UKIPT3 Bristol: Day 3 level 21-22 updates (blinds 8,000-16,000 ante 2,000)
7.02pm: End of day 3
That was a breathtakingly swift day. 45 players took to the felt but within 6 levels there were just 8 remaining still vying for the title.
Possibilities abound for potentially historic stories tomorrow.
Could Swede Amanda Sidark become the first female UKIPT winner?
Will Wojtek Barzantny continue his scintillating form and take down both the UKIPT online tournament and the Bristol Main Event in the space of a few days?
Or will a different champion rise gloriously from the pack to claim their place in the annals of UKIPT history?
We expect it will be exciting whatever happens. Below are our finalists and their chip stacks but for now thanks for following our coverage. We'll be back tomorrow at 12.00pm sharp as will you for the playdown to the champion.
See you there! -- RS
1 - Amanda Sidark, Sweden, 523,000
2 - Robert Bull, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,342,000
3 - James Greenwood, United Kingdom, 744,000
4 - Craig Goddard, United Kingdom, 1,039,000
5 - Wojtek Barzantny, Germany, PokerStars Player 2,880,000
6 - Jonathan Prince, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 407,000
7 - Niall Murray, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 343,000
8 - Anthony Forsyth-Forrest, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 691,000
6.51pm: UKIPT Bristol Final Table Determined! Randall out 9th - £6,080
That didn't take too long did it?
No surprise really it was the unstoppable force that is Wojtek Barzantny who brought proceedings to a halt for the day.
The final hand saw Simon Randall raise to 39,000 from UTG+2, picking up a call in the cut-off from Barzantny.
A flop of 8♣6♠5♦ saw an explosive series of raises, starting with a 71,000 lead from Randall, which Barzantny "clicked back" to 142,000.
Randall now went into overdrive, moving all-in for his close to a million stack, only for Wojtech to make a quick call with 8♦6♦ for top two. Randall flipped up his strongly played - though behind - pocket aces and could only look on aghast as the turn and river brought him no succour, coming 4♥ and 2♠ respectively to consign his hopes of winning this tournament to the dustbin.
He finishes up in 9th spot, collecting £6,080 and we have our final table!
6.42pm: And they're off again...
The remaining 8 players are back in effect, ready to do battle to see who will make it through to the UKIPT Bristol final table.
Good luck guys!
6.26pm: Final table - well, almost
The players have been aggregated on one table thanks to that elimination.
They are on a 15 minute break before we play to the final eight who will comprise the actual final table and here is their seat order and chip counts..
1 - Amanda Sidark, Sweden, 543,000
2 - Robert Bull, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,319,000
3 - James Greenwood, United Kingdom, 748,000
4 - Simon Randall, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 948,000
5 - Craig Goddard, United Kingdom, 1,043,000
6 - Wojtek Barzantny, Germany, PokerStars Player 1,856,000
7 - Jonathan Prince, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 421,000
8 - Niall Murray, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 355,000
9 - Anthony Forsyth-Forrest, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 719,000
6.36pm: Lock out: Owen Lock eliminated in tenth place (£4,450)
After a period of inaction, during which no showdowns occurred for at least 20 minutes, it was inevitable that silence would soon be shattered.
Robert Bull opened from under-the-gun to 32,000, this was into Wojtek Barzantny's big blind no less. Next to act Owen Lock made it 94,000 total, it folded back to Bull who slid out a four-bet, Lock then moved all-in for 645,000 and was swiftly called by Bull. It was Bull at risk, all-in for 638,000.
The board came 8♣8♠5♣3♠6♣ and Lock was left with just 7,000. Despite trebling up on the next hand, he couldn't repeat the trick on the next hand as his 9♠6♣ lost to Barzantny's J♥8♥.
The remaining nine players have condensed to one table, there's been a re-draw and players are now a 15 minute break. We'll bring you the re-draw and chip counts very shortly. -- NW
Level up: Blinds 8,000-16,000 ante 2,000
6.16pm: More barrells than Donkey Kong
Next up it was Owen Lock who faced the Barzantny hammer.
The pair contested a J♠9♥3♠9♦5♥ board, Barzantny leading for 79,000, 119,000 and finally a whopping 320,000 on the river which Lock sweated hard over before laying his hand down finally.
Barzantny consolidates his lead up to 1,650,000... -- RS
6.02pm: Barzantny piles on the pressure
Wojtech Barzantny has a big stack, a cool temperament and is causing carnage for his table as he continues to chip up.
Hand 1 saw him raise the cut-off to 27,000, defended with a call from Amanda Sidark in the big blind.
The flop fell A♦T♣3♥, Sidark checked and Barzantny followed suit.
Come the T♥ on the turn, Sidark checked again and now Barzantny fired out 32,000. Sidark called.
The K♠ saw another check from Sidark, only for Barzantny to push out 65,000. Sidark called with A♥2♠ only to get the bad news.
9♦T♦ was the unpredictable hand Barzantny showed down for the winner, his trips pushing his stack up to 1,400,000 with Sidark down to 650,000. -- RS
5.45pm: Connor Hogarty eliminated in 11th place (£4,450)
Connor Hogarty just got very unlucky to exit this tournament in 11th place.
He lost 200,000 of his 250,000 stick when his A♠K♥ was outdrawn by Niall Murray's A♦Q♠. The money went in pre-flop, a queen on the flop swinging the pendulum and the pot Murray's way.
The shrapnel then went in the next hand with A♥6♥, both Murray and Anthony Forsyth-Forrest called, then checked until the river of a 9♥Q♥9♦2♣9♠ board, at which point Forsyth-Forrest bet 55,000 and took the pot with Q♦4♣.
When one more player is eliminated they'll be a re-draw for the final nine and then with one more elimination the final table of eight will be set. -- NW
5.35pm: Nathan Hodges eliminated in 12th place (£3,775)
The pot was opened by Simon Randall and he picked up two callers before Nathan Hodges moved all-in for just over 100,000. Back on Randall he made the call and although both flat callers dwelled they left the two of them heads-up.
The flop had both a king and a queen on it, giving Randall a lock on the hand, another king came on the river just to rub it in. -- NW
5.30pm: Michael Doverklint eliminated in 13th place
No details I'm afraid, but the Swede collects £3,775 for his deep run. -- NW
5.25pm: Abernethy runs into dangerous forest - 14th
Andrew Abernethy has never managed to run up a big stack all day and finally his hopes have evaporated. Desperate times call for desperate measures and he looked to boost his chip stack with T♥7♥, moving in, only for Anthony Forsyth-forrest to make the call with the dominating T♠J♠.
A convincing flop of A♠9♠3♠ meant Abernethy was drawing dead and he was half way out of the room before the dealer had peeled the meaningless turn and river.
£3,155 is Abernethy's reward for an impressively deep run. Well played sir. -- RS
5.15pm: No moaning from Moenig - 15th
Malte Moenig was just eliminated in 15th place. His exit in his own words: "I played it pretty badly maybe. I had 20 big blinds and shoved with [K][Q] and ran into [A][K]."
No fortuitous outdraw for Moenig and he leaves the tournament with £3,155. -- RS
5pm: Final two tables
So just two tables remain in UKIPT Bristol as we head into level 21. Leading the way is none other than Wojtech Barzantny who has 1,261,000, he's closely followed by Craig Goddard (1,023,000) and Robert Bull (979,000) they're all on the same table so if two of them clase someone will have roughly 25% of the chips in play.
1.Owen Lock, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 708,000
2. Amanda Sidark, Sweden, 767,000
3. Michael Doverklint, Sweden, PokerStars Qualifier, 137,000
5. Craig Goddard, United Kingdom, 1,023,000
6. James Greenwood, United Kingdom, 599,000
7. Wojtek Barzantny, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,261,000
8. Robert Bull, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 979,000
1. Anthony Forsyth-forrest, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 710,000
2. Jonathan Prince United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 491,000
3. Andrew Abernethy, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 50,000
4. Nathan Hodges, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 153,000
5. Connor Hogarty, United Kingdom, 281,000
6. Malte Moennig, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier, 248,000
7. Simon Randall, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 334,000
8. Niall Murray United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 201,000
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Bristol: Rod Stirzaker and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May.