UKIPT Galway, Day 3: Levels 25-26 updates (20,000-40,000 4,000 ante)
10.55pm: End of day chip counts and final table draw
Here's how the final table stacks up, join us at noon when UKIPT Galway will reach it's conclusion:
Seat one - Emmett Mullin, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,003,000
Seat two - Nick Abou Risk, Canada, PokerStars Player, 647,000
Seat three - Richard Haile, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 652,000
Seat four - Craig Burke, Ireland, 1,283,000
Seat five - Joe Roberts, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,103,000
Seat six - John Willoughby, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,382,000
Seat seven - Aleksandras Rusinovas, Lithuania, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,003,000
Seat eight - Joris Ruijs, Netherlands, PokerStars Qualifier, 440,000
Seat nine - Ronan Gilligan, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 2,489,000
10.40pm: Alan Gilmore eliminated in tenth place (€5,180)
And we're down to the final table here at UKIPT Galway and Alan Gilmore is the man who has made nine others very happy.
From under-the-gun Aleksandras Rusinovas raised to 80,000 and it passed to Gilmore in the big blind who moved all-in for just under 375,000. Call from Rusinvoas.
'We just need the best hand to hold,' said one of the players from the other table, and hold it did on the 8♦4♠5♥4♣A♣ board. Gilmore took his exit very well and shook the hands of the other players and wished them good luck.
Play is now over for the day with 47 minutes and five seconds left in this level, the remaining players are bagging and tagging their chips and we'll bring you full overnight chip counts and an end of day wrap imminently. -- NW
10.30pm: Ruijs facing ruin
It's been one hell of a day for Joris Ruijs, but now the Dutchman is on the ropes and in real danger of missing out on the final table - even one that has now been called at nine players, instead of the scheduled eight.
John Willoughby did all the damage here, after he open shoved from under the gun for 683,000. Ruijs asked for a count, but then called. However he was behind with A♥[10d] to Willoughby's Q♣Q♥.
The board bricked, and that left Ruijs with only 335,000. Wiloughby has close to 1.5m. -- HS
10.35pm: Stopping at nine
The powers that be have decided that as players have already played nine full levels that play will now end with nine players left rather than the eight that was announced at the start of the day. -- NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 20,000-40,000 4,000 ante
10.20pm: Two double ups in quick succession
Bloggers law - If you say there's been no action, you'll get action. We'd mentioned that Richard Haile and John Willoughby were the shortest stacks left, well they've both got a much needed double up just one minute apart from each other.
First Emmett Mullin open shoved from the small blind with [10h]8♥, Willoughby made the call with A♣7♥ and was rewarded with quads on a A♦A♥6♠7♦A♠ board. His all-in was for 391,000. Mullen still has 975,000.
Then as that hand was playing out Richard Haile raised to 125,000 from the button, Alan Gilmore then made it 250,000 and Haile tanked. Eventually he moved all-in for 380,000 in total and Gilmore called.
Flop: 9♣3♣A♣ - Haile flopped a set of nines for the second time today
Haile now up to 775,000, whilst Gilmore slips to 400,000. -- NW
10.10pm: Still slow
The action is tight and tetchy at the moment, with the opening raise always just the minimum, and a three bet also much smaller than you might expect. With 10 players left, the average stack is more than 1 million for the first time.
The two players in most danger at the moment are Richard Haile, who has about 375,000, and John Willoughby, who has 300,000. -- HS
9.50pm: Hall pass
Thomas Hall is out in 11th, shoving his last 300,000 with Q♠[10s] and running into Ronan Gilligan's J♠J♥. The flop of A♠4♠3♣ gave Hall a flush draw, but the A♥9♦ were blanks. The jacks held and Hall departs. We're down to ten.
They are now playing on two five-handed tables, will go to one nine-handed table after the next elimination, and then play until one more player goes and we have eight left. -- HS
9.45pm: Mullin mugs Burke
Big double up this for Emmett Mullin, who four-bet shoved for 760,000 after Joe Roberts had opened to 60,000 and Craig Burke three bet from the button. Roberts folded, but Burke called, and they were off to the races.
The flop was good for Mullin: K♣4♣8♥ and he faded the re-draw with the 8♠5♥ on turn and river.
He has more than 1.5m now. Burke is pegged back to about 1m. -- HS
9.40pm: News in brief
• Joe Roberts is the newest member of the million chip club. He won 250,000 chips from Emmett Mullin and another 60,000 from Craig Burke to take him to seven figures
• On the other table players have just been taking it it turn to open shove or three-bet all-in, Nick Abou Risk, Aleksandras Rusinovas and Tom Hall all padding their stacks in this manner.
9.30pm: Hall doubles
A great start to the level for Thomas Hall, who was the tournament short stack but has just doubled it. After Aleksandras Rusinovas opened to 60,000, Hall moved all in for about 150,000. Rusinovas called and they were racing. Hall had Q♦[10c] to Rusinovas's 9♦9♠.
The flop looked good for Hall. It came [10s]K♦J♣. And when the 6♦ turned, he had won the hand. The 9♣ river was an unnecessary additional icing.
Down to about four big blinds during the last level, Hall now has more than 300,000. That's still not huge, but it's better. -- HS
9.25pm: Three to go
We begin level 25 with 11 players remaining. We need to lose three more and then we're at our final table.
The full chip counts at this stage are below, and you can see that Ronan Gilligan is now the closest challenger to Craig Burke. It's all getting exceptionally tense.
Alan Gilmore 1,190,000
Aleksandras Rusinovas 835,000
Nick Abou Risk 756,000
Thomas Hall 147,000
Ronan Gilligan 1,345,000
Richard Haile 503,000
John Willoughby 455,000
Joe Roberts 962,000
Craig Burke 1,784,000
Joris Ruijs 1,102,000
Emmett Mullin 908,000
Reporting team in Galway: Howard Swains and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May.