You’d think that Belgian Gilles Augustus would be celebrating winning the UKIPT Coventry with a pint of Stella or two but given his post tournament ritual of slamming a couple of tequilas – supposedly to help him sleep – we wouldn’t be surprised to see him with his trophy and a few slices of lemon (or if you’re drinking it as you should, with lime). Augustus, aka Gillemon, has learnt his poker grinding the $16 sit-and-go tables at PokerStars over the last year so this £46,000 payday is by far and away his biggest score to date. The fact that he’s also bagged a £5,000 EPT London seat is a major sweetener for this computer programmer who came over from Belgium to play the UKIPT.
It was a lively final table with a lot of three- and four-betting and not many players willing to just sit back and climb the ladder. Paul Rigg even called all-in with 7♣2♠ when he had 20% of his stack posted as a big blind (and summarily cracked Dave Jones’ ace-king with a straight). Jones who finished second had started the day in the same position and always looked set for a podium finish. Dan Carter had started the day as chip leader with 1.4m but had a few unfortunate situations and finished in 4th place for £12,700 – another significant score to add to his growing list of achievements.
Things did run a little better for Augustus though who transferred his sit-and-go skills to this final table more than proficiently. The real turning point in his title bid came when he hit the nut flush against Dave Jones with A♣10♣ on a 9♣3♦Q♣8♣ board. Augustus bet 250,000 into Jones and was called at which point the Belgian checked the nuts to his opponent on the river when a 10♥ gave Jones the straight. The Brit moved in on Augustus who snap-called. ‘I knew my image was that I wouldn’t want to bust so that’s why I decided to trap. I knew he’d want to put pressure on me,’ he explained. After that monster pot, which took place just a couple of hands after the dinner break, Augustus’ chip lead looked unassailable as he piled the pressure on the remaining players.
Perhaps his lack of sleep had given the Belgian a extra edge of aggression. ‘I’ve been having a couple of tequilas each night to help sleep because my bed is so bad!’ he told us. One thing’s for certain and that’s that the Belgian will be celebrating tonight. Runner-up Jones scored a £29,400 payday and is certain to make another strong showing at a future UKIPT. ‘I’ll almost certainly play UKIPT Nottingham and any of the other stops I can make,’ said Jones. ‘I felt the winner Gilles played really well, especially three handed where he put a lot of pressure on Joe and myself by moving all-in.’
The Final Table payouts
1: Gilles Augustus, PokerStars player – £46,000
2: Dave Jones – £29,400
3: Joe Grech – £16,100
4: Dan Carter – £12,700
5: Paul Rigg – £10,200
6: Marius Lietuvnikas – £8,200, PokerStars player
7: Chris Brice – £6,600
8: Ben Dobson, PokerStars qualifier – £5,000
9: Andrew Booth – £3,500
10: Ben Crellin, PokerStars qualifier – £2,500
Catch up with all the final table action
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PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT Coventry: Rick Dacey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May