UKIPT4 Isle of Man 2: Day 3 level 15-19 updates (5,000/10,000 ante 1,000)
5:10pm: Break time
The 17 remaining players are now on a 15 minute break. You can find level 20 updates in a new post here. -- NW
5:09pm: "Big Horse" makes leap of faith
Lee Jones is galloping along with his new moniker given to him on the UKIPT Live stream "Big Horse"- and he just made a big call versus Ludovic Geilich, check-calling three streets of a A♥ K♣ 4♣ T♥ 5♥ board with K-Q. Brave stuff from the equine warrior and he was rewarded as Geilich mucked at showdown.
Jones up to 300,000, Geilich takes a hit, down to 655,000. -- RS
5:05pm: Smith gone in 19th, Cram out in 18th
You have to win your races to win a tournament and it's something that neither Nick Smith nor Heath Cram could do when it really mattered.
Smith's K♣J♦ lost out to David Hill's pocket fives and Cram's [10h]9♥ couldn't get there against Fintan Gavin's A♠8♠.-- NW
4:50pm: Smit Trivedi tumbles out
Smit Trivedi just got eliminated from this tournament in the worst possible way. He raised to 20,000 on the button, Josh Hart three-bet to 51,000 from the small blind, Trivedi jammed for around 200,000 and Hart called.
The 2♥[10d]5♠[10c]5♥ board meant the river counterfeited Trivedi's pair and means he's out in 20th place. -- NW
4:40pm: Glover Jacks it in - eliminated in 21st place
Chris Glover found jacks in the cut-off and was no doubt delighted to pick up some action from Frank Longinotti on the button. With all his chips in the middle it was a bad time to discover he'd been coolered - Longinotti holding pocket aces - a board of K♣Q♥5♥6♣A♥ dusting off Glover's chances.
He finishes up in 21st position collecting £3,020 and we continue 20 handed... -- RS
4:30pm: Andre Wagner eliminated in 22nd place
A Ciaran Heaney and Adrienne Rowsome double act accounted for Andre Wagner who couldn't really do a lot about his exit.
First he ran pocket jacks into Heaney's pocket kings for all but 2,000 of his 220,000 stack. That went in the next hand with J♣2♥ and Rowsome's pocket eights held up to send him to the rail. -- NW
4:20pm: Strong arm tactics see Gavin break from pack
Fintan Gavin is a fearsome presence when he gets some chips going, his aggression a massive tool in his armoury.
Right now he is using his big stack to cause real trouble at his table, three-betting the medium stacks like Josh Hart and Thomas Ward regularly with great success.
Their hands are a little tied - stacks too big to go to war preflop and perhaps a little too small to peel. His strategy is working well - Gavin the likely chip leader right now with over a million chips. -- RS
4:15pm: Lee Jones doubles through Ludovic Geilich
Action to tell you about from the feature table now as Rational Group's Lee Jones just doubled through UKIPT champion Ludovic Geilich.
The money went in on a 6♥A♥5♦ flop with Jones holding A♠6♠ and Geilich A♦K♠. The 9♦ turn and 4♦ river kept Jones in front, he doubled to 330,000 whilst Geilich slipped to 401,000. -- NW
Blinds up: 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante
4:10pm:Thomas Van Veelen (24th) and Donatas Didika (23rd) eliminated
It the battle of the Thomas's it's Thomas Ward who's come out on top. A short time ago he doubled through Thomas Van Veelen with pocket sevens against jacks when he spiked a third seven. He then finished Van Veelen off when his A♥[10d] rivered an ace to out race Van Weelen's pocket fives, the latter all-in for about seven big blinds.
On the other outer table Donatas Didika shoved his short stack in with K♦3♠ and got looked up by Christopher Corkhill who held A♠7♠. It held on J♥Q♥Q♦2♥4♠.
22 players remain. -- NW
4:05pm: For charity
There was a charity tournament in aid of Helping Hands last night at the Villa Marina and PokerStars TV's Sarah Grant went to check it out.
4pm: Rowsome wins a limped pot
Team PokerStars Online's Adrienne Rowsome completed from the small blind and Andre Wagner checked his option.
The [10d]4♠A♠ flop was checked through and the 7♠ hit the turn. Rowsome bet 9,000 and Wagner called. The K♠ river went check, check and Rowsome showed down A♥[10s] to win the hand. -- NW
3:55pm: Smit Trivedi doubles through Martins Adeniya
Smit Trivedi is up to around 240,000 after doubling through Martins Adeniya with aces against sixes. The Full Tilt Poker Ambassador is down to 360,000. - NW
3:50pm: Glover in clover
Chris Glover has been on the rough end of a "downswong" during the last few levels but managed to at least temporarily halt his negative chip trajectory, shoving over a Matthew Baker open from the hijack for his last 73,000. Baker called with K♠Q♥ but was in bad shape when Glover showed down A♥K♦.
The board of 8♦4♣3♠8♣2♥ saw Glover secure a double to 150,000 whilst Baker falls to 250,000...
3.35pm: Feature Table Chip Counts
Here's how the players under the spotlight of the tv camera are getting on - Marmion leading the way.
1. Lee Jones - 192,000
2. Linus Sweeney - 119,000
3. Christopher Glover - 78,000
4. Ian Marmion - 599,000
5. Frank Longinotti - 216,000
6. Ludovic Geilich - 409,000
7. Matthew Baker - 328,000
8. Josef Snejberg - 475,000
3.25pm: Outer table chip counts
Here's how the players at the outer table stack up
1. Terence Jordon - 220,000
2. Adrienne Rowsome - 440,000
3. Andre Wagner - 360,000
4. Marc Radgen - 230,000
5. Ciaran Heaney - 180,000
6. Heath Cram - 95,000
7. Donatas Didika - 200,000
8. Christopher Corkhill - 420,000
1. Fintan Gavin - 750,000
2. Martins Adeniya - 560,000
3. Thomas Van Veelen - 150,000
4. David Hill - 940,000
5. Nick Smith - 220,000
6. Smit Trivedi - 90,000
7. Josh Hart - 460,000
8. Thomas Ward - 160,000
3:15pm: Moneymaker wisdom
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3:05pm: Marmion impressed with friendly ambience
We caught up with Ian Marmion, one of the men who has prospered today in the break. He told us he's loving how friendly the tournament has been - "It's really nice playing poker with people who just want to have a good time," he said.
Marmion is about to move to the feature table where his 500,000 + chips stand him in good stead for a deep run. -- RS
3pm: Final three tables
Down to 24 it was time to shake things up with a redraw, here's the new seating assignments, table one is the feature table:
3. Christopher Glover
4. Ian Marmion
5. Frank Longinotti
6. Ludovic Geilich
7. Matthew Baker
8. Josef Snejberg
1. Terence Jordon
2. Adrienne Rowsome
3. Andre Wagner
4. Marc Radgen
5. Ciaran Heaney
6. Heath Cram
7. Donatas Didika
8. Christopher Corkhill
1. Fintan Gavin
2. Martins Adeniya
3. Thomas Van Veelen
4. David Hill
5. Nick Smith
6. Smit Trivedi
7. Josh Hart
8. Thomas Ward
The players are on a short break, play will resume shortly. -- NW
2:45pm: 24 remain...
16 players have been sent marching down the aisle of broken dreams since the start of the day. With 24 players left, the TD is consolidating them onto three tables.
We'll have the new configuration of potential champions shortly. Toes and twitching and beads of sweat are appearing on many a brow, It's getting tense out there-- RS
Blinds up: 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante
2:35pm: Dropping like flies
There's been a flurry of exits on the outer tables meaning that just 26 players remain. Those to go were: Simon Deadman (32nd), Antonis Poulengeris (31st), Darren Woods (30th), Ian Roberts (29th), Wei Li (28th) and Mark McCluskey (27th). -- NW
2:30pm: Triple up for Sweeney
Linus Sweeney just tripled up in a hand that left Thomas Ward cursing his own stupidity. Sweeney shoved for 62,000 from the cut-off, Ward, who was in the small blind, eyed up the chips, called and then turned his hand over, exposing the K♥9♥ thinking that he was the big blind. Ward was informed that David Marmion in the big blind was still to act and after Marmion was informed that he had all options open to him he elected to move all-in. Ward only had about 70,000 back but he folded his hand quickly. Marmion opened A♠K♦, whilst Sweeney showed pocket jacks.
The 4♣7♥9♦7♣6♣ board meant Sweeney tripled up and left Ward cursing himself and he also received a one round penalty for exposing cards out of turn. "I deserve it for being such an idiot," said Ward before adding. "I've never done that in my life." -- NW
2:25pm: Warden of the north
Antonis Poulengeris has been gunned down - Thomas Ward doing the damage, though he was a tad fortunate to do so.
Following an open from Marc Radgen, Ward shoved for around 90,000 and Poulengeris called his stack off from the blinds.
Radgen folded to leave Ward to showdown K♣Q♦, behind but live versus Poulengeris' A♥J♣.
The board of K♦8♠3♦4♠J♠ saw Ward move to 160,000 whilst Poulengeris was left to lick his wounds as he mvoed to the cash desk to collect his winnings.
2:15pm:Woods chopped down
As fall from graces go, Woods' decline has been spectacular. Starting the day as chip leader with 40 left, he has been eliminated outside the top 30 players, one disaster after another shredding his previously untouchable stack.
Andre Wagner was the man to apply the finishing touches - the pair going at it preflop, Woods making a big shove for his final 193,000 with A♥2♥ and Wagner calling with A♣Q♦.
The German was no doubt very happy to see his big equity edge although the flop of Q♥5♥5♣ will have jangled a few nerves - Woods picking up a flush draw. There was no twist in the tale however, turn and river bricking to leave Wagner the proud owner of a 440,000 stack whilst Woods dramatic campaign grinds to a halt earlier than anticipated. --RS
2:10pm: Final four
We're down to the final four tables as just 32 players remain. Dave Myers (34th) and Anton Nilsson (33rd) the players to go. Nilsson shoved for 41,000 from under-the-gun with pocket fours and got a call from Marc Radgen who held K♣Q♠. A 6♥K♠K♦5♠[10d] board favoured the German and eliminated Nilsson. -- NW
2:05pm: Chip counts
The tournament staff did 100% accurate chip counts during the break and the top 10 are as below. To see the counts of all the remaining players head to our chip count page.
David Hill, Isle of Man, PokerStars Qualifier, 562,000
Josh Hart, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 546,000
Martins Adeniya, United Kingdom, Full Tilt Poker Ambassador, 500,000
Ian Marmion, Ireland, Rational Group Staff, 446,000
Fintan Gavin, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 430,000
Christopher Corkhill, Isle of Man, 380,000
Ludovic Geilich, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 325,000
Darren Woods, Isle of Man, 323,000
Terence Jordon, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 316,000
Nick Smith, United Kingdom, 310,000
2:00pm: Trivedi arrests decline
Smit Trivedi has been on a downward spiral since the start of the day and it looked like he was about to be put out of his misery moments ago, shoving all-in for his remaining 67,000 with K♦J♥ only to be isolated by German Andre Wagner(295,000), who tabled a dominant A♦K♥.
The poker gods had other intentions however - the board peeling K♠J♣9♠3♠J♦ to give Trivedi a welcome full house and full double-through to 140,000 - Wagner down to 230,000. -- RS
1:50pm: Cashing cachet
All the following players can now boast an Isle of Man cash on their resume, although the UKIPT title has eluded them as they have been knocked out of contention.
35th. Paren Arzoomanian, United Kingdom, Rational Group Staff, £2,000
36th. Gary Lawther, Ireland, £2,000
37th. Gary Clarke, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, £2,000
38th. Fatima Moreira de Melo, Netherlands, Team PokerStars SportStar, £2,000
39th. Dan Wilson, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, £2,000
40th. Victoria Coren Mitchell, United Kingdom, Team PokerStars Pro, £1,660 -- RS
1:40pm: Back in effect
We resume the battle on all fronts. It looks as though Josh Hart is now the chip leader with 540,000 or so.
Blinds up: 3,000/6,000 ante 1,000
1:20pm: Break Time
An early break today given the small portion of level 15 that was played out. Just prior to the end of level 16, Paren Arzoomanian finally fell foul of the pros who had been running over him a little - Adrienne"Talonchick" Rowsome dealing the mortal blow - her sixes holding versus Arzoomanian's fives.
The Team PokerStars Online pro is now up to 260,000.
That leaves 34 players left in contention for the trophy when we return. See you soon!
1:10pm: Double-up on the menu for Geilich
Darren Woods is serving up some tasty morsels for some of his tablemates, but for once, he won't be so proud of his creations.
We did forewarn you Geilich-Woods could well prove a fascinating battle and so it has, the most recent pot changing the landscape at the table considerably.
With Woods opening to 10,000, Trivedi now three-bet to 27,500 and Ludovic moved all-in for around 143,000. Woods has not shown a propensity to lay a hand down once he has put some chips in and once more he made the call, Trivedi bowing out of the action.
Woods sighed audibly as he tabled a dominated pair of sixes to Geilich's jacks, and although he picked up additional outs over the 9♥5♦3♣7♣Q♣ board - he couldn't get there and takes another huge hit.
Incredibly Geilich - who started the day with around 8% of Wood's stack, now has him outchipped with 330,000 or so, whilst Woods has plummeted down the leaderboard and is now merely fourth in chips on his table with less than 300,000. --RS
1pm: Gavin gobbles up Gary
Gary Clarke has just been sent packing by Fintan Gavin. A shortstacked Clarke shoved with [K]  but ran into Gavin's pocket tens and got no help from the community cards. -- NW
12:55pm: De Melo eliminated by Jones
Yesterday Lee Jones spiked a few cards to stay in this tournament, today he spiked one to eliminate Fatima Moreira de Melo. The Team PokerStars SportStar shoved for around 45,000 from the button with A♣8♣ and Jones called from the big blind with A♥3♣. The 4♥9♣7♠4♣3♦ board stunned Jones more than De Melo and last year's runner-up wished everyone good luck before leaving the table. - NW
12:50pm: Arzoomanian bites back versus Adeniya
Rational Group Staff member Paren Arzoomanian has had a rough time with the pros flanking him in the early stages. Team PokerStars Online's Adrienne "Talonchick" Rowsome and Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Martins Adeniya have offered no quarter over the opening levels, so he will be pleased to have extracted a small measure of revenge over Adeniya at least.
With 50,000, A♦Q♦ seemed like a worthy hand to go for a double up with and when Adeniya took him on with pocket tens the pair were in a race.
It was Arzoomanian who was to be smiled upon by the poker gods - winning the showdown to move up to 100,000 whilst Adeniya takes a non-terminal hit, down to 400,000. -- RS
12:45pm: A look inside PokerStars HQ
Earlier this week Sarah Grant headed to PokerStars HQ, which is located in Douglas on the Isle of Man, to take a look around and talk to some of the people who work there.
12:45pm: Three way all-in at the feature table
The fun and games continues at the feature table with a three way all-in. First to shove was Andre Wagner who three-bet all-in for 206,000, Darren Woods snap called and then Terrance Jordon committed his stack of 119,000.
The 7♠A♦9♦2♠8♠ board meant Jordon tripled up to around 360,000, whilst Wagner won the side pot against Woods and got 160,000 of his 206,000 back, whilst Woods is now down to 566,500. -- NW
12:40pm: Woods the entertainer
Start of day chip leader Darren Woods is putting on quite the show at the feature table - which you can watch here - his VPIP is near 100% and perhaps that explains this hand.
He called an open of 10,000 and when Thomas Van Veelen then shoved for 85,500 he decided to give him a spin with 7♦2♥. It might have been a loose call but he was ahead as Van Veelen had 6♠5♠. The 6♣6♦4♥6♥4♠ board gave Van Veelen quads and a double up. Woods is down to 748,000 but is still chip leader. -- NW
12:30pm: Coren can't fade the ace
Victoria Coren Mitchell is the first player to fall today, she got her 20 big blind stack in with pocket queens but ran them into Frank Longinotti's ace-king. It went in on a jack high flop but Longinotti turned an ace to win the hand and eliminate her. -- NW
12:20pm: Cram doubles through Li; then Li doubles through Deadman
All the action has been on table five so far with two all-in and calls. In the first Heath Cram, who was on the button, called a 8,000 chip raise from Wei Li. Lee Jones was in the small blind and he eyed up Cram's stack of just 55,000 and elected to flat call, as did Simon Deadman in the big blind.
On the J♠2♠9♥ flop Li moved all-in for around 100,000, Cram snap called and both Jones and Deadman folded. Cram's snap call soon became obvious as he showed 9♦9♣, whilst Li had K♥J♥. The J♣ turn gave Li some outs, but he missed them on the A♥ river.
One had later Li shoved his remaining 40,000 with K♠Q♠ and got a call from Simon Deadman with A♣K♠ but not before Li had prematurely exposed his hand. He spiked a queen but then had to serve a one round penalty for exposing his hand. -- NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 2,500/5,000 ante 500
12:10pm: Nilsson stays alive
Anton Nilsson has not had the most auspicious start, his stack reduced to 25,000, but he got some form of reprieve moments ago to relieve the pressure a tad.
With less than 7 big blinds, K♣J♦ was more than good enough to shove the button and he did so, only for Marc Radgen to find A♥Q♦ in the big blind and make a standard call.
Behind but live, Nilsson spiked across the K♥T♦8♣T♠8♠ board to move to over 50,000 - still short but most importantly, still there. -- RS
12:00pm: Cards in the air!
We're underway with 17 minutes left in the current level. There are a number of shorter stacks in potential danger here, so expect several early eliminations.
Good luck one and all!
The road to the final
Welcome back to the Villa Marina for Day 3 of the Isle of Man UKIPT where things are really starting to get serious as we play down to the final table of 8.
40 players remain from the 402 who initially arrived as fresh-faced hopefuls and what started as a distant dream is becoming a more tangible possibility with every elimination.
Local chef Darren Woods is the man leaving the field trailing in his wake at present - his 907,500 stack more than double that of his nearest rival.
The poker gods can be a fickle bunch however and there is a plethora of talented players lurking with intent to punish any slip ups.
Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Martins Adeniya has been a vision of focus and application throughout the opening two days and with 448,000 he will be a real threat for the title.
Meanwhile the always-dangerous Simon Deadman(375,000) has survived adversity in this tournament on more than one occasion, flirting with shortstackery yesterday before rising triumphantly to 4th in the counts when play ceased.
Further down the leaderboard, Team PokerStars Pro Victoria Coren Mitchell (77,500) may look like a rose but will be a thorny proposition for her table if the stars begin to align for her.
Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo(58,500) knows all about success with Olympic medals of every hue in her cabinet from her stellar hockey career. She'll be gunning for gold here, having picked up the silver in last year's corresponding UKIPT Isle of Man.
With Rational group staff members such as Ian Marmion (333,500) and Lee Jones (120,000) adding to the party, we can expect an intriguing day's poker as we play to the final table.
You can follow the action on the live featured table in the following formats, in fact we heartily encourage it as it should be fun as chipleader Woods faces off against the mercurial talent of Ludovic Geilich amongst others.
PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT Isle of Man: Rod Stirzaker and Nick Wright. Photos by Danny Maxwell.