UKIPT Cork: Day 2, level 20 & 21 updates (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

ukiptthumb.JPG2.55am: Play done for the day: End of day chip counts
Players have bagged and tagged their chips here's how the remaining 11 stack up, first in seat order and then by table, the number in brackets in the number of big blinds they'll have when level 22 (8,000 - 16,000, ante 2,000) starts at 2pm. There will be a re-draw before start of play.

By chips:

Sam Razavi, United Kingdom, 1,904,000 (116 BBs)
Martin Mulsow , Germany, PokerStars player, 1,750,000 (109.375)
Adam Jaguscik, Poland, 1,078,000 (67,375)
Chris Dowling, Ireland 1,077,000 (67.3125)
Allen McCauley, Ireland, 766,000 (47.875)
Phil Baker, Ireland, 720,000 (45)
Peter Burnett, United Kingdom, 523,000 (32.6875)
Jamie Flynn, PokerStars Qualifier - 522,000 (32.625)
David O'Connnor, Ireland, 209,000 (13.0625)
Vincent O'Connor, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier - 179,000 (11.1875)
Marc Gaudlitz, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier - 116,000 (11)

By table:

TV Table

Seat one: Sam Razavi, United Kingdom, 1,904,000
Seat two: Martin Mulsow, Germany, PokerStars player, 1,750,000
Seat four: Marc Gaudlitz, Germany, PokerStars qualifier, 116,000
Seat six: Vincent O'Connor, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, 179,000
Seat seven: Jamie Flynn, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, 522,000

Outer table:

Seat two: Chris Dowling, Ireland 1,077,000
Seat four: Phil Baker, Ireland, 720,000
Seat five: David O'Connnor, Ireland, 209,000
Seat six: Adam Jaguscik, Poland, 1,078,000
Seat seven: Peter Burnett, United Kingdom, 523,000
Seat eight: Allen McCauley, Ireland, 766,000

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Flynn still in and in eighth place overnight

2.30am: Last four hands
The tournament clock has been paused and players will be dealt four more hands before play ends for the day. -- NW

2.33am: Christopher Knights eliminated in 12th place (€2,900)
Down to just 82,000 Christopher Knights found K♦Q♦ and moved all-in and found a willing caller in the shape of Sam Razavi, who held A♦K♣. The board of J♠8♥3♣8♣[10d] sent Knights off into the night. -- NW

2.30am: Last 20 minutes
Originally the plan was to play 11 levels today but players have just been informed that play will end at the end of this level - the tenth of today. There's 20 minutes left of the level then players will bag up. -- NW

2.25am: Andrew Sweeney eliminated in 13th place (€2,900)
He'd been grinding a 20bb stack for a while and it found its way into the middle when he was holding K♠J♠ but unfortunately for him Adam Jaguscik had A♦J♦ to dominate him. The board ran out [10d]2♦4♥7♣2♠ and we're down to 12. -- NW

2.17am: Table draws
Here's how the current tables stack up, the chip stacks on the feature table are rough since we can't get up close to count them with 100% accuracy.

TV Table

Seat one: Sam Razavi -1,400,000
Seat two: Martin Mulsow - 1,350,000
Seat three: Christopher Knights - 165,000
Seat four: Marc Gaudlitz - 330,000
Seat five: empty
Seat six: Vincent O'Connor - 175,000
Seat seven: Jamie Flynn - 810,000
Seat eight: empty

Outer table:

Seat one: Empty
Seat two: Chris Dowling - 940,000
Seat three: Andrew Sweeney - 260,000
Seat four: Phil Baker - 890,000
Seat five: David O'Connnor - 260,000
Seat six: Adam Jaguscik - 640,000
Seat seven: Peter Burnett - 620,000
Seat eight: Allen McCauley - 650,000

There's about 90 minutes of play left, it's going to be touch and go as to whether the final table is reached tonight. -- NW

2.10am: Jamie Flynn doubles through Sam Razavi
Both Jamie Flynn (pocket kings) and Sam Razavi (pocket jacks) found a premium hand and through a series of pre-flop raises got the 405,000 in each pre-flop with Flynn the at risk player. The board of 2♣4♦7♥2♥A♠ saw Flynn double up to around 810,000, whilst Razavi slipped to 1.4m. -- NW

2.05am: Razavi wins 1.8m cooler, Macdonald out in 14th
Sam Razavi has just won a huge 1,800,000 cooler to knock out Sam Macdonald in 14th place. Razavi had opened to 27,000, Macdonald had three-bet to 81,000, Razavi's four-bet was for 256,000 and the ensuing shove for all of Macdonald's stack (it looked to be around 800,000-900,000 from the rail of the TV table). Razavi instantly called.

Razavi: A♠A♣
Macdonald: K♠K♣

The board flopped large for Razavi leaving few outs; 4♠2♦A♥. Only running cards for Macdonald would get him out of this predicament and a chop became a possibility with the 3♠ on the turn. No joy when the Q♣ hit the river. A horrible cooler for Macdonald who has played a great tournament. We'll see more of him again, I'm sure. -- RD

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Sam Macdonald: a torrid time to find kings

1.55am: Baker nit roll punished
Phil Baker had called a 23,000 open raise from Andrew Sweeney, which Allen McCauley had also called from the big blind. The 5♣6♠K♣ flop was c-bet by Sweeney, which was again called by Baker. Then McCauley check-shoved for 280,000.

Sweeney moved out the way, Baker stared at McCauley. Baker stood up and stared at McCauley some more... and called.

Baker: 8♣6♣ for middle pair and flush draw
McCauley: 6♥5♠ bottom pair

Baker had a lot of outs but failed to catch any of them. McCauley up to 650,000. -- RD

1.50am: Artis Gritans eliminated in 15th place (€2,350)
On the TV table Sam Razavi opened with A♦[10c] and Artis Gritans shoved for 123,000 more with A♣Q♥ and Razavi made the call. The flop of 3♠6♠[10d] put Razavi in front and the 2♥ A♥ turn and river kept him there to eliminate the Latvian in 15th place. -- NW

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 6,000-12,000 ante 1,000

1.35am: Amby Travers eliminated in 16th place (€1,850)
Phil Baker has just won a pot of around 875,000 and eliminated Amby Travers in the process. It all went in pre-flop with Baker holding pocket queens and Travers holding K♦5♦. The flop of 3♦7♠8♣ saw a huge cheer erupt from Baker's fans on the rail. The 9♦ turn and 3♣ saw similar cheers, Travers took it well to be fair, Baker is now up to around 1.1m. -- NW

1.25am: News in brief

Amby Travers defended his big blind from a raise from Allen Mccauley but folded in the face of Mccauley aggression post-flop.

David O'Connor, who has been pointed out to us my Max Silver as a player to watch, opened and took the blinds. -- RD

1.18am: Daniel Whelan eliminated in 17th place (€1,850)
He was all-in with A♥J♠ for what appeared to be around 100,000 and Phil Baker had pocket fives. The flop of [10d]5♥Q♥ gave Baker a set but Whelan had a straight draw. The turn was the 7♣ and the river the A♦. There's now a short break whilst the remaining 16 players combine at two tables. -- NW

1.13am: Dowling binks to knockout another, Power out in 18th (€1,850)
Chris Dowling has just knocked out a short stacked John Power in 18th place. Dowling held A♣T♥ but was behind to Power's ace-jack, until he caught a ten on the turn. Seventeen players left here in Cork with the players having to battle note just each other but the fatigue of a second long day of poker. -- RD

1.08am: Dara Fitzgerald eliminated in 19th place (€1,850)
This hand happened on the TV table so I'm not sure of the exact action but Fitzgerald was all-in for around 150,000 with pocket nines and Sam Macdonald had [10c]6♥. The flop was [10s]6♠4♥ - it's possible this is when the money went in. The turn was the 4♣ and the river was the [10d] to give MacDonald a full house. -- NW

1.04am: Razavi in the zone, Whelan still alive
Sam Razavi is currently owning Jamie Flynn, having check-called down through the streets twice, once with two-pair, the other, more impressively with A♥J♣ on a 9♦Q♣3♠5♦K♣ board. Both times he was good and took a total of close to 200,000 from Flynn.
In other news, a short stacked Daniel Whelan has just doubled through Ali Duncan. Whelan still short. -- RD

1.03am: Ali Duncan eliminated in 20th place (€1,850)
He got his last 240,000 in with A♣J♦ but ran into Peter Burnett's A♠K♥ and there was no help for either on the board so Burnett's kicker played. -- NW

1am: William Mitchell eliminated in 21st place (€1,850)
He moved all-in for 85,000 and was called by Sam Macdonald and Martin Mulsow then moved all-in over the top for 1.1m with A♦K♦, Macdonald, who had about 450,000 back decided to fold. The board of 7♣5♣Q♠J♦A♠ saw Mulsow river top pair and eliminate Mitchell. -- NW

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Mitchell was rivered and finished 21st

12.50am: Jamie Burland eliminated in 22nd place (€1,400)
The UKIPT Brighton champion was the last hope of another double winner but that hope has been extinguished by Phil Baker. From the cut off Burland opened to 22,000 and Baker three-bet to 63,000 from the button. Back on Burland and he moved all-in for 263,000 and Baker made the call. On their backs:

Burland: A♥J♥
Baker: [10c][10d]

The board ran out K♠7♠6♥9♣4♠ and Burland was eliminated in 22nd place. -- NW

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UKIPT winner Jamie Burland won't be doing the double

12.35am: play restarts
We have 22 players left. Let's get started. -- RD

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Latvian Artis Gritans is still in the hunt

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Cork (in vague order of when they think they're going to die): Rick Dacey (Hmmmm, isn't it the rapture today?) and Nick Wright (No, no, no, I'm not going to answer that). Photos by Neil Stoddart (There must be a better question than that).

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT