It didn’t take long till the first ever United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) Isle of Man champ was decided.
PokerStars qualifier Duncan McLellan got past 378 players to win Rational Group’s backyard Main Event and £94,090. He solved the winner problem in a hurry in a hyper-speed Monday evening final table. “We discussed a deal a couple of times but it did go quick today (Monday). Yesterday (Sunday) took a lot longer. But when things go right for you, it’s good,” McLellan said in a Pokernews interview.
He started the day second in chips after Jamie O’Connor and continued building his stack, eventually getting to the two-million-chip mark by using his bluffing image. “Mostly people were playing their cards and I was just playing poker, using the gray hair, the image. I set the image yesterday for today when I was a bit crazy and bluffing. I had in mind today to play a lot tighter and win it,” the champ explained.
McLellan’s heads-Up opponent was another big story of the final table. Team PokerStars SportStar and Woman’s Hockey World Champion, Fatima Moreira de Melo started the day being the shortstack and having over 20 big blinds. She first used her pocket Aces to double up, with Daniel Stacey taking the bait. After that, she became more and more confident and eliminated Stacey for sixth place and Richard Milne in third.
The pace built up and only after three hands played heads-up, McLellan was celebrating his championship. de Melo couldn’t keep up til the end as she entered the final battle with a 2-to-1 chip-disadvantage. In the final hand, the ex-hockey player raised all-in with pocket fives and was called by McLellan’s Ace-Ten. The flop brought the qualifier the straight and the trophy. de Melo had to settle with second place and £59,660.
What will Monday’s winner do with all that cash? “My Miss is in charge of that. I might get 500 quid,” McLellan joyfully stated. He said he doesn’t plan to become a professional poker player as he is “too old” and will get back to bricklaying in Corby, also hoping to take his grandson to Disneyland.