UKIPT Brighton: Rocking the final table
Welcome back to the final day of the UKIPT Brighton main event. Thirteen players are left and it will be an unlucky day for all but one of them. Andy Youens is currently the leader of the pack with 621,000, and although his nearest challenger, Waseem Ahmed, is some way behind on 389,000 there are a host of players who are just one double up away from claiming the chip lead.
And that's the rub; it really is still anyone's tournament to grasp either through skilful play or simply just running hot at the right time. Even the shortstack - Dimps Maker, with 131,000 - knows that with a double up he's right back in it. The blinds will be 6000-12000 ante 1000 when we start ,the stacks range from 10.9 big blinds to 51.75 big blinds and as Youens said last night, 'We're not overly deep anymore,' despite this Youens will certainly be hoping to make an even deeper run than he already has.
Amongst those still fighting for the £64,500 first prize are retired machine worker Bill Seber, 63 from Houston, Texas. Bill has the kind of Texas drawl that can lull you into making a wrong impression - that of him being a typically straightforward older player. He's got tricks though as he showed yesterday when he check-raised Sam Grafton on the river with air. The cosmopolitan field also includes a Costa Rican (Steven Thompson) a Czech (Tomas Cibak) as well as a few players like Jon Spinks who are hoping to become the second English winner of a UKIPT event.
PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT Brighton: Rick Dacey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May.