UKIPT Brighton: Day 1A, level 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 75)
11.55pm: Masonic handshake
Jen Mason has welcomed herself to the table by raking in a 15,000 pot from Paul Stevens. Stevens had opened to 1,625 and Mason had called in the big blind. Stevens fired two barrels; 1,575 on the 3♥J♠Q♠ flop and 4,500 on the 7♦ turn before Mason led 8,500 into him on the 8♠ river, which completed every draw.
Stevens nervously rubbed his top lip with his thumb before eventually making the pass pushing Mason up to nearly 100,000 (although she lost a few thousand the next hand).
And that's a break. Join us in a new post shortly. -- RD
11.45pm: Dinh done for
Former APPT Maccau champion Dinh Doat Le is out. Tablemate Michael Leedham told us that that he three-bet jammed 30 big blinds with pocket threes but ran into original raiser Tom Hall's pocket aces. -- NW
11.40pm: Slowroll from Mueller
Call it personal prejudice if you like but I think it's fair to say that if you have a player wearing Ed Hardy clothing at your table they'll also be the one that you'd snap vote to be kicked out the Big Brother house (or out of window if you're particularly annoyed). Jan Mueller - sporting one such gaudy t-shirt - is doing nothing to change that line of reasoning right now.
A short stacked Stephen Woodhead moved all-in for the second hand on the bounce and David Kingswell moved in behind him for a few thousand more. Mueller, who was on the button, tossed in 11,000 isolating the pair. Mueller showed a single ace, Woodhead revealed K♠9♥ and Kingswell A♥T♠. Mueller then squeezed out a slowrolling second ace. Despite a small sweat Mueller's hand held up to push him up to around 55,000.
Big stack Jen Mason has joined that table, where she sits now opposite Michael Piper. -- RD
11.30pm: Round two goes to Johnsen too
It's not been a good level for Michael Piper who has slipped from around 40,000 to 16,600. This is in part to a pot he just lost to Rudi Johnsen. I only saw the action from the flop but with the board reading J♥J♠7♣ Johnson bet 2,200 and Piper made the call.
The turn was the 6♥ and Johnsen checked it over to Piper who bet 4,800, Johnsen now began to do what Piper would later term a 'moody' and looked at various points as if he was going to fold or call. Eventually though he settled on the option of setting Piper all-in and Piper mucked his hand in a flash. The Norwegian is up to around 78,000. -- NW
11.20pm: Piper loses a small pot
I joined Michael Piper's table to see him calling a pre-flop raise of 1,600 from Rudi Johnsen. That was all she wrote as far as the betting was concerned as they checked down the 9♣4♠[10h]8♦8♣ board, Piper showed just the K♦ but Johnsen had A♦Q♠. -- NW
11.12pm: Pile 'em high
Players are falling thick and fast here and among those that can lay their tournaments wreathes down are Chris Cooper, Nigel Sutcliffe, Mark Wates and James Tomlin. -- RD
11pm: Chip counts
I've just updated the chip counts page, Jen Mason currently leads the way with 87,000. -- NW
The ever-entertaining Romano Pizzo is one of the latest exits. Also on the rail are Dmitri Koudinov, Daniel Oliver and David Knight. -- NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 300-600, ante 75
10.41pm: Mason flying high
Jen Mason, taking a break from her usual poker blogging/media commitments, has barged into the chip lead having knocked out Alan Mansbridge in a huge 80,000 pot.
Leon Campbell had opened under-the-gun with jacks and had been called by Mansbridge in the small blind. Mason made the call from the big blind. A [t]T♠5♠ flop was c-bet by Campbell and check-raised by Mansbridge. Mason then came over the top, Campbell wisely stepped to one side while Mansbridge made a huge 40,000 shove. Mason made the call with [t][j] and Mansbridge showed an aggressive A♠8♠ flush draw.
Mason's hand held, filling up with a jack on the river that would have given the pot to Campbell had he (incorrectly) stayed in. Mason now up to 87,000 having four-bet shoved on Campbell a few hands later. -- RD
10.30pm: Schaffmann sliding
UKIPT Nottingham Season 1 runner-up Ollie Schaffmann hasn't had the best level. He's down to about 8,000 after folding pocket tens as an overpair to the board. It was a good fold though, his opponent had pocket jacks. -- NW
10.25pm: Duck hunting
From the small blind Alex Martin raised to 1,100 and Ollie Noonan moved all-in for 7,100 from the big blind. After getting the dealer to pull in the 1,100 Martin said: "I think I'm going to have to give you a spin," before announcing the call and showing pocket twos. He was way behind Noonan though as he held pocket nines. Upon seeing Noonan's hand Martin stood up and said: "I'm duck hunting dealer," the flop though was 7♠Q♥5♥ keeping Noonan well in front. The turn and river also missed Martin's crosshair as it came 7♥3♥. -- NW
Christoffer Karlsson, Thang Truong, Peter Jephcott, Peter Benson, Paul Bracken, Jemma Pateman and India Storrar are among the most recent flurry of knock outs.
Dan Owston is now demanding free steak at tournaments. -- RD
10.10pm: Blogging station overrun
Rather than opting for the quiet sanctuary of the media room Wright and I have planted ourselves on a table overlooking the tournament floor. A great idea, we thought. Unfortunately we didn't plan for Dan Owston and co sitting at the table next to us and giving loud and enthusiastic advice to tournament staff.
"Don't let them put your cheesecake in the microwave for three minutes! Do you know what a microwave does to cheesecake?" said Owston, quite seriously. It's riveting stuff. Okay, drop the riveting. -- RD
10pm: Chip counts
During the break the wonderful tournament staff did a chip count of the chip leader at each table. With that information passed onto us we can tell you that the current chip leaders are: Jeff Duvall (64,625), Jen Mason (55,000), Christopher O'Donnell (53,000), Richard Haile (51,600) and Patrick Thompson (50,000). -- NW
9.50pm: Dinner down
The players have finished their dinner break and have started the seventh level of the day; four left. -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Brighton (and their choice of break music): Rick Dacey ('Money' by Pink Floyd) and Nick Wright ('Ace of Spades' by Motorhead). Photos by Mickey May.