past 12 months, which will ensure a diverse mix of participants in the field.

With three weeks of non-stop poker action, the schedule has a variety of events to please the poker enthusiast.

Buy-ins range from only €350 up to a staggering €250,000 Super High Roller with fifteen WSOP bracelets set to be awarded during the stop.

Newer events added by Kings and the WSOP include a €250,000 Super High Roller event, a €2,500 Short Deck tournament, plus €2,500 and €25,000 8-Game events.

According to WSOP Vice President Jack Effel “coming off the success of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, we took another look at the initial WSOPE schedule and felt we could enhance it” he said.

“Leon [Tsoukernik] and his team have been great partners for WSOP Europe and while the dates of the 2019 event haven’t changed, we were able to find some room to add some exciting new events that will drive bigger prize pools and keep players busy.”

With a host of different events on offer for the avid poker player, the Kings Resort is set for a busy period of international poker play.

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