UKIPT Manchester: Day 3 level 25 (blinds 15000-30000, ante 3000)
On the last hand before the break all hell broke loose. Lyall raises 62,000 under the gun and Ellwood raises to 165,000 from the small blind. Ellwood bets 178,000 and is flat called by Lyall. A big pot is brewing. As Ellwood looked like he was gearing up to bet the A♦ turn Lyall started moving his cards around as if he was ready to muck them. He had been warned earlier that he if he showed his cards during a hand it would be declared dead. The casino's tournament director asked him to put his cards down and when he didn't his hand was declared dead giving the pot to Ellwood, who afterwards claimed that he had Queens full. Lyall stormed off to mark a eventful break and discussions with the tournament staff. Action and excitement to the max.
It that time of the tournament for out three shortest stacks. Two hands in a row Joeri Zandvlient three-bet shoved over the top of firstly Brammer's opening raise and then Mike Hill's opening raise. Next up it was Mike Hill's turn to move all-in. He open shoved and took the blinds and antes. Lastly Tony Millan three-bet shoved after Dean Lyall opened with a raise from the small blind. The scot passed very quickly.
Not long until break now. We'll get official chip counts then.
9.57pm: Ellwood holds his nerve
Lyall is trying to play on the fact that each money jump is worth a few thousand pounds to put the other players on the back foot but Ellwood wasn't for budging on this hand. Ellwood raises on the button to 68,000 and is nonchantly called by Lyall who check-raises Ellwood's 91,000 bet on the 3♠6♠9♥ board to 205,000. Lyall gives up on the hand when Ellwood puts out 402,000 on the Q♠ turn. Ellwood picks up the 560,000 pot and is up to 1.3m. Ten minutes to the break.
9.35pm: Double Dutch
Joeri Zandvlient has doubled up to 700,000 after winning an all-in against Mike Hill. Chris Brammer kicked things off with an under-the-gun raise to 65,000 that Hill called on the button before the Dutchman moved all-in from the small blind. Brammer folded but Hill made the call with K♥Q♥. Zandvlinet opened A♦9♦ and the board ran 8♥2♦8♠9♠6♣. Hill down to 600,000 now.
9.24pm: Ellwood capitulates to Brammer
Ellwood raises to 67,000 from the cut-off but eventually lets his hand go when Brammer makes it 140,000 from the button. Brammer had just won a small pot after successfully c-betting a J♦4♠5♠ flop against Tony Millan.
9.20pm: Third time unlucky
Third time unlucky. Dean Lyall made a third river over-bet but this time it didn't work out for him. In a battle of the blinds he called Chris Brammer's small blind raise to see a T♠6♥7♠ flop. Brammer led for 75,000 and Lyall called. Both checked through the 2♣ turn before Brammer checked the 2♣. In a move that's becoming his specialty Lyall over-bet to the value of 425,000. The move seemed to shock Brammer but he made the call.
"Ten" announced Lyall.
It was no good though as Brammer turned over 6♣7♥ for two-pair.