UKIPT Coventry: day 1b, levels 1 & 2 (blinds 50-100)

ukiptthumb.JPG 3.50pm: Ribbing and tilting
British grinder Andrew Bradshaw is needling Paul Mortensen. 'You're really on tilt now, aren't you,' pointed Bradshaw at Paul Mortensen who had just passed a marginal hand to him. 'You're my target now.' Bradshaw is focussing on the wrong player however. Sat with position on him directly to his left is James Mitchell the recent winner of the Irish Open. Should be fun to watch what happens when he opens up on Bradshaw.

That also leads us to the first 15-minute break. We'll be going up to 75-150 blinds for the next level. -- RD

3.40pm: Thin value or blocker?
Ross Jarvis calls a raise from Samuel Grafton with pocket eights. The PokerPlayer magazine writer checks the pot down to the river of a 9♠5♦Q♦Q♣3♥ board before making a small 200 value bet enticing Grafton to call with ace high with A♣K♣. -- RD

3.30pm: The outer tables
There are currently eight tables in use outside of the main poker room here at the Coventry G Casino. James Keys (16,000), Mike Ellis (22,000) and Steven Holden (yet to show up, 14,750) are sharing a table. Nick Gibson (12,000) and Jack Cody (16,500) are tablemates and on table 13 Pryian Demel (13,500), Tim Flanders (14,000) and Gurpreet Nagi (13,000) are competing for chips. -- NW

3.20pm: 172 and counting...
There are currently 172 players registered and with 30 minutes left in level two there's still another 90 minutes to buy-in. -- NW


3.10pm: Not fish fry'd
EPT winner William Fry has shown some of the talent that took him to the EPT Budapest title in 2008 (€595,840) by only losing a chunk of his stack with kings against Dennis Troake's aces. Troake's slowed up as the textured board developed. 'I'd seen you play 8-3 so you could have had anything there,' said Troake. It's a fair point. -- RD

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3.00pm: Half Nelson
The departure of Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren from table three hasn't slowed down the action. Fintan Gavin and Ian Nelson just tangled in a pot in which Nelson called bets of 250 and 500 on the Q♣5♠6♣Q♠ board before folding 2♣3♣ face up after he bricked the 9♠ river and Gavin had bet 625. Nelson said, 'I only played that hand because you [Fintan] are the only person I've won a pot against today.' Nelson is down to around 4,000 whilst Gavin is up to 19,500. --NW

2.50pm: Some early chip counts
There haven't been too many big hands of note yet but there are a number of big names in the field. Irish Open winner James Mitchell has slipped a little to around 12,500. Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth is still on his starting stack of 15,000, he's sharing a table with John Eames who's been getting a massage for most of the first level. Marc Goodwin is sat to the left of the ever dangerous Ali Mallu, Goodwin's stack has seen little movement during the first level. Click on 'Latest chip counts' on the right of this page for the movers and shakers throughout the day. --NW

2.35pm: Ainsworth triples up
Okay, he hasn't but we were just trying to balance the hopes of Team PokerStars Pro after Vicky Coren's early knockout. Ainsworth raises under the gun to 150 and is called in the cut-off by Waseem Shahid. Ainsworth leads 200 on the T♣A♠Q♦ and is called by Shahid. Another 350 on the 9♥ didn't dissuade Shahid who called again before both players checked the river. Aisnworth showed J♦J♣ to Shadid's cagey A♦K♥. -- RD

2.20pm: Curtains for Coren
Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren will not be adding to her $1,280,000 in lifetime cashes in Coventry. In her exit hand she raised to 200 and was re-raised to 800 by Brian Madsen. The flop of A♠Q♣J♠ elicited a check from Coren and a bet of 2,000 from Madsen. Coren, quite prophetically said, 'You might just knock me out of the tournament on this hand, but I'm just going to check-call the whole way.' True to her word she called the 2,000 bet. The turn was the 4♥ and Coren checked, Madsen moved all-in and Coren made the call. Her A♦J♥ was way behind Madesn's A♣A♥ on seeing this Coren said, 'Very nice hand.' And as the 6♣ hit the river she made her apologies to the table that she couldn't stay around longer. --NW

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'Maybe I better rethink the old check-calling trick next time'

2.10pm: Coren loses chips early
Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren played a sizeable pot during the first orbit. Under the gun she raised to 150 with A♠Q♦ everyone folded apart from big blind Hon Liu who flicked in the extra 100. A flop of 6♦6♣Q♠ looked good for Coren's hand and after Liu checked she fired out 300 which was quickly called. Liu checked the 4♥ turn to Coren who bet 600, Liu min check-raised to 1200 and Vicky smooth called. The river was the 4♠ and Liu again checked, Coren bet 1500 which Liu smooth called and showed 6♠3♠ for a full house. --NW

2.05pm: And they're off
Today is looking lively with a lot of the UK's established pros taking to felt. Paul Jackson and Marc Goodwin aren't shy of a bit of table banter so there's likely to be a lot of laughter and maybe more. -- RD

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PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT Coventry: Rick Dacey and Nick Wright.

Rick Dacey
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