UKIPT Edinburgh: Day 2, level 13 - 16 updates (Blinds 2,000 - 4,000 ante 400)

9.10pm: Play has ended
Play has now finished for the day, we think 49 players in total made it through, news on the chip leader and the rest of today's action coming up in a wrap shortly. -- NW

8.55pm: Last four hands
Each table will play four more hands before the action concludes for the night. -- MC

8.50pm: Derrick extends lead; Sykes does his best to catch him
Chris Derrick has 510,000 chips now after he forced Grzegorz Mikielewicz off a hand while we were out of the room. The PokerStars Team Online member is very short as the day comes to a close.

While we were there this action table continued to throw hands to blog. Jamie Skyes wanted to coast but he could hardly fold Q♠Q♣ to a short-stack shove. Darren Sweeney was the player and he held 3♠3♣. The board ran 5♥2♦K♠7♠4♠. Sykes up to 360,000 as a result. -- MC

8.40pm: Derrick cracks aces; jumps into chip lead
Chris Derrick has claimed the chip lead (375,000) after he busted Charalampos Lappas.

Lappas had just moved to the table when the two took to a 5♣Q♦J♣ flop. Derrick checked to Lappas who bet 11,000 before he check-raised all in for an effective 155,000. Lappas snap-called off that amount with A♠A♥.

Derrick had flopped a huge draw with 8♣9♣ and got there on the river as the board ran out 2♥T♦ to make him a straight. -- MC

8.25pm: Ferguson takes another scalp
Sometimes these young kids do have it. Having already eliminated a player with kings just before the bubble, Andrew Ferguson took another scalp with a legitimate hand. He opened to 8,000 from the cut-off with A♣Q♥, Samuel Rocha Diaz three-bet jammed K♥8♣ from the small blind for 72,000 from the small blind and Ferguson made the call.

The window card was the K♠ but the rest of the board came A♦5♠A♥2♥ and Ferguson's hand held to take him to 220,000. Just 64 remain. -- NW


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Ferguson - going well in his home town


8.15pm: Coast into Day 3 my #@%, Mr Sykes
Jamie "@gotdeuces" Sykes was very happy at his table pre bubble and was sad to see it break. He Tweeted: "Bubble's burst and my incredible table got broke :( now just trying to coast into day 3 with my 300k."

He got moved to a tricky table that included Kevin Williams, PokerStars Team Online's Grzegorz Mikielewicz and Andrew Ferguson. Best to follow your own advice then Jamie, right? Wrong!

No longer had he sat down and he five-bet the latter of these players! Ferguson opened to 6,000 from the hijack to face a Sykes three-bet to 13,700 from the cut-off. The action folded back to the Scot who put in a four-bet to 27,000. Sykes wasn't finished though and five-bet to 46,000.

It got the job done as Ferguson relinquished his hand to drop to 150,000 chips. Now that Sykes has around 340,000 he might follow his own advice. -- MC

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8pm: One in, one out
Two hands to tell you about, both at risk players got it in behind, one sucked out, one didn't.

Guido Braye was all-in and at risk with K♣J♥, Lewis Hunter the would be executioner with pocket nines. Both would make a full house on the 5♣J♣4♦4♥4♠ board, but Braye's was the better one and he survived.

But, Stephen Eames is out his 9♥6♠ way behind Christopher Johnston's pocket nines, 68 remain. -- NW

7.50pm: Liam Spence is the UKIPT Edinburgh bubble boy
Liam Spence was the unfortunate player to have the tag of, "bubble boy" in the main event here in Edinburgh. The hand happened before hand for hand play could begin.

He made an aggressive play with a big hand but walked into a monster held by Michael Kemp. The major action happened on the turn when the board read 6♦9♦5♠4♥. Kemp led for 25,000 and called when Spence shoved for 68,000.

Spence: 9♣7♣ for top pair and open ended straight draw.
Kemp: 7♦8♠ for a turned straight.

The river came A♥ and all of a sudden 72 faces relaxed around the room knowing they were all in the money. Spence, understandably, dashed out of the room before we could get a photo of him. -- MC

7.45pm: Bubble time in Edinburgh
We're now on the bubble here in Edinburgh with Keith Douglas the player who's out in 74th. He moved all-in for 24,000 over the top of a 6,000 open from Andrew Ferguson. The latter snap called the all-in.

Ferguson: K♣K♠
Douglas: 6♦6♣

Flop: 2♦7♣Q♠ - No change
Turn: 6♥ - all change
River: K♦ - all change again

"That's pretty brutal," said Ferguson as he took the pot. One more out then everyone else is in the money. -- NW

7.35pm: Having a Wilde old time, not
Alan Wilde and Przemysław Dajer have been sat together all day. You would think they'd care about each other by this late stage. Well you'd be wrong, the latter just took the former out of the tournament.

Dajer opened from under the gun with A♥Q♠ and called when a short-stacked Wilde shoved from the button with T♠T♥. The board ran 6♣3♣K♠Q♥7♥ to pair the Pole's queen.

Also to fall this level were: Luan Beciri, Arjan Textor, Brenda Sheerins, Ewan Rae, Daniel Mountford and Michael McNelis.

Just three more players will leave with no money. Can you feel the tension? -- MC

7.25pm: Burland wins a curious pot
A curious hand just played out on Jamie Burland's table. The UKIPT Brighton Season 1 winner made it 6,600 to go under-the-gun, it passed to Greig Cushnie, who put in two blue 5,000 chips without saying anything. It was clear it was meant to go as a call, but Lukasz Roczniak wanted confirmation before he took any action.

So the floor was called and ruled that as Cushnie's bet totalled more than 50% of the legal minimum raise that it would have to go as a raise, so Cushnie was forced to make it 10,200 total. With that sorted, Roczniak called on the button and when it got back to Burland, he too made the call.

The flop fell K♦5♥J♣, first to act Burland fired out a bet of 15,700 and he took the pot down. -- NW

7.15pm: Chip counts
We've just flowed the chip counts into the blog, you can see the count of everyone left in the tournament at the start of level 15 right here. -- NW

7pm: Dejected Kay exits tournament
We bumped into Dominic Kay in the break and he told us how busted the last hand of level 14.

Kevin Williams opened from late position before Kay shoved 16 big blinds in from the button with pocket nines. The small blind shoved behind with ace-king and rivered a straight after Williams folded (an ace too). -- MC


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Not Kay's day


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6.45pm: Close but no cigar for...
Stephan Schreitl, Kuljinder Singh, Jakub Kyrian, Stephen Ng, Dara Fitzgerald, Christophe Stammet, Richard Haile, Lindsay McGregor, Johan Lendenius, Christopher Thomson, Mark Ellis, Tim Davie, Huy Hang, James Gray, Charles Chattha, Jonathan Slater, Nie Jianhui and Grant Kinnear. -- MC

6.40pm: Break timel
That's the end of level 14 and players are now on a break. Will level 15 be the level when the bubble bursts? -- NW

6.35pm: Mikielewicz makes a good call
PokerStars Team Online's Grzegorz Mikielewicz is back up to something approaching an average stack after making a good call against Darren Knaggs. I missed the pre-flop action (but pot size suggested raise from Knaggs, call from Mikielewicz) but the two of them saw a 3♥J♥6♥ flop.

It was checked through and the A♦ fell on the turn, again it checked through. The 9♠ completed the board and Knaggs bet 12,000, Mikielewicz swiftly called, "king high," said Knaggs, showing K♠[10c] Mikielewicz showed A♠5♣ to claim the pot and is now up to 80,000. -- NW

6.33pm: Yong Loeser all his chips
Rob Yong's UKIPT Edinburgh ride has come to an end after he lost a flip to Manig Loeser.

Loeser had been opening more pots than anybody and player like Yong had been playing back at him. The German kept calmly folding until he found a hand he wanted to call with. He opened to his usual 4,800 and called when Yong shoved for around 40,000.

Loeser: A♠K♥
Yong: 9♠9♣

The board ran 2♦T♦Q♣4♠J♦ to make Broadway for Loeser.

Yong said he didn't like the flop but still seemed a little shocked at the river. His chips got a good old shove across the table before he wished everyone luck at the table and thanked the floor staff for a great tournament. Loeser needed that pot to halt his slide. It put him back up to 130,000. -- MC


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Yong - got rivered


6.20pm: On the slide
Both Jamie Dale and Kevin Williams have taken hits in the last few minutes and thanks to Twitter we can tell you about them.

"Took a gross beat in a 130k pot. 70k @ 1200/2400(300)," tweeted Williams, whilst Dale said: "75kish approaching the money. Lost TT v AK down the streets value betting ten high flush into the king." -- NW


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Dale is down to 75,000


6.10pm: Three-way pot gets to the river
Three players saw a Q♠[10s][10h] flop, first to act Brett Angell checked, Michael Huber followed suit and Lukasz Roczniak decided he wanted to see a free turn card. The K♣ popped out on the turn, it checked to Huber, he bet 6,800 and both players called.

The A♥ completed the board and the three players reverted to their flop tactic of checking, Huber showed A♣7♦, Roczniak tabled Q♣J♥ for the rivered straight and Angell - who had a perplexed look on his face - mucked his cards face down. -- NW

6.03pm: Nice river trick from Batey
Liam Batey found a much needed river card to save a lot of chips in a hand versus Vladislav Donchev.

There was a raise to 4,900 and two calls before Batey squeezed to 11,300 from the big blind. Donchev was the only caller from the button. The flop came down 5♣4♣2♥ and Batey continued for 16,000. Call.

Batey fired again, for 24,700, on the 5♠ turn and was called once again before both players checked the 3♠ river. Batey had made a BMW wheel with A♣T♦. His Bulgarian PokerStars qualifier opponent shook his head and open mucked 8♠8♥. Batey was stacking his mess of chips but seemed to have around 180,000. Donchev dropped to 65,000. -- MC


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Batey - made a wheelie good hand


5.55pm: The 100 club
As level 14 gets underway just 98 players remain, that means 17 players were eliminated in the last hour. If that pace continues then the bubble will be firmly in sight as level 15 gets underway and 'should' burst sometime during level 15. -- NW

5.50pm: Cahal has Heapes more chips
Cahal Heapes just doubled through Greig Cushnie and is now right back in it here in Edinburgh.

I joined the action to see a 2♥8♦5♠ flop on the felt, Cushnie c-bet 3,500, Heapes check-raised to 9,000, Cushnie set Heapes all-in and the latter called all-in for 43,500 total.

Cushnie: A♥Q♦
Heapes: 8♠7♦

The J♠ turn and 8♣ river only strengthened Heapes grip on the hand and he's now up to around 95,000, right on average. -- NW


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Chips glorious chips


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5.38pm: Gray day for Carolyn
Pocket nines have been Carolyn Gray's best friend and biggest enemy this last level. She doubled up with them not long before she busted with them.

Manig Loeser helped her double up when his K♥Q♥ couldn't connect with multiple draws on an A♥T♦6♦4♥4♦ board. He dropped to 140,000 chips.

Those chips soon ended up in the lap of Lukasz Roczniak after he raise-called her shove with pocket jacks. The Pole's stack rose to 160,000. -- MC

5.25pm: David Vamplew is sick
Both in the poker sense and the actual feeling unwell sense. "Quick lemsip to keep me going. 280k at 1k/2k bubble coming fairly soon #ukiptedinburgh," he tweeted. If he keeps this up no one will be able to or want to get close to him. -- NW


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The Harry Potter of poker is working his magic again


5.15pm: Billy the Kid
Kevin "@kevish47" Williams is enjoying life right now. He Tweeted: "5bet DaWarsaw and got a cbet through in a 3bet pot. 178k @ 1k/2k #UKIPTEdinburgh." -- MC


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Williams is well above average


5.10pm: A tale of two kings
Two pre-flop all-ins for you, both involving kings, but did they hold up?

Hand One: Lewis Hunter was all-in pre-flop for 45,100 with A♦2♣ and in deep trouble against René Gisbertz's pocket kings.

But the A♥J♠J♣ flop vaulted him from worst to first and he stayed there on the 7♥ turn and 7♥ river.

Hand Two: At the same time as Hunter was doubling up, on the adjacent table, Rob Yong made it 4,000 to play, Lukasz Roczniak flat called only for Manig Loeser to make it 23,000 to go from the small blind. Back on Yong he folded quickly, but Roczniak moved all-in for 43,300 and Loeser made the call.

Loeser: A♥Q♥
Roczniak: K♥K♣

The board ran [10d]4♦8♥J♠5♥ and Loeser, who had 200,000 to start the hand, took a hit to his stack. -- NW

4.55pm: Chip counts updated
We did a full sweep of the chip counts in the break. You can see the list by clicking here. -- MC

4.45pm: High Roller underway
The £2,150 UKIPT Edinburgh High Roller is underway, we've spotted Sam Razavi, Wojtek Barzantny, Dominik Nitsche and Simon Deadman in the field of 13. So small but packed with talent, we'll keep you updated on how that plays out over the next two days. -- NW

4.40pm: Bubble coming into sight
Just 115 players now remain in the UKIPT Edinburgh main event. Of those who remain, 72 will get paid. Whilst the actual bubble is still 43 players and probably a couple of levels away, it's around this sort of times that it'll start to pray on the minds of some players.

Of course we started today with 267, these are the latest to fall short of the money: Richard Brown, Antonis Nikolaou, Esa Strandman, Jeff Kimber, Johan Lindqvist, Colin Croal, William Champion, Robert Paterson, Robert Molloy, Richard Sinclair, Jaroslaw Trzcinka, David Clarkson, John Thain, Nicholas Wealthall, Jason Tompkins, Ronnie Gustafsson, Adrian Ko, Robert Bulman, Lee Hanlon, Julien Monfort, Iain Mapherson, Marcus Richardson, Martin Míšek, Peter Wigglesworth, Paul McTaggart and Neil Raine. -- NW


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Jeff Kimber - one of many to exit so far on Day 2


PokerStars Blog reporting team in Edinburgh (and how they've been drinking their tea today) : Marc Convey (through the mouth like normal) and Nick Wright (through a grape vine twizzler). Photos by Mickey May (doesn't drink tea, but drinks coffee with cool detachment whilst smoking).

Nick Wright
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