UKIPT Dublin: Day 2, level 11 & 12 updates (blinds 800-1,600, ante 200)
It's a 20-minute break. Join us in a new post at around 4.20pm. See you there. -- RD
3.55pm: McAdam moving on up
Rebecca McAdam is up into pole position with a large 183,000 stack. It's one of those that looks slightly unassuming until you realize there's a large pile of blue 5,000 chips. It sounds like she's been involved in some interesting - and large - pots; pocket aces versus sets, pair and flush draws getting there.
"She got lucky," said Callum Stewart, at least a little tongue in cheek.
"She's been lucky since the day she was born, she just needs to look in the mirror to see that," said Stewie Samuels, the sly old dog. -- RD
More exits, including Paul Lynch, Matej Lyko and Sacha Le Breton. Around 160 players remain. -- NW
3.45pm: Silver stacking more chips
I just saw overnight chip leader Max Silver add to his stack. I caught the action from the turn where with the board reading 6♠9♠A♣A♥ Silver bet 5,400 into a pot of 13,000 and picked up calls from Alex Ferguson and Richard Haile.
The K♠ completed the board and Silver bet 5,700, both his opponents folded and Silver flashed the A♠ as he took the pot. -- NW
3.40pm: Power bombing
Two of Irish poker's biggest legends and characters are sat just one seat apart on the same table. Thomas 'The Bomber' Nolan and Nicky Power are, as you'd suspect holding court at this particular table.
In a hand I saw Andrew Foxall made it 3,400 from the button and Nolan defended from the big blind. On the flop of [10c]4♣J♦ Nolan simply shoved his entire stack over the line, which amounted to around 20,000 total and Foxall folded.
"What would you do there with jack-six Nicky?" asked Nolan as he was stacking his chips. I couldn't hear what Power said in reply but he's got position and chip power as his stack is around 80,000. -- NW
3.30pm: Sore heads
Last night was pretty lively for some with a lot of players on their rest days or having busted deciding to wage a war of attrition on the hotel bar. Mick Graydon was one of these players.
"How's the head?" Graydon asked me. Errrm, fine. We'd seen each other as I passed by the lobby at around 4am having just got the end of Day 1B wrap to bed. The Irishman that goes by the name of BIGMICKG on PokerStars had been enjoying himself hugely, I think you know what I mean, and had assumed I had been too. No such luck.
Graydon was down to 24,000 a short while ago but has the push-fold talent to get back into this. Graydon was very unlucky to bust at EPT Tallinn a couple of months ago in 24th (€11,800) losing a huge pot with kings to ace-king. He just has to get over his hangover now. -- RD
3.25pm: A couple of accidents
That was how Kevin Williams described his drop from 167,000 to 75,000 during the opening 90 minutes of play.
He told me: "I lost 30k blind on blind when I open shoved [K] from the small blind into a 20 big blind stack who had jacks. Then at the start of the current level I opened Q♠9♠ on the button the big blind (Robert Csire) three-bet me, I asked him how much he had and he said 39,000 total, so I set him in. He tanked for ages and then called with jacks. When the dealer counted out his stack he actually had 53,000 which obviously changes my decision somewhat. "-- NW
3.17pm: Power not enjoying the rubs
Nicky Power is sat on around 65,000 but is looking distinctly unhappy with Andrew Foxall (if the seat draw is to be believed). Power just called a T♦9♦ pre-flop shove from Paul Mallett with A♦9♥ and was ahead on the 5♥9♠3♠ flop.
Foxall then chirped up: "A ten on the turn would be sick," and let out a hoot when a ten indeed appear on the the turn. "I've got no control of the destiny of that hand," Foxall added.
Power looked unimpressed, distinctly so. "You shouldn't be calling for it, if you're not in the hand," said Power more than a little irritated and with the addition of some colourful language that has been removed in case any sensitive souls happen to be reading. -- RD
3.06pm: Likely finish
Yesterday tournament director Toby Stone told us that the plan was to play down to the final 54 today, well into the 90 spots that pay out. We've already lost around 40 players but as the bubble draws in that will slow up before the corresponding post-bubble shovefest.
PokerStars Blog structure cruncher Nick Wright has calculated that all of this should take around seven levels, a veritable short day by UKIPT standards. -- RD
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 800-1,600, ANTE 200
3pm: Boeree busted
Team PokerStars pro Liv Boeree made her first day two of the season but sadly she won't be making a day three.
After Andrew Booth had opened from under-the-gun to 2,700 from a stack of 24,000 Boeree moved all-in for a shade over 25,000 from middle position, next to act, Michael Trimble instantly moved all-in. Action back on Booth he pointed at Boeree and said: "I think I've got you beat, but I'm not sure about him," indeed Trimble had both players covered.
After a bit of tank time Booth elected to put his remaining chips at risk and called all-in. Showdown time:
Things were looking good for Boeree and she said: "hold," the spread a flop of 6♦K♠[10h] to give Trimble the lead and the board ran out J♥5♦ to keep him there. A treble up would've got Boeree right back in it but she wished the table good luck as she exited the table. -- NW
2.58pm: Double ups
Whilst some are going home, others are doubling up. One of those was Daniel Henderson who found aces against Rory Curtis pocket jacks. A seven-high board later and Henderson was up to 45,000 whilst Curtis is down to about 105,000. -- NW
2.52pm: Abou Risk off to a stinker
Nick Abou Risk has got off to a terrible start today having had to pass aces on a [t][t] board to drop to 65,000. He then lost a flip with pocket nines to Paul Doherty's over cards, particularly unlucky given that Matej Lyko passed king queen face up in the big blind. -- RD
Fifteen players have exited in the opening 30 minutes amongst them were, Jamie Flynn, Eoin O'Shea and Tom Scanlon. -- NW
2.42pm: Bean counting
Alex Ferguson has doubled up through Noel O'Brian to 46,000. O'Brian had opened to 2,600 and had been called by chip leader Max Silver in the hijack. The action passed to Ferguson on the button who said: "All the beans, baby, all the beans," and moved all-in for 21,000. O'Brian pushed in over the top, Silver quickly passed.
The 6♣A♠3♦ flop settled the hand, avoiding the most spectacular runner-runner chop. -- RD
2.32pm: International bright young things
Heard the one about the Irishman, the Pole and the German? We haven't either and we suspect it'd make a terrible joke. However, it should make for interesting poker as Mick Graydon, Tim Bettingen and Damian Porebski are all sharing the same table. -- NW
2.24pm: Entire seat draw
If you'd like to crunch your way through the entire draw, or you're looking for some specific names then you can click here. -- RD
2.16pm: Interesting table draws
Overnight chip leader Max Silver has chatterbox Alex Ferguson two to his left and Richard Haile another couple of seats to his left. The second biggest stack on Silver's table is Noel O'Brian who has 93,500.
Day 1A chip leader Nik Kamal (122,500) isn't even the biggest stack on his table, that honour goes to Jason Tompkins who has 136,400, Aonghus Farrell is another six figure stack on that table.
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree is on the same table as Rebecca McAdam, along with Stuart Samuels who has 145,200, he was sat to Boeree's left for the last few levels last night. This time it's Boeree who has position. -- NW
2.12pm: Unusual start to Day 2
The start of day 2 usually sees a flurry of exits but in the opening 10 minutes not a single soul has been eliminated. Nits. -- NW
2.02pm: Play starts
We have 205 players left and with 90 players getting paid things are going to get ugly before the bubble cheers. -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Dublin (in order of sense of confusion this morning/afternoon): Rick Dacey ("Where am I?") and Nick Wright ("Who am I?". Photos by Mickey May ("I'm in Dublin and I'm Mickey May.").