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

ukiptthumb.JPG12.05am: Wrap of the days play to come
Whilst the TV crew are already dismantling the TV set we're not quite done yet here on the PokerStars blog, we're feverishly working on a wrap of the day's play which will be winging it's way to you shortly. -- NW

11.50pm: Sam Razavi wins UKIPT Cork (€71,000)
From the small blind David O'Connor moved all-in for around 1m and Sam Razavi made a quick call. On their backs:

O'Connor: K♣6♣
Razavi: A♦7♣

The flop was 7♥8♣8♠ which further strengthened Razavi's position, the [10d] gave O'Connor a straight draw to go with his overcard, but the 2♥ was a blank and Razavi threw his arms in the air in celebration at winning the tournament. O'Connor meanwhile has the consolation of a €41,200 prize in his first ever live tournament. -- NW

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Razavi and friends celebrate his win

11.40pm: Sam Razavi doubles through David O'Connor
Sam Razavi is now a monster chip leader after winning an 8m pot. From the small blind Dave O'Connor raised to 135,000 and Razavi called. The flop was 2♣5♥9♣ and Razavi check-called a bet of 185,000. The J♠ hit the turn and Razavi check-raised to 1.4m after O'Connor had bet 290,000, O'Connor then moved all-in and Razavi called.

O'Connor: [10c]8♣ for the flush and straight combo draw
Razavi: J♥9♥ for top two pair

The river was the K♠ and Razavi's cheering section went wild. After that hand O'Connor was down to 700,000 but he took the next three hands and is now up to about 1m. -- NW

11.34pm: Razavi 3 - 3 O'Connor
Since returning from the break the first six pots have been shared three apiece. The most interesting hand saw Sam Razavi make it 135,000, Dave O'Connor three-bet to 350,000, Razavi 4-bet to 800,000 and O'Connor 5-bet jam. Although Ravazi thought about it, he eventually let it go. -- NW

11.30pm: Players back in their seats with almost even stacks
The players are back in their seats, current stacks are 4.5m to Sam Razavi and 4.35m to David O'Connor. -- NW

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 30,000-60,000

11.15pm: Razavi continues to show the bluffs
Sam Razavi has shown David O'Connor that he has bluffed him in big pots on at least thee occasions. In the latest example O'Connor made it 110,00 to play and Razavi 3-bet to 325,000, call from O'Connor. On the flop of 7♥J♦Q♥ Razavi c-bet for 350,000 and O'Connor folded, Razavi showed [8][2] as he collected the pot.

The players are now on a 15 minute break, chip counts will be done during the intermission. -- NW

11.05pm: Small pot to O'Connor
David O'Connor just closed the gap slightly by taking down a pot of around 500,000 when he showed down [7][J] on a board of 3♦7♣Q♦Q♠6♦. This is still closer than close. You sense a massive cooler is the only way these two will get there stacks in the middle in the foreseeable future. -- NW

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David O'Connor

10.55pm: Razavi takes the lead
They're trading pots, but Sam Razavi is winning the chunkier ones, he took down a 1.1m pot by betting 400,000 on the river of a 8♠9♣Q♦4♣7♥ board and getting a fold. The next hand David O'Connor showed down Q♥6♥ on a 2♠Q♣K♥[10h]K♦ to take a pot 450,000, Razavi has a lead of perhaps 650,000 but that's small beer at this stage of the tournament. Expect the swings to continue.-- NW

10.50pm: Stacks back to even
Pre-flop Sam Razavi made it 125,000 to play, Dave O'Connor 3-bet to 300,000 and Razavi made the call. The flop was [10d][10h]8♥ and O'Connor c-bet 360,000, call from Razavi.
The turn was the J♦ and O'Connor made it 580,000 to go and again Razavi made the call. The 5♠ fell on the river and O'Connor slowed down, checking the action to Razavi who moved all-in. It was time to tank for O'Connor and tank he did, but after a few minutes thinking time he folded, Razavi showed A♥9♦. After that pot the stacks are pretty much dead even. -- NW

10.45pm: Small flush for Razavi
From the button Sam Razavi made it 125,000 to play and Dave O'Connor called from the big blind and they took a flop of 3♦[10d]Q♦, check from O'Connor, bet of 150,000 from Razavi, call from O'Connor. The turn was the 5♠ check-call of 250,000 from O'Connor. On the 8♦ river both players checked and Razavi showed the 2♦ to win the pot. -- NW

10.40pm: Small pot poker
There's not been any big pots or showdowns recently. Perhaps the biggest piece of news though is the bar is shutting at 11pm, queue the rush. -- NW

10.35pm: On the rail
Both players have some pretty good poker players railing them. Dave O'Connor has got UKIPT champion Max Silver in his corner and Sam Razavi haa got UKIPT champion Jamie Burland is his. Also in the Razavi corner is his brother Eb who told me. "Sam looks comfortable, one double up for him and it's all over." -- NW

10.25pm: Razavi grinds some back
After dropping as low as perhaps 2m in chips, Sam Razavi has upticked to about 3.2m, Dave O'Connor still in the lead though with about 5.5m. -- NW

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 25,000-50,000

10.15pm: Mr 3-bet
Sam Razavi is definitely being the more aggressive of the two players pre-flop in htis heads-up battle. The Brit is peppering O'Connor's button raises with liberal 3-bet's. -- NW

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Razavi is re-raising liberally

10.05pm: First big pot goes to O'Connor
The head-ups play began with a few gentle jabs but the first haymaker landed was by David O'Connor. He raised to 90,000 on the button and Sam Ravazi raised to 205,000 from the big blind, call from O'Connor. The flop was [A][Q][J] and Ravazi led for 165,000 and O'Connor called. The turn was the 2♦ and Razavi bet 375,000, call from O'Connor. The river was the 4♦ and both players checked and O'Connor showed [A][10] to win the pot. -- NW

9.55pm: Heads-up play begins
After a short break heads-up play has begun, chip stacks are Dave O'Connor 5.99m and Sam Razavi 2.86m. Both these players have played a lot of heads-up cash in their time, so it should be a good battle. -- NW

9.50pm: Martin Mulsow eliminated in third place (€25,200)
Down to around 25 big blinds Martin Mulsow found A♦4♥ and got it in against David O'Connor's A♠Q♦. The board of 2♣5♥7♠8♥[10s] meant that Mulsow went from the penthouse to the outhouse in a matter of minutes. Still a great performance from the affable German and €25,200 buys a lot of jager. -- NW

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It's auf wiedersehen to Martin Mulsow for now

9.40pm: Dave O'Connor doubles through Martin Mulsow
Sick is an overused term in poker but it accurately describes what just happened. Sam Razavi opened to 100,000 on the button, Martin Mulsow 3-bet to 280,000, David O'Connor cold 4-bet to 610,000, Razavi folded, Mulsow moved all-in and O'Connor called all-in, he was the at risk player.

Mulsow: A♥A♣
O'Connor: A♦K♦

The flop was 6♣9♥J♠ O'Connor was going to need runner-runner. The K♥ fell on the turn giving him some outs and bink the K♠ hit the river giving O'Connor a miracles perfect-perfect. All three players looked stunned, least not Sam Razavi who wasn't even involved in the hand! After that pot, Mulsow is down to 1.1m and O'Connor is up the new chip leader with over 5m. -- NW

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Even Razavi can't believe it

9.30pm: Drinks update
There is no tequila behind the bar. An order for six Jagerbombs, the poker player's drink of choice, has replaced the Mexican fun juice.

And in another random turn of events David O'Connor has started using a banana as a card protector in a desperate attempt to pick up the nickname 'Bananaman.' -- RD

9.25pm: Three beers, six tequilas
Now then, this is the kind of final table that the PokerStars Blog can get behind. Martin Mulsow suggested that a round of beers should be ordered beers having all made that elusive top three finish. Sam Razavi agreed on one condition, that the beers are accompanied by a couple of tequila shooters. Lively three-way play to come. -- RD

9.20pm: Huge five million chip pot
On only the second hand of three-handed play Martin Mulsow and Sam Razavi got 2.65m in each pre-flop and we saw the biggest pot of the tournament thus far. But... it was an anti-climax as both players had ace-king off-suit and a rainbow flop ensured a chopped pot. -- NW

9.15pm: Mulsow leads three-handed
Martin Mulsow is our chip leader with three players left and Sam Ravazi finds himself to be the shortest stack for the first time today. Players seated in the following order:

Martin Mulsow - 3,603,000
David O'Connor - 2,652,000
Sam Razavi - 2,594,000

Play has restarted. -- RD

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Martin Mulsow bursts into laughter the chip lead

8.55pm: Jamie Flynn eliminated in fourth place (€18,500)
The action folded to Sam Razavi on the button and he raised to 100,000, Jamie Flynn flat called and then Martin Mulsow made it 331,000 total from the big blind. This prompted a swift fold from Razavi but Flynn then moved all-in for around 1.4m total. After getting a count, Mulsow lent back in his chair, took a deep breath and said: "I have to call."

Flynn: 3♦3♥
Mulsow: A♠[10c]

The flop of 4♥[10c]J♣ gave Mulsow the lead and the 8♦9♥ turn and river gave no help to Flynn who exited in fourth place. The remaining three players are fairly close in chips.

Short break while the players have a chat. -- NW

8.45pm: Back from the break
Players are back in their seats and level 26 is underway. Chip counts are as follows:
Sam Razavi, United Kingdom, 2.69m
David O'Connor, Ireland, 2.684m
Martin Mulsow, Germany, PokerStars player, 1.77m
Jamie Flynn, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, 1.69m
-- NW

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Will the luck of the Irish stay with Sam Razavi?

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Cork Rick Dacey and Nick Wright. Photos by Neil Stoddart.

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT