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David Clifton-Burraway Holds a Slender Lead as UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max Reaches its Final Table

David Clifton-Burraway

The UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max Main Event is down to its final table after the 31 survivors who made it through to the penultimate day’s layer were reduced to only six after eight-and-a-half hours of play. Leading these six players into battle on Monday afternoon is David Clifton-Burraway.

Clifton-Burraway bagged up 2,200,000 chips as play ended on Sunday night and is the man to catch going into the final table. Although a relative unknown in the live poker tournament world, Clifton-Burraway will be remembered by one player at least, the start of the day chip leader Christopher Brammer.

Two hands were all that were needed to send the tournament’s favourite to the rail, and both were won by Clifton-Burraway. According to the PokerStars Blog, three players saw a {K-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{7-Hearts} flop, Tony Salmon checked in the small blind, Brammer did the same from the big blind and Clifton-Burrdige bet 80,000 from his seat on the button. Both Salmon and Brammer called before the deal put the {8-Spades} onto the board. Salmon checked again, Brammer led for 150,000 and both of Brammer’s opponents called. The river was the {7-Diamonds} and Salmon checked again. Brammer followed suit, only to see Clifton-Burraway make it 50,000 to play. Salmon folded, but Brammer went deep into the proverbial tank for almost seven minutes. Eventually, Brammer called and then mucked as Clifton-Burraway flipped over {K-Spades}{7-Clubs} for a full house.

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Shortly after returning from a scheduled break, Clifton-Burraway took the rest of Brammer’s stack. Salmon opened to 50,000 and Brammer three-bet all in for 337,000 in total. Clifton-Burraway re-raised, Salmon folded and the cards were revealed.

Brammer: {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}
Clifton-Burraway: {5-Hearts}{5-Spades}

It was one of tournament poker’s many coinflips, but a coinfip that would be all but over as the flop came down {5-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} as it improved Clifton-Burraway to a set and left Brammer drawing to a gutshot straight. The {8-Clubs} imprived Clifton-Burraway further still and left Brammer drawing completely dead. The {A-Hearts} completed the board, Brammer busted in eighth place and the last remaining seven players combined at one table.

The official final table bubble lasted around 50-minutes and ended with the exit of Richard Lawlor. Ben Vinson raised to 65,000 from early position and then called when Lawlor moved all in for 600,000. Lawloor revealed the “snowmen” – {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} – and faced the {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades} of Vinson. After burning a card, the dealer fanned the {3-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{6-Spades} flop, which completely missed Vinson. The {Q-Diamonds} hit Vinson square in the face and flipped the hand onto its head. The {5-Hearts} river kept Vinson’s hand the best and sent Lawlor to the rail in seventh place, setting the UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max Main Event final table.

UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max Main Event Final Table

1Tim Hong Wong447,000
2Sergio Aido1,342,000
3Ben Vinson1,648,000
4David Clifton-Burraway2,200,000
5Tony Salmon1,996,000
6Ben Mayhew1,451,000

The final table has a great mixture of professional and keen recreational players alike, which should make for an exciting finale, a finale that commences at 2:00 p.m. The eyes of the media will no doubt be on Vinson and the talented Spaniard Sergio Aido, but anything can and does happen in tournament poker. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Tuesday to discover which of the six finalists walked away with the £100,000 first place prize and the title of UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max Main Event champion.

Lead image courtesy of the PokerStars Blog

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