UKIPT Dublin, S3: Day 1B, level 5-8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

ukiptthumb.JPG9.10pm: Play has finished
The players have bagged, tagged and dispersed into the Dublin night. Happiest of all will be Gabriel Kollander who is the overnight and overall chip leader with 151,900. A full wrap of the day's play and chip counts of the survivors will be coming shortly.

The survivors from the two day one flights will combine at noon tomorrow. -- NW

8.45pm: Last few hands
The clock has stopped and we're playing down through the last three hands.

8.35pm: Chip leaders
With 20 minutes left to play these players appear to be the chip leaders:

David Brady- 118,000
Martin Balaz - 105,000
Gabriel Kollander - 100,000
Mihai Ciucu - 90,000
Niclas Martinsson - 90,000

8.20pm: Floor! Table 19
A little bit of controversy here in Dublin. There had been one limper to Domonic Cugudda before he moved all-in for around 8,500. It then passed to the small blind who said 'call' and then almost immediately put out the 300 chips to make up the big blind, having obviously missed Cugudda's all-in.

The floor was called and made what I believe falls under the banner of 'common sense rulings', in that he surmised, from the information given, that it was obviously the small blinds intention to just call and therefore he had the option to either surrender his 600 or call the all-in. He opted for the former and everyone else folded too.

It was obvious that Cugudda did not agree with this ruling he said: "He should be following the action, it's happened to me before. He said call and then put the chips in and yes fair enough he did only mean to call the big blind, but verbal decelerations are binding. I think it's a bull$@@% ruling." -- NW

8.07pm: There's no easy way to say this but ...
If you were hoping that any of the following players would make it to Day 2 then you're going to be sorely disappointed; Konstantin Teresko, Paul Grace, Alan Hickey, Danny Mchugh, Edgard Cabacas Cuenca, Ryan Mcguffie, Peter Andersson, Rick Schilder, Keith Brennan, Oluwashola Akindele, John Willoughby, Niall Dowds, Saulius Slavinskas, Adrian Gray, Oliver Baeten, James Kenny and Darren Taylor. All are busto. -- RD

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Oluwashola Akindele is among those not playing Day 2

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 300-600 ante 75

8pm: Burke busts
Craig Burke will not be making it three cashes in a row in season three of the UKIPT. The Irishman finished fourth in Galway and followed that up with a 35th place finish in Nottingham, but he's just bust out here in Dublin after firing three barells and getting it wrong.

I joined the action to see him betting 2,875 on a flop of 5♥3♠2♣, call from Jose Aisa. The 8♣ fell on turn, second barrel from Burke, second call from Aisa, this time for 4,425 a-piece. The 2♠ completed the board and Burke emptied the clip moving all-in for 12,175. After getting a count Aisa announced call, Burke showed A♠K♥, but Aisa had called down with 9♣9♠ and is up to 55,000 after winning that pot. -- NW

7.50pm: Interesting table with Grafton, Shelley, Baláž and Desmond
There's a table in the middle of the room that appears to be sucking in both chips and players of talent. Sam Grafton is now up to 60,000, a good haul, but has one of the chip leaders on his direct left: Martin Baláž, a Czech player with what looks to be 87,000 in front of him. A couple of seats to Grafton's right is WSOPE champ Scott Shelley who is looking a little down on his luck with a smaller 22,000 stack.

To the direct left of Baláž is Cory Desmond, a player that performed well at UKIPT Manchester back in Season 1. He finished 18th there for £1,950. We haven't seen a great deal of him since but he seems quite willing to tangle with the table today.

Desmond lost a chunk to Baláž after the Czech player flopped the nuts on a 5♦2♠A♠8♣A♦ board with 3♣4♣. Desmond was not deterred. Baláž opened the button for 900 and Desmond three-bet to 1,975 from the small blind. He picked up a call in the big blind from Ewan Brown. Baláž also called. Desmond led 1,975 into the Q♣K♦2♠ flop, Brown made the call.

Desmond checked the 6♥ turn card looking like he'd given up on the hand. He had. Brown popped a blue 5,000 chip across the line and Desmond passed leaving himself with around 23,000. -- RD

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Sam Grafton on the grind

7.40pm: How much?
We're tracking the names, notables and big stacks over on the chip counts page. Like UKIPT Galway winner Emmett Mullin who's on 53,000. -- NW

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Emmett Mullin

7.25pm: Snippets
I didn't catch any big pots on my last lap of the cardroom, but I did see a couple that went to showdown.

Hand One: Jonas Lauck raised to 950 from under-the-gun+1 and then called Mick Graydon's three-bet of 2,050 total. The two of them checked all the way to the river on a board of K♦5♥A♣5♠4♣ at which point Lauck bet 2,100, Graydon swiftly called but mucked when Lauck revealed A♥J♠, Graydon is back to starting stack.

Hand Two: I caught the action live from the turn, the board was 3♠4♣[10s]9♥, there was 6,300 in the pot and Robert O´Reilly fired out a bet of 4,500. This sent Peter Wigglesworth into the tank, after he had the dealer spread the pot to calculate his odds he made the call.

The A♦ fell on the river, Wigglesworth checked and O'Reilly, after some thought, did likewise and showed K♦K♠ and Wigglesworth mucked his hand. -- NW

7.10pm: Chip leaders
During the break my blogging colleague and I did a sweep of the tables to unearth the chip leaders. It's still Niclas Martinsson who heads the field, he's followed closely by Martin Baláž and Tom Kitt - he finished third in this event in Season One.

Niclas Martinsson, Sweden, PokerStars player, 94000
Martin Baláž, Czech Republic, PokerStars player, 84000
Thomas Kitt, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, 80000
Terry Plummer, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, 59000
Patricia Mclean, Ireland, PokerStars player, 57000

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I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle chips: Niclas Martinsson

7pm: Back at it
Cards are once more in the air, roughly 216 of the 398 players who started the day have made it to the start of level seven. -- NW

6.45pm: And break
The remaining players are now on their last 15 minute break of the day. They'll return to play two more levels before bagging and tagging. -- NW

6.40pm: Taxi for...
Players continue to bust out in their droves here in Dublin, tournament staff are, it seems, shuttling us large numbers of Player I.D cards every 15 minutes or so. So...there's no easy way to say this but: Ian Woodley, Daiva Barauskaite, David Caffrey, Philipp Hardy, Stacey Coore, Pauric Martin, Robert Nooney, Phil Bowler, Kieran Mccloskey, William Duffy, Aleksander Doan, David Van-Cauter, Mark Wagstaff, Mario Lazarou, Dominick Hever, Damian Porebski, Christopher Barrow, Nico Kostons, Thomas Dunwoodie, Anthony Rafter, Fiachra Meere, Rory Curtis and Noel Murphy are all free to hit Dame Street for a few beers. --NW

6.35pm: False celebrations
Never celebrate too soon. It's bad karma, you know. Steven Bartley (not the PokerStars blogger) let out a yelp when his 9♠9♥ connected better than Robert Scott's A♥K♥ on a 9♣6♥A♣ flop. The chips had all gone in pre-flop and Scott was in need of a runner-runner.

Runner 1: J♥

Runner 2: 7♥

Scott doubled to around 20,000 leaving Bartley short.

At another table Stacey Coore must have thought for a moment that his T♦8♦ had won on the 2♦2♣7♦6♣3♦ board. He'd shoved the flop and been tank-called by Dave Brady with pocket threes, which had filled up on the river. Coore was sent to pasture, Brady topped up to 35,000. -- RD

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Dave Brady: raspberry blower

6.25pm: Chips
I've just updated the chip counts page, Niclas Martinsson from Sweden appears to be the current chip leader, he has 64,00. -- NW

6.10pm: Atherton stacking up again
Lee Atherton is getting himself into a prime position for another deep UKIPT run. In Nottingham last month Atherton finished 15th for a decent £8,000 payday, but the big money final table just managed to elude him. On the penultimate day a short stacked Atherton three-bet jammed with A♠J♣ into the A♥K♥ of Ian Senior. He failed to catch a jack, Senior's kicker played.

Here in Dublin however things are looking up again. He's just won a decent pot check-calling down with 9♦9♣ on a J♣J♥J♠4♦2♠ board against Alan Mcauly's pocket sevens to chip up to 48,000. -- RD

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Lee Atherton sporting some facial furniture

6pm: Curse of the chip leader
They say that being chip leader can be as much of a curse as a blessing and Bastiaan Van Den Brink has definitely strengthened that argument. The Dutchman doubled up to 30,000 early on after eliminating a player and although he climbed to a peak of 34,000 he's slid back down to around 18,000.

But, he's still fighting and I just saw him pick up a useful pot. It folded to Keith Brennan in the cut-off and he put in a min-raise to 600. This bet was flat called by both Thomas Dunwoodie and Adrian Gray before Van Den Brink raised it to 2,900 from the big blind. This quickly forced out Brennan and Dunwoodie, but Gray, who was getting a massage at the time, was not so swift to fold. "You don't want a call do you?" said Gray before eventually folding 4♠4♣ face-up. -- NW

5.50pm: Bettingen loses flip, still doing well
Tim Bettingen opened for 700 from the cut-off and was quickly shoved on by Rober O´Reilly from button. The action folded back to Bettingen who requested a count. The shove was for 5,350. Bettingen made the call.

Bettingen: 7♣7♠
O´Reilly: J♠T♦

It wasn't the ideal flop for Bettingen: A♦Q♥K♦. O´Reilly had flopped Broadway. The 2♦ turn and K♣ made little difference. Bettingen still sits healthily on 40,000. Quinn up to 11,000. -- RD


5.40pm: Exits
There's no easy way to say this but if you had a bet on: Mick Mccloskey, Nik Stylianou, Michael Pantelli, Grzegorz Cichocki, Peter Gors, Majid Iqbal, Euan Cameron, Eric Tam, Anibal De Campos Sanchez , Michael Muldoo, Marc Radgenn, Raymond Caabay, Michael Coleman, Gary Ludgate, Balbir Singh Potttiwal, Michael Leedham, Colette Murphy, Hasmukh Khodiyara, Noel O'Brien, Dimitri Pembroke, Andy Flannaghan, Antonis Poulengeris, Tobias Revenäs, Marko Ojdanic, Bill Mulrooney, Paul Jackson, Albert Sapiano, Shella O'Donoghue, Joe Murray, Robert Panayi or Etienne Kramer then tear up that slip, it's about as much use as a chocolate fireguard as they're all out. -- NW

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Mick McCloskey - one of 140 exits during the first five levels

5.30pm: Ludgate flops top set, busts
Gary Ludgate has just bust after squeezing jacks on the button. Ludgate flopped top set on a [j][t][7] flop and was check-called. The turn was an ace and Ludgate was check-raised into to. He called and was shown king-queen for Broadway. The board didn't pair and he was sent to the rail. -- RD

5.20pm: Graydon let off the hook?
Mick Graydon has chipped back up to around 12,000 after seemingly being let off the hook by Barry Foley. On a flop of 4♣6♣6♦ Foley led for 1,400 and Graydon moved all-in for around 8,500. After a short think Foley passed A♣Q♣ face-up. Quick eyebrow raise from Graydon who seemed happy to rake in the chips unopposed. -- RD

5.10pm: Cookie getting chips
Tim 'BakinCookies' Bettingen is one of the many names and notable that we're keeping track of on the chip counts page. The German is going great guns at the moment and he's motoring along on 49,500. -- NW

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Tim Bettingen

5pm: Gilligan gets value
Ronan Gilligan might just have the most unenviable record in UKIPT main events - he's finished runner-up on two occasions. The first of those was right here in Dublin in 2010, Max Silver got the better of him that time. The second was in Galway this season where Emmett Mullin defeated him heads-up. And, Gilligan' two other Hendon Mob entries are for third place finishes so the man obviously goes deep or goes out early.

It's looking more likely to be the former at the moment as he's up to 29,000. I saw him bet 700 on the turn and 1,5000 on the river of a 8♣[10s]4♣K♦3♦ board with K♠7♠ and get paid off. He's looking comfortable right now. - NW

4.53pm: Someone was out on the tiles last night
Andy Black snuck in just before the end of registration and we've been reliably informed that he was enjoying himself out on the town last night. Our photographer Mickey May went hunting for the evidence.

Good papping by May.

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Out last night? Maybe I was

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Of course, I feel fine

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Okay, maybe I don't feel so great

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But it was worth it

4.40pm: There's no easy way to say this but...
If you're relying on your percentage of Amby Travers, Ronald Lawton, David Langridge, Lars Stockenschneider, Sinem Melin, John Kelly, Mads Onsberg, George Power, Artur Olczyk, Chris Cooper, David Barnes, Darren Miller, Ciaran Taggart, Cathal O'Malley, Michael Sheridan, Thomas Gill, Krisztian Rack, Mark Spelman and Robert Lawrie to win you a new motorbike, you're going to have to stick to your push bike. They're all out.

Play is just about to resume. Antes kick in next level. -- RD

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UKIPT Brighton final tablist Sinem Melin, out

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Galway (in order of hot dogs consumed): Nick Wright (one) and Rick Dacey (soon to be one). Photos by Mickey May (who you calling a dog?).

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT