UKIPT Brighton: Day 2 level 13 & 14 updates (blinds 1,200 - 2,400, ante 300)
6.28pm: Gowland out in 80th
Dimps Maker is up over 120,000 after busting Andy Gowland in the last hand before the break in a standard A♣T♣ to A♥Q♦ spot. Short stack Gowland got it in first.
Twenty minute break, join us in a new post shortly. -- RD
6.22pm: Evans first out in the money
Alex Evans is the first player to cash after failing to catch up with A♠3♦ over David Lloyd's pocket sevens. Evans takes home £750. The payout structure can be found here. -- RD
6.15pm: Three quick exits burst the bubble
Three exits in about a minute mean that there was no bubble period at all:
Exit One: Jen Mason had pocket aces and eliminated Bharat Joshi who had pocket queens, the money going in on the turn of a 4♦J♦4♥9♣ board, the 5♣ falling on fifth street.
Exit two: Thomas Piccirilli's pocket nines lost out to A♣K♣ on a A♦3♠5♠Q♠Q♥ board.
And so to the bubble...
Exit three: Patrick Thompson opened to 5,100 and Alan Vinson three-bet to 17,500, back on Thompson he moved all-in for 96,000 and Vinson, who had just two thousand less than Thompson, made the call. On their backs:
The flop fell K♦9♠K♣ and Thompson took the lead. The turn was the 9♥ and Thompson filled up to sounds of "Sick" from the interested players who had gathered round the table. As the 4♠ completed the board Vinson shook his head before walking off. -- NW
6.13pm: Short stack resurrection
Spencer Lawrence has got himself back up to around 35,000 after that crushing two-outer by James Browning. He's not the only short stack enjoying a good uptick in fortunes.
Rodger Parr has more doubled up getting A♦K♦ in against Jeff Duvalll on a J♦J♣T♦ A♥ board. Duvall held A♣9♣ and failed to chop the pot. Bubble very close now. -- RD
6.10pm: One down
With the elimination of Michael Ronayne the remaining players are one spot closer to the cash. Down to less than 10,000, Royanne shoved with A♣Q♦ and got a call from Krzysztof Budka who had him dominated with A♦K♦.
During the post-flop reveal Budka was more interested in his phone than the board and didn't see Royanne take the lead on the Q♣8♠5♥ flop nor his re-suck on the K♣ turn. The 4♦ completed the board. 85 remain. -- NW
6.05pm: Shortstacks surviving
The latest short stack to double up is Jonathan Reynolds. He was all-in for 15,500 with pocket fours and Daren Lury had a dominating pair of eights. The flop of 3♠4♣6♠ saw Reynolds go from busto to robusto and the K♣J♣ turn and river kept his tournament alive. -- NW
6pm: Money maker?
Dimps Maker finished 12th in this event last year and he's on track to make the money again. He's currently on 100,000 which is just below average but still a comfortable 40 big blind stack. -- NW
5.55pm: Announcing the all-ins
With 85 players remaining the tournament staff have taken to announcing any all-in and calls. The first of these has gone in the favour of the short stack. It was a classic race with Bharat Joshi all-in for 23,000 with pocket queens and Alex Ferguson making the call with A♦K♠. The board ran 4♣6♠[10h]4♠4♦. -- NW
5.52pm: Two outer for Browning
"I want to win this tournament," said Spencer Lawrence check-calling James Browing's 48,000 shove into a A♥2♠6♦7♦ board.
"Good call," said Browning, looking at the A♦J♥ tabled by Lawrence. Browing showed pocket fives leaving himself with just two outs.
The 5♠ hit the river and the table erupted with Lawrence shooting up out of his chair almost bowling me over in the process. Lawrence is left with just a few thousand.
"I was bluffing and got lucky," said Browing. Indeed he had and he's now on around 130,000. We have 85 players left. -- RD
5.46pm: Bubble fast approaching
A total of 87 players remain and the tournament staff have kicked out all spectators to clear the pathways. 81 get paid. -- NW
5.44pm: Chip counts
Jen Mason is down to 100,000, she now has Rod Albright to her immediate left, Jeff Duvall is also on that table, he's up to 155,000. Paul Zimbler is in grind mode he's on 50,000, pretty much what he started the day with. Richard Hasancebi has emerged as a big stack with 240,000. More chip counts are available by clicking here. -- NW
5.38pm: Squeaky bum time for Fergie
Alex Ferguson pushed all-in for 70,000 over the top of a 12,000 open from Rodger Parr, after he shoved Ferguson stood up on his chair and beckoned to his rail that he was all-in.
Parr was tanking and asked for the 12,000 to be pulled in so he could better calculate his pot odds. He obviously didn't like something as he passed pocket queens face up. -- NW
5.28pm: That's how you win tournaments
The A♦5♦ was on the felt in front of Guy Barron and the K♦Q♦ was in front of Andrew Sweeney. The former was raking in a big pot and the reason was quite clear, the flop had come 8♦6♦J♦. There was betting on all streets though with Barron check-calling the flop and turn, before leading the river. After the dust settled Sweeney was left with 20,000 whilst Barron was up to about 90,000.
"That's how you win tournaments," said Rupinder Bedi to Darren Wright after the hand. -- NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 1,200-2,400, ante 200
5.24pm: Close but no cigar
Mark Chantler, UKIPT Nottingham final tablist Tim Bettingen, Alkes Sotiriou, Dave Osman, Jeremiah Goldman (all the way from the USA) and Joe Quinton have all bitten the dust. -- RD
Here is a few tournament bits and pieces.
- Rod Albright has been moved and the heavily stacked table has Albright (220,000), Darren Wright (160,000) and Rupinder Bedi (340,000) sat in line with Bedi holding position.
- Former chip leader Chris O'Donnell is calmly grinding a 130,000 stack with Richie Lawlor (95,000) two seats to his left.
We have 96 players left, 81 get paid. -- RD
5.15pm: Some chip counts
This post does exactly what it says in the title. Feast your eyes on the chip counts of some of the remaining players: James Browning (57,000), Lynne Beaumont (44,000), Mukesh Morjaria (93,000), Robin Dhinsa (145,000) and Spencer Lawrence (33,000).
To see more chip counts of the remaining players click here. -- NW
5.05pm: Double up for Keighley
I noticed that Paul Keighley was stacking chips and I smelled a double up story, he obliged: "I raised with [A][K] under the gun and the small blind (Anthony Mackay) called with Q♥J♥. The flop was [10h]5♥ and he led 10,000, I moved in for 30,000 as I didn't think he'd lead a big hand and he called. The turn and river were both blanks and I held," Keighley up to 70,000. -- NW
Players continue to fall at a rapid pace, those recently sent to the rail include: Dennis Hertel, Iain Bowden, John Mackey and Ashique Miah. -- NW
4.47pm: Rudling-Smith senior busto
Richard Rudling-Smith senior has busted to David Trigg in an 80,000 pot with aces versus jacks. His son, David Rudling-Smith, has enjoyed quite a spin up today and is on around 100,000 so at least he's still got some tournament equity heading towards the money. -- RD
4.38pm: Bedi takes the chip lead
Rupinder Bedi is up to around 320,000 after snapping off a three-barrel bluff from previous chip leader Darren Wright. Bedi opened under-the-gun for 4,200 and was three-bet by Wright out of the big blind. Bedi made the call.
Wright c-bet 13,300 into the low 2♣2♦4♥ flop, Bedi made the call. Wright pushed out 23,800 into the A♣ turn and again Bedi made the call. The 6♠ river changed little and Wright moved all-in putting Bedi to the test for his remaining 100,500. It was a short test, he snapped the shove off with A♠Q♠. Wright insta-mucked but remains well chipped with 160,000. -- RD
4.27pm: Chip leaders
Tournament staff did chip leader counts from each table during the break, here's how the top five shape up right now:
Darren Wright, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 330000
Rod Albright, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 215000
Sinem Melin, United Kingdom, 188000
Mohammed Ibrahim, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 178000
Derek Murray Ireland, PokerStars Player, 176000
Chip leader Darren Wright started the day with 166,300 has near doubled his stack in the opening two levels. -- NW
4.22pm: Back in their seats
The 126 players who remain are now back in their seats. The average stack is 71,875 (35.9 big blinds). As a reminder 81 places are paid with a min-cash worth £750. Sinem Melin is one player who's put herself in a good position to make at least that, she's climbed to over 190,000 in the opening two levels. -- NW
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Brighton (in order of googlewhacks found in their lifetime): Rick Dacey (one - prophylactic piranha) and Nick Wright (zero). Photos by Mickey May.