UKIPT Nottingham: Day 1B, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 150-300, ante 25)
7.40pm: All together now
The 363 remaining players are about to combine again for level seven. -- NW
7.25pm: Champion stuff
Two time UKIPT champion Nick Abou Risk has looked comfortable all day and I just saw him four-bet to good effect. He opened to 700 from middle position and was three-bet to 1800 total by Richard King from the cut off. Russell Omond considered moving all-in from the button but it eventually folded back to Risk. As per usual he took his time and looked a picture of concentration before sliding out a four-bet of 4,125 total. Omond studied Abou Risk hard for a few moments before sliding his hand into the muck. Risk is up to around 42,000. -- NW
7.18pm: Big bluff shown
In a four-way pot James Kerrance bet 3,000 into the river of a K♠6♠8♣T♦9♦ board. Phillip Marcu had checked before him and Aodi Zhang seemed to have a tough decision on whether to fold or not. Having Jake Cody behind him may have influenced his decision to pass. Cody and Marcu followed his lead before Kerrane showed 2♠4♦ for a stone cold bluff.
Zhang sprang out of his chair and took a short walk away from the table to collect himself. -- RD
7.05pm: Big stacks
I've scoured the stacks of the half of the room who are currently on dinner break and here are, as far as I can tell, the chip leaders:
Paul Carr - 98,600
Rowan Schaap - 82,500
Adam Gabor - 76,000
Mohammed Suhail - 71,000
Of course they've played one more level than the players who've just returned from dinner break. -- NW
6.55pm: Confirmed record figures
We have finally signed off on the official playing figures today and they weigh in at a monster 1,058. We had 478 runners today and, including alternates, 580 players entered today contributing to a huge £529,000 prize pool.
Full payout structure to follow shortly but if first prize isn't over £100,000 I'll eat my hat, regurgitate it and try to eat it all over again. -- RD
6.45pm: Irish one-two for Ainsworth and Flood
But not in the way they'd like as both the Team PokerStars Pro and The Gentleman are out. --NW
6.40pm: Swap shop
The two halves of the field have swapped over for dinner with high drama in the offing thanks to the buffet marquee collapsing. That's what the weight of a record-breaking UK field will do a temporary structure. -- RD
6.30pm: Keys flushed straight out
I spied James Keys standing up and walking away from the table, my spidey-senses told me this meant he was out. So I asked him for the details. He got it all in with Q♦[10d] on a 6♦9♦ flop but was up against the K♦8♦ of Mark Baxter, the turn was a 10 to give Baxter the straight. -- NW
6.25pm: Coren battling Ashraf, coming out on top
Waheed Ashraf and Vicky Coren seem to have it in for each other. Ashraf had called a 2,500 value bet from Coren's Q♥T♥ on a 5♠A♥Q♠T♦Q♣ board and immediately raised the next hand from middle position. Coren made the call from the button and said: "Round two," as she tossed in the 700.
I was half-expecting some tilt betting from Ashraf but none came as the action checked all the way to showdown on the 4♦A♣K♥T♦Q♦ board. Ashraf showed K♣9♥ and Coren mucked. -- RD
6.18pm: Couldridge cooked
According to our
sauces sources Andrew Couldridge the defending UKIPT Nottingham champion is out. Still he's a Spurs fan so he can catch the second half of their game against Sunderland on the tellybox if he's quick. -- NW
With half the field on break it's a bit easier to get accurate chip counts. We've updated the page to include the big stacks from the tables that are currently on break and updated the notables who've been on their from the start. Click here to see who's riding high. One player who'll be enjoying his dinner break is Mickey Wernick who has 38,000. -- NW
5.55pm: Suhail felts Lietuvninkas
Mohammed Suhail was very keen to tell us about a big pot he played in which he eliminated Marius Lietuvninkas. With great gusto he told us: "He's made it 800 to go, I raised to 2,000 with pocket jacks, hes re-raised to 7,000 and I just called. The flop was [A][J], he checks, I bet 8,000 and he called me. The turn was a blank and I moved all-in. He called with pocket kings." After that hand Suhail has around 50,000. -- NW
5.45pm: Split dinners
While half of the field are play in into level six the other half are lining up for the buffet. It's all rock and roll here at the UKIPT... -- RD
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 150-300, ANTE 25
5.42pm: Devilfish on dregs
Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliott is on his last 5,000 after limp calling from the cut-off. Peter Yule had made the raise on the button from 300 to 1,000. Ulliott made the call with a "Let's go."
The 'fish then checked the 5♠Q♦7♦ flop over to Yule who checked behind. "You're supposed to bet when I check to you," said Ulliott. Yule didn't take the bait and checked behind on the A♥ turn as well.
The A♣ fell on the river to complete a polarised board and Ulliott tossed a min-bet of 300 into the middle. Yule instantly raised to 1,200 and Ulliott folded 7♥5♥ which had flopped two-pair.
"Sick or what," said Ulliott. -- RD
5.25pm: Great set for Grayson
I'd wandered over to Jake Cody's table as there was a film crew crowding the table which seemed to suggest that there was something going on, but no, the Channel 4 crew just seemed to be getting some standard footage of Cody. Either way I stuck around to watch a pot or two and I'm glad I did.
Richard Grayson limped under the gun and it folded to Phillip Marcu in the small blind who completed and Cody checked his option from the big blind. The flop was A♥7♦5♠ and it checked to Grayson who bet 400, Marcu called and Cody folded. The turn was the 2♣ Marcu check-raised Grayson's bet of 1,100 to 2,700 and Grayson called. The 3♠ completed the board and Marcu bet 3,350 into Grayson who again just called. Marcu showed 7♦5♠ and Grayson showed A♣A♠ to win the pot. Cody meanwhile has 13,800.-- NW
There was request for info on Alex Martin. He is out. Not a lot of help for you there. -- RD
5.06pm: No surprise to find Risk chipped up
Nick Risk is running good. Not only is he up to 38,000 after a slow start but he's currently eating the best brownie he's ever had. The treat was supplied by a former colleague of ours, Raz (goes by just one name like Madonna), who converged upon Risk at the same time as I.
"Best brownie ever. I'm not even lying," said Risk with crumbles of chocolate around his mouth. Will the sugar rush help the double UKIPT winner to a third final table? -- RD
4.50pm: Kimber gets paid
By the time I reached the table the board read 6♠Q♣5♦5♣ there was about 6,800 in the pot and an in position Jeff Kimber had bet 3,000. To his direct right James Glossop was debating his move and eventually smooth called. The river was the J♣, Glossop checked to Kimber who fired out a bet of 5,000. Glossop mulled it over for half a minute and then made the call, Kimber showed A♥A♣ to scoop the pot. After that hand Kimber has around 28,000. -- NW
4.45pm: Piper paying others
Michael Piper's stack has dropped to 9,500. He told us: "I'm not playing great, but I'm not playing bad either. I'm picking good spots, but I think for the most part I'm running into genuine hands." -- NW
4.40pm: Back to the action
The players have returned to their seats to start level 5, the final hour before antes kick in and start ramping up the aggression. -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Nottingham (in order of friendliness when greeting an overly enthusiastic former colleague): Nick Wright (a good hug) and Rick Dacey (disinterest and a snarl)