7.20pm: Richard Sinclair is the UKIPT Champion of Champions
Richard Sinclair today won the UKIPT Champion of Champions event at Dusk Till Dawn and the prize of buy-ins and hotel to all regular UKIPT Season 3 stops.
The Scotsman had won his seat to this star-studded sit-and-go by winning UKIPT Newcastle back in June. The online tournament specialist told PokerStars blog back then that he didn't travel to that many events because of the overheads involved. That's something he won't have to worry about now.
"This means I'm freerolling Season 3 of the UKIPT which is great," he said. "Cutting down on expenses and hotel costs is huge, I'm really looking forward to defending my title in Newcastle and coming back to Dusk Till Dawn."
With just two players remaining it looked as if Season 2 was going to end as it started - with a Nick Abou Risk victory. After winning a huge three-way all-in with just three players left he took a 100,000 to 20,000 chip advantage into heads-up play but couldn't claim another title. "Richard played really well heads-up," he graciously conceded.
It was very much a final table of two halves, for the first half it was Matthew McDerra who dominated. With six players left he was well in command and eliminating Chris O'Donnell (6th) and Joeri Zandvliet (5th) only strengthened his position. But then his and Sinclair's fortunes intertwined as he doubled up the Scotsman twice in quick succession. Despite re-claiming the chip lead after eliminating Sam Razavi in fourth, he then lost another big pot to Sinclair as the Scotsman took control. He exited in third soon after.
In a quick fire final table that lasted a little over four hours players were always going to need a combination of cards and luck, something which deserted Fintan Gavin (8th) and Gareth Walker (7th).
With Season 2 now in the books, attention turns to Season 3 of the UKIPT and the first stop in Galway between Feb 16th-20th. Qualifiers are running now on PokerStars. Richard Sinclair will be there, will you?
6.10pm: Richard Sinclair wins UKIPT Champion of Champions
And it's all over.
Richard Sinclair raised to 5,100 from the button with A♠9♠, Nick Abou Risk moved all-in for around 40,000 holding K♣6♦ and Sinclair made the call.
The flop was 4♣J♥J♣ and when the A♦ hit the turn Abou Risk was drawing dead, meaning a meaningless 6♦ completed the board.
A full wrap of today's Champion of Champions will follow shortly.
6.10pm: Richard Sinclair doubles through Nick Abou Risk
With a second double through, the chip counts have now flip-flopped and Sinclair holds the lead.
He raised to 5,100 from the button, Risk set him in for 38,300 total and Sinclair called. On their backs:
Abou Risk: Q♥8♠
The board of 6♠K♥J♦2♠3♥ ensured Sinclair's hand held and he now has 76,600 to Abou Risk's 43,400.
6.05pm: Back from the break
Cards are back in the air and with just 50 big blinds in play now, I'd expect the winner to be determined in the next level or the one after.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 1,200-2,400
That's the end of level 12 and Richard Sinclair and Nick Abou Risk are on a 10 minute break. Stacks are 75,000 for Abou Risk and 55,000 for Sinclair.
5.50pm: Richard Sinclair doubles through Nick Abou Risk
And the comeback is on!
About seven hands into heads-up play Richard Sinclair found pocket queens and moved in for his last 19,800 after eyeing up Sinclair's stack Abou Risk made the call with Q♦7♠.
"Surely not even you can get there this time," said Sinclair.
The board ran 4♠2♥2♦6♠2♣ stacks now around 80,000 - 40,000 in Abou Risk's favour.
5.40pm: Three-way cooler leaves us heads-up
Nick Abou Risk had continued to move in frequently pre-flop and got up to second in chips when the following happened.
From the button Matthew McDerra moved all-in for around 30,000 with Q♦T♦, next to act Richard Sinclair moved all-in over the top with pocket sixes and then Abou Risk overcalled with pocket kings! If Sinclair could catch a six or make a straight he would win it right here.
So McDerra exited in third, and Abou Risk now has a 100,000 to 20,000 advantage going into heads-up play.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 1,000-2,000 ante 200
5.30pm: Sinclair wins big pot, takes chip lead
From the button Richard Sinclair opened to 3,400, Matthew McDerra three-bet to 9,600 from the big blind and Sinclair called.
It was the first flop for a while and McDerra led for 9,000 on a board of [10hK♣7♠, call from Sinclair.The turn was the 8♦ and McDerra checked to Sinclair who bet 9,800 (about half his stack), with a shake of the head McDerra near insta-mucked. After that hand Sinclair climbs to around 60,000, whilst McDerra drops to 40,000.
5.25pm: Risky business
Nick Abou Risk certainly isn't going to get blinded away here in Nottingham. In the last five hands he's shoved all-in three times and moved all-in over the top of an opening raise once.
As it stands chip counts are roughly: Abou Risk (25,000), Richard Sinclair (40,000) and Matthew McDerra (55,000).
5.20pm: Short handed, plus winner takes all, equals aggressive play
The ratio of three-bets is soaring right now. First Matthew McDerra three-bet to 8,000 over a 3,200 open from Richard Sinclair, the latter folded and McDerra showed A♦K♥.
The very next hand roles were reversed, the outcome the same with the three-bettor winning, Sinclair showing pocket threes as he took the pot.
5.15pm: Sam Razavi eliminated in fourth place
First to act, Matthew McDerra opened to 3,400, Sam Razavi then moved in for 18,100 and after getting a count McDerra made the call. On their backs:
The board ran 5♥4♠9♦3♣K♥ and McDerra spiked the river to eliminate yet another player.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 800-1,600 ante 200
5.05pm: Chip counts
After that flurry of action here are the approximate chip counts:
Seat One: Richard Sinclair, 39,500
Seat Three: Nick Abou Risk, 20,300
Seat Five: Matthew McDerra, 40,100
Seat Seven: Sam Razavi, 18,500
5pm: Three double ups and a exit
And it's yet again Matthew McDerra who's at the centre of all the action. First he doubled up Richard Sinclair, with pocket sixes against pocket tens. Then shortly afterward he eliminated Joeri Zandvliet. The Dutchaman shoved Q 4 but ran into McDerra's A K blind on blind.
And he has just now doubled up Richard SInclair again the latter holding Q♦8♥ and all the money going in by the river of a 3♥Q♠Q♣3♠9♦ board.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 600-1,200 ante 100
4.50pm: Nick Abou Risk doubles through Joeri Zandvliet
Perhaps taking part in James Bond style skits for the UKIPT show helps you win flips, either way Nick Abou Risk just escaped from a sticky situation in a manner befitting of 007.
Joeri Zandvliet had opened to 1,600 from under-the-gun, it folded to Abou Risk in the big blind who moved all-in for 9,700, swift call from Zandvliet.
Abou Risk: A♥J♥
The flop was T♥Q♠4♣, giving Abou Risk more outs, the 2♣ missed him, but the A♦ didn't after that hand Zandvliet is down to about 11,000.
4.40pm: Chris O'Donnell eliminated in sixth place
We're down to five here in Nottigham, Chris O'Donnell shoved with for 15 big blinds with A 2 over the top of a Matthew McDerra raise, the latter called with A K . Despite a paired flop bringing the possibility of a chop, McDerra held firm to extend his chip lead.
4.30pm: Back in their seats
The six remaining players are back in their seats, below are the chip counts of the half dozen who are still in a chance with winning entry and hotel to all Season 3 stops of the UKIPT (except EPT London)
Seat One: Richard Sinclair, 7,400
Seat Two: Chris O'Donnell, 12,200
Seat Three: Nick Abou Risk, 11,600
Seat Four: Joeri Zandvliet, 23,800
Seat Five: Matthew McDerra, 39,100
Seat Seven: Sam Razavi, 25,900
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Nottingham: Nick Wright
Photos by Neil Stoddart