Nick Abou Risk set for an historic double at UKIPT Galway

ukiptthumb.JPGNick Abou Risk has set himself up for an incredible shot at a second UKIPT title. The Canadian, who calls Dublin home, has already notched a victory at UKIPT Edinburgh and goes into the final table here with a towering 1.32 million stack chip lead.

Abou Risk had started the day with a healthy 136,000 but one key hand against Roar Aspaaas, a fellow final table contender, all but sealed his place in the final nine.


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Can Nick Abou Risk be the first UKIPT double winner?


Halfway through the day Abou Risk defended his big blind from a raise from the Norwegian before check-calling 30,000 on a T♠4♠8♥ flop. Aspaas elected to check back the J♥ turn before attempting to value bet the ace on the river with A♣J♠. Unfortunately for him Abou Risk already held a straight with Q♠9♦ and check-raised him to 105,000. Aspaas made the call. That hand propelled him into the chip lead with over half-a-million.

Aspaas had already made his mark here, not only winning the €10,000 freeroll two days earlier but also bursting the bubble. The young player from Norway knocked out Peter Murphy, who had started the day as chip leader, when the Irishman three-bet shoved ace-jack into Aspaas' pocket tens.


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Roar Aspaas knocks out Peter Murphy on the bubble


Shortly after it was Edward Kavanagh who was the first player to finish in the money, taking home €1,750 for his 32nd place. From there a further 21 players, including Mike Hill, UKIPT Brighton champ Jamie Burland and George McKeever, were knocked out before Ray Malonely crashed out in tenth for €4,550. For all the prizewinners and payouts simply click on the link.


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Mike Hill has started his assault on the UKIPT Leader Board


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Mick Graydon was one of the players that failed to reach the money

Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth and fellow Irishman Mick Graydon both bust just before the money with Ainsworth set to double up until his opponent, final tablist Trish Mallin, spiked a jack on the river. Harsh but true.

The final nine are as follows:

The final table
Nick Abou Risk, Canada, 1,312,000
Eoin Olin, Ireland, 857,000
Maurice Silke, Ireland, 780,000
Vytenis Navickas, Lithuania, PokerStars Qualifier, 542,000
Dan Rankin, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 514,000
Trish Mallin, Ireland, 437,000
Roar Aspaas, Norway, PokerStars Qualifier, 391,000
Johan Meyer, Germany, 252,000
Aonghus Farrell, Ireland, 114,000

The final table is set to start at 1pm tomorrow but given the TV table prep time it could be closer to 2pm. Join us as we find this season's first UKIPT champion.


Catch up with all the day's action by clicking on the links below:
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Level 15, 16 & 17
Level 18, 19, 20 & 21

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT