UKIPT Dublin: Tompkins leads as Silver takes title defence to the final table
The final table of UKIPT Dublin is set to be a classic. Hyper aggressive big stack Jason Tompkins takes the chip lead into the eight-handed final table with two players looking to win their second UKIPT title, including reigning Dublin champion Max Silver. Tompkins' lead is strong and he'll start as favourite to win the €83,500 first prize but this is no-limit Hold'em; a single double-through can change the dynamics of this final table in an instant, and with it the destinies of the players at this last table of the regular UKIPT season.
The day started with 56 players and after eight one-hour levels just eight players remained, none of which are out the race yet and all are guaranteed at least €8,000.
Seat one: Jason Tompkins, Ireland, PokerStars player, 2,388,000
Seat two: Max Silver, United Kingdom, 699,000
Seat three: Rory Curtis, United Kingdom, 725,000
Seat four: Charles Fabian, USA, 1,023,000
Seat five: Joeri Zandvliet, Netherlands, PokerStars qualifier, 1,835,000
Seat six: David Docherty, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, 958,000
Seat seven: Noel O'Brien, Ireland, 1,991,000
Seat eight: Robert Csire, Hungary, 1,145,000
Silver may start short with 23 big blinds - we lost Michael White in ninth at the 15,000-30,000, 3,000 level - but should he manage to successfully defend his title he'd be only the third player to retain a PokerStars live tournament title. The others? Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier (NAPT Mohegan Sun bounty shootout) and Vanessa Selbst (NAPT Mohegan Sun main event). That would put him in some vintage company.
And he'd also be able to fully claim the Nick Wealthall created nickname Back to Back Max. Silver beat a 590 runner field last year, he's already outlasted more than that from this year's 718 players. Silver is not alone in the hunt for the UKIPT double.
Joeri Zandvliet is also on for his second title and currently sits third in chips, just behind Irishman Noel O'Brien. Zandvliet tore through the later levels, often taking on Silver, to challenge for the chip lead after spending most of the day below or near average. The Dutchman plays the game in the correct spirit: with a smile on his face and a willingness to get his chips into the middle, damn the consequences. His UKIPT Manchester win had come after a terrible start to his final table, you simply cannot rule Zandvliet out.
David Docherty was compared to Humphrey Bogart in last night's wrap* and that comparison seemed to bear out today. When the running was good for the Scotsman it always seemed like it was just a matter of time until something terrible would happen, but Docherty refused to stay down and has rightly earned his place at the final table.
Docherty had got it all-in for the chip lead early on and would have been the first player to break a million calling a 4-bet over-shove from Noel O'Brien with A♦K♣. O'Brien tabled A♠8♠ and flopped an eight. Docherty was left short but managed to reclaim the chip lead some hours later with just a couple of tables left. He starts the final table short again. Can he make another comeback? Find out with the PokerStars blog tomorrow.
*It's been a long tournament, you can't blame us for some jibberish.
Another player that has shown almost superhuman fortitude and powers of recovery is Robert Csire who was down to 27,000 for little more than one big blind before doubling up time and again to finish the day on 1,145,000. Charles Fabian had methodically chipped up and as part of the Silver/Nick Abou Risk home game will he be another part of that crew to score a title?
Players that will have to wait for next season to have their chance at their first UKIPT final table include Dominick Hever, Rhys Jones, David Maudlin, Dermot Blaine, Callum Smith, Gary Ludgate and Rebecca McAdam. They all fell today in the money.
Play starts tomorrow at 1pm. You can find all the payouts by clicking on this link to the money and if you want to catch up with all the day's action click on the links below.
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