EPT12 Dublin: Day 2 Levels 9-10 live updates

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2:39pm: Ace for Ventura
Blinds - 500-1,000 (100 ante)

Diego Ventura perhaps thought he wouldn't be around to see Level 11, which starts after the break. But he just managed to double up in the "fun way," as one player at his table put it, after looking rail bound.

He shoved with king-queen and was called by Ognyan Dimov with queen-jack. The flop brought a jack, but the turn was a ten and the river an ace, to make Ventura the straight. He's doubled up to 24,000. Fun way indeed. - SB

2:36pm: Jer el Salsero sunk
Level 10 - Blinds: 500-1,000 (100 ante)

Jer el Salsero of the Netherlands is out. He risked the last of a small stack A♦K♦ versus Alexander Goulder's K♥K♣, but the community cards -- Q♥9♦2♥9♣T♠ -- were no help and Salsero hit the rail just shy of the end of Level 10.

Goulder has 74,000 now. --MH

2:35pm: Clock!
Level 10 - Blinds 500-1,000 (100 ante)

I arrived at the table to see a 8♠3♣9♦ flop on the felt, a bet of 8,500 in front of Yiannis Liperis and an all-in shove of 37,800 in front of Jussi Nevanlinna.

Liperis was deep in the tank. The call was most of his remaining stack and eventually time was called. The clock didn't reach zero though as Liperis released his hand.

The consensus at the table was that Liperis had jacks, but he shook his head at that assertion. --NW

2:30pm: Akenhead will settle for that
Level 10 - Blinds 500-1,000 (100 ante)

James Akenhead has won another pot to more than quadruple his stack from its Day 2 starting point. He took out Yen Chen in a hand that was a bit of a cooler.

The latter raised from middle position and Akenhead peeled from the big blind to see a K♠4♣Q♣ flop appear. Chen continued for 3,000 and was check-raised to 8,300 by the Brit. Chen then moved all in for around 45,000 and Akenhead called.

Chen: K♥Q♦ for top two pair
Akenhead: 4♥4♦ for bottom set.

The board ran out 5♥6♣ to see Chen sent to the rail.

James Akenhead -- 157,000
Yen Chen -- 0 --MC

2:25pm: Viellevoije vanquished
Level 10 - Blinds: 500-1,000 (100 ante)

Leon Viellevoije was just all in and at risk with A♦8♦ versus Michael Wang's K♥Q♥. The T♥3♣A♥ flop improved Viellevoije to aces, although the table collectively made a noise at the sight of both a flush draw and gutshot for Wang.

The 6♥ filled the flush for Wang, making the two-pair making 8♣ no matter for Viellevoije who hits the rail.

Wang is way up to 180,000 now. --MH

2:22pm: Orpen Kisacikoglu stands, Bernies delivers
Level 10 - Blinds: 500-1,000 (100 ante)

Gilles Bernies, who was earlier pushed off his four bet by a five bet shove from Alfie Adam, just set out to recoup some of his losses, this time against Orpen Kisacikoglu.

Kisacikoglu, conspicuous for a large blue and yellow woolly hat with "Sweden" emblazoned on the front, opened from the hijack for 2,100. Bernies then raised from his position on the button, making it 5,400. Kisacikoglu called.

The flop came J♥J♦2♠. Bernies looked over at Kisacikoglu, who now had his face covered by a black scarf, making him look like he was about to hold up a stage coach, disguised as a Swede. Kisacikoglu had checked so Bernies raised, making it 6,100 to play. Kisacikoglu re-arranged his hat, removed his mask (no longer fearful of witnesses perhaps), and called.

Both players then checked the 9♣ turn, and also the 2♣ river. Bernies's attempts to regain lost chips had been thwarted. He turned over A♣7♣ which was some way short of Kisacikoglu's 3♦3♠. Bernies's bad level continues. - SB

2:21pm: Conan cut down
Level 10 - Blinds: 500-1,000 (100 ante)

Arthur Conan -- just Arthur Conan (no Doyle) -- is out, having lost the last of his chips to Maria Lampropulos. Conan was all in with 8♥8♦ versus Lampropulos's A♠J♠, and the 5♦Q♠A♥J♦Q♥ runout gave the latter two pair and ended Conan's run.

Lampropulos has right at 100,000 now. --MH

2:20pm: Payout schedule announced
Level 10 - Blinds 500-1,000 (100 ante)

All the bean-counting is done and the full details of the EPT Dublin payout schedule has been announced.

There were 605 players (including one no show). The total prize pool stands at €2,934,250 and top 87 finishers will get paid.

The eventual champion will take €561,900 along with the trophy. Here's how the final table will be paid, while the full schedule is on the payouts page.

1   €561,900
2   €349,800
3   €250,300
4   €193,650
5   €152,600
6   €119,450
7   €88,300
8   €60,750

2:15pm: Nitsche happy despite defeat
Level 10 - Blinds 500-1,000 (100 ante)

How can a player be happy when he busts a tournament with eights versus eights? When your name is Dominik Nitsche and you've already won €295,610 this week.

The German star took down the UKIPT High Roller event three days ago and came second to Charlie Carrel in the one-day €10,000 High Roller at 4am this morning.

"It was the dealer's fault!" he said. "She was supposed to put four suited cards out that matched my cards."

"At least you lasted longer than in the Aussie Millions Main Event," needled someone close by.

Nitsche managed to last just 20 minutes in that event last month after he stacked off with set-under-set. -- MC

2:10pm: No flop but plenty of drama
Blinds - 500-1,000 (100 ante)

One of those hands that promises so much, doesn't really deliver in terms of a show down, but still provides some excitement.

Alfie Adam opened from the cut off for 3,000 which was then raised by Jarkko Mammela on the button to 7,500. Waiting in the big blind though was Gilles Bernies, ready to four-bet to 14,500.

The action was now back on Adam who displaying the character traits of a no-nonsense kind of player, announced he was all in for roughly 110,000 more. That forced a fold from Mammela but Bernies was forced to tank for a while. It would be almost everything he had left to call. There was a lot of staring.

Finally Bernies folded.

"Ace-jack... suited," Adam said, unable to contain his secret any longer. Bernies winced, but then he could have been thinking about something else. "I won a flip, ha, ha," he added. It wasn't really funny to anyone else. - SB

2:06pm: From the UKIPT to the EPT
Level 10 - Blinds 500-1,000 (100 ante)

A perusal of the Day 2 seat draw unearthed four UKIPT champions who have made it to Day 2 of the EPT Main Event.

Two of them are Dublin natives. Kevin Killeen was the last man standing at UKIPT Dublin in 2015 and since then he's finished third at EPT11 London and continued to put up good results online. He's playing 66,500 at the moment.

The other local, via Canada, is Nick Abou Risk. He used to work for Full Tilt (there are actually two UKIPT champions and two runners-up who share that distinction) and Risk has two UKIPT titles to his name.

While it took 98 events for the first double EPT champion to be crowned the UKIPT had that record in the history books after only ten events thanks to Risk. He's playing a stack of 57,000 right now.

Dean Hutchison was in the field at the start of today. His original table has broken, but a double scan of the field has not yet found him. That said, we've yet to receive his bust-out slip so can't confirm that he's out or indeed in.

Last, but not least, is David Vamplew. During Season 1 of the UKIPT, the Grand Final of the tour doubled as EPT London. It was there that Vamplew defeated John Juanda to win his EPT title, so does he consider himself a UKIPT champion?

"If I wanted to brag then yes," he told us. "But technically no I don't think I am." And with that Vamplew went back to his stack of 84,000. -- NW

2:04pm: Swing and a miss for Swidler
Level 10 - Blinds: 500-1,000 (100 ante)

Down to his last 11,900, Carter Swidler pushed all in from the button. Swidler is often seen going deep in Super Tuesdays, Sunday Millions, and other tournaments on PokerStars as "cswidler."

Swidler watched Robert Sampson call his push from the small blind, and exhaled a little when he saw Sampson had A♥T♦ versus his own A♦8♣. The 9♣4♥2♦Q♥K♠ runout was of no help to Swidler, and he heads to the exit. Sampson how has 62,000. --MH

2:01pm: Meeting halfway
Level 10 - Blinds: 500-1,000 (100 ante)

They're halfway through Level 10, and the field has just shrunk to fewer than 300.

That means roughly half the 605-entry field has been eliminated, and of course that means the average stack is a little over twice the 30K with which they started, up to just over 60,000. --MH

2pm: Cathal takes the shine out of Tompkins' tournament
Level 10 - Blinds 500-1,000 (100 ante)

Earlier this week Jason Tompkins won the PokerStars Cup, pocketing over €27,000 for that win. He's just busted out of the Main Event to Cathal Shine. The latter flat called a raise with aces and Tompkins shoved behind with pocket tens and didn't get there. --NW

1:55pm: Not such a sick brag bro
Level 10 - Blinds 500-1,000 (100 ante)

Dominik Nitsche sat down in the €10,000 Single Day High Roller yesterday and asked his tablemates whether any of them had played the Main Event yet. Most of them said they had, but Nitsche said he hadn't--in the process just casually mentioning that he had been busy winning the €2,000 UKIPT High Roller.

"Sick brag, bro," Bryn Kenney said.

Nitsche's week got even better. He came second in that €10K turbo too, meaning he had to wait until noon today to start his Main Event campaign. But he can finally now sleep. He is out.

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Dominik Nitsche: Sick bragging

Here are the latest players to be eliminated: Norber Szecsi, Dominik Nitsche, David van der Weele, Jason Tompkins. -- HS

1:50pm: Ace high good for Pagano
Level 9 - Blinds 500-1,000 (100 ante)

Luca Pagano is Italian and dresses as such. His pressed white shirt matches his white headphones, the red trim of which is in sync with the red spade stuck to his front. In a hand just now, the Team PokerStars Pro's read on Andrew Chen was as immaculate as his dress sense.

Around 10,000 chips sat in small pile in the middle and Pagano (under the gun) checked to see Chen (button) bet 6,200. Pagano didn't give attention to the stoic Chen; his attention was on the board and inside his mind. He took his time, made the call, and checked over the T♠ river. Chen thought for a minute and gave up with a check behind. Pagano opened A♥4♥ for ace high and Chen mucked.

In Prague at the end of last year, Johnny Lodden overtook Pagano as the player with the most EPT cashes. Lodden is out of this one, but Pagano could get back level if he carries on like this. -- MC

Luca Pagano -- 85,000
Andrew Chen -- 38,600

1:45pm: Jorgensen headlines latest bill
Level 10 - Blinds 500-1,000 (100 ante)

It's not necessarily the kind of list you want to headline, but Theo Jorgensen is the most recognisable name among the latest clutch of eliminated players. They are as follows: Peter Akery, Natasha Barbour, Raffaele Carnevale, Yucel Eminoglu, David Lopez Llacer, Amgd Nadr, Daniel Wilson, Malkiel Berlianshik, Olov Jansson, Michael Ferrari, Kenny Hallaert, Theo Jorgensen, Samuel Vousden. -- HS

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Natasha Barbour

1:40pm: Checking in on the leaders
Level 10 - Blinds: 500-1,000 (100 ante)

Back on Sunday, Gilles Bernies of Germany finished Day 1A bagging what would turn out to be the most chips of anyone who'd make it to Day 2. He's fallen back just a bit in the early going today, though still is quite healthy with 172,000.

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Gilles Bernies: Narrowly out of the chip lead

Meanwhile Francisco Correia De Oliveira of Portugal bagged the Day 1B lead last night, and he's continued to add to his stack through the first level-plus today, pushing up to 228,000. --MH

1:35pm: Advantage Ainsworth
Level 10 - Blinds: 500-1,000 (100 ante)

Michel Abecassis bet 2,200 in the cutoff which was called by Jude Ainsworth in the big blind. This was a tough table, featuring the likes of Luca Pagano, Tom Hall and Andrew Chen, all of whom watched the flop come 6♦2♥6♣.

Ainsworth then began a series of bets, leaving both of his hands resting outstretched in the table in front of him each time. The first for 2,400, which was called for a 3♣ turn card. Another bet from Ainsworth, 5,800 this time, which the Frenchman called, his expression never changing from total concentration.

Then on the 8♦ river card another 13,500 from Ainsworth. Abecassis paused a moment but then called. Ainsworth flipped over his A♣A♦, prompting Abecassis to muck.

He drops to 52,000 chips, which Ainsworth now sits with roughly 137,000. - SB

1.30pm: Level up
Level 10 - Blinds 500-1,000 (100 ante)

They're into Level 10 now, playing blinds of 500-1,000. I say, "they" but it doesn't include this lot, who are the latest to bust:

Aaron Gustavson, Gaetano Dell'Aera, Andrea Dato, Chan Pelton, Christian Thiry, Pawel Matloka, Casey Kastle, Jaroslaw Sikora, Erik Olofsson, Mustapha Kanit, Billy Chattaway, Barny Boatman, Tobias Peters, Antonio Fernandez, Mikko Saarremaa, Jimmy Kebe, Steven Warburton, Hugo Cesario Gomes Andrade. -- HS

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Jimmy Kebe

1:29pm: In the Palma of his hand
Level 9 - Blinds: 400-800 (100 ante)

We're back at the "Show one card" table, where the talk is frequent and entertaining. Christian Thiry had opened from under the gun and it had folded around to Nick Palma who tossed in a call from the big blind.

"I'm either ahead or I'm not, am I right?" grinned Palma as the flop came 9♥5♦7♣. Palma checked, Thiry bet 2,400, then Palma check-raised to 6,000. Thiry hesitated a moment before continuing.

"You would have put it in already so I'm not worried," said Palma. "I'm a nit," responded Thiry with a nod before he finally called.

The turn then brought the 4♦, and Palma promptly set out 30,000 -- a bit more than what Thiry had behind.

"You got me crushed probably with a set of fours," Thiry said. "You see my cards?!?" Palma instantly responded, and the table chuckled. Palma went on to note how he'd have to show one of them, should Thiry fold.

The chatter continued. "You say one thing, I think you have it," said Thiry. "You say another, I think you don't." At last he decided upon the latter and called all in.

Palma turned over his cards -- 4♣4♥ -- and the table laughed again.

Thiry shook his head with a smile and turned over his 8♦8♠. "I do have outs," he said, although the river Q♠ wasn't one of them and he was eliminated. They talked a little further about the hand, and Thiry wished the table luck before departing.

Palma is up around 72,000 now. --MH

1:25pm: Concepcion looking for a super result in the live arena
Level 9 - Blinds 400-800 (100 ante)

Jonathan "OMGjonyctt" Concepcion might only have $19,790 in live tournament winnings but he's got a bucket load online including two Super Tuesday wins in 2015.

The Spanish player, who lives in the UK, is up to 83,000 after winning a hand against Jean-Noel Thorel.

Thorel opened to 1,900 from early position, Concepcion three-bet to 6,000 from the button and Thorel he made the call when it folded back to him.

On the 7♥5♦4♥ flop Concepcion c-bet 7,000 and Thorel stuck around to see the flush come in on the Q♥ turn. He re-checked his cards quickly and then check-folded to Concepcion's second barrel. -NW

Jean-Noel Thorel, 85,000
Jonathan Concepcion, 83,000

1:15pm: Cardoso's cards test Tedeschi
Level 9 - Blinds: 400-800 (100 ante)

Paul Tedeschi had the look of someone about to be handed an exam. He'd studied, he clearly knew the material, and after pausing just a beat to steel himself he was ready.

The board showed A♥7♦3♠9♣6♦, there was about 25,000 in the middle, and Diogo Cardoso had shoved all in for just under 40,000. The test was not a simple one, but with calling chips in hand Tedeschi felt ready.

Tedeschi emphatically slammed the chips down in front of him to call, then looked Cardoso's way as he tabled his hand -- 3♣3♦.

Alas, a set of treys. Not what Tedeschi wanted to see, as he showed his 9♦7♥ for two pair. The good news for Tedeschi is, we're still a long way from the final.

Cardoso is now up over 100,000, while Tedeschi continues with 25,000. --MH

1:10pm: Ruzicka gets value from Mayer
Level 9 - Blinds 400-800 (100 ante)

Nicholas Palma and Brian Reinert, among others, were involved in a conversation about the differences in poker tournaments in Europe and the USA. They're both American and Palma said: "Only in Europe do you get to the turn and not know who the action is on as everyone is just starring at each other." That made Liv Boeree and Adrian Mateos, who are sat side by side, chuckle.

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Liv Boeree and Adrian Mateos. The white fella in the middle doesn't say much

Meanwhile a pot had broken out between Vojtech Ruzicka and Szabolcs Mayer. There was a 4♦7♦7♠ flop on the felt and Ruzicka checked the action to Mayer. Ruzicka was in the big blind; Mayer the button.

Mayer bet 2,200, Ruzicka check-raised to 6,500 total and after a bit of thought Mayer made the call. The turn was the 9♥ and Ruzicka kept up his aggressive line. He bet 9,100 and again Mayer took some time to think through his decision before matching the bet.

The J♦ completed the board and Ruzicka emptied the clip. He bet 12,500 and, after about 30 seconds thought, Mayer called for a third time. Ruzicka opened J♠7♣ and Mayer nodded before mucking. -NW

Vojtech Ruzicka, 98,200
Szabolcs Mayer, 44,000

1.05pm: Kanit departs
Level 9 - Blinds 400-800 (100 ante)

Mustapha Kanit has won all the High Roller events under the sun but is yet to take to the winner's enclosure in a Main Event. And he won't be doing so here either. Kanit is another of the big name early casualties, failing to get there with a nut flush draw apparently. -- HS

1:05pm: Brian takes out Bryn
Level 9 - Blinds 400-800 (100 ante)

It was a short tournament for Bryn Kenney. The Super High Roller champion from this year's PCA was one of the last players to enter today and failed to make the end of the level.

Brian Ganon opened to 2,000 from under the gun and was called in two spots (including Jason Mericer) before Kenney squeezed to 7,200 from the cutoff. Ganon came back with a four-bet to 7,200 which was enough to force out the two callers, but not Kenney, who five-bet all in for 40,000.

After getting a count, his Argentinian opponent made the call.

Ganon: A♦Q♥
Kenney: J♥J♦

The board ran 7♠K♥Q♣4♠2♥ to pair Ganon's queen and vault him to about 165,000. Kenney has zilch. -- MC

1pm: Carving the field
Level 9 - Blinds 400-800 (100 ante)

A few high rollers have been brought back down to size with a bump this afternoon. Take a look through the latest list of eliminations and you'll notice a few players with huge reputations, but who will not be cashing in this one:

Bryn Kenney, Francesco Delfoco, Paul Delaney, Keith Johnson, Conor Beresford, Rui Ferreira, Ivan Luca, Daniel Mcaulay, Peter Murphy, Alberto Garcia, Luuk Giles, Michael Kopietz, Tomasz Raniszewski, Luciana Manolea, Jeff Rossiter, Dermot Blain, Richard Jones, Adrian Szuman. -- HS

12:55pm: Rossiter sent to the rail by Palma
Level 9 - Blinds 400-800 (100 ante)

Jeffrey Rossiter came back with a sub 20,000 stack today and it had dwindled to 13,300 by the time he found a spot to get them in.

Liv Boeree opened to 1,800 from under the gun before Rossiter three-bet all in from the cutoff. Nick Palma was in the small blind and he four-bet all in for around 35,000, which was enough to oust Boeree from proceedings.

Rossiter: A♣K♦
Palma: J♣J♠

The board ran an American flavoured Q♠8♣Q♥5♠Q♣ to make Palma a full house.

Nick Palma - 41,000
Jeffrey Rossiter -- 0 -- MC

12:50pm: River rescue for Ramos
Level 9 - Blinds: 400-800 (100 ante)

Felipe "Mojave" Ramos was on the super-short side to start the day, and just now we saw him folding a hand after an ace-high flop to a Piero Guido bet. Guido showed Ramos the A♠ as he collected the pot, confirming that Ramos had chosen correctly.

Soon, though, the chips Ramos had preserved -- just over 10,000 of them -- went all in from the button on the strength of K♣4♦, and that decision didn't seem so great when Jon Clark in the big blind decided to look him up with A♠4♠.

The 9♥3♥5♣ flop and Q♣ turn made things even less comfortable for Ramos, but the K♠ falling on fifth street made things right again for the Brazilian.

He survives, now back to about 22,000, while Clark is down to 32,000. --MH

12:45pm: Aces cracked by a four in the door
Level 9 - Blinds 400-800 (100 ante)

Jeremy Wray used to be the chairman of a soccer club in the UK and he just made a new signing: a third of Hugo Andrade's stack.

David Vamplew was the "gossip monger" in this transfer coup. He opened to 1,800 from early position and Wray then shoved for 13,500 total. It passed round to Andrade and his call was enough to scare off Vamplew.

Wray: 4♣4♥
Andrade: A♥A♦

The 4♠8♥7♦ flop gave Wray the lead as his pair of fours turned into a set. The 9♦ turn and 5♠ river were both bricks and Wray survived. -NW

Jeremy Wray, 30,900
Hugo Andrade, 22,000

12:40pm: Szuman sunk
Level 9 - Blinds: 400-800 (100 ante)

All in for his last 13,500 from under the gun, Adrian Szuman watched the table fold around to Koray Aldemir who reshoved from the small blind, forcing a fold from the BB.

Szuman had K♣Q♠ and needed to improve against Aldemir's 9♠9♣, but with no king or queen on the flop and a nine on the turn, Szuman was done by the river.

Aldemir has 80,000. --MH

12:35pm: Erect a memorial...
Level 9 - Blinds: 400-800 (100 ante)

...because the following are no more: Felipe Boianovsky, Pim Gieles, Diogo Veiga, Luiz Duarte Ferreira Filho, Carlo Savinelli, Dennis Berglin, Andy Black, Jose Carlos Garcia, Dany Parlafes, Michal Starzec, Winfred Yu, Jorma Nuutinen, Bartosz Ziolkowski, Breixo Bastian Gonzales Pena, David Peters, Daniel Chtrov.

12:30pm: Akenhead relieved to win without showdown
Level 9 - Blinds: 400-800 (100 ante)

James Akenhead, who has already made deep runs in the UKIPT Main Event (24th for €4,950) and High Roller (10th for €12,185) this week, has got off to a great start here on Day 2 - winning a pot without showdown versus Luciana Manolea.

Manolea raised to 1,900 from the button and then bet 2,100, 6,200 and 13,500 on each street of a K♠2♦2♠Q♣8♣ board. Akenhead was in the big blind and stuck with her all the way.

He winced a little when Manolea fired a third street, but after he called and she insta-mucked, he shoulders relaxed enough to enable his arms to stretch out and gather in his rewards.

James Akenhead - 62,000
Luciana Manolea - 32,000

12:25pm: Yu, Peters out
Level 9 - Blinds: 400-800 (100 ante)

A quick postscript to Winfred Yu's day -- in short, it's over.

All in for his last 7,000 or so with K♣J♣ versus Dominykas Karmazinas's K♠K♦, Yu was drawing dead by the turn as the board came 3♣Q♠4♥6♥T♠.

"The most boring runout ever!" Dominik Nitsche said. Karmazinas -- who found the hand not-so-boring -- is now up to 75,000.

Just ahead of Yu heading to the rail was David Peters, similarly short to start the day. --MH

12:20pm: Death by quads
Level 9 - Blinds 400-800 (100 ante)

Jose Carlos Garcia made the final table at the EPT11 Grand Final and repeating that trick in Season 12 will be his last shot at EPT Main Event glory for this season. His EPT Dublin adventure is over early on Day 2.

Coming into the day with 15,000 he needed a double up to get out of the danger zone. After Yiannis Liperis opened to 2,000 from early position, Garcia three-bet to 4,200 only for Diego Zeiter to cold four-bet to 9,500 in total. That got rid of Liperis but Garcia counted up his remaining chips and then moved all-in. Zeiter immediately called.

Garcia: T♥T♠
Zeiter: K♠K♦

Garcia was out of his seat after the A♠K♥2♦ flop as he needed runner-runner to survive. It didn't arrive on the 2♥ turn or K♣ river as Zeiter rubbed it in by making quads. -NW

12:25pm: Buddiga doubles through Adams
Level 9 - Blinds 400-800 (100 ante)

Timothy Adams gave little reaction after Pratyush Buddiga got a little lucky to double through him in a battle of the blinds. He's been though enough in this game to worry about one lost pot.

The action folded around to Buddiga in the small blind and moved his short stack (13,000) all in. Adams was in the big blind and made the call.

Buddiga: K♦Q♥
Adams: A♥J♥

The board ran 5♣K♣5♦5♠8♦ to pair Buddiga's king. -- MC

Pratyush Buddiga - 26,800
Timothy Adams - 35,500

12:23pm: I don't know about Yu, but this looks like a tough seat
Level 9 - Blinds: 400-800 (100 ante)

Winfred Yu finds himself in a less than comfortable spot to start Day 2. He had but 12,300 to start the day, making him one of the shortest stacks in the room. Then on his immediate right he finds Dominik Nitsche has been seated.

Nitsche is just entering the Main Event today, having spent Sunday winning the €2K UKIPT High Roller, then Monday chopping and finishing runner-up in the €10K EPT Dublin Single-Day High Roller.

On Nitsche's right is Steve O'Dwyer, and on his right is Dermot Blain. So you see why -- and Yu sees why -- his Day 2 starting assignment is less than desirable.

Yu folded the first few hands today, but a similarly short-stacked Blain opened one just now to 1,600 and got a call from PokerStars qualifier Johannes De Vries playing from the big blind.

The flop came 8♣8♥J♠, and De Vries check-called a 2,100 c-bet from Blain. Both checked the J♣ turn, then on the 4♣ river De Vries pushed out 5,100 and Blain called.

De Vries tabled 8♦8♠ for flopped quads, and Blain grinned as he mucked. Now like Yu, Blain is down around the 10,000-chip mark while De Vries is up close to 70,000. --MH

12:20am: And three out
Level 9 - Blinds: 400-800 (100 ante)

They have already started to fall today. Krzysztof Dulowski, Dario Cannistra and Jan-Eric Schwippert are out. -- HS

12:15am: Another three
Level 9 - Blinds: 400-800 (100 ante)

I don't know how these people do it, but three more players have crept in today. They are Parker Talbot, Jussi Nevanlinna and Samuel Vousden. That should be it, but it's still going to take a while to ascertain final numbers for the tournament. -- HS

12:05am: Away they go
Level 9 - Blinds: 400-800 (100 ante)

There are 11 new players involved for Day 2, buying in at the start of the action: Zvi Stern, Roberto Gazzola, Clement Thumy, Idris Ambraisse, Luuk Gieles, Jesper Hoog, Dominik Nitsche, Mark Radoja, Mustapha Kanit, Patrick Leonard, Bryn Kenney.

Action is now under way. -- HS

11:50am: Day 2 imminent
Level 9 - Blinds: 400-800 (100 ante)

We're preparing for Day 2 of the EPT Dublin Main Event, the day on which registration closes. There were 344 players returning from the combined Day 1s, but there may well still be some joining the action for the first time today.

Not long after play starts -- a level or two, probably -- we'll have an official number plus an idea of the total prize pool for the event. Stick with us for blow-by-blow action.

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PokerStars Blog reporting team on the EPT12 Dublin Main Event: Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Martin Harris, Howard Swains and Nick Wright. A fine bunch of strays. Photography by Neil Stoddart. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.

Howard Swains
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