UKIPT4 London 2: Day 3 level 23-26 updates (25000/50,000, 5,000)
8:50pm: Benjamin Heath bubbles UKIPT London final table (£9,901)
Benjamin Heath will not be joining in the festivities tomorrow after he was eliminated in ninth place.
From early position he moved all in for 340,000 and was given business by Fabrizio Fuchs who moved all in from the next seat. Everyone else folded and the cards were on their backs.
The board ran K♥2♠6♠A♥5♠ to see the tens hold up.
The remaining players will be back at 12pm BST time tomorrow and play down to a winner. A full wrap will be up for you reading pleasure shortly. -- MC
8:30pm: Unofficial final table re-draw
Here's how the unofficial final table of nine stack up:
Nickolas Davies, United States, PokerStars Player, 4,470,000
Rasmus Agerskov, Denmark, PokerStars Qualifier, 3,310,000
Sandro Mescola, Italy, 1,300,000
Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Russian Federation, PokerStars Player, 3,110,000
Brett Angell, United Kingdom, 4,405,000
Benjamin Heath, United Kingdom PokerStars Player, 375,000
Fabrizio Fuchs, Switzerland, PokerStars Qualifier, 835,000
Caicai Huang, United Kingdom, 2,065,000
Mark James, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 2,275,000
8:22pm: Simon Fleischer eliminated in tenth place (£8,300)
We're down to an unofficial final table of nine as Simon Fleischer has just fallen in tenth. After Rasmus Agerskov limped from the small blind Fleischer shoved for around 22 big blinds with A♦3♥ and Agerskov snap called with A♥J♥.
A J♣4♥A♣3♥Q♥ board meant both made two-pair but Agerskov's was better. There'll now be a short break whilst they do the final redraw of the tournament. -- NW
8:18pm: Heath doubles but still in shove mode
Benjamin Heath was left very short after losing a hand to Fabrizio Fuchs and he's been going about changing that ever since.
He got one double up with Q♠4♣ when he shoved for 170,000 and Simon Fleischer called with J♣9♦. The 2♣6♦Q♣A♣[10h] board doubling him to around 360,000. He's since shoved twice more and is now up to around 500,000. -- NW
Blinds up: 25,000/50,000, 5,000 ante
8:15pm: Adrian Aleman eliminated in 11th place (£8,300)
Adrian Aleman squeezed all-in for 500,000 over the top of Vladimir Troyanovskiy's open and Brett Angell's flat call. The former folded but Angell made the call.
A 4♠8♣3♠Q♥9♠ board ruled decisively in Angell's favour and he's up to almost 4,000,000 as a result. -- NW
8:05pm: Fabrizio Fuchs doubles through Benjamin Heath
Fabrizio Fuchs is up to around a million after doubling through Benjamin Heath. Pre-flop Fuchs raised to 80,000 from early position and Heath smooth called from the big blind. On the 9♠5♣7♦ flop Fuchs c-bet, Heath check-raised all-in and Fuchs called all-in for an effective 420,000.
The 4♦ turn and 3♦ river kept Fuchs in front and Heath drops to around 170,000, whilst Fuchs is up to a million. -- NW
7:55pm: Nickolas Davies wins biggest pot of the tournament so far
We have a new chip leader because Nickolas Davies has just won a 4,500,000 chip pot against Vladimir Troyanovskiy.
Davies opened to 85,000, Caicai Huang smooth called and Troyanovskiy then three-bet to 290,000 from the big blind. Back on Davies he moved all-in for 2,235,000 total, Huang folded and Troyanovskiy went into the tank. He had about 5,200,000 to start the hand, so should he call and win the pot he'd have around 40% of the chips in the play. He leaned back in his chair and announced call.
The 3♣6♣[10d]7♦8♠ board meant the pair won the classic race and Davies did a little fist pump as he won the pot, before going and talking to a couple of friends of his who are on break from the UKIPT High Roller. He's up to 4,500,000 whilst Troyanovskiy drops to 3,000,000. -- NW
7:45pm: Ignacio Palau eliminated in 12th place (£7,400)
Pretty standard exit for Ignacio Palau. He was short and shoved from the button when the action folded around to him. Nickolas Davies was in the big blind and called quickly after looking at his hand.
The board ran 4♣3♠8♣9♥J♠. Palau was taken to get paid whilst Davies atcked up 2.35 million. --MC
7:35pm: Lucas Blanco eliminated in 13th place (£7,400)
Brett Angell's stack has surpassed the three-million mark after he took out Lucas Blanco in a large pot.
Blanco opened to 100,000 and was flat called by Vladimir Troyanovskiy before Angell squeezed to 300,000. Blanco shoved for 780,000, Troyanovskiy folded but Angell called.
The 7♣T♦Q♣6♦6♠ board didn't change a thing and Angell leapt into second place. -- MC
7:25pm: Alessandro Piekazewicz eliminated in 14th place (£6,650)
Alessandro Piekazewicz had lost a big pot to Vladimir Troyanovskiy to drop to just 200,000 in chips. He moved them in with A♣5♠ and Lucas Blanco called him with pocket jacks. The pair held up on a K♠K♦5♦[10c]7♠ board.
Three players have busted in the opening 15 minutes of the level and just 13 players are left. The final table gets ever closer. -- NW
7:20pm: Gino Levrini eliminated in 15th place (£6,650)
You've got to win your fair share of flips to win a poker tournament, something Gino Levrini knows only too well as he just lost a crucial flip to bust in 15th place. He opened to 90,000 from early position, Rasmus Agerskov made it 250,000 from the big blind, Levrini jammed for around 900,000 total and Agerskov, who started the hand with 1,100,000 made the call.
The pair was ahead until the river of a 7♥6♣3♦3♠K♠ board but the river eliminated Levrini in 15th place. -- NW
7:15pm: Antonio Gonzalez eliminated in 16th place (£5,900)
Down to just 565,000, Antonio Gonzalez moved all-in with pocket eights from middle position and Mark James gave him a spin with A♠Q♥ from the small blind.
A board of 2♥[10h]A♦5♣J♠ meant Gonzalez exited in 16th place. -- NW
7:10pm: Last two tables seat draw
1, 1, Benjamin Heath, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 820,000
1, 2, Rasmus Agerskov, Denmark, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,105,000
1, 3, Fabrizio Fuchs, Switzerland, PokerStars Qualifier, 550,000
1, 4, Antonio Gonzalez, Spain, PokerStars Player, 605,000
1, 5, Simon Fleischer, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 1,900,000
1, 6, Gino Levrini, United States, PokerStars Player, 870,000
1, 7, Sandro Mescola, Italy, 1,210,000
1, 8, Mark James, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 1,350,000
2, 1, Nickolas Davies, United States, PokerStars Player, 1,870,000
2, 2, Alessandro Piekazewicz, Brazil, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,220,000
2, 3, Caicai Huang, United Kingdom, 1,945,000
2, 4, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Russian Federation, PokerStars Player, 3,900,000
2, 5, Brett Angell, United Kingdom, 1,700,000
2, 6, Ignacio Palau, Argentina, PokerStars Qualifier, 800,000
2, 7, Adrian Aleman, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 950,000
2, 8, Lucas Blanco, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 870,000
Blinds up: 20,000/40,000, 5,000 ante
6:51pm: Break time
The 16 players are now on a 15 minute break. -- NW
6:50pm: Thomas Dunwoodie out in 17th
On the last hand before the break Thomas Dunwoodie was eliminated by Simon Fleischer. The latter opened with pocket sixes, Mark James flat called and then Dunwoodie squeezed all-in for around 10 big blinds with [A]. The Geordie flopped a eight, turned an ace, but Fleischer rivered a six to win the hand.
We're down to 16 players which means, when the players return for level 25 there will be a redraw for the final 16 players. -- NW
6:45pm: Nick Crozer busts in 18th
Down to around 400,000 Nick Crozer committed his chips with pocket nines but was in bad shape against Alessandro Piekazewicz's pocket jacks. The A♠5♥[10h][10c]J♠ board only strengthened Piekazewicz's hand and he's up to 1,150,000 after eliminating him. -- NW
6:40pm: Troyanovskiy no Angell
Vladimir Troyanovskiy has moved up to 4.3 million chips after winning another pot off Brett Angell.
The action was three way to a J♦Q♠5♦ flop that was checked to a 6♠ turn. Angell led for 101,000 from the small blind before Troyanovskiy raised to 285,000. Angell was the only caller before both players checked the A♥ river. Troyanovskiy opened Q♣7♥ and Angell angrily mucked saying, "Should've shoved the turn!" He dropped to 1,56 million. -- MC
6:35pm: Fleischer gets revenge on Blanco
"We're one-all now!" Simon Fleischer said to his neighbour (nemesis) Lucas Blanco after he doubled up in cruel style through him.
A raising war saw both players all in before the flop.
The board ran T♥3♠5♠8♠Q♠ to make Fleischer a flush. He moved up to 1.4 million and Blanco dropped to 1.3 million. -- MC
6:30pm: James doubles through Heath
Mark James is up to 1,300,000 after doubling through Benjamin Heath. It all went in pre-flop with James holding aces and Heath A♦K♣. The board came 3♠4♣7♦5♥Q♦ to boost James to 1,300,000, whilst Heath is down to 770,000. -- NW
6:20pm: Lose one win one for Troyanovskiy
Vladimir isn't exactly shy about wielding his chip stack around and he just played two meaty pots in succession, winning one and losing one. In the first there was a raise to 50,000 under-the-gun from Rasmus Agerskov, Brett Angell flat called in the small blind, Troyanovskiy then three-bet to 190,000 from the big blind and Agerskov was the only caller.
The J♥7♠K♠ flop was checked through and the 6♣ fell on the turn, Troyanovskiy checked again, Agerskov bet 125,000 and Troyanovskiy smooth called. The 4♠ fell on the river, both players checked and Agerskov's K♣Q♣ was ahead of Troyanovskiy's A♥J♠. "I should've have jammed on you, do you call?" asked Agerskov. "Of course," shrugged Troyanovskiy.
A couple of hands later he called Brett Angell's button open from the small blind and the two of them saw a 3♠4♣[10c] flop, which checked through to the K♣ turn. Troyanovskiy led for 55,000, Angell raised to 172,000 and Troyanovskiy smooth called the raise. The 6♦ completed the board, Troyanovskiy checked again, Angell bet 227,000 and Troyanovskiy quickly called. Angell simply mucked his hand, "the river made it an easy call," said Troyanovskiy who showed 6♣6♥.
Those two hands meant Troyanovskiy made a net gain of around 150,000. -- NW
6:10pm: Crozer shrugs defeat off
Nick Crozer was favourite to eliminate Alessandro Piekazewicz in a showdown hand but shrugged it off when the Brazilian spiked a three-outer.
The action folded around to Piekazewicz on the button and he moved all in for his last 252,000. Crozer was in the big blind and called.
The board ran 2♥9♠K♥K♠7♣ to make Piekazewicz two pair. Crozer dropped to 800,000. -- MC
5:50pm: Troyanovskiy continues to crush
No one can get near Vladimir Troyanovskiy at the moment, the Russian high roller is holding court at the top of the chip counts, whilst Alessandro Piekazewicz brings up the rear with a stack of around eight big blinds. The average is a touch over 1,200,000, or 40 big blinds in new money.
Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Russian Federation, PokerStars Player, 3,400,000
Brett Angell, United Kingdom, 2,200,000
Nickolas Davies, United States, PokerStars Player, 2,100,000
Lucas Blanco, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,700,000
Sandro Mescola, Italy, 1,500,000
Caicai Huang, United Kingdom, 1,350,000
Rasmus Agerskov, Denmark, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,300,000
Nick Crozer, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 1,200,000
Benjamin Heath, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 1,200,000
Adrian Aleman, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,150,000
Ignacio Palau, Argentina, PokerStars Qualifier, 750,000
Gino Levrini, United States, PokerStars Player, 700,000
Simon Fleischer, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 600,000
Thomas Dunwoodie, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 550,000
Mark James, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 530,000
Antonio Gonzalez, Spain, PokerStars Player, 500,000
Fabrizio Fuchs, Switzerland, PokerStars Qualifier, 340,000
Alessandro Piekazewicz, Brazil, PokerStars Qualifier, 250,000
Blinds up: 15,000/30,000, 4,000 ante
5:40pm: War of words over as Fernandez busts to Levrini
It's fair to say that Gino Levrini and Pablo Fernandez won't be sending each other Christmas cards this year. The two players got into two arguments earlier over the amount of time the American took to think in hands. Levrini used some choice words towards Fernandez when defending himself and just eliminated the Spaniard in a classic race.
All the chips went in pre flop in a hand worth more than 900,000.
The board ran 8♠K♣5♠T♥4♠ to see the jacks hold.
Fernandez wished everyone all the best and headed to the pay out desk. -- MC
5:35pm: Blanco and Fleischer go to war
From the button Simon Fleischer opened and Lucas Blanco defended from the small blind. Fleischer then bet the flop and turn of a 5♠A♥9♣2♥ board, with Blanco check-calling twice to create a pot of 700,000 by the time the 8♠ completed the board.
Blanco checked again, Fleischer set him in for roughly 500,000 and Blanco snap called. Fleischer turned over A♠9♠ and seemed confident it was the best hand, but Blanco had 5♥5♣ for a flopped set and Fleischer said: "Oh wow," when he saw Blanco's hand.
After that hand Blanco is up to 1,700,000, whilst Fleischer is down to 500,000. -- NW
5:20pm: Troyanovskiy up to 3.4m, Richard and Geilich gone
Vladimir Troyanovskiy is up to 3,400,000 after eliminating two players in quick succession. First he took out Ludovic Geilich when he Russian flopped a set of threes on a six high flop. The Scot had pocket eights, committed his chips and didn't hit his two outer.
Then he raised to 51,000 with A♥J♦ and called when Otto Richard shoved for 550,000 with pocket twos. A K♣6♣5♠6♦5♦ meant Richard's pair was counterfeited on the river. With 18 players left the Russian already has the average stack for when seven players remain. -- NW
5:10pm: Meca leaves space for Gellich to double with Otto call
Patrik Meca was eliminated in 22nd place and Ludovic Geillich moved into the space created on table 2 and found it a lot more pleasant.
The action folded around to Otto Richard on the button and he shoved, having both Geillich and Fabrizio Fuchs covered. Fuchs folded but Geillich snap called off his 345,000 stack.
The board ran T♥6♣J♠Q♦J♦ to make the Scot two pair.
"I was auto calling, like online when you have that box ticked to call any bet." Said a jovial Geillich. --MC
4:55pm: Hawkins can't hold, out in 23rd
After a raise to 56,000 under-the-gun from Sandro Mescola, it folded all the way to Keith Hawkins in the small blind and he moved all-in for 233,000. After getting a count of the all-in stack Mescola thought for a couple of minutes before making the call.
Hawkins had Mescola dominated but the board came 6♦2♦7♦J♥[10h], Mescola hit his kicker to win the hand and send a legend of UK poker packing. -- NW
4:40pm: Level 23 with the final 23
The remaining 23 players are back in their seats for the fifth level of the day. We're probably about halfway (time wise) through the day. Here's how they stack up:
1, 1, Keith Hawkins, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 228,000
1, 2, Pablo Fernandez, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 726,000
1, 3, Sandro Mescola, Italy, 679,000
1, 4, Caicai Huang, United Kingdom, 1,428,000
1, 5, Nickolas Davies, United States, PokerStars Player, 1,227,000
1, 6, Alessandro Piekazewicz, Brazil, PokerStars Qualifier, 450,000
1, 7, Gino Levrini, United States, PokerStars Player, 1,150,000
1, 8, Nick Crozer, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 913,000
2, 1, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Russian Federation, PokerStars Player, 1,220,000
2, 2, Rasmus Agerskov, Denmark, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,658,000
2, 3, Antonio Gonzalez, Spain, PokerStars Player, 850,000
2, 4, Adrian Aleman, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,260,000
2, 5, Otto Richard, France, 530,000
2, 6, Fabrizio Fuchs, Switzerland, PokerStars Qualifier, 550,000
2, 8, Patrik Meca, Czech Republic, PokerStars Player, 420,000
3, 1, Ignacio Palau, Argentina, PokerStars Qualifier, 947,000
3, 2, Benjamin Heath, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 845,000
3, 3, Simon Fleischer, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 1,175,000
3, 4, Lucas Blanco, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,290,000
3, 5, Mark James, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 405,000
3, 6, Brett Angell, United Kingdom, 1,700,000
3, 7, Ludovic Geilich, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 405,000
3, 8, Thomas Dunwoodie, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 925,000
PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT4 London 2: Marc Convey and Nick Wright. Photos by Danny "Cold Pimp" Maxwell.