UKIPT Cork: Day 1B, level 9, 10 & 11 updates (blinds 600-1,200, ante 100)

ukiptthumb.JPG3.25am: Play done for the day
That's all she wrote for Day 1B, around 70 players from the 280 who started today have advanced with Barry Mcgleen holding the overnight chip lead with 209,000. Full wrap of the days play to come. -- NW

3.10am: Three more hands
Tournament staff have just announced that they'll be three more hands played before play finishes for the day, Rupinder Bedi - who has 130,000 - has emerged as a potential end of day chip leader. "I took my time," he said. -- NW

2.55am: No runaway chip leader
Unlike Day 1A when Sam Macdonald held the chip lead for the last few levels there doesn't appear to be anyone running away with it at the moment, there's a few stacks bunched in the 100-120k area that are looking most likely though amongst them is Daniel Wilson. -- NW

2.45am: Bedi banks a big pot
Serial UKIPT casher Rupinder Bedi is up to over 90,000 after winning a three-way pot. I joined the action on the turn to see a board of 2♥9♣J♥8♠ and Johannes Wendischoff betting 5,700 a bet that was called by first Bedi and then Conor Price. The J♠ river paired the board and Price checked to Wendischoff who bet 16,700, Bedi made a swift call, Price a swift fold, Wendischoff showed Q♣J♣ but Bedi had Q♦[10c] to scoop with a straight. -- NW

2.35am: Foulder calls and doubles up
Paul Foulder has doubled through to around 60,000 in fortuitous circumstances. His K♦{Qd] was well behind his opponents pocket queens but the [10h]J♣2♥ flop gave him some outs and the A♥ turn gave him a straight, rendering the A♦ river meaningless. -- NW

2.25am: Back in their seats
The last level of the day has begun, 90 players remain, average stack is 47,000. -- NW

2.10am: End of level
It's a break and then we play the final level. Stay with us, we know it's been a long day. -- RD

2.05am: Rawnsley rakes in pot, Burke avoids embolism
Neil Rawnsley just took so long deciding what to do on a 4♥Q♥T♣ flop that Jeffrey Burke looked like he might have an embolism. Rawnsley was facing a 6,700 bet and he sat for a good few minutes stacking and re-stacking his chips while Burke sat heads in his hands, occasionally staring over at Rawnsley with exasperation. Burke wasn't even in the pot.
Rawnsley finally called and won the pot betting on the 6♥ river after the 2♣ turn was checked. Burke shook his head with disbelief. -- RD


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Call a clock or drink your pint, Jeff


2am: Thew's day grinds to a halt
Despite Julian Thew's day getting off to a flyer he has spent most of it grinding a below average stack. Unfortunately for the man widely considered the nicest man in poker he hasn't been able to grind his stack upwards and is now out, running [A][10] into Paul Slaughter's pocket kings. -- NW

1.50am: Nash equal to them
The sight of Birmingham based Paul Nash running up a big stack is getting to be a repetitive theme to this year's UKIPT. He's currently got around 100,000 and will be looking to add to his deep runs in Galway (29th) Nottingham (20th) and Manchester (6th). -- NW


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Nash - has a 100% in the money percentage in season two


1.40am: A triple triple
News of three doubles up, for three different players, in three separate hands.

Hand One: Sam Razavi doubled up in what he termed a 'naughty one'. "It folded to me on the button and I raised to 2,200 with 6♦2♦ and the big blind (Oliver Coyle) called. The flop was [6]7♦9♦ and I bet 3,700 and he called.

"The turn was another six, I bet 7,000, he called. The river was the Q♣ and I moved in for 19,000, he called and mucked when I showed my hand." The 2011 Aussie Millions sixth place finisher now has around 70,000. -- NW

Hand two: Jamie Burland has doubled up he told me: "I'm back in it, I got queens in for 20 big blinds against [A][Q] and held." The UKIPT Brighton champion is back up to around 45,000

Hand Three: A shortstacked Sam Welbourne doubled through Rupinder Bedi. The latter opened to 2,200 from the cut off with A♦4♠ and was pretty much obliged to call after Welbourne moved in for 7,100 from the button holding A♣8♣. The board of 6♠9♣[10h]3♥7♦ kept Welbourne in it, Bedi has 35,000. -- NW

1.36am: Boeree on Boeree
I caught up with Liv Boeree to find out how Sean Clery had sent her to the rail.

"I had 20 big blinds, an active player (Clery) opened the cut-off and I jammed from the big blind with ace-eight. He tank called with ace-jack. I thought I was ahead of his range and that he'd fold ace-nine, ace-ten," she said.

Boeree had moved from a very swingy table, where she'd bounced between 4,000 and 40,000, to that table, a more sedate affair with, as she put it, only one active player. That was Clery and he's now up to 80,000. He could run up a nice stack in the next hour and a half if no-one fronts up to him. -- RD

1.25am: Boeree busted
I've just seen Liv Boeree making the slow walk towards Kevin MacPhee's table. Her nursed short stack is no more. Details to come. -- RD

1.15am: Razavi gets one through
The usually entertaining Sam Razavi has been a little subdued and quiet of late but he just gained some chips by shoving all-in for 28,100 over the top of a 3,100 raise from John Hanaphy.

At the same table there's an empty seat where James Browning once was. We're making the keen assumption that he's busted out. -- NW

1.05am: Browning down to the felt
John Hanaphy just won a large pot and in the process seriously dented James Browning's chances of progressing to Day 2. Pre-flop Browning raised 2,100 and was flat called by Martin Mulsow. Hanaphy also called from the big blind.

On the flop of 5♦K♣5♠ it was checked to Mulsow who bet 2,800, Hanaphy flat-called and Browning then re-raised by sliding out a big stack of yellow chips. Mulsow quickly folded but Hanaphy re-shoved and Browning made the call.

Browning: A♠K♦
Hanaphy: 8♣5♣

The turn was the 4♠ and the A♥ river just rubbed salt into Browning's wound, he's down to around 11,000. Hanaphy has 65,000. -- NW


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James Browning


LEVEL UP: BLINDS 500-1,000, ANTE 100


12.59am: Boeree and Rawnsley take turns
Liv Boeree and Neil Rawnlsey just took turns winning pots. Liv Boeree raised from the small blind with K♣Q♣ and took Rawnsley's big blind. The next hand Rawnsley raised a Boeree over limp and fired an ace-high flop. Boeree quickly passed. -- RD


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Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree


12.48am: Prize pool and payouts
We have just received the confirmed payouts and we've got 81 places paying. A min-cash will be €750 but the one that they'll all be gunning for is the €71,000 first prize. Check the full breakdown of payments by clicking on this link here. -- RD

12.40am: Talent spreads
The table containing the triple threat of Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree, Rupinder Bedi and Sam Razavi has broken. The Iron Maiden (as Boeree is sometimes referred as) is now sat to the direct left of Neil Rawnsley, whilst Razavi now shares a table with Martin Mulsow. Both of those two play the game with a smile on their face and aren't afraid to play big pots, could be a fun table to watch. -- NW

12.35am: Both old school, different fortunes
Two of the old guard (perhaps not in age but certainly in longevity) still in the tournament are Julian Thew and James Browning. The former seems to have spent most of the last few levels grinding and has a stack of 19,000, whilst Browning is above average with around 54,000. -- NW

12.25am: Burland shoves, shows an ace
Jamie Burland just three-bet shoved from the button with A♠[x] to move back up to 24,000. He's not at the heady heights he once was but he doesn't look prepared to finish the day on less than average. -- RD

12.15am: Mcelhinney punches through 100,000 mark
Conor Mcelhinney is the first player to break into six figures after calling a four-bet squeeze with A♣Q♥. He stayed ahead of the A♠J♠ to chip up to 105,000. He's quietly and methodically built up a stack in a quiet corner of the room.

"You haven't put a foot wrong all night," said Sandro Taddei who had been the player to open the action that hand. -- RD

12.05am: Going into the final three
It's the last three levels of the day so we'll be in this post until the death of the day - not to be overly dramatic. We have 140 players left from a starting field of 282. EPT winner Kevin MacPhee is still leading from the front with 83,000, Patrick Stephens Jr is top with 95,000. -- RD

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The shorter stacks will have to get a move on

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Cork (in order of commemorative 'Queen in Cork 2011' memorabilia purchased): Rick Dacey (large, large plate) and Nick Wright (customary shot glass). Photos by Neil Stoddart (lighter).

Rick Dacey
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