UKIPT4 Isle of Man: Level 13-16 updates (2,500/5,000, ante 500)

8.50pm: Done for the day
There are 30 players left in the UKIPT4 Isle of Man Main Event and they're currently bagging and tagging their chips. We'll be bringing you a full re-cap of the days play shortly. -- NW

8.45pm: Petersen busts and more for Moreira De Melo
Contrasting fortunes for those wearing the Red Spade in the final few hands of the Main Event.

Team PokerStars Online's Mickey Petersen, who had been nursing a short stack for much of the day, got knocked out. Chris Straghalis opened to 12,000, James Browning moved in for 80,000 with pocket tens and Petersen called all-in for slightly less with pocket nines. No help on the board and he was out.

Meanwhile, Team PokerStars SportsStar Fatima Moreira De Melo was busy knocking out UKIPT3 London runner-up Thomas Ward. The Scotsman was short on chips and committed them with [K][Q] he was in bad shape against the pocket queens of Moreira De Melo and didn't get there.

She's now up to around 575,000 and looks to be second in chips. -- NW

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Moreira De Melo has over half a million

8.40pm: Last three hands
There are three more hands to play tonight, a good civilized amount, before bagging up begins. Stay with us for a wrap of the day's play, full chip counts and Day 3 seat draw. We've had some technical problems with our chip count page which appears to be refusing to update. Apologies for any inconvenience on that front. -- RD

8.35pm: In the money finishers
A total of 20 people have cashed but crashed so far in this tournament, a full list of the in the money finishers are below.

36th. Neil Rawnsley, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £2860
37th. Radu Zamostean, Canada, PokerStars Qualifier, £2,860
38th. Mark Lane, United Kingdom, £2,860
39th. Dara O'Kearney, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, £2,860
40th. Liam Batey, United Kingdom, £2,375
41st. Nick Abou Risk, Canada, PokerStars Player, £2,375
42nd. Sean Randall,United Kingdom, £2,375
43rd. Sam Grafton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £2,375
44th. Francis Muyshondt,Belgium,PokerStars Qualifier, £2,375
45th. Oliver Deacon, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £2,375
46th. Periklis Charmpilas, Greece, PokerStars Qualifier, £2,375
47th. Robbie Bull, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £2,375
48th. Fredrik Stromberg, Isle of Man, Rational Group Staff, £2,375
49th. Kovacs Gergo, Hungary, PokerStars Qualifier, £2,375
50th. Jörg Viereck, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier, £2,375
51st. Simon Fuller, United Kingdom, £2,375
52nd. Anthony Galloway, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £2,375
53rd. Sam Kenny, Isle of Man, £2,375
54th. Mitchell Johnson, United Kingdom, £2,375
55th. Sean O'Neill, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £2,375

8.35pm: Rawnsley busts; more for McLellan
There is no stopping Ducan McLellan at the moment and he just eliminated Neil Rawnsley in 36th place.

The latter opened to 12,000 in early position and called when McLellan three-bet to 27,500 from the button. On the 5♣J♠3♣ flop action checked to McLellan, he fired out 40,500, Rawnsley moved in for 95,000 total and McLellan called.

Rawnsley: 7♣7♦
McLellan: K♥J♣

The board bricked out and Rawnsley was on his way in 36th place, McLellan is up to 915,000 and already has right around an average stack for the final table. -- NW

8.25pm: Lane closed
Mark Lane came into the day as the chip leader but things didn't work out for him. He ended up jamming all-in from the big blind with a light T♠5♦ into Colin Marks' pocket fives. No ten and Lane was sent to the rail. Marks up to more than 200,000. Duncan McLellan still the man to beat with more than 700,000. -- RD


Big stack Duncan McLellan

8.20pm: Handley spinning it up
Mark Handley is packing 85,000 at the moment and getting deep into the money, which is a pretty incredible achievement given that he was down to 2,000 after the first hand of the day.

"It's the biggest tournament I've been in," said Handley.

There's been a few low-to-high stack stories today, most noticeably Fatima Moreira de Melo and Jack Ellwood who are both packing big stacks now. -- RD

8.10pm: Chip counts
I've just given the chip count page a spring clean. Check out the latest counts here. -- NW
8pm: Batey also busts
A shortstacked Liam Batey moved all-in for roughly 30,000 with A♦4♣ and Jack Ellwood looked him up with A♣Q♥. The better hand held as the board came 7♥J♣[10s]K♥5♣. 38 players remain. -- NW

7.50pm: Abou Risk busts
Sam Razavi is now the only former UKIPT champion still in as Nick Abou Risk has just busted, he told me: "It folded to Chris Jonat in the small blind and he jammed 14 big blinds with nines, I called with A-Q and he hit a third nine."

Abou Risk says he'll likely be in Nottingham for the next leg of the UKIPT at the end of November. -- NW

Blinds up: 2,500/5,000, ante 500

7.45pm: Barr passes the test
There was a raise to 8,500, Chris Jonat flat called and Jonathan Barr then moved all-in for 71,000 total from the big blind. The original raiser folded, but Jonat made the call.

Barr: A♥Q♥
Jonat: 5♦5♥

The 8♠8♦7♣6♥6♦ board meant that Jonat's pair was counterfeited, he's down to 150,000 whilst Barr is up to around 135,000. -- NW

7.40pm: Petersen at the double
Team PokerStars Online's Mickey Petersen just got a much needed double up, he was all-in and at risk for 56,500 with pocket nines, Paul Coughlan the caller with A♣J♦. The 7♥J♠5♠9♥6♦ board a fun sweat for the Dane. He's up to around 115,000. -- NW

7.35pm: Bubble-burster Jonat chipping
Players are falling thick and fast at the moment. Periklis Charmpilas is gone as is Oliver Deacon whose "magic sevens" couldn't suck out when he jammed the button. Chris Jonat, who burst the bubble with aces, found bullets again in the small blind to send Deacon to the rail. That pot took Jonat up to around 220,000. -- RD


Chris Jonat: double double aces

7.30pm: Grafton out (but explains his hood' move)

And here's Sam Grafton's exit in his own words.

7.25pm: No double for Robbie Bull
Robbie Bull won UKIPT London last month for £113,405, which you can read about here, but his double hopes have been quashed. Bull jammed with 4♣4♠ and was isolated by Mate Mecs from Hungary with A♥T♠. Mecs flopped an ace and Bull failed to catch up.

Sam Razavi and Nick Abou Risk are the only previous UKIPT champions left in. -- RD


Robbie Bull hitting the bottle

7.15pm: Samuel Nova not so super, Handley doubles
Colin Marks rivered a straight to knockout Samuel Nova after the pair got it all-in pre-flop. Nova held eights to Marks' ace-ten which spiked a gutshot on fifth street.

Things went better for John Handley who doubled through monster stack Duncan McLellan with king-queen against pocket threes. -- RD

7.05pm: Chip leaders
Here are the top three stacks from each of the six remaining tables in the UKIPT4 Isle of Man Main Event. Duncan McLellan has a huge lead from his nearest rival, although if Jack Ellwood continues his surge upwards he'll have caught him before too long.

Duncan McLellan, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 630,000
Jack Ellwood, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 388,000
Matthijs Rebel, Netherlands, PokerStars Qualifier, 321,500
Daniel Stacy, Ireland, 295,000
Thomas Dunwoodie, United Kingdom, 290,000
Fatima Moreira De Melo, Netherlands, PokerStars SportStar, 258,000
Chris Straghalis, United States, Rational Group Staff, 257,000
Dahe Liu, United Kingdom, 250,000
Paul Coughlan, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 240,000
Simon Deadman, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 214,000
Mark Lane, United Kingdom, 210,000
Peter Warfvinge, Sweden, 198,000
Sam Grafton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 190,000
Barry Greenstein, United States, Team PokerStars Pro, 178,000
Owen Fenwick, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 168,500
Jamie O'Connor, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 162,000
Harry Lodge, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 152,000
Alexander Schilt, Switzerland, PokerStars Qualifier, 146,000
Christopher Jonat, United Kingdom, 103,000
Radu Zamostean, Canada, PokerStars Qualifier, 100,000

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McLellan is running away with it

7.05pm: Freerollin' towards £94k
Just before the break I was introduced to Owen Fenwick who was looking very happy with himself, as he should. He's at a couple of seats round from poker legend Barry Greenstein with a healthy 170,000 stack and a guaranteed £2,375 (and, of course, a shot at £94,090). What's more, he qualified online in a freeroll. That's right. All this for free. Could be a dream story. -- RD

7pm: Back underway
The 51 remaining players are back in their seats, the average stack is a healthy 148,500 (37,125 big blinds). -- NW

Blinds up: 2,000/4,000, ante 500

6.51pm: Break time
The players are off to the bar, Robbie Bull, UKIPT4 London champion, already has a bottle of J2O in his hand. Others may follow suit, they all want to follow in Bull's footsteps and win a UKIPT title. -- NW

6.50pm: The Bear traps two in one hand
Whilst Ellwood and Galloway were locking horns in two hands, Barry Greenstein eliminated two players in the same hand.

A shortstacked Mitch Johnson was all-in for around five big blinds with A♦Q♣, he was in a world of hurt as Sam Kenny was all-in with A♥A♠ and Greenstein had put them both at risk with pocket tens.

The 4♦[10s]7♦Q♠2♦ board made Greenstein a set and the Team PokerStars Pro is up to 210,000. -- NW

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Beware The Bear

6.45pm: Ellwood's one-two combo floors Anthony Galloway
I'm not sure Anthony Galloway is ever going to want to play poker against Jack Ellwood as the Geordie just dismantled Galloway's stack over the course of two hands.

In the first the two protagonists reached the river of a K♠2♠[10h]7♦[10c] board with around 80,000 in the pot. Action was on Galloway, he fired out a bet of 22,000 and Ellwood moved all-in for 96,700 total. Galloway looked pained, but eventually he called, Ellwood showed A♣[10d] for rivered trips, Galloway J♥J♣ for the outdrawn overpair.

The very next hand it folded to Ellwood on the button he raised to 6,000, Galloway three-bet to 12,000 from the button and Ellwood smooth called. On the A♦6♣8♦ Galloway bet 7,000 and Ellwood made the call. The 7♠ hit the turn, Galloway checked, Ellwood bet 15,500 and Galloway flat called.

The 7♦ hit the river, Galloway changed tack leading for 14,000 with just 44,000 back. Quick as a flash Ellwood moved all-in and Galloway recoiled at this turn of events. He tanked, tanked and tanked some more. Could he take any more of the punishment Ellwood had been giving him? Evidently not as he announced call and showed K♦K♣, Ellwood though had flopped it as he showed A♠A♥, Galloway was out in 52nd place. -- NW

6.40pm: O'Neill's aces cracked
"It happened to me the other way round earlier so I can't complain," said Sean O'Neill as he gathered his belongings after he'd been knocked out, quite refreshing to not hear a poker player moaning about their exit!

To the hand in question, Chris Jonat, who burst the bubble, opened to 7,000 from under-the-gun, O'Neill three-bet to 18,000 from the cut-off, Duncan McLellan slid out a tower of blue chips totalling 100,000. He was the biggest stack and was effectively asking the others to play for all their chips, Jonat declined but O'Neill called all-in.

McLellan: K♠K♦
O'Neill: A♣A♥

The 4♣6♦9♦K♥9♣ board favoured McLellan. "He can't miss," said one of his tablemates to me. Indeed McLellan may well be chip leader, he's got somewhere in the region of 520,000. -- NW

6.35pm: Tim Michels bubbles, Chris Jonat doubles
Should you pass queens here? Some would say that you should, while others would argue it's too strong a hand to pass on the bubble.

Big stack Duncan McLellan opened from early position and Chris Jonat, PokerStars Senior VIP Relationship Manager quickly moved all-in for 47,700. Tim Michels had pocket queens and a 35,000 stack. To call would be to risk his tournament life on the bubble. He made the call.

Play was hand for hand on the bubble and the cards had to remain face down until play at all tables was complete. It was the only all-in. Jonat looked a little nervous and, I think, said, "Hold me, Rick." It could easily have been something else that was said, joining a canon of saying that were never said.


Bubble boy Tim Michels understandably gutted to see aces

The cards were turned over. Michels looked surprised and not in a good way.

Michels: Q♣Q♠
Jonat: A♦A♥

Floorman Nick O'Hara took the microphone and talked the board through so as to stop players from other tables racing over.

The 4♥5♦9♦ flop was good for Jonat. The K♦ was also fantastic as it killed one of Michels two outs. The J♦ hit the turn flushing Jonat up to 90,000 or so, and Michels out the tournament. All remaining players now guaranteed £2,375.

Players still in include Team PokerStars Online's Mickey Petersen, Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein, and UKIPT winners Sam Razavi, Nick Abou Risk and Robbie Bull (and runner-up Jack Ellwood). -- RD


Use my chips wisely...

6.25pm: The bubble has burst
The bubble has burst, details are on the way. -- NW

6.20pm: Abdullah the bubble-bubble
Much like no one remembers who loses in an FA Cup Semi-Final no one remembers who was the last player out before the bubble boy. To put that right step forward Ashiq Abdullah who has finished in 57th place here in the Isle of Man. He held aces and flat called a raise from Peter Warfvinge. On the [J][10][10] flop Warfvinge checked, Abdullah simply open shoved and Warfvinge snapped him off as you would with [J][10]. -- NW

6.10pm: We got your back
Roving reporter Brad Willis got a chance to watch the watchers at PokerStars HQ. Read his interview with the man in charge of keeping PokerStars the safest place to play. -- RD

6pm: Bubble time
We're on the bubble here in the Isle of Man. Thomas Dunwoodie got a huge double up through Alexander Schilt with aces versus kings. Stay tuned for the bubble bursting moment. Fredrik Stromberg is one of those at risk after losing a large chunk of his stack to Sam Razavi with a set versus Broadway. Fairly grim for Stromberg. -- RD

5.55pm: How Fatima became chip leader
The video team caught up with Fatima Moreira de Melo at the last break to find out how the PokerStars SportStar swiped the chip lead.

5.45pm: Daly's house crumbles
Kevin Daly has finished in 60th place in the UKIPT4 Isle of Man Main Event. He jammed all-in for around 40,000 on the river of a 2♥[10d]9♣9♦9♠ board with [K][2] only to run into the superior full house of Mate Mecs, who held [10h]6♠.

There's a lot of players asking us how many short stacks there are, who's short and so on. The bubble is definitely playing a role in this tournament right now. -- NW

5.35pm: Punishing jumps
It's a tough couple of levels around the bubble here. Level 13 is 1,200/2,400 while Level 15 is 2,000/4,000 meaning your stack all but halves in the space of 60 minutes, which is particularly brutal for those trying to eke into the money. -- RD

Blinds up: 1,500/3,000, ante 400

5.25pm: Another one bites the dust
Andrew Hulme has just been sent to the rail by Simon Deadman after Hulme jammed a flush draw in a multi-way pot only to run into Deadman's top set.

Hulme held 9♣8♣ against Deadman's J♥J♠ on a 3♣K♦J♣ flop. No clubby help came on the turn or river.

Sixty players remain with five more needed to go before the money. Play has slowed up somewhat. -- RD

5.15pm: Exits
We're down to just 61 players now in the Isle of Man, the latest exits include: Francis Dunleavy, Ramunas Skardzius, Ryan Hayes, Gierdrius Grigorius, Priit Brikker, Niall Farrell, Rasmus Nicolaisen, Brian Watterson, Ben Mayhew, Gabor Szabo, Peter Barrable, Martins Adeniya and Alexander Ekart. -- NW

5.10pm: One exit, one double up
There's no slowing down because of the bubble here in the Isle of Man, although to be fair both these hands probably play the same way regardless.

In the first William Fasano opened to 6,000 from the small blind, Matthijs Rebel asked him how much he had left (about 50,000) and then three-bet to 11,000, Fasano moved all-in and Rebel snap called.

Fasano: A♦K♣
Rebel: A♠A♣

A cooler of a hand went the way of the Dutchman as the board came 2♦8♠Q♣5♣6♦, "It wouldn't have mattered if he had 150,000," said Andrew Hulme afterwards.


Sam Razavi: flag hunting

Meanwhile on table 1, Owen Fenwick was busy opening to 5,900 from early position, Sam Razavi three-bet to 15,000 on the button and when it got back to Fenwick he moved all-in. "I'd like a count but I'm probably calling," said Razavi. The dealer counted down the stacks and Fenwick had 92,800. "Yeah, I call," said Razavi.

Fenwick: A♥Q♥
Razavi: J♥J♣

The flop fell 2♥6♠4♥, "how can I win from here?" said Razavi. And he was proved right as he couldn't hold as the 9♥ turn completed Fenwick's flush rendering the 9♣ river meaningless. Razavi is down to around 90,000 after that hand. -- NW

5.05pm: +EV strategy?
Dara O'Kearney won a phenomenal number of UKIPT packages online last season, which gave him the Online Qualifier of the Year title. He seems to be pretty handy in the live forum, too. He's still in with about 10 players needed to bust before the money.

5pm: Fallers and runners
Players recently lost include Paul McTaggart, David Yan, Dominik Nitsche, Ed Ramshaw, Lee Hunter and GordonCasey.

There's a bit of a PokerStars love-in in one corner of the room with sponsored players Barry Greenstein and Mickey Petersen sharing a few laughs with PokerStars people Chris Straghalis and Fredrik Stromberg. Could make for an interesting heads-up... -- RD


Chris Straghalis: PokerStars staff member and wild shirt wearer

4.50pm: Boeree busts
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree had been short on chips for a while and she finally found a spot to get them in when it folded to her on the button. Her all-in shove was for 28,600, Jonathan Barr moved all-in over the top from the small blind for 43,000 and the big blind got out of the way.

Boeree: 7♦7♠
Barr: A♣Q♥

The board came 5♠3♣5♣Q♣4♣ and Boeree said: "good game," to the table before taking her leave. -- NW

4.35pm: Chip counts
Okay, here are the full chip counts from the break. Fatima Moreira De Melo is stiill out in front as we run towards the bubble. Last look at the clock shows 70 players remaining.

Fatima Moreira De Melo, Netherlands, PokerStars SportStar, 262,300
Duncan McLellan, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 242,000
Dahe Liu, United Kingdom, 242,000
Alexander Schilt, Switzerland, PokerStars Qualifier, 210,000
Radu Zamostean, Canada, PokerStars Qualifier, 206,000
Matthijs Rebel, Netherlands, PokerStars Qualifier, 190,000
Anthony Galloway, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 185,000
Oliver Deacon, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 185,000
Sam Razavi, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 180,000
Mark Lane, United Kingdom, 170,000
Mickey Petersen, Denmark, PokerStars Team Online, 165,300
Lewis Jeal, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 160,000
Simon Deadman, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 158,000
Daniel Stacy, Ireland, 155,000
Paul Coughlan, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 150,000
Fabio Esposito, United Kingdom, 145,000
Chris Straghalis, United States, Rational Group Staff, 134,200
Robbie Bull, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 132,200
Sam Grafton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 130,000
Ben Jenkins, United Kingdom, Full Tilt Poker Ambassador, 120,000
Tomasz Chmiel, Poland, PokerStars Qualifier, 116,000
Thomas Dunwoodie, United Kingdom, 115,000
Periklis Charmpilas, Greece, PokerStars Qualifier, 110,000
Thomas Ward, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 110,000
Colin Marks, United Kingdom, 108,000
Neil Rawnsley, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 100,000
Owen Fenwick, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 99,600
Karl-Fredrik Stromberg, Isle of Man, Rational Group Staff, 99,500
Kovacs Gergo, Hungary, PokerStars Qualifier, 98,000
Peter Warfvinge, Sweden, 97,000
Jamie O'Connor, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 95,000
Kevin Daly, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 94,800
Simon Fuller, United Kingdom, 92,000
Steve Russell, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 90,000
Barry Greenstein, United States, Team PokerStars Pro, 89,700
Liam Batey, United Kingdom, 85,300
Matthew Mckenzie, United Kingdom, 85,000
Dara O`Kearney, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 85,000
Richard Milne, United Kingdom, 84,000
Sean O`Neill, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 80,000
Lewis Cheetham, United Kingdom, 80,000
Nick Abou Risk, Canada, PokerStars Player, 80,000
Jörg Viereck, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier, 78,000
Harry Lodge, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 77,000
Christopher Phillips, Isle of Man, 75,000
Sam Kenny, Isle of Man, 68,800
James Browning, United Kingdom, 67,000
Ryan Hayes, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 67,000
Christopher Jonat, United Kingdom, 66,000
Ashiq Abdullah, United Kingdom, 65,000
Francis Muyshondt, Belgium, PokerStars Qualifier, 62,000
Mitchell Johnson, United Kingdom, 56,700
Sean Randall, United Kingdom, 55,000
Andrew Hulme, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 55,000
Trevor Dinneen, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 55,000
William Fasano, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 54,000
Samuel Nova, Switzerland, PokerStars Qualifier, 51,000
Giedrius Grigorius, Lithuania, PokerStars Qualifier, 50,000
Jonathan Barr, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 49,000
Francis Dunleavy, Ireland, 46,000
John Handley, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 45,700
Tim Michels, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier, 43,000
Adam Topping, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 40,000
Mate Mecs, Hungary, PokerStars Qualifier, 39,700
Andrew Campbell, Isle of Man, 37,000
Jack Ellwood, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 36,100
Liv Boeree, United Kingdom, Team PokerStars Pro, 34,500
Ramunas Skardzius, Lithuania, PokerStars Qualifier, 28,000
Niall Farrell, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 27,200
Priit Brikker, Estonia, PokerStars Qualifier, 13,200

4.20pm: Chip counts coming
The players are currently on a 15-minute break and the team are scurrying around to get full chip counts from the tables (thank you to the dealers, floor staff and media coordinator). One player that should be looking a little more healthy is Sam Grafton who doubled up with a full house against Ben Mayhew (who bust the next hand).

Congrats to Calum Morrissey who last night won the UKIPT Isle of Man fancy dress competition for a £1,100 seat into the UKIPT Nottingham six-max. -- RD

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PokerStars Blog reporting team at PokerStars UKIPT Isle of Man: and Nick Wright. Photos by Rene Velli.

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT