UKIPT3 Dublin: Day 3, level 16-19 updates (blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 500)

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4.35pm: New level
Join us in the new post starting from level 20 by clicking through this link. There's news of a 1,200,000 chip leader. -- RD

4.30pm: James Callaghan doubles through Andrew Miles
James Callaghan is up to 200,000 after binking a three-outer against Andrew Miles. He was all-in for 100,000 with A♣[10s] against Miles who had pocket tens. The flop of K♥K♠A♦ gave him the lead and he held it on the 8♦ turn and J♠ river. Miles slips to 130,000. -- NW

4.25pm: Billy can go Ngo further
We're down to just three tables here in Dublin as Billy Ngo has just been sent to the rail in 25th place. He moved all-in for his last 70,000 with K♠7♣ and was called by Trevor Dinneen who had pocket fives.

The board ran 8♦J♣2♥J♠5♥ to boost Dinneen to 450,000. -- NW


4.20pm: Raine checked by O'Neil
Just 25 players remain as Padraig O'Neil has just knocked out Neil Raine. The latter was all-in with 9♣8♣ but was in deep trouble as O'Neil had pocket jacks. The board ran 8♠A♣[10s]5♠6♦ and O'Neil is up to 740,000 and challenging for the chip lead again. -- NW

4.10pm: Birt blunted by Belgian
In a three-bet pot Joel Benzinou and Seamus Birt saw a flop of 6♥8♣9♦. It was checked to Benzinou who fired a bet of 61,000 into a pot of around 85,000, Birt check-raised all-in and Benzinou (who was at risk) snap called. He was all-in on the flop for 306,000.

Benzinou: 9♥9♠
Birt: J♦[10d]

The 2♠ and 4♠ completed the board bumping Benzinou up to 800,000 and knocking Birt down to 160,000. -- NW

4.05pm: Joyce kills Kearney
A bit of Irish on Irish action with Gavin Joyce eliminating Darren Kearney; Joyce raised to 17,000 with A♥Q♦, Kearney moved-in for 110,000 with A♦[10h] and Joyce made the call. Neither player connected with the community cards meaning Kearney exited in 27th and Joyce is up to 490,000. -- NW

4pm: The ol' limp re-raise
"Limp re-raise, eh?" said Padriag O'Neill to Stephen McGrath.

McGrath had limped from middle position for 8,000 and O'Neill, in the big blind, popped it up to 25.000. McGrath quickly went for his chips and came back over the top for 98,000. O'Neill looked at him suspiciously and mucked his hand.

"So sick, if you'd raised we would have got it in," said O'Neill. -- RD

3.55pm: Two doubles
A short stacked Richard Evans is somehow managing to hang on in there after getting it in with 4♥2♥ against Vincent Buis' Q♠T♥. Both players hit a pair by Evans caught a runner-runner flush. He's still very short though.

Glen Coroner has also doubled up, him to a healthier 125,00, after getting it in with Q♦Q♣ to Paul Carr's K♠9♠. -- RD


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Paul Carr


3.50pm: Two exits
Both Adrian Alonso Sanchez and Michael Schneider now have around 650,000 and are challenging for the chip lead after they eliminated a player each.

Sanchez took out Mark McDonnell when his pocket fives held up against A♣K♥ on a 8♦7♦9♠3♦9♦ board.

And Schneider eliminated fellow German Christian Sosnik with pocket tens holding against A♦Q♣ in a 400,000 pot. -- NW

3.45pm: Chip leaders
The chip counts have now been flowed into the blog, click here to see the counts of the 28 remaining players (news on two exits coming right up). Below are the top five as it stands.

Padraig O'Neill, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 640,000
Shifaaz Taus, Netherlands, PokerStars Player, 610,000
Adrian Alonso Sanchez, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 552,000
Vincent Buis, Netherlands, PokerStars Playe, 550,000
Robert Healey, Ireland, 456,000

3.35pm: Play resumes
The 30 remaining players are back in their seats, tournament staff did full chip counts during the break and we'll post them up as soon as we get them. -- NW

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 4,000-8,000 ante 500


3.20pm: Plummer can't plug leak
On the last hand before the break Paul Carr, who now has 370,000, eliminated Terry Plummer. The latter shoved 100,000 with pocket sevens, only for Carr to wake up with pocket nines. The board ran [10d]2♦5♠8♠5♦ to send Plummer to the rail in 31st place.

And over on one of the other tables Vincent Buis doubled up to almost 550,000. There was betting on every street of a 2♣7♦J♠5♦4♦ board, Buis shoved the river for 138,000 with J♦8♦ and Andrew Miles called with [A][J].

Players are now on a 15 minute break. -- NW


3.18pm: Rug up it's chilly
And the award for sickest bad beat of the UKIPT main event goes to... Con Collins. I suspect Collins will remember the following hand for the rest of his life.

Keith Swain open-shoved for 107,000 with A♠K♠ and Collins re-shoved for 150,000 with pocket kings. The board was a sickening J♣J♠2♦J♥J♦ meaning that Swain's ace played, wow!

So left with just 43,000 Collins found pocket jacks but ran into Seamus Birt's pocket kings and exited in 32nd place. -- NW

3.15pm: McFadden falls, down to four tables
We're now down to four tables after Pat McFadden, scoring his third UKIPT cash, bust out with pocket eights to Paul Carr's pocket queens. Both players flopped an open-ended straight draw but blanks sent McFadden to the rail.

33rd. Pat McFadden, Ireland, €1,800
34th. Aiden Cawley, Ireland, €1,800
35th. Derek Thorpe, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, €1,800
36th. Robert Molloy, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, €1,800
37th. Alejandro Dietta Martin, Spain, PokerStars qualifier, €1,600

We're almost at the break. -- RD

3.10pm: Aces versus kings, Healy cripples MacDonnell
Marc MacDonnell keeps getting knocked down and keeps getting back up again, this time it's going to be tough. The Irishman is down to 90,000 after five-bet jamming kings into Robert Healy's pocket aces.

Helay opened from the hijack and MacDonnell three-bet to 28,500 from the big blind. Healy came back over the top for 72,500 and after a tense wait MacDonnell announced that he was all-in. Healy quickly called.

Healy: A♥A♣
MacDonnell: K♦K♣

The flop was a great one for Healy: A♦2♦Q♣, but the T♦ brought MacDonnell a lot of draws. None of them came in. Just another ace giving Healy quad aces. Healy is now up to 500,000 and back towards the top of the chip counts. -- RD


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Overnight chip leader Robert Healey


3pm: Dineen dents Ngo
The hand started quietly enough, Billy Ngo raised to 12,500, Trevor Dinneen made it 28,000 to play and Ngo, after some thought, made the call.

The flop fell Q♣4♦[10h], check from Ngo, bet of 32,000 from Dineeen and call from Ngo, although he did look as if he contemplated raising here.

The turn was the K♥ not exactly a blank, but both players opted to check and the 2♣ completed the board. After perhaps 10 seconds thought Ngo bet 41,000, Dineen took about nine seconds less to announce call, Ngo showed A♥Q♥ but Dineen had him pipped with A♠K♦.

After that hand Ngo slips to 250,000 whilst Dineen is up to 340,000. -- NW

2.50pm: Two double ups and an exit
Table two contains a lot of shortstacks (as well as the odd big stack like Michael Schneider) so a lot of the all-in and calls are occurring there. Take these two for example...

Hand One: It folded to Terry Plummer in the small blind and he moved all-in for an effective 40,000 with J♠8♠, Christian Sosnik peeled his cards one by one in the big blind and quickly announced call as he had A♥3♥. A board of 6♥4♠7♣Q♦7♠ saw Sosnik double to 80,000 whilst Plummer er, plummeted to 55,000.

Hand Two: Adrian Cawley moved all-in for 59,000 with A♠[10h] from early position, it folded to Glenn 'Spiral' Coroner who called all-in (he had 55,500) with A♦K♥. The board of K♦J♥6♥A♣3♦ meant the ex-Big Brother contestant doubled up. "This is where I come back," he told me. After that hand Cawley had just 3,500 left, there were 37 players left which meant we were on a money jump, he folded his next hand saying, "Maybe someone else will go out," and over on Table five...

Alejandro Dietta Martin moved all-in for 93,000 with A♥8♥, only to find Trevor Dinneen had found A♠K♦. The board of [10c]2♠6♣J♦[10h] bought him no help and Dineen is now up to 300,000.

Edit: Cawley couldn't compose a miraculous comeback and was out shortly afterward.-- NW

2.40pm: Three way all-in sends Clery to the rail
Sean Clery was in great shape to treble through. He was all-in with T♥T♠ against the A♥K♥ of Stephen McGrath and the A♠K♠ of Padraig O'Neill but an ace on the flop of the J♠A♦2♥8♣7♥ board was not good for his tournament hopes. He's out. O'Neill up to 550,000, McGrath inches up to 155,000.-- RD

2.30pm: Waving goodbye to...
41st. Mark Muldoon, Ireland, €1,600
42nd. Mahmood Rasheed, Pakistan, €1,600
43rd. Sean Kilroy, Ireland, PokerStars player, €1,600
44th. Charles McIntyre, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, €1,600
45th. Lloyd Healey, Ireland, €1,600
46th. Sven Ellrich, Germany, PokerStars qualifier, €1,400

Plenty more players to fall before Day 3 comes to a close. We're playing down to the final table today. -- RD


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Mahmood Rasheed: out in 42nd for €1,600


LEVEL UP: BLINDS 3,000-6,000, ANTE 500


2.15pm: Buis refuses to bust
The Citywest hotel is clearly a venue that Vincent Buis likes to play at. He won a 875+ runner tournament here in February and is still going in this 597 runner tournament.

Moments ago though he was just one card away from elimination; he was all-in for 51,500 with K♦Q♦ and got a call from Richard Evans who had pocket tens. The flop of J♥A♠4♦ gave him a few more outs which he missed on the 8♣ turn, but he spiked the K♥ on the river to double. After that hand Evans is down to 130,000. -- NW

2.10pm: Taus and McDonnell chipping up
Shifaaz Taus is now up to 620,000 and Marc MacDonnell, a well rated young Irish player, has had a good couple of levels and is up to 360,000. -- RD

2pm: Champion dethroned
Day 1A chip leader William Champion has just been dumped out this tournament in unlucky fashion.

He was all-in for around 110,000 holding A♣K♦ and up against Michael Schneider who held A♠Q♠. The flop of 2♥Q♣3♦ gave Schneider the lead which he held onto on the 6♠ turn and Q♦ river. After that hand Schneider is up to 430,000. -- NW

1.50pm: Benzinou the Belgian building a stack
It's been a good level and a bit for Belgian Joel Benzinou. He was comfortably stacked with 238,100 at the start of the day but he's practically doubled that to 475,000 and now sits third in chips.

He got his latest boost by eliminating Charles McIntyre. The Irishman moved all-in for 60,500 with 8♥6♥, Benzinou called with A♦[10h] and stayed in front on the board of 5♣2♥A♣4♠9♠, 43 players remain. -- NW

1.45pm: Chips from the break
The full chip count from the break has been imported in. Padraig O'Neill is currently sat on around 500,000 and is the chip leader.


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Padraig O'Neill, chip leader


1.35pm: Then there were 46
Here are a few more fallers for you.

47th. James McLaughlin, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, €1,400
48th. Michael Farrelly, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, €1,400
49th. Matt Maule, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, €1,400
50th. Derrick Wall, Ireland, €1,400

Although he's still in and well chipped with more than 300,000, Lee Atherton is looking a little worse for wear. He (somewhat) sensibly set himself a five pints of Guinness limit last night while watching the football last night but it didn't work out as planned.

"I kept to my limit but after four hours of sleep I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep. I should have stayed out," said Atherton.

1.25pm: The joint
When you're all-in it's nice to seal the deal on the flop, kinda takes the pressure off. Adrian Cawley was all-in for his last 34,500 with A♠9♠ and was up against William Champion's 7♦5♦. A flop of [10s]8♠Q♠ gave him a lock on the hand and a much needed double up. -- NW

1.15pm: Players returning to their seats
Level 17 is about to start.

1.10pm: There's no easy way to say it but...
...the following players are out. They've made the money but won't be making the final

51st. Dicky Whiteside, United Kingdom, €1,400
52nd. Bruce Jones, United Kingdom, €1,400
53rd. Andrew Laurie, United Kingdom, €1,400
54th. Kim Andre Carlsen, Norway, PokerStars player, €1,400
55th. Joel Beverley, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, €1,200
56th. Gordon Happer, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, €1,200
57th. Benjamin Reeves-Smyth, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, €1,200
58th. Martin Balaz, Czech Republic, PokerStars player, €1,200

1pm: Colouring up
The players are going to get an early break thanks to tournament officials needing to colour up. There are too many of those pesky black 100 chips knocking around. -- RD

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 2,500-5,000, ANTE 500


12.59pm: The towers of Taus
During the opening level of today Shifaz Taus has been a bit of a wrecking ball and on the last hand before the break he knocked out another player. Joel Benzinou opened to 8,400, Michael Farrelly then moved all-in for 51,800, Taus tank called and Benzinou got out the way.

Farrelly: Q♣Q♦
Taus: 8♣8♦

The flop of A♣2♣8♥ brought cheers from Taus's friends on the rail and an expletive from Farrelly. The Irishman couldn't re-suck on the 9♥ turn or K♠ river. -- NW


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Lucy eights for Shifaaz Taus


12.58pm: High Rolling
The UKIPT High Roller is set to resume in a few minutes. Thirteen players remain, six get paid and Max Silver is the current chip leader. Silver won the High Roller in Galway and bubbled in Nottingham (I think) marking a pretty polarized High Roller experience; win or bubble.

"As long as I get in the money I'll be all right then," said Silver. -- RD

12.55pm: More exits
Three more exits to tell you about...

Bruce Jones deep run has come to an end. The student raised to 8,000, Matt Maule three-bet to 18,500, Jones moved all-in for 96,000 and Maule snap called.

Jones: J♥[10s]
Maule: Q♠Q♥

Flop: 8♥[10d]7♣ - "Always a sweat," said Jones.
Turn: 4♦
River: 7♥ "Nice hand, good luck," said Jones as he exited.

Shifaaz Taus has added more chips to his stack by eliminating Dicky Whiteside, the chips went in on a flop of Q♥J♣2♥, but Whiteside's A♦J♠ was far behind Taus's pocket aces and he didn't improve on the turn or river.

And Paul Carr eliminated Derrick Wall, pocket jacks against A♣Q♠ with the pair holding on a board of [10h]K♠8♥2♠3♣ in a pot worth 105,000. -- NW


12.40pm: Four-way action
When you see a flop like 7♣9♣Q♠ four-ways it's almost always going to give a little action. This was certainly no exception.

UKIPT regular Patrick McFadden, making his third main event cash, checked out of the blinds and Paul Carr, runner-up in the Irish Open, bet 17,200 into the flop. Next to act was Keith Swain who moved all-in for 35,800. Mark Muldoon was next in line. He made the call. McFadden quickly and wisely got out the way.


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Patrick McFadden: third UKIPT main event cash


Carr was getting a great price. He made the call but tapped the table when the A♥ peeled out on the turn. Muldoon fired 54,000, leaving himself around 85,000 behind. Carr passed.

Muldoon: 7♥7♠ for bottom set
Swain: K♣Q♣ for a pair and flush draw

Swain was looking for a club alone and he got one, the 3♣. Muldoon understandably looked a bit gutted, Swain more than happy as he said to the rail: "Nice flop for me." Indeed it was. Swain up to 130,000. -- RD

12.30pm: Like London Dublin buses
And just like that three exits in a row follow a period of inactivity. These hands happened almost simultaneously.

First Benjamin Reeves-Smyth pushed all-in for around 25,000 with [10h]4♥ and Adrian Cawley called with pocket nines. A flop of [10c]Q♠9♠ meant it was basically all over, the A♦ and Q♣ completed the board.

Meanwhile Gordon Happer was all-in for 41,000 with pocket fours and up against Shifaaz Taus's K♠Q♠. The latter rivered a flush on a board of 5♠9♠3♦[10c]8♠.

And Joel Beverley completed a triumvirate of exits when his A♦9♠ couldn't get there against Andrew Miles's pocket kings, 54 players remain. -- NW


12.15pm: Spiraling downwards
Glen 'Spiral' Coroner has taken an early hit, losing about a third of his stack to Dennis Reyes. He opened pre-flop to 8,500 and Reyes called. Both players checked the 8♥7♣[10d] flop. The 4♠ fell on the turn, it checked to Reyes who bet 12,500, Coroner check-raised to 25,000 total and Reyes made the call. The 2♣ completed the board, both players opted to take a free showdown, Reyes showed 4♥4♣ for a turned set. -- NW


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Glen Coroner


12.10pm: Balaz first to bust
The first exit of the day is Czech player Martin Balaz, he moved all-in with J♥[10h] for 85,000 and was called by Jose Aisa who held A♥K♥. The flop of 6♣A♣Q♥ gave Balaz some outs, the 6♥ turn card even more, but he missed them all on the 4♦ river. -- NW

12.05pm: Off we go
Cards are in the air here and Day 3 is underway. -- NW

11.55am: The big push
Robert Healey took the lead late in play yesterday when everyone had one eye on the big screen at the back of the room, which was showing a beleaguered Chelsea getting hammered by Bayern Munich. As we learnt yesterday, and as Bayern have learnt in a couple of Champions League finals, it ain't over til it's over. Many of today's players, stack big and small, would do well to remember that. Healey broke from the middle of the pack into the lead thanks to a three-way pot against Derrick Wall and Thomas Hall, while Robert Molloy, down to dust after losing ace-king to aces on the bubble, dragged himself back into the reckoning and sits near the middle of the pack. Like the football match last night, anything can happen. Stay with us as the drama unfolds.

Today's seat draw can be found by clicking here.


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Marc McDonnell took a hit towards the end of play, but will still be a threat


PokerStars Blog reporting team in Dublin (in order of sanity): Rick Dacey (unhinged) and Nick Wright (cuckoo). Photos by Mickey May (off her rocker).

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