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High Roller

Level Info

Level 15
Blinds 2,500 / 5,000
Ante 500

Players Info

Prize Pool €69,840
High Roller
Day 2 Completed

Sergio Aido Wins the FTP UKIPT Galway High Roller for €24,450

Chad_Holloway • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Sergio Aido - UKIPT High Roller Winner
Sergio Aido - UKIPT High Roller Winner

After two grueling days of action in the Full Tilt Poker UKIPT Galway Festival €2,000 + €200 High Roller, we finally have a winner — Sergio Aido, who won the World Poker Tour National Series in Barcelona in October for $115,240 and the UKIPT London £700 No Limit Hold'em Event in March for $217,530. The Spaniard topped a field of 36 entries, six of which returned on Day 2, to take home €24,450 and the prestigious Full Tilt High Roller trophy.

The day began with the surviving six players, all of who were in the money after Team PokerStars Pro and Tripe Crown winner Jake Cody bubbled on the last hand of Day 1a, which is also when players like Jamie Burland, Kevin Williams and Trevor Dinneen fell. Dinneen exited it tenth place after barely playing in the event. That's because he was bust defeating well-know pro Steve O’Dwyer to win the Irish Poker Championship.

Action recommenced at 2 p.m. to fight for the trophy and the first place prize of €24,450 and the man best positioned to capture the title was the UK's Chris Day with 250,200. His fellow countryman Kyle Maguire was not far behind with 197,000.

It didn't take long for the first elimination to occur, and it happened when Niall Farrell, who began the day as the short stack, ran tens into Maguire’s queens. Farrell exited in sixth place money and took home €4,190 for his performance.

Next to fall was Jan Przysucha, who had been nursing a short stack for some time. His elimination came in Level 12 (1,200/2,400/300) when he shoved all in from the big blind after Aido had opened for 5,000 from the small. Aido snap-called with the {q-Spades}{q-Hearts} and was well out in front of Przysucha's {k-Hearts}{10-Clubs}. The {10-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{4-Spades} flop gave Przysucha a little help, but he needed more to stay alive. The {5-Spades} turn wasn't what he was looking for, and neither was the {7-Clubs}. With that, Przysucha hit the rail in fifth place for €4,890.

Two levels later, it was the start-of-the-day chip leader's turn to go. Day was unable to maintain the momentum he had built on Day 1 and eventually fell to Maguire. It happened when Day opened for 8,000 and Maguire made it 21,000 from the button. Day moved in and Maguire made a quick call.

Day: {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}
Maguire: {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

The flop came {4-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} wasn't looking good for Day, but the {5-Spades} turn gave him some extra outs and a few chop outs as well. Unfortunately for him the {4-Spades} river changed nothing and he had to settle for fourth place for €6,980.

Three-handed play lasted a few hours before Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot Blain lost a race with the {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades} against Maguire’s {2-Spades}{2-Clubs}. The useless {4-Hearts}{9-Spades}{6-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} board sent Blain packing in third place for €11,870 and advanced the Scot to heads-up play against Aido holding the chip lead.

It could have been a long battle, but as it turned out a great call by Aido helped things finish quick. In perhaps the most interesting and unbelievable hand of the day, Maguire opened to 12,000 from the button and Aido three-bet to 27,000 from the big blind. Maguire made the call to see a {2-Spades}{4-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} flop. Aido continued his aggression with a 18,000 continuation-bet before Maguire raised to 38,000. Aido called to see the {8-Hearts} on the turn and then check-called Maguire's 47,000 bet. The {2-Clubs} river didn't seem to change much and Aido checked again before Maguire announced he was all in. Aido tanked for a couple of minutes before calling off for 215,000 and the Scot sighed, "Queen-high," flipping the {Q-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. Aido then showed the {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} having made a big hero call with just ace high.

That hand gave Aido a massive chip lead and he finished off Maguire the very next hand. It happened when Aido moved all in from the button and Maguire called off. The former was ahead with the {2-Spades}{2-Clubs} but was flipping against the latter's {k-Hearts}{6-Hearts}. The board ran out {8-Clubs}{j-Spades}{q-Hearts}{3-Spades}{a-Diamonds} and that was all she wrote for Maguire, who took home €17,460 for second.

Congratulations to Sergio Aido on winning the FTP Galway High Roller for his second UKIPT title!

FTP UKIPT Galway High Roller Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1stSergio Aido€24,450
2ndKyle Maguire€17,460
3rdDermot Blain€11,870
4thChris Day€6,980
5thJan Przysucha€4,890
6thNiall Farrell€4,190

That does it for our coverage from the High Roller, but that doesn't mean the poker action stops. You can still follow our updates from the Main Event, and also from the Super High Roller later this week.

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Kyle Maguire Eliminated in 2nd Place (€17,460)

Yardley • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Maguire out in 2nd
Maguire out in 2nd

Kyle Maguire was crippled in the hand just before his elimination hand, when Sergio Aido picked off his bluff.

He only had 19 big blinds left and when Aido shoved from the button he decided to make the call.

Maguire had {k-Hearts}{6-Hearts} and Aido had {2-Spades}{2-Clubs} so it was essentially a flip.

The board ran out {8-Clubs}{j-Spades}{q-Hearts}{3-Spades}{a-Diamonds} and Aido’s deuces held to send the battling Scotsman home in second place.

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Aido Makes Insane Call, Heads Explode on the Rail

Homer • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Kyle Maguire opened to 12,000 from the button and Sergio Aido raised to 27,000 from the big blind. Maguire made the call to see a {2-Spades}{4-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} flop.

Aido continued the aggression with a 18,000 continuation bet before Maguire raised to 38,000. Aido called to see the {8-Hearts} on the turn and the Spaniard checked, before calling Maguire's 47,000 bet. The river {2-Clubs} didn't seem to change anything and Aido checked again before Maguire announced he was all in, effectively putting Aido all in for his last 215,000.

Aido tanked for a couple of minutes but maybe he had a tell on Maguire as he made the call and the Scot sighed, "Queen-high," flipping {Q-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and Aido showed {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} having made a big hero call.

Maguire then stated, "It's ok, I play better with a short stack."

Sergio Aido es 640,000 330,000
Kyle Maguire 80,000 -330,000

Dermot Blain Eliminated in 3rd Place (€11,870)

Yardley • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Dermot Blain finishes 3rd
Dermot Blain finishes 3rd

After grinding it out for nearly an hour, two hands inevitably clashed.

Sergio Aido made it 10,000 on the button and Kyle Maguire called in the small blind. Dermot Blain saw a squeeze opportunity and made it 32,000 to go. Aido folded and Maguire thought for only a moment before pushing a tower of blue chips over the line, enough to put Blain all in.

Blain instantly called and showed his {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}. Maguire tabled {2-Spades}{2-Clubs} and we were off to the races.

The rail craned their necks to see the board run out {4-Hearts}{9-Spades}{6-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Dermot Blain’s first High Roller as a Full Tilt ambassador was over.

Maguire is now heads up with the bigger stack against Sergio Aido.

Kyle Maguire 410,000 160,000
Dermot Blain ie Busted

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Level:
15
Blinds:
2,500/5,000
Ante:
500

Aido Five-Bets All In

Homer • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Sergio Aido
Sergio Aido

Kyle Maguire opened to 8,000 preflop before Sergio Aido made it 22,500 in the big blind. Maguire slid out a small stack of blue chips, raising to 68,000 and Aido instantly responded by moving all in for 230,000. Maguire balked at this figure and gave up his hand.

Sergio Aido es 310,000 140,000
Kyle Maguire 250,000 -140,000
Dermot Blain ie 160,000

Maguire Passes Up a Chance

Yardley • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Dermot Blain made a standard raise to 8,000 on the button, Sergio Aido folded after some thought and Kyle Maguire raised to 30,000 from the big blind.

It took some time for “The ambassador.” as Maguire has taken to calling him, to make a decision, counting out the call and his remaining chips. Complicated equity decisions were no doubt being made at a high speed.

Blain declared that he was all in and the dealer threw him the triangle. It was Maguire’s turn to make some calculations of his own. “Pass.” He said eventually, perhaps deciding there would be better spots to come.

“What a grind eh?” Commented Maguire.

“Says the man with all the chips.” Blain shot back.

Chris Day Eliminated in 4th Place (€6,980)

Homer • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Chris Day
Chris Day

Chris Day opened to 8,000 from UTG/cutoff before Kyle Maguire made it 21,000 from the button. Day moved in and Maguire made a quick call.

Day: {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}
Maguire: {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

The flop came {4-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} - it wasn't looking good for Day but the {5-Spades} turn gave him some extra outs and a few splits as well. The {4-Spades} river changed nothing though and the chip leader at the start of the day goes out in fourth place.

Kyle Maguire 390,000 210,000
Sergio Aido es 170,000 15,000
Dermot Blain ie 160,000 -10,000
Chris Day Busted

Lucky or Unlucky Day?

Homer • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Did Chris Day just get saved or did he just miss out on a double up?

The cards had been dealt and Day's second card flew off the table and onto the floor and the rule here is that the hand counts as a misdeal. The card on the floor was the {A-Spades} and Day's other card was the {K-Spades}, Maguire showed {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Dermot Blain flashed the {A-Hearts} as well.

Has Day dodged a bullet?