Josef Snejberg, a professional poker player from the Czech Republic, finished Day 3 of the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event as the chip leader with 1,561,000. Snejberg will take the biggest stack into the eight-handed final table, leading Ireland’s Fintan Gavin (1,148,000) and Scotland's Ludovic Geilich (1,063,000) at the top of the leaderboard.
UKIPT Isle of Man Final Table
Play resumed at noon on Sunday with 40 players taking their seats. The plan was to play down to the official final table of eight, and for the first few levels the bustouts came fast.
One of the early departures was Team PokerStars Pro and two-time EPT Champion Victoria Coren Mitchell. She had three-bet on the button holding queens and was called by Frank Longinotti who decided to call holding ace-king. All the chips went in on the jack-high flop but it wasn’t until the turn that an ace came to eliminate Coren Mitchell.
PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo was eliminated shortly after when her shove with got a call from PokerStars Head of Communications Lee Jones. It was looking good until the river of a board reading and de Melo would not get the chance to improve on her second place finish here last year.
Simon Deadman lost a big pot to David Hill and was probably lucky not to go broke as Hill just called a river bet from Deadman with a final board showing . Deadman had flopped a full-house with but Hill got him on the river with his . A short while later Deadman shoved with and Josef Snejberg took the last of his chips holding the .
The story of the day though has to be local celebrity chef Darren Woods who began the day with a monster stack of 907,500 while the average stack was 201,000. He had got those chips by playing practically every hand on Day 2 while sinking pints of beer and downing Sambuca shots. The question was would he change his strategy now he was in sight of a big pay day and faced tougher opponents? The answer was that he did not.
After two levels Woods had lost over half his chips and was back in the pack while Geilich was one of the players benefiting from his largesse. The end for Woods came not long after as his stack had dwindled even further, he made a fairly big shove in the big blind with for 194,000 over an open from Andre Wagner who snapped him off with . The final board was and Woods was out in 30th place collecting £2,340 for his efforts.
The re-draw for the final 24 players came soon after when seven more players fell before the end of level 19. At that stage it was the Isle of Man resident Hill who led the way followed by Gavin with Geilich lurking in fourth and Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Martins Adeniya holding steady in sixth.
With short-handed play across the three tables Geilich took full advantage of the less experienced and shorter stacks at his table and began raising practically every hand. With no one prepared to stand up to him Geilich began to grow his stack but it was Gavin who grabbed the lead from Hill just before the tournament went down to two tables.
Linus Sweeney was eliminated in 17th place when his couldn’t hold against the of Snejberg. The board ran out and it was the end of short-handed play as two tables of eight were formed.
Jones was knocked out in 14th place with against the of Josh Hart but unlike Snejberg he failed to hit on the final board.
Geilic briefly took the lead when his aggressive reputation paid full dividends, eventually knocking out Matthew Baker who check-called every street and called off his stack on the river of a board reading . Baker's was behind all the way to Geilich’s .
PokerStars Team Online Player Adrienne Rowsome fell in 12th place when her three-bet shove with was called by Snejberg holding . There wasn’t even a sweat and Snejberg, who had been playing a patient game all day, began to get back into contention. Indeed it wasn’t too long before Snejberg called a preflop three-bet from Geilich holding and ended up making a full house on a final board of to give him close to a million chips for the first time in the tournament.
After Isle of Man resident Christopher Corkhill was eliminated in 10th place for (£5,360), the unofficial final table of nine was set and Geilich and Snejberg would soon be clashing again. It was Snejberg who opened the action and after a series of raises it would was Snejberg who had the final say when he six-bet shoved and Geilich tank-folded.
Adeniya started the day second in chips and played a patient, aggressive game all tournament long, but the Full Tilt Poker Ambassador was to be the unlucky final table bubble boy. David Hill four-bet shoved on Adeniya holding and Adeniya snapped him off with . The cards ran out with Hill’s two pair cracking Adeniya’s kings.
The final table of eight with hole cards will be streamed on a one hour delay Monday starting at 1 p.m. local time so be sure to join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team as we bring you exclusive hand-for-hand. The eventual winner will walk away with £ 5,900 and the title of UKIPT Champion Isle of Man 201!