UKIPT Edinburgh: Day 2, level 13 & 14 updates (blinds 1,200-2,400, ante 300)


4.30pm: Dunnett busts at break to set bubble
Stephen Dunnett, yes he that bust Chris Moneymaker, has just gone after a three-bet squeeze turned bad. Dunnett was in the small blind with around 35,000 and facing a bet (Alan Kirk) and a call (Alan Barnes) of 6,200. He moved all-in. Maybe he would have got it through to pick up a juicy pot had the big blind not found a hand. Mark Cuggy moved in for 120,000.

Dunnett: A♥9♣
Cuggy: A♠A♣

Brutal showdown for Dunnett who must have been hoping for three outs. That leaves 64 players and the bubble. Join us in 20 minutes after the break in a new post. Hold on, there may be 65 left. We'll get that clarified for the start of the next level. -- RD

4.25pm: Old hands, clear heads
Both Fintan Gavin and Keith Hawkins are sitting comfortable with 160,000 and 120,000 respectively. Neither is likely to make a mistake before the break. They've both been in this situation plenty of times before. Very unlikely bubble boys.-- RD

4.20pm: Jobling chip leader (we think)
It's tough to tell, as he's on the TV table, but we think Alex Jobling has a stack of around 300,000. Good for the chip lead if indeed accurate (we're going off TV pictures). He's got at least two stacks of 20x blue 5,000 chips and a few more blues stacked on top of his gold 1,000 denomination chips.

Full counts will be done on the next break, which is very soon. -- NW

4.14pm: A few chip counts
Here's a few chip counts: Sam Razavi (51,000), David Vamplew (140,000), Mark Warnock (215,000), George Clyde-Smith (220,000), Paul McTaggart (40,000) and Rhys Jones (140,000)

And Matt Heap has doubled through to 30,000 his K♥6♥ making a flush to get there against A♦J♥.

68 left according to the tournament clock. -- NW

4.11pm: Moneymaker's only gone and Dunnett
Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker has been knocked out by Stephen Dunnett. Both players were short with little over 20,000 and Dunnett was left to shove K♣8♣ from the button. Moneymaker called off with [a][2] and Dunnett was left victorious. No Scottish flag for Moneymaker on his world tour today. -- RD

4pm: Bedi buckaroos back up
With six UKIPT main event cashes to his name Rupinder Bedi knows what it's like to cash in one of these more than anyone else. It looked like he was going to fall just short of being in seventh heaven just now.

From the small blind Mark Warnock made it 6,000 to play and Bedi moved all-in from the big blind for 57,500 with A♣9♠ and Warnock insta-called with pocket kings.

The flop of 6♣7♠2♦ was pretty dry, "eight of clubs would be interesting," said Warnock and bam, the 8♣ hit the turn, the river was the 5♥ giving Bedi the straight and a timely double up to 120,000. -- NW

3.55pm: All-ins
Tournament director Toby Stone has announced that dealers must now pause the action each time there is an all-in and a call at their table, just to avoid any potential bubbles issues. -- RD

3.50pm: Sinclair and Walker fall
UKIPT champions Richard Sinclair and Gareth Walker have both been knocked out. Sinclair got it in with A♥A♦ on a 9♥7♣6♣ flop against Bernardo Da Silveira Dias' 9♦8♦.

The turn was the 8♣ giving Dias two-pair and leaving Sinclair with a redraw for the chop as well as larger two-pair. The 8♥ rivered a boat for Dias who is now up to 300,000. -- RD

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Richard Sinclair

3.45pm: A curious hand
From under-the-gun David Stockings made it 6,000 to play, Ciaran Canning then moved all-in for 23,900 and Joe Roberts flat called the all-in bet.

It folded to Andrew Mackenzie in the big blind but before he could act Stockings folded and Canning flipped his hand, pocket nines. So action was still on Mackenzie who had a live hand and a stack of 220,000. "That's got to help you," said Roberts as Mackenzie tanked. "You can't have nines beat then," he added.

After another couple of minutes went by and then Mackenzie folded what he claimed was ace-king and Roberts showed A♠Q♥.

The board ran K♥8♦2♥[10d]2♠ and the ferocity with which Mackenzie banged the table upon seeing the king suggests that he really did fold ace-king. After the dust had settled Canning more than doubled to around 57,000. -- NW

3.42pm: Nuts!
Antonis Poulengeris checked the 2♦K♣T♥Q♠ board over to David Vamplew who took the open offer of aggression by betting 19,500 into the 25,000 pot. Poulengeris counted out the chips to call and pushed them out with an additional stack of 20,000.

Vamplew sat and stared at the board and announced he was all-in. Poulengeris instantly made the call. Both players showed ace-jack for the Broadway straight. It would have been a monster pot if it hadn't been chopped, around 260,000. Both players dragged their chips back. Vamplew still on 180,000. -- RD

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 1,200-2,400, ANTE 300

3.30pm: McTaggart taking a second shot
Paul McTaggart had a deep run here in Einburgh last year and just missed out on the final table with a 16th place finish for £1,900. He's down short but unlikely to go out with a whimper. He just three-bet shoved on Antonis Poulengeris for 24,000 to chip up to 30,000. See short but in with a shout. -- RD

3.20pm: Tough table
When you get deep in a tournament most tables have numerous tough spots, but Table Seven in particular looks pretty tough, it stacks up like this:

Seat One: Richard Sinclair 90,000 - Sinclair won UKIPT Newcastle this season
Seat Two: Keith Hawkins 140,000 - vastly experienced with over $1,000,000 in lifetime earnings
Seat Three: Richard Kaura 130,000
Seat Four: Sam Macdonald 240,000 - second in chips
Seat Five: Bernardo Da Silveira Dias - 170,000, the Brazillian who lives in London has been well stacked throughout
Seat Six: Richie Lawlor 24,000 - three UKIPT cashes this season
Seat seven: Alexander Wanner 78,000

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Richie Lawlor

3.12pm: Bubble on the horizon
The bubble is drawing near with 63 place paying, so around ten more players to go before we hit the money. Barry Chalmers, William Langa, Kevin Ayow and Douglas Macqueen have all busted recently and wont be taking part in the bubble fun.You can find the payouts page by clicking here. -- RD

3.05pm: Chips!
During the last break tournament staff did chip counts of all the remaining players, you can find them by clicking here. -- NW

2.50pm: Top ten stacks
Here's the top ten stacks as level 13 started, David Vamplew did get up to 300,000 but has since ran top pair, top kicker into a straight and is down to 180,000.

Alex Jobling 246,000
Sam Macdonald 240,000
George Clyde-Smith 200,000
Robert Swindells 195,000
David Vamplew 180,000
Julian Thew 179,500
John Wallace 173,000
Alan Barnes 171,000
Grant Kinnear 170,000
Andrew Mackenzie 160,000

A total of 92 players remain. -- NW

2.50pm: Vamplew challenging for chip lead
David Vamplew is up to 300,000 and has nudged ahead of Sam Macdonald into the chip lead. The Scotsman had three-bet Annette O`Carroll's button raise out of the small blind from 4,000 to 11,000. O`Carroll moved all-in for close to 70,000 and Vamplew insta-called. He does have the look of a man always at it, or players certainly seem to think so. Full chip counts to flow in shortly. -- RD

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EPT winner David Vamplew

2.45pm: Exits
Recently departed are: Russell Omond, Paul Nash and Asam Shan. -- NW

2.40pm: Moneymaker update
Now that Chris Moneymaker's table has been moved to one of the outer tables we can get eyes on the Team PokerStars Pro for the first time today. It appears he lost some ground during the first two levels as he's down to around 67,000.

I don't think he's reigned in his aggression though as he has a lot of 100 denomination chips which suggests he's been winning the antes a lot. -- NW

2.30pm: Play restarts
Third level of the day and we're up to blinds of 1,000-2,000. The next couple of levels should see a lot of players as push comes to shove. Sam Macdonald still the chip leader, Chris Moneymaker's table now an outer table, Julian Thew on 170,000 is headling the new TV table. News just in: defending champ Nick Baou Risk has just busted after running [a][q] suited into aces. -- RD

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Don't blow your own trumpet

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Edinburgh (in disorder): Rick Dacey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May.

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT