Tony "The Enigma" Poulengeris baffled opponents on the way to victory in the National Poker League UK Open at the Loose Cannon Club in London, besting noted tournament players Darren Woods and Roland De Wolfe on his way to join notables like Mel Judah and Dave "El Blondie" Colclough in the winners' circle of the UK Open.
Poulengeris started the final table well back in the pack, as 20-year-old Andrew Feldman held a narrow chip lead over Darren Woods to start the day. Roland De Wolfe, Guy Bowles, and Gary Jones rounded out the televised final table lineup.
It didn't take long for the short-stacked Jones to put all his chips in the middle with pocket nines. Roland De Wolfe had enough chips to make the call with , and caught an Ace on the turn to send Jones home in sixth place. Joining him on the money bubble was Guy Bowles five hands later. It was again De Wolfe making a call against an all-in short stack, this time with versus Bowles' pocket sixes. A King on the flop left Bowles drawing very thin and he was eliminated on the bubble, taking home a little television time, but no money for his tournament efforts.
With a small field, there were none of the rapid-fire bustouts after the bubble burst that we witnessed at the WSOP last month. Instead, it took over three hours after Bowles' elimination for the field to narrow further, this time with Roland De Wolfe eliminated in 4th place. After taking out the first two players at the final table, De Wolfe became the first victim of "The Enigma," when Poulengeris called De Wolfe's all-in with Ah-Kc. De Wolfe tabled Kh-Qs, and the board completed nothing for either player. Poulengeris' Ace-high held up, and De Wolfe was sent home with £1,850 to show for his day.
Andrew Feldman held the chip lead as three-handed play began, but "The Enigma" had a rush running, and he called Darren Woods' all-in on a coin flip late in the evening with against Woods' pocket deuces. In a final table tradition, Woods' pocket pair was no good when Poulengeri caught a Jack on the turn. No two on the river, and Woods was eliminated in 3rd place for £2,850.
Andrew Feldman held a significant chip lead going into heads-up play, but aggressive play by Poulengeris brought him slightly ahead very quickly. On the final hand, Poulengeris called a preflop raise from Feldman with , and when the flop came 8-high, "The Enigma" raised all-in after Feldman made a standard continuation bet with . After thinking for several minutes, Feldman made the call. No help came on the turn or river, and after holding the chip lead for most of the final table, Andrew Feldman came away with second place and £5,650. Poulengeris picked up £8,400 for his performance, as well as the UK Open trophy for Event #4.