UKIPT Manchester Final Table: Level 24 & 25, (Blinds 20,000 - 40,000, ante 4,000)

ukiptthumb.JPG4.08pm: Mick Fletcher eliminated in 4th place(£20,300)
Level 25 has come to and end with yet another bust out and this time it's Mick Fletcher. Matthew McDerra raised and tank-called when Fletcher shoved for around 900,000.

Fletcher: K♣7♣
McDerra: 8♦8♣

The board ran 5♦9♠T♣6♥9♥ to send Fletcher on his way.

This action filled level has come to and end and only three players will return for the next level. While the cameras areb't recording we're going to jump on set and get the official chip counts which will appear on out chip count page (here) very soon. -- MC

4.05pm: Team PokerStars pro JP Kelly eliminated in fifth place (£16,000)
Nothing went right for JP Kelly at the final table, he failed to win a single pot and was just eliminated by Robert Angood. The Team PokerStars pro moved all-in for his last 500,000 with A♥3♣ and was quickly called by Angood who had two red jacks. The board of 5♥[10d]7♠8♣7♣ gave Kelly no help. -- NW


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JP Kelly - eliminated in fifth place


3.58pm: Paul Nash eliminated in 6th place (£12,600)
It didn't take long for us to lose another player and it was Brummie boy Paul Nash. He open shoved for his last 347,000 from early position and was called by chip monster Mateusz Warowiec. All other players folded.

Nash: K♦6♥
Warowiec: 9♣9♣

The board ran 3♣7♣J♥8♠A♠ and Nash did the obligatory shaking of hands and walked off with a smile on his face. -- MC

3.55pm: Owen Shiels eliminated in seventh place (£9,500)
Owen Shiels was all-in for 400,000 holding 9♥6♥ and called by Matthew McDerra who had A♥2♠. The flop of [10d][10s]8♠ gave Shiels some additional outs and the Q♥ turn gave him even more, but the 5♣ river was a blank and he exited in seventh place. -- NW

3.52pm: Warowiec swallows more chips
Robert Angood is the latest player to make a deposit into the bank of Mateusz Warowiec. He raised to 93,000 from the cut-off and Warowiec peeled from the big blind to see a Q♥9♣2♠ flop. Warowiec check-called a 103,000 bet before both players checked down the T♠8♣ turn and river. Warowiec opened queen-ten for two-pair and took the pot as Angood had ace-king. -- MC

3.45pm: Owen Shiels doubles through Rob Angood
Short on chip Owen Shiels moved all-in for 200,000 and Rob Angood re-raised to 1,000,000, which covered both players behind him. Paul Nash folded quickly but Mick Fletcher contemplated calling all-in before folding, on their backs.

Angood: [10c][10s]
Shiels: 9♥4♥

The board of K♣3♥8♦Q♥A♥ doubled Shiels up to 400,000, he's still the short stack though with just 10 big blinds. -- NW

3.40pm: Shiels crippled in cooler
Owen Sheils is down to a bowl of rice after running big-slick into the rockets of Matthew McDerra. All the chips went in pre-flop, as you would expect, before the cards were on their backs.

Shiels: A♣K♥
McDerra: A♦A♥

The board ran an uneventful 6♣K♣9♣6♦4♠. McDerra is up to around 2,250,000 chips now whereas Sheils is on less than 200,000. -- MC

3.35pm: Warowiec running over the table
He's up to 3,000,000 now, after winning 750,000 from Mick Fletcher and has a third of the chips in play. In the hand in question Fletcher raised pre-flop from the cut-off and Warowiec called from the button.

The flop fell 4♦2♠8♦ and Fletcher bet 104,000, a bet that Warowiec raised to 286,000 total. Then, Fletcher slid out a stack of turquoise 25,000 chips, looking like he wanted to raise, but a portion of them fell off the stack and over the line before the others, meaning it was just a call. The turn card was the 5♥ and Fletcher led for 350,000 and Warowiec wasted little time in moving all-in. By this stage Fletcher had around 750,00 left and had committed almost half his stack, but he elected to fold and preserve what he had left, Warowiec showed J♣[10d] as he collected Fletcher's chips. -- NW

3.25pm: McDerra ousts Angood
Matthew McDerra just took down a pot worth just under half a million after shoving on jack-high flop versus Robert Angood. He raised to 90,000 and called when Angood three-bet to 230,000 from the button. The flop came down and McDerra shoved for over 600,000. Angood didn't think long before throwing his cards in the muck. -- MC

3.15pm: Warowiec wins another
The Polish PokerStars qualifier is having a storming start to the final table. He flat called a 70,000 pre-flop bet from Paul Nash and the two of them saw a flop of 2♠4♣7♠. After a brief think Nash c-bet 90,000 only for Warowiec to raise to 215,000, forcing Nash to fold. The Pole showed K♥K♣ as he took the pot. -- NW


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Warowiec, currently chip leader


3.11pm: Same old for Kelly
JP Kelly's day is just getting worse and worse as he just lost another pot to nemesis, Mateusz Warowiec. The two were heads-up to a K♦8♦5♦ flop that they checked through. The turn brought the 8♥ and Kelly led for 92,000. Call. The river brought a fourth diamond with the 9♦ and Kelly checked to face a 103,000 bet. Kelly agonised over his decision before making a reluctant looking call. We think the Pole tabled A♦Q♦ but we can't be sure as it wasn't clear on the live feed we are following. Whatever he did have was good as Kelly mucked to drop to around 700,000. Warowiec climbs back into the chip lead with around 2,300,000. -- MC

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 20,000-40,000, ante 4,000


3.05pm: Kelly loses another one
Shortly after losing the last pot, JP Kelly suffered another dent to his stack. He raised to 64,000 from the hi-jack and Paul Nash (cut-off) and Mick Fletcher (button) both called.

The flop was K♦J♦2♣, Kelly c-bet 71,00 and only Fletcher called. The 5♦ turn card brought the possibility of a flush into play and Kelly checked quickly to Fletcher who bet 100,000, Kelly folded just as quickly as he had checked. -- NW

2.57pm: The Polish Robin Hood of poker
Mateusz Warowiec is like Robin Hood as he takes from the rich and gives to the poor. The rich in today's case being Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly who gave up more chips to Warowiec.

The Pole raised from mid position and Kelly called from the button to go to a 2♦Q♦6♣ flop. Warowiec continued for 78,000 and Kelly called. The turn came Q♠ and there was no slowing down Warowiec who fired a second bullet to the value of 144,000. Kelly folded quickly and had a look of frustration on his face. -- MC

2.50pm: Owen Shiels doubles through Mateusz Warowiec
Chip leader Mateusz Warowiec has been involved in most hands thus far at the final table and he bought it in for a raise of 64,000 from the cut-off. Next to act Owen Shiels moved all-in for 560,000. The action folded back to Warowiec and after a dwell of around three minutes he made the call.

Warowiec: A♠7♠
Shiels: 5♣5♠

The board of 4♣J♦2♠8♥J♠ gave Shiels his second double up of the final table and he's now up to 1,200,000 and is fourth in chips. -- NW


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A double double for Shiels


2.40pm: Michael Birt eliminated in 8th place (£7,200)
Michael Birt is the first player to be eliminated from this final table and his scalp went to Robert Angood.

Angood raised to 62,000 from mid position and was called by chip leader Mateusz Warowiec on the button before Birt moved all-in from the big blind for 463,000. Angood asked for a count and then moved all-in behind, which was enough to force out Warowiec.

Birt: A♦J♦
Angood: J♣J♠

The board ran 6♣9♣6♠2♣K♥ to eliminate Birt. Angood's stack is up to just over two million chips now. -- MC


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Birt - out in eighth place


2.32pm: Sheils gets a needed double
Owen Sheils came in to today as the table short stack with great need for a double up and his wishes just came true. His stack had dwindled to 289,000 and they all went it from early position. The action folded all the way around to Mick Fletcher in the big blind who called.

Sheils: A♥K♦
Fletcher: 7♥7♣

The board ran 2♠9♦Q♠6♠A♣ to save Sheils on the river. -- MC

2.25pm: Warowiec dents Kelly
Mateusz Warowiec just took two pots in a row from Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly. In the first Warowiec raised to 63,000 and Kelly called from the big blind. Both players checked the K♣2♦5♥ flop before a bet of 82,000 on the J♣ turn took down the pot.

On the second Warowiec raised to 65,000 and Kelly called from the small blind. The flop of 6♦2♣7♥ checked through before Kelly led for 77,000 on the 2♥ turn. This sent Warowiec into the tank, when he emerged he raised to 177,000 a bet Kelly quickly called. The river was the 7♦ and Kelly check-called Warowiec's bet of 218,000 but mucked when the Pole showed A♦2♣. After that hand Warowiec is up to 2,500,000 whilst Kelly slips to 1,250,000. -- NW

2.15pm: Another three-bet
The third hand of play and another three-bet. Matthew McDerra raised to 70,000 but folded when Mick Fletcher three-bet to 200,000 from the big blind. Good signs of aggression already for today. -- MC

2.10pm: First pot to Fletcher
On the first hand Paul Nash raised to 70,000 and Mick Fletcher three-bet to 200,000. It folded back to Nash and he folded.

The very next hand Nash made it 70,000 again and everyone folded. -- NW

2.05pm: Finally
Players are now in their seats, chips have been un-bagged and it looks like play is about to get underway. -- NW

1.30pm: Slight delay
Players are yet to take their seats here in Manchester, but hopefully cards will be in the air soon. -- NW

1.15pm: Final table profiles

Hello and welcome to the final table of UKIPT Manchester. A field of 615 has been whittled down to the final eight. The winner today will bank £74,000 whilst the first man out will take home £7,200. The chip leader is Polish PokerStars qualifier Mateusz Warowiec who has 2,032,000 - a little over 67 big blinds. There are though four players who are but a double up away from wrestling the chip lead from his grasp.

Amongst that chasing pack is Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly, who enters the final table second in chips with 1,751,000. The 25-year-old is the first Team Pro to reach a UKIPT main event final table and will be hoping to claim his second UKIPT tournament victory, having previously won a side event in Nottingham in Season One. There are though seven others standing in his way, below are the runners and riders.

Seat 1: Mateusz Warowiec, Poland, PokerStars qualifier, 2,032,000
24-year-old Polish PokerStars qualifier Mateusz Warowiec is the chip leader going into today's final table. He lives in Kielce, Poland and is a studying Sports Management. In fact he's only playing poker because a hip injury means that he can't play football. His goal today will not be to put the ball in the back of the net, but to go wire to wire and win the tournament. He's been playing poker for three years and wherever he should finish today Warowiec's performance at UKIPT Manchester will award him his largest live cash to date.


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Mateusz Warowiec


Seat 2: Owen Shiels, Ireland, 355,000
Owen Shiels, 27, from Stoke-on-Trent, plays poker full time online. Shiels has been playing for six years and can boast as his most impressive win victory over a field of 18,000 in one of the PokerStars Sunday $100k events. The composed Shiels may be the short stack coming into the final but has a piece of advice for his adversaries: "With my stack, if I put my chips in, I got it."


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Owen Shiels


Seat 3: Michael Birt, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, 477,000
Michael Birt, 26, hails from Northern Ireland and learned how to play poker at the tender age of 16. Since then he's moved on to online play and has done so with success. He won the Daily 90 Grand on PokerStars, which he says is his standout poker achievement thus far. His advice to the table he'll be facing tomorrow as one of the short stacks: "Fold if I raise."


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Michael Birt


Seat 4: Matthew McDerra, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, 792,000
Matthew McDerra has transferred his skills on the green fairways to the green felt to final table this tournament. The 27-year-old from Plymouth works at St. Mellion golf club in Cornwall when he's not playing poker, which has been a hobby of his for the last four years. His biggest win to date is £1,800 and he says he only three-bets with aces! He qualified for this event on PokerStars.


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Matthew McDerra


Seat 5: JP Kelly, United Kingdom, Team PokerStars Pro, 1,751,000
Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly, at 25, has the sort of live tournament record which would be the envy of any young player. He holds two WSOP bracelets, one from each side of the Atlantic (both in large field No Limit Hold'em events) and has over a million dollars in live earnings. In his downtime, JP likes partying with friends and travelling the world. He also enjoys sports, including golf and tennis. He's fully focused on making Team Pro proud (he plays online under the name 'jp Kelly), and has set himself a target of winning another bracelet and a European Poker Tour (EPT) title in the not too distant future. His advice for people playing poker: "Don't play for more than you can afford to lose. The UKIPT is a great tournament and an important stepping stone to bigger events."


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Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly


Seat 6: Rob Angood, United Kingdom, 1,504,000

R. Angood has to be one of the best poker names since Moneymaker. The 32 year old professional player has been so for over two years, having picked up the game in 2005. Recently his focus has been on online MTTs, and he's one of two finalists here in Manchester to have made PokerStars Sunday Million final tables. His biggest live cash was for £20,250 for finishing 2nd in a 2010 GUKPT Summer Series Main Event, and he's keeping a dignified silence when it comes to discussing his play or image at the final table.


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Rob Angood


Seat 7: Paul Nash, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, 1,018,000
Nash has spent days here in Manchester at the top of the chip counts, and his momentum has carried him all the way to the final table with over a million chips. The 38 year old online poker pro from Kingsbury has been playing for five years. His best result was the runner-up cash for $160,000 in the Sunday Million on PokerStars back in 2009. He is well aware of his image going into the final, saying of his opponents, "They've watched me three-barrel bluff with five high. They know I'm pretty aggressive." His only live cashes have been at UKIPT events, but this is the closest he's come to a title.


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Paul Nash


Seat 8: Mick Fletcher, United Kingdom, 1,209,000
Mick Fletcher, 48, part time club manager and part time poker player, has been playing the game for seven years. In that time his standout performance, if not largest cash, was at the PCA in 2006, where he finished 18th out of 724 runners in the $7,800 Main Event. Apart from that, his lengthy string of live results are all England-based and add up to nearly half a million dollars. Unfazed by the challenge of a televised final, he says of his opponents that he has no advice for them, he'll just, "Leave them to it."


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Mick Fletcher


PokerStars Blog reporting team in Manchester in order of how old they thought JP Kelly was Marc Convey (25) and Nick Wright (28)

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