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Meet the partypoker WPT UK Final Tablists

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

 Here is a reminder of the final table positions and chip counts.

Seat 1. Tamer Kamel - 1,844,000 (77 bb)
Seat 2. Patrick Leonard - 836,000 (35bb)
Seat 3. Ben Warrington - 2,616,000 (109 bb)
Seat 4. Phillip Mighall - 710,000 (30 bb)
Seat 5. Antoine Saout - 1,086,000 (45 bb)
Seat 6. Matas Cimbolas - 3,534,000 (147 bb)

This is what's at stake.

1st.  £200,000*
2nd. £140,000
3rd.  £92,000
4th.  £67,000
5th.  £48,000
6th.  £39,500

*Total first prize amount includes a $15,400 seat into the season-ending WPT World Championship.

And now, a closer look at the six final tablists who are looking to join the elite ranks of the WPT Champions Club. (Career live tournament results were compiled from The Hendon Mob’s Poker Player Database.)

Seat 1
.  TAMER KAMEL  -  1,844,000  (77 bb)

Tamer Kamel

Tamer Kamel is a 30-year old semi-professional poker player from the UK.

When he’s not making WPT final tables he can be found running the ICCO Pizzeria in London, where he has his name above the door.

Married, and with a BA (Hons) from Manchester University, Kamel is of Egyptian/Scottish descent. He started playing poker, four years ago, after suffering a career threatening knee injury whilst undertaking a trial for an Egyptian professional football team.

Kamel has earned $720,392 in live tournament earnings, during those four years, and his two biggest scores to date have both come in the UK. In 2013, he finished fifth in the UKIPT High Roller in London for $172,144, and seventh in the EPT London Main Event for $120,311.

The man who ‘thanks God everyday for what he has been blessed with,’ would like to use poker as an opportunity to help others in the world who are less fortunate that he is. After recently visiting a friend in Honduras, who does help those who are less fortunate, he vowed to return to help him, and two months later he is in line to win £200,000.

Kamel cruised to the final table after amassing 1.7m as early as Level 16 when he eliminated three players in a five minute spell he will never experience again. He starts the day third in chips.

Seat 2.  PATRICK LEONARD  -  836,000  (35 bb)

Patrick Leonard

Patrick Leonard is one of the most in form poker players in the world.

The 25-year old, former journalist, is the number one ranked online tournament player in the world, after a series of impressive results, playing under the pseudonym pleno1. The young man who cites The Talented Mr Ripley as his favorite movie, is trying to become The Talented All-Round Poker Player, after trying his art on the live tournament scene - and boy has it gotten off to a cracking start. Leonard finishing runner-up to Bryn Kenney in the WPT UK High Roller for £62,000.

His tremendous success in 2014 has not been lost on the poker media with three nominations at the soon to be held British Poker Awards for Best Online Player of the Year, Breakout Player of the Year, and Performance of the Year - and that’s not including a potential WPT title!

Leonard will start the final table as the second shortest stack.

Seat 3.  BEN WARRINGTON  -  2,616,000  (109 bb)

Ben Warrington

Ben Warrington has been one of the stand out players of this tournament, and with 109BB he is going to a difficult man to send to the rail.

The 27-year old has been playing poker for a decade, and during that time he has earned over half a million in live tournament earnings, and $2.4m in online tournament earnings. The man known as kidcardiff gave himself that nickname after attending University in the Welsh capital, and in 2010 he climbed to number one in the UK online tournament rankings.

Warrington’s largest live score to date was a fourth place finish at EPT Prague in 2012 for $326,772, and this is his second WPT cash after finishing 22nd in WPT Caribbean in Season XII.

Warrington starts the final table second in chips.

Seat 4.  PHILLIP MIGHALL  -  710,000  (30 bb)

Phillip Mighall

23-year old Phillip Mighall is one of the most exciting young players on this final table,

The South Coast native’s loose aggressive style has been the thorn in many people’s side in this tournament and expect no less at the final table. He has been playing poker for five years - three professionally - and his largest score to date was a six figure score whilst playing online.

His live tournament record is more modest with $81,444 in live tournament earnings, and he will top that if he can managed a fourth place finish in this one. This is the only WPT Main Event that Mighall has entered. He start’s the table as the short stack.

Seat 5.  ANTOINE SAOUT  -  1,086,000  (45 bb)

Antoine Saout

The 30-year old Frenchman, Antoine Saout, is the most experienced player at this final table. Like many French professionals, Saout lives in London, and has been playing poker for six years.

The man known as Tonio292 was the Day 3 chip leader after eliminating Fraser MacIntyre in a huge pot towards the end of the day, and he will start the final table fourth in chips.

Saout is recognised throughout the world of poker after finishing third in the 2009 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, where he pocketed $3.4m, and then finishing seventh in the WSOPE Main Event for $188,318 the same year.

He has earned over $4.2m in live tournament earnings, including two WPT National Series final table appearance, finishing third in Paris in 2012, and fourth in Paris in 2013. This is his second WPT Main Event final table appearance after finishing 40th at WPT Marrakech in 2009.

Seat 6.  MATAS CIMBOLAS  -  3,534,000  (147 bb)

Matas Cimbolas

What a scintillating Day 4 performance from the 21-year old from Lithuania.

Matas Cimbolas started the day in eight position, and climbed to fourth when the unofficial final table was formed, but put in a barnstorming last few levels to finish as the runaway chip leader, with over a million chips more than Ben Warrington in second place.

The youngster was responsible for eliminating the dangerous Luca Moschitta in seventh place. This is first-ever WPT Main Event appearance, although he did finish 11th in the WPT National Series held in London in 2013.

Cimbolas is already guaranteed to walk away with more cash than he has earned, playing live tournaments, in the past three years combined.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Tamer Kamel, Matas Cimbolas, Ben Warrington, Patrick Leonard, Phillip Mighall, Antoine Saout, Dusk Till Dawn Casino and Poker, partypoker WPT UK, Season XIII
12:44 AM, 11/23/14

Matas Cimbolas Leads a Stacked Final Table at WPT UK

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Matas Cimbolas

Day 4 of the £3,000 partypoker World Poker Tour UK Main Event began with 16 players from the starting field of 354 entrants. After 4 levels, six players still have hopes of claiming their first-ever WPT Main Event title. Leading the way is Matas Cimbolas with 3,534,000 chips. He began Day 4 in 8th position with 499,000 chips, and took the chip lead from Ben Warrington, in the last 30-minutes of the day, after a huge pot that saw him eliminate Luca Moschitta in 7th place.

It’s going to be an amazing last day of action with a table full of online and live tournament powerhouses.

Here is the complete final table lineup:

Seat 1. Tamer Kamel - 1,844,000 (77 bb)
Seat 2. Patrick Leonard - 836,000 (35bb)
Seat 3. Ben Warrington - 2,616,000 (109 bb)
Seat 4. Phillip Mighall - 710,000 (30 bb)
Seat 5. Antoine Saout - 1,086,000 (45 bb)
Seat 6. Matas Cimbolas - 3,534,000 (147 bb)

The final table action gets underway on Sunday at 2pm GMT and there will also be a live stream available at 2:30pm on a 30-min delay.

Tune in tomorrow for all the live updates as the quest to crown the newest WPT champion concludes. 

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Matas Cimbolas, Dusk Till Dawn Casino and Poker, partypoker WPT UK, Season XIII
08:34 PM, 11/22/14

Luca Moschitta Eliminated 7th Place (£32,000)

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Luca Moschitta In the hand directly after losing most of his stack with pocket aces, Luca Moschitta picks up pocket kings in the big blind, and calls a small blind shove by Matas Cimbolas. The Lithuanian shows Qspade Jclub and Moschitta doubles to 550,000.

Then Matas Cimbolas opens to 50,000, Luca Moschitta moves all-in for 450,000, and Cimbolas makes the call.

Showdown

Cimbolas: Adiamond Qheart
Moschitta: 5diamond 5spade

Board: Kclub 9spade 4club Qspade Aheart

Cimbolas hits two pair, and eliminates Moschitta in the final table bubble spot.

Cimbolas ~ 3,534,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Luca Moschitta, Matas Cimbolas, Dusk Till Dawn Casino and Poker, partypoker WPT UK, Season XIII
08:24 PM, 11/22/14

Cimbolas Flops the Nuts; Moschitta Hurt

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Luca Moschitta opens to 55,000 under the gun and gets three callers.

Flop: Jdiamond Theart 8diamond and there is 260,000 in the pot.

The action checks to Moschitta, who bets 77,000, and only Cimbolas makes the call.

Turn: 4spade and there is 412,000 in the pot.

Cimbolas checks, Moschitta bets 190,000, Cimbolas check-raises to 540,000, and as the rail starts to deepen with interested spectators the Italian makes the call.

River: 4spade and there is 1,492,000 in the pot.

Cimbolas bets 662,000, and Moschitta makes the call. Cimbolas shows Qdiamond 9diamond for the straight, and Moschitta flashes pocket aces before mucking.

A huge pot for both players.

Cimbolas ~ 3,000,000
Moschitta ~ 245,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Matas Cimbolas, Luca Moschitta, Dusk Till Dawn Casino and Poker, partypoker WPT UK, Season XIII
07:53 PM, 11/22/14

The RFG and the Malteser Straw Challenge

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

 

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Dusk Till Dawn Casino and Poker, partypoker WPT UK, Season XIII
07:19 PM, 11/22/14

Jamie Roberts Eliminated in 8th Place (£18,000)

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Jamie Roberts Ben Warrington opens for 50,000 in early position, Jamie Roberts moves all-in for 391,000 in the hijack, and Warrington makes the call.

Showdown

Warrington: Tdiamond Tspade
Roberts: Aclub Kclub

Board: Qdiamond 6diamond 3spade Qclub Jheart

Roberts can’t find the help he needs to survive and Warrington sends him to the rail in eighth place.

Warrington ~ 2,300,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Ben Warrington, Jamie Roberts, Dusk Till Dawn Casino and Poker, partypoker WPT UK, Season XIII
07:15 PM, 11/22/14

Najib Kamand Eliminated in 9th Place (£18,000)

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Najib Kamand Najib Kamand opens to 55,000 from the hijack, from an effective stack size of 375,000, Luca Moschitta moves all-in from the blinds, and Kamand calls.

Showdown

Moschitta: Aheart Kclub
Kamand: Tclub Tdiamond

Board: Kheart 9spade 7club 6diamond 3diamond

The king on the flop sends Kamand to the rail in a very respectable ninth place.

Moschitta ~ 1,500,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Luca Moschitta, Najib Kamand, Dusk Till Dawn Casino and Poker, partypoker WPT UK, Season XIII
06:59 PM, 11/22/14

Balls and Chips

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Tamer Kamel opens to 48,000 in early position, and Ben Warrington calls in the hijack seat.

Flop: 9diamond 8diamond 5spade

Both players check.

Turn: 7heart

Kamel bets 60,000; Warrington calls.

River: 6club

Both players smile and tap the felt. Kamel shows pocket queens, Warrington shows Aclub Kclub, and the pot is split.

“Look at these guys pussy footing around.” Says Patrick Leonard. ‘We’re going all-in and look at these two.”

“We have the balls…they have the chips.” Says Najib Kamand.

“Inspired turn call,” Says Kamel, “Genius.”

“I knew it was coming.” Said Warrington.

Warrington ~ 2,100,000
Kamel ~ 1,700,000

Sorted In: Tamer Kamel, Ben Warrington, Dusk Till Dawn Casino and Poker, partypoker WPT UK, Season XIII
06:57 PM, 11/22/14

Warrington Moves on Roberts

Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Ben Warrington opens to 50,000 under the gun and gets three callers.

Flop: Qspade 9heart 4heart

The action checks through to Roberts, who bets 102,000. Two folds later and Warrington moves all-in; Roberts folds.

Warrington ~ 2,000,000
Roberts ~ 460,000

Sorted In: Ben Warrington, Jamie Roberts, Dusk Till Dawn Casino and Poker, partypoker WPT UK, Season XIII
06:30 PM, 11/22/14

Kamel’s Ace Rag is Good

Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Philipp Mighall opens to 47,000 from early position and Tamer Kamel calls in the big blind.

Flop: Aspade Qdiamond Qheart

Both players check.

Turn: 8diamond

Kamel check-calls a 60,000 Mighall bet.

River: Tclub

Both players check and the pot is dragged in by Kamel when he shows Aheart 3diamond; Mighall mucks.

Kamel ~ 1,720,000
Mighall ~ 680,000

Sorted In: Tamer Kamel, Phillip Mighall, Dusk Till Dawn Casino and Poker, partypoker WPT UK, Season XIII
06:27 PM, 11/22/14
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