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2013 UKIPT Isle of Man Day 3: Fatima Moreira de Melo Reaches Final Table

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Day 3 of the 2013 UK & Ireland Poker Tour Isle of Man £1,100 Main Event has been completed and the final table is set. Jamie O'Connor is top of the leader board at the end of Day 3 with 1,243,000 in chips. In second place is Duncan McLellan with 1,161,000 followed by Daniel Stacey on 1,087,000.

Final Table Seating Assignments

SeatNameChip Count
1Adam Topping676,000
2Christopher Jonat952,000
3Duncan McLellan1,161,000
4Harry Lodge569,000
5Daniel Stacey1,087,000
6Jamie O'Connor1,243,000
7Richard Milne956,000
8Fatima Moreira de Melo524,000

With 30 players remaining to start the day, early action was fast and furious with Fabio Espositio the first player eliminated when he cold four-bet shoved with the {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} and was called by the three-bettor from the Rational Group Staff Member, Christopher Jonat, who held the {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. The board ran out {9-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{9-Spades}{3-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} and the importance of winning your flips was established early.

More eliminations quickly followed during the same level. Steve Russell, Jonathan Barr, Full Tilt Poker Tour Ambassador Ben Jenkins, Owen Fenwick, and Peter Warfvinge all headed for the exit shortly thereafter, then it was time for players to stick around.

The next level saw a number of double ups including Sam Razavi, who took a big pot off Jonat in a cooler situation with set over set. After that, some more exits occurred in Tomasz Chmiel, Mark Handley, and Lewis Cheetham.

By the end of the second level of the day, Duncan McLellan was still in the lead after starting the day on top, wielding his stack to good effect. With the ability to eliminate any of his opponents, he used that knowledge to put the pressure on the others time and time again. He was still closely being trailed by PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo, though.

The next level would see another flurry of eliminations, with Razavi riding his luck before he too was felted when he three-bet shoved with the {k-Hearts}{j-Clubs} and ran in to the {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} of Richard Milne. With Mate Mecs also knocked out, the tournament was down to 15 players and there was a redraw.

Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein picked up a lot of small pots by attacking Rational Group Staff Member Chris Straghalis and three-betting Alexander Schilt’s opens. Straghalis eventually shoved, but Greenstein had the best of it to double up and put the hurt on Straghalis. Greenstein was eventually eliminated in 11th place when he squeezed with the {a-Diamonds}{j-Spades}, but Harry Lodge had expertly set the trap by flatting the opener and called the all-in move with the {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}. A final board of {8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{3-Clubs} meant Greenstein’s run was at an end.

Other players eliminated in that level included Matthijs Rebel (15th), James Browning (14th), Paul Coughlan (13th), and Colin Marks (12th).

Then, there was a double up for de Melo, who had been in the danger zone for a while. Elsewhere, Dahe Liu lost a race with the {k-Spades}{10-Hearts} against McLellan’s {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}, with the cards running out {5-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{q-Clubs} to bust Liu in 10th. With that, the unofficial final table of nine was set, and one more player neededto fall before play finished for the day. Before that happened, though, there was just time for McLellan to show an audacious bluff.

O'Connor opened to 40,000 from early position and McLellan three-bet to 85,000 on the button. O'Connor four-bet to 160,000 and McLellan called. The flop came {10-Spades}{5-Hearts}{a-Clubs} and McLellan called an 80,000-chip bet. The {6-Spades} fell on the turn, and when O’Connor checked, McLellan moved all in. O’Connor folded and McLellan showed the {3-Hearts}{2-Hearts}.

It fell to Schilt to be the bubble boy when Jonat opened and called Schilt’s three-bet shove. Jonat had the {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}, crushing the {3-Spades}{3-Clubs} of Schilt. The board was {5-Spades}{4-Spades}{q-Clubs}{k-Spades}{8-Clubs} and the final table was set.

Be sure to stay tuned to the PokerNews Live Reporting section for Monday's final table, when the action restarts at 12 p.m. local time. The final eight players will battle it out for the first prize of £94,090 and the UKIPT Isle of Man title. In the meantime, enjoy a feature video from the special Halloween party:

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