UKIPT4 Isle of Man 2: Day 3 level 20-22 Updates (10,000/20,000 ante 3,000)

Final Table Chip Reckoning
The following players are having their publicity photos taken, interviews done and backs slapped as they have reached the final eight.

Here's how they will line up tomorrow:

Seat 1 - Marc Radgen, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier, 743,000
Seat 2 - David Hill, Isle of Man, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,029,000
Seat 3 - Josh Hart, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 1,167,000
Seat 4 - Josef Snejberg, Czech Republic, PokerStars Player, 1,561,000
Seat 5 - Ludovic Geilich, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,063,000
Seat 6 - Fintan Gavin, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 1,148,000
Seat 7 - Ciaran Heaney, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 589,000
Seat 8 - Thomas Ward, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 544,000

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Snejberg stormed to the chip lead

We'll have a summary of the day coming up shortly but that's all for now folks.

Czech player Josef Snejberg will return as the chip leader tomorrow, and will likely start as the favourite for the title, although with aggressive big stacks like Fintan Gavin and Ludovic Geilich around, that could all change round fast.

Play will start at 12:00pm sharp, although they will be showing the table play out with hole cards exposed on a one hour delay, so a 1:00pm start.

It will be fascinating to see how it plays out and who will become the UKIPT Isle of Man Champion. We'll see you then to capture all the drama and glory! Sleep well. -- RS

8:40pm: Adeniya suffers painful beat as final table set
Martins Adeniya just saw his final table berth evaporate in front of his eyes.

After David Hill had raised to 40,000, Adeniya re-raised to 125,000 off his 480,000 stack, and Hill spent little time shoving all-in for roughly the same stack.

Adeniya snap-called with pocket Kings, his trap catching Hill perfectly, who had shoved with J♠T♠.
It looked like we were ready for the final table, and Martins Adeniya was all set to be a part of that.

However, there are no certainties in poker and the board cruelly peeled J♦2♦6♠T♣A♦ to leave Adeniya's hopes crushed.

Hill meanwhile doubled to nearly a million chips.

Adeniya had a single 1,000 chip left which was gobbled up by Ludovic Geilich soon afterward and we had our final table!

Final chip counts to come shortly.

8:40pm: Snejberg and Geilich go to war
The two big stacks at the table - Josef Snejberg and Ludovic Geilich just played out an entertaining pot that saw a string of raises as follows:

Snejberg 30,000, Gelilich 60,000, Snejberg 175,000, Geilich 290,000 and Snejberg made a very quick shove for 1.3 million!

A huge six bet al-in from Snejberg would have easily been the biggest pot in the tournament if Geilich called and although he looked like he didn't want to fold the hand, after a tank he did throw it away reluctantly.

Snejberg rises to an impressive 1.6 million, good for the chip lead, whilst Geilich drops to 1.1 million. -- RS

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Snejberg now holds the chip lead

8:20pm: David Hill doubles through Fintan Gavin
On the first hand of nine handed play we had an all-in and call. Fintan Gavin opened to 45,000, David Hill jammed for 247,000 - around 12 big blinds - and when it passed back to Gavin he made the call.

Hill: A♣5♣
Gavin: K♣Q♠

The 4♣Q♦A♠7♦[10d] board meant Hill doubled to 551,000 and Gavin dropped to 1,220,000. -- NW

8:15pm: Back to battle for final glory
So nine-handed and occupying one table they may be but they can't label themselves official final tablists until one more player has been eliminated - David Hill the man who looks most in danger at this stage.

Here are the remaining players' stacks in seat order as they reseat to play to that point.

Marc Radgen - 982,000
David Hill - 250,000
Josh Hart - 1,040,000
Martins Adeniya - 585,000
Josef Snejberg - 958,000
Ludovic Geilich - 1,294,000
Fintan Gavin - 1,470,000
Ciaran Heaney - 644,000
Thomas Ward - 616,000

8pm: Christopher Corkhill eliminated in tenth place (£5,360)
Although Christopher Corkhill got an octuple up to climb to 45,000, he couldn't repeat the trick in the next hand.

He moved all-in pre-flop and found three callers. On the 4♦2♣8♣ flop Gavin bet 55,000 and everyone else folded. Corkhill turned over A♠K♦ and he was live against Gavin's Q♦8♦. The 3♥ turn and Q♥ river were bricks as far as Corkhill was concerned and he exited in tenth place.

There's now a short break as they redraw for the final nine. -- NW

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'Chippy' Chris was so close to the final table

7:50pm: Fintan Gavin doubles through Christopher Corkhill
A huge pot just played out on the feature table between Fintan Gavin and Christopher Corkhill.

Gavin raised to 45,000 pre-flop and Corkhill made the call. On the 4♥8♣3♣ flop Gavin bet 85,000, Corkhill raised to 190,000 and Gavin smooth called.

Both players had less than a pot sized bet back as they went to the 2♥ turn. First to act was Corkhill, he jammed for 298,000 and Gavin, who had just 5,000 less than him made the call.

Corkhill: 6♣5♣
Gavin: J♥8♥

Gavin needed to spike a heart to stay alive and he did just that on the 5♥ river. He's up to around 1,100,000. -- NW

7:40pm: Gift of the Gav
Fintan Gavin isn't exactly the shy and retiring type which made him a great candidate for an interview with Sarah Grant.

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

7:40pm: Aces cracked sends Ian Marmion out in 11th
What a cooler! On the turn of a A♠Q♠8♥K♣ board Ian Marmion moved all-in for 327,000 and was snap called by Marc Radgen. Marmion showed A♥A♣, "that's probably the best hand," said Nick Wealthall in the commentary booth. But it wasn't as Radgen had J♦[10c] for the turned straight.

The 6♣ river didn't pair the board and Marmion was eliminated in 11th place. -- NW

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Marmion was on the wrong side of a cold deck

7:30pm: Outer table chip counts
Here are rough chip counts from the outer table:

Ludovic Geilich - 1,400,000
David Hill - 340,000
Thomas Ward - 370,000
Martins Adeniya - 1,050,000
Josef Snejberg - 600,000

7:20pm: Adeniya takes one from Geilich
Martins Adeniya has more than a million after winning a pot against Ludovic Geilich. The Full Tilt Poker Ambassador opened to 35,000, Geilich three-bet to 82,000, Adeniya four-bet to 175,000 and Geilich smooth called.

The A♠Q♦J♦ flop was checked through and the [10c] hit the turn. Adeniya bet 200,000 and after a few shakes of his head Geilich mucked his hand. "So sick, I'm pretty sure you had me pre-flop and I had you on the flop." -- NW

7:10pm: Adrienne 'talonchick' Rowsome eliminated in 12th place (£4,650)
After an open to 32,000 from Josef Snejberg and a flat call from Ludovic Geilich, Team PokerStars Online's Adrienne 'talonchick' Rowsome moved all-in for 190,000 total. Back on Snejberg he reshoved for around 400,000 and Geilich got out of the way.

Rowsome: A♦Q♣
Snejberg: A♠A♥

"Ooh that's going to be tough," said Rowsome and she was right as the board ran 4♠7♦3♥3♠5♠ to eliminate the Canadian. -- NW

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A deep run for Rowsome who's out in 12th

7:00pm: Geilich the man in control
Ludovic Geilich has taken the tournament by the scruff of the neck, having built up to 1.6 million in chips and he is raising regularly at his table, as well as sometimes peeling raises and betting flops. He has som much leverage and power it is tough for other players to take him in and so far, he is winning way more confontations than he is losing meaning his chips graph continues its increasing path upward.

Is Geilich the future champion?

6:45pm: A catch up with Martins Adeniya
Martins Adeniya is still in the Main Event but he almost didn't make it to the Isle of Man at all as Sarah Grant discovered earlier today.

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

6:35pm: Baker bows out to leave us with a dozen
"You've got some reputation fella," said Thomas Ward to Ludovic Geilich at the end of the hand and that nicely summed up this hand.

Geilich opened to 24,000 from the cut-off and Baker defended from the big blind. On the A♦K♣2♠ flop Geilich c-bet 24,000 and Baker smooth called. The 8♦ hit the turn, check from Baker, bet of 86,000 from Geilich, call from Baker.

The T♦ filled out the board and Baker again checked to Geilich. The UKIPT Marbella winner slid out enough chips to set Baker all-in (250,000) and sent Baker into the tank.

He remained there for some time, even saying sorry to the table at one point as he decided what to do. Eventually he made the call for his tournament life, Geilich showed A♥A♣ for a set of aces, Baker tapped the table and the dealer showed that he'd made the call with K♥Q♥.

Geilich is up to 1,600,000 and is the clear chip leader. -- NW

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It ain't no fun when Ludo's got the gun chips

6:27pm: Jones hopes explode in 14th spot
Lee Jones has represented the PokerStars brand with panache but finally, his run has been ended.

Josh Hart sent the man they are starting to call "Big Horse" packing, his pocket queens holding versus Jones' A♠K♦ over a 9♣J♣8♣4♣J♦ board.

A deep run but no dream win for Jones here as he leaves us in 14th spot, collecting £4,100 for his troubles.

We continue with 13 players remaining. -- RS

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'Big Horse' was unsaddled in 14th place

6:20pm: Jordon burns out in 15th
There are a host of confrontations occurring right now as big hands collide and the players look to boost themselves into contention for the top prizes.

Terence Jordon is the most recent man to stumble - moving all-in with A♠9♠ on a T♠6♠7♥ board over Matthew Baker's initial bet of 24,000.

Baker made the call with Queens and despite Jordon's plethora of outs - he missed over the 3♥T♥ turn and river. £4,100 for Jordon, and we are down to 14. The final table is tantalisingly close... -- RS

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Jordon is done in 15th

6:05pm: Longinotti exits in 16th
Another key coinflip, another exit.

Latest to run the flip gauntlet and fall foul of variance was Frank Longinotti, who went to war with Ciaran Heaney holding A♣K♥

Heaney held 7♥7♣ and looked to have things virtually locked up when the board fell Q♦7♦Q♠ for a full house! Lee Jones was quick to point out there were a few permutations that would allow Longinotti to survive but when the 2♠ hit the turn, it was all over for the Canadian - the 6♠ largely irrelevant on the river.

£3,700 for Longinotti - we move one player closer to our final table. 15 remain.

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Feature table starting to look very lively

6.00pm: Seat Draw
Down to two tables, here's the new configuration for you to enjoy.

Feature Table

1. Ludovic Geilich
2. David Hill
3. Adrienne Rowsome
4. Terence Jordan
5. Matthew Baker
6. Thomas Ward
7. Martins Adeniya
8. Josef Snejberg

Outer Table

1. Lee Jones
2. Ciaran Heaney
3. Fintan Gavin
4. Ian Marmion
5. Christopher Corkhill
6. Marc Radgen
7. Frank Longinotti
8. Josh Hart

5:54pm: Sweeney exits in 17th
With just 127,000, pocket queens were more than enough for Linus Sweeney to fire his chips into the middle and he met a willing dance partner in Josef Snejberg, who was also happy to commit, holding ace-king.

As Nick Wealthall pointed out on the live stream, queens are a fairly significant favourite over ace-king, but that mattered for naught when the K♥ spiked across the K♥4♥7♦9♦5♣ board to leave Sweeney's hopes in tatters as he headed to the rail.

Close but no cigar, although he can have the consolation of £3,700 for his finish. That buys a spendid Havana. There's now a shortbreak whilst there's a redraw of the final 16 players.-- RS

5:45pm: Gavin gets tricky
Fintan Gavin has retaken the chip lead after getting tricky in a pot against the incumbent, David Hill. The UKIPT Edinburgh champion opened to 26,000 and called when Hill three-bet to 67,000 on the button.
On the J♠3♥8♦ flop Gavin check called a bet of 98,000 but that was all the betting there was as both players checked the 2♣ turn and 8♠ river. An exasperated Gavin showed J♥J♦ for the flopped set whilst Hill had pocket sixes. Gavin up to 1,100,000, Hill down to 900,000. -- NW

5:35pm: Chip counts
Below are the chip counts of the 17 remaining players.

David Hill, Isle of Man, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,174,000
Fintan Gavin, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 874,000
Ian Marmion, Ireland, Rational Group Staff, 763,000
Ludovic Geilich, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 717,000
Christopher Corkhill, Isle of Man, , 597,000
Martins Adeniya, United Kingdom, Full Tilt Poker Ambassador, 592,000
Ciaran Heaney, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 449,000
Josh Hart, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 429,000
Lee Jones, United States, Rational Group Staff, 395,000
Adrienne Rowsome, Canada, PokerStars Team Online, 350,000
Marc Radgen, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier, 293,000
Thomas Ward, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 263,000
Josef Snejberg, Czech Republic, PokerStars Player, 240,000
Matthew Baker, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 226,000
Frank Longinotti, Canada, , 198,000
Terence Jordon, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 184,000
Linus Sweeney, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 95,000

5:20pm: Hill leads pack as home stretch comes into view
We're back at the felt following that short hiatus with David Hill at the crest of the wave of his competitors - his 1,171,000 stack good for the chip lead as we stand.

As we've witnessed today however, there are some highly aggressive players out there and the leaderboard landscape can be bulldozed down and reform in the blink of an eye.

Let's see how this fascinating day plays out with 17 players remaining. -- RS

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Hill climbing

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PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT Isle of Man: Rod Stirzaker and NIck Wright. Photos by Danny Maxwell.

Rod Stirzaker
@PokerStars in UKIPT