UKIPT4 Nottingham2 High Roller Final Table: Level 14-18 updates (5,000/10,000, ante 1,000)
10.35pm: Everyone loves a chopped tournament
After a brief discussion Dave Shallow and Richard Kellett decided to do an even chop and take £68,000 each. By virtue of having a bigger chip stack Shallow got the trophy!
The players explained their reasoning for the deal to the PokerStars Blog: "I felt he was the strongest player at the table and we both have respect for each others game," said Kellett. And Shallow echoed those words: "I've the utmost respect for my opponent, we're still very deep and I'm pretty tired." Before adding, "I've just paid £900 for a bit of brass," eluding to the fact that he may well have given up £900 in equity by doing a straight chip chop with Kellett.
10.20pm: Eleanor Gudger eliminated in third place (£36,950)
We're now heads-up in the UKIPT4 Nottingham2 High Roller as Eleanor Gudger has been eliminated in third place.
She opened from the small blind and Richard Kellett defended from the big blind. On the [J] flop Gudger check raised to 65,000 over the top of Kellett's 28,000 bet and the latter smooth called.
On the T♥ turn Gudger open shoved for roughly 200,000, Kellett snap called and showed [J] which was well ahead of Gudger's ace-king. The river was a blank and it means just two players remain. Chip counts are Dave Shallow (1,082,000) and Kellett (937,000). -- NW
10.10pm: Dave Shallow doubles through Richard Kellett
We have a new chip leader and it's Dave Shallow as he came out on top in a massive pot against Richard Kellett.
Pre-flop Shallow made it 21,000 on the button, Kellett raised to 51,000 from the big blind, Shallow made it 125,000 to go, Kellett moved all-in and Shallow called all-in for 553,000 total.
The 3♠7♠4♣9♦5♣ board meant Shallow stayed in front from start to finish. "The sickest thing is that I had to make a set to win," said Shallow after he won the hand. He's up to over 1,100,000, Kellett slips to 600,000 and Eleanor Gudger has roughly 300,000. -- NW
9.50pm: Zoom poker
This four-handed final is being played at a terrific rate of knots. And, given the money on line that's worth applauding in itself. No tanking for the sake of image at this table. Here's what's happened in the last couple of orbits:
- Richard Kellett raised to 20,000 from under-the-gun but swiftly folded when Matt Davenport raised to 48,000 from the small blind.
- Davenport raised to 20,000 from the button but folded when Eleanor Gudger moved all-in for roughly 22 big blinds.
- Kellett opened the button for the minimum, Davenport three-bet to 50,000 and showed A♥J♥ after Kellett folded.
- Dave Shallow opened to 22,000, Davenport flat called and they both folded after Kellett effectively set them all-in with a large re-raise from the big blind. -- NW
9.35pm: Davenport doubles
Given the chip stacks it was always likely that Matthew Davenport was going to need to get busy sooner rather than later and he shoved on the first hand back from the break with [Q].
He got looked up by Eleanor Gudger, she had ace-king but Davenport flopped trip eights to double up. He's up to 310,000 whilst Gudger slips to 215,000. -- NW
9.25pm: Chip counts
The blinds have ticked up again and this is how the players now stack up. Richard Kellett has a commanding lead with over a million in chips. His closest rival - Dave Shallow - has just over 400,000, Eleanor Gudger is not far behind, whilst Matthew Davenport has just 15 big blinds.
Seat 2: Richard Kellett, 1,095,000
Seat 3: David Shallow, 422,000
Seat 4: Matthew Davenport, 151,000
Seat 7: Eleanor Gudger, 365,000
Blinds up: 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante
9.05pm: David La Ronde eliminated in fifth place (£23,350)
The Richard's get richer as Richard Kellett has just claimed another scalp and is a monstrous chip leader as a result.
In the hand in question Kellett raised to 18,000 and La Ronde smooth called. There was no action on the 4♦7♥3♣ flop and the A♣ then fell on the turn. This is where the fireworks went off, La Ronde bet 20,000, Kellett made it 45,000, La Ronde shoved for more than 200,000 and Kellett beat him into the pot.
La Ronde: 6♥4♥
The 3♠ completed the board and just like that La Ronde was on the rail. -- NW
8.55pm: Patryk Slusarek eliminated in sixth place (£18,200)
Richard Kellett has almost half the chips in play after eliminating Patryk Slusarek in sixth place and once again it was pocket nines that won him the chips.
After Slusarek opened to 16,000 from under-the-gun+1, Kellett three-bet to 43,000 from the small blind and called when Slusarek moved all-in for 270,000 total.
The [10s]J♦6♦J♣6♥ board peppered Slusarek's hand without ever once hitting it. "Unlucky," said Kellett to Slusarek as he left the table. With that pot Kellett is closing in on the million chip mark, which equates to half the chips in play. -- NW
8.45pm: Mo Sadiq eliminated in seventh place (£14,400)
Two short stacks went to war and only one survived...
From the button Eleanor Gudger shoved for 101,000 with A♠[10c] and after a brief stint in the tank Mo Sadiq called all-in for 87,000 from the big blind with K♣9♦. There was a hell of a sweat for Gudger as the board came J♥[10d]4♠8♣6♦ but her hand held and Sadiq was sent to the rail. "Been card dead all final table," he said to some mates on the rail as he departed. -- NW
8.35pm: Davenport doubles through Shallow; Slusarek doubles through Davenport
Two all-ins in two hands, both involving Matthew Davenport to tell you about now.
In the first it folded to Dave Shallow in the small blind and he set Davenport all-in for 111,000 and, after a tank, Davenport made the call.
The 7♠8♦3♣7♥7♣ board kept Davenport and he doubled. Then on the next hand he raised to 18,000 from the button, Patryk Slusarek three-bet to 39,000 from the big blind, Davenport set him in and the Pole called all-in for 144,000 total.
A 8♣8♦5♣5♥9♦ board gave Slusarek the pot and just like that the chips Davenport had won were passed to his left and he slipped to 82,000. -- NW
8.25pm: Gudger and Slusarek double through Dave Shallow
A couple of bumps in the road for Dave Shallow at the beginning of level 17.
First he opened to 16,000 with 2♠2♣ and called when Eleanor Gudger moved all-in for 83,000 with A♣9♠. The 5♥J♠9♦Q♠[10d] board doubled up our remaining lady.
And shortly afterwards he opened to 18,000 with [K][Q] and called when Patryk Slusarek moved in for 76,000 with [A]. An eight on the flop gave Slusarek a pair and there were no kings or queens on the turn or river.
Shallow drops to 390,000 and seven players remain. -- NW
8.10pm: Chip counts
As we move into level 17 its Richard Kellett who leads the way, whilst Eleanor Gudger is the short stack. The average stack is 288,000 so a healthy 36 big blinds.
Seat 1: Mo Sadiq, 120,000
Seat 2: Richard Kellett, 675,000
Seat 3: David Shallow, 550,000
Seat 4: Matthew Davenport, 128,000
Seat 6: Patryk Slusarek, 97,000
Seat 7: Eleanor Gudger, 83,000
Seat 8: David La Ronde, 317,000
Blinds up: 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante
7.55pm: Steve Warburton eliminated in eighth place (£11,200)
You sensed from the very beginning of this final table that Steve Warburton and Richard Kellett were going to clash in a big pot and so it proved to be.
Warburton opened to 12,000 from the cut-off, Kellett three-bet to 31,000 out of the small blind, after a long tank Warburton four-bet jammed for 150,000 and Kellett made the call.
The A♠9♥3♠7♥K♦ run out only served to improve Kellett's hand and Warburton was sent to the rail. -- NW
7.40pm: La Ronde shoves on Warburton
"Good fold," said David La Ronde to Steve Warburton as he showed him the winner on the river. Let's back up...
Warburton opened to 12,000 from under-the-gun and La Ronde defended from the big blind. The 5♣A♣5♠ flop was checked through and the 2♥ hit the turn. Warburton bet 17,000, La Ronde check raised to 35,000 and Warburton smooth called. The 4♦ hit the river and La Ronde announced that he was all-in. He had roughly 145,000 and Warburton had roughly 200,000 back. He mulled it over for a while and then elected to fold. La Ronde showed 6♦3♠ for the rivered straight. -- NW
7.30pm: John Haigh eliminated in eighth place (£8,500)
Down to less than three-big blinds John Haigh was going to need a miracle to get back in contention and his prayers went unanswered.
After Dave Shallow opened to 15,000, Haigh moved all-in and David La Ronde, Richard Kellet and Shallow all called. On the K♥6♦8♣ flop Shallow bet 18,000 and everyone else folded:
The turn and river didn't help Haigh and he headed to the rail. -- NW
7.15pm: Chip counts
Here's how the nine players stack up as we head into level 16:
Seat 1: Mo Sadiq, 216,000
Seat 2: Richard Kellett, 372,000
Seat 3: David Shallow, 462,000
Seat 4: Matthew Davenport, 196,000
Seat 5: John Haigh, 17,000
Seat 6: Patryk Slusarek, 158,000
Seat 7: Eleanor Gudger, 171,000
Seat 8: David La Ronde, 170,000
Seat 9: Steve Warburton, 261,000
Blinds up: 3,000/6,000, 1,000 ante
7pm: Break time
The players are now on a 15 minute break. -- NW
6.55pm: Steve Warburton doubles through John Haigh
John Haigh is down to just 17,000 after doubling up Steve Warburton.
On a  flop Haigh checked, Waburton bet with pocket aces, Haigh, who had pocket sixes, set Warburton all-in for 83,500 and Warburton snap called. A brick turn and river later and Warburton was up to around 180,000. He then won the last hand before the break and is up to 261,000. -- NW
6.45pm: Patryk Slusarek doubles through Steve Warburton
Another short stack all-in and another double up, this time Patryk Slusarek was the one to survive.
He opened to 10,000 and then moved all-in for 99,000 total over Steve Warburton's 22,500 three-bet. Back on Warburton he tanked and fake called a couple of times. "The longer you take the better it is for me," said Slusarek. After that speech Warburton called and showed A♣[10s] which was ahead of Slusarek's K♥Q♥. The K♦[10c]2♣4♦5♥ board favoured the Pole and he doubled to 200,000. Warburton meanwhile is now the short stack with just 70,000. -- NW
6.30pm: Shallow finally snags one
"It's only taken 80 minutes but I've finally won a pot," said Dave Shallow as he dragged some chips in. He's still healthily stacked though, although he'd slipped to 350,000 from his start of final table 427,000.
He soon took another though, defending from the big blind after John Haigh raised to 12,000 from under-the-gun+1. On the K♠8♥3♣ flop Haigh c-bet 10,000 and Shallow called. The 7♣ turn checked through and the 7♥ hit the river. First to act Shallow led for 22,000, Haigh called and mucked when Shallow showed K♦9♥. -- NW
6.15pm: La Ronde and Slusarek at risk
Patryk Slusarek and David La Ronde are the two shortest stacks at the table although La Ronde just added roughly 30% to his stack. He moved all-in for 140,000 from the big blind over the top of a 10,000 open from Richard Kellett and a 26,000 three-bet from Slusarek. Both players folded meaning La Ronde is up to around 180,000. -- NW
6.05pm: Warburton and Kellett continue to go at it
The defining feature of this final table thus far is the running battle between Steve Warburton and Richard Kellett. And whilst Warburton has mostly been getting the best of it he just lost a chunky pot to Kellett.
Warburton raised the button to 10,000 and Kellett defended from the big blind, on the Q♣3♥6♠ flop Warburton c-bet 9,500 and Kellett made the call. The 8♥ fell on the turn, Kellett elected to lead for 23,500 and this time it was Warburton who smooth called. The J♥ completed the board and Kellett fired again, this time the bet was 57,000.
This sent Warburton deep into the tank when he eventually emerged he said: "I know you've only got a pair of sixes, probably six-seven. Trouble is I've got king high and would have to move in." After the speech he let his hand go. Pot to Kellett. -- NW
Blinds up: 2,500/5,000, 500 ante
5.55pm: Gudger and Haigh double up
Action, action and more action!
First to get a double up was Eleanor Gudger, she got it all-in with pocket tens against Steve Warburton's Ace-Jack and held to double to 150,000. And then John Haigh doubled up with Ace-Ten against Mo Sadiq's Ace-King when he turned a ten. He's up to 185,000 whilst Sadiq slips to 220,000. -- NW
5.45pm: Gudger getting short
Eleanor Gudger is the shortest stack of the nine remaining players, she's playing roughly 64,000 (16 big blinds). -- NW
5.30pm: Strong start for Warburton
No exits at the final table as yet, but Steve Warburton is the player who's made the best start to the final table.
The youngster is up to 330,000 after winning a couple of pots, neither of which made it to a flop. In the first he squeezed to 42,500 from the big blind over the top of a 9,000 open from Dave Shallow and a flat call from Matthew Davenport. After getting a count of the three-bet both Shallow and Davenport folded.
Then a couple of hands later Warburton opened to 8,500 from the hijack, Richard Kellet three-bet to 24,000 from the small blind, only for Warburton to four-bet to 46,000 from a stack of roughly 285,000. Kellett was the covering stack, but after a tank of a minute or so Kellett folded his hand. "Queens?" he asked of Warburton. "I had a bigger pair than you, you don't have to win every hand," replied Warburton. -- NW
5.15pm: Welcome to the UKIPT4 Nottingham2 High Roller final table
The entry fee was £3,000 + £300 and the guarantee a massive £300,000. With 86 entries and 15 re-entries the guarantee was reached and surpassed by just £3,000. The £303,000 that's up for grabs was designated to be divided between just 13 players. Already four players have cashed but crashed out as the final table of this event has just got underway. Whilst Ben Vinson (13th, £6,050), Martin Frey (12th, £6,050), Marcin Kreft (11th, £6,500) and Emanuele Pani (10th, £6,500) have already headed to the payout desk this is how the final nine line-up.
Seat 1: Mo Sadiq, 180,000
Seat 2: Richard Kellett, 437,000
Seat 3: David Shallow, 420,000
Seat 4: Matthew Davenport, 256,000
Seat 5: John Haigh, 90,000
Seat 6: Patryk Slusarek, 146,000
Seat 7: Eleanor Gudger, 130,000
Seat 8: David La Ronde, 130,000
Seat 9: Steve Warburton, 228,000
The blinds are 2,000/4,000 ante 500 and the average stack is 224,000. It's quite a line-up with the likes of the aggressive Shallow, Kellett and Warburton. UKIPT4 London seventh place finisher Patryk Slusarek, Eleanor Gudger - who satellited in yesterday - and La Ronde, Haigh, Davenport and Sadiq all have big scores to their name.
PokerStars Blog reporting team at PokerStars UKIPT Nottingham2: Marc Convey, Rod Stirzaker and Nick Wright. Photos by Danny Maxwell.