UKIPT Cork: Day 1B, level 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

ukiptthumb.JPG12am: End of the level
Players are now on a break, you'll find the updates of the last three levels of the night in a new post. -- NW

11.50pm: Stations gonna station*
"Thing is you know I'm a calling station, so sick" said Jamie Burland. He was deciding whether to call Patrick Stephens Jr's all-in bet of 33,000 into a pot of around 30,000 on the turn of a Q♦Q♠9♠5♣ board.

Burland had called Stephens Jr's three-bet of 5,100 pre-flop and his 11,000 flop bet to get to this point. He was deep in thought and quite a crowd had gathered (the table is near the bar) but after a few minutes he said, "I call," and turned over pocket tens, Stephens Jr though hand pocket kings and they held up on the 6♥ river, Burland said, "Nice hand," and is left with around 11,000.

*The PokerStars blog would never knowingly call someone out as a calling station - pot, kettle, black and all that - but as he said it himself... -- NW

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Jamie Burland debating the call

11.35pm: Burke pleased as punch with his pint and pot
You can normally hear Jeffrey Burke from across any tournament thanks to his deep booming voice. He's been relatively quiet though and moving along with a just below average 26,000 he didn't have too much to shout about. Not until this last hand though. Robert Borzyszkowski had opened the pot for 1,400 and was called by the cut-off and button before Burke made up the big blind.

Borzyszkowski c-bet 2,400 into the 2♣6♣T♣ flop and was called by Burke and the small blind. The J♦ turn was checked round, but not so the J♠ river. Burke plucked out 4,500 in chips and flicked it forward. Borzyszkowski wasted no time in calling and was shown Q♣J♥ by Burke who raked in the pot to chip up to 42,000.

Burke looked happy for the first time I've seen today, a wide smile across his face, which only got wide when a pint of Murphy's was suddenly thrust into his hand.

"If you live the dream, you've got chances," said Burke, before taking a deep slug of the stout. -- RD

11.20pm: Bedi boosted
UKIPT regular Rupinder Bedi has been on a bit of a heater in the last level or so. "Before the dinner break I got lucky against Liv (Boeree) I four-bet jammed [A][Q] and hit against her pocket kings," he told me.

And just now he took a nice pot in a hand against John Percival; Bedi opened to 1,325 from under-the-gun+2 and when it folded to Percival in the small blind he three-bet to 4,425. After getting a rough guesstimate of Percival's remaining stack (35,000) Bedi made the call.

The flop came down 7♣9♠3♣ and Percival led for 6,625 only for Bedi to raise to 14,200, this time it was Percival's turn to ask for a count (Bedi had roughly 21,000 behind) and after spending enough time thinking to apologise to the table for taking so long, Percival mucked his hand. -- NW

11.05pm: Thew down, Abou Risk out
Julian Thew is down to 22,000 after doubling through Paul Slaughter with A♠Q♠ to A♦4♦ but his tablemate Nick Abou Risk is nowhere to be seen. After a good start the double UKIPT winner couldn't get his run good going and will have to wait until Newcastle to win his third title. -- RD

10.50pm: Easy come, easy go
Just 30 minutes ago Neil Rawnsley won a big pot to eliminate Mike Hill, this time he was on the other end of the variance stick losing a large pot to Pat O'Flaherty. I missed the pre-flop action but on a flop of A♠Q♣J♣ Rawnsley bet 1,500, O'Flaherty raised to 5,725 and Rawnsley made the call.

The 4♥ rolled off on the turn, Rawnsley checked to O'Flaherty who moved all-in for 14,275. After getting a count Rawnsley tanked hard, he mulled over his decision for at least five minutes before almost inaudibly announcing call.

O'Flaherty: A♦J♦ - two pair
Rawnsley: A♣9♣ - top pair and the nut flush draw

The river was the K♥ and O'Flaherty doubled through Rawnsley who is down to 22,000. -- NW

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Neil Rawnsley: up and down like a wiggly line


10.35pm: Big stacks on break
A few of the players who'll be having a very relaxed dinner as they have big stacks are Sam Razavi (53,600), Paul Nash (67,000) and Martin Mulsow (60,000). All three have previously gone deep in UKIPT events and will be very dangerous with a big chip stack. -- NW

10.20pm: McKeever down to dust
Irish poker stalwart George McKeever is down to just 3,000 after losing a 20,000 chip pot to John Gallagher. The majority of the chips went in on a flop of 9♠7♣Q♠ with Mckeever holding Q♥J♥ and Gallagher K♣Q♣. The board ran out 9♣7♦. -- NW

10.05pm: Hill's walking sticks hooked by Rawnsley
Mike Hill won't be adding any points to his current UKIPT leaderboard topping total as he just got coolered by Neil Rawnsley.

The action folded to Hill in the cut-off and he raised to 1,200. Rawnsley, who was sat to Hill's immediate left, three-bet to 3,000 and Hill made the call. On the flop of 6♥J♠7♥ Hill led out with a bet of 4,000, which sent Rawnsley into the tank. He eventually emerged to raise to 8,000 total, Hill moved all-in for around 22,000 and Rawnsley made the call.

Hill: 7♣7♦ - middle set
Rawnsley: J♦J♣ - top set

Hill let out a grimace when he saw his predicament and stood up in preparation to leave, Rawnsley said: "It's not over yet," but by the time the 4♥ and [10s] completed the board it was. Hill wished the table good luck as he exited.

Rawnsley is a familiar face on this tour (and indeed many other PokerStars tours) he finished 10th in Manchester and often wins multiple seats to the same event; this event being a case in point, he won five seats. -- NW

9.50pm: Musical chairs
The end of each level is greeted by a musical blast, half the field are just taking their seats for the start of level seven, whilst the other half have just finished level seven and are running for the doors to avoid the buffet queue. -- NW

9.40pm: Burland raising for fun
Jamie Burland is back up to 50,000 and going strong. He raised the last three hands on the bounce, winning two pre-flop and the other with a standard c-bet. He looks pretty happy with his table. -- RD

9.25pm: Nash, not nosh
Paul Nash is in the half of the field waiting for their dinner break. So far it's been a profitable level of poker purgatory with Nash moving up to 40,000, around twice the average. He just showed down Q♦4♦ on a 5♥8♣K♦Q♣Q♥ board, check-calling the river. -- RD

9.10pm: Bedi bounces back, Boeree's laid back
Rupinder Bedi is back up to 20,000 after betting 3,150 into a three-way K♠T♠9♣A♥A♣ river. Both his opponents passed with Sam Razavi looking most disappointed about having to muck his hand.

Liv Boeree is sat on Bedi's right and appears to be slinking lower into her chair as the minutes go by. She's used to the EPT, where they only play eight levels a day. Ha! They haven't got anything on the ironmen of the UKIPT. The Team PokerStars Pro is still on well above average (which is 20,000 at the moment). -- RD

8.55pm: Play continues
We're currently doing the old switcharoo of the split dinner break, the pariah of tournament poker. With the dinner gong still ringing in our ears some of the notable stacks include; Paul Nash (23,000), Liv Boeree (34,000), Rupinder Bedi (10,000), Kevin MacPhee (53,000), Peter Barrable (17,000), James Browning (33,000), Neil Rawnsley (23,000), Lori Lazzaro (53,000) and George McKeever (13,000).

You can click through to the chip count page here which will start picking up bigger stacks as we progress later into the day. - RD

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George McKeever: 'Chip stacks used to be this high in my day'

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Cork (in order of regal bearing): Rick Dacey (acts like a petulant monarch when irritated or tired) and Nick Wright ('Sire, I have a cunning plan'). Photos by Neil Stoddart.

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