UKIPT Manchester: Day 3 level 27 (blinds 30000-60000, ante 6000)

ukiptthumb.JPG12.30am: BREAK TIME
The two final protagonists have gone to break.

12.28am: Heads up for rolls
Zandvliet goes into the heads up with a 5.6m lead over Ellwood's 2.3m stack. It's quite a comeback from the Dutchman and he's showing no sign of slowing down now. After a couple of cagey small pots Zandvliet scores the first significant pot. Ellwood raises from the small blind and is called by Zandvliet who leads the 5♠8♦8♣6♠ turn after both players check the flop. The Dutchman then makes a sweet 380,000 value bet on the river with 4♦7♦ and Ellwood makes the call.

Lyall wishes Lori a 'Happy Valentines!' The old romantic...

12.25am: Mike Hill eliminated in 3rd place (£23,500)
Most of the damage was inflicted in a hands with Joeri Zandvlient'.

Mike Hill opened to 150,000 from the button and then called Joeri Zandvlient's three-bet to 425,00. The flop came 5♦7♠6♣ and Zandvlient's c-bet of 480,000 was treated with an all-in move from Hill. Zandvlient took one more look at his cards to be sure and called with 5♣5♠ for a set. Hill opened K♥6♦ and the board ran out A♥K♣.

The last of Hill's chips went in the next hand with Q♣8♣ and his customer was Jack Ellwood who held 9♥T♥. The board ran out 6♦8♦T♠6♥7♣. Ellwood came from behind to end it for Hill who left to generous applause after a great performance.

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Mike Hill: Took the chip and looked destined for a heads up finish but finally busted in 3rd for £23,500

12.05am: Tony Millan is out in 4th (£15,100)
Ellwood shoves from the small blind into Tony Millan with A♠J♣ and Millan makes a short stack stand with Q♦9♠. The board runs out T♠J♠5♥3♠J♥ for trip jacks for Ellwood and Millan, just a short while after losing with Kings to A9, is out for £15,100. It's tough but that's poker. Millan takes it well and gets a very warm round of applause.

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Millan played like a gent and was unlucky in his key pot

11.55pm: Can a hand stand up?
Yet another big hand has been cracked. Tony Millan opened to 150,000 and then snap-called Joeri Zandvlient's 1,275,000 all-in shove to leave us with an all-in showdown:

Millan K♣K♥
Zandvlient A♥9♣

The board ran 4♠A♦4♣Q♠7♣. The three-outer came for the Dutchman to double him up and leave Millan on 680,000.


11.40pm: Dean Lyall is out in 5th (£12,100)
Lyall shoves all-in from the small blind and picks up the poy but the next hand he pushes from the button with A♦4♠ and gets called by 9♦9♥. The board ran out 6♣T♥3♦J♥8♦ to KO the young Scotsman. Lyall is likely to look back at this final table as a spurned opportunity due to uneccessary penalties. He's played some excellent poker over the last couple of days but ultimately let his inexperience show by starting his celebrations about 8 hours too early. A player of that quality is bound to appear again in the not-too-distant future. Good luck to him.


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Level 26 under-way
How are those chips counts looking?

1. Mike Hill - 2,575,000
2. Tim Brown - 8th
3. Joeri Zandvlient - 1,675,000
4. Jack Ellwood - 1,675.000
5. Chris Brammer - 6th
6. Dan Owston - 7th
7. Julian Hasse - 9th
8. Dean Lyall - 600,000
9. Tony Millan - 1,500,000

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Marc Convey
@The_Conv in UKIPT