UKIPT Edinburgh: Day 1B, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 100-200)
4.20pm: End of level
Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly, Chris Dowling, Neil Mackay, Ryan Straub, Matthew Milne, Edward Lundon, Robert Tait, David Rowley and Lars Torngren are among the players that have been despatched this last level. Join us in a new post in 15 minutes. -- RD
4.17pm: Silver turns to gold
Max Silver is running good he tweeted: "Doubled up AA>AK aipf nice life 17k," @max_silver.
He's almost a lock to make the final! -- NW
"I rivered your ass, didn't I?" said Deborah Worley-Roberts as she raked in a pot. "Yeah you did," replied Euan Dunbar. Let's back up a bit.
From under-the-gun+1 Dunbar opened to 800 and Worley-Roberts called from the big blind. On the flop of 6♦6♣9♠ there was a quick check from Worley-Roberts before Dunbar twirled his finger in a circular motion, making the international poker sign for 'deal the next card'.
That card was the K♦ and Worley-Roberts fired a bet of 1,500. Call from Dunbar. The 5♦ completed the board and Worley-Roberts fired again, this time 3,500 and Dunbar took around ten seconds to call but mucked when shown T♦9♦. -- RD
4.05pm: Ainsworth tumbling down
Jude Ainsworth's stellar start has quickly fallen back to earth. He's now on just 7,000:
"Down to 7k running bad. Time for grind mode" - @Jainsworthpoker
Busto or 30,000 by the end of next level? -- RD
3.54pm: Silver plundered by Spaniard
Gonzalo Fernandez just snuck a small pot away from UKIPT champ Max Silver after binking the idiot end of the straight on a 6♥9♦7♥J♦8♠ board with A♦5♥. Silver had called a a small check-raise on the turn with 6♣3♣ and had bet 3,300 into the river when checked to. Fernandez snapped and took the pot. -- RD
3.45pm: Ainsworth and Thew on the slide
It's not been a good last hour for Team PokerStars pro Jude Ainsworth or Julian Thew. The former is down to around 13,000 whilst Thew tweeted: "just ran into a set on B2B hands...gonna be hard work from here on in!," perhaps Thew is being modest as he still has a stack of around 11,000. -- NW
3.35pm: Two and done for JP Kelly
Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly and his demise was as swift as it was unexpected. He tweeted: "Went from bashing up my table on 20k to out in 2 hands....KK v AA, then A2hh on 458 2 heart board v 55, same guy." -- NW
3.30pm: The afternoon after the night before
"Do you have a cure for too much Jaeger," asked Sam Razavi as I eyed up his chip stack for the chip counts page. "Muddy water*," I replied.
"I think I'll try Nandos," said Razavi, who has around 16,000.
*Not actually muddy water, but a combination of coke and orange juice in the same glass. -- NW
3.25pm: Bust outs
The most recent elminiations include Sam Grafton, George Eaves, Damianos Ioannou, Dara Fitzgerald, John Lynch and Nikodimos Protopapas.
Dean Lyall has chipped up to 39,000. -- RD
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 100-200
3.12pm: Chip counts
A few chip counts for you to digest: David Rowley (7,500), Fintan Gavin (28,400), Nick Gibson (9,100), Rich Hermens (8,900), Trish Mallin (12,300), Warren Wooldridge (16,000) and James Browning (26,700).
The latter is a man in form having final talbed a $1,500 event last week and he's going strong here despite just doubling up a short stacked Matthew Milne with A♦J♣ no good against A♥K♦. -- NW
2.58pm: Oh, to run like Risk
Nick Abou Risk is up to 26,000 after flopping a set of threes on a 7♠9♠3♦ board. Jonathan Davidson got it all in on the A♣ turn with A♥Q♣ and found himself drawing dead. -- RD
2.50pm: The Ritchie get richer
Mark Ritchie is a contender for chip leader, given that he has a stack of approaching 40,000. He got those chips in a three-bet pot by flopping the nut flush on a ten high flop against John Burns who had top set.
Must be nice. -- NW
2.45pm: Channing dropping
Neil Channing's Twitter stream doesn't read for pretty viewing:
"I folded KQ on turn with board KQ93 no flush. He showed J10. Also KK lost to A9. 11,500."
"I'd been really looking forward to this event. It really doesn't feel like it's going to be my day."
"I've barely won a hand. Down to 6k."
"Lost with AK vs 85 & down to 5k now."
It's like watching the markets going into freefall, hopefully both will rally before it's too late. -- RD
2.38pm: News in brief
- Julian Thew is down to 12,800 but the nicest man in poker enhanced that reputation, flashing me a smile and a hello, he's got headphones in and game face on.
- Spencer Lawrence has around 20,000 and is looking calm and composed.
- JP Kelly is down to around 11,175 but looking relaxed.
- Dean Lyall has 14,000, Rupinder Bedi a bit more. They support Arsenal and Manchester United respectively and both were smiling (yes even Bedi) wearing the optimistic grin of football fans the world over at the start of a season before things have gone wrong. -- NW
2.28pm: Busts out and Moneymaker
Graeme Robertson and Ross Miller have both bust out. That now gives them time to watch Chris Moneymaker's video blog which you can watch by clicking here. - RD
2.20pm: Level three begins
The third level of play has begun but with the antes still a few hours away there's still many players that can just sit and wait. One player unlikely to do that is Sam Grafton, a lively player to say the least. He's just back from a seven week stretch in Las Vegas where he scored a solid 14th place finish in a $2,500 six-handed event. -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Edinburgh (in order of the word whose use is currently annoying them the most): Rick Dacey (AWESOME!) and Nick Wright (...sigh...). Photos by Mickey May (Oh my gosh).