UKIPT Nottingham: Final table, levels 24-27 (30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante)

ukiptthumb.JPG3.55pm: Break time
Players are now taking a sort-of dinner break. "Sort-of" meaning that they've only got 30 minutes, so good luck with dinner.

We'll be back with their full counts in a moment. -- HS

3.35pm: Majewski moving on up
The shortest stack at the table, Piotr Majewski moved his last 640,000 in from the cut-off and was looked up by big blind Graham Giles, but not before Giles had tanked for a few minutes.

Majewski: Q♦J♥
Giles: A♠6♣

Flop: [10d]7♣4♦
Turn: Q♣
River: 6♥

Giles made a pair on the river but not the one he needed, Dusk Till Dawn's live poker director and host Simon Trumper, who is on MC duty summed it up by saying, 'Right read by Giles, wrong result for Giles.' --NW

3.40pm: Robinson shoves
Oliver Schaffmann limped from early position and Andrew Couldridge called on the button. Owen Robinson was having none of it, moving all in for about 800,000 from the small blind. After a couple of dwells (long from Schaffmann; brief from Couldridge), they both passed. -- HS

3.30pm: Couldridge the check-raise maestro
Andrew Couldridge has now check-raised Owen Robinson off another pot, again in a battle of the blinds. Couldridge limped from the small, but Robinson bet 85,000 more. Couldridge's call meant they saw a 4♦8♣[10c] flop.

Couldridge checked, Robinson bet 210,000, but here was that check-raise. Couldridge made it 500,000. Robinson folded and Couldridge showed him the [10s]. -- HS


Andrew Couldridge

3.25pm: Couldridge chipping up
It folded to small blind Piotr Majewski who raised to 135,000 and was called by big blind Andrew Couldridge. On the 7♠A♥5♠ flop Majewski bet 140,000, leaving himself about 700,000 back. Couldridge asked for a count of Majewski's remaining chips and then made it 380,000 in total. Majewski gave it up. --NW

3.15pm: King?
In the blinds, Andros Spyrou and Piotr Majewski went to a flop of K♠K♦K♥, which they both checked. The turn came 7♠ and Spyrou bet 105,000. Majewski knew a danger flop when he saw one, and shoved for a total of 700,000. After a brief swell, Spyrou let it go. Majewski provocatively showed the bare 2♠ and he scooped. -- HS

3.10pm: Lots of all-ins no calls
The stacks at the moment are such that we're seeing a lot of players three-betting all-in over the top of open raises as a regular three-bet would essentially commit them anyway. As of yet we haven't seen any showdowns though and six players still remain. --NW

3pm: Spyrou v Giles round two
Graham Giles and Andros Spyrou can't leave one another alone. Giles raised the cut off, making it 125,000, and Spyrou called in the small blind. The flop came K♥K♣[10h] and Giles checked. Spyrou bet 125,000 and Giles bumped it up to 275,000. Spyrou called.


Andros Spyrou

The turn was 7♥, which they both checked, and they also checked the 4♥ river. Giles turned over Q♥Q♠ - a queen high flush - and Spyrou looked skyward before mucking.

Having sat quiet for the first level or so, Giles has been far more active in recent rounds. -- HS

LEVEL UP. BLINDS 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ANTE IN LEVEL 28

2.55pm: And then Giles loses the lead
Not long after Graham Giles took over the chip lead, he lost it. He raised on the button to 115,000 and big blind Andros Spyrou looked him up. On the flop of 7♥3♦8♦ Spyrou led out for 175,000. Giles re-raised to 355,000 total. After some thought Spyrou then re-re-raised making it 610,000 in total. This was suddenly a serious pot and the heat was too much for Giles as he elected to fold. --NW


Graham Giles feels the heat

2.50pm: Giles grabs the lead
Andrew Couldridge opened to 120,000 from the button off a stack of 1,400,000 and was three-bet to 350,000 by the small blind Graham Giles who had 1,850,000 at the beginning of the hand. Couldridge called creating a pot of over 700,000. The flop was all paint and all clubs Q♣J♣K♣. Giles announced all-in and Couldridge said, 'They're the wrong shape for my hand,' showing the A♠ as he folded. --NW

2.40pm: Shoving
Piotr Majewski has the kind of stack that he's pretty much obliged to shove with whenever he has the chance. He spotted a good opportunity moments ago, three-bet shoving after Oliver Schaffmann opened. It was good. --HS

2.30pm: Robinson on the ropes
Owen Robinson is still trying to get things going despite early setbacks, but it's not getting any easier. He raised to 115,000 from under-the-gun and Andrew Couldridge called from the big blind.

The flop came 7♥3♣3♥ and Couldridge checked. Robinson bet 180,000 but Couldridge made it 440,000. Robinson passed.

On the next hand, Oliver Schaffmann made it 120,000 from early position and Robinson, now in the big blind, called. The flop came Q♥5♥A♦ and Schaffmann led 165,000. Robinson folded. -- HS

2.25pm: Schaffman the new sheriff of Nottingham
We've got a new chip leader in the shape of Oliver Schaffmann. He hasn't won any big pots but when he three-bet Owen Robinson off the last pot he's just edged past Robinson into the lead. Schaffmann has around 2,200,000 in chips. --NW


Oliver Schaffmann

2.10pm: Nick Gavriel out in seventh, winning £9,900
We're down to six in Nottingham as Nick Gavriel's short-stack grind has come to an end. Graham Giles started it, and Graham Giles ended it. He raised from the cut off to 120,000 and Gavriel shoved from the big blind for about 650,000.

Folded back to Giles and he didn't take long to call, tabling A♥K♥, which was smashing Gavriel's A♦9♦ even before the 4♦4♥2♥ flop. The turn was even better for Giles and worse for Gavriel. It came K♣. The 8♣ river was irrelevant.


Nick Gavriel bids farewell

Gavriel departs in seventh, taking £9,900. Next out earns £13,200. -- HS

2.05pm: Andros takes one from Owen
For the second hand in a row Andros Spyrou made it 130,000 to go, he picked up one caller in the shape of Owen Robinson who was the button. The flop of [10d]5♠4♥ saw no action but on the 9♥ turn, Robinson called Spyrou's bet of 155,000. The river 6♥ completed the flush draw and Spyrou checked to Robinson who bet 260,000. Spyrou asked the dealer to spread the pot and made the call. Robinson tapped the table and mucked, Spyrou showed pocket kings. --NW

2pm: Back to the action
Off we go again, with seven players remaining. Their counts are as follows:

Owen Robinson - 2,490,000
Oliver Schaffmann - 1,720,000
Graham Giles - 1,475,000
Andrew Couldridge - 1,345,000
Andros Spyrou - 940,000
Piotr Majewski - 925,000
Nicholas Gavriel - 685,000

You can track the fluctuations on the chip-count page. -- HS

1.40pm: End of the level
That's that for level 25. We're now on a 15-minute break. -- HS

1.40pm: Another short stack survives
Oliver Schaffmann opened to 90,000 from the hijack and was flat called by Andros Spyrouon the button. Piotr Majewski then moved all-in from the small blind for 306,000 total.

Schaffmann folded quickly, Spyrou asked Majewski if he was squeezing and then made the call.

Spyrou: A♠[10c]
Majewski: A♣A♥

Flop: 6♥6♠[10h]
Turn: 5♦
River: K♠


Piotr Majewski, right, doubles through Andros Spyrou, left

Schaffmann told us he folded pocket sevens and told us, 'It's an easy fold because Majewski is never shoving light there because he knows one of us has to call.' --NW

1.35pm: Robinson nibbles back at Gavriel
Owen Robinson has got back on the horse straight away and raised to 95,000 from early position. Nicholas Gavriel called on the button and it was two of them to a flop of K♦J♦8♥. Robinson bet 125,000, Gavriel called, and the 7♣ turned. Check, check. The K♥ came on the river. Again both players checked and Robinson's [10s]8♠ was good as Gavriel mucked. -- HS

1.25pm: Oliver Schaffmann doubles up
Owen Robinson opened to 95,000 from the cut-off and was three-bet to 220,000 by small blind Oliver Schaffmann. The flop of 4♠A♣4♣ was checked through. On the K♠ turn Schaffmann bet 160,000 and Robinson called. The river was the 9♦ and Schaffmann moved all-in got 474,000, after a think of about a minute Robinson called. Schaffmann showed A♥4♥ for the flopped second nuts. Robinson mucked. Schaffmann has 1,700,000, Robinson is still your chip leader with 2,200,000. --NW

1.15pm: Walker first man out
We've lost our first player from the final table. Oliver Schaffmann opened to 93,000 from early position and Gareth Walker moved all-in for 316,000 from the button. Schaffmann quickly called.

Schaffmann: Q♦Q♥
Walker: 9♠9♦


Gareth Walker out

The board was bereft of nines running out 3♦J♠5♥8♣2♣ Walker takes home £7,600 for his eighth place finish. --NW

1.05pm: Two all ins in a row. No callers
Graham Giles raised to 91,000 from the button and Nick Gavriel called in the big blind. The flop came 2♣5♣8♣ and Gavriel moved all in for 535,000. Giles was persuaded out of it and folded.


Nick Gavriel

On the next hand, the tournament short stack Piotr Majewski moved all in from under the gun and got it all the way round. -- HS

1pm: Spyrou spikes Schaffmann
Andros Spyrou opened to 91,000 from under the gun+1 and was called by big blind Oliver Schaffmann. On the [10s]9♥[10h] flop, Schaffmann check-called a bet of 70,000 from Spyrou. The A♥ turn was checked through. The 3♦ on the river elicited a bet of 200,000 from Schaffmann and a big sigh from Spyrou. Eventually though he called and his A♠J♠ took the pot. Spyrou climbs to 1,500,000, Schafffmann now has half of that.--NW

12.55pm: Meet the players
This slow-ish start to proceedings gives you the perfect opportunity to grow acquainted with the final table players.

Here's how the video bloggers set up today.

12.50pm: Still eight
We still have eight players here in Nottingham, but they're not shying away from getting their chips in. Piotr Majewski three-bet all in - the first of the final - but got no takers. And other than that, it's been raise and (probably) take it, but re-raise and definitely get it through. -- HS

LEVEL UP. BLINDS 20,000-40,000, 4,000 ANTE IN LEVEL 25

12.40pm: Keeping it tight
Three hands from a cagey period on the final table:

First up, it was folded to Graham Giles' small blind and he made it up. Oliver Schaffmann checked his option. The flop came J♦[10c]4♦ and Giles checked. Schaffmann bet 37,000 and Giles called. The turn was A♥ and this time Giles check-folded to Schaffmann's 85,000 bet.

Giles got a small portion back on the next hand, when he raised the button to 72,000 and both blinds folded. He tabled Q♠Q♣ but won the minimum with his premium pair.

Schaffmann was involved again on the next hand - and ended up taking a chunk from Piotr Majewski. Majewski raised to 70,000 from under-the-gun and Schaffmann called on the button. The flop came J♥Q♣3♦, which both players checked, and Majewski also checked the 2♥ turn. Schaffmann bet 100,000 and Majewski called.

The river was 7♣ and after Majewski checked again, Schaffmann fired a speculative 54,000. Majewski looked like he couldn't fold and duly called. He mucked when Schaffmann tabled K♠Q♦. -- HS

12.30pm: Owen increases his lead
Owen Robinson just won another big pot this time against Andros Spyrou. The hand started innocently enough with Nicholas Gavriel making it 82,000 to go under the gun+1. He was flat called by Spyrou, who was next to act. It folded to Robinson in the small blind who three-bet to 300,000 total. Gavriel gave it up but Spyrou who started the hand with 1,400,000 called.

Flop: J♠K♥9♣

Owen bet 500,000 and Spyrou tanked for an eternity before electing to fold saying to Robinson, 'You got lucky there.' --NW

12.10pm: Clash of the chip leaders
On just the second hand of the final table, Graham Giles, who sits second in chips raised to 80,000 under the gun. It folded to Owen Robinson, overnight chip leader, in the big blind, who called. On a flop of 4♦3♠6♣ Owen check-called a bet of 107,000. Both players checked the 3♥ turn. On the 5♠ river Owen bet 200,000 and Graham folded. --NW


Graham Giles feels the early pressure

Noon: Final table ready to go
Afternoon all. If you don't know what's going on by now, it's not too late to catch up (but where have you been?) We're down to the final eight players at UKIPT Nottingham, and if you want to know how they got there, check out all our coverage from the past week.


Final table players in Nottingham. (l-r): Gareth Walker, Andrew Couldridge, Owen Robinson, Andros Spyrou, Oliver Schaffmann, Piotr Majewski, Graham Giles, Nick Gavriel

We begin today with 30 minutes remaining in level 23, where the blinds are 15,000-30,000 with a 3,000 ante. Check out the chip stacks, plus their movements all day, on the chip count page.

Cards are already in the air. Let's roll. -- HS


Words: Howard Swains and Nick Wright. Pictures: Mickey May.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in UKIPT