UKIPT Manchester Final Table: Level 30 & 31 (Blinds 80,000 - 160,000)

ukiptthumb.JPG11.05pm: Matthew McDerra wins UKIPT Manchester (£74,000)
In the pivotal hand Matthew McDerra raised to 380,000 from the button and
Matuesz Warowiec smooth called from the big blind. The flop was J♣5♣5♦ and Warowiec checked to McDerra who bet 200,000. After a brief dwell Warowiec made it 500,000 total, McDerra then announced raise and made it 1,200,000, Warowiec moved all-in and McDerra snapped him off.

McDerra: 8♥5♠ - trip fives
Warowiec: K♣J♥ - top pair

The turn was the K♦ and Warowiec turned to his rail and said: "Four outs," but none of them appeared as the 9♥ hit the river. The stacks were incredibly close and Warowiec was left with less than a big blind after the hand.

The next hand Warowiec was all-in for 89,000 and he actually found a pretty decent one. His A♠3♣ was ahead of McDerra's J♠5♣. He moved further into the lead on the Q♠A♠Q♣ flop meaning McDerra would need to hit running cards. That runner-runner came though as the board ran out K♥T♦ to make McDerra an unlikely straight to claim the UKIPT Manchester title. -- NW


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Matthew McDerra the UKIPT Manchester champion


LEVEL UP: BLINDS 80,000-160,000


10.51pm: Another all-in, another double-up
Matthew McDerra is back into the chip lead with around five million after he doubled-up once more. All the chips went in pre-flop with McDerra holding A♠Q♠ to Mateusz Warowiec's K♠9♦. The board ran A♦6♣4♦3♣2♦ to pair McDerra's ace. -- MC


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Another angle of the heads-up battle


10.45pm: McDerra bets Warowiec off it
In a limped pot the players saw a flop of 7♦6♦4♦ saw the passivity continue. The 8♠ saw Matuesz Warowiec lead for 175,000 but fold once McDerra raised to 400,000. -- NW

10.37pm: Guess what? Another short stack doubles
Neither player seems to want to all the chips as they are going from one side to the other and back again. Matthew McDerra is back up to 3,100,000 after getting his chips in the middle in a very good spot. He open shoved from the button and Mateusz Warowiec tank called from the big blind.

McDerra: Q♠Q♣
Warowiec: Q♥4♠

The board ran T♦T♠8♠8♣A♣ to put this heads-up battle back on again. -- MC

10.30pm: Current chip counts
Matuesz Warowiec has ramped up the aggression and has over 7.5m now, he's taken to open shoving a lot as Matthew McDerra is down to around 1.4m. -- NW

10.20pm: One pair is good
I missed the pre-flop action but on a flop of 4♥5♥[10h] Matuesz Warowiec checked to Matthew McDerra who bet 350,000, a bet Warowiec called. The turn was the 6♠ and it went check, check. The river was the 2♠ and Warowiec led for 550,000 and McDerra made the call. We couldn't see the cards but the announcer said that Warowiec showed a five, for a pair of fives and McDerra a four for a pair of fours. -- NW

10.05pm: McDerra wins some back
As has been the case repeatedly during this heads up battle the short stack has ground their way back into contention by winning pots without going to showdown.

Currently playing the role of the shortstack is Matthew McDerra and after doubling up Warowiec (see post below) he raised to 310,000 and was called by Warowiec. The flop was 3♠Q♥4♦ and both players checked. The J♠ on the turn saw Warowiec bet 375,000 and McDerra make it 900,000 total forcing a fold from Warowiec. -- NW

10pm: Another short stack double-up
PokerStars qualifier Mateusz Warowiec has shot back into the chip lead with a double-up. He raised from the button and Matthew McDerra flat called from the big blind to see the Q♦9♦7♥ flop. Warowiec c-bet for 300,000 and then moved all-in for 2,825,000 when McDerra raised to 825,000. Call.

Warowiec: Q♣7♣ for two-pair.
McDerra: [k][k] for an over pair.

The 4♠2♦ turn and river changed not a thing and the Pole jumped up to celebrate with his friends on the rail. -- MC

9.50pm: Back from the break
Players are in their seats again and blinds have been kicked up to 60,000 - 120,000, current chip counts are:

Matthew McDerra 6,050,000
Matuesz Warowiec 3,090,000

Heads up play has been going for a little over four hours at this point. -- NW


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The final two players


PokerStars Blog reporting team in Manchester in order of what they had for dinner Marc Convey (sea bass) and Nick Wright (risotto rice pudding)

Nick Wright
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