UKIPT Brighton: Day 3, level 24 & 25 updates (blinds 15,000 -30,000, ante 3,000)
7pm: Dinner break
We're still beset my internet difficulties, and connection is patchy at best. Please bear with is. Players are now on a one hour dinner break the chip counts as they tuck into food are:
Chris O'Donnell - 2,403,000
Rudi Johnsen - 2,089,000
Richard Hasancebi - 2,488,000
Jeff Duvall - 1,943,000
The stacks have evened up considerably in the last level and it's still anyone's tournament, Richard Hasancebi now leads. -- NW
6.50pm: Johnsen gets some back from O'Donnell
Rudi Johnsen and Chris O'Donnell continue to skirmish and create the bigger pots at this final table.
In the latest example O'Donnell raised to 60,000 from under-the-gun, Johnsen three-bet to 160,000 from the big blind and O'Donnell made the call. On the 7♦4♣6♣ flop Johnsen bet 225,000 and O'Donnell made the call. The turn was the 6♥ and a 500,000 bet from Johnsen saw O'Donnell release his hand. -- NW
6.45pm: Chip counts
There haven't been too many major skirmishes in the past 45 minutes whilst we've been offline, it's been a war of attrition. Here's how the chips stack up at the minute:
Chris O'Donnell - 3,000,000
Rudi Johnsen - 2,400,000
Richard Hasancebi - 1,940,000
Jeff Duvall - 1,650,000
Rudi Johnsen continues to be the most active player, there's around 20 minutes left at this level. -- NW
6.40pm: Clash of the chip leaders
In the last hand before the blinds went up Rudi Johnsen and Chris O'Donnell played a large pot.
Johnsen opened to 55,000 from the small blind and O'Donnell called from the big blind. The flop was 8♥K♣4♠ and Johnsen bet 80,000, call from O'Donnell. The 7♠ fell on the turn and Johnsen fired a second barrel, this time it would cost O'Donnell 200,000 to call, but call he did.
The river was the 4♣ and Johnsen emptied the clip, firing 350,000, O'Donnell chewed it over before making the call, Johnsen mucked his hand without showing and O'Donnell dragged a big pot. He's now the clear chip leader with 3,500,000, Johnsen is down to 2,400,000.
They're both still ahead of Richard Hasancebi (1,900,000) and Jeff Duvall (1,500,000). - NW
6.30pm: Technical difficulties
We've been beset by internet problems the past 35 minutes but we're back online now and hopefully it'll be plain sailing for the rest of the tournament. -- NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 15,000-30,000, ANTE 3,000
5.56pm: Hasancebi closing the gap
The two shorter stacks have closed the gap with Rudi Johnsen and Chris O'Donnell with Richard Hasanacebi leading the way. Hasancebi is on close to 2,000,000 after winning a 650,000 pot from Jeff Duvall with K♣Q♦ on a J♦7♠K♦2♦8♥ board. Johnsen still marginally out in front with a touch over 3,000,000. Full chip counts to come at the break. -- RD
5.49pm: The last ten hands
A summary of the last ten hands:
• Two walks - one each for Chris O'Donnell and Richard Hasancebi
• Three raise and takes, two for Rudi Johnsen and one for Jeff Duvall
• Zero three bets
• Two showdowns both involving Jeff Duvall and Rudi Johnsen, and both going in the favour of Duvall.
In the first Johnsen made it 55,000 and Duvall defended his big blind. He then check called 55,000 on the 9♠2♦5♣ flop, before both players shut down on the 9♦ turn and 4♣ river, Duvall showing A♣7♣ to best Johnsen's [K][Q]
The next orbit Johnsen made the same under-the-gun raise and Duvall defended again. The flop of A♥9♥A♣ saw the pattern repeat itself with Duvall check-calling a bet of 55,000 from the Norwegian. The J♥ turn checked through before Johnsen fired 150,000 on the K♣ river. It didn't take long for Duvall to make the call and he showed A♦2♣ for trip aces, which was ahead of Johnsen's K♦Q♥. -- NW
5.38pm: Duvall's tell
If seeing someone riffling chips competently is a tell that they've spent some time at the poker table then what does it say when someone can bounce a chip off the table onto a stack of chips piled eight-high six times in a row? Jeff Duvall, seemingly without paying much attention, did just that and it highlights quite how much time he's spent in casinos and card rooms over the years. Outwardly Duvall, a 62-year old from London, may not look like your typical tournament crusher but with $1,170,000 in live winnings he's certainly got some pedigree. On Day 1 we spotted a tweet where a young online pro was moaning that 'some oap' was owning everyone at the table. He's been owning since before you were born, sonny Jim.
Duvall is up to 1,450,000 after three-bet squeezing Rudi Johnsen' 55,000 raise and Chris O'Donnell's call to 300,000. Both passed. -- RD
5.25pm: Change of pace
Action's slowed a little here's a summary of the last few hands:
• Jeff Duvall (big blind) and Chris O'Donnell (button) reached showdown on a 3♣6♦6♠8♦4♣ board with Duvall check-calling 60,000 on the flop, then betting 75,000 on the river and showing K♦6♣ to win the pot
• Richard Hasancebi raised to 55,000 from the button and Rudi Johnsen called out of the big blind. On a flop of J♥8♦6♣ the Norwegian check-folded to a c-bet of 75,000.
• Duvall made it 75,000 from under-the-gun and Hasancebi defended his big blind. A bet of 125,000 from Duvall on the [10s]2♦3♠ flop saw Hasancebi muck his hand.
• Johnsen, Hasancebi and Duvall all put in 55,000 to see a flop of [10h]K♥J♥. First to act Hasancebi led for 125,000, Duvall folded but Johnsen made the call. Both players checked the 2♥ turn and Q♠ river with Hasancebi showing down J♦[10d] to win the pot. -- NW
5.15pm: Norwegian steel
Rudi Johnsen may have fellow big stackk Chris O'Donnell on his direct left but it's not stopped the Scandinavian from raising pretty much every pot, he's won three of the first five hands. Jeff Duval is refusing to sink to the sidelines quietly though. Johnsen opened the pot to 55,000, Chris O'Donnell three-bet to 140,000 from the button and Duvall moved all-in from the button. Both players passed and Duvall claws his way up to 1,300,000. -- RD
5pm: The final four
The four remaining players are back in their seats and there's an obvious divide at the moment. Leading the way is Rudi Johnsen with 3,609,000 with Chris O'Donnell just two and a half big blinds behind with 3,550,000.
Behind those two big stacks are Richard Hasancebi who has 1,196,000 and Jeff Duvall who, despite being the short stack with 1,077,000, still has over 40 big blinds. The spate of early bust outs has left play short-handed but deep stacked.
None of the four remaining players seem the type to just sit around and blind out so expect the action to continue. -- NW
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Brighton (in order of number of nieces their brother's wife has given birth to today): Rick Dacey (one) and Nick Wright (zero). Photos by Mickey May.