UKIPT5 Nottingham Day 3: Level 28-31 updates (100,000/200,000 ante 30,000)

12:45am: It's all over - Sam Mitten-Laurence wins UKIPT5 Nottingham for £182,000
After a very short heads up battle, we have a winner: PokerStars Qualifier Sam Mitten-Laurence. The final hand played out as follows:

Mitten-Laurence raised to 700,000 and it was three-bet by Trevor Pearson to 1,200,000. Mitten-Laurence quickly announced all-in and Pearson called just as swiftly and put his entire 5,550,000 stack on the line. The all-in was called and it was A♥K♥ for Sam against Trevor's A♠J♥. Trevor would need help from the Poker Gods to survive but it didn't come. The board was A♣5♥2♦ 6♣K♦ and have our UKIPT5 Nottingham Main Event champion - Sam Mitten-Laurence. Congratulations Sam. --JS


Sam Mitten-Laurence with Dusk Till Dawn's Simon Trumper (left) and PokerStars' Toby Stone (right)

12:40am: Trevor Pearson eliminated in 2nd place for £110,000
Play has come to an end, we'll publish the final hand details shortly.

12:30am: One for each
No massive pots yet but one decent win for each player.

Trevor Pearson narrowed the gap when he called a pre-flop raise of 600,000 and then a bet of 800,000 on a J♦2♣J♥ flop. There was no betting on the 2♦ turn, but when Pearson bet 500,000 on the T♥ river Sam Mitten-Laurence folded.

Pearson didn't hold onto those chips for long though. Two hands later Mitten-Laurence raised to 600,000 on the button and Pearson called. The 4♣K♦T♣ flop was checked through. The J♦ hit the turn, Pearson bet 400,000 and Mitten-Laurence smooth called. On the Q♣ river Pearson bet a stack of greens - it looked to be in the 1,200,000 - 1,500,000 range - and Mitten-Laurence instantly called and turned over A♠6♦. It was good and he took the pot.

12:20am: Heads-up chip counts
Sam Mitten-Laurence has a near three to one chip lead as heads-up play gets under way:

Sam Mitten-Laurence, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 18,900,000
Trevor Pearson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 6,560,000

No sign of a deal yet so this is what's on the line:

1st. £182,000
2nd. £110,000


Heads up is underway

12:10am: Richard Jones eliminated in 3rd (£77,400)
We have our third place finisher and the man in question is Richard Jones. The hand itself was a classic race: Sam Mitten-Laurence raised to 700,000 on the button, Jones made it 2,200,000 in the big blind, Mitten-Laurence shoved and Jones called off for 5,115,000 total. It was 5♣5♥ for Jones against the two overs A♥T♠ of Mitten-Laurence. The board ran out 8♠A♦7♥ 3♠Q♦ and Jones lost this bout. Still, he was in good spirits and so he should be as a great run has earned him £77,400. --JS


Jones (right, with Trevor Pearson, left) is out in 3rd

12:10am: Mitten-Laurence's lead getting eroded
Sam Mitten-Laurence's chip lead is getting chipped away at with Trevor Pearson the latest to dent it. Pre-flop Mitten-Laurence raised to 600,000 and Pearson smooth called from the small blind.

On the 7♠K♣3♣ flop Mitten-Laurence c-bet 800,000 only for Pearson to jam for around 6,000,000. Mitten-Laurence gave it a think but elected to fold, Pearson showed A♣A♥ as he took the pot.

Rough chip counts are:

Sam Mitten-Laurence, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 10,300,000
Trevor Pearson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 8,000,000
Richard Jones, United Kingdom, 7,000,000 --NW


Sam Mitten-Laurence still leads

12:05am: Still three handed somehow
Quite a few spectators commentated that they weren't sure how the chips hadn't gone in pre-flop in the following hand...

Sam Mitten-Laurence raised to 600,000 from the button and both Trevor Pearson and Richard Jones just called. There was no betting at all until Pearson fired for 500,000 on the river of the Q♣5♠9♣2♣5♥ board. Jones was the only caller, Pearson showed A♠K♦ whilst Jones had pocket eights. Both players only started the hand with around 30 big blinds. A lucky escape for Pearson then who could quite easily have been felted in this hand. --NW

12am: Walkies!
There have been a few walks during three-handed play but the players must have incredibly good reads on each other - or had incredibly bad hands - as Trevor Pearson showed kings when he received a walk and Sam Mitten-Laurence had aces when he got one. --NW
11:50pm: How's the family?
Correct us if we're wrong, but we think we may have just had our first family pot of the entire final table three-handed. Richard Jones opened on the button to 475,000 and both Sam Mitten-Laurence and Trevor Pearson called. The flop was 5♥A♦7♦ and it was checked around, leading to a 2♣ turn. It was checked around again but only as far as Jones who bet 750,000. Mitten-Laurence called but here's when Pearson became the black sheep of the family. He bumped it up to 2,100,000 and both players folded. That nice pot for Pearson might have nudged him into second in the chip counts. --JS

11:30pm: Chip counts
As level 31 gets under way these are how the final three stack up. Sam Mitten-Laurence has over half the chips in play, whilst Trevor Pearson has now equalled his performance in UKIPT4 Nottingham.

Sam Mitten-Laurence, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 13,130,000
Richard Jones, United Kingdom, 7,280,000
Trevor Pearson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 5,070,000

The pay jumps are getting big now, this is what's still up for grabs.

1st. £182,000
2nd. £110,000
3rd. £77,400

Blinds up: 100,000/200,000, ante 30,000

11:30pm: Patrick Clarke eliminated in fourth place (£58,100)
Patrick Clarke had dropped some chips after losing a chunky pot to Sam Mitten-Laurence with sevens against K♦Q♠ on a A♦Q♠9♥K♦T♠ board and he'd also been pushed off pots by Trevor Pearson and Richard Jones.

So, he was down to 4,375,000 by the time his final hand rolled around. It was Mitten-Laurence who would again doing the damage. He raised to 475,000 with A♠Q♦ and then called the Irishman's shove. Clarke had pocket twos but the ducks couldn't hold as the board ran 5♥5♣A♥K♦8♣.

Mitten-Laurence has a sizeable chip lead now, full counts coming during the break as the players are now taking 15. -- NW


Clarke - out in fourth

11:20pm: That's some speedy shoving
Richard Jones doesn't mess about when it comes to decision-making. After opening to 575,000 under the gun, Sam Mitten-Laurence bumped it up to 1,480,000 from the small blind. Jones quickly called and the two saw a flop of A♥9♣3♣. Mitten-Laurence checked and Jones couldn't have moved all of his chips into the middle faster if his life depended on it. Well, in this case his tournament life depended on it, but after much consideration Mitten-Laurence folded, showing the table his K♥K♠. Jones took pity and showed A♦Q♦ to put Mitten-Laurence's mind at ease. --JS

11:00pm: Don't steal Trevor Pearson's big blind...again
Sam Mitten-Laurence has been warned by Trevor Pearson to his left "Watch it.", as in don't push your luck and try and steal my big blind again. Pearson folded to Mitten-Laurence's 505,000 bet from the small blind, flashing the A♠ as he did so. Next time he might fight back. --JS

10:50pm: Chip counts
Despite doubling up Trevor Person, Ireland's Patrick Clarke still have a sizeable chip lead over his three opponents.

Patrick Clarke, Ireland, 9,400,000
Sam Mitten-Laurence, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 6,800,000
Richard Jones, United Kingdom, 4,200,000
Trevor Pearson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 3,600,000

10:40pm: Trevor Pearson doubles through Patrick Clarke
Trevor Pearson was the shortest stack of the remaining four and despite doubling through Patrick Clarke that's still the case. After Clarke raised to 350,000 from the button, Pearson defended from the small blind.

On the 5♣Q♦5♦ flop Clarke shoved for an effective 1,435,000 and Pearson called it off. Clarke had 9♦2♦ whilst Pearson held Q♣T♥. The 4♠ turn and 6♣ river kept Pearson in front and in the tournament. "Now I know what you're raising with," said Pearson to Clarke. "You fold if you don't hit the queen," replied Clarke. --NW


And the winner of the happiest man in Nottingham goes to...

Blinds up: 80,000/160,000, ante 20,000

10:30pm: Krzysztof Jacyk eliminated in 5th (£44,700)
And then there were four...

Kryzsztof Jacyk had been left short when he doubled up Trevor Pearson (see 10:15pm post) and shoved his remaining 540,000 (4.5 big blinds) in with 8♠6♠. Patrick Clarke called with K♥T♦ and stayed in front on the 8♥Q♥K♣Q♠7♦ board. -- NW


Jacyk - ejected in fifth

10:25pm: Kuljinder Sidhu eliminated in 6th (£32,000)
We're down to five at the final table. Kuljinder Sidhu has been eliminated after ripping it all in out of the small blind for roughly 3,200,000 with K♥5♠ and getting called by Patrick Clarke who held A♦Q♣. The board ran out A♥7♣6♣6♦T♣ and that was all she wrote for Sidhu. He'll take home £32,000, whilst the remaining five players are now all guaranteed £44,700. --JS

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Sidhu hits the rail

10:15pm: Pearson doubles; Jacyk on fumes
Trevor Pearson - the man who has made back-to-back UKIPT Nottingham final tables - is sitting far prettier now that he has doubled up through Poland's Krzysztof Jacyk. Pearson shoved for roughly 1,600,000 on the button and Jacyk called out of the big with A♥K♣. He was dominating the at-risk Pearson's K♥J♣ until the flop came K♠J♥8♣ giving him two pair. The T♠ and 9♠ that joined the board changed nothing and Pearson doubles, meanwhile Jacyk's stack has been decimated and he now sits with 650,000. --JS

10:10pm: Pancholi out in 7th place (£24,200)
There's been another elimination, and the man no longer present at the felt is Sunil Pancholi. He shoved his 1,085,000 stack from under the gun and was looked up by Sam Mitten-Laurence sat under the gun+1. It folded around and the players tabled Q♠T♠ (Pancholi) and J♥J♦ (Mitten-Laurence). Sunil couldn't find any help as the board fell T♥8♦7♥ 9♦K♠ and it was the end of a great run for Pancholi. He'll take home a handsome £24,200. --JS

9:55pm: An interested spectator
Super-middleweight boxing World Champion Carl Froch is one of the spectators watching this final table. He played this event earlier this week but busted on Day 1. -- NW


The Cobra watches on

9:50pm: Luke Perrott eliminated in eighth place (£17,320)
The first player out at the final table is Luke Perrott and his exit has also seen the chip lead change hands again.

Kuljinder Sidhu opened to 300,000 from the hijack, Perrott shoved for 1,300,000 from the cut off and Patrick Clarke then shoved all-in for around 5,000,000 from the button. That forced a fold from Sidhu and it was time for the reveal. Perrott had A♣J♣ but he was dominated by Clarke's A♥K♠. The K♦7♣9♥T♠T♣ board kept Clarke in front and boosted him to around 6,500,000. -- NW

9:40pm: Double up for Jones
Getting dealt aces on a major final table? It's the dream situation, and one that Richard Jones just experienced. After Sunil Pancholi opened to 375,000, Jones three-bet to 725,000 from the small blind. Pancholi made the call and we saw a flop of 9♦Q♥5♥. Jones shoved all in for 1,610,000 and was called by Pancholi who held A♦Q♣ - far behind Jones' A♠A♣. The turn was the K♥ and the river the 8♣ giving Jones a much needed double up and leaving Pancholi with around 1,500,000.

After he won that hand Jones came up for us and asked us to say that he sends his love to his wife Lyn, who's reading the updates. Hi Lyn! -JS

9:30pm: Updated chip counts
Stacks were counted on the break and here's an update of how everyone is faring:

Sam Mitten-Laurence, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 6,000,000
Patrick Clarke, Ireland, 5,100,000
Sunil Pancholi, United Kingdom, 3,960,000
Kuljinder Sidhu, United Kingdom, 3,625,000
Richard Jones, United Kingdom, 1,925,000
Krzysztof Jacyk, Poland, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,855,000
Luke Perrott, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,640,000
Trevor Pearson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,380,000


Blinds up: 60,000/120,000, ante 20,000

9:20pm: Break time
The players are now on a 20 minute break, whilst they recharge why not read these final table profiles we made earlier. -- NW

9:10pm: Luke Perrott doubles through Richard Jones
Down to just 745,000 Luke Perrott moved all-in and Richard Jones gave him a spin from the big blind.

Jones: K♣Q♣
Perrott: K♠9♣

When the flop fell 8♠6♦7♠ Jones let out a laugh, perhaps he knew what was coming as the T♠ completed Perrott's straight and just for good measure he hit the 4♠ on the river to make a flush. --NW


Luke Perrott is now (relatively) flush with chips

9pm: Patrick Clarke on the move
Patrick Clarke is closing in on the chip lead after winning sizeable pots against Krzysztof Jacyk and Sunil Pancholi.
In the first Clarke raised to 225,000 and Jacyk called from the big blind. Both players checked the K♥4♦8♣ flop and the 6♥ fell on the turn. Jacyk led for 325,000 and Clarke called. The 7♠ completed the board again Jacyk bet and again Clarke called, 425,000 being the bet this time. Jacyk showed A♠J♦ for just ace high, whilst Clarke had K♠T♦.

Soon after, he raised from the small blind and Pancholi defended his big blind. Again the flop was checked through but on the turn of a 9♥Q♦Q♠Q♣ board Clarke bet 150,000 and Pancholi called. The T♦ finished things off and Clarke check-called a bet of 370,000, Pancholi announced 'ace' but Clarke had T♠3♥ and won the pot.
He's up to around 4,900,000 whilst Pancholi is down to around 5,300,000. -- NW


Clarke is chipping up

8:50pm: We have a new chipleader...
There's a new man leading the field and his name is Sunil Pancholi. The man he took it from, Kuljinder Sidhu, opened to 250,000 and Pancholi wasted no time shoving all in for 2,750,000 - equivalent to 27.5 big blinds. Sidhu snapped and turned over K♥K♠, ahead of Pancholi's A♣J♣. Not for long though - the board ran out A♠Q♣6♣ 9♦Q♥ and Pancholi is now out in front with 5,850,000. --JS

8:40pm: Movers and Shakers
Whilst there haven't been any enormous pots to report, there have been a few worth mentioning. One notable hand took place between chipleader Kuljinder Sidhu and second biggest stack Richard Jones. Sidhu had made it 250,000 from under the gun and Jones peeled from the small blind. The flop fell T♣5♠6♠ and Jones checked to Sidhu who continued for another 250,000, which got another call out of Jones. The turn was the 5♣ - Jones checked again and this time the bet got bigger - 475,000 from Sidhu, and another Jones call. The action stopped on the 3♠ river and both players checked. It was 4♠4♣ for Jones but Sidhu's T♦9♦ was the winner of a pot worth more than a million.

Sunil Pancholi has remained active. He's tangling a lot with Richard Jones, and they're pretty much sat opposite each other in seat 1 and seat 4 respectively. Jones limped and Pacholi checked out of the big blind. The K♥T♠3♦ flop fell and both players checked. On the K♦ turn Pacholi took the betting lead, firing out 150,000 which was called. The 2♥ came on the river and encouraged a 460,000 bet from Pacholi. Jones folded and a nice pot slid Sunil's way. --JS

8:20pm: Final table set
The final table of eight is now set and will start shortly. The seat draw and chip counts are as below

Krzysztof Jacyk, Poland, PokerStars Qualifier, 2,830,000
Kuljinder Sidhu, United Kingdom, 5,010,000
Luke Perrott, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 2,310,000
Patrick Clarke, Ireland, 2,770,000
Sunil Pancholi, United Kingdom, 2,305,000
Sam Mitten-Laurence, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 3,570,000
Trevor Pearson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 975,000
Richard Jones, United Kingdom, 4,570,000


Sunil Pancholi

PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT5 Nottingham: Jack Stanton and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May

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