UKIPT Series 3: Day 2 , level 19-24 updates (blinds 15,000/30,000, ante 4,000)

7.11pm: End of the level
That's the end of level 24 and the players are now on a 15 minute break. You'll find level 25 updates and beyond in a new post shortly.

7.10pm: Petros Malaktos eliminated in 13th place (£1,480)
Another elimination to tell you about now and it's Petros Malaktos who has gone. He moved all-in from the cut off for around 400,000 with pocket eights and Michail Voulagkas made the call, as you do, with pocket aces. The 7♣4♦3♠Q♠J♠ board ensured there was no sick suck out.

Just a dozen players remain.

7pm: Carl Croucher eliminated in 14th place (£1,295)
I missed the pre-flop action but with roughly 140,000 in the pot Carl Croucher (small blind) moved all-in on a [10d]4♠K♦ flop, after thinking it through Daniel Bonfield made the call.

Croucher: Q♦7♦
Bonfield: K♥7♣

The 3♠ turn and 3♥ river kept Bonfield in front and leaves us with 13 players, who will be the next unlucky player to fall?

6.55pm: Dinh Tuan Nguyen doubles through Peter Mok
From under-the-gun Dinh Tuan Nguyen moved all-in for 463,000 and Peter Mok made the call from the big blind.

Nguyen: A♥[10c]
Mok: 4♠4♦

The A♣8♠5♠9♠8♦ board gave Nguyen a win and he's now up to around 975,000 whilst Mok drops to 450,000.

6.45pm: Exits
Just 14 players remain here's the list of exits from 15th to 23rd. You can see all of the in the money finishers here.

15th. Adam Mackie, United Kingdom, £1,295
16th. Keith Ellis, United Kingdom, £1,165
17th. Peter Hegedus, Slovakia, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,165

18th. Martin Bader, United Kingdom, £1,050
19th. Balbir Pottiwal, United Kingdom £1,050
20th. Neil Benardout, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,050

21st. Azzy Asghar, USA, £935
22nd. Mohammed Suhail, United Kingdom, £935
23rd. Gergely Lakatos, Hungary, £935

6.35pm: Bastow doubles through Wright
A massive flop for two players ended with the inevitable committal of chips from both. On a 8♦3♥6♥ flop Frank Bastow was only too happy to commit his last 150,000 with 8♥8♣ and Anthony Wright was a willing caller with A♥J♥. The Irishman missed his flush draw though as the turn and river came 3♠2♦ to double up Bastow.

Blinds up: 15,000 - 30,000, ante 4,000

6.25pm: Final two tables
Below is the re-draw with approximate chip counts of the final two tables. The current chip leader is Salman Safdar with 1,400,000, Anthony Wright is second with 1,150,000.

Table 1
1.Frank Bastow, United Kingdom, 170,000
2.Carl Croucher, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 310,000
3. Daniel Bonfield, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 570,000
4. Jesus Espinosa Fernandez, Spain, 590,000
5. Lorenzo Biundo, Italy, 850,000
6. Elliot Panyi, United Kingdom, 230,000
7. Haresh Thaker, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 370,000
8. Anthony Wright, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 1,150,000


Salman Safdar

Table 2
1. Petros Malaktos, Cyprus, PokerStars Player, 615,000
2. Salman Safdar, United Kingdom , PokerStars Qualifier, 1,400,000
3. Michail Voulagkas, Greece, 315,000
4. Adam Mackie, United Kingdom, 270,000
5. Paul Grace, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 400,000
6. Peter Mok, United Kingdom, 770,000
7. Dinh Tuan Nguyen, Vietnam, 390,000
8. Keith Ellis, United Kingdom 315,000

6.10pm: Bader bites the dust in 18th
For a while he was chip leader but tournament variance has no memory and Martin Bader has just been eliminated in 18th place, he got unlucky to do so though.

It had folded to Daniel Bonfield in the small blind and he shoved for around 350,000, Bader peaked down at his hand and asked the dealer to take in 24,000 from each player so he could work out how much was already in the pot. He then totted up his stack, "I've got 207,000 and I don't think I'm going to see a better hand," he said aloud. He then grabbed the red all-in triangle, placed it on top of his stack and moved his chips across the line.

He was first to show and revealed K♠[Jd, "I was on a stone cold steal," said Bonfield as he flipped J♣9♠. However, the poker gods were smiling on him as the board came 6♣T♥K♥Q♦7♣ to give Bonfield a straight.

As I was typing this a player has been eliminated in 17th meaning that the remaining players are now redrawing to the final two tables.

Blinds up: 12,000 - 24,000, ante 3,000

5.55pm: Two eliminations
A couple of eliminations from two different tables to tell you about, both occurred within a minute of each other.

First to go was Neil Bernardout, he shoved for around 210,000 with K♠7♠ and got looked up by Lorenzo Biundo who held A♥Q♠. Neither player connected with the 2♥4♣[10c]4♦J♠ board and Berandout shook Biundo's hand before heading to the payout desk. The Italian is up to around 750,000.

Moments later and it was Balbir Pottiwal's turn to head to the cashiers cage, but there would be no hand shaking. He shoved from the small blind for around 200,000 with pocket kings. Big stacked button raiser Anthony Wright called with pocket fours and got there on the J♠2♣2♠4♦2♠ board. The vanquished Pottiwal was not best pleased and refused to shake Wright's hand when he offered it to him.

As for Wright he's now up to around 1,300,000 and is leading the 18 players who remain. They'll be another complete re-draw when we reach the final 16 players.


Wright won the pot, but not a handshake

5.45pm: Wright around the million mark
Anthony Wright is the first player to breakthrough the million chip barrier. He's up to around 1,050,000 after winning a three-way pot. He raised to 42,000 in early position and picked up calls from both Azzy Asghar and the big blind.

On the 3♥J♥5♥ flop when Wright got checked to he simply open shoved for an effective 200,000 and both players folded.

5.40pm: Latest exits
The pace of the exits has slowed noticeably in the last 45 minutes, that being said there have been four eliminations during this time and they are as below.

24th. Victor Sanchez Garcia, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, £820
25th, Dost Ghrabie, United Kingdom, £820
26th. Vishal Patel, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £820
27th. Hilary Hin Cheung, United Kingdom, £820

Blinds up: 10,000 - 20,000, ante 3,000

5.30pm: Mok takes the chip lead
We have a new chip leader and his name is Peter Mok. He's up to 975,000 and told me: "I've won two big pots since the break, one with A-K against queens and I hit an ace. And another with A-J against K-Q when I flopped trips."

Long time chip leader Martin Bader has dropped to around 300,000.


Mok has climbed to the top

5.20pm: Final three tables
There are now just 23 players remaining and as a result there's been a complete redraw for the final three tables so there's a short pause in the action.

5.10pm: Daniel dodges the outs
Daniel Bonfield just got a much needed double up against Azzy Ashgar but boy did he breathe a sigh of relief when his hand held.

He committed his final 83,000 on the turn of a Q♦3♠A♥ with Q♣Q♥ and was up against Azzy Asghar's K♥J♥. The 4♥ turn card gave Asghar more outs, but he missed them all on the 7♦ river.

5pm: Chip counts
Here are the chip counts of the 27 remaining players, it's Martin Bader who leads. He's got 804,000.

Martin Bader United Kingdom  804,000
Jesus Espinosa Fernandez Spain 665,000
Lorenzo Biundo Italy 600,000
Salman Safdar United Kingdom  PokerStars Qualifier 540,000
Carl Michael Croucher United Kingdom  PokerStars Player 520,000

Michail Voulagkas Greece 470,000
Petros Malaktos Cyprus PokerStars Player 429,000
Hilary Hin Cheung United Kingdom  410,000
Paul Grace Ireland PokerStars Player 350,000
Haresh Thaker United Kingdom  PokerStars Qualifier 346,000
Elliott James Panyi United Kingdom  305,000
Peter Ki Yuen Mok United Kingdom  300,000
Keith Andrew Ellis United Kingdom  300,000
Azzy Asghar USA 290,000
Peter Hegedus Slovakia (Slovak Republic)  PokerStars Qualifier 250,000
Vishal Patel United Kingdom  PokerStars Player 250,000

Dost Mohammad Ghrabie United Kingdom  240,000
Gergely Lakatos Hungary  230,000
Adham Mackie United Kingdom  200,000
Dinh Tuan Nguyen Vietnam 190,000
Balbir Singh Pottiwal United Kingdom  180,000
Daniel Bonfield United Kingdom  PokerStars Player 180,000
Anthony John Wright Ireland PokerStars Player 155,000

Frank Robert Derek Bastow United Kingdom  140,000
Victor Sanchez Garcia Spain PokerStars Qualifier 128,000
Neil Benardout United Kingdom  PokerStars Player 120,000

Mohammed Suhail United Kingdom  105,000


Bader is the current chip leader

4.55pm: Back from the break
The 27 remaining players are now back in their seats, here are the players who busted out between 28th and 48th position. They include Simon Griffin who has now finished 35th, 9th and 33rd respectively in the three UKIPT Series events.

28th. Luke Martin, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £705
29th. Christopher Gordon, United Kingdom, £705
30th. George Alexander, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £705
31st. Thomas Loranger, Norway, PokerStars Player, £705

32nd. Alexander Jobling, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £595
33rd. Simon Griffin, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £595
34th. Chris Fogden, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £595
35th. Daniel Galla, Hungary, PokerStars Qualifier, £595
36th. Matthew Page, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £595
37th. David Phelan, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, £595

38th. Yigit Isilsoy, United Kingdom, £595
39th. James Thomson, United Kingdom, £595

40th. Cristian Alexandru Bala, Romania, £515
41st. Ulrik Håkestad, Norway, PokerStars Qualifier, £515
42nd.Joe Laming, United Kingdom, £515
43rd. Daniele Giulivo, Italy, PokerStars Player, £515
44th. James Koumis, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £515
45th. Darran Messom, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £515
46th. Simon Fuller, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £515

47th. Jason Schacter, United Kingdom, £515
48th. Eugenio Verde, Italy, £515


Simon Fuller

Blinds up: 8,000/16,000, ante 2,000

4.35pm: Break time
The 27 remaining players are now on a 20 minute break.

4.30pm: Cheung at the double
Hilary Hin Cheung just got a much needed double up at the expense of Neil Bernardout. The former three-bet shoved for 157,000 with pocket queens and Bernardout, who was the original raiser, called it off with A♦J♠. As the dealer spread the community cards Cheung couldn't look, but he needn't have worried as he held on a 9♣2♠8♥J♣7♣ board.

4.25pm: Big chick makes two players sick
It appears A-Q is the hand to have right now as it just sucked out in two big pots to leave Elliot Panyi and Azzy Ashgar very happy.

In the first Panyi was all-in and at risk for 125,000 with A♣Q♦ in bad shape against Simon Griffin's K♦K♠. The 5♣8♦9♥A♠[10s] board ensured Panyi survived and dented Griffin who has now cashed in three out of three UKIPT Series events.

As for Ashgar he raised under-the-gun and then called Thomas Loranger's 15 big blind shove. The latter had pocket queens and although Ashgar had to wait he got there on the river of a J♥9♣2♣9♠A♥ board. He's up to around 420,000 after that hand.

4.10pm: Galla gone
Day 1B chip leader Daniel Galla has just been eliminated by Gergely Lakatos. The former opened to 25,000 from under-the-gun, Neil Bernardout flat called and Galla then re-raised all-in from the small blind for 71,000 total.

Back on Lakatos he flat called and Bernardout then went into the tank, "I think I'm about to make a very bad fold," he said. "I've got the smallest pair of the lot but think I'm good." Eventually he did lay it down and he did indeed have pocket twos. He was not too happy when Lakatos showed A♥Q♦ and Galla A♣J♣. And he was even more apoplectic when the board ran 3♣6♦8♥[10c]5♥. "Bad, bad decision," were the words he repeated over and over again.

Galla meanwhile was whisked off to the payouts desk to collect his spoils.

Blinds up: 6,000/12,000, ante 2,000

4pm: Bader banks some more
Chip leader Martin Bader just scored a knockout blow, with David Phelan the player he floored. The former moved all-in for 51,000 with K♦J♠ from the cut-off and Bader isolated to 101,000 with A♠7♠ on the button. The J♦3♣7♣4♥7♦ board was a bit of a rollercoaster, but Bader rivered trips to win the pot.

3.45pm: Exits
Below are the names of the players who've cashed but crashed since the bubble burst. Sadly for John McGrane, who I earlier erroneously reported as being out, is now out. He finished 59th and Ashley Wilson is another faller, he finished 62nd.

49th. Ian Ball, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £515
50th. Abdul Karim Biria, United Kingdom, £515
51st. Vatsal Nilesh Parikh, India, £515
52nd. Christopher Love, United Kingdom, £515
53rd. Imran Elahi, United Kingdom £515
54th, Luke Harman, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £515
55th. Nicholas Maher, United Kingdom , PokerStars Player, £515

56th, Amit Patel, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £480
57th. William Crofton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £480
58th. Andrew Taylor , United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £480
59th. John Mcgrane, United Kingdom , PokerStars Player, £480
60th. Kevin Mächler, Switzerland , PokerStars Qualifier, £480
61st. Andrew Cairns, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £480

62nd. Ashley Wilson, United Kingdom, £480
63rd. Joseph Stewart, United Kingdom, £480


Ashley Wilson

All photos are copyright of Neil Stoddart.

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in UKIPT