UKIPT Galway: Final table, level 21, 22 & 23 updates (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3,000)
6pm: Olin, moves Mallin off one
In the last hand of level 23 Trish Mallin made it 56,000 to play, but despite asking for a count after Eoin Olin had made it 180,000 to play, she folded. And with that fold the blinds have gone up.-- NW
5.45pm: Mallin wins multi-way pot
For the first time this level we saw a multi-way pot, with Trish Mallin (button), Maurice Silke (SB) and Eoin Olin (BB) all putting in 56,000 to see a flop of 2♣[10c]Q♥. Silke checked to Olin who fired 100,000, Mallin then moved all-in for around 1,000,000 and both opponents folded. -- NW
5.40pm: Mallin three-bets Abou Risk
Trish Mallin just managed to three-bet Abou Risk off a pre-flop raise as she continues to chip up. -- RD
5.35pm: Trish Mallin doubles through Maurice Silke
From the button Trish Mallin moved all-in for 503,000 and Maurice Silke isolated all-in from the small blind, Eoin Olin got out the way from the big blind. On their backs.
Mallin had to wait until the turn of the [10s]8♥Q♥7♥8♦ board to spike her two outer and when she did a huge cheer erupted from her fans. If support on the rail won tournaments she'd already have her hands on the trophy. -- NW
5.30pm: Bet bet bet
Eoin Olin has definitely been the most aggressive player at the final table and he's not about to stop now play is short handed. He opened to 56,000 and Tris Mallin defended her big blind. The flop of 6♠2♠9♥ saw Mallin check-call a bet of 65,000. The turn was the 8♣, Mallin checked again and a bet of 130,000 saw Olin claim the pot. -- NW
5.30pm: Navickas double double
Vytenis Navickas has just doubled up two hands on the bounce with Q♥T♥ to Eoin Olin's Q♣9♠ then with J♣7♠ to Abou Risk's J♠J♦ where he miraculously flopped trip sevens. Navickas is back up to 550,000. -- RD
5.25pm: Maurice Silke doubles through Vytenis Navickas
Maurice Silke and Vytenis Navickas got roughly 2,000,000 chips in pre-flop in that most classic of hold'em races, ace-king against pocket queens. Silke would need to spike an ace or a king to stay alive and duly did on the 4♦A♥9♠ flop. Navickas couldn't hit his re-draw and shipped the vast majority of his stack to the Irishman. Silke is now chip leader, Navickas is down to 130,000.-- NW
5.21pm: Monster pot brewing
Details to come.
5.20pm: Strange raise from Silke
Maurice Silke just raised to 195,000 from under-the-gun (about 8 big blinds). No-one wanted to play for that price and he took the blinds. -- RD
5.10pm: Eoin Olin doubles through Maurice Silke
First hand after the break Maurice Silke made it 82,000 to go from the small blind and Eoin Olin moved all-in from the big blind for 477,000, Silke made the call.
The board of 2♣2♥[10d]8♠8♣ doubled up Olin and after some muted applause from the crowd he said: 'Come on it's worth more than that, I just hit a three outer!.' Silke is now down to 900,000.-- NW
5pm: Play resumes
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 12,000-24,000, ANTE 3,000
4.40pm: Dan Rankin out in sixth (€12,725)
Irishman Dan Rankin has just been knocked out by Lithuanian Vytenis Navickas. Rankin shoved Q♦J♣. Navickas called with K♠J♠, flopped top pair and Rankin failed to catch up.
That's the end of the level and a 15-minute break. -- RD
4.30pm: Navickas nicks one from Nick
Vytenis Navickas opened to 46,000 from the small blind and Nick Abou Risk called from the big. The flop was 3♣K♠4♦ and Navickas bet 55,000, Risk raised to 126,000 but folded swiftly when Navickas moved all-in. -- NW
4.25pm: Olin and Rankin shoving
Eoin Olin and Dan Rankin seem to be taking turns getting it all-in here. Nick Abou Risk has just three-bet Vytenis Navickas off an opening raise. -- RD
4.10pm: Smooth sailing for Silke
Maurice Silke's raises are garnering a lot of respect, every time he's raised the other players have been quick to get out the way. -- NW
4.05pm: Trish Mallin doubles through Dan Rankin
From the cut-off Trish Mallin raised to 46,000 and Dan Rankin then moved all-in from the small blind, Eoin Olin folded from the big blind and Mallin called all-in, she was the at risk player.
The flop of K♠5♠J♠ gave Rankin a bunch of outs but he missed them all on the Q♥6♣ turn and river. Mallin had 445,000 to start the hand. -- NW
3.56pm: Rankin nicks a small one
Dan Rankin just value bet the turn of a T♦K♦4♥4♠ board into Vytenis Navickas who duly called 57,000. Both players checked the 5♥ river with Rankin's 9♠T♥ winning the pot.
3.40pm: Roar Aspaas eliminated in seventh place (€10,100)
Roar Aspass moved all-in for 263,000 and Maurice Silke made the call, showdown!
The board of 5♥7♠5♣2♦9♦ was no help for the Norwegian PokerStars qualifier and he exited in seventh place. -- NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 10,000-20,000, ANTE 2,000
3.30pm: Silke check-shoves
Eoin Olin has just lost his gains from the last pot to Maurice Silke. Silke opened for 45,000 and was three-bet to 110,000 by Olin. Silke made the call before check-shoving for 487,000 on the Q♦5♥4♠ flop over Olin's 135,000 bet. Silke is up to 840,000. -- RD
3.25pm: Olin empties the clip
It took three barrels from Eoin Olin but it got the job done. He opened to 34,000 on the button and Vytenis Navickas called from the big blind. The flop of [10s]3♥7♦ elicited a check from Navickas and a bet of 45,000 from Olin, after some thought Navickas called. The turn was the K♦ and Navickas check-called a bet of 80,000 from Olin. The river was the K♠ and after Navickas checked again, Olin fired out a bet of 130,000 and Navickas quickly folded. -- NW
3.15pm: Olin getting run over
Two hands on the bounce Eoin Olin has raised and been pushed off a hand. Vytenis Navickas took the first and Nick Abou Risk the second. -- RD
3.05pm: Rankin takes one from Risk
From the cut-off Nick Abou Risk opened to 34,000 and from the big blind Dan Rankin made the call. The flop was J♦7♥5♣ and Rankin check-called a bet of 42,000. The turn was the A♠ and Rankin again check-called, Risk this time betting 67,000. The 6♦ completed the board and Rankin checked again, Abou Risk didn't fire a third bullet though, electing to check behind. Rankin showed A♦9♦ to win the pot. -- NW
2.58pm: Johan Meyer out in eighth (€7,975)
Johan Meyer opened for 34,000 and was three-bet by Vytenis Navickas to 90,000. Meyer moved all-in and Navickas made the call.
The board ran out 9♣2♣5♦8♦7♠ and Meyer departs with €7,975. -- RD
2.55pm: Aonghus Farrell eliminated in ninth place (€5,700)
From under-the-gun Nick Abou Risk made it 34,000 to go and next to act Aonghus Farrell moved all-in for 106,000 total. It folded back to Abou Risk who made the call with K♠J♠, Farrell showed two black aces and was an 83% to win the hand. The flop of 9♦2♠[10d] gave Abou Risk some outs and the Q♣ duly arrived on the turn to give Abou Risk a straight. The [10h] completed the board. Abou Risk's friend Max Silver wandered over and said: 'That's how Nick runs.'
2.45pm: First all-in of the final
It only took three hands for the first all-in of the final table to occur. Eoin Olin opened to 34,000 from the button and Johan Meyer moved all-in from the big blind for 250,000 and Olin passed. The very next hand there was another all-in and this time a call, details coming up.-- NW
2.40pm: Roar-ing start
Cards are in the air and the first pot has gone to Roar Aspaas. He made it 36,000 to go from under the gun and took the pot uncontested. -- NW
2.10pm: Seat draw
Players are in their seats, they've unbagged their chips and play is about to start. There was a redraw for the final nine (see below). Blinds are currently 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000.
Seat One: Dan Rankin, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 514,000
Seat Two: Eoin Olin, Ireland, 857,000
Seat Three: Roar Aspaas, Norway, PokerStars Qualifier, 391,000
Seat Four: Johan Meyer, Germany, 251,000
Seat Five: Vytenis Navickas, Lithuania, PokerStars Qualifier, 542,000
Seat Six: Nick Abou Risk, Canadian, 1,312,000
Seat Seven: Aonghus Farrell, Ireland, 114,000
Seat Eight: Trish Mallin, Ireland, 506,000
Seat Nine: Maurice Silke, Ireland, 780,000
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Galway: Rick Dacey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May.