UKIPT Killarney: Day 3, levels 18&19 blinds (5,000-10,000, ante 1,000)
9.05pm: Conor Fennell bubbles the final table in 9th place
Any bubble can be brutal and few more so than a final table as Conor Fennell has just fouond out. Mike Hill raised under the gun to 30,000 and Femi Fakinle three-bet to 100,000. Fennell moved all-in behind him for 159,000 and action folded back round to Fakinle who made the call.
The board ran out 3♥J♠4♦2♦ putting Fennell well ahead (especially because Hill had passed an ace) but one of his six remaining out appeared on the river with the brutal A♦. Fennell's ninth place finish bags him €5,600 which isn't half bad considering he qualified online. The final table will reconvene tomorrow at 2pm. --RD
9.05pm: Nicholas Newport eliminated in 10th place
Nicholas Newport open shoved for 170,000 from under the gun, Jens Schmukal moved all-in over the top very quickly suggesting he had a big hand, everyone else folded.
'One time,' pleaded Newport.
Newport finished in ninth place, meanwhile on the other table... --NW
9.25pm: Two down and final table!
Details to come but it's Nicholas Newport and Conor Fennell who have been knocked out in quick succession. That's play done for the day. Those hands should come in soon and be followed by our end of day wrap. -- RD
9.15pm: Time for some live tells research, gents
Conor Fennell is going to have to do some live tells research. If he had there's no way he would have just lost a 500,000 pot to Peter Barrable. Fennell had raised from the button to 28,000 and was called by Barrable in the big blind. Fennel led 29,000 into the 5♠5♣2♦ board. Barrable annouced raise and as he put forward an 85,000 stack of blue chips his hand was visibly shaking - a giveaway sign of a monster hand. Unfortunately for Fennell he didn't appear to notice, or maybe even wrote it off as a reverse tell, but he didn't waste long in moving all-in. Barrable couldn't call quick enough.
Barrable chipped up to 500,000 when the board ran out 3♦4♦. Fennell shoved the next hand for 55,000 and picked up the blinds and then doubled up to 150,000 with K♦7♠ to Mike Hill's A♠T♦. -- RD
9.05pm: Philip Phu doubles through Conor Fennell
Connor Fennell opened to 28,000 from the cut-off and Philip Phu moved all-in for 145,000 from the small blind. After a brief think Fennell made the call.
The board ran out 9♦9♠K♣5♦2♥. --NW
9pm: Barrable three-bets out Fakinle
Femi Fakinle raised to 22,000 from the cut-off and was three-bet to 60,000 by Peter Barrable. Fakinle passed and flashed the table the A♥. -- RD
8.55pm: Newport gets some back from O'Farrell
It folded to small blind Nicholas Newport who completed and big blind O'Farrell checked his option. Both players checked all the way to the river on a J♠[10d][10s]K♣7♥ board before Newport fired a bet of 17,000 on the river, which O'Farrell called. Newport showed 9♦8♣ for the rivered straight. --NW
8.50pm: Schmukal on the button
We at the PokerStars blog are subject to flattery like everybody else. Jens Schmukal told us at the break that he'd been reading the blog and that it had been 'very entertaining' and that friends had been following his progress at home.That, we say, is more than enough to get a little more attention on the blog. Schmukal raised on the button and got two folds. It's not a big pot but at this stage in the game every blind steal is a vital one. -- RD
8.35pm: O'Farrell nicks one from Newport
Nicholas Newport raised to 24,000 pre-flop from the cut-off and was called by Aonghus O'Farrell on the button. Both players checked the flop of K♦2♣5♥ before Newport bet 32,000 on the [10c] turn. The river was 3♠ and both players reverted to their flop tactics as it checked through. Newport said, 'You win,' and O'Farrell turned over A♠Q♠ to claim the pot. --NW
8.25pm: Oskar Prehm eliminated in 11th place
Jens Schmukal raised to 22,000 from under the gun+1 and was called in two spots by Brian Downey (cut-off) and David Rowley (button). From the small blind Oskar Prehm then moved all-in for 137,500 total. Schmukal quckly folded and almost as quickly Downey moved all-in. Rowley quickly folded.
The board a crab less K♠K♣J♣6♥9♥. We're down to 10 in Killarney, with one more elimination there will be a re-draw for the final nine players and then it'll take one more bust out to set the final table of eight. --NW
8.05pm: Tadgh Ryan eliminated in twelfth place
We didn't see exactly how it went in, but Tadgh Ryan (cut-off) and Femi Fakinle (button) each got 135,000 in pre-flop with Ryan at risk.
Ryan sucked out.
Re-suck as Fakinle made a straight on the river to eliminate Ryan and extend his chip lead. --NW
7.55pm: Seat move for Fakinle
Femi Fakinle has been moved table to balance them after Owen Robinson's elimination. This puts the chip leader on the left of Mike Hill, a fellow big stack. This seat change could lead to a massive pot as Hill is fairly trappy while Fekinle has been fairly aggressive and bluff heavy. --RD
7.50pm: Nine-Nine means no repeat final table for Robinson
Owen Robinson was looking to make back to back UKIPT final tables but has just been eliminated in 13h place in a bit of a cooler. Connor Fennell opened from the cut-off, Robinson three-bet from the small blind, Fennell four-bet shoved and Robinson called.
The board was: J♦K♠A♦A♥9♦
Robinson shook hands with everyone and wished them luck. --NW
7.35pm: Anoghus O'Farrell doubles through David Rowley
David Rowley opened to 21,000 from the hi-jack and Aonghus O'Farrell moved all-in from the small blind for around 70,000. The big blind folded and Rowley made the call.
The board ran out: 6♣3♣2♥[10s]6♠ --NW
7.35pm: Owston ousted
Dan Owston has been, in his own words, 'channelling his inner Mickey Wernick,' for the past two days of this tournament, seemingly having a well below average stack every time we looked. He'd shoved his 67,000 stack in first hand after the break and got no callers. The very next hand he shoved from early position and was looked up by the button, Phillip Phu.
The final board read: A♥2♠3♥9♦3♠ Owston shook the hands of his tablemates before his left the tournament area. --NW
7.30pm: Playing through to the final table
The players are just getting seated and chipleader Femi Fakinle will be looking to keep hi stack moving in the right direction. Given some high variance moves and bluffs that might not happen but either way there should be plenty to watch.
PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT Killarney: Rick Dacey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May.