UKIPT Cork: Day 3, level 17-20 updates (Blinds 5,000-10,000 ante 1,000)
4.26pm: Break time
How time flies. Two more frantic levels have passed and a 15-minute break is needed to catch breath. You'll find level 21 updates in a new post here. -- MC
4.25pm: Kevin Callebaut eliminated in 14th place (€2,960)
Deborah Worley-Roberts really packed her magazine full of bullets today as she's taken out another player, one Kevin Callebaut.
Thompson opened to 22,000 from under the gun before Callebaut shoved for 79,000 from the next seat. Worley-Roberts was in the small blind and called which was enough to force out Thompson.
The board ran Q♠T♦8♣4♣Q♦ to make the lady three queens. She's up to around 385,000 chips. -- MC
4.15pm: Lee crippled
Jason Lee is down to fumes after he doubled up Karl Thompson.
He open-shoved for 127,000 from under the gun and Thompson moved all for 110,000 from mid position. All other players folded to leave it heads up.
The board ran out 3♥9♣6♦K♣K♠.
Lee was left with 17,000 and managed to double up the next hand, he's still in deep trouble though. -- MC
4.05pm: Jamie Harrington eliminated in 15th place (€2,299)
It folded round to Jamie Harrington on the button, he moved all-in for around 160,000 with A♦6♥ and Thomas Finneran made the call from the big blind with A♣8♣.
A 3♠2♠5♦ flop gave Harrington additional outs, the 8♠ turn took some away and the K♠ river kept Finneran in front. After that hand Dylan Roberts was moved tables for balancing purposes and Finneran is up around 900,000. -- NW
3.55pm: The Lyons sleeps tonight in 16th place (€2,299)
Rob Lyons has been booted out after the cooler of all pre flop coolers.
He three-bet all in over the top of a Stephen McGrath raise and the call was very quick in coming.
The board ran 5♠Q♠T♣A♠3♦ to bust him in very unfortunate circumstances. -- MC
3.45pm: Redraw for the final two tables
1. Stephen McGrath
2. Jamie Harrington
3. Alexander Rhys-Davies
4. Thomas Finneran
5. Nicholas Newport
6. Pascal Tongi
7. Fridjon Thordarson
8. Rob Lyons
1. Deborah Worley-Roberts
2. Karl Thompson
3. Kevin Callebaut
4. Dylan Roberts
5. Derrick Wall
6. Cahal Heapes
7. Pawel Keller
8. Jason Lee
3.42pm: John Keown eliminated in 17th place (€1,970)
And we're now down to our final two tables in Cork as John Keown lost a second big pot in succession to bust from this tournament. He open shoved for around 160,000 with K♥J♥ and was looked up by Pascal Tongi who held A♥J♠. The board ran out 9♦4♠3♥Q♣5♠ and they'll now be a short break whilst there's a re-draw for the final two tables. -- NW
3.38pm: Keller over a million
Chip leader Pawel Keller has about 1,200,000 after winning a pot against Deborah Worley-Roberts. The American made it 20,000 pre-flop and both Keller and Kevin Callebaut made the call.
Flop: J♣4♣J♥ - bet of 30,000 from Worley-Roberts, call from Keller
Turm: 3♣ - bet of 44,000 from Worley-Roberts, call from Keller
River: [10c]8♣ check, check
Worley-Roberts announced ace-high and showed A♦K♠, whilst Keller opened [10c]8♣ to win the pot. -- NW
3.35pm: Finnie fiddles for the last time
Kevin Finnie has been eliminated in 18th place after got his chips in dominated versus Stephen McGrath.
McGrath raised from the hijack and called when Finnie shoved from the big blind.
The board ran 2♣3♦3♠T♥6♠. Finnie congratulated McGrath and went off to collect his money. McGrath up to around 430,000. -- MC
3.25pm: Roberts the ladies man
A double up for Dylan Roberts now, who must be the most suspicious man in the room as every time he's all-in and called he stands up and gets ready to leave, even when he's miles ahead as he was against John Keown.
Roberts had raised the button with Q♠Q♦, Keown three-bet all-in from the big blind with 8♦7♦ and Roberts snapped him off. The board ran 5♠A♥9♥3♣2♦ to keep Roberts in front. His all-in was for roughly 155,000, he's now up to 320,000 whilst Keown slips to 170,000. -- NW
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3.20pm: Boeree busts to Icelander
Liv Boeree made an aggressive move and it didn't pay off and she busted.
Fridjon Thordarson opened to 16,000 from the cut-off and called when the Team PokerStars Pro three-bet all in for 137,000 from the small blind. The big blind was absent so Boeree was only worrying about Thordarson.
Boeree needed, and asked for, help but it failed to materialise on the board than ran 9♦9♥Q♥5♣J♦.
She wished everyone the best of luck and said goodbye. -- MC
3.15pm: Lee doubles up
A short-stacked Jason Lee just got a much needed double up courtesy of Kevin Callebaut. The former shoved from the button for his final 60,000 with A♦J♦ and Callebaut called from the big blind with K♦[10h].
The J♥9♦6♠A♣6♣ board boosted Lee to around 130,000. "Online you know the queen comes on the river," quipped Deborah Worley-Roberts as Lee raked in the pot. -- NW
3.05pm: Bad timing busts Kivits
Johnny Kivits was down to his last 56,000 when he shoved from second position and he was unlucky to run into a monster behind him.
Kevin Finnie was sat with A♥A♣ and made the call. Kivtis opened A♦2♠ and the board ran 8♥7♥Q♥T♦K♦ to send him on his way. Finnie upped to 290,000 after that. -- MC
3pm: Smith sails away
Kevin Smith's deep run at UKIPT Cork has come to an end after Thomas Finneran took him out.
There was a raise to 16,000 from Pascal Töngi before Smith three-bet all in for 119,000. Finneran was in the small blind and called after some serious thought. Töngi folded to leave them to it.
The board ran 7♠Q♥8♦3♥3♠. The flop helped both players but Finneran faded the out to bust Smith. -- MC
2.55pm: McGrath coolers Callebaut
The last remaining Belgian in this event is Kevin Callebaut, he put a couple of coolers on Richard Sinclair to find himself in the upper echelons of the chip counts, but he just got a taste of his own medicine.
From early position Stephen McGrath, who's looking to make his second Irish UKIPT final table of the season, raised to 16,000, he was flat called by Pawel Keller and Callebaut then three-bet to 35,000. Back on McGrath he put 80,000 of his 154,000 into the middle, Keller folded, Callebaut moved all-in and McGrath called all-in.
The K♦8♣A♠ flop all but sealed the deal, the 2♠ turn card gave McGrath a lock on the hand and the meaningless 9♣ rolled off on the river. After that hand McGrath is up to 330,000 whilst Callebaut slips to 350,000. -- NW
2.45pm: Thompson's fans go wild on the rail
Karl Thompson's rail was a happy place after their man doubled up to 180,000 chips.
Liv Boeree opened to 16,000 from the hijack before Alexander Rhys-Davies three-bet to 37,000 from the button and Thompson shoved for 79,000 from the big blind. The Team PokerStars Pro folded to leave Rhys-Davies to call quickly.
The board ran A♦A♠7♠2♥7♥ as cheers of "KARLOS" were heard from the rail. Rhys-Davies dropped to 160,000. -- MC
2.30pm: End of the road for Grimason
Going into level 19 Andrew Grimason was the shortest stack and he didn't take long to make a stand. He moved all-in from the button for 57,000 with K♣8♥ and was looked up by Derrick Wall who held A♠[10d].
Grimason was happy that both his cards were live, but he couldn't get there on the 4♣4♦[10s]3♦2♥ board. -- NW
2.22pm: Chip counts from the break
Here are the chip counts of the remaining 22 players
Pawel Keller, Poland,PokerStars Qualifier, 772,000
Thomas Finneran, Ireland,513,000
Deborah Worley-Roberts, USA, PokerStars Qualifier, 484,000
Kevin Callebaut, Belgium, PokerStars Qualifier, 461,000
Pascal Töngi, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier, 350,000
Derrick Wall, Ireland, 333,000
Alexander Rhys-Davies, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 315,000
Nicholas Newport, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 312,000
John Keown, Ireland, 307,000
Dylan Roberts, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 284,000
Kevin Finnie, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 226,000
Cahal Heapes, Ireland, 174,000
Liv Boeree, United Kingdom, Team PokerStars Pro,168,000
Stephen McGrath, United Kingdom, 166,000
Kevin Smith, United Kingdom, 157,000
Jamie Harrington, Ireland, 122,000
Fridjon Thordarson, Iceland, PokerStars Qualifier, 109,000
Rob Lyons, Ireland, 100,000
Jason Lee, Ireland, 75,000
Johnny Kivits, Netherlands, PokerStars Qualifier, 75,000
Karl Thompson, Ireland, 62,000
Andrew Grimason, Ireland, 58,000
2.02pm: Break time
After a frantic first two levels everyone needs a 20-minute breather. -- MC
2pm: Lucky Liv lives
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree is back in business after finding herself in trouble only to hit a perfect flop.
The action folded around to her in the small blind and she shoved for 82,500. Andrew Grimason was in the big blind and called in a flash.
The board ran J♥J♦7♠6♦A♦ and a happy Boeree survived. -- MC
1.50pm: I thought I was behind
Dylan Roberts had his coat on and was standing up, but he soon sat back down when he saw that he was in fact ahead, let's rewind.
Pascal Tongi opened to 12,000 and then called when an out of position Roberts three-bet to 38,000. The flop fell 5♥7♥9♣ Roberts moved all-in for 110,000 and Tongi snapped him off.
The 2♣ turn and 2♦ river kept Roberts in front and his coat was on the back of his chair before the next hand was dealt. He's up to around 300,000 now. -- NW
1.40pm: Kivits and Deb the destroyer knock out Schormann
A one-two knockout blow for Conrad Schormann now, with Johnny Kivits and Deborah Worley-Roberts taking his chips.
He lost the majority of them to Kivits, after Pawel Keller opened to 15,000, Schormann moved all-in for roughly 90,000 only for Kivits to move all-in behind him for around 65,000, Keller left them to it.
The 7♦8♦5♣A♣9♠ board kept Kivits in front and left Schormann with around 25,000. A few hands later they went in with 7♠5♥ Worley-Roberts called with Q♠[10s] and stayed in front on the Q♣3♠3♣K♠2♠ board. "Deb's the destroyer," quipped Kevin Finnie to her. -- NW
1.35pm: How did Grimason not go broke?
Andrew Grimason said he's free-rolling now after he bet-called with a full house and was shown quads by Derrick Wall.
The two were heads up to the turn and Wall called an 18,000 bet to head to the river. The final board read J♥7♠7♣A♠K♦ and Grimason led for 16,000 and was raised up to 60,000.
"I'll just call," said Grimason and opened J♣J♦ for a full house. To everyone's amazement Wall opened 7♦7♥ for quads! Grimason is still in with 155,000 and Wall is up to 385,000. -- MC
1.30pm: Raine checks out in 24th
UKIPT leader board leader Neil Raine has added some more points to his total here in Cork, but he's just been eliminated from the main event.
Deborah Worley-Roberts opened from the cut-off, Raine shoved for 36,000 total from the small blind and Worley-Roberts called off the extra.
The 7♣Q♦2♣4♥Q♣ board ruled emphatically in Worley-Roberts favour and her fantastic start to the day continues. -- NW
1.27pm: Worley-Roberts finishes off Derrick
Deborah Worley-Roberts doubled up through Chris Derrick not long ago and just now she finished off the job.
Pawel Keller opened before Derrick moved all in for 160,000 and Worley-Roberts moved all in as well. Keller folded to leave them to it.
The board ran T♠8♥A♠8♣7♦ to send the chips Worley-Roberts' way. She's up to 420,000. -- MC
1.25pm: Even Stevens
A button versus big blind cooler to tell you about now...
Kevin Smith (button) who had 106,500 and Gavin Stevens (big blind) who had 105,500 got all their respective chips in the middle pre-flop and when the hands were turned over it was easy to see why.
The 4♠3♦6♣A♥9♦ board saw Smith turn into the lead and given that he had Stevens covered by the slimmest of margins we're down to just 25 players here in Cork. With one more exit we'll be down to the final three tables. -- NW
1.20pm: Sinclair out cold to Callebaut
Richard Sinclair must really dislike Kevin Callebaut at the moment after the Belgian collared him for the second time this tournament.
Sinclair had his aces cracked by Callebaut's kings last night in a monster pot and now he ran top full house into quads!
Around 100,000 chips had made it into the river by the time the board rested as 2♥T♥T♦K♣2♦. Callebaut led for 70,000 and snap-called when Sinclair shoved for 115,000.
Sinclair opened ace-ten for a full house but Callebaut opened 2♣2♠ for quads and is up to around 500,000 chips. -- MC
1.18pm: O'Kearney KO'd
Despite his recent double up Dara O'Kearney couldn't mount a comeback in this tournament.
In his exit hand Andrew Grimason opened to 14,000 on the button with A♠Q♣, O'Kearney three-bet shoved with K♠Q♥ for around 105,000 and Grimason who just had him covered made the call.
The 5♥4♦[10s]2♠4♣ board kept Grimason in front and boosted him to over 200,000. -- NW
1.12pm: Killer Keller up to 750k after busting Furey
Kieran Furey is out after a cooler saw him lose his last 170,000 chips to Pawel Keller.
Furey three-bet called off his stack with Q♦Q♣. He was is trouble as Keller opened K♥K♦ and the board ran T♦4♦A♠8♥A♣ to rocket the Poiish player up to 75,000 chips. -- MC
1.10pm: Newport state of grind
Nick Newport is settling in for the grind today as he just coolered Phil Peters out of this tournament.
In a 300,000 chip pot, which all went in pre-flop Newport had pocket kings, Peters A♦K♦. The 4♣9♠J♦3♠J♠ board kept the pair in front and Newport is up to 360,000. -- NW
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1.05pm: It's alright DOK
A double up just now for Dara O'Kearney who we learnt today is colour blind (might explain the shirt and tie combo). He open shoved for 53,500 with pocket threes from middle position and Cahal Heapes gave him a spin with K♦Q♠. The board came a suitably low 8♥7♠4♠2♦6♦ to boost him to 110,000 whilst Heapes slips to 150,000. -- NW
If it's not a poker verb then it should be, I refer to being knocked out of a tournament by an ace on the river, the name of Team PokerStars Pros poker book. It's a fate that just befell Sweden's Michael Doverklint.
He open shoved with pocket queens and was called by Kevin Finnie who held A♠K♥, the 8♦2♥3♥3♠A♦ board boosting Finnie to 290,000 and sending Doverklint tumbling out. The Swede saved the dealer a job by launching his stack in the air towards Finnie, causing Deborah Worley-Roberts - who's to the right of Finnie in the two seat, to reach her arms around her chips in case any of Finnie's new found stack flew in there.
I should add Doverklint didn't do this in a malicious or aggressive manner, but it caused a stir nonetheless and Doverklint apologised before he left the table. - NW
12.55pm: 'Superb' call helps Worley-Roberts double
Deborah Worley-Roberts had three-bet folded in a hand before but she wasn't going to lay down so easily the very next hand.
Chris Derrick opened to 10,000 from second position and was only called by Worley-Roberts in the hijack. The board ran out Q♦9♣T♣T♥4♣ and Derrick bet 11,000, 21,000 and all in on each street.
Worley-Roberts called the first two bets quickly; the river bet, for her remaining 103,500, took a lot more consideration though. After a couple of minutes she made the call with A♥Q♥ for two-pair. Derrick opened 2♦2♠ and dropped to 204,000 in chips. Worley-Roberts took all the plaudits from her table mates who said she made a superb call. -- MC
12.45pm: Lots of all-ins, no calls
Not a lull in action so to speak, but a lull in significant action. There's been lots of all-ins, but be they straight up shoves, or three-bet all-ins they've all got through. Jason Lee and Conrad Schormann are just two of the players who've padded their stack with the all-in move. -- NW
12.35pm: Two times a lady
Liv Boeree isn't the only lady hoping to become the first ever female UKIPT champion here in Cork, Deborah Worley-Roberts is also hoping to crack that particular nut.
It was quite a day for the American yesterday, she was as low as eight big blinds at one point before spinning that up to 227,000 to be ninth in chips when play started today.
She almost risked half of that just now as Kevin Finnie open jammed for around 120,000, Worley-Roberts contemplated the call for a minute or so before releasing her hand.
She's had some bad luck on the tour this year, nice to see her running well for once. -- NW
12.25pm: Lyons doubles again
There must be something in Rob Lyons' tea as he's doubled yet again. The shortest stack coming back today is up to around 120,000 now and back in with a real chance.
He moved all in over the top of a shove from his neighbour, Jason Lee, and the cards were flipped up.
The board ran 3♣5♥2♣A♠Q♦. Lee's the one struggling on 55,000 chips a a result. -- MC
12.20pm: Boeree busts Philip
A bit of sponsored pro on sponsored pro action here as Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree has just bust PokerStars Team Online's Dale Philip.
Boeree opened to 10,000 with Q♣7♣ and called after Philip shoved for 26,000 with A♦9♥. The board came a cruel J♥2♥6♦5♥7♠ to eliminate the Scotsman. He said yesterday he wanted to play the PLO side event which starts at 2pm, so he might make it a double cash today. -- NW
12.15pm: Nealon the first man down
Fergal Nealon was the first player to be eliminated today after he was rivered by Chris Derrick.
The action folded around to Derrick in the small blind and he open-shoved into Nealon who had less than 80,000 by that point. Nealon looked down at pocket fours and called all in.
Derrick opened 9♦5♦ and got there on the Q♥2♠2♥8♣9♠ board. The river seemed like a dagger in the side of Nealon who winced. -- MC
12.10pm: Lyons lives
The shortest stack coming back today was Rob Lyons, he didn't take long to get his remaining 35,000 over the line and when he did Dale Philip gave him a spin.
"How do you have queens there," said Dale, before the dealer spread A♦5♥6♦4♥4♠ on the felt, Dale is now down to around 30,000. -- NW
12.05pm: Uh-oh turns into phew for Philip
Dale Philip really didn't wait long to make his move. His stack went into the middle on the first hand and Dara O'Kearny quickly followed him in from the next seat. "Uh-oh," went Philip knowing he was in trouble.
The PokerStars Team Online needed the board to come to his rescue and it did when it ran K♥T♠2♥T♥2♣ for a chop. -- MC
12pm: Shuffle up and deal
Cards are in the air.
11.55am: Fineran leads the way; Boeree and Philip still in
Welcome back to Day 3 of UKIPT Cork where we are a hop, skip and a jump away from a final table. The remaining 33 players will renew their battle and their quest is to make it to the final eight and therefore tomorrow's shenanigans. After a barnstorming day yesterday Thomas Finneran leads the way with 465,000 chips.
If yesterday was moving day for everyone, today is spin-up day for Team PokerStars Pro. Liv Boeree is in the better shape with 93,000 but she'll be looking to pull up trees from the off. Team Online's Dale Philip is in even worse shape with 57,500 and will need to make a very early move.
Cards will soon be in the air. -- MC
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Cork: Marc Convey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May.