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10.35pm: How Go the Stacks?
At this moment with 29 players remaining, it looks like it is Yoshitaka Okawa who has the chip lead with 645,000. Some of the notable names that are travelling along nicely, or are at least alive in the tournament, include Jay Tan (470,000 in chips), Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im (395,000), Michael Marvanek (375,000), Shashank Rathi (360,000), Yvo Molin (210,000), Vyacheslav Kuzmin (140,000) and Lim Wai Cheung (140,000).
10.20pm: Enrico The Latest Busto
Enrico Chong is the latest player to hit the rail, with his [kc][qs] unable to improve against the [9s][9d] of his opponent. Chong was all-in for 99,000 preflop on his last hand, but found no luck on the [7d][6s][4s][2h][7s] board. Following Chong’s elimination, just 29 players remain and we are a just a couple of bust-outs away from moving to the final three tables.
10.10pm: Back for More
The 31 remaining players are back from their break and ready to keep making their way to the final nine. It is still unclear exactly how much longer we will be playing this evening, but at the very least we will make it down to just two tables of nine.
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4.25pm: Jussi Häkkänen doubles through Alex Jobling
Jussi Häkkänen three-bet all-in for 202,000 with [Ks][10d] and Alex Jobling made the call with [Ad][Qh]. A [2h][Jc][Kd][6s]Qh] board kept the Finn in. — NW
4.22pm: Reed bust; more chips for Sambrook
Jack Sambrook.is up to around 850,000 after eliminating over night chip leader David Reed in a 600,000 pot. It all went in pre-flop with Reed holding [A][K] to Sambrook’s [A][J], however a jack on the river sent the pot Sambrook’s way and Reed is out in 22nd.
Willian Chung has been eliminated in 21st place, no details I’m afraid. — NW
4.20pm: Not the real McCoy
All Gary McCoy could do to survive at the end was get his chips in good. He managed to do that but was still eliminated by Jack Sambrook.
The aggressive Sambrook opened to 22,000 from the button and called when McCoy moved all in for 88,000 from the small blind.
The board ran [js][qh][8h][3s][6d] to pair Sambrook’s queen. McCoy took his defeat like a sportsman and wished everyone luck before departing. — MC
4.15pm: Final three tables
Below is the seat draw for the final three tables.
Seat One: David Reed
Seat Two: Barry McMahon
Seat Three: Dan Hemingway
Seat Four: Saulius Tumosa
Seat Five: Ben Senior
Seat Six: Akshay Reddy
Seat Seven: Jack Sambrook
Seat Eight: Gary McCoy
Seat One: Anthony Shields
Seat Two: Matthias Mordhorst
Seat Three: Chris Ferguson
Seat Four: Sam Holden
Seat Five: Ewan Brown
Seat Six: Kevin Killeen
Seat Seven: Ashfaaq Taus
Seat Eight: Brett Angell
Seat One: Willian Cheung
Seat Two: Alex Jobling
Seat Three: Jason Cockburn
Seat Four: David Knight
Seat Five: Empty
Seat Six: Jussi Häkkänen
Seat Seven: Kevin Monroe
Seat Eight: Ian Burdon
4.10pm: Knight turns into day for David
David Knight thought he was out of the door after he three-bet all in with [ad][8s] over the top of Alex Jobling’s raise was called. The latter tabled [qh][qs] but couldn’t stay ahead of his opponent on a [tc][7s][9h][6d][ah] board.
Knight is up to 115,000 chips after making a straight. — MC
4pm: Jude Ainsworth eliminated in 24th place (£2,400)
No sooner had they re-drawn to three tables then the last remaining Team PokerStars Pro – Jude Ainsworth – was eliminated.
The Irishman told me: “There had been a raise and a call before the button (Jason Cockburn) re-raised. I’m in the big blind and find [Ad][Kd], so move all-in for 16 big blinds and he called with queens and that was the end of my Newcastle UKIPT.
Seat draw of the final three tables is on its way. — NW
3.55pm: Another huge pot from table one busts Chung
Most of the biggest pots today have come from table one, and another just occurred. We wrote a hand earlier that involved Timothy Chung and Chris Ferguson, which might go along way to explain the former’s exit.
We missed the action but were informed that Chung raised and called when Ferguson three-bet from the small blind. The flop came queen high and there was a c-bet and call before the rest of the chips went in on a blank turn.
Chung opened pocket jacks but was behind to Ferguson’s ace-queen. Ferguson is up to 1,150,000 chips as a result.
The tournament is down to 24 players remaining and a full redraw is in progress. We’ll post that draw shortly. — MC
3.45pm: Re-draw at 24
We’ve been informed that they’ll be a complete re-draw at 24 players, this is a new rule in all live PokerStars tournaments. According to Tournament Director Toby Stone this is to ‘mix up the luck,’ late in tournaments. 27 players remain right now, these are the players to bust in the last hour:
28th. Anders Sanchez, £1,960
29th. Lee Dixon, United Kingdom, £1,960
30th. Lee Atherton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,960
31st. Giannis Drousiotis, Cyprus, £1,960
32nd. Jakub Kyrian, Czech Republic, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,960
33rd. Michael Huber, Austria, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,960
3.35pm: Ainsworth eliminates a man
Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth is back up to around 160,000. He eliminated a shortstacked Steffen Gjelseth to get back in it. Ainsworth had pocket fives, Gjelseth [K][J] and Ainsworth flopped a set of fives to eliminate the Norwegian.
And soon after he open shoved and got no callers to pick up more valuable chips. – NW
3.30pm: Ainsworth crippled
Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth dropped down to 63,000 chips after his [kc][kh] was beaten by Timothy Chung’s [as][ts].
There was a lot of raises pre flop that saw them both all in. The board ran out [jc][jh][ad][5c][3d] to make Chung a full house. Chung up to 450,000 chips. — MC
3.20pm: Holden flushed with chips
It’s an ominous sign for the rest of the field that Sam Holden is working his way up through the chip counts (around 500k).
He opened from the cut-off and Barry McMahon defended his big blind and went on to check-call 18,000, 40,000 and 90,000. The final board read [qs][qc][9s][5s][7d] and Holden opened [js][2s] for a flush. McMahon mucked and dropped own to 136,000. — MC
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3.10pm: Real McCoy
Gary McCoy just won a flip with [10s][10c] against Andres Sanchez who held [Qd][Jh], a eight high board reduced Sanchez to less than one big blind, which went in blind from the big blind next hand.
Sam Holden three-bet pre to 36,000 with pocket kings, which were way ahead of Sanchez’s [Qs][2h]. The board ran out [Jh][Ah][Js][3h][4s] to send Sanchez crashing out. — NW
3pm: Ainsworth chugging along
Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth is still chugging along, he has 320,000 which is right about average. He’s not got the kindest of table draws though. To his direct right is Timothy Chung (300,000) a player Jesse May described as an, ‘absolute animal’ after playing with him on Day 1.
To Ainsworth’s direct left is David Reed (400,000) and one seat further to the left is Chris Ferguson, who sits second in chips on 920,000. — NW
2.55pm: Wide range for Ferguson
Chris Ferguson is up to 920,000 chips after taking a big pot off Timothy Chung with a weak holding that hit big.
Around 90,000 had made it into the middle before both players checked the [4d][2c][5h] flop. The turn and river came [2s][js] and Chung check-called both streets, the last bet being 80,000.
Before Chung called on the river he asked Ferguson if he had king-two suited or aces. He wasn’t far off as Ferguson opened [ks][2d] for trips and the pot as Chung mucked. — MC
2.45pm: Today’s exits
The first two levels saw 28 players bust out, here’s whose finished where so far today:
34th. Neil Walker, United Kingdom , PokerStars Qualifier, £1,960
35th. Miles McKenzie, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,960
36th. Andrew Robson, United Kingdom,PokerStars Player, £1,960
37th. Keith Hawkins, Untied Kingdom, £1,740
38th. Shane Gregory, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,740
39th. Stuart Atkinson, United Kingdom, £1,740
40th. Gary Oakes, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,740
41st. Cathal Shine, Ireland, PokerStars Player, £1,740
42nd. Cormac O’Dea, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,740
43rd.Viktor Leonov, Lithuania, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,740
44th.Roland Wilkinson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,740
45th.Andrew Grayson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,740
46th. Mark Buckley, Ireland, PokerStars Player, £1,520
47th. Vassilis Korkas, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,520
48th. Paul Jenkinson, United Kingdom, £1,520
49th. Stephen Odysseas, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,520
50th. Nathan Watson, United Kingdom, £1,520
51st. Steve Warburton, United Kingdom, £1,520
52nd. Matthew Dougal, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,520
53rd. Alan Tinlin, United Kingdom, £1,520
54th. Emma Jones, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,520
55th. Sharapov Oleksandr, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,300
56th. Chris Mcnicholls, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,300
57th. Thomas Ward, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,300
58th. Dylan Roberts, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,300
59th. Paul Delaney, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier
60th. Guido Braye, Netherlands, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,300
61st. Alfie Adam, United Kingdom, £1,300
62nd. Paulius Anilionis, Lithuania, PokerStars Player, £,1300
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2.35pm: Kyrian busts in battle of the short stacks
Jakub Kyrian was down to 37,000 chips and shoved into the big blind of the second shortest stack at his table – Akshay Reddy.
The play seemed a good one, especially as he held [ac][5c]. What he didn’t probably count on was Reddy calling off a large chunk of his stack with [jd][9d]. The board ran a Reddy friendly [qd][qc][jh][4h][qh] to eliminate Kyrian in 33rd place. Redd up to 145,000 chips. — MC
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That’s two levels of absolute carnage in the book, we’ll be getting chip counts and an update on who’s finished where so far during the 20 minute break. — NW
2.03pm: Cockburn doubles through Monroe
Kevin Monroe’s rollercoaster of a day continues and this times he’s a bit unfortunate to have lost his latest all-in.
He had [Kd][9d] whilst Jason Cockburn held [Ad][Qd], the [6h][Kc][Js][6h][Ah] board giving, then taking away from Monroe in a pot worth around 175,000. — NW
2pm: A bad beat story worth hearing
Honestly it is! Lee Dixon is absolutely raging and to be fair with good reason. On the [5c][7s][Qh] flop Giannis Drousiotis donk-led for 12,000, Dixon made it 40,000, Neil Walker was then all-in (this could’ve happened pre-flop but regardless he was all-in).
Now this is where it got interesting, before Drousiotis took action the dealer burned and revealed the turn card – the [5s] – this is important for later in the hand. But because action hadn’t been completed this turn card wouldn’t stand and would have to be shuffled back into the deck along with the burn cards. After this issue had been resolved, Drousiotis folded [Qc][Jh] face-up. The other two players now revealed their cards:
Dixon: [Qd][5d] – two pair and he would have had a full house
Walker: [As][Qs] – top pair
Turn: [3d] – so far so good for Dixon
River: [Ac] – ouch a brutal out draw and one that Dixon rightly felt aggrieved over. He got up left the table and when he returned he was still shaking his head and banging a stack of chips into the felt, to help ease the frustration. — NW
1.55pm: Jobling rockets clear after monster pot
By far the biggest pot of the tournament just played out between Alex Jobling and Mark Buckley resulting in the former rocketing clear at the top.
Jobling opened to 14,000 and Buckley called to see the [tc][8d][7d] flop where he raised a 14,000 c-bet up to 54,000. Call.
The turn came [as] and Jobling checked to face a 60,000 bet. He treated it to a check-raise to 150,000. Buckley called leaving himself 208,000 behind as the action headed to the [js] river. Jobling set Buckley all in for the last of his chips and he called whilst saying, “I have to call, I have a set of eights” and opened [8c][8s].
It was no good though as Jobling rivered a straight with [ts][9s]. He raked in the huge amount of chips and now has a massive 950,000. — MC
1.45pm: Camel curtailed
We’ve just lost Keith ‘The Camel’ Hawkins in 37th place. It folded to him on the button and he moved all-in for 83,000 with [Jc][10c], from the small blind Willian Cheung tank called and showed [Ad][6d].
The [7s][8d][Kh] flop gave Hawkins more outs, but he missed them all on the [3d] turn and [Kd] river. — NW
1.32pm: Good Job
Alex Jobling is now one of the chip leaders after making a good river call to boost his stack to around 500,000.
I only saw the river action but with approximately 185,000 in the pot Shane Gregory (under-the-gun) fired out a bet of 83,000 and Jobling (mid-position) went into the tank. He had roughly 240,000 back and he cut out the requisite calling chips to see what he’d have left after the call.
After a couple of minutes thinking over his decision he announced call and slid his chips over the line. It was Gregory who was first to show, opening [6s][5s], Jobling then revealed [Ac][Qs] to claim the pot. — NW
1.25pm: Cry me a river
Kevin Monroe causing more river -card pain for Andrew Robson. The board read [qc][qd][3c][8d][ac] and Monroe bet 28,500 from under the gun. Robson released his hand once more.
Brett Angell’s lead has disappeared after he made a hero-looking call on the river of a [7d][8h][5s][kc][3d] board. He was battling in the blinds with Alex Jobling and checked to face a 70,000 bet. He called and mucked upon seeing Jobling’s [ks][tc]. He’s down to 385,000 as Jobling rose to 335,000.
En route back to the press room we saw Monroe not get his own way for once today. He three-bet folded to Sam Holden’s four-bet to drop back to 405,000. Holden is back up to 215,000. — MC
1.10pm: Three more bite the dust
Three more exits to tell you about…
• Miles Mckenzie took out Andrew Grayson, pocket jacks against [Ah][Qs]. The latter was all-in for 90,000, a [Jd][6d][3c] flop pretty decisive, the [Kc] turn opened up the possibility of a unlikely outdraw, but the [4h] river was a blank.
• Overnight chip leader David Reed found aces at the same time as Ronald Wilkinson picked up [Ah][Kd]. These two premium hands created a 280,000 chip pot that went to Reed on a [8h][2d][8s][3c][2h] board. He’s up to 470,000.
• Viktor Leonov was all-in on the turn of a [Jd][6c][7s][Ac] board with [9s][7h] and was up against Anthony Shileds who had [As][6d]. The [Qd] completed the board to send Leonov out in 43rd place. — NW
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1pm: Monroe causing all sorts of problems
There’s no doubt who the table captain at table number five is. Keith Hawkins, Sam Holden and Jude Ainsworth all started there, but it’s Kevin Monroe ruling the roost.
The Team PokerStars pro has position on the hyper-aggressive Monroe, it’s not helping one bit at the moment though.
We caught up with a hand between the two on the turn of a [5d][2c][kh][3s] board. Ainsworth led for 55,000 from the small blind but had to admit defeat when Monroe shoved on him.
A couple of hands later Ainsworth was the only caller when Monroe raised pre flop. Monroe continued on a [5c][3d][qd] flop and Ainsworth folded. It seems as if Ainsworth is smelling the blood of his prey but doesn’t quite have the right tools to slay the aggro-beast right now.
Monroe – 405,000
Ainsworth – 125,000
12.45pm: Semi-calm restored
After the crazy opening spell, calm has been restored somewhat. There are still 51 players remaining but we don’t that figure to last very long.
- Gary Oakes has become one of the short stacks after he tank-called Lee Dixon’s squeeze all in with [9h][9d]. Dixon opened [ac][qs] and just got there on the [2d][th][3s][td][qh] board.
- David Reed and Brett Angell are now sat at the same table and it didn’t take too long for the two players to clash. The former opened from under the gun and was three-bet by the latter in late position. Reed was having none of it and four-bet him back to force a fold.
- Kevin Monroe put Andrew Robson under all sorts of pressure in a hand. He defended his big blind and called flop and turn bets before shoving the river. The final board read [qc][5c][3s][ad][7s] and Robson had 110,000 back by the river. He looked in real pain as he came to the decision to relinquish his hand. -MC
12.44pm: Carousel ends for Dougal
Matthew Dougal must’ve been pretty happy when his all-in with pocket jacks found a call from Benjamin Senior’s [Qc][10c]. The [2c][9h][9c] flop gave Senior a flush draw, which completed on the [3c] turn, the [8c] river was a bit of overkill. Dougal out in 52nd.– NW
12.42pm: Empty Tin-lin
Alan Tinlin is another of the early casualties on Day 3. He was all-in for 60,000 with pocket sixes, Paul Jenkinson with the overcards – [Ad][Qs] – this time the overcards won the day, the board coming [7c][4c][7h][Qc][5h] to send Tinlin out in 53rd. — NW
12.40pm: Men only at the table please
And the last remaining female in the field is out. Emma Jones came back today with less than one big blind so that she managed to hold on to finish 54th is a miracle in itself. Her shrapnel went in with pocket eights pre-flop and she got two callers.
On the [kh][6c][3d] flop Alex Jobling bet out and his opponent got out the way, Jobling showed [3h][3c] for a flopped set and the turn and river bricked out to send her to the rail. — NW
12.35pm: Taus takes one out
Ashfaaq Taus is up to around 350,000 after eliminating Sharapov Oleksandr in a blind on blind battle. Taus raised to 11,500 from the small, Oleksandr shipped for 89,500 from the big and Taus called the extra.
The [9h][Qs][5h][3s][2d] board ruling decisively in the Dutchman’s favour. — NW
12.30pm: Angell takes out two
Brett Angell is the chip leader having eliminated two men early on today. I missed the first but Angell told me he held [A][K] and flopped a king to outflop Guido Braye’s pocket fives, the latter all-in for 40,000.
Then he won a much bigger pot. Christopher Mcnicholls jammed for 105,000 with [Ac][Js], Angell making the call with [Ad][Kd] and holding on a [Qd][8s][Js][9d][7d] board, rivering the nut flush just for good measure. He’s up to around 500,000 now. — NW
12.27pm: More for McMahon
At start of play Barry McMahon was second in chips and he just padded his stack by eliminating a shortstacked Dylan Roberts. The latter was all-in for around 30,000 with [9d][8d], McMahon called with [Ad][10s]. The board running out [9s][Qd][Ah][10d][2s] to eliminate Roberts. — NW
12.25pm: Ward won’t be winning
One of the short stacks coming back today was UKIPT2 Edinburgh 4th place finisher Tom Ward. Two quick hands saw his demise though. In the first he called Akshay Reddy’s shove, Ward had pocket nines, Reddy [Js]10s]. A board of [4h][8s][10c][Ks][4d] reducing Ward to less than two big blinds.
That went in soon after with [Kd][9s], Cormac O’Dea the would be executioner with [As][4s], a board of [Ac][10d][Ks][10s][10c] ended Ward’s day. — NW
Eleven players have been eliminated in the opening 15 minutes. We caught most of them, details on the ones we did coming right up. — NW
12.05pm: Shuffle-up and deal
Play is under way here in the Aspers casino. We expect today to last around nine levels. give or take a level. — MC
11.50am: Solid Reed leads the way
Welcome back to Newcastle and Day 3 of UKIPT3 Newcastle. Today the plan is simple, make the final and be in with a shot of winning the £105,900 first prize tomorrow. To make those eight very happy, 54 players are going to be left with a sense of what might have been.
Play will begin in a little under 10 minutes and David Reed will start as chip leader. The 22-year-old student from Bradford, who’s playing in his first major live tournament bagged up 363,500 at the end of play yesterday, after more than doubling up on the final hand.
He’s got a score of seasoned UKIPT veterans in the chasing pack, Barry McMahon (4th UKIPT3 Nottingham) and Brett Angell (2nd UKIPT2 Nottingham) are less than 10 big blinds behind.
Also lurking are Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth (237,500), Sam Holden (207,000) and Keith Hawkins (119,500). This one is still anyone’s tournament and we’re set for an exciting days play. Some rudimentary maths tells the PokerStars blog that we think it’ll take around nine levels to play from 62 (10 players busted in a crazy final 10 minutes last night) to the final eight. Stay right here for all the coverage. — NW
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2.10am: Alexandru Mitrus eliminated in 13th place (€2,550)
Shortstacked with just 37,000 pocket kings was a pretty nice hand for Alexandru Mistrus to find under-the-gun, in when his chips and Pavao Vujnovac called from the big blind with [Ad][9s]. All was looking good for Mistrus until an ace spiked on the river.
Just a dozen left here in Zagreb.
2.05am: Last six hands
The tournament clock has been paused and players will play six more hands before bagging up for the night.
1.55am: Chip counts
I’ve just updated the chip counts page, to see counts of the 13 remaining players click here.
Vasileios Chantzaras still leads the way with around 1,300,000, Richard Bodis and Carsten Luxig with 400,000 a-piece his nearest challengers.
1.40am: Adrian Negrusa eliminated in 14th place (€2,550)
In another all-in pre-flop encounter Adrian Negrusa got his last 130,000 in with [A] but ran into Carsten Luxig’s [A][Q], after that hand the German climbs to 310,000.
Carsten Luxig has over 300,000
1.30am: Martin Svub eliminated in 15th place (€2,550)
The Martin Svub revival has hit the rocks and of course it was one man wrecking machine Vasileios Chantzaras. A flurry of betting ended with Chantzaras five-bet shoving [A][K] and Svub calling with [A][Q] and big-slick held up to propel Chantzaras to around 1,400,000, more than a third of the chips in play.
1.20am: One more level
The powers have be have decided that they’ll be one more level tonight. Stay right here as we try and play down to the final table. Instinct tells me we’ll end with 11 or 12 players.
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1.15am: Exposed hand ruled dead
Tournament director Thomas Lamatsch just had to make a ruling. After Richard Bodis had opened to 16,000, Alexandru Mitrus three-bet to 43,000 and with the action back of Bodis he said something along the lines of: “Nice bet,” Mitrus now thought that this meant that Bodis had mucked and turned over pocket queens.
Lamatsch was called to the table and ruled that the pot would be awarded to Bodis but that Mitrus could take back his raise and send just 16,000 in the the direction of Bodis.
1.05am: Marko Mikovic eliminated in 16th place (€2,200)
No details I’m afraid but the board is showing that 15 remain and he was the last elimination according to tournament staff. He was one of the shorter stacks with 80,000 so his exit is not unexpected.
12.55am: Roman Kadziela eliminated in 17th place (€2,200)
From mid-position Roman Kadziela moved all-in for 62,500 with pocket sixes and got a call from Alexandru Mitrus who held pocket kings. No help on the board and we’re down to 16.
12.40am: Another Greek tragedy
It seems Vasileios Chantzaras is hell bent on knocking every other Greek out of this tournament as he just sent Ioannis Triantafyllakis to the rail and in the process climbed over the million chip mark. He now has more than a quarter of the chips in play with 17 players left.
In the hand in question Triantafyllakis opened the button to 14,000, Chantzaras three-bet to 34,000 from the big blind, Triantafyllakis moved all-in fro 300,000 with king-queen and Chantzaras snap called with pocket queens, which held.
12.35am: Svub on the up
Martin Svub finished 12th at Eureka Prague and he’s making another deep run here in Croatia. He’s been grinding a short stack most of the day but finds himself in possession of an above average stack at the moment as he has 290,000.
Svub – has more than a stub
12.25am: Marko Mikovic doubles up
He’d slipped to just 40,000, found pocket fours and moved all-in, he got a willing customer in the shape of Adrian Negrusa who held [Ah][Js].
The flop of [5h][8c][Ac] wasn’t the best for Mikovic and but the [2d] turn and [3d] river certainly were and he rivered the straight to stay in the tournament, Negrusa slips to around 140,000.
12.15am: Down to two tables
Since the break overnight chip leader Dominik Mokni has been eliminated in 20th place and Peter Christ in 19th. The latter told me: “I moved all-in with king-queen and my opponent had kings.” Still that’s not a bad effort for your first major poker tournament.
There’s been a short break whilst they combine the remaining players at two tables.
12.10am: Chip counts
If you click here you’ll see the chip counts of every player who remains. And it’s all Greek at the moment Vasileios Chantzaras leads with 723,500 and he’s followed by compatriot Ioannis Triantafyllakis who has 428,000. Their closest challenger is Richard Bodis of Hungary who has 274,900.
12.01am: 20 left in Zagreb
We’re down to 20 players in Zagreb as Day 2 draws to a close. At this juncture I’m not sure if players will play one or two more levels, I think it depends on how many are left at the end of this level.
Either way players are back in their seats and cards are in the air, chip counts coming right up.
A stack of the yellow 5,000 chips
5:20pm: Fifteen-minute break
5:15pm: Leigh Warne eliminated in 5th place
Leigh Warne’s tournament has come to an end and again Toothpick Tony was the destroyer.
The chips were in preflop with Warne going with [ah][qc] but Toothpick showed [qs][qh]. Both players’ tournaments hung in the balance, as the board ran out out [ks][ts][2h][5c][8h] to leave Toothpick’s ladies in front to take it down.
Warne collects $ 18,760 for his 5th place finish while Toothpick is up to 580,000.
Leigh Warne eliminated in 5th place
5:05pm: Nguyen collects with top pair
Toothpick Tony opened with a raise from under the gun to 32,000 and picked up two callers in Khiem Nguyen and Sammy Huang to see a flop of [qh][2c][5s]. Action checked around and the turn brought the [7s]. Action again checked to Nguyen on the button who bet 55,000. Huang folded but Toothpick made the call as the [8s] completed the board on the river.
Toothpick checked and Nguyen bet 86,000. Toothpick quickly made the call but mucked when Nguyen tabled [qd][td] for top pair.
4:50pm: Huang finds aces
After a failed limp-re-raise in a blind battle with Khiem Nguyen, James Broom opened the action a few hands later with a raise to 25,000. Again Nguyen was in a punishing mood as he three-bet to 65,000 on the button. The twist was Sammy Huang getting in on the action with a flat-call from the small blind. Broom smelt a rat and folded as the two players saw a flop of [kd][5c][qh].
Huang checked to Nguyen who bet small – just 65,000. Huang instantly declared himself all in, and just as quickly, Nguyen slammed his cards down into the muck in disgust. Huang proudly showed his [as][ac] for another monster hand as he climbs to 1.25 million. Nguyen is on 480,000 with Broom at 210,000.
4:30pm: A splinter for the Toothpick
Leigh Warne has taken a bite out of Toothpick Tony. Warne opened to 27,000 before Toothpick three-bet to 75,000. Action folded back to Warne who announced himself all in for 267,500 in total. Toothpick gave it some quick thought but decided to let it go.
Toothpick slips to 490,000 with Warne up to 350,000.
4:20pm: Level up, blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000
4:15pm: More for Sammy
Khiem Nguyen opened with what he intended to be a raise, but he threw out the wrong chip denominations and was ruled to a call. That brought in Sammy Huang and the two blinds to see a flop of [qd][2s][qs]. Action checked around and the turn was the [ks]. Action checked to Nguyen who bet 22,000 with Huang making the call.
The river was the [6s] to put four spades on board but that didn’t slow Nguyen who bet out 58,000. Huang thought for a moment and matched the bet. It was a good call as Nguyen tossed his cards face down into the muck in resignation. Huang is now up to 1.1 million.
4:05pm: Sammy Huang, the million dollar man
Sammy Huang is continuing on his merry way with another big pot against James Broom. Huang opened with a raise before Broom three-bet from the small blind. Huang called and the two took a flop of [9s][6c][3h].
Broom led out with a bet of around 85,000 but Huang instantly moved all in and Broom folded just as quickly.
“See I can fold ace-king!” chucked Broom, referring to their clash earlier today. Broom is back on the short stack with 180,000, with Huang now up over one million in chips.
3:55pm: Luke Edwards eliminated in 6th place
After Leigh Warne raised from the small blind, Luke Edwards moved all in for around 100,000 from the big blind. Warne made the call.
Warne was in front with his king and it stayed that way as the board bricked out [ts][3h][6d][7d][as]. Edwards heads home in 6th place for $ 15,410 in prize money.
Luke Edwards eliminated in 6th place
3:45pm: Edwards chops one
Luke Edwards has been very quiet at this final table as he struggles to find any cards to ship his short stack into the middle.
When he finally did find [ad][9d] and moved all in, James Broom quickly called and tabled the same hand – [ac][9c]. Edwards was happy to be freerolling on the [8h][jh][5d] flop, but the [kc] turn and [2d] river left both players to chop it up. Edwards is still the short stack with 100,000 chips.
3:30pm: Andrew Watson eliminated in 7th place
Andrew Watson opened with a raise from the cutoff to 22,000 before Khiem Nguyen made it 60,000 to go from the small blind. Action back with Watson and he moved all in for around 240,000 with Nguyen making the call.
The race was on but Watson missed everything on the board of [3c][5s][ks][8h][2c]. Nguyen takes the pot and moves up to 650,000 with Watson heading to the cashier in 7th place for $ 12,730 in prize money.
Andrew Watson eliminated in 7th place
3:20pm: Level up, blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000
3:15pm: George Graziani eliminated in 9th and Tristan Bain eliminated in 8th place
WOW! A huge double KO has seen two players sent to the cashier as cult hero “Toothpick Tony” has stormed right into title contention.
The action started with Tristan Bain opening to 17,000 before the short-stacked George Graziano moved all in for 26,500. Play was then with Toothpick who announced a re-raise to 53,000. Bain wasn’t going anywhere as he moved all in for 253,500. Toothpick thought for a few moments before making the call!
The board bricked out [3c][6s][3d][4h][7c] to leave the kings in front. Toothpick covered both players as they were eliminated in sensational fashion. Graziano picks up $ 8,040 for 9th while Bain will pocket $ 10,050 for 8th place. Meanwhile Toothpick is up over 550,000 chips!
Tristan Bain eliminated in 8th place
3:10pm: Yabba Jabba dooooo!
James Broom doesn’t mind doing things the hard way, but even he shed a bead of sweat before nailing a river to double up through the unlucky George Graziani.
Broom open-shoved for 122,000 from under the gun and action folded around to Graziani on the button who made the call.
Broom was in trouble but the board arrived [6c][6s][5s][7h][ks] to land Broom a stunning three-outer river to stay alive! Broom doubles to 260,000 with Graziani now left crippled.
James Broom is relieved to find a river to stay alive!
2:55pm: Sammy puts the foot down
Sammy Huang has extended his chip lead after again pounding on Germany’s Khiem Nguyen.
Nguyen opened to 16,500 from under the gun before Huang three-bet to 42,000 next to speak. The table folded around and Nguyen made the call to see a flop of [qd][tc][5c].
Nguyen checked it over to Huang who bet 53,000. Nguyen called and the turn brought the [7s]. Nguyen checked again and Huang didn’t hold back as he made it 100,000 to go. Nguyen made a reluctant fold as he slips to 360,000 with Huang now up to 800,000.
Our runaway chip leader is local Sammy Huang
2:40pm: Broom lays down a monster
With the board reading [td][kd][7h][jh][ts], James Broom was sitting in the tank contemplating an 84,000-chip bet from Khiem Nguyen. It represented almost half of Broom’s stack and he was clearly having a tough time with the decision.
Broom leant right in close to Nguyen on his direct left and with hand over his mouth was virtually whispering into his ear. Broom didn’t stop chattering but it was totally inaudible and Nguyen didn’t react in the slightest. It was almost awkward to watch but after a few minutes of trying to get a reaction, Broom eventually folded a surprisingly strong [9s][8s]! We’ve seen Broom make call downs with fourth pair, now he’s folding a straight!
Nguyen pads his stack to 460,000 with Broom down to 185,000.
2:20pm: Level up, blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 500
2:05pm: Broom lands a quick double up
The short stack of our final table, James Broom has landed a quick double up at the expense of Andrew Watson.
Action folded to Watson on the button and he raised it to 13,500. Broom was in the small blind and he declared himself all in with Watson making a quick call.
The flop landed [ac][2c][jh] which interested both players as Watson hit a pair but Broom picked up straight and flush draws. The turn was the [as] to leave Broom needing a club to stay alive. He called for the [3c] but instead the [4c] arrived which was just as pretty to give Broom the flush to double up to 250,000. Watson is back to 300,000.
2:00pm: Final table kicks off!
The players are back following the break and ready for the ANZPT Canberra final table!
Here’s how they will line up with approximate chip counts:
Seat 1: Luke Edwards (Australia) (PokerStars Qualifier) – 170,000
Seat 2: George Graziani (Australia) – 157,000
Seat 3: Tony “Toothpick” Kambouroglou (Australia) – 272,000
Seat 4: Andrew Watson (Australia) (PokerStars Player) – 425,000
Seat 5: James Broom (Australia) – 118,500
Seat 6: Khiem Nguyen (Germany) – 590,000
Seat 7: Sammy Huang (Australia) (PokerStars Qualifier) – 447,000
Seat 8: Tristan Bain (Australia) – 280,000
Seat 9: Leigh Warne (Australia) – 225,000
The players have satisfied their media commitments and been introduced “rock star style to the audience here at the Casino Canberra – all that was missing was some pyrotechnics and theme music!
The final table is now underway with 21:31 left in this level with the blinds at 3,000-6,000 with an ante of 500.
Congratulations to Titan Poker’s Nicolas Picardi from Argentina who finished in 116th place in Event #54: $ 1,000 No-Limit Hold’em for a prize of $ 3,624. This huge WSOP tournament attracted a total of 4,576 players, the second highest on record for a $ 1,000 buy-in tournament in WSOP history.
Picardi traveled to Las Vegas last week to play this event after having qualified at Titan Poker’s online satellites.
He had a great time playing poker at the Rio Hotel even if he was short stack most of the time during Day 2 and didn’t have a lot of options other than pushing or folding to stay alive in the tournament. He was really struggling with the blinds until he bet his tournament life on a flip for his last hand.
Christophe Benzimra was really close to finishing in the money as he went out in 522th position, whereas 468 places were paid.
On his last hand, the chipleader of the table raised in middle position and Christophe just called with A♣ 9♣
The flop came J♣ J♥ 3♣ and the original raiser made his continuation-bet. Christophe instantly pushed his remaining 16 blinds into the pot and was paid by his opponent.
The other guy showed K♦ J♠
The turn and river didn’t bring the club card he was seeking and our French member of Team Titan was eliminated.
A few other players who qualified online through satellites at Titan Poker played this event but didn’t succeed in qualifying for Day 2.
Day 1a concludes – Haifeng Xue leads the way
That’s a wrap from the PokerStars Macau Poker Room as our field of 127 players have been reduced to the final nine. It was non-stop action today right from the opening bell, as the fast structure and gambling mindset of our players allowed for an entertaining day of poker.
Our lone Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin was unable to make it through the day when her pocket kings were cracked in the early stages, as the money was reached just inside a full fifteen levels of play.
End of day chip counts:
Haifeng Xue (China) – 262,500
Wen Lin Wang (China) – 171,500
Brice Renaud (France) – 159,000
Chun Jui Lin (Canada) – 110,500
Jacky Mok (Hong Kong) – 71,500
Jing Yi Zhu (Australia) – 70,500
Che Kung Lam (Hong Kong) – 64,500
Gerald Wong (Hong Kong) – 64,000
Jason Hoang (Canada) – 59,000
All nine players are guaranteed HK$ 8,000 in prize money. They also have the option of returning tomorrow to try and cash once again and perhaps better the mark they have set today. They’ll have to grab some rest and return to the Grand Lisboa Casino tomorrow at 2:10pm for Day 1b of the Macau Millions. Until then, it’s good night from Macau!
2:40pm: No prizes for the bubble boy
The bubble has burst and unfortunately it’s a low point for David Lo. After progressing well throughout the day, Lo moved all in preflop with [as][qc] but Wang Wei Lin woke up with [qd][qs] in the big blind and made the call.
The board ran out [9c][7d][8c][3d][th] to leave Lo to ask, “Is there any prize for being bubble boy?”
“Yes, there is!” replied Danny McDonagh without missing a beat, “You get to come back and play again tomorrow!”
2:25am: Bubble time
“It’s bubble time!” announced Danny McDonagh as the players formed the final table of ten. “If you bubble today, you get six more goes, so don’t feel too bad!”
The next player eliminated will have to rebuy if they want to progress in this tournament while the remaining nine will reach Day 2 and be guaranteed a payday of HK$ 8,000.
2:20am: The final ten
Haifeng Xue has just taken out another player to bring us to our final table of ten players.
Xue raised the button before the small blind moved all in from the small blind for an additional 25,000. He was hoping for a fold holding [qs][5s] but Xue sighed, “I have to call” as he felt pot-committed with his [as][2s].
The board arrived [7h][ks][kh][ac][qc] and Xue claims another victim to jump to a massive 270,000 chips.
2:00am: Marlboro extinguished
Hanbing “Marlboro” Wang was the early pace-setter today but his run has come to a screeching halt after running his [9c][9s] into the [qs][qc] of CJ Lin. The chips were in preflop and the board ran out [td][3c][ad][6h][kc] to send Wang to the rail.
Meanwhile Lin is up to 140,000 and in good shape.
CJ Lin is surging at the right time as he joins the chip leaders
1:55am: Chip leaders
As we get to the pointy end of proceedings, there are three players with very healthy chip stacks and a clear lead over the rest of the field.
Haifeng “Hai” Xue – 160,000
Jacky Mok – 135,000
Brice Renaud – 125,000
1:45am: Woe for Wu
Bo Wu is the next to fall as just 15 players remain alive in today’s flight. Wu moved all in from the button with [ad][8s] but was called by Jacky Mok’s [ac][jc].
Wu was looking for an eight but once the flop landed he was only looking for the exit. The [3c][2c][6c] flop gave Mok the nut flush and left Wu drawing completely dead. The [9h] turn and [7h] river completed the board to eliminate Wu from the tournament.
1:40am: Stall tactics
“Players don’t waste time! I’ll check your cards!” was the threat from Danny McDonagh after repeated warnings to all players to avoid deliberate time-wasting and stalling during hands. With a fast structure, there is just no room for players to be deliberately stalling to try and reach the money. McDonagh himself has called the clock on players on several occasions now, and players will be subject to a possible penalty if they are caught out.
1:30am: The once mighty are now falling
Some of our big stacks from earlier in the day are now on struggle street as the chips are moving around the table at a rapid rate.
Brine Renaud is back down in the back after doubling up Andrew Marks. The board read [3h][3c][ac][6s][2s] when Marks’ all-in bet was called by Renaud. Marks opened [3d][qh] for trips to double up to 55,000 and leave Renaud on 35,000.
Meanwhile another one-time chip leader in Dang Quan Dai was just spotted making a hasty exit from the poker room. It’s safe to assume he’s busto and steaming.
Dang Quan Dai has been eliminated
1:25am: Sometimes just close your eyes and gamle
Sometimes in poker, you just gotta gamble. Just close your eyes and stick it in. It’s not fun when the blinds are high and your stack is low, but it’s no good getting blinded out. That’s the attitude of Che Kung Lam adopted when a player on the button moved all in on Lam’s big blind. He was short-stacked. He needed to double up. So he called with [3h][5s]. It got even uglier when his opponent opened [3s][3d] to leave Lam in terrible shape.
The table was giggling as Lam tried to justify his decision, but they were in hysterics when the board was spread [7c][qc][qs][4c][6c] to give Lam a backdoor straight for an almighty double up! He’s now up to 40,000 and with head above water once again.
1:15am: Jiang busts
Haifeng “Hai” Xue is now up to 92,000 to be at the front of the pack as the chips are swinging wildly here in the late stages of Day 1a.
Xue got most of his chips when his [jc][jh] held against the [9h][9d] of Wayne Jiang. The chips were in preflop and the board ran out [qd][7c][td][kd][ts]. Xue is now sitting with a big stack as Jiang’s stack is no more.
1:00am: Tan out
The final nine players from today’s flight will be male dominated after our last female player in Jay Tan has hit the rail. She was short-stacked and moved all in for around 15,000 with king-jack but Harold Tsakmaklis woke up with ace-king in the big blind and made the call.
The board ran out [qc][3h][8h][4d][kc] to see Tan eliminated as 23 players remain.
12:55am: Lin will take a chop
Action folded to Hung-sheng Lin in the cutoff position and he moved all in for a total of 27,100. Next to speak was Brice Renaud on the button who deliberated for some time before finally announcing a call. The blinds scampered for cover and the cards were on their backs.
Lin opened [as][5h] and stood up in resignation at the sight of Renaud’s dominant [ad][qc]. But it wasn’t over quite yet as the board remarkably ran out [ks][2s][jc][js][jd]. Both players played the trip jacks with ace-king kicker to chop it up!
“This is why I never win tournaments!” exclaimed Renaud in despair. Lin stays alive while Renaud went for a little walk to cool off.
12:45am: Wang sets up
Wenlin Wang is looking good to reach Day 2 after flopping a set to eliminate an opponent. Holding [9c][9h], Wang moved all in and was called by a player holding [ac][js]. The rail let out a collective “oooh” when the flop landed [ad][jc][9s] as both players hit it hard. Wang’s set was still in front and it stayed that way on the [2s] turn and [4h] river.
12:35am: Play resumes
The final 27 players are back on the felt with the next two hours likely to determine who will reach our final nine, and who will have to come back and do it all again tomorrow.
Brine Renaud, Dang Quan Dai and Wayne Jiang are the chip leaders at around the 80,000-chip mark. The blinds are now 1,200-2,400 with a 300 chip ante, which puts out average stack at a little over fifteen big blinds.