UKIPT Cork: Day 3, level 22 & 23 updates, blinds (10,000-20,000, ante 2,000)


5.15pm: End of level
Fifteen minute break with Sam Razavi winning the final hand to maintain his chip lead with seven to go. -- RD

5.05pm: Burnett out in 8th (€6,900)
And here's that drama I just called in... Peter Burnett jammed from under-the-gun for 287,000 with A♠5♦ and was called by Chris Dowling with 9♠9♣. The board blanked out and Burnett - coined the Black Magic man by enthusiastic railers late last night due to his high necked black sweater - is out in 8th for €6,900. -- RD

4.55pm: Dowling wins a small one
Chris Dowling has won a small pot from Jamie Flynn in a battle of the blinds. It's all fairly cagey at the moment which must mean something dramatic is going to happen soon... -- RD

4.45pm: Mulsow applies the pressure
He's not been very active so far but when he has been in a pot Martin Mulsow has played aggressively. It had folded to Peter Burnett in the small blind and he raised to 50,000, from the big blind Mulsow slid out 500,000, enough to set Burnett all-in, after a few minutes tank time Burnett let it go. -- NW

4.37pm: Razavi checks a set
Sam Razavi just caught a set of tens on the river of a [7][8][j][5][t] board and checked it over to Adam Jaguscik. The pole failed to take the bait and checked behind. Another smallish pot for Razavi, he adds another 100,000 to his stack. -- RD

4.31pm: Jamie Flynn doubles through Chris Dowling
It folded to Jamie Flynn in the hi-jack and he raised to 45,000, next to act Chris Dowling made it 90,000, everyone else folded and then Flynn moved all-in for around 340,000 and Dowling called.

Dowling: 7♦7♥
Flynn: A♣A♠

The board of 5♥[10h]J♦3♦9♠ changed nothing and Flynn is up to around 700,000 whilst Dowling drops to around 500,000. -- NW

4.25pm: Chop it up
Adam Jaguscik and Sam Razavi have just chopped up a pot after getting it all-in with A♣K♦ and A♥K♣. Tiny sweat on the two club flop, no sweat on the turn. -- RD

4.22pm: First all-in
We've had the first all-in of the final table; David O'Connor raised to 40,000 from the button but folded when Jamie Flynn moved all-in from the big blind for around 300,000. -- NW

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 10,000-20,000, ANTE 2,000

4.15pm: O'Connor takes a chunk
David O'Connor has just taken a large chunk out of Sam Razavi on a A♣2♥[d]K♦5♣ board. O'Connor had opened and been called by Razavi and had bet 57,000 on the turn and 165,000 on the river. O'Connor showed pocket twos for a full house and Razavi ace-queen for two pair. O'Connnor up to around 900,000. -- RD

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David O'Connor has a large cheering section here in Cork

4.05pm: Razavi extends chip lead
It folded to Sam Razavi in the small blind and he limped and then called 30,000 more after Jamie Flynn made it 46,000 total. To a flop of 6♣K♥9♦ and Razavi check-called a bet of 50,000. Both players checked the K♠ turn before Razavi led for 134,000 on the Q♣ river. Flynn now tanked for a couple of minutes before making the call, Razavi showed [J][10] for the nut straight and took the pot. -- NW

4pm: O'Connor takes a small one
David O'Connor has just taken a small pot from Sam Razavi after raising pre-flop and firindg 46,000 into a 5♠[h]T♥ flop. Razavi checked his cards, tiny novelty Leprechaun hat perched atop his head, and passed. -- RD

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3.50pm: Final table chip counts
Tournament director Toby Stone just introduced the players and play is now underway, here are the current chip counts.

Seat one: Allen McCauley, Ireland, 1,522,000
Seat two: Peter Burnett, United Kingdom, 477,000
Seat three: Martin Mulsow, Germany, PokerStars player, 1,878,000
Seat four: Adam Jaguscik, Poland, 886,000
Seat five: David O'Connnor, Ireland, 629,000
Seat six: Sam Razavi, United Kingdom, 2,013,000
Seat seven: Jamie Flynn, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, 504,000
Seat eight: Chris Dowling, Ireland 822,000

Sam Razavi still leads the way with Martin Mulsow not far behind, Allen McCauley has been the big mover so far today. -- NW

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The elite eight in Cork

3.40pm: Final table players, take your seats
The final eight have just been called back to their seats, they'll be a brief introduction during which we'll hopefully get official chip counts and then play will start. -- NW

3.05pm: Razavi knocks out O'Connor in 9th, final table break
Vincent O'Connor has just busted to Sam Razavi after three-bet shoving 116,000 with A♦5♦ into Razavi's 33,000 open raise - he called with [a][9]. Despite an optimistic 2♦8♣K♦ flop O'Connor failed to catch up and he leaves in 9th pocketing €4,915.

We're now having a short break for photos and foot rubs. Okay, just photos. -- RD

2.55pm: Razavi three-bets
Sam Ravazi has just three-bet Adam Jaguscik from the small blind to 78,000 and fired 101,000 into a 3♣A♦8♣ flop to win the pot. -- RD

2.50pm: Re-draw done, play back underway
Here's how the final nine shape up, lose one more and the official final table of eight will be set.

Seat one: Allen McCauley, Ireland, 1,600,000
Seat two: Peter Burnett, United Kingdom, 523,000
Seat three: Martin Mulsow, Germany, PokerStars player, 1,750,000
Seat four: Adam Jaguscik, Poland, 1,078,000
Seat five: David O'Connnor, Ireland, 350,000
Seat six: Sam Razavi, United Kingdom, 1,904,000
Seat seven: Jamie Flynn, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, 522,000
Seat eight: Chris Dowling, Ireland 1,000,000
Seat nine: Vincent O'Connor, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, 179,000

On the first hand of nine handed played Peter Burnett moved all-in and won the pot uncontested. -- NW

2.32pm: Phil Baker out in 10th, redraw time
Allen McCauley had done the damage and it was left to him to put a short stacked Phil Baker out of his misery. Baker shoved A♠7♠ and McCauley looked him up with ace-queen. Baker flopped a pair on the K♦7♦J♣ flop but a ten on the turn for McCauley settled the hand. No chop on the river. -- RD

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It was not to be for Baker

2.27pm: Allen McCauley doubles through Phil Baker
In another pre-flop raising and re-raising war Phil Baker and Allen Mccauley just played a 1.5m pot. It was Baker who started the action raising to 40,000, Mccauley 3-bet to 100,000, Baker 4-bet to 265,000, Mccauley moved all-in for around 735,000 and Baker, who started the hand with around 900,000 made the call.

Baker: A♠K♠
Mccauley: A♦A♥

The flop was a dry 7♥2♥Q♣ giving Baker no help, the J♥ turn gave him a straight draw although the [10h] wouldn't help his cause. The river was the 2♠ and although tournament staff thought Baker was all-in, after counting down the stacks it was established he had the bigger stack, "I'm still here," said Baker." -- NW

2.18pm: Baker doesn't blink first
There's been some early action on the TV table too, involving Chris Dowling and Phil Baker. From the button Dowling made it 35,000 to play, Baker 3-bet to 84,000 from the big blind, Dowling 4-bet to 180,000 and Baker moved all-in for around 700,000 total, Dowling laid it down. Baker sending out an early message that he won't be bullied. -- NW

2.15pm: O'Connor knocks out Marc Gaudlitz in 11th (€3,550)
Marc Gaudlitz shoved his last 100,000 in from the cut-off and was called by David O'Connor in the big blind.

O'Connnor: K♦Q♥
Gaudlitz: Q♠6♠

O'Connor was in great shape, even more so when he flopped a king. Gaudlitz failed to catch up and departs in 11th. O'Connor up to 300,000. -- RD

2.10pm: Final day set to start
Welcome back to the final day of UKIPT Cork, 602 players have been whittled down to just 11 over three days play and the tournament has now reached 'squeaky bum' time.

The title looks most likely to stay on Irish soil with UKIPT Nottingham 6th place finisher Chris Dowling leading the home charge, but Poland, Germany and the United Kingdom will also have a say in where the title ends up.

And it's one of the Brits, Sam Razavi who currently sits top of the pile with a stack of 1,904,000, there's been a re-draw of the remaining players overnight and here's how the tables shape up:

TV Table
Seat one: Martin Mulsow, Germany, PokerStars player, 1,750,000
Seat two: Allen McCauley, Ireland, 766,000
Seat three: Chris Dowling, Ireland 1,077,000
Seat four: Vincent O'Connor, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, 179,000
Seat five: Phil Baker, Ireland, 720,000

Outer table:

Seat one: Jamie Flynn, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, 522,000
Seat two: Marc Gaudlitz, Germany, PokerStars qualifier, 116,000
Seat three: Peter Burnett, United Kingdom, 523,000
Seat four: Adam Jaguscik, Poland, 1,078,000
Seat five: David O'Connnor, Ireland, 209,000
Seat one: Sam Razavi, United Kingdom, 1,904,000

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Sam Razavi has the chiplead

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Cork (in order of which Premier League team they hope avoid the drop): Rick Dacey (gleeful that West Ham are down) and Nick Wright (Anyone but Wigan). Photos by Neil Stoddart (Blackpool).

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in UKIPT