UKIPT Brighton: Day 1A, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 100-200)

ukiptthumb.JPG6.20pm: End of the level
That's the end of the level, players are now on a 20 minute break. Although Paul Lucey, Deborah Worley-Roberts and Ian Frazer will not be returning as they are now out. -- NW

6.15pm: Schaffmann bounces back
Ollie Schaffmann was down to 7,000 after missing a open ended straight flush draw and then a bluff gone wrong. He's now back to 12,000 though tweeting: "Called 90% of my stack of on river with AJ on 447108 decent read imo." -- NW

6.10pm: More chip counts
Another sweep of the room revealed the following chip counts: James Tomlin (14,600), Alex Martin (6,600), Ian Lebruce (14,900), India Storrar (4,000), Patrick Leonard (22,000) and Paul Bracken (6,100). -- NW

5.56pm: More railbirds
Willie Tann, Daniel Wong, Shana Casaletto, Chris Webber, Jim Lody and Aktar Rahman are among the most recent fallers. Perhaps the next player to join them will be Alex Martin who has little over 6,000 left. "If I was betting man I'd say that I won't last the next level," Martin said.

The slick Brit has just returned from Las Vegas where he made his first final table, a fifth place finish in a $1,000 event for $114,414. -- RD

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Alex Martin

5.48pm: Chips unfrazzled
Unfrazzled? That's a word, right? Well, semantics aside, the chips counts page is now up and running. Click on it here or on the widget to the right to get some of the names, notables and big stacks. -- RD

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See who has plenty of these

5.38pm: Passing on
Mark Kirby, Francis Wesley, Robbie Fisher-O'Brien, Lee Aspy and Keir Ratcliff join Ross Jarvis on the sidelines. They'll have to wait until UKIPT Edinburgh for their next shot at a tour title. -- RD

5.30pm: Old guys can play too
We won't embarrass him by name but a player tweeted earlier that the OAP on his left was bashing him up. That 'OAP' is one Jeff Duvall who we'd wager has been playing poker before many entrants in this tournament had been born.

I just saw Duvall eliminate PokerStars qualifier Mark Kirby. Both put in 1,500 each pre-flop, before the dealer spread 6♣8♥5♥. First to act, Kirby led for 1,500, Duvall slid out a tower of chips to set Kirby all-in and the qualifier made the call. On their backs:

Duvall: 9♦9♣
Kirby: A♣[10c]

The turn and river fell Q♥J♥ and Duvall stayed in front and has around 25,000 now and is a force to be reckoned with. -- NW

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Duvall - using his image to pwn the kidz

5.25pm: Some chip counts
Our chip count page is behaving like a stroppy teenager and refusing to cooperate so please bear with us. However for now we'll just keep updating the chip counts of the notables and chip leaders within the blog itself.

To that end here are some counts: Jeff Duvall (25,000), Ian Frazer (12,300), Dinh Doat Le (8,300), Romano Pizzo (13,025), Gemal Husnu (14,850) and the early chip leader appears to be Jen Mason, she has 49,000. - NW


5.15pm: Jarvis cooked
Ross Jarvis is well known to his Twitter/Facebook followers for posting cooking as well as poker updates - all very rock and roll - but he's been well and truly cooked in this main event.

Alan Mansbridge opened to 525 and was called by Jarvis with J♠9♠ on the cut-off. Mansbridge c-bet 1,000 into the [j]2♠4♠ flop and Jarvis made it 3,500. Mansbridge insta-called before leading 1,050 into the [3] turn. Jarvis made the call. Mansbridge led again, 2,500 this time, into the [j] river. Jarvis moved in for his remaining 8,000 and Mansbridge made the call tabling [k][j] to scoop the pot. -- RD

"Cooking my first ever rack of lamb tonight... bit scared. With wilted spinach, garlic potatoes and a rhubarb crumble for desert." This is one such cooking gem from the Twitter feed of Starch_Jarvis.

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Ross Jarvis: terrified of racks, likes chips

5pm: Different stars shining
Las Vegas may be a long way away - 5,262.8 miles to be precise - but the glitter of the World Series Main Event has been too tantalizing for a number of UKIPT regulars, such as former champs Max Silver, Jamie Burland, David Vamplew, Richard Sinclair and Nick Abou Risk who have all been taking a shot at the Big One. The absence of these rising stars allows a little extra elbow room for other players to make an impact on the UKIPT.

One such player is Romano Pizzo who was the standout character at the UKIPT Nottingham final table earlier this year. Constantly chatting, when not reading his copy of the Racing Post anyway, Pizzo dazzled and confused in equal measure on his way to a third place finish swaddled in layers of winter clothing. Today he's sporting a summery blue and white blazer but the dress code hasn't stopped the chat.

"You owe me. You owe me, sir," said Pizzo, hand waving in the air at the opponent he'd just coolered. He had just raked in a 10,000 pot to chip up to 24,000 with set over set. He went back to his copy of the Racing Post shortly after but I'm sure this isn't going to be the last we hear of Pizzo. -- RD

4.45pm: Big names come to Brighton
Maybe it's the sea air, the beer festival that's taking place across the road or the proximity to London that has seen a number of big names make - to our recollection - their UKIPT debut. But both Ian Frazer and Jeff Duvall are in the field today, they've a combined $2.5m in live tournament earnings between them and a whole lot of experience and knowhow that you just can't buy. -- NW

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Ian 'The Razor' Frazer

4.30pm: Crisp crunched and other fallers
Nicholas Crisp, Bjornar Andreassen, David La Ronde, Paul Austin, Sunil Moti and Elliot Smith are among the dozen fallers from the first couple of levels. -- RD

4.20pm: Level three begins
Players have taken some refreshing sea air/stuffed fish and chips down their neck and we're back into it. -- RD

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Willie Tann

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Brighton (in order of table tennis skill): Nick Wright (had a table growing up, holds a killer backhand) and Rick Dacey (still calls it 'ping pong'). Photos by Mickey May.

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT