UKIPT Edinburgh Day 1B: Levels 3 & 4, blinds 100-200

ukiptthumb.JPG4.25pm: Two level summary that can fit on twitter
Vicky Coren, Michelle Orpe, Fintin Gavin, Rory Mathews and Jon Spinks all out. 401 runners in total, Boeree going well.

4.20pm: End of level four
Players are now on a 15 minute break. -- NW

4.15pm: Vicky Coren's exit
From her twitter: "And KK v AA, goodnight Vienna. Quite remarkable bad luck poker-wise, but I think that's the universe wanting me to enjoy the Festival." -- NW

4.10pm: Orpe out: Kings killed me
EPT Season 7 presenter Michelle Orpe has been eliminated and is now seated in the press area. She told us, 'Kings killed me, I had them three times and lost every one. The first time the guy rivered an ace, the second time I lost to a set of tens and my last five thousand went in against Ace-Jack on a [A][A][4][J] flop. --NW

4.05pm: Orpe and Coren out
Michelle Orpe and Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren have just been eliminated in quick succession. Details on the way. -- NW

3.55pm: Morris minor and major
Sam Morris just played two sizable pots in close proximity to each other, he won one and lost one.

Hand One: From under the gun+1 Nicholas Farnborough made it 525 to play and was flat called by Morris and then also called by Mike Hill from the small blind. The flop fell [10c]6♠4♠ and it checked round. On the 6♣ turn Farnborough bet 950 and was called by Morris but not Hill. Both players checked the 9♣ river, Morris's A♦K♣ good enough to take the pot. - NW

Hand Two: Colin Thomson limped from middle position and Morris popped it 650, before Michael McNelis made it 2,750 total. Thomson folded but Morris made the call. To a flop of 7♦4♣J♣, both players checked. On the6♣ turn Morris checked once more, McNeils though bet 4,500. After a long dwell during which Morris variously riffled the call amount and his entire stack of around 11,000 he eventually folded. Thomson showed J♦J♠ for the flopped set.

Mike Hill who is at Morris' table is on 14,500. -- NW

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Mike Hill looking for leaderboard points in Edinburgh

3.55pm: Price of poker and tea increasing
Team PokerStars Pro Victoria Coren has just found out that the price of poker and tea is going up. A cup of the good stuff is £1.50 here and it would certainly be false advertising to say it was served in a generously sized mug. Coren's grind on the felt took a turn for the worse when she flopped a set and lost a 40,000 pot.

She is down to 9,000 now after losing a small one to Hugo Kikkert on a Q♠K♦7♣K♣ board. Coren called in the big blind and was check-raised off the turn when her 900 bet was pumped up to 3,100. -- RD

3.45pm: Raise and take for Boeree
It folded round to Liv Boeree on the button and she made it 500 to play, both blinds folded. Boeree showed K♣J♣ to show she wasn't 'at it', she's got a stack of around 33,000. -- NW

3.40pm: Recent eliminations
Among those who're now free to enjoy the Edinburgh festival are Fintin Gavin, Rory Mathews and Jon Spinks. --NW

3.35pm: Orpe: "I'm not that bad"
EPT Season 7 presenter Michelle Orpe opened the pot for 400 from early position and was called in the big blind by Ganapathy Samiappan.  Samiappan jammed the 7♦5♦4♥ flop and Orpe passed A♣J♣ face up. "Are you calling?" asked the dealer. Orpe quickly replied: "I'm not that bad!" Samiappan claimed to be worried about the flush draw while Orpe probably can consider herself lucky that she saved herself a c-bet there. -- RD

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Michelle Orpe: proving she can play as well as pout in front of camera

3.20pm: I'm gonna kill him
We had a request from a friend of Debbie Masson's for an update and a picture of her, when she found out who had made the reuest she said, "I'm gonna kill him!" Masson who is from Aberdeen, is at the same table as Dan Owston and both of them, let's say, like to talk a fair bit. Owston said, "No one out chats me!" Owston is on 12,500, Masson 12,800. --NW

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Debbie Masson is at a chatty table


3.15pm: Coren and Lietuvninkas clash
Marius Lietuvninkas opened from the hijack for 325 and Victoria Coren three-bet to 875 from the cut-off. Lietuvninkas made the call before check-folding to the Team PokerStars Pro's 1,500 bet on the 2♥2♣4♥. The Lithuanian responded by open folding pocket nines and Coren duly showed pocket kings in return. -- RD

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"Why couldn't I flop a set?" "Why couldn't he have been a calling station?"

3.10pm: Thew lets it go
From the cut-off Cheryl Simmons made it 450 to go. Next to act was Team PokerStars Pro Julian Thew who made it 1,200 total, a bet Simmons called. The flop fell 6♥2♥6♣ and Simmons came out firing with a bet of 2,600. Thew took one look at his hand and decided to fold. Thew is down to 13,700 -- NW

3pm: Chip Counts
Our lack of recent posts has been because we've been playing in the £50 turbo updating the chip count page. -- NW

2.50pm: High stakes home boy
Scotsman Rory Matthews is one player that could certainly be said to have an edge against this field. Matthews has almost $250,000 in live winnings, at least one Sunday Million title to his name and has played cash games all the way up to the nose bleeds. He will be keen to win here on home soil and we'll be keeping a close eye on him. -- RD

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Rory Matthews: not adverse to be upping the stakes

2.45pm: Another hand for Hackman
Neil Hackman won a pot in the first level when someone mucked too soon to his seven-high on the river. Hackman has just won another larger pot with aces into A♥K♥ on a flushing board boosting him up to 37,000. Hackman had five-bet the pot preflop enough that jamming the flop came naturally. Nice set up if you manage to fade the hearrt draw as Hackman did. -- RD

2.40pm: No movement for JP Kelly
Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly has had a sedate start to proceedings. "I'm still on my starting stack," he told me. -- NW

2.30pm: Decisions, decisions
Team PokerStars Pro Victoria Coren is up to 20,000. But she's got a dilemma, "Obviously I want to win. But there's terrible improv and people on stilts out there," we've taken that quote from her twitter. --NW

2.25pm: Brothers Schwade
Meet Jonas and Jan-Niclas Schwade they are brothers who hail from Germany and qualified to Edinburgh for about £8 each. This is Jonas' first big live event, he recently turned 18, whereas we've blogged about Jan-Niclas before as he played UKIPT Coventry. It's the more experienced of the two who's had the better start Jan-Niclas is on 24,000 whilst his younger brother currently has 13,000. -- NW

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Jan-Niclas currently owns the family bragging rights

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This is Jonas Schwade's first big live event

2.22pm: Marsh in no quagmire
Luke Marsh has got off to a great start and is sat on around 30,000. He won some chunk of that against Sam Holden on a 5♣Q♦A♦T♣A♣ board check-raising Holden's 4,000 river bet all-in at the end of last level just before the break. Holden passed. -- RD

2.20pm: Schaffmann out
During the break Team PokerStars Pro Julian Thew told us about an exit at his table where Oliver Schaffmann (runner up in Nottingham) was eliminated by William Haughey. Schaffmann's pocket queens failing to hold against Haughey's ace-king. --NW

2.15pm: Back from break
The players are returning from the break and play at the 75-150 is due to start in just over one minute. -- RD

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Liv Boeree is one of two EPT winners in the field

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

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT