UKIPT4 London 2: Day 3 level 19-22 (10,000/20,000, 3,000)

4:25pm: Break time
That's the end of level 22 and the players are now on a 15 minute break.

Updates will continue in new post, found here. -- NW

4:20pm: Death by quads sends Szeremeta out in 24th
If this hand had happened online they'd say the software was rigged! From under-the-gun+1 Rasmus Agerskov raised to 40,000, Otto Richard three-bet to 110,000 from the cut off and Nicholas Szeremeta then moved all-in for 450,000 from the small blind.
Back on Agerskov he too moved all-in and Richard went into the tank for quite some time before folding what he said at the end of the hand was pocket queens. Time for showdown:

Szermeta: A♣A♠
Agerskov: K♠K♦

The J♥K♣5♠8♣K♥ board gave Agerskov quads, Szermeta meanwhile shrugged with the air of a man who's seen it all before. He also acknowledged that earlier he'd cracked Agerskov's kings with ace-king to stay in the tournament. -- NW

4:10pm: Troyanovskiy straightens out Peleckis, down to 24
UKIPT London is redrawing the last 24 players onto three tables after the elimination of Lukas Pelekis.

The action folded around to Vladimir Troyanovskiy on the button and he raised and snap called after Pelekis moved all in for 215,000 from the big blind.

Pelekis: J♦5♠
Troyanovskiy: K♣J♣

Troyanovskiy let out a little noise of disgust when the flop fanned 3♠5♥T♠ but was back to his calm, collected self when the board ran out 9♠Q♦ to make him a straight. He moved back up to 1,450,000.

There will now be a short break whilst a redraw of the final 24 players is conducted. -- MC

4pm: Angell flush with chips
"Must be nice," and "wow," were just two of the comments as Brett Angell stacked the 1,526,000 chips he'd just won against Vladimir Troyanovskiy.

It was the Russian who started the action, raising to 43,000, Lukas Peleckis flat called on the button and Angell then three-bet to 150,000 from the big blind. Back on Troyanovskiy he moved all-in for around 2,000,000, Peleckis folded and Angell now had a decision. He took his headphones out and said to Troyanovskiy: "I thought you might do that," before pushing his chips over the line.

Troyanovskiy: A♣K♥
Angell: A♦K♣

The J♠2♦[10d]3♦4♦ board meant Angell made a four-flush to audible gasps from the table, Troyanovskiy barely flinched. Angell's stack was counted down and he had 763,000 to start the hand so he's up to around 1,600,000, whilst Troyanovskiy is down to 1,200,000. -- NW

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Angell had some luck from the gods

3:50pm: Beiske busts in blind battle
Georg Beiske has been eliminated in 27th place after a battle in the blinds didn't work out well for him.

The action folded around to Lucas Blanco in the small blind and he raised and called after Beiske shoved.

Blanco: K♣Q♠
Beiske: A♣2♣

The board ran 7♦Q♥J♦8♣Q♦ to make the Spaniard trips. -- MC

3:35pm: Kings hold
A little over 30 minutes after his kings were cracked by the ace-king of Nic Szeremeta, Rasmus Agerskov found them again and this time they held.

He three-bet to 95,000 over the top of Jose Rubio's open of 43,000, when it got back to Rubio he shoved for 541,000 with pocket sixes and Agerskov snap called. The 4♥K♥7♥3♠2♣ board meant Agerskov's kings held but it wasn't clear which player covered whom

The stacks were counted down and Rubio had 541,000 to Agerskov's 542,000 meaning he was out. The two players had clearly been chatting a fair bit during this event, they shook hands, exchanged pleasantries and agreed to try and grab a drink at somepoint during the rest of the festival. -- NW

3:25pm: Kimura's luck ran out
Kima Kimura was lucky to survive her last all in but she wasn't so lucky the next time.

She opened shoved all in and was called by Rasmus Agerskov on the button, who was holding his lucky hand.

Kimura: A♠8♣
Agerskov: T♣T♠

The board came 2♥2♣3♣3♥8♦ to send her to the pay out desk. Agerskov's stac, after a recent dip, recovered to 550,000. -- MC

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 10,000/20,000, 3,000

3:10pm: Troyanovskiy back into the lead
Vladimir Troyanovskiy has moved back to the summit after he eliminated Tom Gallagher to move up to around 1.7 million.

The Irishman was a tad unlucky after he raised from under the gun and shoved after Troyanovskiy three-bet him from the cut-off. Call.

Gallagher: A♣Q♥
Troyanovskiy: A♦T♦

The board ran a Russian flavoured 9♦4♥K♥T♥9♥. -- MC

3:05pm: Not the year of Romania
Dragos Vasile Alinei is the latest casualty of level 21, busting out to Simon Fleischer. The former opened to 37,000 and called when Fleischer three-bet to 81,000. On the 9♥A♣J♦ board Alinei simply open shoved for around 250,000 and Fleischer quickly called.

Alinei: 5♥5♦
Fleischer: A♠Q♦

The 4♣ turn and 3♦ river saw Alinei head to the rail. -- NW

2:55pm: Tominaga's run ends
Daichi Tominaga was down to around 15 big blinds and committed them with K♠Q♣, unfortunately for him Brett Angell work up with A♣Q♥ and held on the 2♥K♣2♦A♦5♦ board.

Angell is up to 1,250,000. -- NW

2:50pm: What can I do? Spike an ace
We're down to four tables as just 32 players remain, but it was very nearly 31...

From early position Nic Szeremeta opened to 45,000 and it folded to Rasmus Agerskov in the small blind. He asked Szeremeta how much he was playing, about 310,000 total was the reply. Agerskov then slid out a raise to 90,000, Szeremeta moved all-in for 312,000 total and Agerskov called.

Agerskov: K♣K♦
Szeremeta: A♠K♥

"What can I do," said Szeremeta more to himself than anyone else as he stood up to watch his fate be dealt. The 7♦A♦Q♣ board meant he took the lead and Agerskov said: "spike an ace!" He hit another one on the A♣ turn and there was no one outer on the 5♥. -- NW

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Szeremeta survived

2:45pm: Two (almost three) more depart
A flurry of action occurred at three separate tables and the cries of, "All in an call" echoed around the room.

Rasmus Agerskov took out Hrair Mekhsian after the latter claimed to have moved all in blind for his last 240,000. His holding of king-nine was actually quite strong but he failed to beat his Danish opponent's pocket tens.

Meanwhile, Kima Kimura squeezed all in after a raise from Vladimir Troyanovskiy and a call from Ludovic Geillich. Both players called to a 4♠T♠6♥ flop where Geillich folded to a bet from the Russian.

Kimura was in deep trouble with her A♦7♥ to Troyanovskiy's A♠K♠ but the board ran out 4♣6♦ for a chop!

The third all in saw Brett Angell take Cristoph Maximowitz take out over on table one. -- MC

2:35pm: Top 10
These were the top 10 in chip counts when level 21 got under way. UKIPT regular Caicai Huang is the new chip leader.

Caicai Huang, United Kingdom, 1,317,000
Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Russian Federation, PokerStars Player, 1,285,000
Antonio Gonzalez Miranda, Spain, PokerStars Player, 1,139,000
Pablo Fernandez, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 1,100,000
Gino Levrini, United States, PokerStars Player, 1,100,000
Simon Fleischer, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 1,100,000
Nickolas Davies, United States, PokerStars Player, 1,000,000
Rasmus Agerskov, Denmark, PokerStars Qualifier, 858,000
Alessandro Piekazewicz, Brazil, PokerStars Qualifier, 800,000
Brett Angell, United Kingdom, 785,000

To see the counts of all the remaining players click here. -- NW

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Huang is the woman to catch

2:30pm: Sly slips in 38th
Chris Sly was the first player to be eliminated after play resumed. He raised to 38,000 from under the gun and called all in for around 380,000 after Lukas Peleckis shoved from the big blind.

Sly: A♦Q♣
Peleckis: A♥K♣

The board ran 4♦6♠T♣7♠9♠ to miss both players. --MC

2:20pm: Level 19 and 20 fallers
The players below all perished during the opening two levels of the day, they all pick up £2,340 apart from Alessandro Piekazewicz who collects £2,740

39. Javed Ullah, United Kingdom, £2,740
40. Matas Cimbolas, Lithuania, PokerStars qualifier, £2,340
41. Marius Pospiech, Germany, PokerStars player, £2,340
42. Andreas Wuerger, Switzerland, PokerStars player, £2,340
43. Allen Richie, United Kingdom, £2,340
44. Epameinondas Sintos, Greece, £2,340
45. Espen Solaas, Norway, £2,340
46. Arvydas Merfeldas, Lithuania, PokerStars qualifier, £2,340
47. Eric Theissen, UK, PokerStars player, £2,340
48. Ferdinando DAlessio, Belgium, £2,340
49. Nurlan Boobekov, Australia, PokerStars Qualifier, £2,340
50. Georges Eorgiou, United Kingdom, £2,340
51. Jason Barton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £2,340

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

2:02pm: Break time
The players are on their first break of the day.

2pm: Levrini's back!
Gino Levrini was the chip leader after Day 1A and made it through to today but with a short stack. The American has his mojo back though after he eliminated Javed Ullah by making a great call.

Ullah raised from mid position and Levrini defended his big blind before he led at a 6♠5♥3♦ flop. Ullah called and both payers checked the Q♣ turn to head straight to the 8♠ river. Levrini led again, for 69,000 and Ullah shoved for 347,000.

Levrini tanked for a few minutes before Pablo Fernandez called the clock. "Oh s**t, decisions are tough!" Levrini said to himself and then steadied himself and made the call.

It was a great call with K♥Q♥ as Ullah was bluffing with A♣J♥. That put the American over the million mark. -- MC

1:45pm: Gonzalez is a millionaire
Antonio Gonzalez is the latest member of the millionaire's club after eliminating Matas Cimbolas in a blind on blind battle worth around 500,000 total. All the chips went in on a [10s]5♦6♠ flop with Gonzalez holding K♦[10d] and Cimbolas an inferior top pair with [10][8].

The 3♦ turn and [10c] river meant Cimbolas was on his way and Gonzalez is up to 1,100,000. 39 players remain in the hunt for the Main Event title. -- NW

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Gonzalez is going great guns

1:35pm: Levrini loving life once more
It's fair to say Gino Levrini was not happy about how his Day 3 ended, the Day 1A chip leader took a succession of beats to end the day with 200,000. He's a lot happier now though after winning a bit pot against Lukas Peleckis. There was already a lot of chips in the middle by the time we picked up the action on the river of a 2♣6♦5♥Q♥[10c] board, Levrini puhsed forward a bet of 140,000 and Peleckis tank-called, Levrini showed 4♦3♣ for the nuts and Peleckis mucked.

The American is up to around 650,000 after that hand, whilst Peleckis drops to 750,000. -- NW

1:25pm: Sintos sent on his way
The worst thing about calling all in with a king high flush draw is seeing you're up against the nut flush draw. Epameinondas Sintos saw this before busting to Caicai Huang.

Jose Rubio had raised from under the gun and picked up three callers en route to an 8♦3♣9♣ flop. He continued for 62,000 and was called by David Lichentin and Sintos before Huang check-raised all in. Rubio tank folded and Lichentin did so quickly but Sintos called all in for another 270,000.

Sintos: K♣J♣
Huang: A♣7♣

Sintos was in bad shape and the 6♦6♥ turn and river changed not a thing. Sintos was sent to the rail and Huang has a stack approaching a million. -- MC

1:05pm: Davey overtakes Silver in race for gold
The UKIPT leader board race has been tightly contested all season as players compete for some fantastic prizes. The overall points champion will win buy-ins plus hotel to all events for UKIPT Season 5. The overall points runner-up wins buy-ins and hotel package for four events (Main Event entry, and accommodation) with third place receiving buy-in and accommodation to two events.

At the start of UKIPT Isle of Man, Dara Davey was top, with Max Silver just three points behind. A victory in a £100 side event vaulted Silver to first but last night Davey reclaimed top spot after a sixth place finish in event#8 - £200 NL Turbo Deepstack‏. There's still points up for grabs in side events, but for now Davey is back in the lead. Silver's quest to overtake him begins with the £2,000 UKIPT High Roller, which got under way at noon. -- NW

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Davey is top of the leader board again

Blinds up: 6,000/12,000, 2,000 ante

12:59pm: More for Troyanovskiy
Vladimir Troyanovskiy has reclaimed the chip lead after eliminating Espen Solaas in a cooler of a hand. After Daichi Tominaga opened to 20,000, Troyanovskiy three-bet to 43,000 only for Solaas to cold four-bet all-in for roughly 200,000. Tominaga folded, but Troyanovskiy didn't need a count, he slid some chips forward and opened A♥A♦. Solaas saw the bad news and flipped Q♦Q♠. He was a 80-20 underdog and it didn't get any better for him as the A♣2♦K♦ flop all but ended proceedings, the 3♦ turn left him drawing dead as the meaningless [10c] peeled off on the river.

Troyanovskiy is up to 1,460,000 as a result and is chip leader once more. -- NW

12:56pm: Massive pot sees Fernandez leap into the lead
The biggest pot of the tournament just played out between Pablo Fernandez and Javed Ullah. The latter busted and the former leapt into the chip lead with around 1.4 million.

Fernandez raised from early position before Ullah three-bet to 68,000 off the button. Fernandez's response was to four-bet jam for an effective 570,000. Ullah tanked for five minutes before he called all in. "Holy f**k, this is massive!" commented Gino Levrini. He wasn't wrong.

Ullah: T♣T♥
Fernandez: A♦K♣

The board ran Q♠K♥K♣5♠6♥ to make the Spaniard trips kings to vault over Troyanovskiy in the counts. -- MC

12:50pm: Boobekov given the boot
UKIPT London has been shrunk to a six-table affair after the elimination of Nurlan Boobekov.

He was unfortunate as he ran ace-jack on the button into the dominating ace-king of Hrair Mekhsian in the big blind. There was no help on the board for the Aussie and he departed.

Table 7 was broken up and Vladimir Troyanovskiy was moved into seat 8 at Ludovic Geillich's table. The Scot looked up and smiled when he saw the chip leader approaching. -- MC

12:35pm: Chip leaders clash
Vladimir Troyanovskiy and Lukas Peleckis are currently the two biggest stacks and they're also sat side by side - at least until their table breaks, it'll be the first to do so.Troyanovskiy has position, but it didn't matter in the following hand because Peleckis won it to close the gap.

It was actually Nurlan Boobekov who started the action, making it 21,000 to go in early position, Peleckis smooth called from the small blind, only for Troyanovskiy to three-bet from the big. Boobekov got out the way but Peleckis stuck around and the two of them saw a 7♠3♠Q♠ flop hit the felt. No one bit though and the 4♠ came on the turn. Peleckis decided to bet 70,000 at this juncture and Troyanovskiy smooth called. Both players then checked the 2♣ river, Peleckis showed [10s]9♠, Troyanovskiy showed just the 8♠ as he mucked. -- NW

12:30pm: Kima Kimura chipping up
Kima Kimura started the day as the shortest stack with just eight big blinds to her name. She's now got 33 big blinds after here pure aggression got Ludovic Geilich to lay down a hand, that's not easy, it's usually the other way round!

She raised pre-flop from early position and Geilich defended from the big blind. On the 2♦4♥K♥ flop Kimura c-bet 25,000, Geilich check-raised to 75,000 and Kimura then moved all-in for 188,000 total. Geilich spent the best part of five minutes in the tank, at all times he had the 113,000 chips that it cost to call in the palm of his hand. Although he didn't say a word he was using the international signals for, 'she could have this, she could have that, should I call?'

He ultimately elected to fold though, he's down to 290,000, whilst Kimura is up to 330,000. -- NW

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It's been a great start to the day for Kimura

12:20pm: Snowmen melt for Eorgiou
Georges Eorgiou is the second player out today after his pair of eights failed to hold up against Benjamin Heath's A♦Q♠ on a 9♦Q♦A♥2♥J♥ board. Eorgiou was all-in for around 15 big blinds, Heath's now up to around 700,000. -- NW

12:15pm: Barton busts, but Kimura doubles
There was a double up and a bust out in the opening 10 minutes, first the double up. After Georg Beiske opened to 20,000 from the button with J♣[10h], Kima Kimura moved all-in for 79,000 with pocket jacks and Beiske called off the extra. Her hand held on the 7♦2♠5♦[10h]6♥ flop, but she's still short with around 172,000.

Meanwhile, on table seven Jason Barton three-bet all-in for around 250,000 with A♠K♠ and Lukas Peleckis, who was the original raiser, called with A♦J♠ to put Barton at risk. The 8♠8♣J♣ flop gave Peleckis the lead and it held on the A♣ turn and Q♦ river. -- NW

12pm: Cards are in the air
The preamble is over, play has just started here at the Grand Connaught Rooms. -- NW

11:30am: The race for the final table is on
The penultimate day of Season 4 of the UKIPT is upon us and just 51 players remain in the hunt for the £133,500 top prize. Right now, they all have £2,340 locked and will just be thinking about making the final table, as that's as far as they can make it today.

Yesterday, Vladimir Troyanovskiy put on a show that had a little of everything. He's been spotted this morning sipping a coffee and smoking a cigarette outside a little cafe, with the look of a man who doesn't have a care in the world. Coolness personified, the Andrea Pirlo of poker. He leads a top five that looks like:

Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Russian Federation, PokerStars Player, 1,399,000
Antonio Gonzalez Miranda, Spain, PokerStars Player, 930,000
Alessandro Piekazewicz, Brazil, PokerStars Qualifier, 886,000
Lukas Peleckis, Lithuania, 725,000
Pablo Fernandez, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 695,000

Cards are in the air at midday BST so please join us back here then.

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Troyanovskiy the man to catch

PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT4 London 2: Marc Convey and Nick Wright. Photos by Danny "Cold Pimp" Maxwell.

Marc Convey
@The_Conv in UKIPT