UKIPT Edinburgh: Day 2, level 17 & 18 updates (blinds 3,000-6,000, ante 500)

ukiptthumb.JPG9.54pm: Break time
That's eight levels in the book so far today. Players are now on a 15 minute break. -- NW

9.51pm: (One more) Time for a new Darius in town?
Perhaps Darius Venckus may become the most famous Darius in Scotland if he takes down this event. He's up to 370,000 after doubling up with A♦K♦ against Mark Ritchie's pocket jacks, spiking both an ace and a king on the A♠5♣7♥K♠Q♦ board. -- NW

9.47pm: Hawskby huge
The stack in front of Andrew Hawksby now totals around 780,000 after he eliminated Lee Taylor in a pot worth some 660,000.

It all went in pre-flop with Hawksby holding A♦K♠ and Taylor 7♥7♠, the board ran 4♠K♦[10s]A♠J♠ and Taylor took his exit with a smile, 27 remain. -- NW

9.42pm: Bedi out, Warnock massive
Rupinder Bedi has stretched out his record number of UKIPT cashes to seven but it's yet another bridesmaid moment we're afraid. Bedi had three-bet Mark Warnock's 12,000 open to 28,500 and had, I believe, called all-in to a shove from Warnock.

Bedi: A♣K♠
Warnock: A♠A♦

Bedi appeared to have around 190,000 at the start of the hand and no major suck out meant that stack was pushed to Warnock. The Liverpudlian is now up to 630,000. -- RD

9.30pm: TV table chip counts
These are very rough as I've done them by looking at the TV feed but the approximate stacks are in no particular order: Thomas Ward (400,000), Rob Swindells (370,000), Jamie Dale (290,000) Mark Cuggy (260,000), Andrew Mackenzie (380,000) and George Devine (180,000). James Walsh is also on that table but his hands were covering his stack so I couldn't get a good look at it. -- NW

9.21pm: Vamplew vanquished
EPT London winner David Vamplew is out, he tweeted about his exit saying: "Open btn w 77, sb jams 22bbs w 22, bb tanks forever calls w AQ, I jam 35bbs or so they call and AQ scoops. @davidv1213

We're also hearing that Sam Razavi is another recent casualty (he was on the TV table) and that means that with those two exits they'll be a new UKIPT champion crowned here in Edinburgh. -- NW

9.17pm: Recent exits
Below is a list of the last few players to be knocked out:

37th Anthony Mullen, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,000
38th Dean Kay , United Kingdom, £1,000
39th Scott McCole, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,000
40th Kenneth Mcmaihin, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,000
41st David Ferris, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,000
42nd Joe Roberts, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, £1,000

9.11pm: Ian Bruce
Ian Bruce is our most recent faller and pockets £1,120 but that will be little immediate consolation given that he was set for a double up until a two-outer caught the river.

Bruce had opened and was three-bet by Ovidijus Slimas. Bruce weighed up his options and said: "Here I go," before shoving his stack across the line. He had around 80,000 at the time.

Bruce: 9♠9♥
Slimas: 8♦8♣

The board ran out Q♦3♦J♠7♠8♠ to give Slimas a set. The Lithuanian thumped the table in jubilation, then quickly apologised: "Sorry mate," he said offering his hand to Bruce. Tough river.

"I wouldn't have minded if it was on the flop, it always feels so much worse on the river," said Bruce, obviously a little gutted. -- RD

9.05pm: No sign of Bedi blowup
UKIPT champion Sam Razavi and UKIPT champion of champions David Vamplew (there is a difference, Vamplew won the end of season 1 televised clash) are both out. That's good news for the rest of the field, both are very tough competitors. -- RD

9pm: No sign of Bedi blowup
As level 18 kicks off here's the top five counts from the outer tables:

Alan Barnes 690,000
Mark Warnock 550,000
Mark Ritchie 510,000
Andrew Hawksby 390,000
Haitao Wu 370,000

Amongst those hoping to crack the top five this level are Keith Hawkins (120,000) and Fintin Gavin (225,000). -- NW

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 3,000-6,000, ante 500

8.50pm: No sign of Bedi blowup
Rupinder Bedi seems to be holding steady on around 235,000. I just saw him win a small pot from Mark Warnock. The latter raised to 11,000 pre-flop and Bedi called. They checked it all the way to the river on a 9♠5♣5♣6♦9♥ board before Warnock bet 15,000 with A♥J♥, Bedi called and showed pocket threes for a baby full house.

Could this be the time Bedi converts a deep run into a final table? At the moment he's playing against this line-up:

Antonis Poulengeris 205,000
Paul McTaggart 105,000
Ian Bruce 88,000
David Vamplew 168,000
Richard Kaura 110,000
Mark Warnock 240,000

It's a dangerous, yet average stacked table -- NW

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Paul MacTaggart

8.41pm: Blogging at a distance
The balcony affords a fantastic view of the tournament floor. Here's what I can see:

- There are five tables left in the UKIPT main event.

- There are two tables in the £1,500 high roller event, which is tucked off to one side of the tournament floor. Beneath one of the large UKIPT banners that span the length of the room sit Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly and Chris Moneymaker, with the Brit holding position. If memory serves then fellow Team Pro Victoria Coren is just a couple of seats along - out of view from here - past the spot left vacant by Max Silver...

- ...who is now playing in the £300 side event which is filling a large chunk of the room. Other players in that side event include Oli Schaffmann, Rick Hermans and Paul Keighley. The latter bears an uncanny resemblance to Dave Colclough, a fact upon which I have largely rested my decision to buy a 10% stake for fun (we obviously don't have any financial involvement with any tournament we're covering for ethical reasons).

-- The TV stage is brightly lit and looks like quite an experience for those that are sitting beneath its rigging for the first time. Betweeen the TV table and the rest of the floor a small rail of supporters stand watching the action, most of whom are nursing a drink of some sort. It is Saturday night after all.

- American cameraman Eric rubs his eyes and rests his camera on an empty table during a lull in the action. He's not new to this, a member of the European Poker Tour television production crew.

That will do for now. Back to the minutiae. -- RD

8.30pm: Big Barnes
The new chip leader (short of there being a monster stack on the TV table) is Alan Barnes who has 590,000.

He vaulted to that position by eliminating Dean Kay, most of the chips going in on the 5♥5♣8♣ flop with Barnes holding A♠5♥ and Kay with pocket jacks. The 4♠2♥ turn and river bricked off and Kay was left shell shocked at losing such a large pot.

38 players are left. -- NW

8.25pm: Ritchie gets richer
Mark Ritchie now has a stack of 400,000 after doubling through Rhys Jones. I didn't see exactly how the betting went but in a pre-flop raising war they got 197,500 in each, Jones with 9♥9♦ and Ritchie with pocket queens.

The flop of 3♦Q♦J♦ gave Ritchie a set, but Jones a draw to a flush. The board filled out with the 4♥ and J♣. After the hand Jones was left with around 185,000. -- NW

8.21pm: Wu back in
Colin Wu took a battering at the beginning of this level but is now back up to 300,000 after knocking out Scott McCole who has shoved 49,500 from under-the-gun. Dean Kay had called in the small blind and Wu had shipped from the big blind for around 150,000 on top.

Kay was in a tough spot, probably now wishing he'd shove pre-flop and not caused himself this problem. He passed.

Wu: T♥T♦
Kay: A♦9♠

Wu's hand held. -- RD

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Scott MCole: busto for £1,000

8.12pm: Top five
The current top five are:

Alex Jobling 439,000
Mark Cuggy 393,000
Rhys Jones 380,000
Jamie Dale 377,000
Thomas Ward 355,000

8.10pm: Keeping up with the Jones's
It seems as if Rhys Jones has been quietly chipping up all tournament and he just won another chunky pot to add to the pile.

I joined the action to see a flop of A♣Q♥2♥, there was a pre-flop pot of 26,500, a bet of 26,000 in front of Kenneth Mcmaihin and an all-in re-raise of an effective 105,000 in front of Jones.

After around two or three minutes in the tank Mcmaihin made the call with A♠[10d], Jones showed down A♥[10s] for what looked like a chop. That was until the turn and river came J♥K♥ to give Jones a flush and send his stack up to around 380,000. -- NW

8pm: Wu takes a hit
I heard 'all-in an call' and scuttled over to see what was what. Dean Kay had shoved for 87,500 with A♠K♥ and Colin Wu had made the call with 8♥8♦. The flop of Q♥[10h]4♥ kept Wu in front, but the J♥ turn put saw Kay make hay and Wu missed his straight flush out on the river. After that knock Wu drops to 300,000. -- NW

7.50pm: Play restarts
Alex Jobling is up to 439,000 and is in the chip lead going into the seventh level of the day. We're set to play 11 levels or down to the final eight, whichever comes first. Everyone guaranteed at least £1,000 now. Check the full chip counts here. -- RD

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Alex Jobling giving it the rock horns

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Edinburgh (and their randomly generated hobbit name): Rick Dacey (Hamson Millstone of Bywater) and Nick Wright (Sancho Toadfoot - although doesn't need one as he looks like Frodo). Photos by Mickey May (Lila Bulge of Hobbiton).

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