UKIPT Galway, Day 3: Levels 19-20 updates (5,000-10,000 1,000 ante)

ukiptthumb.JPG4.20pm: Break Time
The remaining players are now on a 20 minute break. You'll find level 21 updates in a new post. -- NW

4.20pm: Alan Gilmore doubles through Nick Abou Risk
Just before the break Alan Gilmore and Nick Abou Risk played a 500,000 chip pot. Gilmore raised, Abou Risk three-bet, Gilmore moved all-in for 243,000 and Abou Risk made the call.

Abou Risk: [10h][10s]
Gilmore: A♠A♦

Flop: 4♦2♦[10d] - Abou Risk flopped a set, Gilmore had the nut flush draw
Turn: A♣ - Gilmore turned a bigger set
River: 2♣

Abou Risk congratulated Gilmore on a nice hand and counted his stack which is still around 500,000.
4.15pm: Two exits and a double up
Almost simultaneously there were three all-in and calls at three different tables and as the title suggests two perished and one survived. First the exits:

Aurimas Klastaitis went out in 23rd when he shoved from the button for 150,000 with A♠4♦ and Thomas Hall woke up with A♥K♦ in the small blind, no fours or miracle straights came and he was gone.

Seconds later Aidan Butler was also heading to the cashiers desk as his A♥Q♣ lost out to the pocket fives of Joris Ruijs in a pot worth 275,000. The board of A♠K♣5♣4♥Q♠ providing a few twists and turns along the way.

And Hector Garcia Cabanillas was the one that survived. He moved all-in for 88,500 from the small blind with Q♦2♠ and Arnoud van der Werf made the call with K♦7♠. Cabanillas was out his seat when the 5♣J♦J♣ flop and Q♦ turn missed his hand but the 2♥ river kept him in it.

21 players left on three tables. -- NW

4.05pm: Burke v Butler
Craig Burke, button, and Aidan Butler, big blind, were the only two players looking at a flop of Q♣8♥6♥. Butler led for 26,500 and Burke called. The turn was 8♦ and after Butler checked, Burke took over the betting, asking a 36,500 chip question. Butler called.

The 2♣ rivered and Butler checked. Burke bet 68,000 and there was an air of resignation about Butler's call here. Burke duly showed him A♥8♣ and Butler folded. -- HS

3.55pm: All Haile king Richard
Richard Haile came back with 29,000, spun that up to 400,000, spun it down to 170,000 and now has more than 500,000 as he just trebled up. It's been a roller-coaster for him but he has now bested his previous high point on the UKIPT, which was 25th place at UKIPT Manchester in Season 2.

To the double up: Aleksandras Rusinovas opened to 20,500 from early position, Haile then moved all in for 170,000. Next to act Adrian Cawley cold called the 170,000, Rusinovas moved all in (covering Cawley) and Cawley then called all in. The main pot was 510,000, the side about 100,000. On their backs:

Haile: K♣K♠
Rusinvoas: [10d][10s]
Cawley: 9♦9♠

The board was a blank 6♥8♠5♠4♦2♥ and Haile took the main pot, Rusinovas the side and Cawley was eliminated in 24th place. -- NW

3.45pm: Gilligan v Van der Werf
Decent pot this for Ronan Gilligan, who got Arnoud van der Werf to fold to a hefty bet on the river. Van der Werf started it, raising to 21,000 from the cut off. Gilligan called in the big blind.

It was only the two of them to a flop of J♠3♦6♦, which Gilligan checked. Van der Werf bet 18,500, but Gilligan now cut out a raise to 42,000. However Van der Werf wasn't convinced by that and made it 83,500 to go.

Gilligan called.

The 6♥ turned, which they both checked. And then when the 5♦ rivered, Gilligan fired 140,000. Van der Werf was finally persuaded that there was no point continuing, and he let it go.

They are now spread across three tables with 24 players remaining. -- HS

3.35pm: Chip counts
We've kind of fixed the chip count problem and you can now find the latest counts here. -- NW

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

3.25pm: More for Joris
Joris Ruijs has joined David O'Connor and Nick Abou Risk at the top of the chip charts after eliminating Lukasz Nagraba. After Ruijs had opened to 25,000, Nagraba raised all-in for 236,000 and after some though Ruijs made the call.

Nagraba: [10s][10d]
Ruijs: 8♦8♣

The flop of 9♠2♦8♠ gave Ruijs a set and the board ran out A♠9♥, Ruijs is up to 800,000. Aurimas Kiveris has also been eliminated. -- NW

3.15pm: Abou Risk purrs back into contention
We knew it would happen and it duly did: Nick Abou Risk and Alan Gilmore have just clashed in a pot worth more than 600,000. It's the two-time former champion Abou Risk who won it - of course - and he is now among the chip leaders again.


Nick Abou Risk on day three at UKIPT Galway

Abou Risk opened to 16,000 from under the gun and it was folded to Gilmore in the small blind. He called. It was just the two of them to a flop of 9♣[10d]2♦ and here's where the fireworks started.

Gilmore checked, Abou Risk bet 21,500 and Gilmore check-raised to 70,000. Abou Risk announced that he was all in, for a total of 283,500, and Gilmore didn't wait too long before calling.

Abou Risk: A♦[10s] (top pair, plus the nut-flush blocker)
Gilmore: 9♦7♦ (middle pair, plus a flush draw)

At this stage were all but flipping: Abou Risk was a 54 percent favourite. And the 6♣2♥ turn and river were both in his favour.


Not quite so happy Gilmore

Gilmore is still alive, but Abou Risk is positively purring. He soon won another pot of about 200,000 from Aleksandras Rusinovas. -- HS

3.05pm: A few hands
Action has certainly slowed down this level although that's not altogether surprising as the average stack is 48 big blinds and it tends to level out at around 40 big blinds in the latter stages.

I didn't catch any showdowns or eliminations during my latest stint on the floor but Dean Lyall did tank about 85,000 from David O'Connor and John Willoughby took 40,000 from Andrew Grimason when he four-bet all-in.

Also Nick Abou Risk tweeted that he is down to 345,000 after losing a race with [A][Q] against pocket sevens. -- NW

2.55pm: New chip leader
We have a new chip leader and his name is David O'Connor. He just won a huge pot against Kevin Monroe, the man who was third in chips coming into day. Monroe is now out and O'Connor has 930,000.

It was a battle of the blinds and both men had pocket pairs. Monroe had queens and although O'Connor only had eights, he spiked another on the river. I'm not sure when the money went in, but the chips are now only in one place: O'Connor's stack. -- HS

2.50pm: Gremlins
It appears gremlins have got to our chip counts page as despite us updating them on our software, they refuse to show up on the blog. These guys are the top five at the moment although my colleague has news of a huge pot coming right up.

Aleksandras Rusinovas, Lithuania, PokerStars Qualifier, 665,000
Joris Ruijs, Netherlands , PokerStars Qualifier, 550,000
Arnoud van der Werf, Netherlands, PokerStars Qualifier, 495,000
Hector Garcia Cabanillas, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 487,000
Richard Haile, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 480,000

2.45pm: Tuckered out
After losing 30 players in 120 minutes during the first two levels it took 25 minutes to lose one player in this level.

Roy Tucker is the unlucky man. He got his last 100,000 in with pocket sixes against John Willoughby's A♠9♣ but the overcards spiked on the A♥4♠7♦Q♠8♣ board. Willoughby is up to 450,000. -- NW

2.40pm: The stylistic secret to Galway success
As style guru Nick Wright noticed, there were four men in today's field sporting fair-haired pony-tails. Three of them are now in a line on table five, and two of them have just played a pot against one another.

Dean Lyall (pony tail 1) opened from early postion, making it 16,000 to play. Thomas Hall (pony tail 2) called from one seat to his left. Kevin Monroe (no ponytail) called from the button and the three of them saw a flop of 8♥9♠[10s]. Lyall checked, but Hall bet 36,000, which prompted Monroe to ask, "Roughly how much do you have?"


Three ponytails at UKIPT Galway

Hall, beneath headphones, didn't seem to hear and most certainly didn't answer. Monroe folded anyway. Lyall, however, called and they went to a 7♠ turn. Check, check.

The river was the 2♠ and Lyall bet 58,000. Hall didn't seem to like it very much, but called. Lyall tabled Q♠6♠ and Hall mucked in evident disappointment. -- HS

2.30pm: Chips in
The chip-counts, correct at the end of the first break of the day, are now on the chip count page. -- HS

2.25pm: Dempsey doubles
We mentioned earlier how the worst hand seems to be winning a lot so far today, and isn't Shane Dempsey happy about that. He just got his 152,000 stack in the middle with A♠Q♠ against Richard Haile's A♦K♠ but ended up making a spade flush to win. He moves comfortably into the 300,000s. -- HS

2.20pm: Half and half
Over half the remaining field were eliminated in the first two levels as just 29 of the 59 starters remain. Below is a list of whose finished where so far today.

30 - Jakub Michalak, Poland, PokerStars Qualifier, €2,140
31 - Christoph Rüegg, Switzerland, PokerStars Qualifier, €2,140
32 - Gary Jordan, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, €2,140
33 - Adam Pollock, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, €2,140
34 - Barry Carson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, €2,140
35 - Richard Derks, Netherlands, PokerStars Qualifier, €2,140
36 - Darren Kearney, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, €2,140

37 - Michael Huber, Austria, PokerStars Qualifier, €1,900
38 - William Robinson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, €1,900
39 - Filip Hanusek, Czech Republic, PokerStars Qualifier, €1,900
40 - JP Whyte, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, €1,900
41 - Omer Haskic, Bosnia, PokerStars Qualifier, €1,900
42 - Colin Myott, United Kingdom, €1,900
43 - Andrew Hulme, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, €1,900
44 - Patrick Hirtzer, Austria, €1,900
45 - James Estrop, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, €1,900

46 - Nicolas Hahn, Germany, PokerStars Player, €1,660
47 - Tom Corcoran, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, €1,660
48 - Kevin Connolly, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, €1,660
49 - Tim Slater, United Kingdom,PokerStars Qualifier, €1,660
50 - Simon Hahn, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, €1,660
51 - Austin Crowe, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, €1,660
52 - John Ward, Ireland, €1,660
53 - Gavin Flynn, Ireland, €1,660
54 - Thomas Ward, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, €1,660

55 - Conor Power, Ireland, €1,420
56 - David Cleary, Ireland, PokerStars player, €1,420
57 - David Phelan, United Kingdon, PokerStars qualifier, €1,420
58 - Joe O'Toole, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, €1,420
59 - Matthew McKinlay, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, €1,420


Adam Pollock

2.20pm: Level 19
We are quite literally taking it to the next level here in Galway. It's level 19, with blinds at 4,000-8,000 and an ante of 500. There are 29 players remaining and their full chip counts will soon be appearing on the chip-count page.

We have also updated the payouts page with the recent eliminations.

Remember, we're playing down to a final table of eight today, so although it's gone quickly in these opening stages, a massive slow down will invariably soon occur. -- HS


Nick Wealthall and Liv Boeree at the PokerStars party last night

Howard Swains
@howardswains in UKIPT