UKIPT Edinburgh: Day 1B, level 9 & 10 updates (blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)


12.10am: Bagging and tagging
Play has finished at all tables and chips are getting bagged. Full wrap of the day's action to come alongside comprehensive chip counts. -- RD

12am: Last four hands
The clock has been stopped and it has been announced that four more hands will be played at each table. It's going to take something big to budge Sam Macdonald from his habitual chip lead. -- RD

11.50pm: Twenty-twenty vision
As we enter the last 20 minutes of play here's some news in brief:

- Julian Thew is holding steady on around 82,000.

- Sam Macdonald appears to still be the chip leader with around 150,000 although Andrew Mackenzie has 130,000 and so is just a chunky pot behind.

- Mark Smyth has 95,000, Nick Abou Risk 55,000 and Callum Palfrey 73,000. -- NW

11.40pm: Razavi flops the nuts
We reported earlier how we'd heard Sam Razavi's trademark Michael Jackson celebration and suspected he'd doubled up. Turns out he actually trebled up. He got it all-in with A♣[Q]c against Sam Macdonald's A♦Q♦ and another players pocket sevens.

A flop of 2♣3♣5♣ connected quite well with his hand, but he was made to sweat as a three on the turn paired the board, but a blank river has seen his stack soar to 52,500. -- NW

11.35pm: Lyall eliminated
A couple of outdraws have put paid to Dean Lyall he told me that in his exit hand he'd raised [K][Q] off a stack of around 28 big blinds from under-the-gun+1 and been flat called by a player in middle position (Lee Taylor). On the flop of [Q][J][8] he'd bet and been called and then he check-raised all-in on the [6] turn only to find that Taylor had flatted pre-flop with J♠8♠, Taylor on a stack of 61,000. - NW

11.28pm: Nice turn
From under-the-gun+1 Mohammad Bilal Ali opened to 2,700, next to act Rupinder Bedi flat-called only for Gonzalo Pro Fernandez to move all-in from the big blind for 24,200 in total.

The original raiser quickly folded, but Bedi cut out the calling chips from his stack and said: "I'll still have my starting stack if I lose," he made the call and showed pocket sixes.

It was ahead of Fernandez's A♠J♠ but not for long as the flop was J♥5♦7♠, but the 6♣ hit the turn and the 9♦ completed the board to send the chips Bedi's way. He's now up to around 65,000. -- NW

11.18pm: Chip counts
A few chip counts for your delectation: Paul Bowser (68,000), Ovidijus Slimas (101,000), Jesse May (39,000) and Dean Lyall (23,000). More chip counts can be found here. -- NW

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 500-1,000, ante 100

11.14pm: Razavi's timing off
Sam Razavi just picked the wrong time to apply pressure to Sam Macdonald. The chip leader had opened to 2,000 and Razavi had three-bet to 4,200 from the button but an unexpected shoved from Brian Peattie in the big blind wrecked his plan.

Both players passed leaving Razavi with around 16,000. -- RD

* We just heard Razavi perform his Michael Jackson impression, we're assuming he's doubled up.

11.10pm: Warnock wamboozles William
Mark Warnock just hit runner-runner to send a shell shocked William Ferguson-Smith to the rail.

On a flop of 4♥4♠3♣ Warnock had set Ferguson-Smith all-in and after a spell in the think tank the latter made the call. On their backs:

Warnock: [10c]9♣
Ferguson-Smith: 7♦7♥

"I can't believe you took so long to call," said Warnock as the K♣ hit the turn to give him additional outs and the 2♣ fell on fifth street to give Warnock runner-runner flush, he's up to 52,000.

Earlier Warnock had inquired as to the whereabouts of fellow PokerStars blogger Marc 'The Conv' Convey, I strongly suspect they went to the same poker school. -- NW

11.05pm: Buckaroos going to buckaroo
As usual it's been an up and down day for Rupinder 'Buckaroo' Bedi, at the moment he's trending upwards and has 42,000.

His recent push skywards came at the expense of Dean Lyall, the latter telling me that Bedi three-bet shoved [A][J] against his [A][K] and spiked a jack, Lyall is still in and has around 23,000. -- NW

10.58pm: Sick draw, Macdonald steaming ahead
Sam Macdonald is up to 150,000 now, a huge pile of chips in front of him, but it's not as if he has a soft table. Sitting opposite him is UKIPT winner Max Silver and one seat on from him is, well, another UKIPT winner, Sam Razavi.

"Sick draw," said Silver who's chugging along on 41,000.

A shorter stacked Razavi, who seems to have finally have found his voice after the excesses of last night, pleaded: "I need some love. Aces, please."

No bullets for Razavi as Macdonald took down another pot. -- RD

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Sam Razavi earlier today, the morning after the night before

10.51pm: Form is temporary...
Double UKIPT champion Nick Abou Risk is up to 61,000 he tweeted: "Annnnnnnd up to 61k. Called twice w A hi and was good when he gave up river. Won some others." @nickabourisk. -- NW

10.48pm: Pushing up the daisies
The following players have recently exited the tournament: James Browning, Daniel Laming and Mark Trett.

10.42pm: Da Silveira Dias show
Bernardo Da Silveira Dias opened to 1,800 from middle position and was called in small blind by Liam Magennis. The Brazilian kept up his lead on the 4♦A♥6♥3♣2♣ with a delayed c-bet on 2,000 the turn. Both players checked the river and Da Silveira Dias asked: "Ace-queen?"

No. The Brazilian showed A♦K♣ and scooped the pot to chip back up to 78,000. -- RD

10.35pm: Some chip counts
Here's some counts of players who are still alive and kicking in level nine: Deborah Worley-Roberts (10,800), Richard Sinclair (34,000), Richie Lawlor (31,000), Stuart Paterson (78,500) and James Walsh (74,000). -- NW

10.25pm: Bedi gifted a pass
Rupinder 'Buckaroo' Bedi was just given a stay of execution. Mohammad Bilal Ali opened the button and Bedi moved in from the small blind for somewhere approaching 10,000. Bilal Ali passed K♥Q♥ face up raising several eyebrows at the table. Bedi, wide-eyed with relief, is up to 13,200 without a showdown. -- RD

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Rupinder Bedi

10.15pm: Chip leaders
As level nine starts these are the top five: Andrew Mackenzie (95,000), Sam Macdonald (95,000), Mark Smyth (86,300), Julian Thew (80,000) and David Stockings (80,000). -- NW

10.10pm: Last two levels
We have two last levels left to play today and Sam Macdonald is currently leading from the front with 95,000. Colin Wu bagged up 138,000 last night and is the man to beat for the overall Day 1 chip lead. -- RD

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Sam Macdonald carries the chip lead with 95,000

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Edinburgh (in order of number of siblings): Nick Wright (two) and Rick Dacey (one). Photos by Mickey May.

Rick Dacey
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