UKIPT Manchester: Day 1C, level 4, 5 & 6 updates (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

ukiptthumb.JPG11.45pm: Break time
We'll see you in 20 minutes Day 1C players. John Eames is on 50,000. -- MC

11.35pm: Coren canned
Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coreen is out. We're not sure how it happened but she was down to less than 5,000 the last time we looked. -- MC

11.20pm: Beyazit unhappy to double Nolan
Zorlu Beyazit slammed his remaining chips on the table after he doubled-up Thomas Nolan and his short stack. The action folded to the Irishman on the button and moved all-in for 6,375. Beyazit was in the big blind and tank-called with A♦K♥! Nolan was dominated with A♣T♥ but managed to hit his three-outer on the 7♣T♠8♣9♦4♠ board. -- MC

11.05pm: Boeree builds
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree just got back from the United States and she seems to be suffering from jetlag as she's nodding off at the table. She did manage to wake up enough to play a pot trickily against her neighbour to move up to 25,000 chips.

She raised to 750 and he called to go to the A♣2♦7♣. Both checked to the T♦ turn where Boeree check-called a 2,000 bet. The river came 4♥ and Boeree check-called a 2,400 bet. Her opponent mucked and Boeree flashed us a red ace-queen. -- MC


Stay awake Liv!

10.57pm: Boeree bounces back
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree had been as low as 7,000 but she's back in it now she's up to 25,000. Full details coming up. -- NW

10.55pm: No back-to-back wins for Walker
I noticed UKIPT Nottingham winner Gareth Walker was just milling about with a couple of mates, which suggested he was out of the tournament. He confirmed this, saying: "I lost a 30,000 pot flush over flush and was down to around 6,000. I got the last of my chips in with pocket eights and got called by A♥4♥. He flopped a straight and flush draw and duly turned his straight." Better luck next time Gareth. -- NW

10.53pm: Coren courts disaster
It's been an uphill battle all day for Vicky Coren and it doesn't look like it's getting much easier. Moments ago, she called a shove from the depleted McCloskey with A♣T♠ which should have been pretty good against the shoving range of his midget stack.

No such luck: McCloskey held aces and doubled through to 3k or so, whilst Ms Coren was back fighting in the trenches with around 8k.

10.50pm: McCloskey takes a dive
A board of J♦9♥4♥ was good enough to persuade Dominic McCloskey to move all his chips into the middle over the top of a 5k bet from his opponent.
No surprise as he held K♥J♥ for top pair and a flush draw and his opponent now began to tank despite only having 10k back.
"Can I call the clock?" he asked, after tanking for a minute or two, much to the frustration of several tablemates, including Vicky Coren.
"You want to call the clock on yourself?" the bemused dealer asked. Indeed he did and it was called. Around 30 seconds later, he made the call with the surprisingly strong A♣A♦.

A T♦ and 9♦ on turn and river meant McCloskey had missed his plethora of outs and was down to around 1,200. His opponent meanwhile, boosted up to 35k, was gently chastised by Vicky Coren for his tankage.

"Let me give you some honest, sincere advice. Before you bet a third of your stack, think what you are going to do if you raised."

"I'll put that in the notebook!" he fired back. -- RS

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 150-300, ante 25

10.45pm:When Latimers go wild
Known as a bit of a wildman on the poker circuit, Adam Latimer is living up to his reckless reputation as he told us tales of his debauched behaviour.

"I'm on about my fifth cup of tea. I need a constant stream of it when I play."

Despite his heady excesses, Latimer is smart enough to know when to put the breaks on his insane antics.

"No sugar though!"

On the poker front Latimer is making steady and assured progress, his stack up to 23k. --RS

10.20pm: Standard race
Even though it's a fairly boring hand to report according to Neil Channing it's my duty, even my calling, to bring you the information. James Leighton raised from late position and called when Alex Kong moved all-in from the big blind.

Leighton: A♠K♠
Kong: 7♦7♣

The board ran 2♠T♥J♣7♥8♥ to make Kong a set. The two players have virtually swapped positions as Kong is up to 18,000 and Leighton is down to 9,000. -- MC

10.10pm: Bradpiece bobbing along
The Day 1C players have been bounced around the room a bit today, being moved from the casino floor into the poker room and suchlike. We'd lost sight of Jerome Bradpiece for a while - surprising given that he is wearing a bright blue baseball cap - and feared he was out. But no, he's still in the mix with around 20,400 and has Ash Hussain to his immediate right. -- NW

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How did we miss Jerome in that hat?

9.55pm: Boeree plays the board
I reached the table to see a board of 6♦9♠5♦8♠7♣ on the felt, around 6,000 in the pot and a bet of 4,000 in front of Liv Boeree. Her sole opponent in the hand - Alan Mason - had moved all-in for around 11,000 and Boeree was considering her move. When she realised his all-in bet was only 11,000 total she said: "I call," and showed A♥9♥, Mason said: "It's good," and turned over pocket kings, meaning both players played the board. -- NW

9.40pm: Play resumes
The players are back in their seats for level 5. -- MC

9.35pm: End of level four chip counts
Whilst the Day 1C players were on break I bounced round the room collecting chip counts of notables and big stacks, some fall into both categories. - NW

Neil Channing 26,300
Michelle Bennett 55,000
Robbie Renehan 43,000
Michael Oakes 47,600

9.25pm: Break timePlayers are now on a 20 minute break.

9.15pm: Shoahebe will settle for that
Mohammed Shoahebe is up to 60,000 after eliminating an opponent. He raised from under-the-gun and was called in two spots. The flop came [9][5][4] and the three players involved went action crazy. One player folded but Shoahebe and the player he eliminated went nowhere. Shoahebe tabled pocket fours for a set and eliminated his opponent holding pocket queens. -- MC

9pm: Some notable stacks
John Eames -- 34,000
Adam Latimer -- 18,300
James Keys -- 5,000


Tony G Jnr or John Eames, as he's better known

8.45pm: Coren books a double-through
Vicky Coren has taken a leaf out of Barry Greenstein's book, bringing a copy of her auto-biographical novel "For Richer, For Poorer" with her to hand out to the plucky player who dismisses her from the tables.

She won't be handing it out just yet however as she just doubled-up courtesy of a turned gutshot straight - her 3♠4♣ getting there on the A♦5♣9♥2♠2♦ board.
Her shove on the river was paid off by an opponent holding big slick. "Some people are just lucky. I got professionalized!" he told his supporters on the rail, bemoaning his luck somewhat.

"I'll just tell everyone I got it in preflop and you made a terrible call," he said, leaving Coren laughing as she swept up her newly-recovered stack of 13,500. -- RS

8.40pm: Boeree gets a Liv't
Things might not have been going well for Liv Boeree earlier but she has made something of a comeback - back up to 22k as the girls in flight 1C start to pull their socks up and march up the leaderboard. -- RS

8.35pm: Poor Vicky
We know poker is a tough game but we didn't expect this. Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren is a prolific tweeter (thanks Vicky it makes our job easier) and in a recent tweet she said: "Wow, just started crying at the poker table, haven't done that for ages. Definitely need more sleep."

But she's ok as two minutes later she followed that with: "Don't worry though, I'm perfectly fine. Possibly need some slightly cheerier music on my ipod. *deletesLeonardCohen*." We happily though have some more cheery Coren news coming right up. -- NW

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Coren wasn't smiling just minutes ago

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Manchester in order of the number of sugars they take in coffee: Rod Stirzaker (two), Marc Convey (one), Nick Wright (zero)

Nick Wright
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