UKIPT Manchester: Day 1a level 10 (blinds 600/1200, ante 100)
2.15am: End of level
In the dying minutes of level 10 Reyaaz Mulla hit a dream J♠9♠6♦ flop with pocket jacks and decided to fast play it by smashing his 19,300 stack into pre-flop aggressor James Creighton who tank called with pocket Queens. Mulla's monster hand held up and he scooped close to 50,000. Creighton was left with a short but playable stack.
2.10am: No debut cash
Team PokerStars Pro Julien Thew's debut for the team has just ended. His stack had got to the point where he was pushing all in every time the action was folded around to him. He managed to get a couple of pushes through but there was always going to be a time when someone woke up with a hand good enough to call.
When action folded around to him on the button he moved all-in for around 13,000 with K♦4♠ but Daniel Morgan had woken up with A♥A♣ in the big blind and made the call. The board ran 3♥6♦T♠3♦Q♦ to end it for Mr Thew. He wished everyone luck and made his exit.
1.55am: Hooper doubles
Nicolas Bowyer opened the pot with a raise before calling the all-in push from Chris Hooper. Bowyer found his A♠T♦ dominated by Hopper's A♥J♣ and it failed to come from behind on the Q♥8♣5♣2♣Q♠ board. That left Bowyer with less than 10,000 whereas Hooper is up to 37,000.
1.42am: Blatchley breaks the curse
Every time the PokerStars Blog had stood by Neil Blatchley's table he had lost a hand but he's finally managed to turn the tide. Blatchley raised to 2900 pre-flop and picked up a solitary caller in the big blind who check-folded the 2♣K♥Q♠ flop. Blatch is up to 66,000.
Just beforehand Peter Charalambous had levelled Chris Brammer stack by knocking it over with a purposeful, if not playful, swipe of his hand. 'It was just asking for it,' said Charalambous. We saw nothing - it was but a freak gust of wind...
1.25am: Level 10
We're into the second to last level of the day. Redbulls are being ordered with a lot more frequency and those who decided to have a few beers are starting to feel it at this late time. Two players who seem to be unaffected are Will Fry and Team PokerStars Pro Julina Thew who have been neighbors for a couple of hours now. The former was the recipient of a double-up through the latter when Thew opened from under-the-gun with pocket eights. Fry moved all-in for 9,000 from the next seat with ace-king. Thew called but couldn't make his hand stand-up. Thew now on 8,600 to his opponent stack of around 20,000.