Professional Bricklayer Wins Inaugural UKIPT Event at Isle of Man

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Duncan McLellan has emerged as the winner of the United Kingdom Ireland Poker Tour’s (UKIPLT) Isle of Man championship. McLellan is a professional bricklayer living in Corby and has earned the distinction as being the first champion of the inaugural Isle of Man event.

McLellan was one of four players who had earned a seat at the tournament by playing satellite games hosted by PokerStars. There were a total of 379 players at the event, including well known players like Fatima Moreira de Melo and Jamie O’Connor.

Fatima Moreira de Melo is a retired field hockey player and olympiad who now plays professional poker as a member of Team PokerStars: Sportstars. She can be found playing online at PokerStars under the username FatimaDeMelo.

All eyes were on Fatima Moreira de Melo as the most familiar face at the final table. After hours of gameplay and some tense moments, the final table eventually narrowed down to heads up action between her and McLellan. Twenty minutes later, the final hand of the tournament came down to de Melo moving in all in before the flop with a pair of fives. McLellan called a suited A 10 and caught a straight on a J Q K flop, which brought the tournament to a close.

She began the final table with a shortstack and held out to finish second, earning her £59,660 to add to her considerable lifetime tournament earnings as a professional player.

McLellan’s first place finished earned £94,090 as well as a championship title for the UKIPT event. When asked what he intends to do with his winnings, McLellan said that he is looking forward to taking his grandson on a trip to Disneyland. Senior Manager of Team PokerStars Online Christopher Jonat came in fourth at the final table, earning him £34,870.