UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: Final table level 24-29 updates (50,000/100,000, 10,000 ante)

8.30pm: Ben Mayhew wins UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max (£72,840)
It's all over and Ben Mayhew has won the UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max Main Event. Here's what happened on the final hand...

Tony Salmon raised to 200,000 from the small blind, Mayhew moved all-in from the big blind and Salmon called.

Salmon: 6♣6♥
Mayhew: A♦K♣

The 8♠J♦K♣5♦8♣ board gave Mayhew the win and he collapsed on the floor hands on face to catch the tears that were flowing
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It's been emotional

Having recovered he stood and made a beeline for Salmon, the two shook hands then Mayhew went to his rail and they embraced him.

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Mayhew and Salmon shake hands

Congratulations to Ben Mayhew on winning UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max and commiserations to Tony Salmon on a great performance, he collects £64,296 for his second place finish.

A full wrap of the final table is on the way and we'll be back from January 16th-20th for UKIPT4 Edinburgh. -- NW


Blinds up: 50,000/100,000, ante 10,000

8.20pm: Ben Mayhew doubles through Tony Salmon
We've just had the first all-in and call of heads-up play and it was a flip that flip-flopped the chip counts.

Ben Mayhew opened to 160,000, Tony Salmon three-bet to 500,000, Mayhew moved all-in for 3,090,000 and Salmon called.

Mayhew: A♠6♥
Salmon: K♠Q♥

The J♣3♥J♠4♣9♠ board kept Mayhew in front and he's up to 6,200,000 whilst Salmon is down to 2,880,000. -- NW

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Ben Mayhew has claimed the chip lead

8.10pm: Mayhew gets some back
Ben Mayhew has basically got this heads-up battle back to square one after winning his first significant pot of heads-up play.

He raised to 160,000 on the button and Tony Salmon called from the big blind and the two of them took a 6♠[10d]4♦ flop. Salmon led for 210,000 and Mayhew smooth called.

The K♦ hit the turn, cue a bet of 375,000 from Salmon and an all-in from Mayhew, that bet was too big for Salmon and he folded. -- NW

8pm: Salmon rolling
No major confrontations as of yet but Tony Salmon is winning the majority of the pots and as a result has stretched out into a 6.1M to 3M chip lead. -- NW

7.45pm: Heads-up chip counts
The heads-up chip counts are as follows:

Tony Salmon: 5,770,000
Ben Mayhew: 3,390,000

7.40pm: David Clifton-Burraway eliminated in third place (£66,514)
If poker as a whole is a cruel game then tournaments are sadistic. Just ask David Clifton-Burraway who's gone from potential chip leader to out in back to back hands.

His demise started when he opened to 160,000 with A♥K♦, Ben Mayhew moved all-in for 1,695,000 with A♦8♥ and Clifton-Burraway snap called. As he's done on a number of occasions in this tournament Mayhew got there when behind and at risk as the board ran 8♦4♥Q♦5♦[10s].

That left Clifton-Burraway with around 1,400,000 and on the next hand he three-bet shoved over the top of Tony Salmon's open with J♠7♠, Salmon called with A♣6♣ and held on the A♥4♥3♥7♦6♥ board.

He'll have the chip lead when heads-up play gets underway shortly. -- NW

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David Clifton-Burraway

7.35pm: Salmon busy but Clifton-Burraway taking chips
A quiet spell compared to recent activity. David Clifton-Burraway opened for 200,000 in the small blind which was called by Tony Salmon, who has been getting involved in a lot of pots. The flop came 7♣5♥3♣. Clifton-Burraway bet another 275,000 which Salmon called for a T♣ turn card. At this point Clifton-Burraway lumped in another 500,000. This was enough. Salmon passed. - SB

7.30pm: Chip counts
These are eyes on chip counts so not 100% accurate, but accurate enough:

Tony Salmon - 4,300,000
David Clifton-Burraway - 3,275,000
Ben Mayhew - 1,275,000

7.20pm: More for Salmon
Tony Salmon has moved into the chip lead after winning a chunky pot from David Clifton-Burraway. The pot started innocently enough with Ben Mayhew limping for 80,000, Clifton-Burraway calling from the small blind and Salmon checking his option.

On the [10c]6♣8♥ flop Clifton-Burraway led for 125,000 and Salmon was the only caller. On the J♦ turn Clifton-Burraway bet 300,000 and Salmon flat called once more. The Q♣ river completed a multitude of draws, Clifton-Burraway checked to Salmon, he bet 195,000 and Clifton-Burraway, scratched his head to try and find a hand he beat. He didn't find one though as he mucked his hand. Pot to Salmon. -- NW

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Salmon has leapt to the top of the chip counts

Blinds up: 40,000/80,000, ante 10,000

7.10pm: Chopped pot
More drama, well, up to a point. David Clifton-Burraway and Ben Mayhew got their chips in, Clifton-Burraway showing A♦7♣ against the A♥6♥ of Mayhew. The board ran out 4♦T♣3♠4♥J♥ for a chopped pot. - SB

6.55pm: One for Clifton-Burraway, one for Tony Salmon
There's been a couple of pots reach showdown since three-handed play began, here's what happened in them.

In the first Tony Salmon made it 140,000 from under-the-gun and David Clifton-Burraway called from the big blind. On the 2♠4♣Q♦ flop Salmon c-bet 135,000 and Clifton-Burraway smooth called. The Q♥ hit the turn, both players checked and the 4♠ river double paired the board.

First to act Clifton-Burraway led out for 200,000 and it was enough to take the pot.

Then three hands later Salmon raised on the button to 120,000, Ben Mayhew three-bet to 265,000 and Salmon smooth called. On the 5♦7♣5♥ flop Mayhew c-bet 240,000 and Salmon flat called. The 2♦ turn was checked to Salmon, he bet 375,000 and Mayhew made the call.

The K♥ completed the board, Mayhew checked again and called again when Salmon bet 420,000. "King high," said Salmon although that was erroneous as he showed K♠9♠ for two-pair. "You don't have to slowroll me," said Mayhew. "It wasn't a slowroll," countered Salmon. "Just say you've got two-pair," shot back Mayhew.

There's a little bit of tension between these two now and after that hand Salmon is up to 3,700,000 whilst Mayhew is down to 1,525,000. -- NW

6.35pm: Time to talk numbers
With three left talk of a deal came up again with the chip stacks as follows.

David Clifton-Burraway - 3,585,000
Tony Salmon - 2,475,000
Ben Mayhew - 3,020,000

Talk took some time, with ten per cent on the table to play for. But a deal was agreed with the following numbers:

Clifton-Burraway -- £66,514
Salmon -- £59,296
Mayhew - £62,840

Players are now on a short courtesy break to allow Clifton-Burraway time to eat a chicken Caesar salad. - SB

6.25pm: Ben Vinson eliminated in fourth place (£34,000)
It was a Ben on Ben bloodbath and unfortunately for Ben Vinson he came off the worst, despite getting it in good.

Pre-flop Ben Mayhew opened to 130,000 from the small blind and Vinson called from the big blind. The flop fell 9♣7♠7♦ Mayhew c-bet 100,000, Vinson raised to 285,000, Mayhew moved all-in for 1,300,000 total and Vinson, who only just had Mayhew covered, called it off.

Vinson: 9♠8♦
Mayhew: A♦J♥

Vinson was a 75% to eliminate Mayhew, the 8♣ turn card gave Mayhew straight outs, an ace or a jack would also give him a superior two-pair. He did it the hard way as the [10d] fell on the river to complete his straight and leave Vinson with shrapnel.

Although he managed to double up once, he couldn't repeat the trick, with half his stack already in the pot by way of the big blind, when it passed to Mayhew in the small blind he set him in for the other 50% with J♦7♠, Vinson called with 8♣6♥ and watched on as the board came 9♥5♠[10d][10h]4♠ to send him to the rail. -- NW

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Vinson - got unlucky to go out in fourth

6.15pm: More for Clifton-Burraway
David Clifton-Burraway opened for 160,000 in the small blind and Tony Salmon called in the big. The flop came 6♠8♥A♥. Clifton-Burraway bet another 205,000 which Salmon called for a J♣ turn. This time Clifton-Burraway checked leaving Salmon to bet 305,000. Clifton-Burraway called for a T♣ river card. Clifton-Burraway checked, as did Salmon. Clifton-Burraway showed J♠T♦ to win the hand. - SB

6.10pm: Clifton-Burraway bounces back
Just as you wait for two big hands to come along, a third follows. It kicked off when David Clifton-Burraway moving all-in on the button and Ben Mayhew calling from the big blind. It would be big.

Clifton-Burraway - A♥5♣
Mayhew - A♦K♣

The board ran Q♦3♦6♥5♦7♣

The turn did it for Clifton-Burraway, although there was no sound from either player.

Mayhew handed over the chips, a turnaround from some of the hands that had abetter outcome for him yesterday. He's now down to 1,500,000 while Clifton-Burraway moves back up to 2,750,000. - SB

5.55pm: Mayhew makes a statement
There was a big pot on the very first hand back from the break. Ben Mayhew opened to 120,000 under-the-gun, Ben Vinson flat called only for Tony Salmon to make it 390,000 from the big blind. Back on Mayhew he slid out two towers of chips totaling a cool million.

That was too rich for Vinson but Salmon stuck around long enough to at least give Mayhew a sweat, before he too folded. After that hand Mayhew climbs to around 2,700,000 whilst Salmon is down to 3,400,000. -- NW

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Mayhew - won't be pushed around

5.45pm: Chip counts

Ben Vinson -- 1,870,000
David Clifton-Burraway -- 1,175,000
Tony Salmon -- 3,895,000
Ben Mayhew -- 2,140,000

Blinds up: 30,000/60,000, ante 5,000

5.35pm: All change at the top
Two hands change the shape of the tournament. Ben Vinson opened for 135,000 from under the gun. David Clifton-Burraway then three-bet from the button to 235,000. Vinson then called for a flop of J♣7♥6♠.

Vinson checked while Clifton-Burraway bet 205,000. Vinson called for a T♦ turn card. Both checked to the river, 7♦. Both checked, Clifton-Burraway turning over A♣T♥. Vinson could only muck, while his railbirds could only mutter adult words under their breath.

Vinson drops to 1,850,000 while Clifton-Burraway moves into the lead with 3.1 million.

Shortly after Clifton Burraway opened for 100,000 from the cut off before Tony Salmon raised from the big blind to 310,000. Clifton-Burraway then shoved, which Salmon called. In the words of one eye-witness, Clifton-Burraway grimaced as he was called.

Clifton-Burraway - 5♦5♥
Tony Salmon - T♥T♣

Both watched the board run out J♠A♦3♣7♣9♠

Salmon doubled to 3.95 million while Clifton-Burraway drops to 1.15 million, the lowest he has been for some time. - SB

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Tony Salmon is the new chip leader

5.25pm: Still pretty even
We've had nine hands since the action was paused for a deal, there's been a fair amount of action, at least pre-flop, but after everything's come out in the wash the stacks are still pretty even. Here's the highlights from those nine hands:

- David Clifton-Burraway limped the small blind and Tony Salmon checked. On the 8♦[10s]Q♣ flop Salmon bet and took the pot.

- Clifton-Burraway made it 100,000 from the cut-off, Ben Mayhew raised to 235,000 from the small blind and it was good enough to win the pot.

- From under-the-gun Salmon raised to 100,000 and then called after Ben Vinson made it 260,000 from the small blind. The flop came 5♥5♣A♠ Vinson bet 175,000 and took the pot.

- Vinson raised to 115,000 from under-the-gun but folded when Salmon three-bet to 325,000 from the small blind. -- NW

5.15pm: Deal nixed
The numbers were calculated but not to the pleasure of Ben Vinson who wishes to play on. So we do.

5.10pm: Vinson doubles to draw level
Ben Vinson secures a vital double up through David Clifton-Burraway to almost level the scores. Vinson opened for 105,000 from the button which Clifton-Burraway rasied to 230,000. Vinson announced he was all-in and Clifton-Burrway called without much delay, turning over A♠9♠. Vinson meanwhile showed K♦Q♥.

The board ran 6♣8♠Q♦K♠7♣. Vinson allowed himself a smile on the turn, doubling up to the tune of around 2.2 million chips. Clifton-Burraway meanwhile dropped to 2.7 million. - SB

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Ben Vinson

5pm: Three-way to a flop ends with an all-in
We've just had a big old shove of an all-in but did it get called?

From under-the-gun Tony Salmon opened to 125,000 and both Ben Mayhew (button) and David Clifton-Burraway (big blind) called to see a 9♣5♠8♣ flop. It checked to Salmon he bet 180,000, Mayhew folded and Clifton-Burraway then announced all-in.

He was the covering stack, Salmon had around 1.8M behind and sighed at the turn of events. He ultimately elected to preserve his stack and flicked his cards into the muck. -- NW

4.50pm: Tim Wong eliminated in fifth place (£26,750)
Finally Tim Wong found a hand to commit his chips with, it passed to him on the button and he moved all-in for 335,000 total. Ben Vinson peaked at his cards in the small blind, liked what he saw and moved all-in, David Clifton-Burraway was all out and it was time for a showdown:

Wong: [10d]7♦
Vinson: Q♣J♣

The flop fell [10c]6♠8♣, "sweat anyone," quipped Ben Mayhew at the draw heavy flop. The turn was the 3♣ giving Vinson an unbeatable flush, Wong was shaking hands before the 3♠ completed the board.

"I've knocked two players out at this final table and I've still got the shortest stack," said Vinson as he counted he stack of some 1.150,000. This would prove crucial seconds later as Salmon asked if anyone would be interested in a deal. "No," said Vinson. "I've got no chips, if I had average stack then perhaps, but not right now." -- NW

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Tim Wong - fifth place finisher

4.40pm: Approximate Chip counts

Tim Wong -- 400,000
Ben Vinson -- 800,000
David Clifton-Burraway -- 2,850,000
Tony Salmon -- 1,900,000
Ben Mayhew -- 2,700,000

4.35pm: Wong hanging on
Tim Wong is the short, shorter, shortest stack and knows it. But as the cards are dealt he cannot seem to bring himself to push.

Meanwhile Ben Vinson opened for 110,000 in the cut off which Ben Mayhew raised to 235,000 in the big blind. Vinson called for a flop of T♦6♠9♦. Mayhew bet another 195,000 which Vinson called for an 8♦ turn. Mayhew checked before Vinson lumped in 285,000. Mayhew then announced that he was all in, which forced the fold from Vinson, who drops down to 800,000. Mayhew on the other hand is now up to 2.7 million. - SB

Blinds up: 25,000/50,000, ante 5,000

4.25pm: Mayhew, Clifton-Burraway and Vinson at the centre of the action
In the last two orbits Ben Vinson has won three pots, Ben Mayhew has taken two, as has David Clifton-Burraway.

And when they've not been winning them, they've been losing them. The most significant action saw Ben Mayhew open to 80,000 from the cut-off, Clifton-Burraway three-bet to 260,000 and Mayhew then four-bet to 500,000. After a brief period in the tank Clifton-Burraway folded. -- NW

4.15pm: Sergio Aido eliminated in sixth place for £20,700
After more than two hours of play the first elimination, and it's Spaniard Sergio Aido that heads to the rail first.

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Sergio Aido out in sixth

Aido open shoved from the small blind for what was roughly 700,000 (Ben Vinson would later admit to not looking), before Ben Vinson called from the big.

Aido: A♦3♥
Vinson: A♣Q♥

The board ran K♥A♠8♣2♠J♥ to send Aido out in sixth place. After handshakes all round Vinson stacked up 1.7 million chips. We're down to five. - SB

4.10pm: Glittering cash prizes
A reminder of what the final six are playing for today:

1st £100,000
2nd £60,450
3rd £43,200
4th £34,000
5th £26,750
6th £20,700

4.05pm: A couple of walks, one flop and not a lot else
It's still cagey here in Nottingham but we have had one flop. In the hand that made it that far David Clifton-Burraway raised to 80,000 from under-the-gun and Ben Vinson called from the big blind. The latter folded to a c-bet of 125,000 on the 6♣[10d]7♣ flop though. -- NW

4pm: Salmon mucks against Clifton-Burraway
Play continues with little more to report. The only hand of note came between David Clifton-Burraway who opened to 95,000 from the small blind, and Tony Salmon in the big blind who raised to 315,000. Clifton-Burraway then moved all-in. Salmon, after a minute or so of thought, mucked his hand. - SB

3.45pm: A couple of all-ins, but no calls
The calm before the storm continues with not a single flop to be seen in the past orbit. We had a couple of all-ins though. Tim Wong was the first to chance his arm, moving all-in from the hijack he got no action.

Three hands later Ben Mayhew opened the button and again Sergio Aido moved all-in, Mayhew thought it over for around 30 seconds before releasing his hand. Six handed play continues. -- NW

3.30pm: Not much to report
A quiet spell in the general scheme of things. Sergio Aido has been the main player, moving in twice, both times against Ben Mayhew. In between Ben Vinson was raised out of a pot by David Clifton-Burraway pre-flop. That though is about it for the past ten minutes. - SB

3.10pm: Chip counts
We're back underway here in Nottingham and these are how the final six stack up.

1. Tim Hong Wong, Malaysia, 720,000
2. Sergio Aido Espina, Spain, 1,095,000
3. Ben Vinson, United Kingdom, 1,240,000
4. David Clifton-Burraway, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 3,010,000
5. Tony Salmon, United Kingdom, 1,885,000
6. Ben Mayhew, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 1,130,000

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Clifton-Burraway continues to lead

Blinds up: 20,000/40,000, ante 5,000

3.10pm: Break time
The players are on a short break whilst the tournament staff colour up the 1k chips. -- NW

3.03pm: Clifton-Burraway extends chip lead
Just before the break David Clifton-Burraway took a mid-sized pot from Sergio Aido to extend his chip lead.

The Spaniard opened to 60,000 from under-the-gun and Clifton-Burraway called from the cut-off. The flop fell 9♣2♠7♣, Aido c-bet 80,000 and Clifton-Burraway called. On the 5♠ turn Aido ceded control of the pot and check-called a bet of 190,000 from Clifton-Burraway. The J♦ completed the board, both players checked, Clifton-Burraway showed [10s]9♠ to take the pot.

3pm: Ben Mayhew doubles through Tony Salmon
It folded to Tony Salmon in the small blind and he set Ben Mayhew in for his final 573,000. There was no instant action from Mayhew, he capped his cards and leaned back.

He took another look at his cards, then counted his chips and then looked at the tournament clock. There were less than 10 minutes until the blinds would go to 20,000/40,000/5,000, perhaps he was wondering if he would find a better spot? Eventually he placed his chips over the betting line and it was time for showdown.

Mayhew: A♠4♦
Salmon: 6♦6♣

"Nice hand," said Mayhew when he saw Salmon's hand. But the board came 4♣A♦3♥A♥9♥ and Mayhew doubled to around 1,200,000 whilst Salmon slipped to 1,875,000. -- NW

2.55pm: Pots for Salmon and Aido
A couple of big pots to tell you about...

In the first Tony Salmon raised to 60,000 from the button, Ben Mayhew three-bet to 130,000 from the small blind and Salmon called. On the 7♦Q♠[10c] flop Mayhew c-bet 105,000 and Salmon made the call. The K♠ turn card made Mayhew slow down and he check-folded to a bet of 100,000.

The next hand Ben Vinson opened to 65,000 from under-the-gun and Sergio Aido called from the big blind. The 5♣6♥2♥ flop was checked through and the Q♥ landed on fourth street. First to act, Aido led for 100,000 and Vinson smooth called. The 7♣ fell on the river and Aido bet 175,000. After about 20 seconds Vinson picked up the 175,000 chips it would cost to call and placed them in his left hand and did a couple of pump fakes before ultimately folding. -- NW

2.50pm: Salmon clashes with Clifton-Burraway
Tony Salmon was soon in action again, calling a pre-flop raise of 60,000 by David Clifton-Burraway on the button. On the flop of J♣8♠A♠ Salmon checked from the small blind before Clifton-Burraway bet 70,000. Salmon called.

The turn came 3♦ which both players checked for a 3♠ on the river. Salmon then bet 155,000, which Clifton-Burraway raised to 310,000. Salmon looked intently at Clifton-Burraway without finding any answers. He then flicked his cards away. He drops down to around 2.1 million while Clifton-Burraway moved up to close to 2.5 million. -- SB

2.45pm: Salmon shoves against Mayhew
Tony Salmon seems to be playing a part in the significant pots so far. In the first Ben Mayhew opened for 60,000 under-the-gun which Salmon called for a flop of Q♥3♥2♠. Salmon then checked to Mayhew who bet 53,000. Salmon called for a 6♠ turn card.

Again, Salmon checked before Mayhew bet 133,000. Salmon asked him how much he had left and was shown about 600,000. "I'm all in," said Salmon. The effect on Mayhew was to make him perform a half spin in his chair. He looked at his cards again, and again before folding. Salmon showed him A♣3♣. - SB

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Tony Salmon has been at the centre of the action

2.35pm: Mayhew continues to slide
Whilst Tim Wong continues to rise, Ben Mayhew continues to slide in the opposite direction. In his latest set back he raised to 60,000 from the hi-jack, David Clifton-Burraway called from the big blind and the two of them saw a 4♣K♠2♣ flop. It was checked to Mayhew, he continued for 50,000 and Clifton-Burraway called.

The 7♦ turn checked through, Clifton-Burraway then bet 180,000 on the 9♠ river and Mayhew didn't take long before folding. -- NW

2.25pm: Wong continues to trend upwards
It's been a fantastic start to the final table for Tim Wong who's increased his stack from 447,000 to roughly 750,000 without going to showdown.

He got his latest boost in a hand against David Clifton-Burraway, the chip leader opened to 60,000 from the cut-off and Wong, who was in the big blind, capped his cards and contemplated his action.

He counted his chips, leaned round to check the tournament clock and then flicked in the call. The flop came 3♥8♦J♥ Wong checked, Clifton-Burraway c-bet 65,000 but folded when Wong moved all-in. -- NW

2.15pm: First action of the day
Short stack Tim Wong shoved once, then twice without any callers. He picks up the blinds but is still some way behind the others.

The first notable hand of the day is not long in coming. Ben Mayhew opened for 30,000 under-the-gun which Tony Salmon called from the big blind. The flop came K♠6♣3♠ which Salmon checked. Mayhew bet another 53,000 which Salmon then raised to 155,000. Mayhew called.

On the turn card 8♠ Salmon pushed forward all of his blue chips, worth 220,000. Mayhew tanked, but folded. - SB

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The UKIPT Nottingham 6-handed final table

2.05pm: Play underway
Play starts at the final table. There are 55 minutes left of level 24.

2pm: Almost ready
Play is about to start with blinds of 15,000/30.000 with a 4,000 ante.

1.45pm: Introducing the players
Welcome back to Nottingham for the final table of the UKIPT Nottingham 6-max Main Event. After five days of tournament play we're down to the last six players from a field of 458, one of whom will walk away with a first prize of £100,000.

Introducing the six finalists:

Seat 1: Tim Hong Wong, 45, Malaysia - 447,000
Wong, better known as 'Ken', is a 45-year old live poker player who lives in Vauxhall, London. Originally from Malaysia, Wong was a chef in a takeaway restaurant until 2006 when he started to play poker full-time. The 45-year old has promised to make the press team Kung Po Chicken if he takes home the title tomorrow!


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Tim Wong



Seat 2: Sergio Aido, 25, Spain - 1,342,000

Spaniard Sergio is no stranger to the UKIPT, having won UKIPT3 London last year - impressive since he's only been playing live poker for a year and a half. He is more familiar with the online game, and came 5th in the 2013 PokerStars SCOOP Main Event for $313,200. Sergio moved to Hammersmith eight months ago and although he professes to having spent most of the last few months concentrating on his poker, he still follows his local football club, Gijon.


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Sergio Aido



Seat 3: Ben Vinson, 26, United Kingdom, 1,648,000

Ben Vinson is a vastly experienced 26-year-old professional poker player who is originally from London but now calls Derby home. That makes Dusk Till Dawn his local card room, but he's travelled far and wide in search of a game. He's made the trip to Macau on at least half a dozen occasions for high stakes cash games and has had big tournament scores in London, Deauville, Monte Carlo, Galway and Cannes, including a 13th place finish at the EPT Grand Final in 2012.


His Dad Alan is also a regular tournament player with over $750,000 in lifetime earnings; in fact Vinson Jr. must win tomorrow if he wants to better his dad's best live score of £83,000. If he does so then his Dad will be on hand to buy him a pint, as he's travelling up from London to rail.


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Ben Vinson


Seat 4: David Clifton-Burraway, 30, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 2,200,000
This 30-year-old Londoner is more used to playing cash games than tournaments but that hasn't stopped him from taking the chip lead to the final table. He made the transition from online poker to live poker about three years ago and now plays in £5/£10 games and higher at various London card rooms and says the biggest pot he's won is in the region of £25,000.


However, the Arsenal fan could've played against his all-time football hero Dennis Bergkamp had life panned out differently. A Youth Team prospect at Scunthorpe, the striker instead went to University and then did an MBA in America on a football scholarship. However, he says that if he wasn't playing poker he couldn't work a 9-5 job.


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David Clifton-Burraway



Seat 5: Tony Salmon, 50, United Kingdom, 1,996,000

Just like Robert Baguley did last year, Tony Salmon, 50, will be hoping to score one for the older gents and keep the UKIPT title in Nottingham. He's local to the club and qualified on Dusk Till Dawn Poker for just £100.

He's retired, having sold his company in 2008, and has been playing poker for six years. His biggest result came in 2008 when he finished 22nd in the Irish Open, winning €18,000. Although he's had several big scores at Dusk Till Dawn, he's already eclipsed his best cash here which is £8,500.

When not playing poker he likes to play golf and although he doesn't have an official handicap he reckons that he plays off 14. A father of three and grandfather of three, he has obviously passed on the poker gene, as his youngest son, who's 21, plays online with some success.

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Tony Salmon

Seat 6: Ben Mayhew, 27, Bury St. Edmonds, PokerStars Player - 1,451,000
Professional poker player Ben is fairly new to the UKIPT, having played his first-ever stop of the tour at UKIPT4 Isle of Man last month. With at least £20,700 now guaranteed, Mayhew has now achieved his biggest-ever live win, with his previous record of £7,200 now obliterated.

He says, however, that it's all about the title for him and he will be coming back tomorrow with that at the forefront of his mind. Mayhew plays football for his local team, Stanton FC, but he says that he's sure his teammates will forgive him as he'll be buying the first round next week!

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Ben Mayhew

PokerStars Blog reporting team at PokerStars UKIPT Nottingham 6-max: Nick Wright and Stephen Bartley. Photos by Danny Maxwell.

Stephen Bartley
@StephenBartley in UKIPT