Simon Brändström Books Back-to-Back Major Titles With $330,000 WPT UK Win

Swedens Simon Brändström took down the WPT UK Main Event at the Dusk Till Dawn Casino last night, scooping $330,000 to add to his €1,290,166 EPT Barcelona ME victory last month…

By: Andrew Burnett

The $3300 buy-in tournament run in partnership with partypoker LIVE attracted 690 entrants, producing a prizepool of $2,007,900 – with both live and online opening days combining on Saturday for day three.

By the time Sunday came around, the final table of nine had assembled, Brändström the chip leader and looking to add to his WPT Deepstacks title while Paul Siddle was looking to go one better than his runner-up finish a few days previously in the Devilfish Cup.

Also in the mix were German crusher Manig Loeser, Argentina’s partypoker MILLIONS Live 2017 Main Event winner Maria Lampropulos and England’s Paul ‘Action’ Jackson.

Jackson and Loeser would both bust early on, and when Siddle and Lampropulos were on the wrong side of pairs vs ace-x hands the field was down to just four.

It took quite some time before Matthew Eardley and James Rann would depart, both with excellent results, and that left Brändström facing Ryan Mandara heads-up for the title.

The young Englishman has had a fairly lean time on the tournament circuit since winning last spring’s Irish Poker Open Main Event, but his run in Nottingham this weekend was worth the wait.

It wouldn’t produce another trophy, however, as Brändström powered to victory in just seven hands of heads-up play, the Swede modestly explaining afterwards: "This feels surreal…It feels like it shouldn’t be possible to have back-to-back wins, and I don’t feel like I am worth it."

Final Table Results

1 Simon Brändström $330,000
2 Ryan Mandara $221,650
3 James Rann $168,500
4 Matthew Eardley $128,500
5 Maria Lampropulos $98,500
6 Paul Siddle $76,000
7 Manig Loeser $58,500
8 Leo Worthington-Leese $46,000
9 Paul Jackson $36,000

 

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