UKIPT Brighton: Day 2, Levels 11&12 (blinds 1,000-2,000, ante 200)

ukiptthumb.JPG4.10pm:Bedi bets big
Rupinder Bedi raised to 5,100 and Richard Taylor three-bet to 15,000 from late position. Bedi made the call and both players went to the 3♣6♦5♦ flop. Bedi took a 14,600-sized bet and laid it out in front of him. Taylor peeled off 37,900 in response and made the raise. Bedi sat riffling some small black 100 chips for some time before announcing that he was all-in. Taylor did not snap call and didn't spend long making the pass as Bedi chipped up to over 230,000.

And that's another two levels down - break time. -- RD

4.05pm: Roman rocking
Last time I looked Roman Koller had over 200,000. He has since slipped a fair bit and now has 60,000 after doubling up Bill Seber. With 40,000 in the pot on the turn of a 3♥Q♣5♥A♥ board, Seber moved in for his last 27,000 and Koller called.

Seber: 5♠5♣

Koller: A♣8♥

River: 9♣

Seber is now up to around 100,000. --NW

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Roman Koller's big stack has taken a hammering down

4pm: Bedi and Beauchamp challenging for chiplead
Rupinder Bedi, Ben Martin and William Beauchamp are now swinging for the chiplead after Bedi just took a major pot from Richard Taylor (details to come). Sam Grafton, another big stack, has just been moved to Beauchamp's table so expect chips to fly their too. -- RD

3.55pm: Power poker
As the bubble approaches, the big stacks are really starting to exert some pressure, two recent examples.
First I saw Sam Grafton three-bet Neil Kilgour's 9,000 bet to 20,000 to force a fold. Then on the adjoining table William Beauchamp three-bet Neil Fox's 5,600 open to 16,000 which was good enough to win the pot. Beauchanp started the day with 22,800 but has increased that stack 10 fold to around 230,000. --NW

3.50pm: The games a'changing
Who says the oldies don't know an aggressive trick or two? In a hand I just witnessed, Bill Seber opened to 5,500 and Bambos Xanthos responded by moving all-in for around 50,000 total. Both, I'm sure they won't mind me saying, are distinguished older gentlemen with silver hair. --NW

3.45pm: Treading water
Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren just can't seem to get going in this tournament, for the past two days whenever we've glanced at her stack to get a count it's been stuck somewhere between 25,000 and 35,000. Right now she's got around 33,000. The average is 82,700. -NW

3.40pm: Xanthos feeling the pressure
Richard Taylor was left sweating by Charalambos Xanthos after making a 22,500 bet on a 6♣A♦A♠Q♣6♠ board after bluffing with 9♥T♥. Xanthos looked curious but as time went on he looked less and less likely to make the call. Taylor showed his ten-high bluff and raked in another tasty little pot. -- RD

3.30pm: On the wrong side of big slick
Poker is a cruel game, Rahit Mariwalla just lost back to back hands to exit the event, both times ace-king was his downfall. In the first Mariwalla held the A♦K♥ and raised from the cut-off, Bambos Xanthos moved all-in from the button for around 33,000 total with Q♦3♦ and Mariwalla called. The board a cruel 9♦8♣2♠6♥Q♥. The very next hand Mariwalla got his last 8,000 in against Dimps Maker.

Maker: A♣K♥

Mariwalla: A♦9♦

The board: 8♥6♥K♦9♥[10h]. -- NW

3.20pm: No country for old men
'It's a young man's game,' called Charalambos Xanthos to Liam Flood from one table to another, 'We're done for.' Despite his words both Flood and Xanthos are still in and with 51 players left they are both approaching the payout places. It's £1,700 if you finish 32nd and nothing but irritation bordering on agony if you finish 33rd. -- RD

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Young at heart

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 1,000-2,000, ANTE 200

3.15pm: Oh dear Ollie
Oliver Schaffmann came into day two second in chips, he's now out. In his exit hand he opened to 4,100, Sam Grafton 3-bet to 10,500, Schaffmann moved in for around 54,000 and Grafton insta-called.
Grafton: Q♣Q♦
Schaffmann: [10h][10s]
The board 6♣7♦2♦J♣9♥
Schaffmann, head on hands walked away from the table and Grafton went over and they had a little chat and shook hands before Grafton returned to the table to stack his newly acquired chips, he now has around 215,000 and is vying for the chip lead with Roman Koller. --NW

3.10pm: Arlott gets the lot
Andrew Youens opened for 3,600 and was called by Sam El Sayed on the button. Anthony Arlott then shoved from the small blind for 33,600. El Sayed counted his chips and then called.

El Sayed: 7♦7♥
Arlott: 9♦9♣

It was a great spot for Arlott who doubled up to 40,000. -- RD

3.05pm: 'You don't have to be good in this game...'
So said Albert Sapiano as his pocket queens were KO'd by William Beauchamp's A♦8♦, 'you just have to be lucky.' Sapiano wasn't thrilled about being knocking out but then again who is. 'He can't lose a hand!' said Sapiano just before stomping away from the tournament floor. Beauchamp allowed himself a smile as he stacked up to 140,000. -- RD

2.55pm: Mcdermott on the move
Jack Mcdermott is having a good day, the youngster just added another 30,000 to his stack eliminating Bruce Atkinson, pocket jacks against ace-king. Mcdermott now has around 130,000 and is seated to the direct left of Sam Grafton and the direct right of Oliver Schaffmann.--NW

2.50pm: Spinks glad opponent doesn't bink
I arrived at the table 12 to see Jon Spinks double up through Steve Rawle. Spinks told me, 'Rawle, raised, I shoved, he called.' Spinks was the at risk player all-in for 29,500.

Spinks: J♣J♥

Rawle: A♥K♣

The final board: 8♣[10s]9♠2♣9♣. Rawle was as good as out as he was left with 1,000 and indeed did exit shortly aftwerwards. --NW

2.45pm: Costa Rica 1 - Ireland 0
Steve Thompson has continued to get his chips in aggressively but it seems to be paying as he keeps having the best hand. In a three-bet pot Thompson led 10,500 into a J♦4♦4♣ flop and was raised to 27,000 by Liam Flood. Thompson could not get his chips in fast enough leaving Flood with the decision whether to call off Thompson's remaining 21,700 or not. The Irishman decided against it and quietly said 'pass' to the dealer. Thompson showed K♠K♦ and is up to circa 96,000. -- RD

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Steve Thompson is chipping up towards the 100,000 mark

2.35pm: Grafton's bum not grafted to seat
Sam Grafton had open raised from middle position to 5,000 but, as Ian Woodley pointed out in the big blind, he was not in his seat when the dealer dealt the first card. Grafton looked a little aggrieved (and claimed to have had pocket tens after the hand played out) when the TD ruled that he had to muck his hand and, of course, take his raise back. Jonathan Campbell took the opportunity to raise instead but his 4,100 bet was hard raised by Oliver Schaffmann on the button to what looked like 17,200. Campbell passed 3♦3♣ face-up. -- RD

2.25pm: Channing can't call Coren
It's fair to say Neil Channing and Vicky Coren know each other's games fairly well. There sat side by side and tangled in a pot with the Team PokerStars Pro coming out on top. It was a brief pot, as Channing made it 6,000 from the small blind, before Coren moved all-in for a little over 25,000 and Channing ruefully gave it up. --NW

2.15pm: Check out the chips!
During the break we scampered around the tournament floor (well, Nick did anyway) picking up the big stacks chip counts. Find them by clicking here or by clicking on the chip counts page (see right) at any point. -- RD

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Richard Taylor has continued to build his stack

PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT Brighton: Rick Dacey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May.

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