UKIPT Newcastle: Day 3, level 16 & 17 updates (blinds 2,500-5,000, ante 500)

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4.30pm: Blinds up
Join us in a new post for the level 18 action in a couple of minutes. -- RD

4.25pm: Shipley slipping
Overnight chip leader John Shipley has lost a couple of hundred thousand in the opening 90 minutes, he currently has around 320,000. -- NW

4.20pm: Crellin gets one through
Back in April 2010 Ben Crellin made the final table of UKIPT Coventry and he's ghosted through this tournament practically unnoticed until now! I saw him move all-in for 66,000 more from the big blind after James Morris had opened to 12,000 from the cut-off after checking his cards a couple of times Morris mucked his hand. -- NW

4.15pm: Technical issues
Due to some technical issues, which are too dull to go into but have involved me running up and down the stairs with my laptop, I am back in the game. Last thing I saw involved Nick Abou Risk losing jacks to ace-king to drop to 95,000. A serious dent in his attempt to score an incredible third UKIPT title. He's since shoved 112,000 to scoop the blinds. -- RD


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Nick Abou Risk


3.50pm: Czech mate
Pictured below is Viktor Celikovsky a PokerStars qualifier from the Czech Republic. A Czech colleague of mine at PokerStars passed on some information about him to me. He is mostly an online grinder and that he doesn't play live a lot but when he does he mostly wins. His record backs this up, in 2010 he was the Czech Omaha champion and he also won a H.O.R.S.E tournament at a Czech Poker festival. He doesn't seem to be too bad at hold'em either, he currently has a stack of around 110,000. -- NW


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Viktor Celikovsky, not just a one trick pony


3.40pm: Holbrook running hot, no, cold, no, hot
Nick Holbrook opened to 12,500 and short stack Colin Turnbull shoved from the small blind for just a few thousand more. Holbrook made the obvious call and tabled J♣J♦, Turnbull happy with Q♥Q♣. "I'm glad you didn't have more," said Holbrook. The 30,000 pot was just a small fraction of his 900,000 stack.

The 5♥3♣6♥ flop faded a jack as did the 7♣ turn. No jack on the river but the 4♣ did chop the river. "I'll let you all play for second right now," he said.

"You run so bad," said Tim Slater. -- RD

3.30pm: Foster felted
Keith Foster is the latest exit his pocket sixes losing out to Eleazar Atenza's pocket eights. To see a list of all the payouts click here. -- NW

3.25pm: Walker, Browning both out
Both James Browning and UKIPT Nottingham winner Gareth Walker are out and they were both kind enough to tell me about their exit hands:

Browning's exit: "Nick Holbrook raised to 10,500 on the button with [A][10] and I made it 33,000 from the big blind with pocket kings from a stack of about 160,000. He moved all-in, I called and first card out was an ace." Browning went on to say that Holbrook has been running like god in the opening hour of today getting there with [A][K] against pairs on all but one occasion. But Browning added that Holbrook is a good player who knows what he's doing and that playing aggressively and running well is a good combination, Holbrook is up to about 950,000 at the moment.

Walker's exit: It was two hands in a row either side of the break that did for Walker, first his pocket twos failed to hold against the [A][7] of Patrick Clarke for a 90k pot and then his last 30,000 went in with A♠3♠ but despite flopping the nut flush draw he couldn't get there agaisnt Paul Wilson's pocket nines. -- NW

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 2,500-5,000, ante 500


3.05pm: Down to 53, here are the exits
In the opening level a total of 19 players have been eliminated including Day 1B chip leader Ken Corkery. We already bought you the names and finishing positions of the first three exits, here are the other 16. Players are now on a 15 minute break for a chip colour up.

54th: Ken Corkery, Ireland, £970
55th: Jason Cockburn, United Kingdom, £850
56th: Oluwashola Akindele, USA, £850
57th: Nik Kamal, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, £850
58th: Michael Mackenzie, United Kingdom, £850
59th: Ralph Watson, United Kingdom, £850
60th: Paul Gardner, United Kingdom, £850
61st: Rob Dunbar, United Kingdom, £850
62nd: George Trett, United Kingdom, £850
63rd: Mark Robinson, United Kingdom, £850

64th: Roy Atherton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £750
65th: Adam Forsyth, United Kingdom, £750
66th: Graham Crammond, United Kingdom, £750
67th: Kevin Taylor, United Kingdom, £750
68th: Michael Finan, United Kingdom, £750
69th: Rakesh Gupta, United Kingdom, £750

3.05pm: Key facts
Here are a few key facts for you:

- The action is eight-handed.
- There are 55 players left, all players now guaranteed at least £970.
- Full chip counts will be done every break (in the meantime we'll track bust outs and the main movers and shakers).
- We play down until the final table. -- RD

3pm: Holbrook turning the screw
Nick Holbrook is up to 580,000 and just raked another pot applying big stack pressure. Tim Slater had opened for 11,200 from the cut-off and Holbrook had three-bet to 33,000 from the button. Slater passed. Holbrook seemed to play a steady game yesterday and should have a deep run here. -- RD


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Nick Holbrook is vying for the chip lead


2.50pm: Huge swing for Morris
James Morris has just doubled up to around 260,000 through Ciaran Boyle in a button versus big blind confrontation where both had premium hands. The board lay out T♥J♣Q♦2♦6♣ with Boyle's Q♠Q♣ top set unable to fill up against Morris' flopped A♦K♦ Broadway. If it wasn't Boyle's fisrt hand at the table then it was only his second having just been moved. Boyle drops to 180,000. -- RD


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Ciaran Boyle (left) sat next to Paul Jackson before the table break


2.45pm: It's a race
From early position Paul Herbetson moved all-in for 44,000 and it folded to Jason Cockburn in the big blind who had perhaps 100,000 in total. He began to tank and started talking to Herbetson as he agonised over his decision. Eventually a deal was struck where Cockburn would fold but show his hand (pocket eights) in exchange for seeing one of Herbetson's cards (the A♠). After the show and tell Herbetson said: "It would've been a race." -- NW

2.40pm: Robinson out in sickener
Mark Robinson is the 63rd place finisher and it was a harsh exit. He three-bet to 32,000 pre-flop after Eleazar Atenza had opened to 12,000, with the Spaniard putting in the extra 20,000. The two of them saw a flop of 4♠5♥[10c] and Robinson moved all-in 32,200 and after a shake of the head Atenza made the call.

Robinson: K♣K♥
Atenza: K♠[10s]

The [10h] turn was one of just two outs for Atenza and there was no re-suck on the 8♠ river, Robinson was the first exit in the new pay bracket of £850, we'll bring you details of who's gone out where in short order. -- NW


2.30pm: Great table draw
Michael Kettiros and Gemal Husnu have been drawn two seats away from each other and it's likely to provide interest. Kettiros sucked out on Husnu in a major pot yesterday to all but cripple him. Husnu had then been up out of his seat to berate Kettiros for his celebration, which was excitable but certainly not over the top. The pair have already tangled today with Husnu's mouth being far more active than his hand.

"Three-bet or fold, yeah. Just don't peel," Husnu (button) said to Kettiros (big blind).

Kettiros elected to call and those two players went to the A♠T♣A♦ flop which was checked quickly through the 7♦ turn to the 6♣ river. Kettiros put out a 7,000 bet and Husnu called. Kettiros showed J♦T♥ to take the pot. Husnu showed a ten and said: "I got nine-ten, I think I'm winning there." -- RD

2.20pm: Abou Risk folds to four-bet
I joined the action at table seven to see Nick Abou Risk (button) deep in the tank and contemplating his course of action. There was a bet of 39,000 in front of Eleazar Atenza (cut-off) and a healthy mix of blue and yellow chips in the pot already. Eventually Abou Risk gave it up and Eleazar showed pocket aces as he took the pot. -- NW

2.10pm: Three early exits
Three players are already out and have been whisked away to the payouts area to collect their £750, they are: 72nd: Martin Amer, 71st: Marc Humphrey and 70th: Donald Elliot . -- NW

2pm: Play begins
Cards are in the air. Let the short stack carnage begin. -- RD

1.35pm: Play starts at 2pm
Play stopped at around 10pm last night with the bust out of Paul Hutchinson leaving 72 players in the field, all now guaranteed a pay day. Min cashes await many of the short stacks for £750, a fine spin up for many of the qualifiers, while the big stacks, led by John Shipley and Nick Holbrook, and the optimists focus on the £67,000 first place prize.

Today's seat draw has been posted which you can find by clicking here. -- RD

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The push to the final table begins today


PokerStars Blog reporting team in Newcastle (in order of interest in transfer news): Nick Wright (slathering at the mouth for salacious footy gossip) and Rick Dacey (Demba who?). Photos by Mickey May.

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