UKIPT Killarney: Day 1, levels 1&2 (blinds 50-100)

ukiptthumb.JPG6.05pm: Undercover aces
Andrew Dwyer's limp under the gun may have looked suspicious to some and rightfully so. The Irishman was sat on pocket aces and hoping for someone to raise. When no raise came and he picked up three callers in the form of the button, small and big blind he can't have been too confident of his hand on the Q♦9♦5♥ turn, let alone after betting 350 and getting called. The J♦ just made the board worse especially considering he didn't hold the A♦. He check-called 500 before showing down on the river to score a small pot.

That's it as the players go on a 15-minute break. --RD

5.55pm: Lody too slick
With a flop of 2♠K♥A♠ and 1200 in the pot, Jim Lody who was under the gun checked and Mike Hennessy in the hi-jack also checked. Martin Noonan, on the button, was not so quick to act though and he fired out a bet of 700, which was called in both spots. The turn was 8♣ and it checked through. On the 3♣ river Lody fired a bet of 3,000, Hennessy quickly folded, Noonan after a 30 second dwell also folded. Lody flashed A♣K♦ to the table. --NW

5.45pm: Shtern warning to the rest of the field
There are two Russians in this field and at least one of them has started off well. Andrey Shtern saw a tasty looking T♦J♠Q♠ flop with his K♥9♦ and managed to get it all-in against pocket kings. A blank 2♣ turn and J♣ river saw him fist pump his stack up to 30,000. --RD

5.35pm: Quinn straightens out Velott
I caught the action on the turn with the board reading 9♣3♠[10d]J♣. Two players Cameron Velott in middle position and Robert Quinn on the button were left in the pot. Both players checked the turn and the river came the Q♥. Velott checked it over to Quinn who fired 1100 into a pot of 2000. Velott thought it over for a while and called. Quinn held 9♦8♥ which was good enough. --NW

5.15pm: Back to Back?
We missed him on our first sweep of the room, but UKIPT Nottingham champion Andrew Couldridge is here and will be looking to win back to back UKIPT Titles. His stack is heading in the right direction; he's managed to build to 16,800 during the first level. --NW


5.00pm: Set up for Thew
Team PokerStars Pro Julian Thew had flopped a set with pocket sixes on an [a]6♥[3] board. A check on the turn brought the 9♥ and Thew led out for 125 before getting raised by Sofia Lovgren to 450. Thew called the raise and check-called 1,700 on an ugly heart on the river. Lovgren showed A♥7♥ for the nuts. Thew may start out slow but he ends up near or in the money more than often. --RD

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A flush is no good for Julian Thew's set

4.45pm: 'Three hands I played them all badly'
So said Rob Yong, when I caught up with him outside after his exit; he explained it was three hands in quick succession that did for him. He told me, 'I lost 5,000 when I had king-ten on a [K][8][2][10][8] board and bet every street and my opponent had Ace-Eight. I lost my next 5,000 when I had pocket tens against pocket jacks on a [6][2][2] flop. And my last 5,000 went when a guy made a great call against me. I had 8♣6♣ on a 9♣[8]2♣ flop a guy called me down on all streets including the river with just [8][7]. Shortly after this Rob wandered over to the media desk and offered to repay his buy-in to PokerStars, who refused. --NW

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Rob Yong is our first faller

4.40pm: Rob Yong is out
Our first casualty of the day appears to be Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong, details to come. --NW

4.30pm: Trips!
Finding a showdown in the early stages in a sea of tables can be tricky but I just lucked out on my last trip around the room. I missed the pre-flop action but with 400 in the pot and two players it suggested a raise and a call. On a flop of 4♣4♠A♠ Mark Flanagan led out for 200 from the blg blind. His opponent smooth called from the hi-jack. The dealer burned and turned the 3♦, Flanagan did not slow down, firing a 500 chip bet, again his opponent called. On the 8♦ river Flanagan bet 650, after a brief spell in the tank his opponent made the call, but nodded and mucked as Flanagan rolled over 5♣4♦ --NW

4.15pm: Who's here?
The first thing a player does when he reaches his starting table is to take a glance around and see who he recognises. Those seated at table 25 will have seen the face of Team PokerStars Pro Julian Thew beaming back at them. Thewy has come dressed for the summer in shorts, lightweight hoody and sandals (minus the white socks - take note Mr Raymer). Elsewhere UKIPT Coventry winner Gilles Augustus and UKIPT Manchester seventh place finisher Dan Owston share a table. Also in the field is UKIPT Nottingham fourth place finisher Owen Robinson and also having made the trip from Nottingham are Rob Yong and Simon Trumper. And whilst many of the young hotshots are in Vegas, some of the under 21 brigade are here, including Toby Lewis.--NW

4.10pm: Shuffle up and deal
The cards are in the air and players are already into the action. Oh my God, four players have been knocked out in a aces, aces, kings, kings set over set cooler. Okay, that's a lie. No knockouts as of yet but plenty of early banter.

Chip stacks start at 15,000 with the blinds at 25-50. One hour long levels give plenty of play for your €1,000.--RD

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The inaugural UKIPT Killarney is underway

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

Rick Dacey
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