UKIPT Cork: Day 2, level 14 & 15 updates (blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 300)
6.45pm: Weiss doubles up
Just before the dinner break Mathias Weiss has doubled through Conor Mcelhinney with pocket queens against pocket nines in a pot worth 210,000, the latter is down to 30,000. -- NW
6.40pm: Dinner break
That's a one-hour dinner break, folks. Join us back here in 60 minutes. -- RD
6.33pm: Campmans makes it Raine
Herman Campmans just got some of the chips he lost to Artis Gritans back, by eliminating Neil Raine. The former's pocket tens holding up against A♣J♣. -- NW
6.28pm: Gritans hurts Herman
From middle position Herman Campmans raised to 9,000 and picked up one caller
In the shape of big blind Artis Gritans. The flop was a connected 8♦6♥7♠ and Gritans check-called a bet of 12,200. The J♣ hit the turn and Campmans fired another shell, this time a bet of 22,500. However, Gritans now check-raised to 45,000 and Campmans found this too rich for his liking and folded. -- NW
6.25pm: Double for Lawton
Ronald Lawton has doubled through with A♦K♠against tens. He'll be one of many short stacks jamming it in over the next 20 minutes before dinner break kicks in. -- RD
6.13pm: Nick Tate shares the semi-bubble
Nick Tate was the first player out in the money, just seconds after the bubble had burst. It turns out that Tate shared the bubble with Paul Mulvihill. He held A♠Q♦ and was all-in against Chris Dowling with A♦T♠. Tate flopped badly and didn't catch up as the board ran out T♣7♠8♦J♠T♥.
Tate's friend added from the rail that his nickname was 'run good.' I'm guessing he was being ironic. -- RD
6.10pm: Paul Mulvihill one half of a semi-bubble UKIPT Cork
On the very next hand after Susan Lehane hit a miracle river the bubble burst. From the button Paul Mulvihill raised to 8,000 and Paul Nash (who had him covered) moved all-in for an effective 55,000, Mulvihill called.
There was then a few minutes delay whilst hands on other tables played to a conclusion (including an all-in on and call on the TV table, details coming up) and during that time the players had to keep their cards face down, although chat between the players suggested Mulvihill was in front.
Eventually they flipped their cards and that was indeed the case as Nash held Q♠2♠ and Mulvihill A♥J♦. The flop was 3♣9♦K♠ which changed nothing, but the Q♥ turn certainly did, vaulting Nash into the lead and putting Mulvihill at risk. The 9♣ completed the board and Mulvihill and Nash shook hands whilst the other 79 players celebrated both inwardly and outwardly. He takes half the €750 81st place money. -- NW
6.05pm: Bubble bursts
Details to come.
5.55pm: Bubble still not burst
That's the first time I've ever heard a cheer for the bubble not bursting. Susan Lehane got it in with queens against Keith Cummins A♠K♠ and had a king flop against her. The TV cameras zoomed in just as a queen hit the river and a loud cheer rocked the room. Perhaps the first and last time I ever hear that. Still one to go. -- RD
5.50pm: Burland bubble abuse
Jamie Burland just four-bet jammed on Phil Baker loudly saying, 'I'M ALL-IN,' due to his noise-cancelling headphones. Burland, head bopping to Blink 182, ignored the Irishman's patter and Baker eventually passed. Burland showed K♣7♦ with a smug flourish. He's nicely chipped up, maybe 220,000. -- RD
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 1,500-3,000, ante 300
5.25pm: Almost bubble time
Tournament staff believed there were 82 players left so paused the clock and asked spectators to clear the area as that meant they were on the bubble. But a recount of players revealed there were 83 players left so it's the bubble bubble. -- NW
5.23pm: MacPhee's rollercoaster de-railed
EPT Berlin winner Kevin MacPhee is out and it quite frankly hasn't been his day. As the hand happened on the TV table I don't know the exact action but it appears Chris Dowling raised on the button with [A][J] and MacPhee shoved from the small blind for 47,600 with [A][Q] and Dowling called. The flop of Q♠K♥[10d] gave Dowling the nuts and eliminated MacPhee. -- NW
5.21pm: MacPhee out
EPT winner Kevin MacPhee is out, just before the bubble, falling to Chris Dowling. Details to come. -- RD
5.18pm: Another above average flop pushes Bedi past 350,000
Rupinder 'George' Bedi is up past 350,000 after hitting another perfect flop. Bedi had opened under-the-gun (I believe) and had found a customer in fellow big stack Jamie Flynn. I arrived on the turn to see Bedi lead 17,500 into the 8♥6♠7♣A♠ board, Flynn made the call.
The river paired the ace with the A♣ and Bedi riffled his chips for some time before pushing out 64,600. It was Flynn's turn to think this time. He made the call and Bedi quickly turned over 9♠5♠ for the flopped straight. Bedi moves up to 350,000, Flynn down to 180,000. -- RD
5.10pm: MacPhee rollercoastering
It's been an up and down day for Kevin MacPhee so far but he just doubled up to 38,000, shoving with pocket eights and getting a call from an opponent with pocket fives.
The flop of 8♠3♣4♦ gave him an almost mortal lock on the hand, but the 6♥ turn gave his opponent hope, which was extinguished when the K♠ hit the river. -- NW
5.05pm: Chip counts
I've just updated the chip counts page, Richy Landy still leads. -- NW
5pm: Kelleher gets the local rail cheering
Alan Kelleher just doubled through Artis Gritans in dramatic circumstances. Kelleher opened for 5,200, Gritans raised to 12,000 and Kelleher moved all-in for 40,000. Gritans didn't look thrilled, maybe that's how Latvians look when they've got kings. He called.
Gritans nodded, his worst fears confirmed but the T♥5♥2♥ flop gave possibilities, which arrived with the A♥ turn. Kelleher, however, caught the T♣ to fill up and both he and his rail cheered loudly. Tough turn of event for Gritans who is still well chipped with 120,000.
The bubble is fast approaching. -- RD
4.55pm: Dowling doubles
We can't get close enough to the TV table to follow all the action but there are a couple of large TV screens which we can sometimes catch all-ins. One such hand just occurred which saw Chris Dowling double up with pocket nines against [A][Q], Dowling now on around 130,000. -- NW
4.50pm: Landy lands an ace
It appears as if Richy Landy is the current chip leader. He already had 260,000 and just eliminated Michael Freeman in a pot of around 200,000.
It all went in pre-flop with Landy holiding [A][K] and Freeman pocket queens, ace on the flop, so Landy now on around 360,000. His table has a lot of chips on it as Rupinder Bedi has about 300,000 and Jamie Flynn has 270,000 they're probably the three biggest stacks left in, could be fireworks at that table. -- NW
4.35pm: Robinson gone
The winner of player of the year at the Irish Poker Awards, Owen Robinson is out with Jamie Burland telling us that Robinson three-bet jammed for 25 big blinds with [A] suited and got tank called by [A][Q] and didn't get there. -- NW
4.30pm: Play back underway
The remaining players, including EPT London champion David Vamplew are back in their seats and cards are in the air. -- NW
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Cork (and their breaktime activity): Rick Dacey (high powered business meeting) and Nick Wright (checked out the football gossip). Photos by Neil Stoddart.