UKIPT Brighton: Day 1A, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 150-300, ante 25)
8.40pm: Dinner break
It's time for a one-hour dinner break. Go, go, go.
8.35pm: Chip counts
A smattering of chip counts from my last lap of the room: Jen Mason (54,000), Jeff Duvall (52,000), Thomas Dunwoodie (14,600), Paul Bracken (3,900) and James Tomlin (26,300). -- NW
8.25pm: Dinh you or Doat you?
Whilst there aren't any UKIPT or EPT winners in the field today there's an APPT champion in the field in the shape of Dinh Doat Le. I saw him move all-in for 8,400 after Michael Kettiros had raised to 900. Off came Kettiros' headphones and he began talking to Le saying: "Do you want a call," Le nodded, the international sign for yes (unless you're in Bulgaria as I once found out to my cost). "Thing is I believe you," said Kettiros and despite cutting out the calling chips he let his hand go. -- NW
8.15pm: Bruce not so mighty
Phillip Mighall, Nick Bemmel and Ian LeBruce have all fallen by the wayside. LeBruce got in 12,500 with pocket tens against jacks. It was a standard spot, he said, but seemed a little on edge as to whether it was the right thing to do. That's the power of hindsight for you. -- RD
Joe Roberts is one of the latest exits and recounted his demise via twitter saying: "I open and SB ships without seeing my raise, AJ less than K6o. Lost a 10k flip for the rest." -- NW
7.56pm: Even Keighley
Paul Keighley is up to 36,000 and I can only suppose that the introduction of antes will aid his game. Keighly has scored back to back UKIPT six-max final tables; fifth last night here and sixth in Newcastle last month. Winning six max players tend to be more aggressive and tend to embrace the Jake Cody school of thought: 'If in doubt take the more aggressive line.' The success or otherwise of Keighly, a younger lookalike of Dave Colclough, should test my theory out over the next couple of levels. -- RD
7.45pm: Let's play darts
Ok poker is still the game of choice here in Brighton but there are 180 players left in right now and average stack is 20,666. -- NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 150-300, ANTE 25
7.38pm: Knights tale
Christopher Knights just missed out on the final table in Cork after playing an all-or-nothing style of poker. It worked well for him in Ireland and he's got back to his starting stack playing the same brand here. Knights opened to 600 and was flatted by Karl Laroche on the button before Tekin Irmak squeezed to 2,500 from the button. Knights quickly moved his 7,000 stack in and forced Laroche out the pot. Irmak shrugged and made the call with K♠K♥. Knights tabled aces.
"I had nines," said Laroche. The board duly ran out T♣7♥2♠9♦6♦ leaving Laroche to spin on his feet, muttering about stacking both players. Only if he'd got his chips in bad, of course. -- RD
7.30pm: Piper gets paid
Five players including Michael Piper (button) and Paul Anderson (middle position) saw a limped flop of [10c]6♦2♠. Everyone checked to see the A♠ fall on the turn, it passed to Piper and he bet 950, everyone folded apart from Anderson who check-raised to 2,650, call from Piper.
The river was the A♥ and Anderson bet 4,500 into Piper who moved all-in. The EPT San Remo finalist had Anderson covered, the latter had around 10,000 behind and he thought for a couple of minutes before announcing call and showing 6♠6♦ for a full house. However, Piper had A♣2♥ for a bigger full house and he scooped a nice pot to climb to 41,000. -- NW
7.25pm: Romano back in the running
Romano Pizzo has doubled his stack up to around 7,700. I only saw the pot being shipped to him but he had [10c]9♥ against J♣5♣ on a 9♣A♥4♣4♠6♥ board against Scott Chaudhry. -- NW
7.20pm: Leedham on the up
At the start of this level Michael Leedham was down to 5,000 but now has over 18,000 after winning a couple of races. First he doubled up holding pocket sevens against ace-king.
Then just a few minutes later he found pocket tens and eliminated Paul Humphrey who had A♦K♠, Humphrey did at least get a sweat as the board ran 4♦5♦9♦7♣J♠. - NW
7.12pm: Going south
Alex Ferguson and Ian LeBruce are sat side by side at the moment, both of whom have travelled the length of the nation to play this event (it's a pair of Scots unless I'm very much mistaken). Ferguson just raked in a small pot three-betting a late position open to 2,000 leaving LeBruce a tough decision with his 16,000 stack in the big blind. He opted to pass. Still in the game. -- RD
7.03pm: Boys separated from men by runner-runner
Lee Boys has just been knocked out after a tough runner-runner. After flopping a boat on a [k]2♦ board with [k] Boys' opponent backed into a straight flush holding 5♦3♦. Well, at least it wasn't on the bubble, Lee.
Patrick Leonard and Lee Cockroft have also been sent to the rail (but in less outlandish circumstances). -- RD
6.55pm: What's the rush?
In the opening quarter of the fourth levels there's been a spate of bust outs perhaps players are going for broke as the side event is starting soon or maybe there's been a spate of coolers. Either way Kevin Steggles and Robert Lee are aomgst the latest exits. -- NW
6.52pm: Kelly and co in the Big One
Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly (99,400) and UKIPT Champion of Champions David Vamplew (163,500) are among the Brits about to start Day 3 of the WSOP Main Event. Features looking at the Big One will be regularly posted here on the PokerStars blog and we'll be keeping a keen eye on any UKIPT regs doing well. -- RD
6.40pm: Four levels down, six to go
The players returning to their seats still look fresh, many excited, but there's still a long way to go with six hours of play to navigate before bagging up. There's joking, frolicking even, and a few adult fizzy beverages being tucked into. That decision could yet prove to be an expensive mistake.
Among those we'll be keeping a close eye on going into level five is Michael Piper, fourth place finisher at EPT San Remo the year his close friend Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree won. He's on 23,000. Jen Mason is well stacked with 60,000. -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Brighton (in order of giant inflatable footballs won on the pier last year): Rick Dacey (two big balls) and Nick Wright (left disappointed with two normal sized football - "I was robbed"). Photos by Mickey May.