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    Jonathan Schuman claims UKIPT6 Marbella title and €96,159


    Jonathan Schuman - the latest UKIPT champion

    At the start of the festival we wondered if the UK and Ireland could find an equaliser. This is the fourth collaboration of the UKIPT and Estrellas poker tours in Marbella and coming into this event Spain were leading 2-1. 

    Well now we have the answer and it's a resounding yes as 47 year-old property developer Jonathan Schuman has won the UKIPT6 Marbella main event and €96,159. Perhaps though the score is more 2.5-1.5. Marbella is Schuman's home from home, and this casino as familiar to him as the Vic in his native London. This is his biggest tourney win, but Schuman has been playing live two or three times a week for 30 years, which is usually all the time he can fit around his property development business.    


    For so long it was Strong's tournament to lose

    For so long this final table was about Rodrigo Strong. The Brazilian came in as the chip leader and only lost the lead for a short time. Indeed by the time play was three-handed the LAPT9 Chile champion was back in charge. Play paused to discuss a deal and a chip chop deal, which left €10,000 to play for, was quickly agreed and Strong had secured the largest slice of the pie, €110,653 to be exact.

    The deal was to be his downfall though as on the first hand after it'd been struck he'd lose a tournament defining pot to Janssens. You suspect he wouldn't have four-bet jammed [Jc][7c] without the safety net of the deal and Janssens may not have been as quick as he was to call with [Ac][Kd]. By the river Janssens' full-house had seen Rodrigo's tournament come crashing down. "If we hadn't done a deal he'd have won it!" said Schuman after the tournament was over.

    He was left with just 12 big blinds and got them in soon afterwards with pocket kings. Schuman called with [As][5d] and flopped an ace to send him to the rail. The Brazilian was still smiling though and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the tournament


    Heads-up play begins

    That left us heads-up and the two players had taken very different paths to reach this stage. In the red corner was Janssens, he'd eliminated the first three players at the final table and been the only player to hold the chip lead apart from Strong. He actually began with a chip deficit with Schuman starting with a two million chip lead (12 big blinds). 

    The Englishman had entered the final table fourth in chips and seemed intent on preserving his stack rather than increasing it. But you sense he didn't care one bit. He was intent on being around for any deal negotiations (and he was). "I just didn't want to go out in 8th, so anything from 7th upwards, I was happy.  So now, it's an incredible feeling," he told the PokerStars Blog.

    When Schuman did play a big pot, he had a big hand. We didn't really see him move a chip until play was four handed. At this point his jacks held to double up against Strong's ace-queen and for the first time he had chips and you sensed he wasn't going to part with them easily.


    Schuman worked hard to get chips and to keep them

    Whilst that hand with jacks got him back in the game, another hand with jacks was his tournament defining pot. He shoved with the hooks and Janssens snap called with aces. A jack on the flop gave Schuman a huge pot. If the bullets had held Janssens would've had 90% of the chips in play and Schuman would've been on the rail.

    As is was Schuman would be the one who'd send Janssens to the rail. The Englishman had stretched out to a 2:1 chip lead by the time of the final hand. Janssens three-bet all-in for 38 big blinds with [Ad][Jd] but Schuman had him dominated with [Ah][Kh] and the board ran clean to give him the win.


    Janssens played a major role in the final table story

    As alluded to above Janssens played a major part in this final table, particularly in the opening stages as he eliminated three players in a row.

    First to go was Nikola Ristivojevic, the Serbian shoved his final 13 big blinds with [Ac][Ts] and lost a race to the Dutchman's pocket nines. The physical therapist is used to helping cure aliments but he was only bringing the pain at this final table and Armin Zoike can attest to that. He had his pocket kings cracked by Janssens' [Qd][Jd] one queen on the flop and another on the turn doing the damage.


    First out at the final table


    Zoike had his kings cracked

    Thirty minutes later Janssens had his third scalp and he didn't need any help from the poker gods this time around. Michal Ozimek three-bet jammed for 12 big blinds with [Ad][9d] and Janssens snap called with [Ac][Qh]. Two diamonds on the flop gave the Pole a big sweat but he bricked the turn and river.


    A missed flush cost Ozimek

    When play was five handed a deal was discussed but negotiations broke down when Milos Skrbic rejected the terms. Not 15 minutes later he was out. A limp jam from the small blind with [As][7s] went wrong as he ran into Strong's pocket aces to bust in fifth.


    Skrbic jammed into aces to bust

    Strong's ascension back to the chip lead was complete when he took out Alexander Voytko in fourth. It was (almost) a classic race as Voytko's pocket nines got run down by Strong's [Kh][Qh] when a king flopped.


    Fourth place for Voytko

    That's when the deal happened and when the tournament really began for Schuman. Having blended into the background for much of the final table he suddenly came to the fore and tonight he's the player who can proudly say he's the latest UKIPT main event champion.

    Here are the official results:

    UKIPT6 Marbella main event 
    Players: 844
    Buy-in: €1,000 + €100 
    Places paid: 127 
    Total prize pool: € 810,240

    1Jonathan SchumanUnited Kingdom  € 96,159*
    2Bob JanssensNetherlands € 101,238*
    3Rodrigo StrongBrazil € 110,653*
    4Alexander VoytkoIsrael € 48,610
    5Milos SkrbicSerbiaPokerStars Qualifier € 38,320
    6Michal OzimekPoland  € 28,680
    7Armin ZoikeGermanyPokerStars Qualifier € 20,175
    8Nikola RistivojevicSerbiaPokerStars qualifier € 14,180
    *Denotes three handed deal

    You can catch up on all the final table action here and see each and everyone of the 127 in the money finishers here.

    The next UKIPT event is the £500+£50 Super Series and it takes place at PokerStars LIVE! at The Hippodrome Casino August 31st-September 4th. Satellites will begin in early July, keep an eye on the @UKIPT twitter account for an announcement about those satellites.

    But from all the team in Marbella we hope you've had a wonderful time at the UKIPT's annual summer holiday. But for now buenas noches from Marbella.


    PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at UKIPT6 Marbella: Marc Convey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May and Rene Velli. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog

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    APPT10 Manila: The Guide

    PokerStars LIVE Manila is ready and set for the highly anticipated APPT Manila Season 10 poker festival which takes place at the luxurious City of Dreams Manila from July 28 to August 8!

    Last year, the tour's annual Philippines leg took a giant step in cementing its place as a must-play event on the Asia poker circuit. The poker festival went from 558 total entrants in 2014 to a massive 2,769! In fact, the ₱50,000 Main Event alone surpassed the 2014 figures with 585 runners.

    Aaron Lim and Team PS Pro Yaxi Zhu_27july16.jpgAaron Lim and Yaxi Zhu

    With big fields comes big money and last year's prize pools totalled more than ₱52 million (USD $1.1 million). This time promises to be even bigger and better!

    WARMING UP (July 28-31)

    If you're fortunate enough to make the opening weekend of the 12-day schedule then you don't want to miss out on the Warm-up event which comes with a ₱3 million prize pool guarantee.

    Last year, Singapore's Alex Lee took down the opener for a payday of over ₱1 million. The ₱10,000 buy-in tournament drew 570 entrants for a prize pool of nearly ₱5 million!

    HIGH ROLLER (August 3-4)

    Norwegian poker pro Henrik Tollefsen won last season's ₱200,000 High Roller after defeating a 33-player field. However, the 2-day event has now moved to the eve of the Main Event to position itself to grow substantially from its ₱6 million prize pool.

    "The change has received a lot of positive feedback so we're expecting the High Roller to see one of the biggest increases amongst all the events in the poker festival," said poker room manager Gerardo 'Hill' Alim.

    MAIN EVENT (August 4-8)

    ₱50,000 buy-in. 585 players. 41 different countries. ₱25,535,250 prize pool.

    That's the stat line for last year's APPT Manila Main Event making it the Philippines' biggest international poker tournament in history. There's simply no event at USD $1,000+ buy-in in the country that remotely comes close to producing those kind of numbers.

    With another year under its belt, PokerStars LIVE Manila is primed for yet another huge turnout and Season 10 may very well shatter those already-impressive figures.

    The man to watch will surely be Aussie poker pro Aaron Lim who won the Main Event last year - becoming the first, and only, two-time APPT winner. Lim has confirmed his attendance for APPT Manila and he's in good form after recently winning the APPT Seoul High Roller event.

    Live and online satellites to the Main Event are now running.

    Full the complete APPT Manila schedule please visit the APPT website.

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    * Day 4 will play down to a winner
    * Prize pool: $721,665; 1st place: $138,225
    * 8 players of 553 entries remain

    12:10pm: Play begins
    Level 25 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 4,000)

    The final table has begun! There are about 36 minutes left to go in Level 25. Again, a reminder of where everyone is seated and the stacks to start. --MH

    1Austin PeckUSA1,351,000
    2Anderson Blanco Colombia1,225,000
    3Ruben SuarezVenezuela 1,477,000
    4Paul CukierCosta Rica 1,341,000
    5Alcides Gomez USA562,000
    6Raul PaezSpain2,580,000
    7Andres Carrillo Colombia659,000
    8Aaron MermelsteinUSA1,802,000

    11:30am: Final table player profiles

    From 553 entries just eight players remain with a chance to become the next LAPT Main Event champion. Play gets underway in about half an hour, which gives you plenty of time to get to know the final eight with these quick introductions:

    Seat 1: Austin Peck, USA -- 1,351,000

    Though he won't be turning 21 until this August, Austin Peck has already had plenty of experience at the tournament tables where he's been collecting cashes steadily for the last couple of years playing in places where the playing age is 18 and up. 

    In the USA he's cashes on several different tours, the highlight coming this February when he won a WSOP Circuit ring in an event at West Palm Beach. A couple of weeks after that he finished 20th in the World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event in Niagara Falls, then last month earned a career-high cash of $24,467 by final-tabling the WPT DeepStacks event in Jacksonville, Florida where he finished fifth. Taking sixth or better today will exceed that total. --MH

    Seat 2: Anderson Blanco, Colombia -- 1,225,000

    One of two Colombians at today's final table, Anderson Blanco carried the chip lead into yesterday's Day 3, fell back to short-stacked status for much of the afternoon, then successfully climbed back to have an almost-average stack to start today's final table. Blanco has already guaranteed himself a career-high score today, wherever he finishes. He also has topped his previous highest finish in an LAPT Main Event, a 19th-place showing at LAPT5 Colombia. --MH

    Seat 3: Ruben Suarez, Venezuela -- 1,477,000

    Ruben Suarez is the 13th Venezuelan player to make an LAPT Main Event final table, and hopes to be the first of that group to break through and claim a title. He has only a couple of cashes on his tournament poker résumé thus far, including a 27th-place finish in the LAPT8 Peru Main Event a year ago. His biggest cash came right here in Panama City back in January when he won a $1,000 Jackies Poker Tour event, topping a 235-entry field to earn $48,000. --MH

    Seat 4: Paul Cukier, Costa Rica -- 1,341,000

    The lone Costa Rican left in the field, Paul Cukier has a handful of previous small cashes collected in the USA, at the PCA in the Bahamas, and in San Jose in his native country. His biggest previous cash was for $4,043 for finishing 156th in a WSOP event back in 2012, so he's already assured himself of a career-high payday here in Panama today. --MH

    Seat 5: Alcides Gomez, USA -- 562,000

    The Miami based pro Alcides Gomez has his fair share of final table results and experience including a podium finish from last month's Seminole Hard Rock Poker Challenge Main Event. He'll return today as the low man on the totem pole, playing just over 560,000 and he'll need to spin up a stack if he's going to notch another podium finish in this LAPT9 Panama Main Event. --WOC

    Seat 6: Raul Paez, Spain -- 2,580,000

    Raul Paez will return to the final table as the chip leader. With over $1,800,000 in career earnings, "El Toro" is the most experienced player remaining and he's hoping that the third time can be the charm at an LAPT final table. The Spaniard finished third at the Main Event final table in Columbia during Season 5, then three years ago bubbled the final table in Panama. --WOC   

    Seat 7: Andres Carrillo, Colombia -- 659,000

    Andres Carrillo returns as one of two players under the million-chip mark, meaning that the Columbian will likely be active early at this LAPT9 Panama final table. Carrillo's past tournament results are relatively few and far between, but with scores from across the globe -- including EPT final table finishes in Barcelona and Malta -- if he is able to find an early double, he'll be a contender. --WOC

    Seat 8: Aaron Mermelstein, USA -- 1,802,000

    As we said yesterday, if chip leader Raul Paez is the creme, Aaron Mermelstein is what settles just under the creme. He'll come back second in chips and the two-time World Poker Tour champion will be looking to make Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino history today. He currently sits third on the all-time Sortis money list and a deep run today could earn him his best career LAPT finish and move him up that leaderboard. --WOC   


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