UKIPT Edinburgh Day 2: Levels 14 & 15, blinds 2,000-4,000, ante 400
6.40pm: Dinner break
That's it for one hour as the players depart to the bar/outside world to fill their stomachs (or not as the case may be). -- RD
6.30pm: Small takes big scalp
Keith 'The Camel' Hawkins has just been eliminated, Adam Small the man who took him out. Small opened from under the gun, Hawkins shoved from the button and Small called. Hawkins' all-in was for around 14 big blinds, as it was 56,000 total.
The board ran out A♠4♦Q♣K♥9♥ the stacks were reasonably even, close enough for the tournament staff to count down Hawkins' stack before it was established that Small did have him covered. -- NW
6.28pm: Jimmy White snookers Keith Hawkins
Steve Lovett opened to 13,000 from middle position and was three-bet by Keith Hawkins to 31,000 from the hi-jack. It folded to Jimmy White in the big blind who moved all-in. Lovett folded, Hawkins asked for a count and it was 26,900 more to call and he did indeed call.
The board ran out: 8♣4♥7♣8♠7♠ with Hawkins saying, "That's about the worst hand I could have in that spot. -- NW
6.25pm: Lefew on Lefew
Ben Lefew is one of our most recent knockouts and had some 150,000 before he got knocked out. Lefew explained the hand: "I limped in the small blind with an ace. I flopped it and then fired three barrells. My opponent shoved the river and I thought it was good spot for him to bluff." It wasn't and Lefew admits that he made a mistake, always the side of a good player. On the upside the man from Chicago now has the time to explore Edinburgh before flying home. -- RD
6.20pm: More bust outs
Here are our most recent KO's. They all played well but none of them will be our first UKIPT Edinburgh winner.
39. Ben Lefew, USA, PokerStars qualifier, £1,000
40. Peter Falkenberger, PokerStars qualifier, £1,000
41. David Iftakhar, UK, £900
42. Gordon Anderson, UK, £900
43. Peter Donoghue, UK, £900
44. Conor Ainsworth, Ireland, £900
45. William Paxton, UK, £900
46. Martin Gallacher, UK, £900
47. Neil Channing, UK, £900
48. Karsten Vogt, Germany, PokerStars qualifier, £900
49. Andrew Hedley, UK, £800
50. Andrew Clayton, UK, PokerStars qualifier, £800
There's plenty of aggression in this tournament so more players will surely bust before dinner break in 15 minutes. -- RD
6.05pm: Whittaker wastes no time
Joe Whittaker has just been moved to the direct right of Jake Cody and Whittaker wasted little time in tangling with the EPT Deauville winner. Cody opened to 9,200 from under the gun and Whittaker popped it to 17,300. It folded back to Cody, who had around 80,000 back, he tanked for a long time before folding. Whitaker is up to 420,000. -- NW
5.50pm: Michael Leedham doubles up
I joined the action on the turn of a A♦6♥Q♥6♣ board, there was 35,000 in the pot and is was on Mary Martin to act, she was under the gun+1 and she bet 25,000. Her only opponent in the hand was Michael Leedham, who was on the button. Leedham moved all-in for 120,000 total and Martin then tanked for several minutes before saying, "This is probably a bad call, but I call."
The river was inconsequential and Leedham doubled up to 275,000 whilst Martin slips to 80,000. -- NW
5.45pm: One plane and one taxi
Ben Lefew is continuing to chip up and looks more than happy about it. We caught up with Lefew to find out why he qualified for this tourney. "PokerStars is the cheapest way to travel," said Lefew who aimed for UKIPT Edinburgh because he wanted to visit Scotland. He added: "If I bust out I can see the city and if I'm still in, well, that's a good problem to have."
It's wasn't Lefew that was involved in the next action at his table though. David Iftakhar shoved from the button for 20,000 with T♥4♥ and was called by Sam Holden called in the big blind with Q♠6♥. The board ran out a paint-heavy K♠Q♠K♦J♦5♣ knocking Iftakhar out for a £900 payday. Holden is up to 100,000. -- RD
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 2,000-4,000, ANTE 400
5.35pm: Huge double up for James Rann
He opened under the gun to 7,500 and was called by Peter Donoghue who was next to act, everyone else folded. The flop was 7♦A♠[10s], Rann checked to Donoghue who bet 12,000. Rann check raised to 28,500 total and was called. On the 9♣ turn Rann moved all-in for 81,800 total and Donoghue called.
The river was the 5♥ and Rann doubled up to over 235,000. -- NW
5.25pm: And Channing is out
Neil Channing is out and won't be winning back to back tournaments (he won his most recent UK tournament) after getting it in with T♣J♣ against Richard Chadwick's A♦5♦. Chadwick limped the blind and Channing shoved for 49,400. Chadwick made the call and they both flopped large with K♣T♦7♦. Chadwick went a long way ahead with a turn of J♦ but Channing's two-pair was still in contention to fill up.. but didn't. -- RD
5.15pm: The Channing Show
Neil Channing is loudly chatting away (still) and can be heard at most of the six remaining tables. Old school friend Keith Hawkins has just joined Owen Robinson's table and the Irishman asked him: "Does Neil know that this isn't going on TV?" Hawkins replied: "It's like the Truman show, we're all just bit players to Neil." -- RD
5.10pm: Young, talented, chipped up and sat in a row
Paul McTaggart, James Williams and Joe Whittaker are all sat in a row and are all chipped up, Whittaker has position on the other two. -- NW
5pm: Whittaker playing the bully
Joe Whittaker continues to add to his stack, the youngster has played very impressively today. On a 2♦4♦2♥[10s] board there was around 47,000 in the pot. Whittaker checked from the big blind to Gordon Anderson who bet 20,400. Whittaker check-raised all-in, he had Anderson covered, who had perhaps 90,000 behind. He sighed and folded and Whittaker padded his stack to over 300,000. -- NW
4.50pm: First fallers
We've had a few players fall in the post-bubble pop.
51. Sam Wardlaw, UK, PokerStars qualifier, £800
52. Nikolaj Liljengren, Denmark, £800
53. Saevar Saevarsson, Iceland, PokerStars Qualifier, £800 54. Paul Mcleod, UK, £800
55. Louis Scriven, UK, £800
56. Kevin Williiams, UK, £800
Keep an eye on the payouts page to find who busts where and for how much. -- RD
4.40pm: Top five chip counts
Here's the top five in chips at the end of level 13:
Owen Robinson 303,000
Martin Mulsow 256,000
Joe Whittaker 250,000
Mary Martin 227,000
Max Silver 220,000
Day 1A chip leader Owen Robinson continues to lead the way, second in chips is Martin Muslow who is at the same table. -- NW
4.35pm: Pushing through into the money
We've had the first few fallers after the bubble burst and we can expect several more in the next couple of levels. Saevar Saevarsson the latest casualty in 53rd place.
PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT Edinburgh: Rick Dacey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May.