UKIPT Galway, Day 3: Levels 21-22 updates (8,000-16,000 2,000 ante)

ukiptthumb.JPG6.45pm: Gilligan pulls off the improbable
Nick Abou Risk is mortal. Well, he's just lost a pot, which isn't necessarily the same thing, but it's surprising enough. Abou Risk raised to 32,000 from the button and Ronan Gilligan called from the big blind.

They both checked the Q♦3♦5♦ flop, but then Gilligan bet 52,000 on the J♣ turn. Gilligan then bet 100,000 on the 5♣ river and Abou Risk called that almost instantly.

Gilligan tabled 5♠4♣ and Abou Risk mucked.

That takes us to the end of level 22. We'll return in a new post for level 23. -- HS

6.45pm: More for Joris
The chip leading juggernaut that is Joris Ruijs shows no sign of slowing down. He made it 32,000 to play, John Willoughby flat called and then Tom Hall bumped it to 92,000 from the small blind. The action passed back to Ruijs who flat called, Willoughby got out the way.

The flop of 8♠9♠5♦ elicited a 156,000 c-bet from Hall, only for Ruijs to min-raise to 312,000. Hall didn't seem to like any of the options available to him but eventually elected to fold his hand, Joris now has over two million of the 10.7 million in play. -- NW

6.35pm: Dutchman crushes O'Connor
Joris Ruijs has been three betting a lot today, especially with position. This tendency almost certainly accounts for the move just attempted by David O'Connor, but O'Connor had picked the wrong spot. He paid with his tournament life.

O'Connor opened to 35,000 from mid position and Ruijs three bet to 82,000 from the cut off. Emmett Mullin seemed interested from the button, but folded, and the action came back to O'Connor.

He shoved, for something like 515,000, but Ruijs called. O'Connor can't have liked to hear that. He tabled J♥[10d] and was behind Ruijs's A♥Q♠.

The board came Q♣[10s]8♣3♠8♦ and O'Connor was out. Ruijs meanwhile is closing in on two million. -- HS

6.30pm: Ronan Gilligan doubles through Arnoud van der Werf
'I didn't expect you to turn that hand over, said Ronan Gilligan as he stacked the spoils of war, won in a blind on blind battle against Arnoud van der Werf.

I missed the pre-flop action but there was enough in the pot to suggest a bet and a call had occurred. I arrived as the dealer spread a flop of 5♠T♠Q♠ and from the small blind Gilligan checked and van der Werf. There would be no free look at fourth street for Gilligan as van der Werf bet 28,000 into a pot of around 85,000, a bet Gilligan check-raised to 65,000 total.

This sent van der Werf into the tank, when he emerged he re-raised making it 121,000 to play, Gilligan then moved all-in for 357,000 total and van Der Werf called.

Gilligan: A♠2♦ - nut flush draw
Van der Werf: 8♠6♠ - flopped flush

The turn was the 4♠ giving Gilligan a bigger flush and leaving van der Werf with one out, which did not arrive on the A♦ river. After that hand Gilligan climbs to around 800,000 whilst van der Werf slips to 580,000. -- NW

6.20pm: Delayed reaction
Shane Dempsey just gave Nick Abou Risk a round of applause. It was not in celebration of the latest swashbuckling play for which Abou Risk is best known, however, but in fact because of a rarity in the Canadian's game: a limp from the small blind. Dempsey is in the big blind when Abou Risk is in the small, and one suspects that the opportunities to check an option have been few and far between.

Anyhow, check his option he did and the two of them went to a flop of Q♦5♣J♦. Abou Risk checked again. (Is he ill?) Dempsey bet 25,000 and Abou Risk called. The turn was the 6♦, which they both checked, taking them to a 7♣ river.

Abou Risk could wait no longer. He bet 62,000. Dempsey folded. -- HS

6.15pm: John Willoughby doubles through Joe Roberts
Jacks have not been kind to Joe Roberts today, this was the second all-in pre-flop race he's lost with them. John Willoughby was the opponent this time and his A♣Q♠ won the coin-flop as the board came Q♣4♦8♥A♣8♠.

After that hand Willoughby is up to 510,000 whilst Roberts slips to 670,000. -- NW


John Willoughby, still kicking

6pm: Three kings
Thomas Hall is now on the same table as Craig Burke and Joris Ruijs, which raises the prospect of one almighty battle if the three of them decide to go at it. It certainly seemed likely a moment ago, when Hall opened from early position to 33,000 and Burke three bet from the button to 71,000.

Ruijs wanted a count of Hall's stack, and was told that he had about 900,000 behind. Ruijs four bet to 158,000.

With all the ducks in line for an explosion, it quickly fizzled out. Hall slid his cards into the muck and Burke quickly followed. Neither wished to tangle with Ruijs. At least not yet. -- HS


Joris Ruijs, lurking

5.55pm: Dean Lyall eliminated in 17th place (€2,850)
After Nick Abou Risk had open raised A♥J♦, Dean Lyall moved all-in with pocket eights for what Risk described as 'not much more', Risk made the call and won the race as the board ran J♣[10s]2♠3♠K♠.

With the elimination of Lyall we're down to 16 players and the final two tables. -- NW

LEVEL UP. BLINDS NOW 8,000-16,000 2,000 ANTE

5.50pm: Two double ups and two eliminations
After a lull of around 10 minutes with no significant action, there were three all-ins within minutes of each other.

Table one: Shane Dempsey shoved all-in for 217,000 with A♣[10c] and Richard Haile looked him up with pocket queens, the board coming 8♠9♠3♥2♥A♠ to leave Haile shaking his head and Dempsey thanking Barry Greenstein.

Table two: James Burdge open shoved from the button for 280,000 with Q♥3♥ and Joe Roberts called with pocket eights from the big blind. The board of 5♠K♣9♦9♠5♣ was uneventful and Burdge was out in 19th.

Table three: It was a clash of the shortstacks as Andre Wade moved all-in for 217,000 from the button with pocket sixes and Andrew Grimason called from the small blind with A♠T♦. A board of 8♣7♣2♥Q♦3♠ doubling up Wade and leaving Grimason with around 40,000 a position he couldn't recover from as he was out shortly afterward in 18th place. -- NW

5.40pm: Two million dollar men
We were just trying to figure out whether Craig Burke's stack totaled more than a million chips - it does; he has about 1.1m - when his neighbour Joris Ruijs made a raise to 25,000 from the button. Burke had already passed but the table short stack, Sean Donaldson, moved all in for about 200,000. Ruijs called.

Ruijs had 7♠7♣ and Donaldson had A♦[10c]. But the flop of 7♦Q♣3♥ all but ended this. The 6♣9♦ couldn't help Donaldson.


Sean Donaldson's day is done

Ruijs then put all his newly-acquired chips beside the mountains he already possessed, and his new total was something like 1.25m. So the two million dollar men are now sat next to one another on table four. One shudders at the prospect of them getting involved. -- HS

5.30pm: Sean Donaldson doubles through Andrew Grimason
This level it's mostly been a case of the shorter stacks winning the races and this hand was no different, well apart from it not being a race.

Sean Donaldson was all in and at risk for about 150,000 with pocket sixes, and Andrew Grimason had pocket tens. But his advantage was crushed on the 4♣6♣8♣ flop and the board was completed by the 3♦ and K♦ to double up Donaldson and leave Grimason as the short stack with 140,000. -- NW

5.20pm: Hall mulls it over, makes right call
Dean Lyall is now the tournament short stack, with about 160,000, after he tried and ultimately failed to get Thomas Hall to fold to a huge river bet.

There was about 200,000 in the pot already and the board dealt all the way to the river: 4♥A♠9♣8♦6♥. Lyall bet 180,000 and Hall went into the tank for at least five minutes.


Thomas Hall

During this time, Lyall received a PokerStars patch to his T-shirt and also found time to jokingly rub Hall's shoulders as he mulled his decision. Eventually Hall threw in the call with the demeanour of a man who didn't seem entirely sure that this was the right decision.

But it was. Lyall was forced to show J♣Q♣ and Hall's A♦J♦ was good.

Hall now has more than 800,000, while Lyall will likely be moving his 10 big blind stack in very shortly. -- HS

5.15pm: James Burdge doubles through Joe Roberts
I think the word the internet kids would use for this one is 'standard'. Joe Burdge shoved all-in for 181,000 (15 big blinds) with A♠K♦ and Joe Roberts called with pocket jacks.

The board of [10c]4♦K♥ 2♦9♦ gave this race to the overcards boosting Burdge to 370,000 and dropping Roberts to 700,000. -- NW

5.05pm: Chip count by tables
During the break tournament staff did accurate chip counts of the players left in, in the opening 20 minutes of this level there's been a few changes which we've accounted for below. The three chip leaders are sat in a row on table three and if you prefer to see your chip counts in chip order click here.

Table One:

Alan Gilmore 508,000
Aleksandras Rusinovas 491,000
Nick Abou Risk 517,000
Shane Dempsey 315,000
Dean Lyall 610,000
Thomas Hall 755,000
Richard Haile 470,000

Table two:

Arnoud van der Werf 780,000
Emmett Mullin 320,000
Ronan Gilligan 460,000
James Burdge 200,000
George Stewart 195,000
Joe Roberts 875,000

Table three:

John Willoughby 285,000
Andre Wade 204,000
Andrew Grimason 266,000
David O'Connor 760,000
Craig Burke 975,000
Joris Ruijs 785,000
Sean Donaldson 270,000


Joe Roberts

4.55pm: Hector Garcia Cabanillas eliminated in 21st place (€2,850)
It folded to Hector Garcia Cabanillas on the button and he moved all-in for 210,000 and got a call from Arnoud van der Werf. On their backs:

Cabanillas: 6♠3♣
Van der Werf: Q♥J♥

The board ran Q♣5♥4♠4♥9♣, if there's a silver lining to the Spaniard's exit he's the first player out at the new payout level of €2,850. -- NW

4.50pm: Mullin staying alive
Emmett Mullin was made to sweat all the way to the river when he got his last 136,000 in behind A♦J♦. Ronan Gilligan called him with 7♥7♠ and the first four cards changed nothing. They came 2♠8♣6♣K♦. However the A♣ river was just what the doctor ordered for Mullin and he survives.

4.45pm: Lucky 21
As we enter level 21, there are 21 players remaining. Coincidence? I don't think so*. Those players are currently spread around three tables and remember the plan is to shed 13 of them, leaving us with the final table of eight. Who will be those unlucky 13. Stick with us to find out.

In a few moments, we will have the latest chip counts on the beta version of our chip-counts page (technical issues have undermined the flashier version). Tournament officials have now removed the 500 chips from play, but there is a new 25,000 chip now at the tables. It is aquamarine in colour.


Craig Burke, among the day three chip leaders in Galway

*I do actually think so.

Reporting team in Galway: Howard Swains and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in UKIPT