UKIPT Edinburgh: Day 1A, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 100-200)

ukiptthumb.JPG4.25pm: End of the level
That's the end of level four, you'll find updates for level five in a new post. -- NW

4.15pm: Devon knows
Jon Spinks, who hails from Exeter, is part of a group of young British pros who are taking the game by storm at the minute.

The Devonian, who plays all the games competently and often flies under the radar had an excellent WSOP. He made two final tables, the $1,500 Seven Card Stud and $1,500 no-limit Hold'em shootout, finishing in fourth place on both occasions.

Add in another couple of deep runs in a couple of Hold'em events in Vegas and he's clearly a player in form, he's somewhat treading water here in Edinburgh and has around 17,000. -- NW


ukipt edinburgh_day 1A_jon spinks.jpg

Jon Spinks


4pm: Soaring stacks for Vamplew and Williams
EPT winner and UKIPT Champion of Champions David Vamplew has slipped down to 35,000 after giving up on a pot against Huang Guo Xun on a K♦5♦9♥5♥5♠ board, Vamplew firing the flop and snap-folding the river, and losing A♠K♠ against queens for 9,000.

Kevin Williams is moving the other direction and is up to 37,000. But on the downside has just moved to a table that is unlikely to break with Jake Cody, Joe Roberts, Ash Mason and Fergal Nealon. Sorry, scratch that, he just lost [k][k] to Cody's [a][a]. That's how you win a triple crown. -- RD

3.55pm: Duvall up and running
Poker veteran Jeff Duvall doesn't mess about in these tournaments. At UKIPT Brighton he put the fear of the Poker Gods into his young tablemates ad he's already up to 30,000 here in Scotland. Following an early table break Keith Hawkins is sat two seats to the right of Duvall, looking distinctly unimpressed with the situation- he's down to 5,000. - RD

3.50pm: Exits
Three of Andrew Ferguson's friends (Max Silver, David Vamplew and Nick Abou Risk) have all won UKIPT titles but Ferguson will have to wait a little longer to compare trophies. He was down to around 5,500 and got pocket queens all-in on a ten high flop but ran into pocket aces. -

And Ollie Schaffmann is also out. -- NW


ukipt edinburgh_day 1A_ollie schaffmann.jpg

Short day for Schaffmann


3.40pm: Vamplew powering ahead with misread
Does David Vamplew know how to run bad? It seems not.

"Got it in pre w AK, they have QQ, turns out I misread my hand and actually have KK when I flip it up! 44k" - @davidv1213

Vamplew is on home terrotrity and is having a fantastic year. Just a few days ago he beat EPT Player of the Year Fernando Brito heads up in a €1,000 event in Tallinn, Estonia to win €19,600. The young Scotsman has racked up $1,861,655 in live winnings since July 2010. A British Jason Mercier? -- RD

3.35pm: UKIPT tougher than WSOP Main Event: Fact
He might have been able to navigate his way through a field of 6,865 in Las Vegas but November Niner Sam Holden is out of UKIPT Edinburgh. He tweeted: "Just got AA all in on T high flop vs AQ. Turn K, River J. Fun fun. I'm out."

Not to worry, save the run good for Vegas in November. -- NW


3.27pm: Shut out
With the start of level four that means late registration is over for Day 1A, we'll bring you total player numbers for today just as soon as we can. -- NW

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 50-100


3.25pm: Aces for LeBruce
Ian LeBruce said: "I've got a nice hand here."

He wasn't lying, the young Scotsman held A♠A♦ and three-bet Thomas Partridge from the small blind. A single barrel on the flop seemed to shake off his opponent. No playing for stacks quite yet. -- RD

3.20pm: Table of death
Having one recognisable face at your starting table might be considered running bad, having three is just positively disgusting. Sat together at 13 are: Rachel Costa (4,400), Owen Robinson (20,500 - 9th here last year), Steve Watts (3,800) and Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (23,500). Boeree has position on them all and seems to be putting it to good use.

I also spotted two of Robinson's poker buddies in the field: Jamie Burland has 7,300 and David Docherty 19,400. -- NW


ukipt edinburgh_day 1A_liv boeree.jpg

Boeree is bossing it


3.12pm: Ellwood out
Jack Ellwood is out, which is good news for the field. A prodigious talent in online tournaments, Ellwood opened under-the-gun with ace-king off and picked up two callers before firing the [k][8][3] flop.

He found a customer in Paul Brown who made the call with 9♣8♣. The turn brought a 4♣ and Brown called again, now with a flush draw, which got there on the river. Ellwood shoved and Brown made the call. Ellwood out. -- RD

3pm: Marital bliss with Jesse May
"It almost made me vomit, it's that bad," said Mickey May.

The photographer was talking about her husband, TV commentator Jesse May, and the shirt that he's brought to Edinburgh for Day 1B. May (Mr) is, so we've heard, packing an atrocious shirt covered in gaudy orange flowers. It has most certainly not gained the seal of approval from his other half.

Other facts that we have just found out about Jesse May are that he used to wrestle at school ('a sneaky fighter,' according to his wife) and that he is impervious to heat ('he sits in saunas for an hour, until sweat is running off his nose,' she added).

Don't worry, Jesse, we'll come and speak to you tomorrow to return the favour. And check out the shirt... -- RD

2.50pm: Bust outs
We have said goodbye to Christopher Craig, Jamie Caira, Andrew Parton, Greg Macbryne, Craig Leppard and James Wightman. None of them will be taking the crown away from Nick Abou Risk. - RD

2.44pm: Chip counts
Check out the chip counts page for regular updates on the chip stacks throughout the day. -- NW

2.38pm: Past and future king
Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event for $2,500,000 in 2003 and is often cited as a key factor in the explosion of online poker. It was truly a life changing event for the former accountant who has spent the last eight years travelling the world as a leading face of Team PokerStars Pro.


ukipt brighton_day 1A_chris moneymaker.jpg

Chris Moneymaker


Sat at the next table along is a mop-haired young whippersnapper by the name of Sam Holden. Come this November he may be following in Moneymaker's footsteps. Holden is a member of this year's November Nine and is guaranteed at least $782,115 but could win some $8,000,000 and the world champion title if he wins.

For the moment Moneymaker has a different young Brit to worry about, Jake Cody. The triple crown winner is sat across the way from him with freshly trimmed hair, now looking like the lead singer of an emo band rather than just a fan, and is already getting stuck in having value bet 1,000 on the river of a 4♥T♣A♣J♣7♦ board with A♥T♠. Moneymaker has position on Cody - could make for some interesting hands. If only the internet would work... -- RD

2.25pm: Back in the game
After two levels of internet withdrawal we're back in the game. The IT man groundskeeper Willy has juryrigged a bypass of the local ISP to get us back online. He probably just turned it off and on again. Some details of the previous level has been filled it but let's look to the future. Agreed?

Level three has begun. -- RD


ukipt brighton_day 1A_david vamplew.jpg

EPT winner David Vamplew


PokerStars Blog reporting team in Edinburgh (in order of most embarrassing break time goodies bought): Rick Dacey (toothbrush, firm) and Nick Wright (18 plastic forks, heavy duty). Photos by Mickey May.

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT