UKIPT Galway: Day 1, levels 5&6

ukiptthumb.JPGUpdates from day 1, level 5&6 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey.

Level 5: blinds 150/300
We're back from the break and have got 26 players so far knocked out. With the final number of entries locked in at 259 the resident tournament directors have worked the figures and come up with the following payouts. There's a €125,000 early Christmas present for one of the remaining players.

1. €125,000
2. €82,000
3. €52,000
4. €36,000
5. €22,000
6. €17,000
7. €13,000
8. €11,000
9. €9000
10-12. €7000
13-15. €5000
16-18. €4200
19-24. €3400
25-30. €3100
31-36. €2800

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10.01pm: Ainsworth flops the immortal nuts
We're back from the break and almost instantly Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth has chipped up to a towering 80,000 after flopping quad twos against Peter Barrible. Ainsworth rivered a boat with pocket Aces on a 2♠ 2♥ 8♠ 3♣ A♣ board and somehow, and we're not entirely sure how, Barrible managed not to go broke and just flat called at the very end. He's sat on around 8000 after losing out on the monster 56,000 pot.

Level 6: blinds 150/300 (25)
The antes have now kicked in and with some stacks getting shorter and the preflop pots swelling that bit more there's an increasing amount of all-ins both pre and post flop. Some players are starting to get that slightly panic stricken look in their eyes, you know the one, where they're looking for a good spot to 4-bet shove with AJo.

11.12pm: Thew and Walsh have another tangle
Julian Thew raises under the gun to 800 and is called again by big stack Kieran Walsh in the cut-off. Karl Marenholz briefly thinks about getting involved on the button before mucking. Thew continuation bets 1k onto the K♠ 4♠ 3♠ flop. Walsh calls. Thew checks 2.3k on the A♣ turn card before insta-betting a single 5k chip onto the T♠ river. Walsh passes and Thew shows A♠ K♥ for the nuts as the Irishman tells him, 'If you're spade hadn't got there...' before trailing off quickly as he realised he may be saying too much.

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Julian Thew is just one of the top players on the table of death

11.12pm: Thew and Walsh have another tangle
Pro player Ray O'Mahoney has just KO'd Eric Levesque in an incredible tit-for-tat Hollywooding stand off. O'Mahoney had raised to 1100 from early position with K♦ Q♦ and was called by Levesque in the small blind. Flopping two pair on a K♣ 3♣ Q♥ board he fired a standard continuation bet of 1800 and was called by Levesque who led out quickly on the Q♣ turn. O'Mahoney had a long hard think, went to muck, changed his mind, then made the call. An innocuous 4♥ on the river sent Levesque into overdrive saying that he was sure O'Mahoney had a monster because he acted so strangely on the turn. And then bet out 7k anyway. O'Mahoney instantly shoved, as he had ssaid he would before the 7k bet was made, and was called instantly by Levesque who showed 4♣ 4♦ for a lucky/very unlucky rivered and dominated full house.

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11.58pm: And it's another break
Just one final 60 minute level to play for the day then it's chip counts, post-tourney pints and bedtime/cash games for all.

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT