Ludovic Geilich Triumphs At The UKIPT Marbella Event

Ludovic GeilichGoing into the final day, the table was set up as follows. Ludovic Geilich was the chip leader with 4,100,000 and the second placed player was Kamil Hrabia, who had 2,815,000 chips. In third place was Pablo Rojas who held 2,155,000 chips while in fourth place was Jorge Erguas Paniagua who had 2,095,000 chips. In fifth place was Asier Crespo, who had 1,410,000 chips while Fernando Curto was in 6th place with 1,190 chips. In 7th was Jonatan Soderstorm, the first player with less than 100,000 chips as he had 660,000 chips. In eighth place was Lucas Blanco, who had 440,000 chips.

The sixth placed player Fernano Curto was the first one to drop out and he received €12,820 for his efforts. The next player to exit was Jorge Erguaras who managed to pick up €17,580 for his work at the poker table. The next one to go was Jonathan Soderstrom and he received €23,800 for his work. The next player to crash out was Lucas Blanco who received €35,710 for taking part in the Marbella event.

Poker payout agreements were made

With three players left in the Marbella event, it was time for the players to sit down and work out a deal between them and after quite a bit of negotiating, there was agreement about what would be lined up for every player. Kamil Hrabia knew that he was getting a guaranteed €95,000, Pablo Rojas agreed to pick up €98,000 and Ludovic Geilich was playing for a guaranteed €116,000. There was still €14,000 up for grabs to play for which meant that the three remaining players had a further incentive to play for the big cash.

The notion of agreed payouts and agreements is something that not every poker player agrees with but when you consider the huge jump in payouts between the fourth placed player and the third player. With Lucas Blanco received around €35,000 for finishing fourth, you can see that Kamil Hrabia would be delighted to pick up a minimum of €95,000. Hrabia was the first to drop out but it had clearly been a lucrative trip for him and if the Marbella sunshine wasn’t enough of a benefit, the cash will have been a huge bonus.

UKIPT MarbellaThis meant that Pablo Rojas and Ludovic Geilich were in the final head to head and with a 3 to q chip lead established early on, Geilich remained in full control, eventually grinding out the win, the big money and the kudos of being a big poker title winner.

Geilich spoke to the UKIPT site after his triumph and it seemed that he was fairly pleased with himself and his triumph. When asked about how he felt about the in, Geilich said;

I don’t know really. I’m happy of course, but I’m dead mellow, I don’t go nuts like these guys. When I get knocked out I don’t get emotional. I’m out, I just leave. It feels good though.

It seems as though Geilich really enjoyed playing against Rojas in the head to head and he was quick to provide praise to his opponent.

What a gentleman, I really like the guy. I didn’t want to beat him heads-up, I wanted us both to win but that’s the deal. I’d have been devastated if I beat him with a bag of spanners. I didn’t want it to end like that.

While many of the poker players were looking forward to a big celebration, Geilich was more focused on catching up on sleep after what had been a tough few days of poker in Marbella!

Day 2 Of Marbella UKIPT Event Goes Well

UKIPT MarbellaGiven that over 760 poker players have taken part in the UKIPT Marbella event, it has been a great achievement to make it to the end of Day 2. Every player that has made it through to this level will be guaranteed of taking away a couple of thousand euros for their trouble but once you get to this stage, you want to keep going as much as possible. Of course, every poker player will say this and there will be a great deal of competition to make it to the big money stages.

One poker player that has given himself every chance of making it through to the big money positions at the UKIPT event in Marbella is Chris Derrick. This is because Chris is the chip leader at the end of Day 2 with 1,017,000 chips, making him the only player to smash through the million chip barrier at this stage. This will provide Chris with a bit of leeway but of course; this position is no guarantee of any future success or provides him with too much confidence about making it big in Marbella.

In saying that, Chris has shown that he has the skill, capabilities and nerve to do what it takes in this style of poker event. He managed to take fifth place in Edinburgh at the Main Event of the UKIPT leg in January of this year and then in February 2013, he grabbed a 25th place finish in Cork. This was for a small cash amount of €1,710 but with the Edinburgh success giving him over £20,000, Chris knows what it takes to be the player that walks away with a great deal of money at the end of a poker session. He knows he will be taking some cash away with him when he leaves Marbella but he will be looking to grab as much money as possible.

Plenty of poker chips left to play for

Chris Derrick

At the end of Day 2, the top ten ranked players in the tournament were, beginning with Chris Derrick at number one with 1,017,000 chips, as follows. In second place was Ludovic Geilich who held 689,000 chips while Miguel Abellan Hernando held 669,000 chips in third place. In fourth place was Lucas Blanco Oliver with 648,000 chips while Jesus Arroyo Rodriguez was in fifth spot with 602,000 chips. In 6th spot was Fernando Curto with 554,000 chips and in 7th place was Dara O’Kearney with 536,000 chips. In 8th place was Stuart McDonald with 528,000 chips, in 9th position was Renzo Cambianica with 519,000 chips and in 10th spot was James Mitchell with 473,000 chips.

The top 10 had two UK players and one Irish player as well as 4 Spanish, 1 German, 1 Italian and 1 Australian player. This is not a bad spread of events but the Marbella influence certainly came to the four with the 4 Spanish players although the 2 UK players and 1 Irish players help to keep the flavour of the UKIPT event alive.

Big Numbers For Day 1b Of UKIPT Marbella Event

UKIPT MarbellaEven though a great deal of the focus and attention on the ISPT Wembley event fell on the numbers (and lack of attendees), it would be fair to say that some poker events have been achieving great success with respect to pulling in the punters. This has definitely been the case at the Marbella UKIPT event, which says a lot for the reputation that the event has managed to develop for itself.

There were some eyebrows raised at the fact that the cap for Day 1B was being set at 350 but to be honest, plenty of poker events have announced lofty expectations. What really made a difference with this one came with the fact that the cap was smashed with 411 players getting involved with the second of the Day 1 events. This indicates that there is a great demand for live poker tournaments and even the fact that the UK and Irish Poker Tour took the bold move of getting out of the country and playing on foreign shores didn’t harm the turnout. In fact, it may even have brought about a great number of benefits!

A lot of poker players missed out

With 411 players taking part at the beginning of the event, it was inevitable that a lot of players had to be cut. By the end of Day 1B, there were 127 players making their way through to the Day 2 event. The chip leader on Day 1B also managed to grab the title of chip leader for the complete tournament. This prestigious title fell to Nick Boehler who was able to grab a total of 231,700 chops. We all know that a lead at the beginning of Day 2 counts for nothing but you’d rather have the chips than not have them so Nick will be playing on with a bit of confidence.

Leo MargetsGiven that so many players failed to make the cut from Day 1B, it was no surprise that a number of major names fell by the wayside. Leo Margets and Gregorz Mikiekewicz were knocked out, leaving them to think about what might have been. Given that the event is a UKIPT event, some of the big UK names still involved in the tournament include Surinder Sunar and Martins Aeniya, who will still be harbouring dreams of big success. Some poker players will be looking forward to the UKIPT Cork event in August but plenty of poker players still have high hopes for Marbella success.

Great First Day Main Event Poker Action In Marbella

UKIPT MarbellaThere was a lot of excitement and anticipation in the build-up to the Main Event of the UKIPT Marbella event. The fact that it was the curtain raiser of the season meant that there was always going to be interest but with this event being held outside of the UK, there was an added level of interest in how the event would go. The idea of jetting off to sunnier climes to enjoy some poker action is something that appeals to many people and if you were unable to make it to the Las Vegas for the WSOP, heading to Marbella seemed like a great compromise!

One player that was definitely glad that he made it to Marbella was Andrey Vladimirovich Shubin. If you are thinking that a poker player by the name of Andrey Vladimirovich Shubin is a strange name to be leading a UK and Irish Poker tour event you are right but it just goes to show the truly cosmopolitan nature of poker these days. It may be a UKIPT event but it is taking place on foreign soil and at the end of the first day, the leader was a Russian! This meant that there was something for everyone, regardless of where you hailed from!

Plenty of poker players involved in the Marbella madness

A total of 352 players were involved on the first day of Main Event at the Casino Marbella, which was a great return for an event that had a buy in of €1,100. There was a lot of poker action played out on the first day and that hardy bunch of poker players was whittled down to 133. This was a big drop but with 10 different 60 minute levels of play taking place, it was clear that this event was not messing about.

Andrey Vladimirovich Shubin managed to rack up 202,500 chips on the first day of play, which is a fairly confident amount when you consider that he started off with 20,000 chips. You can see why so many poker players were dropping out of the event at a fast rate when the top players were racking up chips at such a fast rate. While Shubin was the clear leader, there were some players that also managed to rack up a lot of chips from the first day of action. The player in second place was Robert Wybrew who managed to grab 181,000 chips while Pawel Keller, who hails from Poland held 152,700 chips. There was a UK representative in fourth place, always handy for a UKIPT event, and Chris Derrick was the lucky player who held 142,500 chips.

One of the players that many people were looking out for at the UKIPT Marbella event was Ondrej Vinklarek. The Czech player has developed a very strong reputation for online player and his username of “Vinkyy” has picked up a lot of cash and a lot of plaudits. Vinklarek has managed to bag more than $4m in online play. The fact that he has earned over $530,000 from live tournaments is a positive thing but it only goes to show how much success he has had in the online poker world.

Of course, Thursday provided another day for players to get involved with the 1B event and you can bet that some of the players who missed out on the Day 1A action or who were bombed out will make sure that they get involved this time. It was expected that more than 350 players would be involved for Day 1B, which certainly goes some way to indicating the popularity of this poker tournament.

Life Has Been Busy For Liv Boeree

Liv BoereeThe millions of poker players who juggle online playing with a job and real world responsibilities will no doubt be very envious of the poker playing professionals. The select few people that make a living out of playing poker are definitely people that are looked up to and respected. It should be noted that this is a tough old life with plenty of responsibilities but a quick look through Liv Boeree’s recent twitter timeline will tell you what fun it is. It is pretty hectic but it is definitely fun and this is what we should all be looking for in life.

The first of the month fell on a Saturday but there was no easy opportunity for Liv to ease herself into the month. In the morning she was off and running in the 10km Race For Life and Liv was delighted to get around the course in 52 minutes. Given that she was expecting to take more than an hour, this was a definite triumph and it should be seen as being well worth the training the effort. Liv managed to raise a great deal of money for charity, which is the main point of these events.

Trouble struck when Liv tried to play

After the race, there wasn’t much time to kill as Liv was taking part in a $5 + $5 Race For Life charity poker tournament. The fact that the tournament, which was supporting Cancer Research UK, want starting until 7pm should have bought Liv enough time to get ready for the tournament but as her twitter followers found out, this wasn’t to be the case!

Liv was late for her own event as she was stuck in Central London at the time. In this day and age you’d think that logging in on your mobile or tablet device would mean you could play poker anywhere but there was one slight problem with this. Liv had left her computer at home and she was logged in there, which prevented her from logging in on any other device!

Liv eventually got it all sorted and although she entered the tournament late, she still managed to battle her way through to a third place finish! This was not a bad effort at all.

World War ZThe following day was a bit more relaxing as she got to see the world premiere of World War Z but it wasn’t all great news for Liv as she had to put up with a live performance from Muse, which is never a good thing.

With a weekend like this, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Liv was looking forward to a quiet week but before you know it, on Tuesday she was heading off on a plane to Las Vegas for the WSOP! The weather in London took a turn for the better when she was leaving, which is always annoying but anyone flying off to Vegas cannot be envious about what is being left behind.

There was no time to waste though and by Wednesday the 5th of June, Liv was in action with the $1,500 PLH game being her first taste of the 2013 WSOP. This jaunt across the Atlantic meant that Liv was missing out on the sunshine poker break in Marbella for the first leg of the new UKIPT season but you can forgive her missing out on that! Also, with her twitter pictures of her spending a lovely Vegas morning in Red Rock Canyon, you get the feeling that she never really missed out on too much.
There is still plenty of poker to be played at the WSOP and hopefully Liv can keep powering on to success at some point.

Marbella Is Set To Become A Little Piece Of The UK Next Week

UKIPT MarbellaWe’ve finally been getting a run of good weather in the UK, which is about time, but even with that in mind, you know it doesn’t take a long time for all of that to change. This is why there is always a good reason to head abroad. However, when the reason to head abroad is based on not only the sun but on poker as well, there is going to be an awful big queue of folk who are keen to head away from British shores and off to sunnier climes.

The ironic thing is that this big tour event outside of the UK is actually for the UKIPT! Yes, it is all thanks to the United Kingdom and Irish Poker tour that plenty of poker players are digging out their passports, their sunblock and are looking to bring their A-game to the poker table. It is not as if anyone really needs an excuse to head to Marbella for some summer time fun in June but the big Marbella event, which comes with the additional backing of PokerStars is definitely something that will be of benefit to plenty of UK poker players.

Roll on season 4 of the UKIPT

This event is the first in the 4th season of the UKIPT and with Marbella being the home for so many ex-pats, it is a perfect opportunity for poker players to combine sunshine with poker. It seems as though there is going to be a lot of local British people getting involved but you also know that there are poker players boarding a plane even at this moment in the UK and Ireland. The main poker focus may be falling on Las Vegas at the moment thanks to the WSOP event but that is not the sort of event that everyone is going to be able to enjoy or participate in. Sometimes it is better to know your level when it comes to poker and the UKIPT event is definitely going to be of interest to plenty of poker players.

There will be a good few folk hanging around the Casino Marbella this weekend but they would be advised to catch as much of the sun as possible because when it comes to Monday the 10th of June, they may not get to see as much of the sun as they would like to for a week. This is because the festival of poker starts on Monday and even though there will still be a few more days to wait until the Main Event gets underway, there is definitely a great opportunity to start playing poker and get your form right for the major events that everyone will be gunning for.

ESPT MarbellaThe Main Event is a joint event between the UKIPT and the Estrellas Poker Tour (ESPT) and it will run from the 12th of June to the 16th of June. The event is going to be a €1,000 +€100 buy-in event but with satellite events taking place now, you won’t have to pay that price if you are smart, talented or lucky enough. There are plenty of great side events to look out for too and if you are feeling flush with money on your holiday, the High Roller event is going to be one that will catch your eye. There is definitely something for everyone and while it may seem like a waste to spend so much time indoors when there is great weather to be enjoyed, the thrill and excitement that comes with playing poker for big cash is definitely something that will appeal to plenty of folk.

Perhaps mindful of the general attire when people from the UK and Ireland go abroad on their summer holidays, the event has a strict dress code. Poker players have been reminded that the dress code for the event is smart casual and players are not to wear shorts, vests and there will definitely be no flip flops allowed. There are likely to be a good few flops this week during the poker tournament but as long as there are no flip flops, things should be just fine in Marbella for the UKIPT season opener.

Support Liv Boeree In The Race For Life

Liv BoereeWhen some people think of poker players, they think of rich people who have a hard gaming edge and very little worries or cares about other people. It is funny how a few films, a few TV characters and perhaps one or two bad stories from real life can make people feel a certain way about a group of people. The thing about poker players is that they are no different from any other group of people in real life. There are good folk and there are bad folk. There are folk who enjoy a lot of good times and there are people who have suffered genuine heartache and loss in their life. When it comes to poker players, there is nothing different about them and any other group in the world.

With the possible exception of how much they like poker…and then the group of poker players wins hands down!

Anyone who thinks that poker players are a bit heartless should check out what Liv Boeree is up to this weekend. Anyone involved in the poker circuit knows that Liv is a good character who has certainly taken a lot of blows and criticism in her time but to her eternal credit, she has delivered it back at the same rate. On Saturday the 1st of June, Liv is taking part in the Race For Life to help PokerStars play a part in supporting Cancer Research UK.

Super Liv can fit it all in

Liv has had a fairly busy poker schedule of late but she took time to speak to the PokerStars blog to promote her run, saying;

My training has been much briefer than I’d like it to have been. I’ve just tried to squeeze in a quick run when I can. That said, I ran 7km the other day, and it wasn’t too bad, so I’m feeling quietly confident I’ll make it round.

Liv, like most of us in the UK, have personal reasons to want to support the fight against cancer, as she explained;

I have lost a few family members to cancer, sadly – three of my grandparents. My remaining grandma is a breast cancer survivor, so it’s very important to carry on the great work Cancer Research UK is doing.

Race For Live Logo

Liv is running in the Race For Life and she can be sponsored on her Just Giving page or you can tweet her a message of support before she gets under starters orders. PokerStars is also running a special Liv $5+$5 Race For Life tournament on Saturday the 1st of June. The event starts at 8pm on Saturday night and this means Liv will be running and playing on the same day, proving what a star she really is. There will then be further Race For Life tournaments taking place during the rest of the week as PokerStars gets fully behind this very worthy cause. There is also going to be a freeroll event on Sunday the 2nd of June and for every player that takes part, PokerStars will donate $1 to the charity.

UK Players Were Big SCOOP Winners

PokerStars SCOOP 2013You certainly won’t find too many UK poker players complaining about the recent PokerStars SCOOP extravaganza. There has been a two week fiesta of poker with players playing from the comfort of their own home or wherever they decide to play poker. Not every poker player from the UK has been a winner, that would be impossible but the fact that so many British poker players have triumphed has to be seen as huge achievement. Any player looking for encouragement to get involved more with online tournaments will hopefully have picked up a lot from what SCOOP has provided this month.

It has to be said that the statistics are highly impressive. In total, there were 48,746 entrants from the United Kingdom at the SCOOP events. This saw the UK being ranked as the fourth highest represented nation or entity in the entire tournament. When you take in population sizes, this is a great return and it goes a long way to indicating the level of love that we have for poker on these shores.

There were a lot of wins for UK poker players

There was great joy for the UK players in the amount of events won. There were a total of 19 triumphs for the UK players and this was the highest number of wins for any nation! This may mean that it wasn’t always the biggest events that were won by the Brits but for some players, winning any online tournament would be the biggest thrill of their poker playing career so the more event triumphs the better to be honest!

With respect to cash places, the UK managed a total of 6,482 cash finishes. This put them in fourth place with respect to cashing out and when you think that we had the fourth level of entrants too, this shows a level of consistency.

If you are the sort of player that likes to focus on making the final table, you will be delighted to know that in total, there were 107 UK players who managed to make their way to the final table of events. This placed the UK third with respect to the national rankings for final table places.

Of course, for some people, it is all about the money and anyone looking to find what UK poker earned at SCOOP are in for a treat. In total, $8,754,363.06 was picked up by UK players, which is a huge sum of money and there is a lot to be proud of in the poker success found at the SCOOP event.

Things Have Been A Little Bit Hectic For Liv Boeree Of Late

Liv BoereeOne of the things that poker players know all about is that life can get a little troubling at times. There is a need to focus on poker and tournaments but of course, there are plenty of other things that can get in the way. It can be hard enough to juggle proper life and poker for most people and it is not any easier for professional poker players either. Liv Boeree is a top poker player, well known in the UK for her PokerStars work and for TV presenting.

PokerStars is getting behind a great cause

She is currently extending herself at the moment to prepare properly for the Race For Life event she is involved with at this weekend. This is a great cause and Liv is hoping to raise funds and also raise awareness for a very good cause. With so many people in the UK being affected by cancer in one way or another, there is no doubt that many people will be very proud of Liv and her Twitter feed has indicated how hard she has been preparing for the event. With her race scheduled for this weekend (Saturday the 1st of June), she will no doubt be in the final stages of her preparation but of course, she needs to keep her hand in for poker too.

PokerStars LogoAs part of the overall PokerStars commitment to the cause, she will be playing in an online poker event on the same day as her race so there will no real opportunity to unwind and relax in comfort after the big race. Then again, this is pretty much the life for most online poker players. Sometimes poker is all about fitting games in as and when you have free time and again, plenty of poker players across the country will know exactly what Liv is going through.

She has kept up her poker playing by getting involved with the PokerStars SCOOP tournament but she has not really had much luck at this festival of poker. There have been plenty of great success stories for UK poker players at the event but Liv was not one of the lucky ones.

Her Twitter followers were the first to know that Liv had bubbled or near bubbled 6 satellites for the 10,000 Main Event and in the end she decided that enough was enough. The Netflix release of the fourth series of Arrested Development was calling her and she decided that she was going to spend her time watching all of the new episodes as opposed to becoming more frustrated by online poker. It is something that we have all felt at times and no doubt poker players across the UK felt a string affinity for Liv Boeree in taking this decision. Sometimes you just have to know when to say no more!

Even More UK Success With SCOOP

Bertrand GrospellierThere have been plenty of UK poker players making it big with SCOOP and the list seems to be growing bigger all the time. This is great news because the more UK and Irish poker success, the better. Anything which encourages people to play or gives people an incentive to get involved with poker has to be seen as a good thing. It can be all too easy for people to think that they’ll never win an online poker event but someone has to win them and if you don’t get involved, you will never get the chance to see if you can win!

Event number 36 at SCOOP was the No Limit Hold ‘Em 1R1A event and there were UK players grabbing cash here. The low buy-in events at SCOOP have been very popular but there has still been UK player rising to the upper reaches of the tournaments. One player who has experienced a great run of form of late is “BubsenMan” as he has grabbed 14 cash wins of late. The latest of which was a 12th placed finish in this event and this saw him grab $2,360.91. However, one UK player managed to do better with “GodsTeacher” finishing in a very credible seventh place. This placing saw him pick up $9,229.02.

The medium level event also saw some British player and poker players who call the UK their home rank very highly. Rhys Jones finished in 19th and the player known as “reecelfc69” came 25th. However, the main player with a UK link was Bertrand Grospellier, who finished 10th, not a bad position for the Team PokerStars professional player to be in.

Some big UK success stories to be proud of

Rory Matthews

The High Event also saw UK success as “vindog03” finished 14th grabbing some much needed cash while Rory Matthews managed to grab his 14th cash place in the tournament. He finished seventh overall, which was enough to see him earn $40,640.

There was a big prize in event number 40 which was the No Limit Heads-Up High Roller event when Ben Warrington, who has the online name of “KidCardiff6” managed to win in the Medium event. This success ensured that he was bagging over $90,000 which was definitely a great prize!

There was a cash prize at the SCOOP Main Event for Victoria Coren too. She was keeping her twitter followers up to date with her progress and she was very relieved to make it through to the cash stages. She played in 3 SCOOP events and this Main Event was her first cash finish, so it was definitely worth tweeting about! She was knocked out quickly after the bubble but picking up over $1,600 is enough to justify taking part in this event.

There has been a great deal of success at the SCOOP event and even if you don’t get involved with the poker tournaments now, you have to be thinking about getting involved at some point!