UKIPT Dublin: Day 1B, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 150-300 ante 25)

ukiptthumb.JPG8.45pm: Staggered dinner break
Half the field are now on dinner break whilst the other half of the 280 who remain play level seven, you'll find level seven updates in a new post. -- NW

8.40pm: News in brief
All this from the upper room who are about to go on dinner break:

- Andy Black has 57,000 and despite Stephen O'Dwyer (21,000) busting Dominik Nitsche, the table hasn't got any easier. In the three seat sits Jason Barton (26,5000) and next to him is Mike Hill (18,800).

- Jeff Kimber is missing presumed out as he was short with about 4,000 last we checked.

- Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree has recovered and now has around 16,100.

- Marc 'The Conv' Convey (14,600) is now on the same table as Max Silver (12,700) and Brett Angell (20,000), Convey has taken possession of Silver's 'cheeky monkey' card protector.

8.35pm: MacPhee on the slide
EPT Berlin winner Kevin MacPhee's stack is heading in the wrong direction at the moment, he tweeted (@KevinMacPhee): "AQ < KK vs a 23 bb stack. Sitting on 10k now. Really bad level from 35 to 10."

I've put that through the twitter translator and it reads: "Ace-queen no good against pocket kings against a player who had 23 big blinds. I'm now down to 10,000, it's been a bad level as I started it with 35,000." -- NW

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Kevin MacPhee

8.25pm: Exits
Tournament staff just handed us a big pile of ID cards of players who are out, they include: UKIPT leaderboard top dogs Rupinder Bedi and Paul Nash, LAPT winner Dominik Nitsche, Conor Mcelhinney, James Morris, Lee Bogle and UKIPT Cork runner-up David O'Connor. -- NW

8.10pm: Flynn loses one, but is still on the up
UKIPT Cork fourth place finisher Jamie Flynn is up to 35,000 despite losing a small pot to Lee Hedges after check-calling then check-folding on a A♥8♠A♦6♦ board. -- RD

8.05pm: Baker flushes them out
Phil Baker, who's been noticeably quiet today just won a tidy pot to take his stack back towards the 15,000 he started with. After Kevin MacPhee had raised to 700 and in position Baker and two others saw a flop of [10d]J♦5♦.

No takers though and it checked through to the 3♦ turn, all checked to Baker who bet 2,100 which was enough to take the pot. -- NW

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Phil Baker

7.55pm: Chips from the ground floor
Tables are getting broken from the ground floor main room to the upstairs room, nonetheless there are still a number of noteworthy players in the larger of the two rooms including: Joeri Zandvliet (28,000), Mike Hill (20,500), Mick Graydon (33,000), Phil Baker (14,800), Rhys Jones (26,000), Stephen Devlin (46,000), Charlotte Van Brabander (26,300), James Morris (7,150), Jamie Flynn (19,675) and Rakesh Paul Gupta (30,500). -- NW

7.50pm: Chips from up top
Andy Black is up to around 55,000 and is leading the tempo in the side room, which is almost directly above our press room (lots of trotting up and down, back and forth). Some of the other players in that annex are Tim Slater (16,000), Jeff Kimber (short with 4,000), Liv Boeree (9,500), Dominik Nitsche (another shortie with 4,500), Trish Mallin (13,000), Max Silver (18,000) and Tim Bettingen (26,400). -- RD

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Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree is starting to get short

7.40pm: Carr has peddle to the metal
The current chip leader is Paul Carr, who finished runner-up to James Mitchell in the 2010 Irish Open. He's currently got 98,000 and told me about a big pot he won to eliminate Richard Sinclair and boost his stack towards that mark.

Pre-flop Sinclair raised and Carr flat called with [10][9]; on the flop of [7][8][9] Sinclair bet, Carr raised, Sinclair re-raised and Carr just called. The turn was another seven and Sinclair apparently 'insta-jammed' for about 12,000 into a pot of 18,000. This sent Carr into the tank for what he says was five to ten minutes before he eventually called. Sinclair had [A][10] and the river was a blank to give the sizable pot to Carr. -- NW


7.31pm: Rosenkrantz is dead
A few more fallers have filtered through and they are Ian Byrne, Gary Stokes and Morten Rosenkrantz. There's been plenty of post bust out analysis here in Dublin, some insightful, some woeful and some plain comical. By the way, that's not necessarily related to the players mentioned above - just a general comment. -- RD

7.23pm: Exits
Glenn Laming, Mark Wagstaff and James Walsh are three players who've recently busted out of UKIPT Dublin. -- NW

7.18pm: Prize pool is here!
The breakdown of the payouts and the prize pool has just hit our email accounts. All that to come but the key stats are that the winner will stuff their pockets with €83,500 and a total of 90 players will get paid out. -- RD

7.12pm: Bedi gets it in
Rupinder Bedi is up to 30,000 after check-shoving into Edan Waldman on J♦4♠6♠J♥ board. Bedi had opened under-the-gun and had been three-bet to Waldman to around 1,800. Bedi made the call before check-calling the flop for 2,100 and then jamming over Waldman's 4,500 turn bet for 17,500. Waldman tipped his head back in confusion/frustration/nerve tick induced spasm (feel free to choose whichever you like).

Bedi, who is currently top of the UKIPT Leaderboard, is determined to get some points on the board ahead of EPT London, which he has confirmed that he is playing. -- RD

7.05pm: Chip counts
Here's some counts from the upstairs room: David Docherty (22,800), Joe Roberts (25,000), Stephen O'Dwyer (19,600), Dominik Nitsche (4,200), Liv Boeree (5,450), Andy Black (48,000 - possible chip leader), Trish Mallin (14,400), Owen Shiels (27,000), Brett Angell (17,000) Max Silver (27,000 and also a new 'cheeky monkey' card protector) Paul Nash (14,100) and Tim Bettingen (26,500). -- NW

6.50pm: Ainsworth out
Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth bust out the first hand back from the break after three-betting and then calling all-in with pocket kings against ace-jack. Ace on the river, of course. Damn you, Barry Greenstein.

Ainsworth will be one of the bounties in the €130 charity bounty tournament on Sunday. It starts at 5pm, come and play. -- RD

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Jude Ainsworth

6.45pm: Level 5, calling level 5
At the back end of last level Andy Black was regaling his table with tales of American comic legend Bill Hicks. One other player at that table who is certain to know of Hicks is Stephen O'Dwyer, an American pro with over $1,100,000 in live tournament winnings. Not sure if German Dominik Nitsche was even listening - he seemed to be staring pretty intently at his iPad, which was still on the rail! Anarchy. -- RD

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Andy Black: you heard the one about the Irishman, American and German?

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Dublin (and the two actors they would choose if they could only watch films starring said actors for the rest of their lives): Rick Dacey (Jeff Bridges and Harrison Ford) and Nick Wright (George Clooney and Johnny Depp). Photos by Mickey May (Paul Newman and Bette Davis).

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT