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UKIPT Nottingham: Couldridge Wins
A 44-year old Londoner took home £80,000 winning the PokerStars.com UKIPT Nottingham main event this weekend.
Andrew Couldridge outlasted a field of 650, the second largest in UK poker history, to claim victory in the £5,250 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Dusk Till Dawn poker club.
Couldridge, who owns a plumbing company in North London, came into the final table fourth in chips, but moved into commanding position after an incredible half-hour period where he chipped up and managed to bust one-time chip leader Owen Robinson.
"It's been a very tiring three days of ups and downs," Couldridge said after the win. "This was my first UKIPT event; it's a very good tour with lots of play and [it] was a very enjoyable tournament."
Couldridge said he would use some of the cash to follow his beloved Spurs football club around Europe next season.
"We arrived at Dusk Till Dawn with great expectations that the event somehow managed to exceed," added UKIPT host Nick Wealthall.
"The card room must be one of the best places in Europe to play poker - the number of players and the level of play lived up to the setting. We've also broken our duck and finally have our first UK winner, so Andrew has made a bit of history for himself and for UKIPT."
The next stop in the first Season of the PokerStars UKIPT is at the Gleneagles Hotel in Killarney June 24-27.