UKIPT Dublin: Day 3, level 19 & 20 updates (blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000)

ukiptthumb.JPG6.15pm: Exits
The last three exits were:

27th: Billy Ngo, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, €1,750
28th: Nik Kamal, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, €1,530
29th: Adam Kallenberg, Sweden, €1,530

6.10pm: Break time
The 26 remaining players are now on a 20 minute break. You'll find level 21 updates in a new post. -- NW

6.05pm: Dave Maudlin doubles through Ciaran Furey
It folded round to Dave Maudlin on the button and he raised to 23,000, next to act Ciaran Furey moved all-in for around 280,000 total. Back on Maudlin he took his time, counting his stack to see how much he'd have left (he was the shorter of the two stacks), he puffed out his cheeks, took off his headphones and after some more deliberation announced call.

Maudlin: A♠[10s]
Furey: Q♥Q♦

The flop of 8♦A♥8♥ gave Maudlin the lead and he stayed there as the board ran out 7♠3♥, after that hand Furey is down to 90,000, Maudlin up to 400,000. -- NW

5.58pm: Docherty devastated as O'Brian rakes in a monster
As mentioned in our end of play wrap last night, things just don't seem to go right for David Docherty at the UKIPT. This is a classic case in point.

Noel O'Brian opened the cut-off for 35,000 and Docherty three-bet the button to 84,000. The blinds passed and O'Brian quickly announced all-in and waved his hand across the top of his stack towards the middle of the table. Docherty had the shove covered, it was around 450,000 - an above average stack. The Scotsman made the call.

Docherty: A♦K♣
O'Brian: A♠8♠

Docherty was miles ahead and looking to scoop a pot that would take him over a million. The 4♦8♦5♦ flop made Docherty jolt backwards, then a split second later he realised that he also had the nut flush draw to hit, not just the king. The J♣ blanked, as did the 2♠ river and Docherty planted his fists into the small of his back and tipped his head backwards. Callum Smith muttered "Sick" under his breath and shook his head. O'Brian is up to 900,000, Docherty in trouble with 150,000 and Smith has ground his way back to a 470,000 stack. -- RD

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Noel O'Brian

5.50pm: Damian Porebski doubles through Paul Campbell
From early position Charles Fabian opened the action by raising to 23,000, from the cut off Paul Campbell flat called only for Damian Porebski to three-bet to 125,000 from the small blind.

This upping of the ante forced out Fabian but Campbell moved all-in, swift call from Porebski who was all-in for 247,500.

Campbell: Q♣Q♥
Porebski: A♥K♦

The 6♦7♦8♣ flop changed nothing, the 5♦ turn gave Porebski some more outs to win and som additional outs to chop. The river was the 8♦ giving Porebski a flush and the pot, he's up to 525,000 whilst Campbell slips to 555,000. -- NW

5.40pm: Campbell wins 800,000 pot
I only saw the pot getting pushed to him but the cold hard facts are that Paul Campbell held A♦Q♦ against Nik Kamal's pocket tens and won an 800,000 pot on a board of 5♥K♦8♦6♦[10s]. After that hand Kamal is down to just 70,000. -- NW

5.36pm: Zandvliet chipping up
Both Joeri Zandvliet and Max Silver are chasing their second UKIPT title and with just 28 players remaining there's a very real chance that one will do. The odds are against it, of course, but with both players just above average it's still a genuine proposition.

Zandvliet is up to 430,000 after tangling with David Maudlin as he recounted: "We've played some pots together and I knew he wants to win one against me. I raised with ace-queen and he called. He called again on the [q][6][3] rainbow and again on the [8] turn. I checked the river but he didn't bet," said the Dutchman. -- RD

5.25pm: Jones gives some back
It folded to Rhys Jones in the small blind and with Charles Fabian in the big blind only having 14.5 big blinds, Jones moved all-in with [K][10], Fabian though found [A][J] and made the call.

The board ran 5♠Q♣8♦Q♦5♣ to dent Jones and double up Fabian. -- NW

5.20pm: Exits since the break
A total of 29 players are left in the main event, below are the exits since the last break:

30th: Artur Olczyk, Poland, PokerStars Player, €1,530

31st: Andrew Miles, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, €1,530
32nd: Michael Gibson, United Kingdom, €1,530
33rd: Keith Maguire, Ireland, €1,530
34th: Keith Bissett, United Kingdom, €1,530
35th: Kevin Letham, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, €1,530
36th: Thomas Nolan, Ireland, €1,530

37th Arne Brugmans, Netherlands, PokerStars Qualifier, €1,320

5.17pm: Jones close to a million
Rhys Jones is up to nearly a million. We don't normally bother players to ask their chip counts and us our eyeballs instead but Jones' stack is so large that a lot of chips in his three-story stack are out of view. How much do you have?

"Errr, about a million," replied Jones, before tapping his finger across a lot of the stacks, "Maybe 950," he clarified. Either way it's a whole lot of chips, the last chunk of which he gathered by knocking out Artur Olczyk with pocket tens. -- RD

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 5,000-10,000, ANTE 1,000

5.10pm: Damian Porebski doubles through Michael White
It was the most classic of pre-flop races, Porebski all-in with pocket queens for 125,000 and Michael White making the call with A♣K♦.

The board ran 8♣4♦2♥9♣Q♠ and Porebski is still in with a shout of beating the 24th place he managed at UKIPT Newcastle. -- NW

5.07pm: Double for Henderson
Daniel Henderson has just doubled up with kings on the TV table. He's still relatively short but seems in good spirits - well, you would after fading the ace. Thirty-two players remain. -- RD

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Double for Daniel

5pm: Down to four tables
With 32 players remaining that means that play has been condensed to four tables, table three in particular seems to be stacked, both in terms of chips and talent, it lines up like this:

Adam Kallenberg, 205,000
Dermot Blain, 615,000
Billy Ngo, 520,000
Rory Curtis, 360,000
Callum Smith, 325,000 (must've won some back very recently)
Paul Lucey, 215,000
Noel O'Brian, 690,000
David Docherty, 430,000

The average stack at the moment is 336,500. -- NW

4.59pm: Smith caught in a storm
Callum Smith has impressed over the last couple of days with his cool composure, but it's currently at risk of losing that image. The young Brit is getting battered and is down to around 180,000 now after winning a small pot against Billy Ngo and then losing a larger one to Noel O'Brian.

Smith had called an open raise of 18,500 from Rory Curtis and had called again when O'Brian had squeezed from the small blind to 55,000. Both players had checked the A♥3♠K♥ flop but when Smith bet 100,000 into the 8♣ turn O'Brian inst-shoved. Smith passed and isn't looking very happy at the moment. He's down to about half the average stack. O'Brian is up to 650,000. -- RD

4.50pm: Silver wins a big pot
From middle position Max Silver made it 16,500 to go, it passed to David Maudlin in the big blind who three-bet to 46,500, call from Silver.

The flop came 9♣[10h]7♠ and Maudlin c-bet 84,000 from a stack of around 280,000 total. After about 30 seconds thought Silver announced all-in and after getting a count it was established that Silver was all-in for 205,000 in total.

As the TV cameras gathered round the table it was clear that Maudlin had a tough decision, Brett Angell, a friend of Maudlin's was standing next to me and whispered: "I think he's got pocket jacks and I'd expect Dave to fold here as he's really not beating a lot."

Another couple of minutes passed by and Maudlin did indeed fold, Silver showed pocket kings as he took the pot, he's now up to around 385,000. -- NW

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Max Silver

4.41pm: Tompkins turning up the pressure
Jason Tompkins likes to get involved in pots. He has the air of a player that feels he has an edge on the field and he's currently not doing anything to make us think that isn't the case. Tompkins just forced a fold out of Billy Ngo on a A♣6♣8♦ flop in a raising war that saw Ngo put in 41,000 and Tompkins come back over the top for 73,000 - with 130,000 back. Tompkins also won the next pot with a pre-flop three-bet to take him up to 320,000, Ngo down to 400,000. -- RD

4.35pm: Flying Dutchman
After taking a hit early on at the hands of Max Silver, Dutchman Joeri Zandvliet is up to 380,000. He raised to 16,500 from early position and was three-bet to 40,000 by Ciaran Furey, it passed to Max Silver who contemplated getting involved but he passed and then back on Zandvliet he moved all-in, tank-fold from Furey.

"I thought about cold four-betting with king-queen," said Silver as Zandvliet took the pot.-- NW

4.30pm: Docherty up to 500,000
David Docherty is up to 500,000 for it was he who held the pocket queens in the hand where Thomas Nolan was eliminated. It was UKIPT Edinburgh ninth place finisher Kevin Letham who held the ace-king.

From middle position Nolan moved all-in for 60,000, Letham then re-raised all-in for 120,000 with [A][K] only for Docherty to wake up with queens in the big blind which held.

They were eliminated in 36th and 35th place respectively with Arne Brugmans having gone out just before them in 37th place. -- NW

4.23pm: Bombed out, Nolan busts
Thomas 'Bomber' Nolan is out of the main event after getting it in against queens and ace-king with pocket eights. It was a big ask to beat those hands and the Irishman has been sent to the rail. More players falling, 34 remain. -- RD

4.18pm: Chip counts
Click here to see chip counts of the 37 remaining players, Robert Csire with 718,000 is in the lead. -- NW

4.15pm: The fallers so far
We've lost 19 players so far today and they are as follows:

38th: Thomas Corcoran, Ireland, €1,320
39th: George Power, Ireland, €1,320
40th: Robert Bain, United Kingdom, €1,320
41st: Declan O'Connell, Ireland, €1,320
42nd: Patrick Kaltrund, Norway, €1,320
43rd: Kevin Martinet, France, €1,320
44th: Andrew Foxall, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, €1,320
45th: Aidan McAllister, Ireland, €1,320

46th: Gary Ludgate, Ireland, €1,110
47th: Greig Cushnie, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, €1,100
48th: Ian Ronan, Ireland, €1,100
49th: Sarah Hannan, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, €1,100
50th: Michael McNelis, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier

51st: Nigel Hannan, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, €1,110
52nd: Thomas Page, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, €1,110

53rd: Jan Bjorsland, Norway, €1,110
54th: Brendan Byrne, Ireland, PokerStars player, €1,110

55th: Rebecca McAdam, Ireland, €975
56th: Henry Port, Ireland, €975

We play down to the final table today. If you're late to the party you can catch up with yesterday's action by reading this. -- RD

4.10pm: Slight delay.... and go
There was a slight delay thanks to the miking up of new players at the TV table but play is now under way. We're waiting on the full chip counts but Callum Smith (pictured), Rhys Jones, Robert Csire and Dominick Hever are all packing big stacks. Those counts to come when we have them. -- RD

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Callum Smith

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Dublin (in order of pints of Guinness consumed last night): Rick Dacey (six) and Nick Wright (two). Photos by Mickey May (medicinal hot whiskey).

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT