UKIPT Coventry: Day 2, level 10 & 11 (blinds 800-1,600, ante 200)

ukiptthumb.JPG 4.15pm: Bursting Burke
Burke is up to 250,000 chips just before players go on break (to watch the Grand National). -- RD

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


4.10pm: Current chip leaders
There's no runaway chip leader emerging on day two but those troubling the top of the chip counts are.

Jeffrey Burke: 170,000
Paul Rigg: 140,000
Mike Lacey: 155,000
Gilies Augustus: 140,000
Toby Lewis: 120,000

3.50pm: Sampson's hair cut
Rob Sampson is one of those players that had been growing a stack on day 1 undere the radar. He started the day on 43,000 and just got it all-in with ace queen against K♠K♥. No help on the flop, turn or river and Sampson is up and walking. -- RD

3.50pm: Jackson is no more
Paul Jackson has just been eliminated by Adam Wilkinson. After Wilkinson opened for 3500 from the hi-jack, Jackson moved all-in for 17,200. Alex Jackson asked for a count, before folding and Wilkinson made the call.
Jackson: T♠9♠
Wilkonson: A♠Q♦
There was no help for Jackson on a A♥5♠J♥5♥J♣ board. --NW

3.45pm: Closing in on the bubble
We're lost over a third of the field in the first two blind levels. It's absolute carnage (as predicted) with stacks looking to double up or bust. Things should slow down towards the bubble.

Some more of the glorious dead include; Mark Worley, Gurpreet Nagi, Dennis Troake, Waseem Shahid, Marcus Bjorklund, Peter Horak, Charles Hopping, Ashley Mason, Richard Haile, James Sykes, Rajinder Shina, Andrew Papageorgiou, Richard Garner, Darren Leeson, Surinder Sunar, Gareth Teatum, Kieran Gray, Andrew Overton and Ghalib Hussain.

In other breaking news, we're delaying the 15-minute break to coincide with the Grand National. Come on, Snowy Morning! -- RD

3.35pm: Keeping up with the Jones'
Dave Jones has increased his overnight stack of 61,100 to 110,000. We asked him if he'd played any big pots to which he replied 'No showdowns to speak of,' his neighbour Mark Heaps said, 'Yeah he's just been stealing the blinds three times an orbit.' Jones might face some competition for those blinds from Corwin Cole and Alex Jackson - who was day 1a chip leader - and currently has about 125,000. --NW

3.30pm: Burke the battering ram
Jeffrey Burke has increased his already sizeable stack by winning a chunky pot off Marc Goodwin. Burke bet 15,500 into a 30,000 pot on a flop of J♥A♥2♣, Goodwin gave it up and Burke was kind enough to show 9♦9♥. Burke is up to 130,000, Goodwin is on 75,000. --NW

3.25pm: Ashley Mason out
Table Cody is definitely the action table right now. Soon after Cody doubled up to 100,000, Ashley Mason and Anton Lynn played a 50,000 pot all-in pre-flop.

Mason: A♣Q♦
Lynn: 5♦5♣

The board ran out 2♣2♦Q♥9♠5♠

'What a sick way to win a race,' commented Lynn as he stacked his chips. --NW













3.20pm: Cody still Climbing
We're not just watching Jake Cody's table homest, but he has been in the thick of the action again. Steven Bayliff raised to 4,000 then Nectarios Tsolakis made it 12,000 to go, it folded to Cody who moved all-in for just under 50,000. Bayliff folded but Tsolakis made the call with pocket queens, which was ahead of Cody's king-seven. A king on the flop changed things though and Cody is now on around 100,000 whilst Tsolakis was left with a bowl of rice (short stack). --NW

3.15pm: Fintan Gavin dominating his table (with banter at least)
PokerStars Irish connection Fintan Gavin is a gregarious character (in a good way) and is creating a lot of laughs at his table. 'Go on, tell him about your two-outer!' urges one player when we stop to chat with Gavin. 'Well, I made a brilliant call...' starts Gavin before the table erupts with laughter. The EPT Barcelona 2008 runner-up is on a roll at the moment and has just knocked out Surinder Sunar. Sunar raised under the gun for most of his 9,000 stack with pocket eights. Gavin put him all-in with A♠T♦ and Sunar had to leave his seat. -- RD

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Gavin was runner-up at the 2008 EPT Barcelona for €792,000


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Surinder Sunar will not be adding to his $4m live tournament winnings


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3pm: Jarvis struggling, but still smiling
As well as doubling up Jake Cody, overnight chip leader Ross Jarvis has also lost a 60,000 race to Simon Morrison, when the latter's pocket sixes held against Jarvis' ace-king. Jarvis has now slipped to 70,000.

2.55pm: Cody on the up
Jake Cody has run his stack up from 21000 to 60,000 in the opening level. First he doubled up with pocket jacks against Ross Jarvis' pocket tens and just now he eliminated Charles Hopping who only started the day with 6700 and in fact never returned for day two. Hopping was all-in on the big blind and Cody bet Kenny Burke out of the pot on a J♣3♣9♥ board. Burke questioned whether Cody had to show his hand as the absent Hopping was all-in, the floor was called and ruled that Cody did not have to show, to which Burke quipped, 'You would on PokerStars.' --NW

2.50pm: Golden touch
Phil Gold arrived at the tournament today with just 16,500 chips and he's already on close to 70,000. We caught up with the action as he got it all-in with A♦K♣ against Sean Walker's A♣Q♥ on an ace-high flop. It was a nice 40,000 pot for the Golden Boy (that's not his nickname - we just made it up). -- RD

2.40pm: Absolute madness
Players are crashing out all around us. It's like there's been an outbreak of Nochipitis with l20 players left and falling. Players to have made the walk of shame include; Adrian Pound, Robert Elkin, Chien Jung Huang, Jan-Niclas Schwade, James Tomlin, Jerome Bradpiece, Robert Clague, William Brewin, Carla Goddard, Richard Horton, Joe Quinton, Ben Jenkins, Priyan Demel, Michael Berry and Chris Brammer.

That ends Brammer's attempt to be the only player to cash in every UKIPT event after a small cash in Galway and a final table appearance at Manchester. -- RD

2.25pm: Lots of early exits
As usual day two has seen a flurry of early exits. Including Priyan Demel who got the last of his chips in against Ross Johnson.
Demel: J♠J♥
Johnson: A♦K♠
The board a decisive 5♠K♣3♣7♠A♠
More info on who's still in and who's out coming shortly. --NW

2.20pm: Small dent for Jarvis
Overnight chip-leader Ross Jarvis has taken an early hit, dropping 20,000 to Anton Lynn. He's still comfortably above 100,000 though. --NW

2.15pm: Stacked table
Table six is looking like it might just be one to watch today. It contains two members of the six figure chip club in the shape of Paul Rigg and Jeffrey Burke. Also sharing that table are Jerome Bradpiece, James Williams and Marc Goodwin. In fact Mr Cool was just involved in a bit pot against Robert Whatsize. With 17,000 in the pot Whatsize bet 9500 on a J♣5♣T♥ flop. Goodwin, who covered Whatsize, debated his action for a full minute or so before saying, 'Go on then,' and moved all-in. After a dwell of around two minutes Whatsize elected to preserve his remaining 30,000 and folded. Goodwin is up to 75,000. -- NW

2.10pm: William Brewin
William Brewin is out in the first hand of the day. It had to happen to someone... and Carla Goddard follows shortly behind. -- RD

2.00pm: Players are seated...
... and ready to go. We're just awaiting UKIPT host Nick Wealthall to annouce the immortal words of 'shuffle up and deal' and we'll away. Expecty a lot of early knockouts

And they're off! -- RD

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

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