UKIPT Galway, Day 1A: Levels 7-8 updates (300-600 ante 75)
9.20pm: Five alive
This, by our estimates, is the top five chip stacks from Day 1A:
Thomas Finneran, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 89,600
Emmet Mullin, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 84,900
George Stoddart, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 84,400
James Estrop, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 83,300
Filip Hanusek, Czech Republic, PokerStars Qualifier 81,600
9.15pm: Done for the day
Chips have been placed in bags and sealed and we believe that Thomas Finneran with 89,600 is the overnight chip leader, that's nearly three times the average stack which is 30,827. The board is suggesting that 145 of the 298 starters survived.
A full wrap of today's play is on the way. -- NW
8.55pm: Last four hands
The tournament clock has been paused with 11 minutes and 40 seconds left and four more hands will be dealt before bagging and tagging commences. -- NW
8.45pm: More big stacks
Thomas Finneran is by no means running away with it here in Galway. Hot on his heels are: Emmett Mullin (99,000) and James Estrop (90,000). -- NW
8.30pm: Finneran for the win
Thomas Finneran is the first player to break the 100,000 mark and he's just crept into the six figure club as he currently has a stack of 101,000. -- NW
8.20pm: Myott up
More self-reported news from table nine. Colin Myott just dropped by to say that he's just trebled up to 30,000. With 40 minutes left in the day, that could see him through to day two. -- HS
8.15pm: Baker the unbeliever
Phil Baker, who is sitting just in front of us on media row, was very keen to tell us about a hero call he just made. He only had pocket threes against an opponent who had raised pre-flop, then bet the turn and river. (The flop was checked.)
Needless to say, the threes were looking at five over-cards on a board of A-9-6-4-5, but Baker's call of 6,000 on the river was good.
Baker now has about 65,000, which is up there with the leaders. -- HS
8.10pm: Exits everywhere
The stream of ID cards that are being handed to us by tournament staff shows no sign of abating nor does the international flavour of those who've been knocked out. In the last level we lost: Janos Kovacs, Brian Ryan, Przemysław Piotrowski, Tino Durdic, Oleksandr Sharapov and Marco Drafehn. -- NW
8pm: Movers and shakers
We're into the last level of the night and as the blinds get bigger so do the swings, amongst the recent movers and shakers are: Phil Baker (64,000), Gavin O'Rourke (35,000), Thomas Ward (36,000) and Luca Franchi (48,000). For selected chip counts please click here.
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 300-600 ante 75
7.50pm: Too many outs accounts for Thew
You'd often back Julian Thew in even the tightest spots. He's already hit one one-outer today (detailed at 6.40pm during level six updates), but even he could wriggle out of this one.
Folded to Thew in the cut-off, there was something pre-meditated about his shove with his final 5,850 chips. Ignotas Vainoras didn't have to think too hard about his insta-call one seat to Thew's left. He had K♥K♦.
Thew had Q♣9♣ and although the flop brought hope - 3♥6♠9♦ - the turn 8♠ and river 7♣ didn't help. Thew departs. -- HS
7.40pm: Double up or go home
It's moving day or the moving level or something and whilst some double up some go home, here's one of both:
Adrian Kelly had already put 2,500 into the pot when Pawel Walczak moved all-in for 8,700, Kelly got a count then called off the extra:
Flop: [10d]9♥K♠ - something for everyone
Turn: Q♣ - Phil Baker, who wasn't even in the hand physically winced at this card
A double up for the Pole, whilst Kelly is down to 8,000.
Sadly for Ian LeBruce his tournament has come to an end he told me that Mateusz Warowiec did the damage and that it's the second time that he's knocked him out of a UKIPT. -- NW
7.30pm: Flipping hell
A lot of us poker advocates like to claim that the tournament game is not just about big flips. And it's not. But sometimes it is - especially nearing the end of a day, with a medium-sized stack and when a decent pair goes up against ace-king.
Stevie Higgins just knocked out Aurelijus Genevicius when the former had A♥K♥ and the latter had J♦J♠. Higgins opened for 1,050, Genevicius made it 2,050, Higgins shoved, covering Genevicius's 6,000 additional chips, and the Lithuanian player called.
The board ran 9♥A♣4♣Q♣K♠ and Higgins won this flip, sending Genevicius to join the surge to the door. -- HS
About a third of the field has bitten the dust thus far as the board is showing that 200 of the 298 players who started remain (although we suspect this number to be lower). Amongst those to have been left free to hit the bar are: Fred Oudshoorn, Benjamin Martin, Vinny O'Toole, Vinny Cosgrove and Dave Curtis. -- NW
7.10pm: Jordan big up top
I did a whip round of the tournament floor during the last break and these lucky sods appear to be the current chip leaders: Gary Jordan (77,000), Filip Hanusek (68,400), George Stoddart (64,600), Sergi Monferrer Trevejo (62,400) and Joe Byrne (61,600). -- NW
7.05pm: Hitting the final stretch
Players have returned from their break for the final two-hour stretch of day 1A. The tournament information board shows that 200 people remain, from a starting field of 298 today. I'd be very surprised if any fewer than 40 players depart in the coming 120 minutes. Plenty of folk have returned from this particular sojourn carrying glasses of liquid that do not look much like water. That will likely mean action. -- HS