UKIPT Edinburgh Day 3: Levels 20 & 21, blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000

ukiptthumb.JPG6.25pm: Silver takes one from Abou Risk
In the hand after he doubled up Mantas Puidokas, Max Silver got some of them back. Nick Abou Risk made it 33,000 to go from the hi-jack and Silver three-bet to 88,000. Mantas Puidokas then began to tank and considered what to do with his newly acquired stack of 384,000. After a few minutes in the tank he folded, what he later said was ace-queen, Abou Risk followed suit.

That's the end of the level. Move into the next post.-- NW

6.20pm: Mantas doubles through Max
It folded to Max Silver in the small blind, who asked for a count of Mantas Puidokas stack (185,000) before setting the Lithuanian all-in. Puidokas made a quick call.

Silver: Q♦9♠
Puidokas: K♣J♦

The board ran out 5♠6♥8♥K♥K♦, Puidokas doubled to 384,000, Silver slipped to 710,000. -- NW

6.15pm: Marsh doubles through Abou Risk
It's Luke Marsh's turn to double up after Abou Risk check-raised all-in on him on a J♣A♣T♣8♦. It was a major pot, over 800,000, which was won by Marsh's A♦Q♣ over Abou Risk's A♠9♣. -- RD

6.05pm: Marsh doubles up two players
Poor Luke Marsh, in consecutive hands he got in in good and got sucked out on twice.

Hand One:
Marsh raised to 35,000 from under the gun+1 and was called by Max Silver from the big blind. On the J♣7♥3♠ flop Silver checked to Marsh who bet 46,000. Silver check-raised all-in for 338,000 total and Marsh called.

Marsh: Q♦J♦
Silver: 9♥8♥

The turn was the K♠ but the [10h] river completed Silver's straight.

Hand Two: The next hand Marsh raised to 35,000 from under the gun and Chadwick moved all-in for 258,000 from the button and Marsh called.

Marsh: 6♦6♥
Chadwick: A♣K♠

The board ran out 4♣K♣J♠2♦2♣, Marsh is down to around 590,000 after those two double ups. -- NW

5.50pm: Bad news for Martin
Mary Martin is our first final table casualty after shoving from the cut-off for 120,000 with A♥T♠. Zandvliet called from the button with A♠K♥. The flop killed off Martin's chances of a suckout as the board ran out 6♥K♦6♦Q♠3♠. Zandvliet is up to 1,200,000. -- RD

5.45pm: First one to Marsh
On the first hand of the final table Luke Marsh raised to 36,000 on the button and was called by Mary Martin from the big blind. On the flop of 4♦8♠4♥ Martin check-folded to a bet of 32,000 from Marsh. Martin is now the short stack at the table with 129,000. -- NW

5.35pm: Final table profiles
Players are back in their seats and UKIPT host Nick Wealthall is just introducing the final eight players. Cue round of applause. Here's a quick review of the payouts structure:

1. £50,000 (plus £5,000 EPT London seat)
2. £27,700
3. £17,600
4. £13,100
5. £10,300
6. £8,200
7. £6,300
8. £4,800


Seat one: Mantas Puidokas, 22 Lithuania ,159000
This semi-pro player is a proud Lithuanian and is sporting a black Lithuanian polo shirt today. He says he's quite new to the game having only been playing for 18 months. He's a student and plays tournaments online and his biggest win to date is $10,000 on PokerStars. Puidokas is almost two metres tall and so it comes as no surprise that he likes to play basketball in his spare time.


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Mantas Puidokas


Seat two: Luke Marsh, 21, Scunthorpe, UK - 1,287,000
Luke Marsh has recently turned professional after leaving university to pursue a poker career. He plays mostly online but his best result to date is a chunky £55,000 live cash at Dusk till Dawn in Nottingham. Marsh won a World Cup sweepstake in Killarney to win a seat to Dublin where he'll be looking to have another deep run.


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Luke Marsh


Seat three: Suzanne Pyefinch, Great Yarmouth, UK, PokerStars qualifier - 478,000
Suzanne Pyefinch knows she's going to win the UKIPT Edinburgh. Why? Because her friend, a witch no less, told her that she had a premonition that she would win and would have to fold aces heads up. Is there such thing as spiritual collusion? An enthusiastic amateur Pyefinch is a mergers and acquisitions analyst by day who has recently upped her live play to take in a lot more tournaments and by this result it seems to be going fairly well.


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Suzanne Pyefinch


Seat four: Mary Martin, 41, Edinburgh, UK, 165,000
Mary is the local lass done good in this tournament. She lives in Edinburgh and is a full-time Mum looking after her three kids; Holly, 11, David, 9 and Ellie age 4. Martin's biggest poker achievement to date is winning an amateur poker title in July 2008 (she was the first female winner) she's now looking to become the first female to win a UKIPT event. She's the second shortest stack coming into the final table but wherever she finishes this will be her biggest cash ever. Martin once did a parachute jump from 10,000 feet for a Leukemia charity.


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Mary Martin


Seat five: Joeri Zandvliet, 21, Utrecht, Netherlands, PokerStars qualifier, 1,092,000
The potential monkey killer in the field today Zandvliet is looking to become the first repeat winner on the UKIPT having won the Manchester leg in February this year for £63,200. He's a student who is studying Urban Planning. During the World Cup Zandvliet was travelling in the USA and says he had a lot of fun supporting the Dutch football team. Zandvliet is always laughing at the table and he may well finish today top of the UKIPT and be laughing all the way to the bank with the winner of the leaderboard getting buy-ins and hotel for every event of season two of the UKIPT leaderboard. By our reckoning he needs to finish second or better to top the leaderboard.


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Joeri Zandvliet


Seat six: Nick Abou Risk, 25, Canada, PokerStars qualifier, 1,917,000
Originally from Canada, Nick Abou Risk currently resides in Dublin. He's the clear chip leader entering the final table and has been well stacked all tournament having been chip leader of Day 1B. He's been playing seriously for three years and now considers himself semi-pro. He first started off by playing $5 sit and gos on PokerStars. As long as Abou Risk is not first out at the final table he'll record his biggest lifetime cash. On day one he was sat next to Liv Boeree and Jesse May who described Abou Risk as a 'terror and a destroyer.'


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Nick Abou Risk


Seat seven: Richard Chadwick, 22, Edinburgh, UK - 294,000
Chadwick aka chadders0 has been backed into this event by players on the "+" forum and he's proved to be quite a success. Given that he considers "live for fun, online for profitability" he may have to rethink his poker working mantra. The Scot paid his way through his final year at University by playing $20 heads up SNGs on PokerStars and plays Battlefield 2 to unwind.


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Richard Chadwick


Seat eight: Max Silver, 20, Dublin, Ireland- 383,000
Max is a 20-year old marketer who has recently moved to Dublin from the UK. Mainly an online player, this final table will be is his best result to date by some length. Max travelled over to Edinburgh with one of his colleagues, none other than fellow final table player Nicholas Abou Risk who is the current chip leader with close to two million chips.


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4.38pm: Mary Martin's biggest fan
A big shout out to Mary Martin's dad Alan who is railing her at home through the PokerStars blog, "He's my biggest fan," said Martin. -- NW

4.35pm: Owen Robinson eliminated in ninth place
There will be no repeat UKIPT final table appearance for Owen Robinson. The Irishman was just eliminated by Nicholas Abou Risk in cruel circumstances. Abou Risk made it 33,000 from early position and from the big blind Robinson moved all-in for around 290,000 and Abou Risk called.

Robinson: A♦Q♣
Abou Risk: A♥[10c]

The board ran out [10s]8♠J♣4♣A♠

Robinson wins £3,400 for his efforts. Players are now on a one hour break before the final table commences. -- NW

4.28pm: No Pye in Zandvliet's face
Suzanne Pyefinch raised from the cut-off to 32,000 and was called by Joeri Zandvliet on the button. Richard Chadwick thought long and hard about the squeeze but settled on folding. Pye led another 32,000 into the Q♣K♥8♥ flop and Zandvliet called. A perfect bluffing card appeared with the A♥ and Pyefinch check-folded to a 68,000 bet from the Dutchman. -- RD

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 8000-16,000, ante 2,000


4.19pm: Mary Martin doubles up
From under the gun Joeri Zandvliet raised to 26,000, it folded to Mary Martin in the big blind who moved all-in for 87,000 total, Zandvliet made the call.

Martin: K♣5♣
Zandvliet: K♠Q♣

The flop was 8♣6♣4♦, "that's a funky flop," said Zandvliet. The turn was the 4♣ making Martin her flush and the river was the 3♦. Martin is now up to 187,000, Zandvliet has 1,025,000. -- NW

4.15pm: Abou Risk turning up the pressure
Nicholas Abou Risk has been the most aggressive player nine-handed so far with a couploe of three-bets and now a check-raise into an under the gun raiser. Richarda Chadwick opened for 25,000 as first to act and was called by Abou Risk in the big blind. Chadwick followed up with a 27,000 bet on the J♠9♥K♣ flop and Abou Risk dropped the hammer with a check-raise to 77,000. Chadwick grimaced and mucked. -- RD

4.05pm: Yawn Tension building at UKIPT final table
The last few hands have been raise and take with Luke Marsh, Owen Robinson and Abou Risk being the main (small) winners. -- RD

4pm: Girl on girl action
Mary Martin and Suzanne Pyefinch just played two pots in a row. In the first Martin raised under the gun to 26,000 and was called by Pyefinch from the big blind. Both players checked the [10c]Q♦9♣ flop. On the 9♠ turn Pyefinch bet 25,000 and Martin called. The A♥ fell on the river and Pyefinch bet 30,000 and Martin folded. The second was a simple raise and take with Pyefinch raising to 32,00 from the small blind and Martin folding. Pyefinch showed the A♦ "I don't want to knock you out, you're a girl," said Pyefinch to Martin. "Soft play again?'"quipped Max Silver. "I told you I'm going to be the first female winner {of the UKIPT},' added Pyefinch. -- NW


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Mary Martin at the UKIPT Edinburgh


3.55pm: Mary, Mary, quite contrary
Mary Martin is playing a quiet and considered game allowing the big stacks around her to get involved. Probably a sensible strategy all things considered. Richard Chadwick has taken the other approach and has raised the last two pots. He took the blinds in one and passsed to a Max Silver shove in the other. -- RD

3.50pm: Cagey action
It's feeling like a Mexican stand-off at the moment and nobody wants to be the one to make a mistake so close to the big money. Joeri Zandvliet has opened two pots to 26,000 from late position winning one and passing to a three-bet from Abou Risk on the other. -- RD

3.45pm: Robinson gets one through
Owen Robinson raised to 26,000 pre-flop and was called by Nicholas Abou Risk from the big blind. Robinson's c-bet of 36,00 on a A♦2♠K♣ was good enough to win the pot. -- NW

3.30pm: (Almost) Final table seat draw and chip counts
Mantas Puidokas showed up seconds before the Cody and Lovett knock outs.

Seat 1: Mantas Puidokas, 252,000
Seat 2: Luke Marsh, 1,175,000
Seat 3: Owen Robinson, 208,000
Seat 4: Suzanne Pyefinch, 523,000
Seat 5: Mary Martin, 187,000
Seat 6: Joeri Zandvliet, 1,181,000
Seat 7: Nick Abou Risk, 1,533,000
Seat 8: Richard Chadwick, 439,000
Seat 9: Max Silver, 242,000

3.20pm: Lovett's cooler
How the chips didn't go in earlier I don't know. Nicholas Abou Risk opened the action from the hijack and Steve Lovett called on the button. Abou Risk fired 35,000 at the wet A♣Q♦K♠ flop and Lovett called. Abou Risk led out for 80,000 on the 5♥ turn. Lovett, up out of his chair, appeared to do a little Hollywooding before calling. A blank 9♥ dropped on the river and Abou Risk quietly announced that he was all-in. Lovett called.

Abou Risk: A♦A♠
Lovett: K♣K♦

Quite some cooler six-handed. Lovett goes out in tenth for £2,600. -- RD


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Set over set cooler for Steve Lovett


3.16pm: Cody out
EPT winner Jake Cody is out in 11th. Suzanne Pyefinch raised to 28,000 and Cody shoved with ace-jack for 220,000. Pyefinch called with aces, as you would, and Cody couldn't get that magical 8% outdraw. Pyefinch chips up to 500,000. -- RD


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Jake Cody ran into aces


3.15pm: (Almost) final table
There have been two quick eliminations Jake Cody and Steven Lovett are the two to miss out, details to come. We're down to nine. One more player to go before the actual final table. -- NW

3.10pm: Early pot for Martin
Mary Martin has won the first hand of the day at her table she raised to 24,000 and was called by Nicholas Abou Risk. On the flop of 9♦6♦9♥ she continuation bet and Abou Risk folded. -- NW

3.05pm: Mantas MIA
Mantas Puidokas is yet to show for day three, he was one of the shortest stacks coming back with just 277,000. Puidokas is from Lithuania and we're a little concerned there's been a breakdown in communication, tournament staff are trying to track him down as we speak. - NW

2.50pm: Players getting ready for the final push
Action is set to start at 3pm with 11 players left in the £500 main event. We have three chip leaders that will be looking to put pressure on the shorts stacks and they are Joeri Zandvliet, Luke Marsh and Nicholas Abou Risk. Check the chip counts and the payouts page. -- RD


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Can Joeri Zandvliet win his second UKIPT title?


PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT Edinburgh: Rick Dacey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May.

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT