UKIPT Dublin: Day 1B, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 100-200)

ukiptthumb.JPG6.25pm: End of the level
That's the end of level four, players are on a 15 minute break, you'll find level five updates in new post. -- NW

6.18pm: Abou Risk
Nick Abou Risk has doubled up ("Of course, he did," said Nick Wright) after getting queens in against ace-king pre-flop. That takes the two-time champ up back up to his starting stack with a little interest on top. -- RD

6.05pm: Belgian waffle
The blog has had a couple of requests for updates on the Belgian contingent in today's field, we aim to please so here's how they're getting on: Lander Dejonghe (25,050), Sven Mertens (10,900), Giovanny Saelens (17,000) and Leroy Vermeulen (13,000). The latter said he had just lost a 10,000 pot. Those four and Charlotte Van Brabander (21,750) are all hoping to follow in the footsteps of Gilles Augustus and become the second Belgian to win a UKIPT title. -- NW


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Charlotte Van Brabander


6pm: Final numbers in
We have the final numbers confirmed with 433 players entering the €500 main event today. Combine that with the 285 players that played Day 1A and you get a healthy 718 runners. Full prize pool breakdown to come as soon as the tournament staff have made it available. -- RD

5.50pm: O'Connell checks in
James O'Connell just stuck his head into the press room wanting to know how he stood in the overnight chip counts, around 30th as it happened with 57,500. If you want to see how yesterday's players finished you can click here. - RD

5.40pm: Exits
Lee Dixon (not that one), Gerard Taylor, Peter Sheridan, Trim Nikollaj, Trim Nikollaj, Martin Baláž and Adam Henriksson are among the 30 players who've been eliminated in the last 90 minutes. -- NW


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Adam Henriksson


5.30pm: Betting on Bettingen
UKIPT Nottingham finalist Tim Bettingen is casually chipping up and is now on 25,000 after making a somewhat standard three-bet from the button and taking the pot down. It is, they say, an easy game and you'd be stupid to rule out a decent run from the young German. -- RD

5.25pm: We need to talk about Kevin
Kevin Williams to be precise, he's had a number of near misses in UKIPT main events but is of to a good start in Dublin: "Good start, think I got someone to fold kings pre. 41k," he tweeted (@Kevish47). -- NW

5.15pm: Anarchy and chaos!
Dominik Nitsche is flagrantly disregarding the no-electronic-devices-on-the-table rule, he's got an iPad resting on the rail in the side room. It's anarchy.

On the other side of the dealer from LAPT winner Nitsche is the garrulous Andy Black who's currently causing his own form of chaos: "I get to see one of your cards, but you don't get to look at one of mine," he said wagging his finger at anyone listening. -- RD


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Andy Black (left) and Dominik Nitsche bookend the largest dealer you're ever likely to meet


LEVEL UP: BLINDS 100-200


5.05pm: Chip counts from the main room
The notables are spread out all over the place - in short there's a lot of them in the field - and many of them are to be found in the main tournament room. Here's the chip counts of those I've found: David O'Connor (11,850), James Browning (19,000), Paul Carr (30,300), Philip Baker (9,100), Rhys Jones (21,000), Mick McCloskey (17,400), Stephen Devlin (30,600), Tim Slater (24,000), Jason Barton (22,2600), Charlotte Van Brabander (21,750), Marc Convey (25,500), James Morris (5,575), Jude Ainsworth (8,000) and Jamie Flynn (16,600). -- NW


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Marc 'The Conv' Convey has got off to a solid start, just wait until the bubble...


4.50pm: Williams chipping up
Kevin Williams is up to 24,700 after forcing his opponent Bruno Desimoni to open muck pocket kings on a 6♥6♦Q♠A♠3♥ board. Williams had led 4,000 and when asked whether he had ace queen he responded: "The rules mean that I can't discuss my hand." -- RD


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Kevin Williams


4.40pm: Chip counts
It's still early days but here are some chip counts from the upstairs room: Aonghus Farrell (13,500), David Docherty (16,400), Liv Boeree (16,475), Trish Mallin (12,400), Brett Angell (16,600), Dominik Nitsche (13,700), Jeff Kimber (15,500), Paul Nash (15,175) and Andy Black (28,300).

The latter is of course garbling away and the subject matter as I passed the table was that the recommended method of stopping yourself whilst skiing is no longer the snow play, rather you're meant to stay parallel. -- NW


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Jeff Kimber


4.27pm: Tweet Tweet
Ah twitter, on the one hand it's lazy blogging simply cutting and pasting tweets from players in the field, on the other hand it provides useful and 100% accurate information when it's impossible to follow all the action.

During the break two time UKIPT champion Nick Abou Risk (@nickabourisk) tweeted: "Down to 11.7k after flopped 2 pair vs set." And defending UKIPT Dublin champion Max Silver (@ max_silver) tweeted: "12k at first break. Being coolered and having to fold everything but the second nuts when he has the nuts." -- NW

4.20pm: Level 3 begins
It's still early days here at UKIPT Dublin but we've already lost around ten players. Still a long way to go but we'll be able to confirm total numbers a little while after registration stops at the end of level 3 and a prize pool will follow shortly after. -- RD

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Does it show that Jude Ainsworth was up late playing WCOOP events?

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Dublin (in order of resemblance to Sam Razavi): Nick Wright (passing, looks more like the main guy from The Big Bang Theory) and Rick Dacey (not at all but does have an odd compulsion to compare lookalikes). Photos by Mickey May (has a cold, we will not be messing with the 'Danish Thunder' today).

Rick Dacey
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