UKIPT Nottingham: Day 3, level 26 & 27 updates (blinds 40,000-80,000, ante 5,000)

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9.25pm: Chips for dinner
Click through to the chip count page to how the players stand at the break. Seven players left. -- RD

9.20pm: Dinner break
The seven remaining players are now on a one hour dinner break. Play will restart around 10.15pm-- NW

9.15pm: David Heaton eliminated in eighth place (£7,950)
David Heaton moved all-in for 825,000 and was looked up by Chris Dowling.

Dowling: K♣K♠
Heaton: A♥J♦

The board ran out 4♥5♥2♦4♦5♠ and with that exit we're down to seven players. -- NW

9.10pm: Pizzo doubts Thomas
This isn't the Thomas Rolfe blog but it may as well be right now as he is going on a real charge as we approach the dinner break. He raised to 160,000 and picked up a customer in Romano Pizzo. The flop of 4♥A♠7♣ was checked through, before Rolfe fired 200,000 on the 3♠ turn, a bet Pizzo called. The river was the 3♠ and Rolfe fired 550,000 this time. Pizzo didn't take long before folding. -- NW

9pm: Hungry like the Rolfe
There's no stopping Thomas Rolfe, he moved all-in again, this time over the top of a 160,000 raise from Brett Angell, he's truly shoving his way back into contention. - NW

9pm: Rolfe gives one up, then gets some back
Thomas Rolfe was down to around 1,300,000 after doubling up Gareth Walker but that hasn't stopped him playing pots. He raised to 160,000 but folded when Romano Pizzo made it 360,000, Pizzo showed A♦5♦. The very next hand he open shoved and got no action and then despite Angell asking for a count he repeated the trick the next hand, he's back up to around 1,500,000. -- NW


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Thomas Rolfe at the UKIPT final table


8.50pm: Angell doubles through Bettingen
Brett Angell open shoved for 655,000 and was looked up by big stack Tim Bettingen.

Angell: 2♦2♠
Bettingen: A♥T♦

The board ran out 4♣3♥3♣6♣7♣ to push Angell back into contention with 1.35 million. That's two short stack double ups in as many hands.-- RD

8.45pm: Taking the Pizz
Romano Pizzo has his own take on the glamour of the TV table. He's sat in a cap and scarf reading a tabloid rag. Each to their own. -- RD


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Pizzo and paper


8.40pm: Gareth Walker doubles through Thomas Rolfe
Gareth Walker, who finished eighth in last year's UKIPT main event moved all-in pre-flop for 735,000 and Thomas Rolfe made the call.

Walker: A♠9♠
Rolfe: 8♠8♣

Walker would need to catch something if he didn't want to finish eighth two years running and he didn't have to wait long with the flop coming A♥2♣7♦. The turn and river were blanks and Walker doubled to around 1,500,000 whilst Rolfe slipped to around 1,300,000. -- NW

8.38pm: A couple of raise and takes then a shove
I don't know if it's because they're looking forward to the dinner break at the end of this level but play has slowed here. There have been a couple of raise and takes with Chris Dowling and Mike Hill being the players to swipe the blinds.

Gareth Walker then opened for 185,000 and was shoved on by Chris Dowling. Walker took some time to think before passing his hand. -- RD


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Gareth Walker, shoved on by Chris Dowling


8.25pm: Pizzo takes one down
In a limped pot Romano Pizzo (button), David Heaton (small blind) and Brett Angell (big blind) saw a flop of 5♦6♦9♠. They all checked to the 3♦ turn where Pizzo bet 425,000, only Heaton called. The 6♣ hit the river and both players checked, Pizzo showing 7♥4♥ for the straight and Heaton Q♠9♣. -- NW

LEVEL UP: 40,000-80,000, ANTE 5,000


8.10pm: Heaton turns heat up on Dowling
After Chris Dowling had made it 125,000 to play David Heaton three-bet to 430,000 and Dowling gave it up. No feeling each other out here at the final table. -- NW

8pm: Up to date chip counts
There was a short break whilst the TV crew re-jigged the final table, during that time we managed to snaffle these up to date chip counts:

David Heaton - 1,690,000
Brett Angell - 915,000
Gareth Walker - 1,235,000
Tim Bettingen - 4,350,000
Chris Dowling - 1,995,000
Mike Hill - 1,250,000
Thomas Rolfe - 2,030,000
Romano Pizzo - 2,250,000

Tim Bettingen is now the chip leader with a stack of 4,350,000, Brett Angell the stack most in danger of busting but he still has 15 big blinds. -- NW

7.55pm: Ian Gilchrist eliminated in 9th place (£5,800)
Down to just 370,000 Ian Gilchrist moved all-in and was called by Tim Bettingen:

Gilchrist: K♣J♥
Bettingen: A♦[10h]

The board ran out 7♠6♦9♣Q♦9♦ and the PokerStars qualifier was eliminated in ninth place. Still £5,800 is no doubt a good spin up from the amount it cost him to qualify online. -- NW


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Ian Gilchrist busted in ninth for £5,800


7.54pm: Down to eight
Details to come. -- RD

7.50pm: Double for Walker
Gareth Walker has just doubled up to 1.1 million through Romano Pizzo. The Italian opened for 200,000 and Walker moved in for 555,000. Pizzo made the call.

Pizzo: J♠T♥
Walker: A♥Q♦

Pizzo failed to catch anything and Walker's ace-high was good enough to win the pot. -- RD

7.45pm: Bettingen bests Heaton
From the hi-jack David Heaton raised to 155,000 and Tim Bettingen made the call. The flop of Q♥6♥7♦ saw Bettingen check-call a bet of 230,000. The 7♥ turn and 5♦ river were checked through and Bettingen showed down [Q][J] to win the pot. With that win Bettingen has crept into the chip lead.-- NW

7.40pm: Walker moves all-in
Gareth Walker moved all-in for the small blind for around 500,000. In the big blind Ian Gilchrist gave it a long think before electing to fold. -- NW

7.36pm: Bettingen staying active
Tim Bettingen is looking like a good shot to make the final three here. Not only is he well stacked but his play seems to be pretty solid. His check-raises and c-bets seem to be working well. He just took down another 400,000 pot with a c-bet on a 7♥3♠J♦ flop for 195,000. -- RD


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Tim Bettingen luuurves his chips


7.30pm: Dowling takes one from Pizzo
From the cut-off Chris Dowling made it 125,000 to go and Romano Pizzo defended his big blind. The flop was [10c]9♣5♥ and Pizzo check-called a bet of 125,000. On the 3♣ turn, Pizzo led for 275,000 but folded to Dowling's all-in bet. -- NW

7.27pm: Bettingen check-raise
Tim Bettingen has just check-raised Thomas Rolfe off a [k][8][2] flop. Rolfe opened from early position to 125,000 and was called by Bettingen in the small blind. Rofe c-bet 130,0000 and the German check-raised to 385,000. It won the pot. -- RD

7.20pm: Pizzo favours the big raise
Romano Pizzo opened for 200,000 from the button and scooped the blinds. Pizzo has the biggest stack of the final nine and doesn't seem to mind using it. -- RD


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Romano Pizzo's stack keeps growing


7.15pm: Two for Heaton
David Heaton has won two pots back to back against Brett Angell to take him up over 2 million. He called down with two pair against Angell and then stabbed at a small pot in a limped battle of the blinds. -- RD

7.05pm: Two in a row for Angell
Brett Angell has won two of the first three hands back from the break each time he raised to 130,000 pre-flop and got no action. -- NW

7pm: Pizzo stretching his lead
Romano Pizzo has increase his lead here in Nottingham to 3.5 million.

Seat one: David Heaton - 1,845,000
Seat two: Brett Angell - 805,000
Seat three: Gareth Walker - 610,000
Seat four: Ian Gilchrist - 830,000
Seat five: Tim Bettingnen - 2,575,000
Seat six: Chris Dowling - 2,155,000
Seat seven: Mike Hill - 1,770,000
Seat eight: Thomas Rolfe - 1,620,000
Seat nine: Romano Pizzo - 3,530,000

Good news, we've got our feed sorted. Well done to the technical crew of TV production company Sunset + Vine. -- RD

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Nottingham's most famous son


PokerStars Blog reporting team in Nottingham (in order of hoping who will win): Rick Dacey (whoever will buy him a pint) and Nick Wright (whoever will buy him a white wine spritzer - "White wine!?! I don't drink white wine.").

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