UKIPT Cork: Day 1B, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 150-300, ante 25)
8.50pm: Split dinner
The first half of the field is going on dinner break now. New level 7 & 8 post being set up now. -- RD
8.38pm: Burland up and down
Burland is up to 43,000 but feeling a little down about not having more. The UKIPT Brighton winner told us that he had lost a 40,000 pot with ace-king to ace-queen all-in pre-flop, which would have given him a great stack at this point in the day. He just lost a small pot to David Connors, who had check-called down on a 2♠K♣6♣T♦2♣ board with K♠J♠ to claim a 8,000 pot. Connors is up to 55,000. -- RD
8.20pm: Climbing up that Hill
Current UKIPT leaderboard front runner Mike Hill has just doubled up at the expense of Hector Urdiales. The Mancunian raised to somewhere between 600 and 1,000 (there was just a single gold 1,000 chip on the felt in front of him), Barry Donovan three-bet to 2,800 and Hector Urdiales then moved all-in for 12,475. Back on Hill and he too moved all-in, for 9,400 total and Donovan got out the way.
The board of 7♠9♣8♠4♣A♦ was a safe one for Hill, Donovan was eliminated soon after. -- NW
8.06pm: Lost in translation
Polish online qualifier Robert Borzyszkowski is currently stood six feet away from his table looking a little pensive. A short stacked opponent had called from the cut-off which he had thought was an all-in, he pushed in behind and threw his ace-queen on their back (so I heard). His opponent, who held pocket sevens, had actually just called pre-flop but decided to make the call anyway (well, you would). Borzyszkowski won the hand and was then docked a one-round penalty. -- RD
7.55pm: No angle, please
Brett Angell finished runner-up at UKIPT Nottingham in a field of 1,058. Upon hearing that there were 'only' 602 runners in this event, he said tongue in cheek, "Should be easier then!"
I asked him if he watched the footage of Nottingham on TV and he said: "Yeah, they only showed about four hands of mine and the commentators (Nick Wealthall and Liv Boeree) kept on pronouncing my name wrong (An understandable 'angle' instead of 'angel'). To be fair Liv sent me a message on Facebook to apologise."
Runner-up in a UKIPT and friends on Facebook with Liv Boeree, what a sick life. -- NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 150-300, ANTE 25
7.38pm: Thew up, Abou Risk at risk
Julian Thew is up to 40,000 while Nick Abou Risk is down to 10,000 - and that's after three-bet shoving to win a small pot.
Although Thew is running well at the table he was almost running bad in life. He's sharing a room with Kevin O'Leary - that's not all - who left their room safe open and the 'Free for cleaning' sign on their door. That could have been the wrong kind of cleaning out.
7.27pm: Razavi in the house
A loud Michael Jackson impression (think of the 'Bo Selecta' show) just reverberated around the tournament room. Anyone who's seen the UKIPT Nottingham or Manchester coverage will know that belongs to Sam Razavi, who has a strong theatrical background and an even stronger poker game. He's currently on around 36,000. Shamone! -- NW
7.18pm: Bedi value cut
Rupinder Bedi just value cut himself betting into the river of a A♦9♠8♥J♥6♦ board. Damian Kent had called the flop, both had checked the turn before Kent called the river with A♣4♦. Bedi tabled K♣J♦ and drops back towards his starting stack. Kent up to 21,000. -- RD
7.10pm: Registration closes, more exits
We've been told 282 players sat down to play Day 1B meaning that with the 320 who did likewise on Day 1A a total of 602 players entered the event, no sign of the Queen though. We'll bring you news of the prizepool when we have it.
30 players have busted so far today, amongst the latest to do so is Deborah Worley-Roberts. -- NW
7pm: Reprieve for Rozycki
Maciek Rozycki just got a reprieve but is still super short on a stack of just 1,000. He got it in with 4♣2♥ against Michael Horne's A♦K♦ but connected rather nicely with the 2♠2♦K♥ flop. He stayed in front on the 5♣Q♥ turn and river. -- NW
6.50pm: Numbers to be confirmed
Registration has been closed so we're waiting on final numbers. We must have around 300 in here today with the likes of double UKIPT winner Nick Abou Risk still in. Prize pool breakdown will be available shortly after. -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Cork (in order of favourite cinematic queen): Rick Dacey (Natalie Portman - Queen Amidala) and Nick Wright (Liz Taylor - Cleopatra). Photos by Neil Stoddart (Guy Pearce - Priscilla, Queen of the Desert).