UKIPT London final table: Level 26-31 updates (60,000-120,000 10,000 ante)

6.50pm: Sergio Aido wins UKIPT London; Thomas Ward out in second
Bam, back to back all-ins and it's all over.

This was another five-bet all-in pre-flop pot, again it was the all-in player who had the best hand but this time it didn't hold up. It was Aido who five bet all-in, Ward the player who called it off.

Ward: [10d][10c]
Aido: A♠J♠

The board ran out K♦9♥A♥3♦A♣ Aido flopped one ace and rivered another to win the title and £144,555, whilst Thomas Ward finishes second and takes home £116,845.

A full wrap of the day's play and a thrilling conclusion to the UKIPT leader board race is on the way. The next UKIPT takes place in (hopefully) sunny Marbella June 12th-16th, I've got a feeling Sergio Aido might put in an appearance at that one too. Whilst he'll definitely be playing the UKIPT Champion of Champions event that takes place at 7pm tomorrow. We'll be back for that too.

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Ace-jack is going to be Aido's new favourite hand

6.40pm: Sergio Aido doubles through Thomas Ward
We've just had the first all-in and call of heads-up play, Thomas Ward five-bet all-in for an effective 5,465,000 with K♣Q♣ and Aido called with A♦J♥.

A 7♣6♠[10s]5♥3♠ board saw Ward wincing and vaulted Aido back into the chip lead.

6.35pm: Ward stretches to two to one chip lead
Thomas Ward has roughly 10,800,000 to Sergio Aido's 5,400,000 after taking sizeable pot from him.

Pre-flop Sergio Aido raised to 240,000 and Ward called, on the spade heavy [10s]3♠J♠ flop both players checked to see the Q♥ fall on the turn. At this juncture Aido continued for 325,000 and Ward smooth called. The A♦ completed the board, Ward checked to Aido, the Spaniard fired out 1,000,000 and Ward insta-called, Aido showed 7♠6♣, whilst Ward had A♣9♠ to claim the pot.

6.25pm: Ward winning the battles, but war still very much raging
Of the three pots that have reached the river, in the last ten minutes, Thomas Ward has claimed two of them and has stretched his chip lead over Sergio Aido.

The first went to Aido, he called Ward's pre-flop raise of 250,000 and then check-raised his 250,000 c-bet to 700,000 on the J♠K♠Q♦ flop, Ward called. Both players checked the J♣ turn, before Aido fired 1,075,000 on the J♥ river, a bet Ward declined to call.

In the next skirmish, Aido opened to 250,000 on the button and Ward defended from the big blind. On the 2♣8♠3♥ flop Ward check-called a bet of 200,000. The 6♠ turn and 7♥ river were both checked through and Ward's [K][2] was good against Aido's [A][4].

The third hand that went to showdown started with Aido raising to 240,000 from the button and Ward smooth calling from the big blind. On the 2♠9♦6♠ flop Aido c-bet 275,000 and Ward called. The A♥ fell on the turn, Aido fired again, this time 500,000, again Ward called. The Q♦ completed the board, both players checked, Ward showed 9♠8♦, which just pipped Aido's 9♥7♣.

6.15pm: Big pot swings heads-up contest Ward's way
The chip counts at the start of heads-up play have now been reversed as Thomas Ward just won a big pot from Sergio Aido.

The Spaniard opened to 240,000 on the button and Ward called, on the 2♥K♣3♣ flop Ward check-raised Aido's c-bet to 680,000 and Aido called. The Q♥ fell on the turn, bet of 1,330,000 from Ward, call from Aido. The [10d] completed the board, Ward bet out again, this time for 1,880,000 and again Aido called. Ward showed K♠2♠ and it was good as Aido mucked his hand.

6.05pm: Deal
The two players have done a deal, the original payouts were:

1st. £156,800
2nd. £104,600

They've agreed on the following:

Sergio Aido: £124,555
Thomas Ward: £116,845

Still to play for: £20,000.

Heads-up play is now underway.

5.55pm: Heads-Up chip counts
The chips have been counted and going into heads-up play these are the 100% accurate chip counts...

Seat 7 - Thomas Ward, UK, PokerStars Qualifier, 6,195,000
Seat 9 - Sergio Aido, Spain, 10,095,000

5.45pm: Patrick Simcoe eliminated in third place (£63,560)
We're now heads-up here in London and it's going to be be Spain versus Scotland for the last UKIPT title of the season as Sergio Aido just eliminated Patrick Simcoe.

Pre-flop Simcoe raised to 250,000 on the button and Aido called from the big blind. The flop came K♥3♥5♦, Aido checked, Simcoe moved all-in for about 2,200,000 and Aido snap called.

Simcoe: A♦3♦
Aido: K♣[10d]

The Q♥ and 2♣ completed the board meaning Simcoe will have to settle for a not too shabby pay day of £63,560, whilst with that pot I reckon Aido will have the chip lead going to heads-up. There's now a brief stoppage in play before heads-up begins.

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The Simcoe show was cancelled in third

5.35pm: Chip counts
As we head into level 31 this is the state of play...

Seat 2 - Patrick Simcoe, UK, PokerStars Qualifier, 2,400,000
Seat 7 - Thomas Ward, UK, PokerStars Qualifier, 7,485,000

Seat 9 - Sergio Aido, Spain, 6,500,000


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Poker. Is. Fun. (when you're winning)

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5.35pm: Aido five-bet shoves
Sergio Aido is not afraid to play big pots, he just five bet shoved on Thomas Ward and Ward turbo mucked.

5.25pm: Aido on the up, Simcoe on the slide
Thomas Ward has increased his stack to around 8,000,000 and Sergio Aido is up to around 4,000,000. The Spaniard is now basically level in chips with Patrick Simcoe after winning a pot against the Brit.

From the button Simcoe raised to 225,000, Aido called from the big blind. On the K♥[10c]A♥ flop Aido check-called a bet of 350,000. That was all the betting there was though as both players checked the 7♦ turn and 2♥ river, Simcoe showed J♣8♣, Aido A♠7♣ and his two pair took it down. -- NW

5.15pm: Thomas Ward doubles through Sergio Aido
Wow! Big pot, huge pot and almost certainly a tournament changing pot.

From the small blind Thomas Ward opened to 225,000, Sergio Aido three-bet to 430,000 from the big blind, Ward then four-bet to 1,350,000, Aido moved all-in and Ward called. He was the at risk players, all-in for 3,380,000.

Ward: A♦Q♣
Aido: Q♠Q♦

The [10d]K♣K♥A♠9♥ board swung the pot in Ward's favour, Aido looked more than a little deflated when the ace turned and who can blame him.

After that pot Ward has 6,760,000, Aido slips to 3,875,000 whilst Patrick Simcoe is on 5,100,000. Had Aido won that pot he'd have been heads-up with a 2:1 chip lead, as it is he's now the short stack. Poker, it's a cruel game.

5pm: Big pot for Aido
The biggest pot since three-handed play began just played out between Thomas Ward and Sergio Aido.

There was already around 850,000 in the pot and they'd reached the turn of a 9♣2♦A♣5♦ board, Ward (small blind) checked to Aido (big blind) and the Spaniard bet 625,000, call from Ward. The 7♣ completed the board, Ward checked again, Aido fired out 1,375,000 and Ward called. Aido, rolled over Q♣[10c] for the rivered flush and Ward mucked his hand.

The Spaniard chopped the £1k turbo EPT side event last night and is looking good to get at least heads-up in this event. -- NW

4.50pm: Philippe Souki eliminated in fourth place (£44,870)
And then there were three...

Thomas Ward opened from under-the-gun to 200,000, Philippe Souki then moved all-in for around 1,400,000 and Ward made the call.

Souki: [10d]9♦
Ward: 7♣7♥

The board ran 6♣Q♥6♠2♣A♥ and Ward's hand held to send Souki home in fourth place.

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Souki, fourth place for the local lad

4.35pm: Chip counts
These are 100% official as done by tournament staff during the break.

Seat 2 - Patrick Simcoe, UK, PokerStars Qualifier, 5,445,000
Seat 7 - Thomas Ward, UK, PokerStars Qualifier, 4,555,000

Seat 8 - Philippe Souki, UK, 1,530,000
Seat 9 - Sergio Aido, Spain, 5,160,000

Although it's still Patrick Simcoe who leads he actually lost 325,000 in chips during the last two levels, Thomas Ward (+2,305,000) and Sergio Aido (+2,385,000) were the big winners. Whilst Philippe Souki lost 505,000.

Players are back in their seats and action is back underway.

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4.20pm: Break time
The players are now on a 15 minute break, Patrick Simcoe took the last hand before the break by simply open shoving fom the button or an effective 40 or so big blinds. -- NW

4.15pm: Souki the shortest stack
Whilst the battle for chip leader is a close one, Philippe Souki is the clear short stack, the Brit has around 1,400,000 at the moment.

4.10pm: Wim Neys eliminated in fifth place (£33,680)
The final table is now a Belgian free zone as Wim Neys followed his compatriot to the rail just minutes later.

The aggressive Sergio Aido opened, Neys moved all-in for 1,475,000 and Aido made the call.

Aido: 7♦7♥
Neys: A♠9♦

The Q♠8♦J♥ flop gave Neys a lot of outs, the Q♣ turn even more, but the 5♠ river was not one of them and just like that we're down to four players. I think with that pot Aido, who now has 5,000,000, has taken the chip lead. I'll be getting official counts at the end of this level, which is in 10 minutes time.

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No more Neys in London

4pm: Guy Goossens eliminated in sixth place (£22,490)
Two hands in a row have done for Guy Goossens. In the first he lost half his stack to Patrick Simcoe when Simcoe's [K][J] connected with the jack on the river and Goossens, the pre-flop raiser, paid off a river bet to leave himself with just 400,000.

The next hand Sergio Aido set him in from the small blind with 5♠3♠ and Goossens called it off with pocket twos. The 7♦Q♠5♥3♦7♠ board saw the pot head the Spaniard's way and Goossens head to the rail. -- NW

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Goossens hopes have gone up in smoke

3.55pm: Neys takes more from Simcoe
Things are not going Patrick Simcoe's way at the moment as he just lost another pot, this time to Wim Neys.

It folded to Simcoe in the small blind, he limped and Neys rapped the table to indicate no raise, the dealer spread 6♥2♠[10s] on the felt, Simcoe check-called a bet of 80,000 from Neys. The 3♠ was next out of the deck, again Simcoe check-called, this time for 140,000. The Q♦ filled out the board, a third check from Simcoe and Neys fired a bet of 150,000 and after about 20 seconds Simcoe made the call. Neys rolled over 6♠3♣ and Simcoe mucked his hand. -- NW

3.40pm: More for Ward
The resurgence of Thomas Ward continues as he just put a dent in chip leader Patrick Simcoe's stack. Pre-flop Ward made it 160,000 to go, call from Simcoe from the big blind. The flop of 7♦4♠Q♠ elicited a c-bet of 185,000 from Ward, call from Simcoe. The J♠ fell on the turn, check from Simcoe, bet of 205,000 from Ward, call from Simcoe. The 6♠ fell on the river, putting four spades on board, check from Simcoe.

"Shall we look at our hands at the same time to see if we've got a spade?" asked Ward. "I haven't looked at my hand since the start of the hand," replied Simcoe. "Then how did you know if you were suited or not on the flop?" shot back Ward. After this back and forth Ward bet 505,000 and Simcoe mucked his hand. -- NW

3.30pm: Ward wins one from Souki
With a complete board of Q♣5♥J♥3♦[10d] on the felt Philippe Souki bet 355,000, Thomas Ward thought for a while before calling, Souki tapped the table to indicate Ward's call was good, Ward showed K♠[10c] as he claimed the pot. -- NW

3.20pm: Chip counts
As the blinds tick up to 40,000 - 80,000 ante 5,000 here's how the players stack up.

Seat 1 - Guy Goossens, Belgium, 1,045,000
Seat 2 - Patrick Simcoe, UK, PokerStars Qualifier, 5,770,000
Seat 4 - Wim Neys, Belgium, PokerStars Qualifier, 2,420,000
Seat 7 - Thomas Ward, UK, PokerStars Qualifier, 2,245,000

Seat 8 - Philippe Souki, UK, 2,035,000
Seat 9 - Sergio Aido, Spain, 2,775,000

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3.15pm: Goossens gets one through
He's been on the slide for most of the final table, but Belgian Guy Goossens just picked up some chips.

From under-the-gun+1 Sergio Aido opened to 125,000, Goossens jammed for 810,000 and despite pulling a number of facial expressions that suggested he was going to make a crying call he laid his hand down. -- NW

3pm: Philippe Souki wins monster pot
A big pot now for Philippe Souki who emptied the clip and forced Wim Neys to lay his hand down.

Pre-flop Wim Neys opened to 125,000 from the hi-jack, Souki re-raised to 270,000 and Neys made the call.

Flop: A♠5♦5♣ - bet of 210,000 from Souki, call from Neys (pot approx 600,000)
Turn: 7♣ - bet of 415,000 from Souki call from Neys (pot approx 1,430,000)
River: 3♦ - all-in from Souki, he was the bigger chip stack so it was for an effective 875,000, Neys looked at his cards quickly then counted his stack, cutting out part of it to riffle. He tanked for a good four to five minutes before folding his hand. After that hand Souki climbs to roughly 2,600,000. -- NW

2.45pm: Aido stays active, Goossens at risk
Most of the pots being played still involve Sergio Aido, although Thomas Ward has also noticeably stepped up his agression and any pots the Spaniard doesn't take are usually being mopped up by the man from Aberdeenshire.

As a result it's slim pickings for Guy Goossens, he's the shortest stack he's slipped to around 850,000.


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Aido - is the most active player

2.30pm: Active Aido
Sergio Aido is clearly the most active player at the table, he's involved in most hands and he's usually the one taking an aggressive line.

Since the break he's been involved in two big pots, winning one and losing one. In the first Patrick Simcoe opened to 140,000, Aido three-bet big, making it 700,000 to go and Simcoe gave it up.

In the second he three-bet from the small blind over a 120,000 chip open from Thomas Ward, but this time he three-bet very small, just over the minimum in fact as he made it 185,000 total, an amount Ward called.

The two of them took a 7♦A♥[10h] flop, Aido continued for 205,000, call from Ward. The 7♠ turn was checked through, before Aido check-folded to Ward's bet on the [10c] river.

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2.15pm: Chip counts
Here are the chip counts from the break

Seat 1 - Guy Goossens, Belgium, 1,045,000
Seat 2 - Patrick Simcoe, UK, PokerStars Qualifier, 5,770,000
Seat 4 - Wim Neys, Belgium, PokerStars Qualifier, 2,420,000
Seat 7 - Thomas Ward, UK, PokerStars Qualifier, 2,245,000

Seat 8 - Philippe Souki, UK, 2,035,000
Seat 9 - Sergio Aido, Spain, 2,775,000

It's Patrick Simcoe who leads and despite the early set back for Thomas Ward he recovered and only has 250,000 less than he started with, Goosens lost 205,000 during the opening two levels, Neys is negative 830,000 over the same period, Souki has lost a little under 400,000, whilst Aido has gained just over one million. Of course the majority of chips have been mopped up by Simcoe who's up 4,536,000 since the start of play.

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Simcoe has good reason to be smiling

2.05pm: One for Aido, one for Ward
True to form the last two hands at this final table saw pre-flop raising wars break out, both involved Sergio Aido.

In the first Wim Neys opened to 100,000 from the cut-off, Aido three-bet to 260,000 from the small-blind, Weys four-bet to 510,000, Aido slid out a five-bet of 785,000 and Neys gave it up.

The very next hand Thomas Ward opened to 100,000 from the button, Aido three-bet to 260,000 but folded to Wards' just over min-four bet of 422,000.

The player are now on a 15 minute break during which we'll get official chip counts.

2pm: Thomas Ward doubles through Sergio Aido
They say luck evens itself out, after getting horrifically unlucky earlier, Thomas Ward just got lucky to stay in it.

Sergio Aido opened to 100,000 from early position, Ward then moved all-in from the small blind for 913,000 and Aido made the call.

Ward: A♠J♣
Aido: K♣K♠

The J♦3♦A♦ flop vaulted Ward from worst to first and he stayed there as the 6♥[ and 3♥ completed the board. Ward up to 1,850,000, Aido down to 2,450,000. -- NW

1.50pm: Pre-flop poker
Not too many flops being seen at the moment and those that do make it post-flop aren't making it past the flop.

Thomas Ward has moved in once, he's still keeping his head above water, but is the shortest stack. -- NW

1.35pm: Cesar Garcia eliminated in seventh place (£15,050)
Just one hand after Chris Dowling was eliminated Patrick Simcoe claimed another victim...

Cesar Garcia opened from early position off a stack of just shy of a million, Simcoe set him in from the small bind and Garcia called all-in.

Garcia: J♣J♥
Simcoe: K♠K♦

The 8♠5♠A♠ flop meant Garcia was drawing to one out, it didn't materialise on the Q♣ turn or K♥ river.

It's been some start for Simcoe who now has around 5,700,000 chips and is the clear chip leader. -- NW

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Garcia - gone in seventh

1.30pm: Chris Dowling eliminated in eighth place (£12,691)
One double up was all Chris Dowling would get...

The very next hand he shoved under-the-gun for around 400,000 with Q♦7♦, Patrick Simcoe gave him a spin from the big blind with K♥9♠. The A♠9♠5♥[10c]8♣ board means Dowling suffers yet more UKIPT final table disappointment. -- NW

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It just wasn't Dowling's day

1.25pm: Sergio Aido doubles through Chris Dowling
A huge pot has just gone the way of Sergio Aido and as a result he's now up to 3,500,000, whilst Chris Dowling is down to just 180,000.

The action was started by Aido, Dowling then three-bet, Aido four-bet shoved for 1,763,000 and Dowling called.

Aido: [10h][10d]
Dowling: A♦K♦

The 5♥Q♦8♠5♣7♣ board kept the Spaniard in front and left Dowling short.

Two hands later Dowling doubled through Aido, A♦[10c] against A♠8♣ but he's still very short on chips. -- NW

1.15pm: Neys takes a chunk from Garcia
Start of final table chip leader Wim Neys just won his biggest pot of the final table so far. There was a raise to 100,000 under-the-gun from Cesar Garcia and Neys defended from the big blind. On the 4♠5♣A♣ flop Garcia c-bet 110,000, Neys check-raised to 265,000 and Garcia smooth called. The J♠ fell on fourth street, Neys stayed aggressive, firing out a bet of 305,000, Garcia riffled his chips for a couple of minutes before releasing his hand. -- NW

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1.05pm: Ward wins back to back pots
Thomas Ward was actually down to around 500,000 after losing that pot to Patrick Simcoe, but he has shoved two hands in a row to pick up some much needed chips. The first was an open shove, garnering him 80,000, but in the second he raised all-in from the big blind over the top of Wim Neys 80,000 open from the button. After getting a count Neys folded. -- NW

12.50pm: Patrick Simcoe doubles through Thomas Ward
I don't think I've ever seen someone take a beat of such magnitude or importance as well as Thomas Ward just did.

Pre-flop Simcoe raised to 80,000 from middle position, Ward three-bet to 195,000 from the small blind and Simcoe smooth called. The flop fell 3♦J♣2♦, Ward led for 175,000, Simcoe moved all-in for 1,695,000 and Ward snap called.

Ward: J♦J♠ - top set
Simcoe: A♦8♦ - nut flush draw

The 8♣ turn was a blank as even if Simcoe hit another eight he'd still lose the pot, but the 4♦ river card saw Simcoe, who had already stood up and collected his belongings, sit back down, Ward simple took his head phones out and inquired as to how much he owed Simcoe. After that hand Simcoe takes the chip lead as he's up to around 3,650,000 whilst Ward slips to around 600,000. -- NW

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Diamonds are Simcoe's best friend

12.45pm: Three-bet for the win
It's been an aggressive tournament throughout and it didn't take long for the first three-bet pot of this final table. It folded to Philippe Souki in the cut-off, he opened to 80,000 then called when Sergio Aido made it 175,000 on the button.

The two of them saw a K♠4♠[10d] flop and a c-bet of 180,000 from Aido was enough to take down the pot. -- NW

12.40pm: And they're off
The players are into the final furlong of this tournament and cards are now in the air here in London. -- NW

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The elite eight finalists at UKIPT London

12.30pm: Welcome to the UKIPT final table
Hello and welcome to the UKIPT final table, we've got a mix of Brits, Irish, Belgians and Spaniards for the finale of Season 3. It's Belguim's Wim Neys who leads the way, although the chasing pack is not far behind.

This is how the final eight stack up as we get underway...

Seat 1 - Guy Goossens, Belgium, 1,250,000
Seat 2 - Patrick Simcoe, UK, 1,234,000
Seat 3 - Chris Dowling, Ireland, 2,262,000
Seat 4 - Wim Neys, Belgium, 3,270,000
Seat 6 - Cesar Garcia, Spain, 1,156,000
Seat 7 - Thomas Ward, UK, 2,474,000
Seat 8 - Philippe Souki, UK, 2,402,000
Seat 9 - Sergio Aido, Spain, 1,748,000

and this is what they're playing for

1st. £156,800
2nd. £104,600
3rd. £63,560
4th. £44,870
5th. £33,680
6th. £22,490
7th. £15,050
8th. £12,691

If you'd like to know a bit more about the players in the final eight click here.

Play will be underway shortly, there's 21 minutes left in the current level.

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Wim Neys, chip leader at the final table

PokerStars Blog reporting team in London: Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May.

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