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Gareth Walker Wins UKIPT Nottingham

Walker Runs Over UK's Largest Ever Poker Field

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Gareth Walker. Credit: Neil StoddartGareth Walker has won the largest live poker tournament in the UK, the PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) Nottingham.

The £500 buy-in main event attracted a massive 1,058 players from 39 countries who in turn created a total prize pool of £529,000. Walker took the £109,000 first prize after he rid the event of his final obstacle, Brett Angell.

Trading chips back and forth, the final hand came around 5 a.m. today when Walker moved all in with 9Club Suit 6Club Suit and hit a flush versus Angell’s pocket tens. Angell took home £68,700 for his runner-up finish.

Here are the final results and payouts:

1. Gareth Walker (UK) £109,000
2. Brett Angell (UK) £68,700
3. Romano Pizzo (Italy) £40,750
4. Tim Bettingen (Germany) £31,700
5. Mike Hill (UK) £24,350
6. Chris Dowling (Ireland) £19,050
7. Thomas Rolfe (UK) £13,750
8. David Heaton (UK) £7,950
9. Ian Gilchrist (UK) £5,800

The UKIPT pulls into Manchester next, on Mar. 10, for its £500 main event with £200,000 guaranteed.