UKIPT Dublin: Day 1B, level 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 75)
12.12am: Break time
Players are now on a 15 minute break whilst tournament staff race off the 25 denomination chips.
12.08am: Dutch Master
Back in season one Joeri Zandvliet won UKIPT Manchester and finished fourth in Edinburgh. He's not played that many events in season two because his studies have taken over: "I'm finishing my thesis on urban geography at the moment, it's nearly done. Then I'm going to go to Argentina to do a Spanish course before doing another masters in a different country."
Whilst not exactly flying, the Dutchman is right in the pack with 37,000. -- NW
11.54pm: High Roller MacPhee running low
Kevin MacPhee finished 3rd in the WCOOP $10,000 High Roller just a few days ago for $235,000 but that doesn't mean that he can just coast through this field. He'd earlier Tweeted that his table was really difficult for a €500 buy-in and here's the proof of the pudding.
MacPhee opened for 1,200 and was called by Matt Beels in the big blind. The EPT winner then fired all streets of the 3♥9♦6♦Q♠4♠ board only to be forced to fold to a check-shove that was less than a min-raise of his 7,000 river bet. Beels scooped the pot to move up to 33,000. MacPhee down to 16,000 and looking a little bewildered by it all. Just one of those days. -- RD
11.45pm: News from upstairs
Although most of the 200 players who remain have now been condensed into the main tournament room there are still three tables in use upstairs.
Amongst the triumvirate of tables are Andy Black (40,000), Owen Shiels (12,000), Tim Slater (25,000) and Tim Bettingen (70,000). -- NW
11.35pm: MacPhee doubles
Kevin MacPhee is up to 30,000 tweeting: Doubled QQ to AKs aipf A77 flop but turn Q! Boooooom!" -- NW
11.28pm: Convey capitulates
Marc Convey has been sent to the rail and received 'sick rubs' from Max Silver in the process. Convey opened to 1,300 and was shoved on my reigning champ Silver from the big blind. Convey made the call.
The [j] flop was more than a little sweaty for Convey, who told us that Silver had been saying: "Here it comes, I know it's coming." The ten arrived on the turn and, according to The Conv, he said: "Boom! Get out of here!"
Convey was sent shame-faced from the table. Poor old Convey, buy him a beer if you see him - on the proviso he doesn't break out the sob story. -- RD
11.25pm: Top 10 stacks
Here are the top 10 chip stacks as level eight begins:
Robert Csire 109,800
Kevin Williams 104,000
Emmet Mullin 100,000
Greig Cushnie 94,000
Aonghus Farrell 90,000
Stuart Samuels 90,000
Marty Wallace 87,000
Jamie Flynn 78,000
Rory Curtis 68,000
Michael Naughton 66,000
11.15pm: Williams up to 111,000
Kevin Williams has got himself into a big stack position after winning in an aces versus queens coup.
Players that won't be building huge piles of chips here are Mike Hill, Lars Torngren, Donald Campbell and Brett Angell who have all been knocked out. -- RD
11.10pm: Mick Graydon gets crabby
Don't worry the mild mannered Irishman hasn't blown a gasket or launched into a foul-mouthed tirade at a poor dealer, merely that he got dealt a pair of threes.
He raised pre-flop and got two callers including Philip Hardy. On the 7♣9♥A♦ flop Graydon bet 2,000 and Hardy made a swift call. The turn was the 4♥ and Graydon fired out a bet of 4,000, again Hardy made a quick call. The river was the 4♠ and Graydon rapped the table and Hardy did likewise, showing A♣8♣ to win the pot.
"Would you have called if I'd shoved?" asked Graydon, Hardy didn't answer. -- NW
11.09pm: Players back in their seats
Play is back underway. -- NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 300-600, ante 75
It's a break with the level up. The fields will converge shortly.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 300-600, ANTE 75
10.48pm: O'Dwyer sitting back as Black continues the chat offensive
Andy Black likes to be the table captain. I don't think that's going to come as news to anyone, least of all to Black himself, but it's always interesting to watch a verbal master spar with his table.
"What did I tell you? I check," said Black, who tapped the table to check a paint heavy flop over to the pre-flop raiser David Docherty.
The young Scotsman bet 1,050 and Black quickly mucked his hand having defended from the big blind. Okay, he didn't win this one but he was straight into needling someone else for wearing headphones. Stephen O'Dwyer, a player who has been there, done that, is sat to Black's right and looks like he's letting the conversations wash over, picking and choosing as he so feels. I can't imagine that Black will get under his skin, but then again, the Irishman does seem to enjoy a challenge. O'Dwyer is fine 29,000. -- RD
10.40pm: Silver lining (his pockets)
UKIPT Dublin defending champion Max Silver was just all-in but didn't get any callers.
From under-the-gun Conor Power made it 950 to play and was flat called by Michael Gibson before Silver moved all-in for 13,500 total from the small blind. It was Ali Duncan in the big blind who asked for a count and he tanked hard before folding.
It was a much swifter release from Power but Gibson gave it some hollywooding before he too released his hand. -- NW
10.35pm: Chip counts from upstairs
There's a ton of names and notables still in right now, amongst those in the upstairs rooms who are still seeing flops and riffling chips are: Andy Black who's on 53,000 and is getting three-bet a lot, seemingly by Jason Barton (49,000), "You're at the top of my four-bet list," said Black.
Also on that table is Mike Hill (7,000) and Stephen O'Dwyer (15,000). Whilst on the adjacent table sits David Docherty who's slipped to 22,000 after min-raisng to 11,600 on a A♠J♥2♣ board before folding to Brendan Phelan's all-in shove, the latter is up to 48,000.
Marc Convey is down to 9,075, Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree has recovered to 16,800, two time UKIPT champion Nick Abou Risk has just 12,300 whilst on the same table Aonghus Farrell has 54,000. -- NW
10.26pm: More fall
Phil Baker, Mark Sampson, Maurice Silke, Adebayo Odetoyinbo and Darren Sweeney have all been dragged off to the tournament junk yard. We're down to the 'last' 250 today. We're probably start the Day 2 field with around 200 players in total. -- RD
Tim Bettingen and Gary Ludgate managed to simultaneously chip up to 50,000 on adjoining tables.
Bettingen called a shove with top set on a ten-high board against Craig Burke's straight draw and held while Ludgate called a shove and re-shove with pocket queens to find himself up against ace-jack and pocket jacks.
"You got to be kidding me," Ludgate had said as an ace hit the turn, before a queen caught the river, of course.
I don't know much about Ludgate but Bettingen was a serious threat when he picked up chips later in the tournament at UKIPT Nottingham. -- RD
Recent exits include Andrew Sweeney and James Bonner, meanwhile Kevin Williams is up to 50,000. -- NW
10pm: All change
The dinner break crews have changed over allowing an entirely new section of players to get involved in the carvery chaos taking place in The Dubliner Pub hotel bar. -- RD
9.50pm: Hungry from Hungary
Robert Csire is now up to 110,000 and looking pretty pleased with himself in the run up to his dinner break. Almost as happy as Patrick Rooney was in saying: "Say he's hungry from Hungary."
To be fair to Rooney, we have. He should be pretty happy with his own stack which is weighing in around 60,000. The other half of the field is beginning to filter back into the tournament room. -- RD
9.40pm: AA into KK
Mark Sanders has just had his stack leveled down to his last few thousand after getting kings all-in against the aces of Jose Carlos Garcia. Sanders looked gutted, well you would, but Garcia showed little emotion beyond a shake of the hand as he raked in a pot of around 55,000.
Larry Santo was left cursing his luck after passing a pair of nines that would have flopped a set and won the hand. "I would have been on 70,000 if I'd flatted," said Santo, ignoring a couple of if's and but's. -- RD
Paul Carr had built up a rampaging 120,000 stack just before the dinner breaks began but he has dropped a fair chunk of that this level. He looks to be on around 80,000 with Jamie Flynn, now on 65,000, the likely beneficiary.
"I'm just imagining it now, all-in, all-in," said Carr to Flynn, telling his fellow Irishman that he's not afraid to play a big pot against him.
While Carr has position on Flynn, Rakesh Paul Gupta has position on Carr and is packing a sizeable 47,000 stack himself. Gupta proved to be an unpredictable force at UKIPT Newcastle where he claimed a 3rd place finish for a £24,700 payday. Having those three at the table could certainly see a major pot played out with any, if not all, of the trio getting involved in a car crash of hand. I hope so, it should be fun. -- RD
9.20pm: Flash Carr
It's still Paul Carr (105,000) who leads the way, but he's been moved tables and now has the black flash, otherwise known as Rakesh Paul Gupta for company he's on 43,000. And the dangerous Jamie Flynn (50,000) is also on that table. -- NW
9.15pm: Browning up against it
The flop of 6♣7♣9♥ looked tailor made to create action but Jose Carlos Garcia (hijack), Henry Port (cut-off) and James Browning (button) all checked to see the 9♦ fall on the turn.
It checked to Port who bet 2,300, Browning was the only caller. The A♥ completed the board and both players checked, with Port's pocket twos good enough to take the pot, Browning slips to 8,900. -- NW
9.04pm: More fallers
Deborah Worley-Roberts, Jeff Kimber, Peter Guckian, and Friend of PokerStars Charlotte Van Brabander are out among the most recent bust outs. -- RD
8.50pm: Main attraction
The players in the main room will be the first to tackle level seven, amongst them is Paul Carr who is the current chip leader with around 120,000. -- NW
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Dublin (and the embarrassing song they know/knew all the lyrics to ): Rick Dacey (Alice Cooper - Poison) and Nick Wright (DJ Pied Piper - Do you really like it). Photos by Mickey May (LL Cool J - Ladies - she even spat a verse).