UKIPT Champion of Champions: Season 2, Level 5-8: (blinds 300-600, ante 75)
4.24pm: Break time
The six remaining players are now on a 20 minute break, join me in a new post for level 9 updates.
4.21pm: Gareth Walker eliminated in seventh place
From under-the-gun Gareth Walker moved all-in for 5,800 with pocket sevens and next to act Sam Razavi isolated him holding pocket queens. Everyone else folded, the board ran 6♦[10h]2♦8♦A♠ to send Walker walking.
4.18pm: Chip counts
Full chip counts will be coming in about five minutes when the players go on break but this is the situation: Richard Sinclair and Gareth Walker are short stacked, Nick Abou Risk and Chris O'Donnell are struggling and Sam Razavi and Joeri Zandvliet are chasing the chip leader Matthew McDerra.
4.08pm: To do a Silver
Sam Razavi is busy inventing new phrases that he hopes will pass into the poker lexicon. His latest is to 'Do a Silver' (see 5.50pm post).
Razavi defined it thus: "To be doing well in a tournament and then recklessly four or five bet shove a hand like eight-four off-suit."
He then added if it gets through it's called to 'Do a Spindler.'
No word on what to 'Do a Razavi' is yet.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 300-600 ante 75
3.55pm: Walker gets set in, passes
The pots are definitely getting bigger and the atmosphere a little more serious.
Gareth Walker made it 800 to play from a stack of around 9,500 and Chris O'Donnell then moved all-in from the big blind with a covering stack. After thinking it over for a couple of minutes Walker folded saying: "I think we were racing."
Richard Sinclair is down to around 9,000, Matthew McDerra has 27,000 and Nick Abou Risk is back to around starting stack of 15,000.
3.45pm: Sam Razavi doubles through Chris O'Donnell
I didn't see the hand itself but Joeri Zandvliet told me that Sam Razavi raised with pocket kings, Chris O'Donnell three-bet with [A][Q], Razavi shoved for around 9,000 and O'Donnell called. The cowboys held up and Razavi's roller-coaster continues, O'Donnell is down to 14,000.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 200-400 ante 50
3.40pm: Joeri Zandvliet (almost) doubles through Sam Razavi
The smiling Dutchman is now up to around 25,000 after winning a big pot off Sam Razavi. The board was ace high by the river and Sam Razavi made a pot sized bet of 7,000, which Zandvliet called (leaving about 2,000 back) and his [A] was good enough to win the pot. Razavi is down to around 8,000.
3.31pm: Sparks, but no flames
The introduction of antes is slowly eeking out a bit more action from the seven remaining players. More flops but no more drops, as of yet. Two recent examples
Hand One: Richard Sinclair made it 725 from under-the-gun but folded after Joeri Zandvliet made it 1,700 to go. The Dutchman is on 11,000 whilst Sinclair has 16,000.
Hand Two: Nick Abou Risk raised to 650 from early position and got a call from Gareth Walker who was on the button. The flop fell [10d]3♦[10s] and a c-bet of 1,000 from Abou Risk
You sense a big pot is brewing.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 150-300, ante 25
3.23pm: Razavi revival continues
After being as low as 4,500 at one point, Sam Razavi now has a stack of a little over 20,000. His latest uptick came courtesy of flopping top two pair on a board of [A][K] and getting a bet out of Matthew McDerra. A second barrel from Razavi on the turn won him the pot.
After Razavi showed his hand to the table McDerra said: "I had outs."
3.15pm: Some observations
- Nick Abou Risk and Joeri Zandvliet are engaged in almost permanent banter. Perhaps Abou Risk should try his hand at stand up if poker doesn't work out, as Zandvliet is, as usual, smiling and laughing.
- In the opening four and a half levels Abou Risk, Razavi and McDerra have been the most active, Chris O'Donnell, Richard Sinclair and Gareth Walker mostly taking a back seat
- Gareth Walker has upped the ante, not in a poker sense, but he's moved on to coffee an upgrade from water which was his beverage of choice for the first four levels.
3.05pm: Back from the break
Players are back from the break. Below are up to date chip counts. It's Nick Abou Risk who leads the way, in part due to eliminating Fintan Gavin
Seat One: Richard Sinclair, 16,850
Seat Two: Chris O'Donnell, 13,625
Seat Three: Nick Abou Risk, 26,700
Seat Four: Joeri Zandvliet, 13,950
Seat Five: Matthew McDerra, 20,800
Seat Six: Gareth Walker, 16,000
Seat Seven: Sam Razavi, 13,875
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Nottingham: Nick Wright
Photos by Neil Stoddart