The Pokerstars UKIPT was back in London with a bang this month, and the £1,100 Main Event saw a really healthy turnout with 645 entrants over the course of three epic day 1s, putting together a prize pool of over £690,000.

The beloved venue, the London Hippodrome played host to the stellar event, and was thronged with buzzing poker action for days in a schedule which featured a £2k High Roller, a Ladies Event and more. 

In the end it was British poker player James Rann who would take down the £86,568 first prize (negotiated after a three-way ICM chop left around £8k to play for), defeating Lithuanian Lukas Dimsa heads-up to secure the victory. 

How the Action Went Down

Rann came into three-handed play with the short stack, but by name, he 'rann' good when it counted and took down the event! The conclusive hand saw a limped pot preflop, with Dimsa checking back against Rann’s limp and blinds up at an eye-watering 125k / 250k with a 250k bb ante

The players looked up to see a flop of 963 confronting them. Both seemed to like it as Rann bet at it for 250k following Dimsa’s check, only to see Dimsa check-raise to 800k

Rann called to see a 6 fall on the turn, and Dimsa continued for a valiant 1.6 million chips. Rann stuck around and the 3♣ fell on the river, at which Dimsa slowed his roll and checked it. 

For Rann this was the signal to go all-in with his last 3.6 million and Dimsa audibly sighed before calling off. Dimsa showed down 74 for a flopped baby flush, but Rann had the A♠6♠, meaning that he had hit runner, runner to achieve a full house, sixes backed with threes. 

This must have been soul-crushing for Dimsa after that flop had him at 97% to win the hand.

An epic hand to conclude an epic poker tournament, and much fun was had by all (even the losers!)

2022 UKIPT Main Event Results 

1James RannUnited Kingdom£86,569
2Lukas DimsaLithuania£80,282
3Rickie VedharaUnited Kingdom£80,204
4Joshua BoultonUnited Kingdom£40,960
5Alexios ZervosGreece£31,511
6Julien SitbonFrance£24,242
7Kully SidhuUnited Kingdom$18,644
8Lorenc BociAlbania£14,341
9Antoine SaoutFrance£11,028

Rann, Dimsa and Vedhara agreed to an ICM deal. The winner played for the title and £8,732.

We look forward to many more amazing stops on the UKIPT Regional Tour!

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Image thanks to Pokerstars and Danny Maxwell

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