UKIPT Killarney: Day 3, levels 14&15 (blinds 2,000-4,000, ante 400)
The players are off for a 15-minute break and no doubt will be checking the football scores. It's Uruguay 1 - South Korea 0 with 54 minutes gone. -- RD
4.10pm: Big pot for Conor Fennel
Conor Fennell opened the action to 9,600 from middle position and was called by David Rowley on the button and Owen Robinson in the small blind. Fennell continued the aggression on the flop with a 19,200 bet into Q♠J♦Q♥ and was called by Rowley. A J♥ on the turn induces a check from Fennell and Rowley accepted the invitation to bet making it 28,000. Fennell moved all-in over the top for a large stack of chips and Rowley quickly mucked his hand. --RD
3.55pm: All-ins surviving
In quick succession both Mehdi Amari and Aonghus O'Farrell were all-in and at risk. Amari - who's all-in was for 60,000 - doubled through Peter Barrable when his pocket sevens turned a straight against Barrable's pocket tens, Barrable rivered a set just for fun. O'Farrell's all-in was for 109,000 and his A♠[10s] out raced Jamie Flynn's pocket fives on a 8♦J♣J♦[10h]8♠ board. Players are on break in 10 minutes, during that time we'll do full chip counts of all remaining players. --NW
3.45pm: Standard (but not good for Hinds)
Oskar Prehm pushed all-in for 54,500 and was called by Richard Hinds.
The board was 9♠4♣Q♠6♥9♦. After the hand Dan Owston remarked, 'That was pretty standard.' Prehm doubles to 115,000 whilst Hinds slips to 25,000. Hinds was out next hand in 25th, Dan Owston doing the damage. We'rre now down to three tables. --NW
3.35pm: Flood washed out
Liam Flood no longer has 250,000. In fact he has little over 30,000 thanks to running 7♠8♠ into Femi Finkle's 6♣6♦ on a huge 8♣6♥5♠ flop. The turn and river came A♦and T♠ to give Fakinle a monster 410,000 pot. Flood is short and will need to run better in his next couple of pots. --RD
3.25pm:A gentlemen's game
I had a chat with Liam Flood during a lull in play at his table. The veteran qualified online, a fact that raised an eyebrow or two here in bloggers corner. I asked him if he plays a lot online. 'Purely to qualify for live events,' he said. 'A couple of years ago a lot of the younger players were saying I qualified for $2 or whatever, so I thought sod it, if they can do it so can I!' Flood currently has about 250,000. --NW
3.20pm: Owston just hanging on
Dan Owston shoved under the gun for 46,000 and the action folded to Mike Hill in the big blind. Hill drummed his fingers across the rail for a good couple of minutes before mucking to the Welshman's shove. Owston is in dire need of a double up. --RD
3.15pm: Shorties keep doubling
The rapid machinegun fire fall of players in the first level has slowed somewhat but that's more to do with the fact that the short stacks keep doubling up when all-in. Mehdi Amari's 9♦9♣ beat Femi Fakinle's K♥A♠ to stay in while Philip Phu's A♦J♠ doubled through Tadgh Ryan's T♦Q♠. Another knockout can't be far away. -- RD
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 2,000-4,000, ANTE 400
3.05pm: Brotherly love
Tadgh Ryan's mother wandered over to the media desk to ask us if we knew where her son was sitting! To be fair Tadgh is wearing a white hoodie and has a cap on, obscuring most of his face. His mum told us that he's only in the tournament because his brother sold him the seat as the tournament clashed with a summer holiday. His mum is standing incognito on the rail for fear of putting him off. Ryan currently has around 220,000 --NW
2.55pm: Dan doubles
There's been a lot of all-in and calls on table three the latest involved Dan Owston shoving from the button for 30,000 and Richard Hinds in the big blind looking him up.
The board ran out 2♥K♣7♣Q♠6♦
Owston said, 'Now I've got a bigger bowl of rice,' as he raked in the pot. --NW
2.50pm: Prehm fist pump
Oskar Prehm shoves for just over 30,000 and is called by Mike Graydon.
The board runs ten-high and Graydon passes a chunk of his stack over to the German. -- RD
2.40pm: Graydon at the double
Michael Graydon has doubled up again. His A♠[10d] rivering a ten to outrace Oskar Prehm's pocket eights. --NW
2.35pm: Big pot alert!
Femi Fakinle raised to 9,000 pre-flop from the cut-off and was called by big blind Vinny Gavin. The flop was 2♦Q♠K♣, Gavin checked, Fakinle bet, Gavin raised. This sent Fakinle into the tank and he eventually moved all-in, Gavin in his own words was 'priced in to call'. This was a big pot, somewhere around 325,000.
The turn and river were 8♥5♠ Fakinle got a huge double up. --NW
2.30pm: Early fallers
We've had several early burnouts at this first blind level and they are the following who all pick up a min cash except for Simon Trumper who grabs €1,925.
27. Simon Trumper, UK, PokerStars sponsored player - €1,925
28. Igors Cvetkovs, Ireland - €1,650
29. Declan Connolly, Ireland - €1,650
30. Darius Tamulevicius, Ireland - €1,650
31. James Creighton, Ireland, PokerStars player - €1,650
32. Barry McPhillips, Ireland - €1,650
Keep checking the payout page to catch up on the players as they get knocked out. -- RD
2.20pm: Simon Trumper is out
He wandered over to us and told us about his elimination. 'The button (Mike Hill) opened to 8,000 and I moved in for 27,000 from the small blind with ace-eight. He called me with ace-four and hit a four on the turn.' --NW
Peter Barrable and Maurice O'Donoghue got it all-in pre-flop, Barrable was the player at risk, all-in for 91,100.
The board ran out: 2♠Q♦6♣7♥Q♣
Barrable made quads and now has around 190,000, O'Donoghue slips to around 120,000. --NW
2.10pm: Double, double up
Two double ups in quick succession; first Michael Graydon doubled through Richard Hinds, his A♣9♦ holding against K♥Q♣, Graydon now has 50,000, Hinds is down to 90,000. Then Tadgh Ryan doubled through James Creighton the former's pocket aces besting Q♥J♠ all-in on a queen high flop. --NW
2.05pm: Play underway, one down already
Play is underway and we've already lost one player. Barry McPhillips only had 10,000 coming back today and he got the last of his chips in with A♣J♠ against Vinny Gavin's [10s]7♦ Gavin flopped trips and it was a short day for McPhillips. --NW
PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT Killarney: Rick Dacey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May.