UKIPT Cork: Day 2, level 18 & 19 updates (blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 500)
12.15am: End of the level
Players are now on a 15 minute break. -- NW
12.12am: McGleenon out in 23rd (€1,400)
Overnight chip leader Barry McGleenon is out in 23rd after getting it all-in with A♥Q♥ to Alan Brereton' black jacks. No paint on the board and McGleenon is out for €1,400. -- RD
12.10am: Tompkins eliminated in 24th (€1,400)
Jason Tompkins just busted the main event with K♦J♦ to Amby Travers K♣Q♣, it's been a remarkable festival for Tompkins who also cashed in the six-max tournament and the Poker Triathlon. -- NW
12.09am: Lucky turn for Travers
Amby Travers just caught a huge turn card to save his tournament after getting 195,000 in on a 9♠4♠K♣ flop with A♥Q♦. His opponent, Sam Razavi I believe, held K♥Q♠ for top pair. Travers was drawing super thin, just three outs, and promptly caught an ace on the turn. Razavi didn't look happy. Travers up to 450,000. -- RD
11.55pm: Razavi eliminates Southcott
From middle position Sam Razavi opened to 20,500 and then from the button Mark Southcott moved all-in for around 100,000 with pocket fours. The flop of [J][Q] sent Razavi into the lead and the 5♣9♥ turn and river kept him there. With that elimination we're down to three tables. -- NW
11.48pm: Power doubles, O'Brien falls
Micheal O'Brien has busted to Andrew Sweeney with pocket twos to pocket kings but John Power caught Broadway after getting it in with K♦J♠ to Sam Razavi's A♦T♠. Power still short. -- RD
11.30pm: Vamplew vanquished
Team Quidditch will not be adding to their UKIPT trophy total as David Vamplew has just been eliminated by Adam Jaguscik. The action was started by Sam Macdonald who raised to 17,500 in early position, Vamplew then moved all-in from the button for 111,000 total, with Jaguscik making the call from the big blind and Macdonald folding. On their backs:
The flop of Q♣K♥7♣ gave Vamplew some additional outs, but he missed them all on the 3♥ turn and 8♥ river. -- NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 4,000-8,000, ante 500
11.20pm: Duncan doubles through Sweeney
Ali Duncan has doubled through Andrew Sweeney with queens through tens. He's still short and will have to keep doubling if he's to have a crack at the final table. -- RD
11.10pm: Fitzgerald doubles through Dowling
Chris Dowling appears to be involved in most of the big pots right now and he just doubled up Dara Fitzgerald. I missed the action before the all-in and call but there was 38,000 in the pot pre-flop and the flop had come down 7♠J♦6♦, Fitzegerald had then managed to get his remaining 98,000 in holding K♦J♠ whilst Dowling had called with pocket queens. He 7♦ fell on the turn and then the J♣ on the river saw Fitzgerald catch one of his few outs to stay alive. -- NW
11pm: Mulsow busts countryman Weiss to break a million
Martin Mulsow has just bust Mathias Weiss in the biggest pot of the tournament so far. Mulsow had three-bet squeezed out of the small blind to 39,000 and only one player, Weiss, had paid the extra fee to see the flop.
Mulsow checked the Q♦3♦8♠ board over to Weiss who pushed out 100,000 in one large blue stack. Mulsow, an excitable young German said urgently: "How much do you have? I need to know."
The answer was 270,000 and Mulsow quickly announced that he was all-in. Weiss, looking a little awestruck, made the call. The Weiss had 366,000 in total, which pushed the pot up to some 850,000.
Mulsow: K♥Q♥ for top pair
Weiss: T♦9♦ for flush and straight draws
"It's a big pot," said Mulsow with an extra expletive thrown in for good measure that I've since removed for those with more sensitive dispositions. Indeed it was a big 'un, and a blank turn and river would see Mulsow push way through the million mark, up to 1,300,000 - a huge chip lead at this point. The turn gave Mulsow two-pair with the K♣, but did little to change the outs. Weiss was left looking for a diamond or a jack. Neither arrived, a harmless 7♥ falling to the river.
"Jesus," said Mulsow rocking back in his chair, "That was the biggest pot of the tournament, right?" Yes, Mulsow now very much the man to catch.
"Keep the cameras out of my face," he said with a smile as PokerStars Blog photographer Neil Stoddart snapped away trying to catch the German's wide trademark grin. -- RD
10.55pm: Dowling makes a nice call
Big stack Chris Dowling and David Vamplew just played an interesting blind on blind pot. From the small Dowling raised to 13,500 and Vamplew made the call from the big. The flop was 2♠7♠9♥ and Dowling check-called a bet of 17,000.
To the turn which was the 4♠ check from Dowling, second barrel of 38,500 from Vamplew, dwell call from Dowling. The 5♣ completed the board and Dowling checked again to Vamplew who emptied the clip, betting 93,500. This caused Dowling to stand up and puff out his cheeks, after a few minutes Dowling made the call, Vamplew showed K♦8♦ for king high, Dowling 7♥3♣ for a gutsy and correct call. -- NW
10.50pm: Flynn continues to rake them in
The Jamie Flynn juggernaut continues to gather pace with the Irishman cracking Paul Lecky's pocket kings with a flopped Q♦9♦ two pair.
Also eliminated recently were Susan Lehane and Richy Landy. We have 30 players remaining across the last four tables. -- NW
10.40pm: Exits since the break
We've lost a few players since the break including Patrick Stephens and Paul Nash. The latter has now cashed in all four UKIPT events this season and there's a strong possibility he'll sit atop the UKIPT leaderboard after this event. -- NW
10.30pm: In like Flynn
Jamie Flynn just added to his burgeoning chip stack by eliminating Herman Campmans. The latter was all-in for 115,000 pre-flop with A♣K♣ against Flynn's A♦4♣. The 6♦4♠[10h] flop vaulted Flynn from worst to first and he stayed there on the [10s] turn and 7♥ river. Flynn now has around 850,000.-- NW
10.25pm: Bedi busts, Flynn huge
Rupinder Bedi has just busted adding a fifth cash to his UKIPT career. He'd been flying high with the chip lead earlier today but ran queens into the kings of Peter Burnett and then got his remaining 200,000 in drawing very thin against Jamie Flynn.
It all went in on the A♣6♠2♠ flop with Bedi's K♠Q♠ in dire straits against Flynn's A♠5♠.
"I'll take an off-suit queen," said Bedi optimistically. No runner-runner and Bedi leaves with €1,100 in his pocket. Jamie Flynn now up to 750,000. -- RD
10.20pm: Last few exits
Here's the last five exits, if you want to see all of those to have troubled the cashier thus far then click here.
40th: Christian Jackson, United Kingdom,€1,100
41st: Gavin O'Rourke, Ireland, €1,100
42nd: Sam Clery, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, €1,100
43rd: Patrick Carroll, Ireland, €1,100
44th: Dariusz Jedrzejczyk, Poland, PokerStars player, €1,100
45th: Stephen Neeson, Ireland, €1,100
10.10pm: Five tables left
As we come back into level 18 we find ourselves with 39 players left, one UKIPT winner (Jamie Burland), one EPT winner (David Vamplew) and an average chip stack of 231,000. Play set to recommence shortly. -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Cork (in order of what they'd give for a pint of Guinness right now): Rick Dacey (left arm) and Nick Wright (Dacey's right arm). Photos by Neil Stoddart (Nick Wright).