UKIPT Brighton: Andy Youens leads the charge to the final table

ukiptthumb.JPGWho would have ever thought that sitting down and playing cards could be such an endurance sport? Surely folding cards and riffling chips shouldn't be that energy sapping, should it? Apparently so and it's no surprise considering day 2 played down from 104 players to a plucky and lucky 13 by way of a punishing eleven one-hour levels. For the full list of players through to day 3 click here!

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Semi-pro player Andy Youens is taking a chunky chiplead towards the final table

And after the blood, sweat and tears we were left with one man standing clean above the others. And that man was Andy Youens whose stack of 621,000 is towering some way above Waseem Ahmed's second place 389,000 hoard. The 28-year old senior sales advisor for Bose has been playing since 2005 is a semi-pro player who readily admits that he ran like God today cracking all kinds of hands from behind. It was one of Youens' outdraws that put UK face Neil Channing out of the tournament in 31st. He was one of the first to fall post-bubble when he got Q♠Q♥ in against Youens A♥8♦ on a 8♣9♠9♣ flop. As you can probably guess by now Youens hit one of his outs and Channing was left to go and play £5-£10 cash games with James Dempsey and co (they couldn't find a bigger game).

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Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren shares a joke with Neil Channing

Fellow Vic regular and Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren came so close to the money but failed to win a vital flip with A♦J♦ to Sunil Moti's small pocket pair. It's always tough but Coren must have felt the bite a little keener than usual due to post-Las Vegas jetlag. There always has to be a bubble boy and that was Daniel Rudd in level 14 who had to get it in with jack-queen and couldn't better a naked ace. Players to fall within the money include Marius Lietuvninkas who, we think, has taken the top spot of the UKIPT Leaderboard nudging ahead of Mike Hill. Rupinder Bedi can't be far behind with his 18th place finish. Confirmation of that all to come. Lietuvninkas had been keeping a careful eye on the points and was unlucky to go out when he did.

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Lietuvninkas is gunning for the UKIPT Leaderboard prizes

Notable players to fall include Sam Grafton had been great to watch at the tables, if not painful thanks to his hoodie. He'd played some great poker and talked a great game but will be left regretting passing one hand particularly against Bill Seber, who is still in the race with 204,000. The Texan grinder has $481,107 of live cashes to his name and obviously had more weapons in his arsenal than Grafton gave him credit for after check-raising the turn and bluffing the river of a Q♦3♦8♦9♣A♣ board with 6♠7♠. Grafton had sped away before Seber even showed his bluff but I'm sure he would have heard the laughter from the table.

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Sam Grafton played a great game but became a little unsettled when...

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...this American grinder bluffed him off a big pot with seven-high

Payouts and prizewinners
1. £65,400
2. £40,100
3. £24,600
4. £18,100
5. £15,000
6. £12,400
7. £9,850
8. £7,750
9. £5,550
10-11. £4,450
12-13. £3,900
14. Oliver Price, UK, PokerStars qualifier - £3,350
15. Sam Grafton, UK - £3,350
16. Richard Taylor, UK, PokerStars qualifier - £2,850
17. Sid Harris, UK - £2,850
18. Rupinder Bedi, UK - £2,850
19. Rick Glading, UK - £2,450
20. Marius Lietuvninkas, Lithuania, PokerStars player - £2,450
21. Dave Maudlin - £2,450
22. Kirit Patel, UK - £2,200
23. Liam Flood, Ireland - £2,200
24. Ian Woodley, UK - £2,200
25. Malte Pross, Germany, PokerStars player - £1,950
26. Jack McDermott, UK, PokerStars qualifier - £1,950
27. Jean-Nicolas Fortin, Canada, PokerStars qualifier - £1,950
28: Sunil Moti - £1,700
29. Glen Storey, UK - £1,700
30. Joe Drummy, UK, PokerStars qualifier - £1,700
31. Neil Channing, UK - £1,700
32. Nikolaos Domestinis, Greece - £1,700

To catch up with all the day's action click on the links below:

Crossing the streams
Levels 9&10
Levels 11&12
Levels 13&14
Levels 15&16
Levels 17&18
Level 19

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

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT