Monday 11th December, 2017

Local hero Michael Gilbert wins Unibet UK Manchester

By Mark Valentine

Local hero Michael Gilbert has won Unibet UK Poker Tour Manchester, the fifth and final event of this year's Unibet UK Poker Tour. The event began last Friday with 225 players creating a guarantee-busting £45,000 prize pool.

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Michael made short work of the final table by seizing victory in just 90 minutes. He beat Adrian "NMPfan" Nica heads-up for £12,300, by far the biggest cash of his live poker career. His total tournament winnings before tonight amounted to just over £1,000 and his previous biggest win was for just £260.

For Nica, the result was his second runner-up finish of the season. He won £7,650 last night  and £8,966  in August when he was second at Unibet UK Nottingham. Both times he has been  the longest-lasting Unibet qualifier. and won a  Unibet Open package.

Among the 20 players who cashed in Manchester were Unibet Ambassadors Dara O'Kearney, who finished ninth for £910 and Espen Jorstad who was 11th for £680. The last woman standing was Kat Khytushko, a local cash game player. Kat, who has only competed in a handful of live tournaments, decided to jump into the event at the very last possible moment on Day 1b – to bring the prize pool up to an even £45,000. She finished fifth for £2,920, more than double her total live tournament winnings to date. Unibet e-sport ambassador Fabian 'Kioshima' Fiey was knocked out in 10th place for £910. Others who competed in the £200 + £20 buy-in event were Unibet Ambassadors Ian Simpson, David Lappin and Rauno "Estonian Jesus" Tahvonen along with numerous eSports stars.