UKIPT5 Marbella Day 3: Level 19-22 updates (10,000/20,000 ante 3,000)

4:32pm: Break time
The remaining players are now on a 15-minute break. You'll find updates from level 23 and beyond in a new post here. --NW

4:31pm: Angel Latorre eliminates Martinez
Alejandro Martínez is the latest casualty in this tournament as his K♥Q♠ failed to outdraw Jose Angel Latorre's pocket tens.

19 players left. -- NW

4:30pm: Vedral wins huge pot, sinks Sanchez
David Vedral just won a massive pot to send Pascual Sanchez to the rail and the Spaniard could barely believe it.

On the turn of a 5♥Q♥K♥J♣ board Vedral bet 113,000, Sanchez raised to 270,000 after some thought Vedral shoved all-in for an effective 775,000 and Sanchez snap called.

Sanchez: A♥J♥
Vedral: K♦Q♠

The river was the K♠ meaning Vedral rivered a full-house to crack Sanchez's nut flush and propel himself up the chip counts. -- NW


Vedral's house of chips just got bigger

4:25pm: Fun time for Franklin
Scott Franklin just got a much needed double up at the expense of Dawid Grabinski. It was the Swede who started proceedings, he opened to 45,000 with A♥J♣ and then called when Franklin shoved for 252,000. The Brit had pocket jacks for a dominating hand and the hooks held on the 6♣8♦8♣5♥K♠ board. -- NW

4:20pm: Keep on grafting, Grafton
He wins a bunch of chips and then doubles someone up. Rinse and repeat. The story of Sam Grafton's day so far, it seems.

He opened to 40,000 from the hijack and was called by Pascual Sanchez before Jonathan Cantle squeezed to 175,000 from the big blind. Grafton was the only caller and they headed to a T♣8♠9♦ flop. Cantle check-raised all in 420,000 after Grafton bet 125,000. Snap call.

Grafton: T♠T♥ for top set.
Cantle: A♠J♥ for an open-ended straight draw.


Cantle got instant service

The board ran out Q♥2♠ to make Cantle a set. Grafton didn't say a word and he handed over the chips; he dropped back to 540,000.-- MC

4pm: Not a good time for those from the North
Two exits to tell you about and its bad news if you're following players from Iceland or Finland.
It looked as if Pascual Sanchez and Steinar Edduson were going to butt heads one hand before they ended up doing so. On that occasion Sanchez shoved for 339,000 from under-the-gun and although Edduson looked interested he passed.

On the very next hand though Edduson moved all-in from the button for about 280,000 with A♠6♣ and Sanchez called with pocket eights. The board came T♥4♠5♥2♣2♠ to keep Sanchez in front.

At the same time Niko Kettunen busted from table one, no details but Dario Carrion was stacking chips, he's up to 2,175,000 and the chip leader.

21 players left here in Marbella. --NW

3:50pm: Final three tables
The players are in their new seats and the clock has restarted. -- MC

11Jose Antonio Benedi
12Dario Carrion
13Niko Kettunen
14Mateo Sempere
15Andreas Schillinger
16Victor Gimenez De-Houting
17Jeffrey Brouwer
18Rembert Net
21Rodrigo Rosales
22Scott Franklin
23Juan Bautista
24Aleksandar Abutovic
25Jose Angel Latorre
26Dawid Grabinski
27Alejandro Martínez
28Fabien Parisel
31David Vedral
32Jonathan Cantle
33Isidoro Barreña
35Steinar Edduson
36Sam Grafton
37Pascual Sanchez
38Javier Mateos

3:25pm: Pearson and Hoang eliminated
From under-the-gun+1 Richard Pearson moved all-in for roughly 270,000, after getting a count Aleksandar Abtovic made the call. "Good luck," said Pearson as he showed 3♦3♠. But it was he who needed the luck as Abtovic had pocket jacks. The J♠Q♥5♥6♥7♥ board meant Pearson was out.
At the same time on an adjacent table Anh Tuan Hoang busted to Rodrigo Rosales and that took us down to 23 players meaning they'll be a short pause in the action as there's now a complete redraw. --NW

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

3:10pm: Razeb-Sekh can't suck out
Stieven Razab-Sekh just busted to David Vedral in a huge pot that means Vedral is now one of the chip leaders as he has a stack of 1,700,000.

Vedral opened from the cutoff with T♥T♠, Razab-Sekh three-bet all-in for 555,000 from the small blind with A♣Q♦ and Vedral made the call. The board came 8♣7♣5♣K♦9♠ and Razab-Sekh wished the table good luck as he left. --NW

3pm: Start of level 21 chip counts
Below are the counts of the remaining players at the start of level 21. Jose Angel Latorre leads and there are five players who've broken through the million chip barrier.


Jose Angel Latorre

Jose Angel LatorreSpainPokerStars Player1,600,000
Dawid GrabinskiSweden 1,320,000
Alejandro Martínez Spain 1,240,000
Steinar EddusonIceland 1,070,000
Dario CarrionSpainPokerStars Qualifier1,055,000
Jeffrey BrouwerNetherland 880,000
Victor Gimenez De-HoutingSpainPokerStars Qualifier873,000
David VedralAustriaPokerStars Qualifier860,000
Andreas SchillingerGermany 850,000
Jonathan CantleUK 830,000
Rembert NetMalta 730,000
Isidoro BarreñaSpain 680,000
Javier Mateos Spain 650,000
Niko KettunenFinland 580,000
Mateusz MoolhuizenNetherlandsPokerStars Qualifier560,000
Fabien PariselFrancePokerStars Player550,000
Juan Bautista Spain 503,000
Aleksandar AbutovicGermany 500,000
Stieven Razab-SekhNetherlands 480,000
Pascual SanchezSpainPokerStars Qualifier450,000
Anh Tuan HoangUK 435,000
Sam GraftonUKPokerStars Qualifier430,000
Andrei VlassenkoRussia 375,000
Daniel PriceUK 355,000
Mateo SempereSpain 350,000
Rodrigo RosalesSpainPokerStars Qualifier320,000
Borja GrossSpainPokerStars Qualifier300,000
Richard PearsonUK 290,000
Jose Antonio BenediSpainPokerStars Qualifier255,000
Alejandro GalianaSpain 220,000
Mats SjoblomSwedenPokerStars Qualifier215,000
Scott FranklinUK 200,000
Vizsnyiczai ZsoltHungaryPokerStars Qualifier150,000
Tomeu GomilaSpain 145,000

3pm: Sanchez survives
Pascual Sanchez shoved all-in from the hijack for 213,000, Dawid Grabinski was next to act and he requested a count before making the call. Everyone else folded and left them to it, Grabinski opened 9♠9♦, whilst Sanchez had A♦Q♦.

The board came 7♣K♥5♦A♣5♠ and Sanchez doubled to 460,000 whilst Grabinski slipped to 1,275,000. That's still a very healthy stack though, but Dario Carrion, who's at the same table, has around 1,500,000. -- NW

2:50pm: Benedi boasts a double up
Jose Antonio Benedi's stack is approaching the half-million mark after he doubles through Juan Bautista.

The latter opened from early position and called after the former three-bet all in for 229,000 from the big blind.

Bautista: A♠J♣
Benedi: A♥K♦

The board ran 5♣9♠3♣9♥4♦ to miss both players. Bautista dropped to 190,000 chips. -- MC

2:35pm: Razab-Sekh rattles the table as Sjoblom rolls on
Mats Sjoblom was out of his seat and on his way only to hit the river to survive. "You were gone," said Richard Pearson with a smile as Sjoblom sat back down.

It was Stieven Razab-Sekh who was on the wrong side of the river card and he banged the table when he saw it hit the felt. The Dutchaman had opened from the button with pocket tens and called when Sjoblom had shoved for 213,000 (13.5 big blinds) from the big blind with A♥7♥.

The 5♦Q♥Q♦6♠A♥ was uneventful until fifth street, but with that double Sjoblom is up to around 445,000 whilst Razab-Sekh slips to 390,000. -- NW

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 8,000-1,600, ante 2,000

2:05pm: Break time
The remaining players are on their first break of the day. Full counts coming up. -- MC

2pm: Four depart before break
All in and call could be heard from four of the remaining five tables in a frantic period of play leading up to the first break of the day.

Carlos Alberto Trujillo three-bet all in with A♠J♣ from the big blind but ran into Steinar Edduson's A♥A♦. He had opened from under the gun and called before the board ran 8♦5♠6♣J♦Q♠.

Next up, Daniel Sochanek busted after his pocket kings were cracked by Anh Tuan Hoang's pocket nines on a 6♣Q♥J♣9♣6♥ board. All the chips went in preflop.

A few seconds after that Roi Pereira went out. He lost all but an ante when his Q♥Q♠ lost out to Fabien Parisel's ace-king on a 4♠5♦K♥K♣A♦ board. He busted the very next hand.


Grabinski building a big stack

As Pereira was busting, Estefano Pastore put his tournament on the life with a flush draw from a neighbouring table. He and Dawid Andrej Grabinski took to a J♠7♠8♣ flop where the chips went in.

Pastore: T♠4♠
Grabinski: K♠K♣

The board ran out Q♣3♣ and Grabinski moved up to around 1.1 million. -- MC

1:45pm: Martínez marches on
Alejandro Martínez began the day with 260,000 (26 big blinds) but has had a brilliant opening 100 minutes as he's now up to 900,000.

He got his latest boost by eliminating Ruben Nils Pleijster, the Dutchman three-bet shoved for 80,000 with A♥T♥ and Martínez snapped him off with A♦K♣. A 5♥6♣8♣3♣K♠ board later and Pleijster was on his way. The Spaniard has an absolute mountain of gold 1K chips. He's doing a good job of keeping them in stacks of 20. He must have over 20 stacks of that number though. --NW


Ruben had Dutch courage but no luck

1:30pm: Short stacks do battle
Tomeu Gomila and Bernardo Miguel Baptista were two of the shortest stacks at table seven and the former could hardly afford to double up the latter, but he did, to his dismay.

Gomila raised from the cutoff and Baptista peeled from the big blind to see a 7♠4♦6♥ flop appear. Baptista only had about 40,000 chips back and in they went. Call.

Gomila: A♥5♠ for a straight draw and over card.
Baptista: J♠7♣ for top pair.

The board ran out 4♠6♣. Gomila was left with 98,000. -- MC

1:15pm: Daniel and Dimitry depart
Just 44 players remain in the Main Event with Daniel Sisa and Dimitry Vrnovitskiy the last two players to bust out.

Sisa got his chips in A♣K♠ but ran into Rafael Rembert's pocket queens and couldn't win the race. Shortly afterwards Dimitry Vrnovitskiy shoved for 63,000 from the small blind and Rodrigo Rosales gave it a good old think before calling with J♣2♣. He had Vrnovitskiy dominated though as the Russian had 7♥2♠.

The 6♣8♣8♦3♥Q♣ board kept Rosales in front and eliminated the Russian. -- NW

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

1:05pm: No win for the Finn
Niko Kettunen was left shaking his head after he doubled up Jonathan Cantle in a curious pot. The Finn opened to 22,000 from under-the-gun, there was one caller and Cantle then three-bet to 88,000 out of the small blind. Back on Kettunen he four-bet to around 210,000, Cantle then moved all-in for 381,000 total and Kettunen shrugged before calling.

Kettunen: K♦Q♥
Cantle: A♦T♣

When he saw Cantle's hand Kettunen just shook his head, unable to comprehend that his opponent had deemed it strong enough to five-bet all-in with. The J♣K♣T♠2♥Q♦ board meant Cantle rivered a straight to survive after he was outflopped by Kettunen.

The Brit is up to around 800,000 after that hand whilst Kettunen drops to around 300,000. -- NW

1pm: Two more double ups
Two players - Richard Pearson and Scott Franklin, both from the UK, - got their chips in bad but managed to find a way to double up.

Pearson was down to 132,000 when he three-bet all in with A♠T♦. Gabriel Barba had opened with K♦K♣ and made an easy call before the board ran 8♥Q♥A♦2♣6♣. "Boom! Unlucky, mate." Said Pearson.

A few seconds later, on adjacent table, Franklin moved all in from the cutoff for his last 141,000 and was called by Javier Mateos in the big blind.

Franklin: Q♣J♦
Mateos: A♦J♥

The board ran 2♥6♠J♠8♦Q♠ to make the Brit two pair. -- MC


Pearson - bad means good for this Brit

12:50pm: More for Barreña
Isidoro Barreña was fourth in chips overnight and he's just padded his stack by eliminating Noel Cortina in a pre-flop coin flip. Cortina shoved for 85,000 with K♦Q♦ and Barreña looked him up with 5♠5♣. The J♥5♥T♠ both gave and took away for Cortina. His pair outs were no longer live but he did have an open ended straight draw.

The 3♦ turn and 8♦ river didn't help him though and he departs. --NW

12:29pm: Grafton doubles Razab-Sekh
Pocket queens seems to be the lucky hand of the day so far as Stieven Razab-Sekh used them to double through Sam Grafton.

A preflop raising war saw both players' hands flipped up:

Sekh: Q♣Q♦
Grafton: T♠T♦

The board ran 2♥J♠4♠8♦2♦. After a count, Grafton paid over 162,000 chips and dropped to around 300,000. -- MC

12:20pm: Bibikova busts in classic race
The last lady standing (or sitting) had busted in the most classic of races.

Ekaterina Bibikova was down to 136,000 when she moved all in from under the gun. David Vederal asked for a count from the cutoff and announced a call. Alejandro Galiana showed pocket fives in the big blind but mucked his hand.

Bibikova: A♥K♠
Vederal: Q♠Q♥

The board ran 7♥8♣4♦3♦6♣ to send the pit the way of Vederal. Galiana, meanwhile, was nudging his neighbour to point out he would've made a straight. -- MC

12:10pm: Double up for Trujillo
After paying the ante Carlos Alberto Trujillo only had 7.5 big blinds to his name and so when he was dealt Q♣Q♥ on the button that was more than enough of a hand to see him commit his chips. The small blind folded but when Steinar Edduson looked down at A♥2♣ he called to put Trujillo at risk.

The 3♦9♠6♦6♠7♣ board was clean as far as Trujillo was concerned and he doubled up. -- NW

12:05pm: Early exit for Symes
Players were still taking their seats as John Symes was leaving his. On the first hand of play it folded to him on the button and he moved in for 121,000 total. Daniel Price was in the small blind and he pushed out a stack of T25,000 chips to indicate a call and Rodrigo Rosales folded from the big blind.

Symes: A♥K♥
Price: A♦Q♦

The 9♦T♦3♣ flop was the just the sort of flop Price was looking for and Symes seemed to know what was coming as he was out of his seat before the 5♦ turn gave Price a lock on the hand. The meaningless 3♠ completed the board. -- NW

12:02pm: Shuffle and deal
Cards are in the air for Day 3!

11:30am: The final 61 return with Carrion leading
It's very rare that you get deep into a poker tour without taking on a big flip at least once. Dario Carrion - the chip leader entering today with 967,000 - took that flip on in the last level yesterday. He won, has three times the average and most probably high hopes of making the final table.

That final table, with or without Carrion, will consist of eight players - the number the tournament will play down to today. Those who make it should get a nice early night but those who bust can celebrate/commiserate at the player party, taking place at 10pm at Guey restaurant just five minutes walk from the casino.

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Sam Grafton one of the big names left in

Sam Grafton is the headline name chasing Carrion. He'll be hoping to get at least as deep as he did lady year when he went from chip leader to out on the final table bubble. Other players still in the hunt include: Richard Pearson, Tomeu Gomila, Ruben Nils Pleijster, Neil Mackay and Mats Sjoblom.

Cards will be in the air at Midday CET but for now, check out the Day 3 seat draw:

11Dimitry VrnovitskiyRussia 149,000
12Jesus Javier BustosSpain 223,000
13Jaime Floid Molina BellverSpainPokerStars Player80,000
14Daniel SochanekSwedenPokerStars Player414,000
15Alejandro Martínez CarrascoSpain 260,000
16Dario Carrion MorenillaSpainPokerStars Qualifier967,000
17Pascual Sanchez LopezSpainPokerStars Qualifier309,000
18Ruben Nils PleijsterNetherlands 434,000
21Neil MackayUK 211,000
23Daniel Sisa CuraSpain 350,000
24Ramon Antonio Miranda PuenteSpainPokerStars Player124,000
25Victor Gimenez De-HoutingSpainPokerStars Qualifier572,000
26Carlos Alberto TrujilloSpain 76,000
27Inocente Gomez BordonadoSpain 263,000
28Steinar EddusonIceland 663,000
31Jeffrey BrouwerNetherland 737,000
33Alejandro Galiana RamosSpain 250,000
34Ekaterina BibikovaRussian Federation 140,000
35Noel CortinaSpainPokerStars Qualifier131,000
36Vizsnyiczai ZsoltHungaryPokerStars Qualifier312,000
37David VedralAustriaPokerStars Qualifier303,000
38Isidoro BarreñaSpain 733,000
42Javier Mateos Spain 453,000
43Roi Pereira CondeSpainPokerStars Qualifier423,000
44Borja Gross FernandezSpainPokerStars Qualifier570,000
45Mateusz MoolhuizenNetherlandsPokerStars Qualifier329,000
46Fabien PariselFrancePokerStars Player334,000
47Scott FranklinUK 256,000
48Aki Taisto Olavi PyysingFinland 120,000
51Julio Marino Carvalho RibeiroPortugalPokerStars Qualifier247,000
52Pablo GalacheSpain 783,000
53Gabriel Barba GodinoSpain 200,000
54Fausutus Karl KornUK 244,000
55Dawid Andrej GrabinskiSweden 307,000
56Richard James PearsonUK 142,000
57Estefano Pastore BenistySpain 368,000
58Jose Antonio Benedi LahuertaSpainPokerStars Qualifier318,000
61Jonathan Neale CantleUK 419,000
62Aleksandar AbtovicGermany 600,000
63Niko KettunenFinland 670,000
64Tomeu GomilaSpain 179,000
65Anh Tuan HoangUK 369,000
66Mateo Sempere TorresSpain 378,000
67Andreas SchillingerGermany 516,000
68Bernardo Miguel Baptista das NevesPortugal 119,000
71Dominic Carle EvansUKPokerStars Qualifier289,000
72Jose Angel Latorre MarinaSpainPokerStars Player324,000
73Philipp SchimmerlAustriaPokerStars Qualifier249,000
74Mats SjoblomSwedenPokerStars Qualifier275,000
75John Alexander SymesUK 122,000
76Daniel William PriceUK 575,000
77Felipe Gonsalves CostaBrazilPokerStars Qualifier107,000
78Rodrigo Rosales MansoSpainPokerStars Qualifier188,000
81David Tovar LasierraSpainPokerStars Qualifier240,000
82Gardar Geir HaukssonIcelandPokerStars Qualifier470,000
83Stieven Razab-SekhNetherlands 166,000
84Rafael RembertMalta 188,000
85Andrei VlassenkoRussia 260,000
86Juan Bautista MechoSpain 217,000
87Juan Carlos Ramos MartinSpainPokerStars Qualifier130,000
88Sam GraftonUKPokerStars Qualifier463,000

PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at UKIPT5 Marbella: Marc Convey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May

Marc Convey
@The_Conv in UKIPT