UKIPT Series 3: Day 2 , level 25-32 updates (blinds 100,000/200,000, ante 30,000)

12.45am: Dinh Tuan Nguyen wins UKIPT Series 3 (£15,348); Daniel Bonfield eliminated in second (£12,055)

Heads-up play lasted all of one hand and it's Dinh Tuan Nugyen who's taken down the UKIPT Series 3.

He simply open shoved for just over 5,000,000 from the small blind and Daniel Bonfield snap called from the big blind.

Nguyen: [10h]7♥
Bonfield: A♦8♦

The 4♥5♥[10c] was gin for Nguyen the [10d] turn just the tonic and the 5♠ river irrelevant. The two players shook hands at the conclusion of a thrilling final table and the longest ever UKIPT Series event. Stay right here though as a full wrap of the day's play is on the way.

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Nguyen is the winner

Blinds up: 100,000/200,000, ante 30,000

12.35am: Michail Voulagkas eliminated in third place (£8,550

Down to around four big blinds Michali Voulagkas moved all-in from the button with K♣3♥ and Daniel Bonfield called with 7♥6♠.The 6♦6♥Q♥ flop gave Bonfield a grip on the hand and the Q♦ turn and 4♥ turn kept him in front. We're now heads-up here at The Hippodrome.

12.30am: Daniel Bonfield doubles through Michail Voulagkas

Another double up for Daniel Bonfield now...

He moved all-in for 1,855,000 from the small blind with A♥K♣ and Michali Voulagkas gave him a spin with A♠8♣. The K♠8♥[10d]9♠Q♥ board gave him a huge double up to 3,750,000, whilst Vouagkas is down to around 600,000.

12.25am: Daniel Bonfield doubles through Dinh Tuan Nguyen
Hold up! This tournament is not done yet, Dinh Tuan Nguyen open jammed from the button with A♠8♠ and Daniel Bonfield committed his last 720,000 from the small blind with A♥J♣.

The dominating ace proved the winner as the board came 4♦9♦5♣[10s]4♣. After that hand Bonfield has 1,600,000, Nguyen has 4,500,000 and Michali Voulgakas has 2,200,000.

12.15am: Jesus Espinosa Fernandez eliminated in fourth place (£14,122)
For so long he was chip leader, most crucially when the deal was done with five players left, but Jesus Espinosa Fernandez will have to settle for fourth place. He was all-in and at risk for 1,900,000 with A♥9♣ and Dinh Tuan Nguyen was looking to take those chips with a pair of twos. The smallest pair of them all stood strong on a 3♠[10h]7♠7♥K♥ board and Nguyen is now the dominate chip leader.

12.05am: Dinh Tuan Nguyen doubles through Michali Voulgakas; then Voulgakas doubles through Nguyen
Two big clashes between Michali Voulgakas and Dinh Tuan Nguyen to tell you about.

The first was a blind on blind confrontation, Nguyen shoving for 2,400,000 from the big blind with A♦7♠ and Voulgakas - who had min-raised from the small blind calling off the extra with K♦Q♣. The 5♥7♥5♣3♠8♠ board gave Nguyen more than half of the chips in play.

But he didn't hang on to them very long, soon after Voulgakas was all-in for 1,025,000 with Q♦Q♠ and looking to double up through Nguyen's A♦7♠. He did just that on 5♣A♣Q♣2♦8♣ board to get back to around 2,100,000, whilst Nguyen is still the chip leader with around 3,700,000.

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Dinh Tuan Nguyen


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Michail Voulagkas


Blinds up: 80,000 -160,000, ante 20,000

11.55pm: Voulgakas makes a great call
On the button Michail Voulagkas raised to 250,000 and Jesus Espinosa Fernandez made the call from the big blind.

On the K♦6♠3♠ flop Voulagkas c-bet 325,000 and Fernandez made the call. The J♠ turn was checked through and the 6♥ completed the board. First to act Fernandez slid out a bet of 745,000 which was roughly half of Voulagkas's stack, the Greek went deep into the tank before eventually calling. The Spaniard tapped the table and showed A♥5♦, Voulagkas rolled over J♣2♠ and with that win has taken the chip lead.

11.40pm: Chip counts
Jesus Espinosa Fernandez won a medium sized pot from Daniel Bonfield to regain the chip lead but it's still very close.

1. Daniel Bonfield, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 1,400,000
2. Michail Voulagkas, Greece, 2,300,000
3. Dinh Tuan Nguyen, Vietnam, 2,200,000
5. Jesus Espinosa Fernandez, Spain, 3,200,000

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Jesus has reclaimed the chip lead

Blinds up: 60,000 -120,000, ante 20,000

11.25pm: Michali Voulagkas doubles through Jesus Espinosa Fernandez.
It's not been a bad level for Michali Voulagkas as he's gone from short stack to chip leader. He completed the ascent by doubling though Jesus Espinosa Fernandez, who was the chip leader at the time.

It all went in pre-flop with Voulgakas at risk for 1,250,000 with pocket fives and Fernandez hoping to get there with A♦9♣. The 3♦8♣K♠8♥2♦ board kept the pair in front and leapt Voulgakas in front of Fernandez who dropped to 2,100,000. There is, by my rough calculations only five big blinds separating all four players. Tight.

11.15pm: Frank Bastow eliminated in fifth place (£9,230)
Although a deal can sometimes loosen play up, this hand would likely have played itself deal or no deal. Judge for yourselves...

Michali Voulagkas, moved all-in for 640,000 with pocket kings and Frank Bastow called with A♣Q♠.

The Q♣Q♥K♦ flop was pretty as a picture, but left Bastow drawing to one out. He didn't hit it on the [10s] turn or 9♦ river.

This left him with 125,000, that went in the next hand - he was on the button - Daniel Bonfield completed from the small blind and Voulgakas checked his option. The two blinds checked down the 7♥Q♦[10h]Q♣K♥ board, Bastow showed A♣Q♠ (did he give his cards back?!) and trebled up.

The very next hand he moved all-in again, this time with A♠J♠ and again Voulgakas called. He had pocket tens and it was off to the races. The 9♣8♦T♦5♣8♥ board ruled in Voulgakas's favour and a very entertaining three hands saw Bastow ultimately eliminated.

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Frank Bastow - out in fifth

11.05pm: Done deal
There was no EPT10 Barcelona type hold up during the negotiations here. The five players have come to an agreement using an ICM chop. Under PokerStars regulations that have to leave some money to play for so £3,265 and a seat to the UKIPT Champion of Champions is still up for grabs for whoever takes this tournament down. The remaining five players have locked up the following amounts.

1. Daniel Bonfield, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £12,055
2. Michail Voulagkas, Greece, £8,550
3. Dinh Tuan Nguyen, Vietnam, £12,083
5. Jesus Espinosa Fernandez, Spain, £14,122
8. Frank Bastow, United Kingdom, £9,230

The paperwork has been signed and cards are back in the air.

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Where do I sign?

10.50pm: Deal or no deal
The five remaining players are currently discussing a deal, the current chip counts are as follows:

1. Daniel Bonfield, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 2,105,000
2. Michail Voulagkas, Greece, 650,000
3. Dinh Tuan Nguyen, Vietnam, 2,150,000
5. Jesus Espinosa Fernandez, Spain, 3,355,000
8. Frank Bastow, United Kingdom, 860,000

Here's what they're playing for:

1st. £21,770
2nd. £13,730
3rd. £9,850
4th. £7,820
5th. £6,135

An ICM deal would breakdown the payouts as follows:

1. Daniel Bonfield, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £12,869.473
2. Michail Voulagkas, Greece, £8,836.062
3. Dinh Tuan Nguyen, Vietnam, £12,961.398
5. Jesus Espinosa Fernandez, Spain, £15,030.315
8. Frank Bastow, United Kingdom, £9,607.752

Blinds up: 50,000 -100,000, ante 10,000

10.36pm: Break time
The players are now on a 15 minute break.

10.35pm: Salman Safdar eliminated in sixth place (£4,805)
Down to less than five big blinds Salman Safdar shoved for 325,000 over the top of Jesus Espinosa Fernandez's 160,000 open. It then folded to Daniel Bonfield who called and when it folded back to him Fernandez made the call.

On the 4♦2♥5♥ flop Bonfield committed the rest of his stack (roughly 1,200,000) and Fernandez folded.

Bonfield: A♥9♥
Safdar: A♦6♣

The 7♦ turn and 6♥ river gave Bonfield a flush and we're down to five.

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Safdar succumbed in sixth

10.25pm: Dinh Tuan Nguyen doubles through Salman Safdar
They'd been a bit of a lull in action but that all changed when Salman Safdar and Dinh Tuan Nguyen played a big pot.

The former raised to 225,000 from early position, Nguyen moved all-in for 1,070,000 total and after counting out his chips Safdar - who would have roughly 125,000 back if he lost - made the call.

Safdar: A♠[10s]
Nguyen: Q♣Q♦

The K♦K♠2♣ kept Nguyen in front, the 8♥ turn left Safdar drawing to three outs and he missed them on the J♥ river.

The very next hand he had to post 80,000 of his remaining chips in the big blind and, after Michail Voulagkas had raised to 160,000, he committed his remaining 45,000.

Safdar: 4♠2♦
Voulagkas: A♥9♥

Safdar was out of his chair but had to sit back down as the board came 6♥J♦2♥2♠A♣.

10.15pm: Rough chip counts
Here are the rough chip counts (accurate to a couple of big blinds or so), a full chip count will be done on the next break which is scheduled to be in 20 minutes.

1. Daniel Bonfield, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 1,500,000
2. Michail Voulagkas, Greece, 850,000
3. Dinh Tuan Nguyen, Vietnam, 850,000
5. Jesus Espinosa Fernandez, Spain, 3,300,000
6. Salman Safdar, United Kingdom , PokerStars Qualifier, 1,200,000
8. Frank Bastow, United Kingdom, 1,100,000

Blinds up: 40,000 - 80,000, ante 10,000

10.05pm: Frank Bastow doubles through Jesus Espinosa Fernandez
The chip leader Jesus Espinosa Fernandez is human after all as he's just had the first chink put in his armour. He opened to 120,000 from the cut-off, Bastow shoved for 450,000 more from the big blind and Fernandez called. The Spaniard opened Q♦8♣ which was way behind Bastow's pocket aces. And the status quo was maintained as the board ran 7♠J♦J♠7♦3♥ to double Bastow to around 1,175,000, Fernandez is still the overwhelming chip leader with around 3,000,000 in chips.

9.55pm: Lorenzo Biundo eliminated in seventh place (£3,615)
There was no way back for Lorenzo Biundo, after losing half his stack to Dinh Tuan Nguyen, he lost the rest of it to Jesus Espinosa Fernandez.

The Spaniard opened to 120,000 from the button, Biundo moved all-in for 525,000 from the small blind and Fernandez made the call.

Biundo: T♦8♦
Fernandez: K♦9♦

The 9♠[10c]9♣ flop was a doozy, but the A♣ turn and 5♦ river changed nothing meaning we're down to seven here at The Hippodrome and Fernandez has even more chips.

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It was arrivederci in seventh for Biundo

9.45pm: Dinh Tuan Nguyen doubles through Lorenzo Biundo
Second double up in less than 30 minutes for Dinh Tuan Nguyen, this time he got it in bad though.

From early position Lorenzo Biundo raised to 125,000, Nguyen shoved for 520,000 from the button and when it folded back to Biundo he made the call.

Nguyen: Q♠J♠
Biundo: A♣9♣

The 2♣Q♦8♥6♣2♥ board saw Nguyen connect with the flop and win the hand. He doubles to around 1,150,000 whilst Biundo lost roughly half his stack in that hand.

Blinds up: 30,000 - 60,000, ante 10,000

9.30pm: Paul Grace eliminated in eighth place (£2,570)
From under-the-gun Lorenzo Biundo raised to 125,000, it folded to Paul Grace and he moved all-in for 250,000 from the button. Back on Biundo who made the call and it was time for showdown.

Grace: J♦J♠
Biundo: A♥J♣

The Irishman looked primed for a double-up, that is until the flop came Q♠A♦2♦. The Q♥ turn and [10h] river changed nothing and Grace is the first elimination of the final table.

9.20pm: Dinh Tuan Nguyen doubles through Salman Safdar
From under-the-gun Salman Safdar opened to 100,000, it folded to Dinh Tuan Nguyen on the button, he moved all-in for around 325,000 and Safdar made the cal.

Nguyen: 4♦4♥
Safdar: J♥[10h]

The 2♥6♠4♣7♣A♦ board gave Nguyen a much needed double up.

9.15pm: Final table underway
The players are now back in their seats and play is back underway.

8.10pm: Final table chip counts and seat draw
Below is the seat draw for and chip counts for the final table. It appears to be Jesus Espinosa Fernandez's to lose as he has almost a third of the chips in play. The players are now on a dinner break, play should recommence around 9.10pm

1. Daniel Bonfield, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 1,400,000
2. Michail Voulagkas, Greece, 1,075,000
3. Dinh Tuan Nguyen, Vietnam, 400,000
4. Paul Grace, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 340,000
5. Jesus Espinosa Fernandez, Spain, 2,995,000
6. Salman Safdar, United Kingdom , PokerStars Qualifier, 1,515,000
7. Lorenzo Biundo, Italy, 780,000
8. Frank Bastow, United Kingdom, 525,000

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The elite eight of UKIPT Series 3

8.05pm: Peter Mok eliminated in ninth place (£2,050)
On one of the first hands at the unofficial final table we had an elimination. From under-the-gun Peter Mok moved all-in for around 850,000 and two seats along Jesus Espinosa Fernandez made the call. Everyone else folded.

Fernandez: K♠K♦
Mok: Q♣J♣

The 7♠4♣3♦Q♥8♥ board kept Fernandez in front and he'll be the big chip leader going to the final table. The players are now on a one hour dinner break I'll bring you the chip counts and seat draw shortly.

8pm: Anthony Wright eliminated in tenth place (£1,700)
The unofficial final table of nine is set as Anthony Wright has just been eliminated in tenth place. He three-bet shoved for around 850,000 over the top of Jesus Espinosa Fernandez's open and the Spaniard made the call.

Fernandez: 8♦8♥
Wright: K♥K♦

The Q♠J♦8♣ flop vaulted Fernandez from worst to first and he stayed there on the 2♦4♦ river. Whoever hand won that pot would've been chip leader and it's Fernandez, with around 2,000,000 who has that honour.

Blinds up: 25,000 - 50,000, ante 5,000

7.50pm: Lorenzo Biundo doubles through Paul Grace
It folded to Lorenzo Biundo in the small blind and the Italian slid his remaining 270,000 over the line. After getting a count Paul Grace made the call.

Biundo: A♣J♥
Grace: A♠4♦

Neither player hit the 3♦7♠3♠8♦T♦ board but Biundo's kicker played, Grace is now down to 180,000 and in trouble.

7.40pm: Elliot Panyi eliminated in 11th place (£1,700)
Elliot Panyi's Day 2 has been all about A-Q, earlier he doubled through pocket kings to with it to stay alive and he's now been knocked out whilst holding it.

Jesus Espinosa Fernandez jammed for around 600,000 from the small blind with 5♣4♣ and Panyi snap called from the big blind, however Fernandez spiked a four to send Panyi packing and his own stack soaring to 1,100,000.

There are now 10 players left, with one more elimination the final nine will move to one table and with one further elimination the final table of eight will be set.

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Elliot Panyi

7.35pm: Peter Mok doubles through Paul Grace
A pre-flop cooler to tell you about, Peter Mok was all-in for his last 12.5 big blinds with pocket kings and Paul Grace was the would be executioner with pocket jacks. The 6♣5♥7♥6♠8♦ board kept Mok in front and reduced Grace to around 160,000.

Those chips went in a few hands later with A♣4♥ and Dinh Tuan Nguyen made the call with K♣Q♠. The Irishman survived as the board came 9♠9♣3♣[10s]6♣.

7.30pm: Haresh Thaker eliminated in 12th place (£1,480)
Day 1 chip leader Haresh Thaker has just been eliminated in 12th place. He shoved for 220,000 with K♠[10s] and Anthony Wright made the call with pocket kings. A 6♣5♥7♥6♠8♦ board sent Thaker to the rail.

7.25pm: Chip counts
Below is the current seat draw and chip counts of the 12 remaining players, it's still Salman Safdar who leads with 1,500,000. The only other player with over a million is to his direct left, if Safdar and Michail Voulagkas clash they might create one monster chip leader.

Table 1
1.Frank Bastow, United Kingdom, 480,000
3. Daniel Bonfield, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 940,000
4. Jesus Espinosa Fernandez, Spain, 675,000
6. Elliot Panyi, United Kingdom, 575,000
7. Haresh Thaker, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 220,000
8. Anthony Wright, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 620,000

Table 2
2. Salman Safdar, United Kingdom , PokerStars Qualifier, 1,500,000
3. Michail Voulagkas, Greece, 1,225,000
4. Lorenzo Biundo, Italy, 500,000
5. Paul Grace, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 630,000
6. Peter Mok, United Kingdom, 500,000
7. Dinh Tuan Nguyen, Vietnam, 850,000

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All photos are copyright of Neil Stoddart.

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in UKIPT