UKIPT London Day 2: Levels 16-19 updates (4,000-8,000 1,000 ante)

9.20pm: End of play
Play has ended here in London, with 49 players left in the mix. They've bagged and tagged their chips and wandered off into the night/the bar/a cash game. We'll be doing the same just as soon as we've finished the sparkling end of day wrap. That and full chip counts will be on the way shortly. -- NW

9pm: Last three
The final 49 players are playing the last three hands of the night. A full wrap will follow soon.

8.48pm: Tomasz Kolodziejski doubles through William Beauchump
After Tom Hall opened to 16,000 on the button, William Beauchamp flat called from the small blind, only for Tomasz Kolodziejski to move all-in for 188,500 from the big blind. Back on Hall he swiftly passed but Beauchump made the call.

Beauchump: 5♣5♠
Kolodziejski: A♥9♦

The board ran 8♦J♠9♣3♦2♣ and the Pole flopped a pair to stay alive, he doubled up to almost 400,000, whilst Beauchump slips to 200,000. -- NW

8.45pm: The continuing flight of Luke Bird
We mentioned earlier today that we'd be keeping a close eye on Luke Bird, the Day 1B chip leader. He had a rocky time of it in the early levels, slumping to about 80,000. But he has now hit his high water mark of about 500,000 after eliminating Neil Ryder.

This hand was a case of K♦9♦ for Ryder and pocket queens for Bird. Bird actually ended up with a full house - and a bowl of chips. They arrived just as Bird was stacking up his chips of the other kind.

Bird came over to explain how it's been today: "Everything is a bonus," he said. "I've played some good poker and I think I've confused some people." It is not often you see a player enjoying his poker quite so much as this - and after qualifying for £20, who can blame him? -- HS

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Bird - flying high

8.40pm: Old friends? Not really
Shahin Baharan and Georgios Zisimopoulos were two of the original players on table four at lunchtime today, and they played almost all day together. That was until the latter sent the former to the rail in a monster pot: Baharan had A♣J♦ and Zisimopoulos had A♠A♥. The pot was worth 600,000 and they are all now in front of Zisimopoulos. -- HS

8.35pm: Hello huge stack. This is my huge stack
Olivier Busquet was moved to the same table as Sergio Espina - and each immediately wanted to know the size of the stacks in front of them. Espina asked first, and Busquet said that he had about 700,000. "You?" Busquet said. "About the same," came the reply. They weren't lying. -- HS

8.30pm: Hall threatening to rain on Raine's parade
Neil Raine, are you sitting comfortably Sir? Tom Hall has a stack of around 400,000. Why is this significant I hear you ask, well Tom Hall is second on the current UKIPT leader board and needs a 36th place finish or better to overtake Neil Raine who is currently top.

A 400,000 stack is average for when 41 players remain, so Hall is ahead of pace, but there's a lot of poker to be played before then. -- NW

8.25pm: Wim Neys doubles through Gary Fisher
After Gary Fisher opened from early position, Luke Bird flat called and Wim Neys then moved all-in for 91,500. Action was on Fisher, but before he could act Bird said something, I didn't hear exactly what he said, but it's essence was that Neys didn't have to worry about him. This of course is bad etiquette and would have a direct effect on Fisher's decision.

So the floor was called, the situation explained and Bird given a warning, back to the poker then and Fisher called.

Fisher: A♦Q♣
Neys: A♦A♠

The board came 9♣3♣6♥7♦2♦ and Neys doubled up to around 200,000 whilst Fisher slips to 390,000. -- NW

8.20pm: No Pettersson
Owing to some kind of administrative cock up, we told you earlier that Thomas Pettersson was the chip leader at the last break. Problem is, he's out. And was never in at that stage. So we've expunged all mention of him from the post below. Sorry Pettersson fans. -- HS

8.10pm: Under/Over
The last level of the day in under way, 62 players remain and the average stack is 266,000. The Pokerstars blog educated uneducated guessta pridicti forecast is that 51 players will make it through the day.

Fancy playing along at home? Tweet @UKIPT with your guess for the total number of players at the end of this level, no prizes just glory. -- NW

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7.55pm: De Laat, take that
Timothy Slater is out. He open shoved for 64,500 and so very nearly got it through. Everyone folded all the way round to Bas De Laat in the big blind, and even he looked tempted to discard his hand.

But he didn't. He called for what amounted to at least 75 per cent of his stack. And he was right to. De Laat had 7♣7♥ to Slater's 2♥2♣. The board was bare and Slater slips away. -- HS

7.50pm: Fisher gets chips with catch of the day
All-in and call was the cry from table two, quick were my feet as I moved in to get a better view. Cards were already on their backs, A♦7♦ in front of Gary Fisher - all-in for 215,000 - and 6♠6♥ in front of Issam Kamand.

By the time I reached the table the dealer was placing the river card of a 6♦K♠J♦[10c]Q♣ board on the felt, Kamand who was obviously sweating diamonds, missed the fact that Fisher had rivered a straight to win the pot. Post-hand discussion along the lines of "I knew you were flushing," and "I knew that you knew I was flushing," indicate that the chips likely went in on the flop. After that hand Fisher climbs to around 450,000 whilst Kamand is down to 45,000. -- NW

7.40pm: The great survivor
Say what you like about Juan Manuel Pastor but this Team PokerStars Pro has some staying power. I'd be amazed if he's had more than the average stack at any time in this tournament, but you just can't get rid of him - as Neil Ryder just discovered to his cost.

After Mark Gardner opened from early position, Pastor moved all in for his last 52,500. Ryder, a couple of seats to his left, shoved over the top, but only covering Pastor by about 40,000.

Gardner got out the way and so the two short stacks turned over their hands. Presumably Ryder was feeling pretty good with A♣K♣ against Pastor's K♠Q♦. But the community cards became more ominous as they were gradually revealed: J♠5♠3♥ first, then 8♠ and then, of course, another spade on the river.

Pastor's flush kept him alive. Ryder is on life support. -- HS

7.20pm: Chip counts
We've been handed chip counts hot of the presses and have flowed them into the chip counts page.

The current top five look like this:

Jason Duval, Canada, PokerStars Player, 625,000
Sergio Espina, Spain, 525,000
Richard Milne Snr., United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 475,000
Thomas Ward, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 417,500

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Ward is making another deep UKIPT run

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6.55pm: Break
The players are now on their last 15 minute break of the day. -- NW

6.50pm: Payouts
As mentioned below we're down to 78 players, those who busted between 80th and 112th can be seen below. We'll be updating the payouts page as we go.

80th. David Docherty, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,640
81st. Graham Lengthorn, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,640

82nd. Marco Maroli, Italy, £1,640
83rd. Alan Dickens, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,640
84th. Yucel Eminoglu, United Kingdom, £1,640
85th. Mark Southwood, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,640
86th. David Makous, United States, £1,640
87th. Timothy Clarke, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,640
88th. John Higgins, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,640

89th. Jon Warmerdam, Netherlands, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,420
90th. Arkady Kielman, United Kingdom, £1,420
91st. Simon Mattsson, Sweden, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,420
92nd. Richard Hoadley, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,420
93rd. Benjamin Jenkins, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,420
94th. Craig Grant, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,420
95th. Sean Robertson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,420

96th. Dray Simpson, Canada, £1,420
97th. Andrew Teng, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,420
98th. Tom O`Hanlon, Ireland, PokerStars Player, £1,420

99th. Patryk Slusarek, United Kingdom, £1,420
100th. Lukas Nemec, Czech Republic, PokerStars Player, £1,420
101st. Gavin Keane, Ireland, PokerStars Player, £1,420
102nd. Arvydas Merfeldas, Lithuania, PokerStars Player, £1,420
103rd. Seun Oluwole, United Kingdom, £1,420
104th. Jay O'Toole, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,420
105th. Mark Goulding, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,420
106th. Adrian Veghinas, Romania, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,420
107th. Marko Kolega, Croatia, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,420

108th. Marty Smyth United Kingdom, £1,420
109th. Martin Bader, United Kingdom, £1,420
110th. Martin Dench, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,420
111th. Adam Toulson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,420

112th. Willie Tann, United Kingdom, £1,420

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Docherty - out in 80th

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Smyth - gone in 108th

6.30pm: Docherty busts to Friel
There are 78 players left at UKIPT London and an average stack is now worth an approximate 41 big blinds. After some frenetic action either side of the bubble, things have slowed as we crawl towards the end of the day.

The predilection now for min-raising, especially in the deep stages, means that many pots go like this: an early position min-raise, a call from the big blind, a raggy flop, a check from the big blind, a standard c-bet, a fold. Imagine that for five days and through 1,099 players and you've got an EPT or an UKIPT event. Let's all go home.

That said, there are the occasional explosions. Paul Friel has just knocked out David Docherty in a bit of a grim one. Friel opened from the hijack (a min-raise to 10,000), Docherty shoved for 86,900 from the cut-off, and Friel called.

Friel: J♠Q♠
Docherty: A♦Q♣

The flop came K♥8♣9♥. The turn was Q♥. But, yep, there was the J♣ on the river to send Docherty out of the door. Friel now has 330,000 approx. -- HS

6.20pm: Give my regards to Broadway
Ah the old suck and re-suck, David Docherty and Chris Dowling got it all-in pre-flop for a 200,000 chip pot, with Docherty the one at risk, with K-Q and dominated by Dowling's A-K. The Scotsman flopped broadway but Dowling rivered a queen to chop the pot. -- NW

6.10pm: Burland meed Bedi
UKIPT1 Brighton winner Jamie Burland has not only made the money here in London, he's tied a record formerly held by Rupinder Bedi. I'll let Jamie explain...

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Burland is building a stack

5.55pm: Better the devil you know
With just 90 players left now, the average stack is a shade over 183,000. Two players who have way more than that and are, by our guesstimation, the top two stacks in the tournament are Jason Duval (666,000) and Olivier Busquet (650,000). The former is at a particularly chip laden table, to his direct right is Roar Aspas (350,000). According to Luke Bird, who's also at the table, Duval won a big pot with queens against ace-king to get his hands on that chip leading stack. -- NW

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Jeff Jason Duval

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5.40pm: Magic Espina
After Patryk Slusarek bust to Jamie Burland, several other players around the table intimated that their particular slab of felt had become something of a mortuary in recent minutes. I don't know any of the details, but it seems that there must have been some enormous pots there.

Sergio Espina, for example, was counted at 285,000 during the last break, but now has about 560,000. That is the chip lead at the moment. He must have been incredibly busy. -- HS

5.35pm: Jacks win, jacks lose
Almost simultaneously, two players bust from neighbouring tables, one losing with jacks and the other losing against them.

Patryk Slusarek was the player who lost with them. He jammed over the top of Jamie Burland's early-position open. Burland called with A♣J♥ and the one over-card was enough. The board ran 9♥Q♣5♣9♠A♥ and so Slusarek's J♣J♦ went in the muck and he headed home. (Burland stacks up about 260,000 now.)

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Jamie Burland, destroyer

Andrew Teng was the player to lose against jacks. He had ace-nine and shipped his small stack in. Issam Kamand called and this time the one over-card wasn't enough. Teng headed out the door. -- HS

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Andrew Teng, destroyed

5.30pm: Tough table
There's a few UKIPT 'regs' all sharing the same table at the moment: Dara O'Kearney, Tom Hall, David Docherty and Chris Dowling are all sat around the same oval baize covered structure right now. -- NW

5.25pm: Chip counts
Full chip counts from the start of level 16 are now in the chip counts page, Jack Young (352,000), Richard Milne Snr (342,000), Shahin Baharan (330,000) Ismael Bojang (325,000) and Tom Hall (320,000) are the current top five. -- NW

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Tom Hall

5.20pm: Min-cash heroes
Below is a list of the players who have cashed but crashed so far in the UKIPT including Kevin MacPhee and Wojtek Barzantny. We're 99% sure these are in the correct order. The 1% doubt comes because the payouts system is currently down meaning no one who has cashed has been entered into the official system just yet. However, tournament director Toby Stone has been personally handing out the finishing position cards to the eliminated players and collecting their player I.D cards at the same time and it'd be wrong to doubt the TD.

113th. Mathew Perry, United Kingdom, £1,200
114th. Paul Zimbler, United Kingdom, £1,200
115th. Ashley Thompson, United Kingdom, £1,200
116th. Korab Alaj, Belgium, £1,200
117th. Oliver Morgan, United Kingdom, £1,200
118th. Kevin MacPhee, USA, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,200
119th. Daniel Marks, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,200

120th. Nathan Lee, United Kingdom, £1,200
121st. Andrew Keep, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,200
122nd. Kevin Finnie, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,200
123rd. Jonathan O`Brien, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,200

124th. Adrian Diaz, Spain, £1,200
125th. Robert Malvasi, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,200
126th. Borja Guerra Denche, United Kingdom, £1,200
127th. Markus Hedin, Sweden, PokerStars Player, £1,200
128th. Dean Clay, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,200
129th. Samuel Welbourne, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,200
130th. Mark Baxter, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,200

131st. Marco Vasconcelos, United Kingdom, £1,200
132nd. Nicholas Vazquez, United States, £1,200
133rd. Spencer Lawrence, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,200
134th. Salman Behbehani, Kuwait, PokerStars Player, £1,200
135th. Richard Blacklock, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,200

136th. Jordan Dungey, United Kingdom, £1,200
137th. Jose Duarte Martins Vieira, Portugal, £1,200
138th. Wojtek Barzantny, Germany, PokerStars Player, £1,200
139th. Bart Lybaert, Belgium, PokerStars Player, £1,200
140th. George Clyde-Smith, Jersey, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,200
141st. Dávid Urban, Slovakia, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,200
142nd. Mathew Frankland, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,200
143rd. Scott Shelley, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,200
144th. Jack Salter, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,200

5pm: Champs with chips
Down to just 20,000 Korab Alaj moved all-in with A♣K♦ and found a customer in the shape of Joseph Mcerlean who held A♠3♠. The 7♥3♥J♣Q♥Q♦ board saw the Belgian go from first to worst and become another in the money finisher. -- NW

4.50pm: Champs with chips
Deep into this tournament three UKIPT champions remain in contention for a second such title. I just saw Jamie Burland make a pained fold, he was in the big blind and was getting pretty good odds to call a 15,900 all-in, "I've got a pretty bad hand," he said before folding, he's got roughly 100,000.

Richard Sinclair is down to roughly half that as he has 55,000, whilst David Vamplew has 95,000. He had more but just surrended 23,000 of his stack to Tom Hall. There was a raise to 8,000 from the cut-off, Hall flat called on the button and Vamplew raised to 23,000 from the small blind, the original raiser folded, as did Vamplew when Hall moved all-in, he's got nearly 300,000 now. -- NW

4.40pm: Past the half way mark
After those monstrous Day 1s, the plan for today is a more leisurely eight levels. That means that now we've entered level 16, the fifth of today, we have turned the bend and are starting the long home straight.

We have also now burst the bubble, so everyone is now in the money. The identities of the players busting from now on will appear on the payouts page.

In a moment, we'll also be getting full counts for the remaining 118 players. They will be fed onto the chip count page in due course.

Our previous chip leader, Salman Behbehani, lost a load of his chips in the previous level, which means Richard Trigg, below, is now probably the tournament leader. Hold on for a little while as the counts are made, then we will know for sure. -- HS

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Richard Trigg

Reporting team in London: Howard Swains and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May.

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