UKIPT Manchester: Day 1b level 3 (blinds 75-150)

ukiptthumb.JPG5.20pm: Moving on up
The level that it and this one is well and truly in the past.

5.18pm: Coren doubles
After losing a bunch of chips to Ben Stern, Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren has just doubled-up through him. Both checked a 4♠6♣4♦ flop before Coren bet 700 when Stern checked to her on the 9♠ turn. Stern called to see the Q♥ river where he check-raised Coren's 2,000 bet up to 4,000. She quickly moved all-in and he snapped called but mucked upon seeing her 6♠6♦ for a flopped full-house.

"Time for a cigarette then" mused Coren after she stacked her new 24,000 stack.

5.04pm: Sheringham catches the turn
Friend of PokerStars Teddy Sheringham has been getting active with suited connectors three-betting an early position raiser with Q♥T♥ to 1100. Both players checked the 3♣3♠K♠ flop before Sheringham had to call 1300 on the T♣ turn for second pair. The former English international held on for another bet on the river and was good for a 9000 pot.

4.57pm: Oh to run like Kimber
The flop was out as J♠K♥5♥ and Kimber was putting an opponent all-in after facing a bet. The player in question was Alex Kong and he made the call with K♠J♣ for top two-pair but Kimber had out-flopped him with J♥J♦ for second set. The turn came 3♠ and river 6♦ to bust Kong and send Kimber to 35,000.

4.45pm: Orpster rockets upwards
There was a raise under-the-gun that was called in two spots before Michelle Orpe three-bet from the big blind. The original raiser folded but the other two players called. The flop came [td8♥3♦ and Orpe led for 4,000. Good for the pot as both opponent's folded. The under-the-gun player then told Orpe that he folded pocket tens pre-flop. Phew! Orpe up to 20,800.

4.32pm: Duthie bluffed?
There was already 5,800 in the middle and the flop was out reading A♦J♣7♠. Team PokerStars Pro John Duthie was first to act and he led for 3,500 (6,100 behind). Surinder Sunar folded but David Iftakhar quickly moved all-in. Duthie thought for two minutes but folded only to be shown Q♣Q♦. It was hard to tell whether Duthie had an ace in his holding as he sat expressionless.


Team PokerStars Pro John Duthie

4.22pm: Level 3 begins
Players are milling around the tournament floor as the call to return to their seats echoes out. UKIPT host Nick Wealthall is playing the crowd talking strategy and hand history with players and punters alike.

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Coren is on the up with 27,000 chips

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT