UKIPT Nottingham: Day 2, level 18 & 19 updates (blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000)
It's a 20 minute break for the players as the red 500 chips are coloured up. Join us in a new post shortly. Full chip counts are taking place now. -- RD
9.45pm: Majewski runs through Fields
Piotr Majewski has just doubled through Luke Fields after three-bet shoving from the blinds for 195,000 over a 20,000 raise from Fields. Fields didn't take much time in announcing a call with 6♦6♥. Majewski's A♠J♣ got there on the T♦A♥T♠ flop and Fields couldn't hit either of his two outs on the turn or river.
Fields' aggression had been dominating proceedings earlier. How will he cope with as one of the shorter stacks? -- RD
8.35pm: Curse of the chip leader
Overnight chip leader Sam Macdonald is now very much back in the pack sitting on a stack of 190,000. Here's how the rest of his table shapes up:
Richard Horton - 355,000
Andrew Peters - 370,000
Andrew Booth - 192,000
Matthew Vollar - 220,000
Sam Macdonald - 190,000
Steven Fitzpatrick - 550,000
Gemal Husnu - 255,000
Keep an eye on our chip count page as we're regularly updating the stacks of those left in. -- NW
9.32pm: Bigger bust outs
The last few players to be knocked out have enjoyed a slightly larger chunk of change to take away with them. The current payout, which lasts until 32nd, is £2,120.
38. John Hull, UK, £2,120
39. Gary Bush, UK, £2,120
40. Martin McGeough, UK, PokerStars qualifier, £2,120
Break fast approaching. -- RD
9.25pm: Six-way flop
Six-way flop? When does that ever happen? Timothy Boyle opened the pot to 22,500 and picked up calls from Nick Slade, Pakken Yung, Thomas Rolfe (button), Gareth Walker (small blind) and Dominic Kay (big blind).
The 6♥7♥6♠ flop was interesting enough to Kay to lead 80,000 into it, which picked up quick folds from all but Walker in the small blind. He too eventually passed.
"Would you have snapped if I shoved?" Walker asked afterwards.
"Yes, I had a six," replied Kay. Well, he's hardly going to admit to an air bluff in a six-way pot, is he? -- RD
9.15pm: Razavi out of rice
"My bowl of rice has turned into a bowl of special friend rice," said Samad Razavi who had managed to boost his stack to the giddy heights of 11 big blinds from a low point of three big blinds.
I stuck around to watch to see if he could turn it into a full meal but the next hand he was out shoving over the top of a Khoa Nguyen raise with A♣7♣ and getting looked up Nguyen's Q♦[10d] which spiked a queen. -- NW
9.05pm: A million chip pot
As earlier prophesised the big stacks on 'Table Colclough' have clashed, although El Blondie was not involved, but he did help Chris Dowling recount the hand to us.
This is what happened, Luke Fields raised to 20,000 on the button and then Chris Dowling made it 50,000 from the small blind, Fields four-bet to 135,000, Dowling flat called.
The flop was A♣J♥2♣ and both players checked. The turn was the 9♣ and Dowling check-called a bet of 165,000. The river was the 2♦ and Dowling checked again. Fields fired a bet of 199,000 and Dowling made the call with [Q][J], Fields mucked what he said was ten high. Colclough said genuinely: "It was top class poker."
Dowling now has around 1,250,000, Fields is down to 400,000. -- NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 5,000-10,000, ANTE 1,000
8.55pm: Very nice call, sir
Marios Arkadiou has been left short stacked after shoving into David Louden with over cards and the nut flush draw. Louden had opened from the button to 16,000 and Arkadiou had three-bet to around 44,000. Louden made the call pre-flop and a Arkadiou's shove 190,000 shove on the 9♠8♠4♠ flop.
Louden: A♥9♦ for top pair, top kicker
Arkadiou: A♠Q♦ for one clean over and the nut flush draw
"Come on," said Arkadiou before the dealer turned the 5♦.
"COME ON!" he shouted louder as the dealer readied himself to burn and turn the river. The card? The blank 6♥ to gift the 450,000 pot to Louden.
"Very nice call, sir," said Arkadiou, who had been left very short, before he started muttering profanities not so quietly. -- RD
8.51pm: Nguyen rakes in a big one
Khoa Nguyen opened the pot to 21,000 from the cut-off and was called by Gavin Kan on the button and Marios Arkadiou in the big blind. The 3♦5♥J♣ flop was checked around before Nguyen fired a delayed c-bet of 35,000. Kan slowly made the call.
The 9♠ river completed a straight but it didn't stop Nguyen betting 80,000. Kan made the call and mucked when shown J♠3♣ for two pair. Nguyen raked in the 300,000 pot to chip up to 750,000. -- RD
8.45pm: Davey deals Crabb a knockout blow
Sean Davey has just eliminated Jonathan Crabb in an all-in pre-flop encounter. Davey held A♣J♣, Crabb, pocket fours. The 3♠3♦7♠A♦A♠ board swinging the flip in Davey's favour. -- NW
8.40pm: Boyle buoyant
Timothy Boyle just double up winning a 500,000 pot against Luke Hallinan. The latter raised to 20,500 under-the-gun and was flat called by Thomas Rolfe from the cut-off, before Boyle three-bet to 59,000. Hallinan then raised enough to set Boyle all-in. Rolfe got out the way, but Boyle swiftly called with A♠K♠ which was in great shape against Hallinan's K♣J♣. The 3♦8♣2♥A♥3♣ secured him the double up. Hallinan still has around 230,000 left. -- NW
8.35pm: Kay back in business
"I won a flip," said Dominic Kay as I walked past his table. "Tens against ace-queen, I needed it as I was on life support. Kay's now on around 200,000. -- NW
8.25pm: Fields and Dowling play it cagey
Luke Fields and Chris Dowiling are potentially the two biggest stacks in the tournament right now. They're both on the same table as Dave Colclough who is also a huge stack. If any of them clash in a pot it could create a chip behemoth, but for now they don't seem to be tangling....that much. I joined the action to see 220,000 in the pot and the board reading 9♦6♠2♥A♣ it was Fields and Dowling contesting this one. Both players checked and they repeated the action on the 4♥ river. Fields turned over 9♣7♠ and Dowling showed A♠8♦. After that hand Fields is on about 920,000 and Dowling has around 875,000. -- NW
8.18pm: Thompson out in spectacular fashion
Patrick Thompson has just gone out in one of those ridiculous suck and re-suck hands to Andrew Peters.
Peters opened to 20,000 and was shoved on by Thompson for what looked like 140,000 (difficult to tell the difference between the blue 5,000 and turquoise 25,000 chips at times). Peters instantly made the call.
The wet T♠Q♣J♠ flop killed Thompson's set outs by gave him more straight options instead, which he hit on the turn with the 8♦. Peters didn't move. The A♣ fell on the river to give Peters Broadway and he collapsed with relief, his forehead hitting the baize. Thomspon quickly stood up and moved to the rail. -- RD
8.12pm: Angell of a flop for Brett
Steven Fitzpatrick raised to 16,500 from under-the-gun+1 and next to act Matthew Heeps raised to 38,500 total. Brett Angell in middle position then tanked for a few minutes before moving all-in for around 206,500. Fitzpatrick got out the way, but Heeps made a quick call.
The flop of 4♦A♦4♣ left Heeps all but drawing dead and the 8♣8♠ turn and river were not the miracle runner-runner that he was looking for. After that hand Heeps was all but felted. -- NW
8.05pm: Post-dinner crashes
We've lost a few players in the first 15 minutes back from dinner.
53. Carlo Citrone, UK, £1,800
54. Aodi Zhang, China, £1,800
55. Stuart Kinghorn, UK, £1,800
56. George Geary, UK, £1,800
Keep up to date with the knockouts on the 'prizes and payouts' page, which you can find on the widget off to the right. -- RD
7.58pm: New feature table
The new group of players to take to the feature table includes Mike Hill, Zdenek Kures, James McShane, Justin Devonport, Ralph Shalson, Gary Bush and Phil Baker. -- RD
7.50pm: Back from dinner
The players have returned from their dinner break and are playing down deep into the money. We're playing 12 levels or breaking at the final table, whichever one comes first. Tournament director Toby Stone is confident that we'll be left with our final nine players before we reach the end of level 23 (which would be the 12th level of the day). -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Nottingham (in order of reaction to deep-seated hunger): Rick Dacey (anger) and Nick Wright (hibernation).