UKIPT4 Isle of Man 2: Day 4 Level 27-28 updates (40,000/80,000 ante 10,000)

8:05pm: Josh Hart is the UKIPT4 Isle of Man 2 Champion
Congratulations to Josh Hart who has won the UKIPT4 Isle of Man 2 Main Event and £57,484.

He started the final table second in chips and as Nick Wealthall noted from the commentary booth barely made a misstep all day. Before the final table started he said that it would depend on where he finished as to if he play UKIPT London. With victory under his belt, we will no doubt see him go for two UKIPT titles in a week when UKIPT London gets under way on Wednesday.

We'll be back to bring you all the action from the capital, but a full wrap of this thrilling final table will be with you shortly. -- NW

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Josh Hart - UKIPT Champion

8pm: Ciaran Heaney eliminated in second place (£50,216)
It's all over here at the Villa Marina as it proved one double up too far for Ciaran Heaney. He raised to 225,000 from a stack of 1,286,000 with K♥J♦, Josh Hart set him all-in holding A♥3♥ and Heaney called it off.

A hush fell over the crowd as the dealer prepared to deal the community cards. The board ran 2♠8♠3♦6♣6♥ and Hart's hand held and he is the champion. Commiserations to Ciaran Heaney who played a superb final table, but has to settle for second place. -- NW

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Ciaran Heaney - second place at his second UKIPT final table

7:55pm: Heaney on the ropes again
Ciaran Heaney is back down to 1,300,000 after a bluff gone wrong. Josh Hart limped the button with K♦2♦ and Heaney checked his option with 6♠5♥. The monotone K♥Q♥7♥ flop was checked through and the Q♣ hit the turn. Heaney decided to bet his baby flush draw for 80,000 and Hart smooth called.

The J♣ completed the board, Heaney fired out a bet of 275,000, Hart near insta-called and turned over the winner to knock Heaney down to just over 15 big blinds. -- NW

7:45pm: Heaney doubles once more
From the small blind Josh Hart open shoved for an effective 908,000 with 9♠6♠ and Ciaran Heaney called all-in with A♥2♦.

Although Heaney was ahead he was only a 53% favourite over Hart, the A♠6♥3♠ flop meant that Hart actually picked up equity in the hand. He now had 14 outs to win the hand and it was a post-flop coin flip as they both had a 50% chance to win the hand. The 2♥ turn reduced Hart's outs to just 10 and the Q♥ wasn't one of them.

Play continues then, Heaney up to 1,816,000, Hart down to 6,023,000. -- NW

7:40pm: Nine to one lead for Hart
Ciaran Heaney is down to just 858,000 which means Josh Hart has stretched out to a nine to one chip lead. Heaney might be down but he's not out as Hart came back from a similar deficit earlier in the heads-up battle. -- NW

7:30pm: Ciaran Heaney at the double
Down to just 634,000 Ciaran Heaney moved all-in with Q♣8♠ and Josh Hart snap called with A♥K♣.

A 4♥7♠8♦ flop meant Heaney flopped the best hand and he stayed in front on the [10s] turn and 5♠ river. Heaney's up to 1,288,000 and Hart is down to 6,551,000. -- NW

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Heaney has some back

7:25pm: Hart in total control
Josh Hart has really upped the ante since taking the chip lead and has ground Ciaran Heaney down to just 735,000.

The latest dent to Heaney's stack came when the Irishman bet 125,000 on a 8♦K♥3♥ flop with 6♥3♥ but fold when Hart shoved with 3♦2♦. -- NW

7:15pm: Hart takes the chip lead with yet another double up
Oh how quickly fortunes can be won and lost in no-limit Hold'em...

Josh Hart now has a big chip lead after getting it in good for the third time and holding. He opened to 160,000 with J♦J♠, Ciaran Heaney three-bet to 425,000 with A♥8♥ from the big blind and action was back on Hart. "I think I prefer a call from Heaney there," said Jake Cody. "Because if your opponent four-bets it's just way too tempting to go with ace-eight," before adding, "if I'm Hart I'd four-bet small to around 800,000."

It seems Mr Cody is quite good at this poker lark as Hart did indeed four-bet to 800,000, Heaney then decided to move all-in and Hart snap called all-in for 2,850,000. The 2♦K♣3♠7♠4♣ board meant Hart doubled to 5,700,000, whilst Heaney is down to 2,200,000. -- NW

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Hart is pulling the strings

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

7:05pm: Another double for Hart
Another double up for Josh Hart and he now has 46 big blinds to Ciaran Heaney's 85 big blinds.

In the hand in question Hart limped K♠[10c] on the button and Heaney checked his option with 4♦2♥. On the 2♦[10d]3♠ flop Heaney led his bottom pair for 150,000 and Hart just smooth called.

On the 7♠ turn Heaney fired out 475,000 and Hart moved all-in for 1,085,000 total. Heaney was getting a good price having to call 610,000 into 2,130,000. When he got confirmation of that amount he did indeed make the call.

Hart was an 89% favourite to double up and he stayed ahead on the 9♥ river. After that hand Hart is up to 2,740,000, whilst Heaney is down to 5,099,000. -- NW

6:55pm: Josh Hart doubles through Ciaran Heaney
Josh Hart hadn't won a hand heads-up but that all changed in a pot that he just couldn't afford to lose.

From the button Ciaran Heaney raised to 150,000 with K♣[10h], Hart held A♥9♥, he moved all-in for 920,000 and Heaney made the call to put Hart at risk. There was a 40% chance that Heaney would win the hand and the title, but the A♠2♣5♦2♦4♣ board meant Hart doubled to 1,860,000, whilst Heaney is down to 5,979,000. -- NW

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Heads-up play at the Villa Marina

6:45pm: Heaney puts the hurt on Hart
Josh Hart is down to under 20 big blinds after Ciaran Heaney put him to the ultimate test with a multi-street bluff.

Pre-flop Hart raised it up with 7♥6♥ and Heaney called with [10s]4♥. On the Q♥2♠5♣ flop Hart c-bet, Heaney check-raised and Hart made the call. The 5♥ was a good card for Hart, not the PokerStarsBlog's words but the opinion of Chris Moneymaker who's in the booth with Nick Wealthall and James Hartigan.

Heaney slid out a bet of 600,000 and Hart just smooth called. "I'd like to see Hart shove the river in Heaney checks," added Moneymaker. The river was the K♦, Heaney asked Hart how much he had left - about 1,100,000 - and then set him all-in. Hart, with just seven high had no choice but to muck his hand. -- NW

6:35pm: Heaney takes the lead
Ciaran Heaney has taken the chip lead after picking off Josh Hart's river bluff...

Hart led the betting pre-flop, on the turn and the river with J♣9♦ on a Q♣3♦[10h]Q♦[10d] board, betting a chunky 900,000 into 1,500,000 on the river. Heaney held A♣2♥ and looked him up to win the pot. "That might be the first misstep that Hart's made all day," commented Nick Wealthall.

Heaney up to 5,6000,000, Hart down to 2,300,000. -- NW

6:25pm: Done deal as heads-up play begins
The two remaining players have done a deal and have adjusted the pay out structure as follows:

Josh Hart - £52,484
Ciaran Heaney - £50,216

The chip counts are heads-up play gets under way are as below:

Josh Hart - 4,385,000
Ciaran Heaney - 3,454,000

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It's a deal!

6:12pm: David Hill eliminated in third place (£30,200)
Who knows if the previous hand was praying on David Hill's mind but his exit hand was very strange indeed.

He limped on the button with K♦[10s] and then called when Josh Hart raised to 175,000 from the small blind with pocket sixes. On the A♦K♣4♠ flop Hart continued for 175,000, Hill raised to 375,000 and Hart called. The turn was gin for hart as it was the 6♣, he checked to Hill, but the Isle of Man resident checked behind to take them to a 9♦ river.

Hart sat riffling his chips for quite some time, "I think he's just stalling to make it look like a move," said Nick Wealthall. After more time passed Hart slid out three stacks of chips totalling 700,000. Hill, who had 1,573,000 back took his time before announcing that he was all-in. Hart took little time in calling and as he had Hill covered it means we're now heads-up. The two remaining players are now on a short break. -- NW

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Hill - out in third

6:05pm: Double up time for Hart
It seems a long time since Josh Hart won a pot of note.

The cards have really conspired against him for some time and his stack had dropped to one million.

He got an opportunity to go for a double, shoving from the big blind with 3♣3♥ when David Hill raised to 150,000 from the small blind with 8♣9♣.

Hill pondered his decision for some time, announcing he had a "flush draw" before finally standing up and pushing his chips over the line. Gamble time!

Hart would have hated the flop of J♣T♠6♦ board - he smiled realising Hill had a huge number of outs to hit now. Any 7,8,9,Q would have seen Hart eliminated but the K♠ and J♠ on turn and river were of no use. Hart doubles to 2 million and Hill takes a big hit, now the short stack and most in danger of elimination, though he still has chips to play with... --RS

5:55pm: No deal in sight yet
The players don't appear to have struck a deal just yet. Nick Wealthall suggests they probably should do a deal in these situations, because of the large payout jumps and variance involved, with the proviso that it might be ok not to deal if you feel you have a big skill edge or the players you are up against are playing badly.

As the blinds rise and the variance also naturally rises, the players might take a different view on carving out a deal however -- RS

5:45pm: Final three return to the felt
The players are back at the felt now and there's been no sign of a deal just yet. Long time chip leader Josh Hart now finds himself on the short stack, whilst just two antes separate the top two.

David Hill, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier 3,299,000
Ciaran Heaney, Isle of Man, PokerStars Qualifier 3,279,000
Josh Hart, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player 1,261,000

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Hill has climbed to the chip lead

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

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in UKIPT