UKIPT Dublin: Day 2, level 13 & 14 updates (blinds 1,200-2,400, ante 300)
6.25pm: Break time
Players are now on a 15 minute break. Rebecca McAdam just dropped a chunk, down to around 200,000. -- NW
Mick Graydon, Martin Blom, Kevin Williams and Nicky Power are all out. A total of around 110 players remain, the bubble (91st) is now clearly in sight. -- NW
6.12pm: Looking like (quarter of a) million dollars
Rebecca McAdam is up to 250,000 and, somewhat understandably, looking quite pleased with herself. The poker writer/presenter still stands a chance to be the first female winner of a UKIPT title. Trish Mallin has been the closest so far with her heads up loss to Nick Abou Risk at the beginning of the season. -- RD
6.02pm: Docherty doubles at expense of Lux
David Docherty has just doubled through Swede Robert Lux.
Docherty had three-bet to 12,400 pre-flop and Lux, who had opened to 5,200, made the call. The 2♦7♠3♠ flop was checked to the Scotsman who bet 12,600. Lux inst-shoved in return and Docherty, after counting his remaining stack - around 27,500 - and grumbling more than a little, made the call.
The turn was the 3♣, the river an ace. Lux shook his head and passed most of his stack to Docherty who has chipped up to 110,000. -- RD
5.55pm: Bomber makes a house; Beer runs out of fizz
From middle position Padge Barry made it 5,000 to play, he was flat called by Robert Beer (who had just 20,000), only for Thomas 'the bomber' Nolan to move all-in for 32,800 total. Back on Barry he thought for a couple of minutes saying out loud that he thought he was ahead of Nolan but wasn't sure about Beer. Eventually he folded and Beer made the call:
The flop was K♣9♣[10c], "Oh for (censored) sake," said Barry. "I flopped the nuts, I had A♣J♣.
"Don't worry I'll make a full house," said Nolan.
"Told you," said Nolan. -- NW
5.45pm: Maudlin slips a little
Dave Maudlin is down to 190,000 after losing a 40,000 chip pot. From middle position Endravuz Düzgün moved all-in for 19,000 with Q♠8♦ and Maudlin made the call from the big blind with A♥9♦. Good call from the chip leader but a board of Q♦J♥J♣4♠9♥ sent the chips in Düzgün's direction. -- NW
5.36pm: BREAKING DINNER BREAK NEWS
Now, this is the stuff that everyone wants to know about. The dinner break will be going ahead at the end of level six, that's the best part of three levels of play away, unless there is 65 players or less left. If that is the case then those last few will play on until the end of the day, i.e. there is 54 players left. -- RD
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 1,200-2,400 ante 300
5.25pm: Abou Risk ruined
Two-time UKIPT champion Nick Abou Risk was down to 45,000 when he opened to 4,200 on the button with A♠6♠. From the small blind James McManus three-bet to 11,500 with A♣J♥, Abou Risk shoved and in his own words: "He pretty much snapped me off."
The board of 6♣3♦5♠5♦J♣ looked good for Abou Risk until the river. "I'm happy with my play," said Abou Risk. "He's a good and competent player." After that hand McManus is up to 175,000. -- NW
5.18pm: Abou Risk crippled
Nick Abou Risk is down to his last 45,000 after calling a river shove on a K♦Q♣4♦3♣T♥ board. Arne Brugmans showed top set . Not good news for the Canadian. And news just coming in, he's out. Details to come. -- RD
5.10pm: On the up
Day 1A chip leader Nik Kamal is up to 210,000, now alongside David Maudlin.
UKIPT Manchester champ Joeri Zandvliet is up to 160,000 after "getting lucky" with ace-queen against ace-king.
"The guy who was sat that (Zandvliet pointed at the chair next to him) raised under-the-gun with about 23 big blinds. I got lucky," said Vandliet, who could equally have said he'd been unlucky to have been dealt ace-queen in that spot if he'd lost. It's a funny ol' game. -- RD
5.03pm: Chip counts and exits
Dara O'Kearney and Stephen Devlin have both been eliminated recently. Of those still going Damian Porebski has 115,000, Aonghus Farrell has 70,000, Dermot Blain is on 38,000 as is Richard Haile. -- NW
5.01pm: Maudlin edges into the lead
David Maudlin has emerged into the spotlight as the chip leader here in Dublin. His stack is up to 215,000, arranged in ten-high stacks interlaced into a pretty multi-coloured affair and is looking like all is well in the world, legs crossed, arm stretched out behind him with just one side of his headphones covering his ear.
He was up high but a 40,000 gift in a blind on blind battle pushed him past the 200,000 mark when he flopped two-pair with [q][t] on a [k][q][t] board against top pair. - RD
4.55pm: Samuels loses some more
With a flop of J♣3♣2♣ on the felt Leroy Vermeulen bet 10,700, was flat called in one spot before Stuart Samuels check-raised to 52,000 total, effectively setting both opponents all-in.
With the action of Vermeulen he gave it a brief think before moving all-in for 50,800 total, the third player folded his hand. On their backs:
Samuels: 5♠4♦ for the open ended straight draw
Vermeulen: A♣J♦ for top pair and the nut flush draw
The 6♣ turn hit both players, Samuels improving to a straight but drawing dead as Vermeulen made the nut flush. The inconsequential K♥ completed the board, Samuels slips to about 140,000. -- NW
4.40pm: Stuart, stewie or stuey?
Hello, what name do you prefer, Mr Samuels?
"Stuart, that's my name," said Stuart Samuels.
"But everyone knows you as Stewie," said Michael Trimble.
Well, we think, despite popular pressure, that we should stick to his request: Stuart Samuels it is then.
The Irishman just lost 15,000 check-calling two streets and passing on the river but is still going strong on around 190,000. -- RD
4.30pm: Chip leaders
The top ten chip stacks as level 13 starts are as follows:
Stuart Samuels 213,000
David Maudlin 170,000
Rebecca McAdam 148,600
Patrik Kaltrud 140,000
Keith Maguire 137,000
Emmet Mullin 136,000
Nick Abou Risk 135,000
David Phelan 130,000
Michael Trimble 129,000
Kevin Martinet 126,000
Overnight chip leader Max Silver is just bubbling under the top 10 with 125,000. Click here to see updated chip counts throughout the day. -- NW
Raj Verma exited shortly before the break, 162 players remain. -- NW
4.20pm: The money storm on the horizon
Stewie Samuels leads the push towards the money with 213,000 having, we think, taken a chunk from Rebecca McAdam late on in the last level.
We're got 162 players left in and 90 players get paid so these next two levels are going to be absolutely critical for all involved. Board up your windows, batten down your hatches and get your loved ones out of town, there's a storm coming. -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Dublin (and how close they were in throwing a paper up into the big from the far side of the room): Rick Dacey (a little long) and Nick Wright (a little short). Photos by Mickey May (hit the ceiling, we're not even joking).