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Lawrence Cullen wins Record-Breaking Unibet Poker 2020 UK Tour London

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Posted on 10 March 2020 by "T".

Lawrence Cullen from the UK won the 2020 Unibet Poker UK Tour London £220 buy-in Main Event at the Aspers Casino. He outlasted a record-breaking field of 714 player entries to bring home the prize money worth £25,500.

First Stop of 2020 Season Smashes Records
Unibet Poker's UK Poker Tour London in Aspers is just the first stop for this year's season, but it has already smashed records. Not only was the £50,000 guarantee smashed by nearly three times with a £141,372 prize pool, it also set a massive new attendance record for the tour.

The previous record was back in 2018 when Paul Romain outlasted a 289-player field to claim the top prize worth £13,000 top prize. That event created a £57,800 prize pool.

Unibet Poker also conducted a special ‘Last Longer' contest for their online qualifiers, eventually won by Russian player Aleksandr Lebedev, who finished 33rd for £805. Not only that, Unibet Poker also awarded him with a Unibet Open Tallinn package valued at €2,000 held on May 20-24 in the Olympic Casino in the Estonian capital.

Last Longer contests for online qualifiers shall take place on all upcoming Unibet Poker UK Tour events, including the next one at Aspers Casino Newcastle on May 28-31. Interested players can qualify via feeder tournaments for only £0.50.

Final Day Action
The 714 player field got whittled down to 119 on the final day, with 80 players guaranteed at least £400 cash.

Some of the notable players to cash in the event but did not make it to the final table include Unibet Poker ambassador David Lappin (49th - £595), Antonis Poulengeris (22nd - £1,050), William Kassouf (19th - £1,180), and Unibet Poker Finnish ambassador Jorma Vuoksenmaa (13th - £1,555).

Lappin, Vouksenmaa, and Dara O'Kearney (who unfortunately didn't cash) represented Unibet Poker as ambassadors and were happy to mingle with other poker players at Aspers Casino.

At the final table, Callum Pooles, who was playing his first big live tournament in a casino, came in as the chip leader and showed relentless aggression most of the time. Pooles finally went into heads-up with Cullen, having a 4:1 chip lead, but things turned out differently afterwards.

Cullen took the lead from Pooles after a double before the final hand was played. Cullen held Q-7 against Pooles' Jacks. Cullen flopped a flush with a King on the board and called a bet from Pooles. Another king came on the turn to pair the board. Pooles check-jammed and got snap-called by Cullen. Neither a King or Jack came on the river to give him the full house, and so he was eliminated in second place.


2020 Unibet Poker UK Tour London £220 Main Event - Final Table Results

 

Player

Country

Prize

1

Lawrence Cullen

UK

£25,500

2

Callum Pooles

UK

£18,319

3

Damien Pilkington-Lewis

UK

£12,200

4

Michael Isiguzo

UK

£8,800

5

Bartas Samoska

Lithuania

£6,500

6

Valentin Ghioca

Romania

£5,250

7

Martin Tse

Hong Kong

£4,350

8

Mark Wong

Singapore

£3,480

9

Vlad Munteanu

Romania

£2,610

This was the very first big cash score for Cullen, who actually never had the lead in the event until heads-up play. He said, "I won a smaller tournament a few weeks ago but this is my first big win and means a lot to me. The smaller win gave me some confidence after struggling a lot during the year I have been playing tournaments."

Cullen mostly thought he would be satisfied already if he just got into the final table, so he was extremely happy to end up winning the event, "I enjoyed every second of the event and was just happy to make the final table. To win it is a dream!"

Upcoming 2020 Unibet Poker UK Tour Events
The Unibet Poker UK Tour shall return in Newcastle in May before Aspers London will be revisited twice, including the tour's Grand Finale in December. The May and September events have a £220 buy-in Main Events with a £50,000 guarantee, while the Unibet Poker UK Tour Grand Finale in December has everything doubled with a £440 buy-in event that carries a £100,000 guarantee.

Date

Location

Buy-in

Starting Flights

Guarantee

May 28-31

Aspers Newcastle

£220

4

£50,000

September 24-27

Aspers Stratford, London

£220

4

£50,000

December 9-13

Aspers Stratford, London

£440

5

£100,000

Another thing with the Grand Finale is that it has one extra starting flight. Players are allowed 2 re-entries each starting day, with the option to take their biggest stack through to the Final Day.

Aside from the cash prizes at each stop, a €2,000 Unibet Open package will also be awarded in an exclusive Last Longer competition for Unibet Poker online qualifiers. 10% will be retained from each buy-in to cover registration fees.


Source: https://www.pokernews.com/news/2020/03/lawrence-cullen-unibet-uk-poker-tour-london-winner-36755.htm

 


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9 comments on "Lawrence Cullen wins Record-Breaking Unibet Poker 2020 UK Tour London"

 dule-vu10/03/2020 10:37:46 GMT
maybe its record-breaking tournament with 714 players,but amount cant say is so big and such a record!I understand that buy in isnt big as on some other tournaments and thats why first prize is 25500 pounds,which is great with that buy in!but what headline say,I would expect much more!congratulations to all winners!
 maragatero10/03/2020 20:48:12 GMT
Every time I see fewer gray heads in tournaments, my expectative of become in a champion are decreasing... In this group, everybody are young people, maybe this sport is making the same path than the Fórmula 1, where the age of the drivers is descending year by year. Anyway, I begin to work in an Ancient League...
 CALICUL11/03/2020 02:12:17 GMT
A final table in the United Kingdom with the first 4 positions occupied by English players. I also saw two players from Romania with places 6th and 9th. They won small amounts, but the investment was not too big either. Congratulations for all players of final table.
 maragatero11/03/2020 21:46:31 GMT
You have the reason CALICUL, we are talking about a "little" tournament with lowest buy-in and prizes that we used to talk here. The news here ever is about thousands of buy-ins and million of prizes. For that I feel that this tourney may be in my future target, and then I saw the players ages... Anyway, it´s so strange that an Argentine may win a tourney that, when it happen, will be a world news!
 antonis32112/03/2020 17:01:51 GMT
Congratulations to Cullen for this bigger win of his poker career . Also congratulations to Unbet poker for organising this event , which was proved successfull with record breaking prize pool and first place winnings/award . I hope they have the same success in the next events of this UK poker toor .
 maragatero14/03/2020 23:29:11 GMT
Well, as the news told this was a "little" tournament that have a long list of players in the money (ther told about Aleksandr Lebedev, that win $800 with a 33th place), so it confirm that it was an interesting tourney to some recreational players, and I could played it...if I lived in London! Here, in Argentina, the tourney are scarce and small. And in my city, Carmen de Patagones, it not exist!
 dule-vu15/03/2020 19:04:39 GMT
when you read news from unibet poker and other poker rooms,you can see how big is some poker room!main event from unibet have only 220 pounds buy in,other sites much bigger buy in and even more players on main event!ofcourse in other hand this is better for players with less money on account,but still this didnt bring more players then on other tournaments!
 CALICUL15/03/2020 21:24:48 GMT
It was a tournament where the buy-in can be supported much easier and it wasn't something big with huge prizes. I think this kind of tournaments can bring many players and it is necessary for many wishers to start a live career with small and medium games.
 maragatero16/03/2020 00:05:58 GMT
Now I think, if I´m not wrong, that the lives tournament like this atrack less players than the online tournament with the same buy-in. I remember that an old tournament of Party Poker (Knock Out Champions League?), where the buy-in was $250 and the garanted prize was $ 250.000. So, is clear that an internet voyage is more easy to be there!

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