UKIPT4 London Day 3: Level 23-26 updates (25,000/50,000, ante 5,000)
9.30pm: Final table chip counts
So that's all the action from Day 3 of the UKIPT, just eight players remain and the final table gets underway at 12.30pm tomorrow. Leading the way will be Jack Salter, but his lead is slender as Ian Simpson is just a couple of big blinds back. We'll be back tomorrow but before then a full wrap of the day's play will be forthcoming.
Seat 1. Lasse Frost (Denmark) - 1,700,000
Seat 2. Jack Salter (United Kingdom), PokerStars Qualifier - 3,645,000
Seat 3. Dario Sammartino (Italy) - 1,475,000
Seat 4. Robert Bull (United Kingdom), PokerStars Qualifier - 1,335,000
Seat 5. Karl Mahrenholz (United Kingdom), PokerStars Qualifier - 850,000
Seat 6. Ian Simpson (United Kingdom) - 3,525,000
Seat 7. Paul Zimbler (United Kingdom) - 505,000
Seat 8. Patryk Slusarek (United Kingdom) - 1,710,000
9.20pm: Jesse McKenzie eliminated in ninth place
And the final table is set...
From the button Jack Salter raised to 105,000, Jesse McKenzie moved all-in for 850,000 and Salter made the call.
The A♥2♥Q♣2♦4♠ board meant the Australian bubbled the official final table. It's going to be close between Simpson and Salter for the overnight chip lead. They'll be 29 minutes and 30 seconds of level 26 to complete when they return tomorrow. -- NW
9.15pm: Ian Simpson takes the chip lead
I've just witnessed the biggest pot since play went nine handed and Ian Simpson won it and with it the chip lead...
He opened to 100,000 from middle position and Dario Sammartino defended from the big blind. The flop fell 6♠[10s]Q♦, Simpson c-bet 150,000 and Sammartino called. The 5♣ fell on the turn, check from Sammartino, bet of 265,000 from Simpson, raise to 675,000 from Sammartino and a call from Simpson.
The river was the J♠, Sammartino checked and Simpson went into the tank, eventually he checked too, Sammartino showed Q♠[10d] but Simpson had rivered a straight with 9♣8♦.The Irish Open winner is up to 3,525,000. -- NW
9.05pm: All-in, no call
We've just had the first all-in for a while at this unoffical final table, but like the ones that went before it, it to went uncalled.
Jack Salter had opened to 105,000 from under-the-gun and Jesse McKenzie then moved all-in for 710,000 total. Back on Salter he got a count, took his time and then folded. -- NW
8.55pm: Chip counts
Here's how the final nine stack up...
Lasse Frost Denmark 1,750,000
Jack Salter United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 2,900,000
Dario Sammartino Italy 2,550,000
Jesse Mckenzie Australia PokerStars Player 710,000
Robert Bull United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier1,225,000
Karl Mahrenholz United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 850,000
Ian Simpson United Kingdom 2,100,000
Paul Zimbler United Kingdom 450,000
Patryk Slusarek United Kingdom 1,800,000
8.35pm: The businessman
During this lull in play why not read this excellent piece about Bill Perkins. The businessman, who's taking part in the Super High Roller, is doing pretty well to as he's currently fourth of the 12 players who remain -- NW
Blinds up: 25,000/50,000, ante 5,000
8.35pm: Pots for Simpson and Salter
We're still nine handed here but a couple of hands that had action a showdown or both to tell you about.
Robbie Bull, who hitherto had been pretty quiet at the final table, raised it up to 85,000 and Ian Simpson made the call. On the J♦2♥A♣ flop Bull c-bet 70,000 and Simpson smooth called.
That was all the betting there was though as the two players checked the 7♥ turn and [10h] river, Bull opened Q♣7♣ but Simpson showed the winner - Q♥J♣
A couple of hands later Dario Sammartino opened to 80,000 from under-the-gun and picked up calls from Ian Simpson (cut off) and Jack Salter (big blind). On the 9♥2♣4♠ flop Salter led for 125,000, Sammartino raised to 260,000 and Simpson folded. There was no blinking from Salter though, he re-raised to 575,000 total and that forced Sammartino to fold his hand.
With that hand Salter extends his chip lead, he's up to around 2,900,000. -- NW
8pm: Zimbler tanks, tanks and tanks some more
A hand that lasted some 10 minutes just played out and it involved Paul Zimbler and Jack Salter.
The former raised to 85,000 from under-the-gun+1, Salter three-bet to 180,000 from the hijack and Zimbler made the call.
The flop fell 2♥[10d]7♥ and Zimbler check-called a bet of 175,000. The 7♦ turn was checked through and hte 2♦ completed the board. Once more Zimbler checked the action to Salter, after some thought Salter moved all-in for an effective 715,000 - right around a pot sized bet.
Back on Zimbler he began to run the hand through his head, with some commentary that I didn't catch. He tanked and tanked and tanked, Ian Simpson took delivery of a bowl of soup and finished it whilst Zimbler thought it over. To be fair to Zimbler and the rest of the table they realised this was a very tough decision for his tournament life at a crucial stage of the tournament.
Eventually Zimbler let his hand go, "Jacks," asked Salter. "No ace high," said Zimbler. "But you can have a million hands." With that fold Zimbler is down to 715,000 and the clear short stack of the final nine.
Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki is also on the rail, he's supporting Patryk Slusarek,and the Pole told me he's a professional player who lives in London but is originally from Poland. -- NW
7.45pm: Final table redraw
The final nine players are back in their seats around one solitary table, with one more exit the official final table will be set. Below is the seat draw and current chip counts:
Lasse Frost Denmark 1,560,000
Jack Salter United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 2,170,000
Dario Sammartino Italy 1,925,000
Jesse Mckenzie Australia PokerStars Player 1,095,000
Robert Bull United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier1,825,000
Karl Mahrenholz United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 1,190,000
Ian Simpson United Kingdom 2,100,000
Paul Zimbler United Kingdom 1,080,000
Patryk Slusarek United Kingdom 1,810,000
The stacks are incredibly close, even Paul Zimbler, who is the shortest stack, has 27 big blinds. In fact were any player to double up they would become the chip leader. Will this lead to cagey play? We'll find out soon enough. Sunny Chattha, who's good friends with Karl Mahrenholz has stuck around to rail, he's watching on with Mahrenholz's girlfriend Amy Trodd and Jeff Kimber.
There's a few on the rail for Robbie Bull too and UKIPT3 Leader Board runner-up Neil Raine is another interested spectator, -- NW
Blinds up: 20,000/40,000, ante 5,000
The remaining 9 players are now on a 20 minute break. -- NW
7.16pm: Sunny Chattha eliminated in 10th place (£8,480)
In a hand that extended into the break we lost a player as Sunny Chattha has bubbled the unofficial final table.
He opened to 60,000 on the button, Ian Simpson three-bet to 160,000 from the small blind, Chattha jammed for right around 1,000,000 and Simpson tank-called.
The Q♥6♣2♥J♥5♠ board kept Simpson in front and he just had Chattha covered, the latter wished everyone good luck as he exited. -- NW
7.15pm: Karl Mahrenholz doubles through Ian Simpson
Down to just 20 big blinds Karl Mahrenholz open jammed and Ian Simpson gave him a spin. The at risk Mahrenholz showed Q♣Q♦ whilst Simpson opened K♠Q♠. The 6♣J♣7♣9♣9♦ board was bereft of kings and spade so Mahrenholz surived.
He's up to around 1,200,000 whilst Simpson drops to a similar amount. -- NW
6.55pm: Chip counts
Here are the rough chip counts of the 10 remaining players:
Ian Simpson United Kingdom 1,200,000
Patryk Slusarek United Kingdom 1,600,000
Paul Zimbler United Kingdom 1,230,000
Karl Mahrenholz United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 675,000
Sunny Chattha United Kingdom PokerStars Player 1,350,000
Lasse Frost Denmark 1,400,000
Jack Salter United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 1,350,000
Jesse Mckenzie Australia PokerStars Player 1,300,000
Robert Bull United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier2,000,000
Dario Sammartino Italy 2,620,000
6.40pm: Daniel Stacey eliminated in 11th place (£8,480)
Wise men speak of a curse of the chip leader and Daniel Stacey might be another subscriber to that theory as our start of day chip leader has just been bounced from this tournament.
It folded to him in the small blind and he quite reasonably enough moved all-in for 470,000 with K♣Q♥, the big blind was Ian Simpson, he took a peak at his cards and quick as a flash announced call.
Everyone on the outer table craned their necks to see the TV screens on the TV set. "Who's at risk?" they asked one by one. Happy to learn it was the hand that was behind they looked on as the board came 7♣2♠[10s]5♥7♥.
And then there were 10. -- NW
6.30pm: All quiet
A quiet spell, the first for some time without elimination nor double-up. As the blinds go up the average stack is a shade over the 40 big blind mark. A more staggering average is that of "waiter per player". With 11 remaining there are four waiters/waitresses between them, an average of 2.75. - SB
Blinds up: 15,000/30,000, ante 4,000
6.15pm: In the ace-face battle score one for Australia
Some 15 minutes ago Jesse McKenzie got his chips in with A-Q only to chop the pot with Jack Salter, who also had A-Q.
He got his chips in again with ace-face, this time A♣K♦ and this time he was ahead as Robbie Bull had three-bet to 131,000 and then called McKenzie's four-bet shove of 773,000 with A♦J♦.
The 5♠Q♠Q♥Q♣[10c] flirted with the possibility of another chopped pot but McKenzie's kicker played to take him to 1,600,000, whilst Bull drops to around 2,000,000. -- NW
6.10pm: Whyman's day comes to an end
Another faller in what is proving to be a fast tempo-ed day. This time it's Piers Whyman making his way to the rail.
Whyman fought a long rear-guard action today, spending most of the afternoon as the short stack but doing enough to prolong his day.
He finally shoved with pocket fives but ran into Lasse Frost's pocket kings. The board came A♠4♥6♦3♠Q♣, leaving Whyman with nothing.
The final table edges closer and closer. - SB
6pm: Everybody loves a chopped pot
Big pot to tell you about now, although it ultimately ended in a chop...
From under-the-gun Jesse McKenzie raised to 45,000, he got calls from Dario Sammartino and Jesse Frost before Jack Salter made it 206,000 from the big blind. Back on McKenzie he moved all-in for 809,000 total, Sammartino and Frost folded (the latter claiming to have folded pocket tens) and after getting a count Salter called.
The 2♠2♠3♣ flop meant Salter was freerolling, but the Q♥ turn meant the pot would be chopped regardless of the river, which for completeness was the 9♦. -- NW
5.45pm: Yap no more
Wayne Yap's chances were always meager after that hand against Patryk Slusarek, but he managed to hold on well considering he had just a handful of blinds left. But he departs in 13th place.
He got it in good with A♠J♥, ahead of Paul Zimbler's A♦T♦. Zimber has been doing a lot of the calling this afternoon, notably against Ian Simpson. Now he was trying it once more and was behind. That was until the flop: 2♦7♦Q♦.
Zimbler flopped the nut flush and Yap was out of his chair. The turn and river ran blank. Handshakes all round for the man from Singapore. - SB
5.35pm: It's the Simpson show
The all-ins are going the way of the shortstacks at the moment, which is lucky for Ian Simpson who got lucky to double through Karl Mahrenholz.
The Irish Open winner moved all-in from under-the-gun for 365,000 with A♥9♣ and Mahrenholz called from the button with A♦K♦. The 7♣6♠9♥ flop gave Simpson the lead, Mahrenholz nodded and started counting out the chips to give to Simpson in the manner of a man who's seen this all many times before. The 7♦ turn and 3♣ river kept Simpson in front and he doubled to around 800,000 whilst Mahrenholz is down to around 925,000. -- NW
5.25pm: Bull leads the final 13
Given the rate of bust outs in the first four levels it's no surprise that it's slowed down a bit. The average stack is still a healthy 48 big blinds so it could be a while yet before the final table of eight is reached.
Leading the way right now is Robbie Bull he's got 2,600,000
The rest of the counts are as follows:
Dario Sammartino Italy 2100000
Patryk Slusarek United Kingdom 1785000
Jack Salter United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 1600000
Karl Mahrenholz United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 1316000
Sunny Chattha United Kingdom PokerStars Player 1077000
Jesse Mckenzie Australia PokerStars Player 1050000
Daniel Stacey United Kingdom Full Tilt Poker Qualifier 900000
Lasse Frost Denmark 820000
Paul Zimbler United Kingdom 521000
Ian Simpson United Kingdom 444000
Piers Whyman United Kingdom 400000
Wayne Yap Singapore PokerStars Qualifier 226000
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