UKIPT Newcastle: Final table, level 29 updates (blinds 40,000-80,000, ante 5,000)
8.15pm: Richard Sinclair is the UKIPT Newcastle winner
Well, we thought it could be a fast heads up and it certainly was. Sinclair opened for 190,000 from the button and was three-bet to 535,000 by Raj Verma in the big blind. Sinclair made the call.
Verma led 510,000 into the J♦9♠8♠ flop and Sinclair raised to 1,235,000. Verma didn't waste much time in moving all-in for around 3,000,000 and Sinclair instantly called.
Verma: K♥Q♥ for the gutshot
Sinclair was way ahead but the Q♦ on the turn gave him a sweat. He needed to fade any king, queen or ten. A flash of paint gave cause for concern on the river but the J♠ sealed the deal for Sinclair who claims the £67,000 first place prize. Raj Verma, a very worthy runner-up, takes home £40,400.
Full wrap of the day's action to come. -- RD
8.10pm: Sinclair extends lead
The opening exchanges of heads-up have been cagey, there's been very few flops and exactly zero three-bets so far. However, Sinclair has won the majority of pots to extend his chip lead slightly. -- NW
8.05pm: Heads up begins
Following a short break the heads up has begun with Richard Sinclair holding a 4,875,000 to 3,330,000 lead over Raj Verma. There are just over 100 big blinds in play and with these two aggressive players this could be done and dusted in record time. Famous last words... -- RD
7.57pm: Rakesh Paul Gupta goes in third (£24,700)
Rakesh Paul Gupta has just bust out to set the action heads up. Raj Verma opened the pot from the smalll blind for 225,000 and was shoved on by Gupta for 1,500,000. Verma snapped it off and tossed his cards on their back.
It was a clear J♣2♥3♣ flop for Verma but there were stilll two overs to dodge. The 5♠ turn and 9♠ river kept the snowmen ahead and sent Gupta to the rail for a £24,700 pay day. Verma to face Riichard Sinclair heads up for the title. -- RD
7.50pm: Barry Foley eliminated in fourth place (£18,100)
Down to just 335,000 after putting half his stack in and folding Barry Foley moved all-in for 335,000 from the small blind with K♣8♥ and chip leader Richard Sinclair made the call with 6♠5♠.
The flop was 7♠3♠Q♣ and although Foley stayed in front Sinclair had a gutshot straight flush draw. The turn was the 4♥ bringing in the straight part of Sinclair's draw, the river was the J♥ and we're down to three in Newcastle. -- NW
7.41pm: Gupta's revenge
Rakesh Paul Gupta was down to six big blinds and couldn't afford to fold many hands and decided to shove for 480,000 over the top of Raj Verma's 215,000 button raise. Barry Foley called in the big blind for exactly half of his stack leaving Gupta with a tough decision.
Verma opted to shove and Foley, pressured by the thought of busting before Gupta, passed his hand leaving himself with just 480,000.
Foley's massive pass backfired when the board ran out Q♦6♣Q♠3♦5♦ and saw Gupta triple to 1,500,000. Foley now short with 480,000. -- RD
7.30pm: Verma flops quads, gets paid
Raj Verma limped from the small blind for 80,000 and was raised to 260,000 by Rakesh Paul Gupta. Verma pulled out a large limp raise to 615,000 and was called by Gupta. With well over a million in the pot Verma checked the A♠6♠6♦ flop to Gupta who set Verma in for his remaining 650,000. Verma snap called.
Tough flop for Gupta who drops to 480,000. Verma up to 2,500,000. Gupta now the short stack. -- RD
7.22pm: On the oche
"You playing darts?" said Rakesh Paul Gupta to Richard Sinclair as the latter raised to 180,000 for the second hand in a row. Either way he folded and Sinclair dragged the pot. Will Gupta be thinking about what he could've won after the tournament? -- NW
7.12pm: Heard the one about the two Scots, the Englishman and the Irishman?
We have two Scots (Rakesh Paul Gupta and Richard Sinclair), one Englishman (Raj Verma) and one Irishman (Barry Foley) left in this comp. We've had a Scotsman win a UKIPT before in David Vamplew but that was EPT London, the UKIPT Grand Final. If Gupta or Sinclair lift the trophy here it will be the first regular UKIPT leg won by a player from north of the border. Sinclair is in a great position to do that right now.
Seat 1: Raj Verma, United Kingdom, 1,175,000
Seat 2: Rakesh Paul Gupta, United Kingdom, 1,620,000
Seat 3: Barry Foley, Ireland, 1,245,000
Seat 4: Richard Sinclair, United Kingdom, 4,185,000
The players will be returning to their seats shortly. -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Newcastle (in order of who forgot to do the 'in order of'): Rick Dacey (forgot to do it) and Nick Wright (was watching the action). Photos by Mickey May.