UKIPT Newcastle: Final table, level 25 & 26 updates (blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 4,000)

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4.50pm: Break
Break time for 15 minutes. -- RD

4.44pm: Sinclair four-bet
Richard Sinclair had used the pressure of his big stack consistently yesterday and it doesn't look like he's going to change that strategy now. Sinclair opened from the cut-off to 90,000 and Slater three-bet to 210,000. Sinclair had a long dwell up before coming back over the top for 640,000 putting Slater in a five-bet or fold. He opted for the latter and was shown the 7♣ by Sinclair. -- RD

4.37pm: Verma jams on Gawith
The two shortest stacks at the table just got involved in a pot together...briefly. From the cut-off Jonathan Gawith opened to 105,000 but folded what he said was king-queen after Raj Verma moved all-in from the small blind for 420,000, Verma claimed he had pocket queens. Both of these players are hovering around the 13-15 big blind mark. -- NW


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Verma is re-building his stack


4.27pm: Foley doubles through Morris
Barry Foley has just doubled through James Morris with pocket kings. Morris opened from middle position with 9♦7♦ to 85,000 and was jammed on by Foley with K♣K♠ from the hijack for 249,000. The action folded back to Morris who considered the pot odds too good to pass up and made the call. The board ran out A♠J♣6♥J♦9♣ to double Foley up.

Foyle now up to 570,000, Morris drops to 880,000. Sinclair still the chip leader with 2,100,000. -- RD

4.20pm: Verma shoving
After that tough beat against Tim Slater Raj Verma has been left in a push or fold situation. He twice shoved - from the cut-off and hijack respectively - to swipe two sets of blinds to chip back up to 475,000.

"You deserve that," said Slater to Verma, still conscious of his two outer just a short while earlier.

"I don't see you giving him any chips," said James Morris, much to the amusement of the table. -- RD

4.15pm: Ryan lays down jacks
Rajesh Verma was in the big blind and announced to the table he had 316,000 behind. First to prey upon the short stack was James Morris who made it 84,000 to play from under-the-gun+1, the only taker was Tadgh Ryan who made the call from the small blind. The flop was A♥7♣3♥ and Morris c-bet 151,000 and Ryan folded pocket jacks face up. -- NW

4.10pm: Gupta takes one from Ryan
After having a good look around the table Tadhg Ryan raised to 94,000 from under-the-gun before Rakesh Paul Gupta raised to 326,000 two seats to his left. It folded back to Ryan and he asked Gupta how much he had back (396,000) and then folded his hand. -- NW

4pm: Tim Slater doubles through Raj Verma
From early position Raj Verma opened to 94,000 and it folded to Tim Slater in the big blind who announced all-in for 706,000, Verma snapped his hand off.

Slater: J♥J♠
Verma: K♠K♥

Verma even had Slater suit dominated but the flop fell J♣Q♠A♣ and Slater flopped a set to take the lead, Verma though could still spike a ten, a king or running aces or queens to win the pot. The turn was the 5♠ reducing his outs and the 5♣ completed the board and left Verma with 360,000. -- NW


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The final eight


3.55pm: Ryan running hot
Tadhg Ryan opened the pot to 93,000 from middle position in to the big blind of chip leader Richard Sinclair. No customers for the young Irishman and he flashed pocket kings.

"You're getting some goods hands," said Raj Verma, an accidental rubdown to the player with one hand in a plaster cast. -- RD

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


3.48pm: Verma and Sinclair go at it
Richard Sincllair opened to 67,000 under-the-gun and was called by a RedBull swigging Raj Verma on the cut-off. Barry Foley considered the move, sitting with a little over 400,000 in the big blind but thought better of it. He passed.

Sinclair fired 112,000 into the T♣8♥8♠ flop, Verma called. The 7♥ didn't slow Sinclair at all. He instantly went to his chips, grabbed 193,000 and pushed them forward. The heat was too much for Verma who moved aside and was shown the T♥. What odds that Sinclair held a second heart in his hand? -- RD

3.44pm: Morris wins battle of the blinds
From the small blind Rakesh Paul Gupta made it 80,000 to go and then peeled a flop after Morris three-bet to 165,000 from the big blind. The flop (the first of the final) was 9♠A♠3♣ and Gupta check-folded to Morris' c-bet of 225,000. -- NW

3.38pm: Ryan wins a pot with three-bet
Tadhg Ryan continues to amp up the aggression by three-betting to 175,000 from the button after Tim Slater had made it 75,000 to go from the hijack. After eying up Ryan's stack, Slater - who spoke of how tight he was playing yesterday - mucked his hand. -- NW

3.32pm: Ryan wins a big pot with cold four-bet
From under-the-gun Raj Verma opened to 82,000, only for Richard Sinclair to three-bet to 195,000 from the cut-off. It folded round to Tadhg Ryan in the big blind and he asked for a count of Sinclair's bet before announcing: "Raise, 500,000 total," as Ryan - who only has the use of one hand at the moment due to a Hurling injury - slid out the re-raise you could see his hand shaking violently. Perhaps Sinclair and Verma picked up on this, perhaps they had relatively weak holdings, they both passed and Ryan scooped a big pot. -- NW

3.25pm: The 'show one' game
James Morris is trying to get the players to play the 'show one' game where if you win a pot you must show one card. So far Tadhg Ryan has acquiesced to this request, he raised to 76,000 and flashed the A♠ after everyone had folded. -- NW

3.25pm: Sinclair wins first hand
On the first hand everyone passed to give big blind Richard Sinclair a walk. -- NW

3.23pm: Shuffle up and deal
Play has started, there's 23 minutes left of the current level. -- NW

3.20pm: Final table about to start
The players are in their seats, they've unbagged their chips and shuffle up and deal is not too far away. -- NW

2.30pm: Final table set
The final eight players are arriving for the last day of this five-day tournament. Richard Sinclair is out in front with 1,938,000. Full player profiles will be posted shortly. -- RD

The final table
Seat 1: Tadhg Ryan, Ireland - 836,000
Seat 2: Rajesh Verma, United Kingdom, PokerStars player - 1,343,000
Seat 3: Rakesh Paul Gupta, United Kingdom - 958,000
Seat 4: James Morris, United Kingdom, PokerStars player - 926,000
Seat 5: Barry Foley, Ireland - 446,000
Seat 6: Richard Sinclair, United Kingdom - 1,938,000
Seat 7: Tim Slater, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier - 858,000
Seat 8: Jonathan Gawith, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier - 898,000


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Chip leader Richard Sinclair


PokerStars Blog reporting team in Newcastle (in order of computer rage): Rick Dacey (still can't get the bloody wireless to work) and Nick Wright (happy as Larry with his mac notebook). Photos by Mickey May (calm as lake Arre).

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