UKIPT Brighton: Day 3, level 26, 27 & 28 updates (blinds 30,000-60,000)

ukiptthumb.JPG11.25pm: End of the level
That's the end of level 28 join us in a new post shortly. -- NW

11.15pm: O'Donnell wins another showdown
There aren't that many big pots floating about at the minute but those that do occur are going the way of Chris O'Donnell.

He opened for 120,000 from the button and Richard Hasancebi flat called from the big blind. On a flop of 5♠9♥K♣ Hasancebi check-called a bet of 140,000.

To the 7♣ turn where O'Donnell fired a second shell, 215,000 this time, another call from Hasancebi. The 4♦ completed the board, Hasancebi checked again and O'Donnell slid out a bet of 485,000. After about 10 seconds Hasacebi made the call but nodded and mucked when O'Donnell showed A♦K♦.

After that pot O'Donnell has about 5,800,000 to Hasancebi's 3,100,000. -- NW

11.05pm: O'Donnell wins a showdown
Richard Hasancebi made it 120,000 from the button (both players are opting for the min-raise tactic) and Chris O'Donnell made the call.

The flop was 8♣Q♠5♠ and O'Donnell led for 150,000, call from Hasancebi. The 7♠ turn saw O'Donnell fire out a bet of 325,000 and again Hasancebi called. The [10h] fell on the river and both players took a free showdown with O'Donnell showing J♠[10c] to win the pot. -- NW

11pm: Stacks now almost dead even
Richard Hasancebi just fired three bullets on a board of J♦5♣3♣2♣[10d], O'Donnell called the first two which were for 125,000 and 300,000 respectively but folded to Hasancebi's 600,000 river bet. -- NW

10.48pm: O'Donnell regains the chip lead
Chris O'Donnell started heads-up with an eight-to-one chip lead, he lost it after doubling up Richard Hasancebi twice in quick succession but has just regained it for the first time since then.

It was Hasancebi who got the action started raising to 120,000 from the small blind, O'Donnell made the call. Both players checked the A♣5♣6♦ flop. Before O'Donnell check-called a bet of 140,000 on the A♦ turn.

The river was the 2♣ and after O'Donnell checked, Hasancebi fired out a bet of 275,000. O'Donnell now took his time before sliding out a bet of turquoise 25,000 chips for a bet of 925,000 total. After getting the 275,000s pulled into the middle Hasancebi thought it over and announced call. O'Donnell showed A♠6♥ for the nut full house and Hasancebi mucked his hand.

O'Donnell now has 5,000,000 whilst Hasancebi slips to 3,900,000. -- NW

10.35pm: Small pot poker
Little movement since the new level began, the only pot that's gone to showdown was a split pot. Richard Hasancebi still has a lead of around 15 big blinds. -- NW

10.27pm: Back in their seats
Both Chris O'Donnell (3,875,000) and Richard Hasancebi (5,050,000) are back in their seats and play has restarted. -- NW

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The final two face off

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 30,000-60,000

10.12pm: Break time
That's the end of level 27, the two remaining players are on a 15 minute break. -- NW

10.10pm: O'Donnell wins some back
Chris O'Donnell made it 100,000 to go from the button and Richard Hasancebi called from the big blind. The flop fell 7♠8♣A♣ and Hasancebi check-called a bet of 125,000. The 9♥ turn and Q♠ river were checked through and O'Donnell showed Q♦2♦ to win the pot.

10.05pm: Hasancebi doubles again
Richard Hasancebi now has the chip lead after doubling up again. Chris O'Donnell made his standard 100,000 button raise, Hasancebi three-bet to 350,000, O'Donnell moved all-in and Hasancebi called all-in.

O'Donnell: A♠8♦
Hasancebi: A♠[10h]

Yet again Hasancebi was in a commanding lead going to the flop even more so after the flop fell K♠[10d]5♠. The turn was the 3♥ meaning the 7♠ river was irrelevant.

The stack of Hasancebi was counted down and he had 2,548,000 million to start the hand so now has a chip lead of 5,096,000 to roughly 4,000,000. -- NW

9.55pm: Richard Hasancebi doubles through Chris O'Donnell
He's still got a long way to go but Richard Hasancebi just put the first dent in Chris O'Donnell's chip lead. Hasancebi moved all-in for 1,219,000 with pocket fives after O'Donnell's 100,000 button open. The man known as 'Bob' by his railers made a quick call and showed pocket threes.

The flop of Q♠5♦8♣ gave Hasancebi a commanding lead. "Got any backdoors Bob?," inquired O'Donnells rail. He certainly did as the 3♥ hit the turn. It might have only given him one out, but an out it was. The 4♣ river was close but not close enough.

The stacks now roughly 2,438,000 plays 6,500,000. -- NW

9.45pm: First all-in of heads-up play
Chip leader Chris O'Donnell has extended his lead after forcing Richard Hasancebi off a pot on the river.

The hand started with a button min-raise by O'Donnell and a flat call by Hasancebi. Both players checked the 3♥Q♣8♦ flop before Hasancebi led 125,000 on the 7♥ turn call from O'Donnell. The 7♣ river paired the board and Hasancebi led for 225,000 but mucked when O'Donnell set him in.

After that hand O'Donnell has roughly an 8,000,000 to 1,000,000 chip lead. -- NW

9.38pm: Heads up begins
Chris O'Donnell, the chip leader at the end of Day 1, has made it through to heads up with a large 7,054,000 to 1,869,000 chip lead. The players have been moved to opposite ends of the table, illiciting some mock "ooos" and "ahhhs" from O'Donnell rail, which make a change from the usual "Go on, Bob!"

Both players have won small pots, no major chip movement as of yet. -- RD

9.33pm: Jeff Duvall eliminated in third place (£25,300)
From the button Jeff Duvall made it 150,000 to play, Chris O'Donnell three-bet to 425,000 from the small blind. After Richard Hasancebi had folded, Duvall announced his was all-in for about 1,800,000 and O'Donnell made a swift call.

Duvall: K♥Q♠
O'Donnell: A♦K♠

The board ran out 7♥[10s]2♦5♣A♣ and Duvall added another line to his extremely long resume, whilst O'Donnell now has a commanding chip lead.

They'll be a quick pause before heads-up play, chip counts on the way. -- NW

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Jeff Duvall

9.22pm: O'Donnell makes a big call
"Good call," said Jeff Duvall, "Very good call."

Duvall had opened the button from the button for 150,000 and O'Donnell three-bet to 425,000 from the small blind. Duvall made the call to see a 3♥Q♥5♠ flop. O'Donnell took a few chips off the top of a stack of turquoise 25,000 chips and pushed the remainder forward making a 450,000 bet. Duvall quickly set O'Donnell in for the rest of his two million stack.

There wasn't a snap call, but O'Donnell certainly seemed ready for the eventually of the shove: Duvall hasn't been a player shy in shifting his chips. "Call," he said, brow furrowed.

O'Donnell: J♦J♠
Duvall: K♥5♥

"I think I'd rather have your hand," said O'Donnell. Duvall's pair, overcard and flush draw gave him a lot of outs. None of them arrived as the turn and river ran out 7♣9♦. Duvall drops to 2,100,000, O'Donnell moves into the chip lead with 4,700,000. -- RD

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Big call from O'Donnell

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 25,000-50,000, ANTE 5,000

9.12pm: Duvall 3-1 O'Donnell
Jeff Duvall and Chris O'Donnell continue to tangle in pots, Richard Hasancebi is a virtual bystander.

Duvall has certainly got the better of O'Donnell in the recent sparring:

Round One: Duvall made it 120,000 from the small blind and O'Donnell called from the big. The flop was K♠Q♦[10h] and they both checked. The 3♠ turn checked through too and the 5♠ completed the board. Duvall checked again and O'Donnell fired 145,000, Duvall called and showed K♦4♥ which was ahead of O'Donnells Q♥8♥.

Round Two: From the button O'Donnell made it 80,000 and Duvall defended from the big blind. On the flop of 4♣3♠K♣ O'Donnell bet 85,000 and Duvall called. The turn was the A♦ and Duvall check-called a bet of 165,000. The Q♦ hit the river and both players checked with O'Donnell showing pocket sevens, but Duvall had K♦6♣ to win another pot.

Round Three: Duvall made it 120,000 from the button and O'Donnell called from the small blind. The flop of K♠8♥7♠ was checked through, before O'Donnell led the 8♠ turn for 155,000, Duvall made the call. The river was the J♥ and O'Donnell fired out a bet of 265,000, after a couple of minutes tank time Duvall mucked his hand and O'Donnell got some of his chips back.

Round Four: From the button O'Donnell made it 80,000 to go and Duvall made the call from the big blind. On the flop of 6♣9♠K♠ Duvall check-called a bet of 90,000. The A♦ turn saw both players check and the Q♠ rolled off on the river. O'Donnell took another stab at the pot, betting 215,000, Duvall made the call and O'Donnell mucked his hand to send more chips Duvall's way. -- NW

9.02pm: O'Donnell takes a chunk
Chris O'Donnell has taken a good lump of chips, over half-a-million, from chip leader Jeff Duval after hitting a king-high flush on a 4♠5♠9♠3♠J♠ board. O'Donnell led the turn for 165,000 and the river for 285,000. Duvall made quick calls both times to be shown K♠9♠. O'Donnell up to 3,000,000. -- RD

8.55pm: Rudi Johnsen out in 4th (£18,600)
Rudi Johnsen has been knocked out by Jeff Duvall in a cooler of a hand. Duvall had opened the cut-off for 120,000 and Johnsen raised to one million, committing the vast majority of his stack. Duvall moved in and Johnsen made the call for the rest of his stack.

Duvall: K♦K♣
Johnsen: A♠Q♠

It was a terrible flop for the Norwegian: 4♣9♣J♣. The turn and river blanked out and Duvall moved back up to 4,500,000 as Johnsen was sent to the rail in fourth. Richard Hasancebi is packing around 2,000,000 and Chris O'Donnell has somewhere in the region of 2,400,000. -- RD

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Rudi Johnsen: a constant threat at this UKIPT

8.45pm: Johnsen doubles through Duvall
From the button Jeff Duvall made it 120,000 to play, next to act Rudi Johnsen, who had been left short stacked by the previous hand, moved all-in for 675,000. Back to Duvall he called and showed A♣Q♥. Johnsen said he'd only looked at one card and first turned the K♠ before turning over his second card - the A♦! What a catch.

The flop of K♥4♣6♠ made Johnsen a prohibitive favourite and the 3♣4♥ turn and river saw him double up to 1,400,000. -- NW

8.40pm: O'Donnell gets value with the nuts
From under-the-gun Chris O'Donnell min-raised to 80,000 and Rudi Johnsen flicked in the extra from the big blind.

The flop fell K♥Q♦8♦ and Johnsen check-called a bet of 95,000. The turn was the 2♣ and Johnsen check-called a bet of 165,000 from O'Donnell. The 7♣ completed the board and Johnsen checked to O'Donnell who fired out a third and final barrel of 185,000. After a brief think Johnsen made the call but mucked when O'Donnell showed K♠K♣ for the nuts and dragged a million chip pot. -- NW

8.33pm: Duvall dominant
Jeff Duvall has stretched out in front with 4,000,000 after forcing Chris O'Donnell to fold to a raise on the river of a 9♦4♣2♠T♥3♦ board. The current chips are as follows:

Seat one: Chris O'Donnell - 1,600,000
Seat two: Richard Hasancebi - 2,100,000
Seat three: Jeff Duvall - 4,000,000
Seat four: Rudi Johnsen - 1,300,000

Duvall may have a solid chip lead but he's certainly not a shoe in. The shortest stack, Chris O'Donnell, still has 40 big blinds. Plenty to play for. -- RD

8.25pm: Duvall doubles through Rudi Johnsen
From the button Jeff Duvall raised to 120,000, Rudi Johnsen then three-bet to 300,000. It folded back to Duvall and he moved all-in for 1,625,000 total. After thinking it over for about 90 seconds Johnsen, who had about 2,900,000 to start the hand, made the call. On their backs:

Duvall: A♥K♦
Johnsen: A♣3♠

Duvall was ahead with a dominating ace and the flop of 8♣2♠J♥ kept it that way. The 5♣ turn gave Johnsen some straight outs but the [10s] was a blank and Duvall doubled up to 3,400,000 and the chip lead. -- NW

8.10pm: Dinner done, players return
As mentioned we've had some internet issues here in Brighton but fingers crossed that's a thing of the past. Richard Hasancebi is teh chip leader with 2,488,000. -- RD

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Chip leader Richard Hasancebi

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Brighton (in order of annoyance at the internet issues that have beset us): Rick Dacey (fuming) and Nick Wright (steaming). Photos by Mickey May (clicking).

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