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


9.55pm: Break
That's the end of another level. Fifteen minutes for phone calls, toilet breaks and bar stops. Join us in a new post shortly. -- RD

9.50pm: Typical Swede
Kim Holmberg, who was mentioned just below, has been chipping up aggressively to over 120,000. It's tricky to count his stack at the moment as he's regularly stacking and chopping stacks to open pots. I don't think he's got them racked in 20's either. It could be a fair chunk more than that. We'll hunt his stack down at the break.

He won a large pot from Phillip Marcu when he rivered Broadway with A♥K♦ against Marcu's set of sevens on a A♠Q♦7♥J♠T♥ board. Marcu was left with 20,000 and looking dejected. -- RD

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Kim Holmberg, yet another aggro Swede

9.45pm: Slow and painful death
They're the words of words of Jake Cody. He's down to 4,000 and has an aggressive young Swede, Kim Holmberg, on his right opening most pots making it difficult for him to get his chips in. Not going well today? "It's been a slow and painful death," he said with a grin. At least he can laugh about it. -- RD

9.35pm: Coren's exit - the details
God bless twitter. "Wow, huge hand. Aces for my opponent, pair + straight flush draw for me. And I am.... free to play the next event tomorrow! Fair enough." Coren is talking about the £1,500 + £120 High Roller event that starts at 5pm on Sunday. -- NW

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Coren will be back at the felt tomorrow for the HIgh Roller event

9.30pm: Chip counts
I've been busy updating the chip counts page again and Dominic McCloskey appears to be the chip leader with 110,000. -- NW

9.25pm: Coren and Kalmar
Jon Kalmar and Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren are two of our most recent fallers. Coren's demise, and that of Julian Thew, Will Fry, David Vamplew, Kevin MacPhee and Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree yesterday, leaves just Jake Cody as the sole EPT winner left in this field. And he's super short. -- RD

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Jake Cody is nearly running on empty

9.15pm: Dempsey shrugs
James Dempsey is a player used to big buy-in tournaments and while he's still playing to win he doesn't seem to mind gambling it up here. He's on just about 44,000 at the moment.

Dempsey opened to 1,400 and was shoved on by Anonitio Milioti on the button for his last few thousand. Andrew Peters called in the big blind as did Dempsey.

Both players checked the Q♦T♥5♦ flop before Peters check-called 3,000. Dempsey bet a small 2,000 on the river and gave a 'why not?' shrug when Peters looked at him. A call was made and Dempsey showed K♦2♦ to win the side pot against Peters' T♠A♦. Both lost out to Milioti's J♦K♣. -- RD

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9pm: Cody clinging on
Two EPT champions remain in the field, Vicky Coren has an average stack, Jake Cody though is in trouble and is down to just 10 big blinds (6,000). -- NW

8.55pm: Wernick slow plays himself into trouble
At the end of last level Micky Wernick cost himself a small pot when he limp called a raise from Stephen Dunnett. Wernick held pocket jacks and Dunnett A♥4♥. Wernick check-called 2,200 on a 8♦9♣6♠ flop before both players checked down the A♣ turn and K♦ river. -- RD


8.45pm: Break!
It's another break for the players. Signs of fatigue after starting to show among the players, which should come as little surprise given the length of the day. Mistakes are going to be made. Great news for some.

We, however, are being kept wide awake by the banging Drum'n'Bass coming out of the kitchen. It's like being back at The Bomb (a dance club in Nottingham that I last went to ten years ago and have no idea if it's still open). -- RD

8.35pm: A fish-less tournament
The UKIPT Nottingham is now a few sovereigns lighter as Dave 'Devlfish' Ulliott is out. -- NW

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At least Dave Ulliott gets to take his bling with him

8.25pm: Schaap takes a hit
Alan Rapoport in his own words: "Just hit the jackpot," to stay in this tournament and take a chunk of Rowan Schaap's chips. I joined the action to see a bet of 4,025 in front of Rapoport (button) and 9,900 in front of Schaap (under the gun). After a long tank Rapoport moved all-in for 23,000 total and Schaap snap-called:

Rapoport: K♣J♥
Schaap: K♦K♠

The dealer then produced more hearts than are on your average Valentines day card, the full board of 9♥5♥2♥3♥7♥ smacked a little bit of overkill. Schaap is down to just under 100,000 now but is still the probable chip leader. -- NW

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Rowan Schaap - current chip leader

8.24pm: Kimber caught at it
Jeff Kimber has just been caught bluffing by Paul Schwarz after making a small raise on the river of a J♥8♣Q♦6♦A♥ board. Schwarz had led into it for 2,725 and was raised by Kimber to 6,500. Schwarz called and Kimber mucked. This meant that Schwarz could rake in the pot without showing his hand. It led to a minor outcry from Micky Wernick who thought that the hand had to be shown to take the pot. It doesn't in UKIPT events if the other player mucks first. Carry on. -- RD

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Jeff Kimber feeling blue

8.20pm: Big money
The prize pool can be found by clicking on this big red bit right here, but the key info is that 128 places pay and it's £109,000 for first place. -- RD

1. £109,000
2. £68,700
3. £40,750
4. £31,700
5. £24,350
6. £19,050
7. £13,750
8. £7,950
9. £5,800

8.15pm: Going, going, gone
We're down to 338 players here on Day 1B of the UKIPT Nottingham. Amongst those who'll have to wait until Manchester for a shot a UKIPT title are Fintan Gavin and Ben Dobson. -- NW

8.10pm: Battle of the bigstacks
Our thanks to The PokerStars Blog's photographer Neil Stoddart for the details of a hand between the two big stacks at table 26 - Paul Carr and Rowan Schaap. The long and the short of it is that Schaap showed down J♥J♠ on a A♠9♦8♥Q♥[10c] board to win a 50,000 pot. Carr's sigh of frustration suggested he was ahead until the river. With that pot Schaap jumps to over 100,000 and Carr slips to around 75,000. --NW

8pm: Coren down but not out
From the Team PokerStar pros Twitter: "Bad two levels of poker, down to 25k in chips - but that's above average. I wish I could say the same for the dinner I just had at Nando's." --NW

8pm: Requests answered
The PokerStars blog had received a few requests for chipcounts on certain players, here they're in no particular order: Jack Boobyer (7,400), Ed Catt (52,000), Cina Fara (33,650), Ben Pordes (6,250), Andrew Sweeney (26,000), Steven Fitzpatrick (11,700), Francis Prewett (27,000) and Paul Cunningham (22,500). -- NW

7.50pm: Shout outs
We've had a couple of requests for specific player updates. We'll try to pick them up as we go. -- RD

7.40pm: Back in play
Both halves of the field are now in their seats ready (whether they like it or not) to play on for another five levels. It's an endurance sport if nothing else. Players that made it through Day 1A will appreciate that day's rest come tomorrow evening. -- RD

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Get stacked up or packed up

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Nottingham (in order of role they would assume in Robin Hood's merry men): Nick Wright (a slimmed down Friar Tuck) and Rick Dacey (a foul-mouthed Will Scarlet).

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