UKIPT Dublin: Day 2, level 15 & 16 updates (blinds 2,000-4,000, ante 400)

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9.15pm: Dinner beak
That's the dinner break. We'll be back in 75 minutes where the final 67 players will play down to 54 players. -- RD

9.12pm: Bust outs
We've got the first swathe of bust outs confirmed for you and they are as follows. There are less than 70 players left in the field and you can check the bust outs as they come by clicking here.

77th: Edvinas Urbonas, Lithuania, €710
78th: Robert Lux, Sweden, €710
79th: Gregory Cooke, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, €710
80th: Mateusz Warowiec, Poland, PokerStars qualfier, €710

81st: Marty Wallace, €710

82nd: Aleksander Lee Olsen, Norway, PokerStars player, €650
84th: Jon Hayes, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, €650
85th: Andrew Grimason, Ireland, €650
86th: Oscar Fred, Ireland, PokerStars player, €650
87th: Paul Hamill, Ireland, €650
88th: Richard Haile, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, €650
89th: Hannu Tapio Korva, Finland, PokerStars qualifier, €650
90th: Chris O'Connor, Ireland, €650

The dinner break is fast approaching, full chip counts will be picked up them and posted on the restart. -- RD

9.05pm: Keeping up with Jones
"About 400," said Rhys Jones, as he saw me eyeing up his chip stack as he un-racked it following a table move. He had to leave about three full racks of black 100 denomination chips in the racks. He's collecting them as they'll be raced off on the next break which is imminent.

With his stack of 400,000 he's right up near the chip lead and he has Ciaran Furey (315,000) on his direct right. Joeri Zandvliet is also going well on around 315,000. -- NW

9pm: McGovern wins the flip
Aidan Connolly was all-in for his last 22,000 with Q♦J♥ and got a call from John McGovern who had pocket tens. The board ran 8♣5♠5♥K♠[10c] and McGovern made a full house to eliminate Connolly in around 69th place. -- NW

8.50pm: More exits, more double ups
The exits continue at a pace here in Dublin with 74 players remaining. The latest to exit was Richard Phelan who was all-in for under 30,000 with A♣K♠ against Breifne Earley who held A♠Q♥. The 2♠Q♣4♦ flop gave Earley a head start, the K♣ river put Phelan in front, but the Q♠ river gave the pot to Earley.

Whilst Phelan was getting outdrawn two others dodged the axeman, Kevin Letham (ninth UKIPT Edinburgh) got his last 60,000 in with pocket aces against Michael Trimble's K♣[10d] and held, whilst Brendan Byrne doubled up to 60,000 with J♣[10h] against Michael White's A♥K♦, spiking a jack on the flop to do so. -- NW

8.45pm: Short stacks falling, but what about the big stacks?
At this point in a tournament most of the focus is on who is falling. The all-ins are seductive, the suckouts painful and the comeback celebrations entertaining (Mark Muldoon just performed one such suckout after flopping the king-high flush against pocket aces).

So let's move on for a second and instead take a look at some of the big stacks coming through. Callum Smith is now up to 400,000 and likely holds the chip lead with David Docherty chasing a short way behind him with 320,000. Docherty has not performed at other UKIPTs, even though it was plain to see that the young Scotsman could play. Perhaps his run good has been saved up for this tournament. The next couple of days will tell. -- RD


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Callum Smith


8.35pm: One exit, one double up
Throughout the day Richard Haile has been grinding a shortstack, he managed to grind it into the money but not much further, exiting in 88th place. He told me he got it in wth [A][10] against Edgard Cabacas [5][4] but both a five and a four appeared on the flop, Cabacas who was down to just 6,000 on the bubble is now on about 59,000.

Meanwhile on the table behind that one UKIPT Manchester runner-up Mateusz Warowiec moved all-in for 28,000 with 8♦7♦ and was called by Daniel Henderson who held A♣Q♣. The flop of 7♠5♣A♦ kept Henderson in front but the 9♠ turn and 6♣ river gave Warowiec a straight to keep him alive. -- NW

7.22pm: First two out
Chris O'Connor is the first player out in the money and he was swiftly followed by Hannu Tapio Korva, both score min-cashes of €650. O'Connor was a tearaway chip leader throughout a large chunk of Day 1A.

Edgard Cabacas had been the odds-on favourite to go next having made it through the bubble period with just 6,200. The Spaniard managed to double the first hand however, hitting a backdoor straight with K♦4♠. -- RD

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 2,000-4,000 ante 400


8.08pm: Bubble bursts
After about eight hands of hand for hand action the bubble was burst on the first all-in and call of the bubble period.

Keith Maguire raised to 8,000 with pocket kings, Dave O'Reilly moved all-in for 49,300 with [10h][10c] and when it got back to Maguire he made the call, as you would with pocket kings.

After hands at all the other tables had been completed it was time to play this hand to its conclusion. The flop of 5♥K♥4♦ left O'Reilly needing a miracle. The 8♥ was half one but the 4♠ river sent him to the rail making Edgard Cabacas, who was down to less than two big blinds, particularly happy. -- NW


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Maguire (left) and O'Reilly shake hands


7.50pm: Blinds up, no burst
The bubble is yet to burst. The blinds were due to go up, but they won't due to the hand-for-hand slowing things down. Expect a flurry of KO's shortly after. -- RD

7.32pm: On the bubble
We have 91 players left. Callum Stewart tank-folded A♠7♦ short stacked in the big blind to a raise from Bex McAdam and was shown the 7♥. -- RD

7.20pm: Docherty makes good river read
By the time I reached the table a complete board of 2♠K♥K♦7♥J♥ was on the felt and there was around 100,000 already in the pot, fairly meaty action had taken place then.

There were two players still in the pot and action was on Mateusz Warowiec (small blind) who was counting out his stack, he had David Docherty, who had around 78,000 behind, well covered and eventually slid out enough to set Docherty all-in.

The Scotsman started talking out loud Daniel Negreanu style, about the possible hands that Warowiec could have, after a few minutes of chatter he announced call and showed K♣Q♠ which was ahead of Warowiec' s A♥7♦.

After that hand Docherty is up to 250,000 whilst Warowiec is down to around 70,000. -- NW

7.05pm: News in brief
- 96 players remain

- Jarlath Kilgallon is the latest to exit. He shoved for under three big blinds with A♣K♠, Cathal O'Malley in the big blind said: "I have to call," and showed 8♣6♣. The board of 5♦7♠J♠K♦4♠ a particularly cruel way to go.

- Dermot Blain is up to 120,000

- Table one, which is right in the corner is well stacked, it has both Ian Dowling and Callum Smith on it who both have over 250,000. -- NW


7pm: More exits
Tim Bettingen, Stuart Samuels and Alex Ferguson are amongst the high profile exits. Apparently Samuels, who had over 200,000 two levels ago, busted with a full house but Rebecca McAdam had a bigger full house. The board is saying 98 remain, 90 of whom will get paid. -- NW


6.50pm: Level 15 begins
Rhys Jones is the current chip leader with 280,000 and in fourth place we have Adam Kallenberg (230,000), an excitable Swede reminiscent of a young Vanilla Ice who has been after getting his picture on the blog. Dreams can come true... -- RD


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Adam Kallenberg


PokerStars Blog reporting team in Dublin (in order of misery about their football fantasy team): Nick Wright (abject despair, has constructed a team of donkeys and malcontents) and Rick Dacey (didn't even start a team, knowing full well that he would create a team of donkeys and malcontents). Photos by Mickey May (shoots malcontents).

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