Robbie Bull Takes Down Nice Score at PokerStars UKIPT LondonTuesday, October 8th, 2013 by Ryan
With the PokerStars European Poker Tour London Main Event getting underway, we’ve seen quite a few different tournaments played, and two of those included the PokerStars UKIPT London Main Event, as well as the EPT London Super High Roller event. Both of those tournaments came to a close this past weekend on Sunday, and the Main Event winner ended up being a player from Scotland by the name of Robbie Bull. Bull was prepared for this big time final table that featured some excellent players, and he knew it was going to be a grind once he made it to that point. The UKIPT stop in London is probably one of the largest stops on the tour each year, and it definitely lived up to the hype yet again this year with a huge number of players jumping into the action for the Main Event, which featured a £1,100 buy-in.
In total, we saw 747 players buy-in to the event this year, and that meant that we had a prize pool of right around £750k, so first place was set to walk away with a very nice chunk of change. The event played all the way down to the heads up match on Sunday that featured Bull going up against Ian Simpson. The two sides decided that they were going to make a deal before the tournaments heads up match began, which helped out with the massive amount of tension and stress that comes along with playing for that much money you can imagine.
Simpson actually already had one major victory this year, and Bull, who is only 21 years old ended up taking his first every major tournament victory. What makes this win even crazier for those who are interested, is the fact that this means that this is the third consecutive year that we’ve seen the UKIPT London champion come from Scotland, and as you can imagine, the 21 year old is now the youngest champion to ever take down a win in the UKIPT. He also had quite a great tweet that came out after his win as well, which featured him saying: “Sweet jesus. Dream final table. Everything went my way. Can’t think straight right now. Thanks for all the support and messages ya legends.”
It’s safe to say that he was spot on about that final table. It was absolutely not an easy task to go up against these players, and it had three very well-known players from the United Kingdom in it, and this included Paul Zimbler, who had his record broken for longest poker session ever by Phil Laak, and two players who have been on top of their games recently and bringing in some very strong finishes in Ian Simpson and Sunny Chattha. Chattha actually just recently had a win at the GUKPT’s Manchester stop last month, and he actually beat out Simpson, who finished in 8th place on his way to that victory.
In his own right, Simpson has been on a complete roll too. He not only won the Irish Poker Open this year, which he finished 4th in last year, and with this 2nd place finish on Sunday he has officially brought in over $500k this year in live poker tournaments. The deal between Bull and Simpson, including Bull’s win, meant that Bull walked away with a pay day of £113,405, and Simpson pulled in a nice £106,869 for finishing in second place. Third place would go to Jack Salter for £59,125, fourth was taken by Lasse Forst for £44,635, fifth went to Dario Samartino for £35,360, sixth to Karl Mahrenholz for £26,736, seventh to Patryk Slusarek for £19,200, eighth went to the previously mentioned Zimbler for £13,115, and the first two eliminated from ten handed play were Sunny Chattha getting 10th for £8,480, and Jesse McKenzie getting ninth for £10,360.
There is much more tournament action coming our way over the next few months, and that of course includes the November Nine of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event, which is going to be a great final table. We’ll keep you updated on the action as the tournaments roll on.