UKIPT Newcastle: Day 1A, level 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

ukiptthumb.JPG11.35pm: Play is over for the day
The players have bagged and tagged their chips. Approximately 110 players have made it through to day two. Overnight chip leader appears to be Paul Jackson (138,800) with Ralph Watson (120,000) not far behind. A full wrap of the days play will follow shortly. -- NW

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Late night poker in Newcastle

11.05pm: Four more hands
The clock has been stopped and four more hands are to be played before the tagging and bagging of chips. -- RD

10.55pm: Chip leaders
The current chip leader appears to be Rachael Costa who has 84,000, also going well is Jeffrey Burke who has 70,000. -- NW

10.40pm: Walker hanging on
UKIPT Nottingham Season 2 victor Gareth Walker is clinging onto his tournament life. The Geordie would no doubt have wanted to impress in his hometown tournament but currently he has less than the starting stack as he has about 12,300. Also hoping to beg, steal or borrow his way to day two is Piotr Majewski who's down to around 6,000. -- NW

10.30pm: For whom the bell tolls
I joined the table to see Jonathan Bell setting his opponent all-in on a board of A♦6♣9♥J♣4♥, his opponent called and bell turned over pocket aces for top set, as he was raking the pot Piotr Majewski said: "You can put in the blog that he's running good he's also had a straight flush against a full-house and kings against queens." After stacking his chips Bell was up to around 58,000. -- NW

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Day 1A has been simply delightful for Jonathan Bell


10.15pm: A bunch of bustouts
The players are still falling thick and fast with another 25 having hit the rail in the past hour. They include: Philip Wise, Richard Cashman and Mateusz Warowiec. -- NW

10.05pm: Schaffmann scoops, table thumped
Oliver Schaffmann is up to 55,000 after getting Anthony Crotty all-in on a T♣A♦7♥4♦ board. Crotty had bet 6,900 on the turn at which point Schaffmann shrugged and pushed Crotty in. With half of his stack in it was unlikely that Crotty was going to pass, he didn't.

Crotty: A♣Q♥
Schaffmann: T♥7♠

Schaffmann's two pair had a few outs to fade, any ace, queen or four, none of which materialised on the river. The German thumped the table in celebration and raked in the 30,000-plus pot . A runner-up at UKIPT Nottingham last year, Schaffmann will be a tough object to budge. -- RD

9.45pm: Dane making his mark
The current chip leader appears to be Christian Christiensen, the Dane has around 69,000 and is sat to the direct left of fellow big stack Richard Hawes (56,000). Just one table over Oliver Schaffmann is also going well on 39,000. -- NW

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UKIPT runner-up Oliver Schaffmann

9.33pm: Queen-high call rakes the pot
You've got to love these kind of calls. After betting a A♦3♣4♣ flop William Poulsen had checked the 4♦ turn before calling Alan Corrigan's 3,800 lead into the 4♥ river. Corrigan quickly tossed his hand and Poulsen asked the dealer: "They're mucked, yeah?" Indeed they were.

Poulsen quickly tabled Q♣9♦, which may or may not have been the actual winning hand had Corrigan not mucked. He raked in the pot rightfully looking pleased with himself and, from the awkward spot I was watching from, he appeared to be up to near 30,000. Great call and it's always good for the game. -- RD

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His name was Robert William Poulsen

9.16pm: Some chip counts
As level seven gets underway here's a few chip counts from around the room: Richard Haile (13,300), Jon Lundy (20,000), Thomas Dunwoodie (19,800), Ben Crellin (10,725), Brett Angell (13,500), Gareth Walker (12,800) and Jeffrey Burke (23,800). -- NW

9.10pm: Level seven is on
The players are back and the final two levels of the day have begun. That's 120 minutes to get some big chips. Get to work. -- RD

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The last two levels of the day have begun

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Newcastle (in order of which TV cop they would be): Rick Dacey (a hybrid of John Thaw's Jack Reagan and Inspector Morse) and Nick Wright (the English Wallander). Photos by Mickey May.

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