UKIPT Newcastle: Final table, level 27 & 28 updates (blinds 30,000-60,000, ante 5,000)
7.03pm: Break time
Players are on a 15 minute break. You'll find updates in a new post. -- NW
6.58pm: Sinclair makes a move
Richard Sinclair hasn't really been involved in any big pots thus far, just chipping up through small pot poker. He just opened up his play book though to win a three-way pot though that took around 10 minutes to complete and extended into the break.
It was Sinclair who started the action raising to 140,000 from the button, Rajesh Verma called reasonably swiftly from the small blind before Rakesh Paul Gupta took his time (as he has been want to do) before flicking in the extra from the big blind. The flop was 6♣7♠9♠ and all three players checked.
The turn was the Q♣ and although both Verma and Gupta looked like they might bet, they checked to Sinclair who bet 160,000, both players made the call. The river was the 7♥ and Verma led out for 425,000, Gupta passed but Sinclair cut out calling chips, then raising chips and then announced all-in.
This caused Verma to stand up, pull his hood over his head, sit back down, pull his hood down and start chatting to himself. Eventually he passed and Sinclair showed the J♠4♣ for a total air ball and a gutsy river bluff. You don't see too many of them at UKIPT's. During the break Verma came up to us and told us that he had [10c]9♣ and said that although he hadn't shown that to the table he was fine with us putting it on the blog. -- NW
6.48pm: Maneuvering for position
There are some big money jumps just ahead with £12,000 difference between fourth and second. These are the nervous last few hands.
1) Barry Foley opens to 140,000 and Raj Verma three-bets to 415,000 to take the pot. Verma moves up to 2,400,000, Foley down to 1,100,000.
2) Rakesh Paul Gupta limps the small blind and loses out to Foley's bottom pair on a checked down board.
3) Richard Sinclair gets a walk.
4) Gupta scoops the blinds with a 160,000 open from the cut-off. He shows the A♠.
5) Sinclair button raises to 140,000 and knocks Gupta off his defended big blind with a 135,000 c-bet into a 4♦8♣8♦ flop.
6) Sinclair opens to 140,000 from the cut-off and calls Foley's 290,000 three-bet. He folds to Foley's shove on the 9♠6♣3♦ flop.
Four players remain and the blinds are due to go up to 40,000-80,000 shortly. The average stack will be just 25 big blinds. -- RD
6.38pm: Prizes and payouts
Here's a reminder of who's won what so far today and what the remaining four players are playing for.
5th: Tim Slater, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £14,050
6th: Jonathan Gawith, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qulaifier, £11,210
7th: Tadhg Ryan, Ireland, £8,580
8th: James Morris, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £6,510
6.38pm: Tim Slater eliminated in 5th place (£14,050)
Earlier at the final table Tim Slater cracked Raj Verma's pocket kings with pocket jacks, Verma just got his revenge.
It had folded to Slater in the small blind and he moved all-in for around 11 big blinds (660,000) and Verma made a quick call from the big blind.
The board of 3♠6♥9♣K♦5♦ sent Slater to the rail, he's been entertaining throughout the tournament and despite claiming earlier that he was a bad loser it was smiles and handshakes all round as he left the table. He said: "I came to the final table sixth in chips and can't do anything but shove in my last hand so I've got to be happy with fifth." -- NW
6.28pm: Jonathan Gawith nitrolled out in 6th (£11,210)
Jonathan Gawith must have thought he was ahead when Rakesh Paul Gupta went into the tank and asked: "Are you making a move?"
Gawith had shoved 440,000 (seven big blinds) from the button into Gupta's big blind. Gupta counted out the chips to call and stared Gawith down before asking if he was making a move and calling. Massive nitroll.
Gawith failed to suck out on the K♣7♥9♣K♥K♦ board and departs in 6th place for £11,210, a great return for his online package. -- RD
6.20pm: Slater in the thick of it
Tim Slater is quick to remind the table how tight he is, yet he was just involved in three pots in a row:
Hand One: He opened to 150,000 from under-the-gun+1 but folded to Barry Foley's all-in bet of 905,000.
Hand Two: He moved all-in from under-the-gun for 900,000 and everyone folded, Slater showed the A♥.
Hand Three: It folded to Richard Sinclair in the small blind and he slid out a bet of 500,000, Slater moved all-in for around one million and Sinclair made the call. On their backs:
The flop was 4♠[10s]7♥ giving Sinclair a free roll, the 3♠ kept that free roll alive and Slater stood up and said: "I apologise in advance for what I say if the river is a spade. I'm not a good loser." The dealer burned and turned the...3♦ and the pot was chopped. -- NW
6.10pm: Chip counts
Here are the chip counts as they were at the start of level 28:
Seat 2: Rajesh Verma, United Kingdom, PokerStars player - 1,600,000
Seat 3: Rakesh Paul Gupta, United Kingdom - 1,250,000
Seat 5: Barry Foley, Ireland - 1,005,000
Seat 6: Richard Sinclair, United Kingdom - 2,700,000
Seat 7: Tim Slater, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier - 900,000
Seat 8: Jonathan Gawith, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier - 400,000
6pm: Tadhg Ryan out in 7th (£8,580)
Tadhg Ryan has shown a lot of heart this last couple of days and certainly hasn't been shy in getting his chips in, this hand being a case in point. The action folded to him in the small blind and he jammed 550,000 into Raj Verma who made the call.
The 4♣2♦T♣ flop put Ryan ahead but gave Verma a hatful of outs; any six, ace or club. The flush arrived on the turn with the 9♣ and Ryan was sent to the rail with a heartfelt handshake from Verma who leaps up the chip charts with 1,700,000. It's quite a comeback since Tim Slater cracked his kings. -- RD
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 30,000-60,000, ANTE 5,000
5.48pm: A few hands
Since James Morris exit not a ton has happened. Jonathan Gawith moved all-in from the small blind and Tadhg Ryan folded. Then the next hand Ryan opened to 120,000 from the small blind but folded to Raj Verma's re-raise to 340,000.
And the hand after that Richard Sinclair made it 110,000 from under-the-gun+1 and everyone folded with Rakesh Paul Gupta showing pocket twos as he did. -- NW
5.38pm: Morris out in 8th (£6,510)
James Morris is our first player out after three-bet jamming A♦5♦ into Rakesh Paul Gupta's K♦Q♦. The betting was hard to catch but it looked like 130,000 from Gupta to open and a shove of around 550,000 from Morris.
The Q♥T♦2♥ flop instantly put Gupta ahead and no ace or backdoor draw arrived to help ot Morris, who we thought had a good shout of making the final few seats here. -- RD
5.30pm: Foley doubles through Morris
From middle position Tadhg Ryan made it 120,000 to play, it folded to James Morris who three-bet to 310,000. Then from the small blind Barry Foley four-bet all-in for 460,000. Back on Ryan he sighed and passed before Morris made the obligatory call, on their backs:
The flop of 7♣K♠J♥ saw Morris grimace as Foley took the lead. The 9♣ turn gave Morris additional re-suck outs but the 4♥ was a brick and Foley doubled up whilst Morris slipped to 550,000. -- NW
5.30pm: Gawith gets one through
The shortest stack at the table - Jonathan Gawith - moved all-in for 335,000 from the hi-jack, Raj Verma tank-folded but everyone else got out the way pretty sharpish. -- NW
5.25pm: A few hands
1) Raj Verma open shoves 800,000 from the cut-off and forces Barry Foley to fold his big blind.
2) Tadhg Ryan steals the blinds.
3) James Morris opens to 140,000, takes the blinds and shows A♦J♠.
4) Morris takes the blinds again, doesn't show but has a swig of tea instead. That''s 230,000 he's taken unopposed in two hands. The blinds and antes are huge now.
5) Walk for Verma. Must be nice.
I've just heard the words 'all-in and call.' Details to come. -- RD
5.15pm: Va Va Verma
First hand back from the break Tadhg Ryan made it 120,000 from the cut off and then Raj Verma moved all-in for 590,000 from the button. First Rakesh Paul Gupta looked like he might make the call but he folded and then Ryan too released his hand. Still eight handed here in Newcastle, but for how much longer? -- NW
5.10pm: Final table profiles
If you're an impartial follower and you're trying to decide who to root for why not take a look at the final table profiles and make up your mind. Or if you're stuck in an office and clock watching until the end of the day they'll take you that bit closer to going home. Click
here to learn some more about Newcastle's elite eight. -- NW
5pm: Chip counts
Here are the chip counts as they were at the start of level 27:
Seat 1: Tadhg Ryan, Ireland - 1,085,000
Seat 2: Rajesh Verma, United Kingdom, PokerStars player - 595,000
Seat 3: Rakesh Paul Gupta, United Kingdom - 860,000
Seat 4: James Morris, United Kingdom, PokerStars player - 990,000
Seat 5: Barry Foley, Ireland - 585,000
Seat 6: Richard Sinclair, United Kingdom - 2,470,000
Seat 7: Tim Slater, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier - 1,170,000
Seat 8: Jonathan Gawith, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier - 455,000
Richard Sinclair continues to lead but behind him it's very bunched indeed. With the other seven players having between nine and 24 big blinds. -- NW
5pm: Play restarts
The final eight players are back in their seats and this level promises to be bloody carnage, except without the blood, or the carnage for that matter, but I'd be very surprised if we don't lose a couple of players this level. -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Newcastle (and the occupation they currently look like they occupy): Rick Dacey (office worker/teacher failing to be trendy) and Nick Wright (music journalist/ineffective lumberjack). Photos by Mickey May.