UKIPT Cork: Day 1B, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 100-200)
6.25pm: End of level
That's the end of the the fourth level of the day. Twenty minute break. -- RD
6.24pm: Gavin gone
Fintin Gavin is out. He pushed all-in for 7,375 into a pot of around 8,250 on a flop of Q♠6♦7♥ and was called by Barry Donovan. Fintin who had 5-bet pre-flop showed 8♣2♣ and was in a world of hurt against Donovan's A♣Q♣. The turn and river were the 9♦ and the J♥, Gavin wished the table good luck and Donovan said: "It was a good squeeze by him, I wish I had the balls to make those kinds of moves." -- NW
6.22pm: Weird line gets paid
It wasn't the most orthodox of lines to take but it did result in Lori Lazzaro adding around 5,000 to her stack. Shaun Conroy had opened for 500 from the hijack and Lazzaro had made the call from the big blind before leading out for 700 into the 2♠J♥9♦ flop. Conroy made the call.
Lazzaro fired again, 1,200 into the 6♠ turn. Conroy made the call. Lazzaro pushed out a final bet of 1,400 into the Q♠ river and Conroy made the smallest of raises to just shy of 3,000. Lazzaro quickly called with K♥K♦, Conroy mucked. -- RD
6.15pm: MacPhee on a heater
Kevin MacPhee is now on a stack of around 45,000 after winning a big pot against Anthony O'Flaherty. With the board reading 8♠6♥3♥4♣ MacPhee led for 2,500 into a pot of around 5,100, O'Flaherty bumped it to 6,200 before MacPhee re-raised to 13,500. This seemed to flummox O'Flaherty who capped his cards and then began to dwell. He had about 9,000 back and eventually elected to fold. -- NW
6pm: Aces abound
Rupinder 'George' Bedi is up to around 25,000 after value betting pocket aces on a king-high board. I arrived as his bet was being called but was obstructed from seeing the board by a Boeree-MacPhee cavalcade. Their table had just broken downstairs and Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree was being moved into the seat two to the right of Bedi, not the friendliest of draws. Sam Ravazi is also at that table.
Kevin MacPhee was being whisked off to another table and said that he'd recently got aces in against ace-king to chip up to 30,000 or so. "I haven't counted," he said. Maybe all those strategy books that say you should always know your stack dynamics are just blowing hot air. -- RD
5.50pm: Scandinavian in playing passively shocker
Yep I couldn't believe it either but at the very end of the last level I saw a Scandinavian play a pair and a flush draw very passively! PokerStars qualifier Babak Malekain, who's from Sweden, raised to 350 from the small blind with A♠7♠ and was looked up by Dean Gavin from the big blind.
On the flop of 8♠7♥J♠ Malekain check-called a bet of 350. That was the end of the betting though as they both checked the Q♦ turn and [10d] river with Gavin rolling over A♥8♠ to win the pot. -- NW
5.45pm: Three times?
Two-time UKIPT winner Nick Abou Risk is up to 37,000 and one of the chip leaders. Kevin MacPhee is now back above starting stack and is on 18,200 after backdooring a flush. -- NW
5.40pm: Williams and Harraghy out
Kevin Williams and Gerard Harraghy are both out. I caught up with them railing a short-stacked Max Silver. Harraghy had got off to a good start but was out before the dinner break, as per usual (his words).
Williams explained how he went: "I lost most of my chips on a previous hand when I folded on the river with most of my stack in the pot after deciding he never ever, ever hasn't got it there. I should have found a fold earlier."
Williams three-bet shoved Q♦4♦ shortly after and was picked off by [a][j]. He did book a nice $40,000 score online last weekend so our sympathy isn't too syrupy. Silver is down to 4,200 and said he wants to lose a little more before he makes his comeback so that he can overshadow David Vamplew's tournament resurrection of yesterday. The EPT London winner had dropped to 2,600 at the end of the second level before finishing the day on 129,400. -- RD
We've lost somewhere in the region of 20 players so far including: Filip Tsen, Steven Mckeown and Gerald David.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 100-200
5.15pm: News from downstairs
I just did a tour of duty in the downstairs tournament room and here are some chip counts: Liv Boeree (20,500), Kevin MacPhee (11,700) - both on their Ipads - surely reading the PokerStars blog?
Max Silver (8,500) - his 'lucky' pink hat is being worn by the player to his right who's down to 3,600, Brett Angell has 28,500 and Kevin Williams is struggling on 3,000, he won a Sunday Major this past weekend and said: "I thought these things were meant to come in rushes." Still seven tables in use downstairs. -- NW
4.51pm: UKIPT leader board
Mike Hill, Paul Nash and Peter Barrable currently sit atop the UKIPT leader board (in that order) with just a few points separating them. A solitary cash from any of them would push them ahead, as would a good run from Brett Angell or Nick Abou Risk. All five mentioned are playing today and most have got off to a good start.
Nash is up to 24,000, Abou Risk not far behind. I'm yet to spot Barrable but he is definitely playing today. Hill has got off to a slow start but that hasn't stopped him before. He's definitely a man that likes the antes. Expect him to start stacking up once they've kicked in. -- RD
Markus Schill, David Bowden and Kevin McCann are other early exits from the main tournament room. -- NW
4.30pm: I play so bad
Players are back in their seats and they include Jamie Burland, winner of UKIPT Brighton in season one. He's off to a good start here, having already doubled his stack saying: "I turned set over set."
Despite this sensational start he's not 100% happy with how he's playing. In a pot that happened just before the break he raised to 300 in early position and was re-raised to 900 by big blind David Knight.
The flop fell 5♥8♠[10h] and both players knuckled the table to see the A♥ roll off on fourth street, Knight could wait no longer and bet 1,000, prompting Burland to let out a sigh as he folded. "I play so bad," he said. "Why am I trapping there?" -- NW
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Cork (and their favourite Queen song): Rick Dacey (Flash) and Nick Wright (Don't Stop Me Now). Photos by Neil Stoddart (Under Pressure).