UKIPT Series 1: Day 2 Level 13-18 updates (Blinds 4,000-8,000 ante 100)

3.30pm: End of the level, end of this post
That's the end of level 18, you'll find level 19 updates in a new post shortly.

3.25pm: Mitchell miracle continues
Mitchell Cooper had slipped back down to 37,000 by the time he found another spot to get it in. He moved all-in from the button with A♠2♠, Tamar Kamel gave him a spin from the big blind with 8♣7♥. A K♦3♦Q♠9♦3♠ board gave him a double up to around 10 big blinds.

3.10pm: The comeback is on
Mitchell Cooper was down to just 10,000 a few hands ago, he's now up to about 75,000. His latest double up came with pocket sixes against Tamer Kamel's A♦J♣, the 8♥4♣2♦9♦7♣ board suitably low for Cooper.

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 4,000-8,000 ante 1,000


3pm: In the money
Eight players have already busted in the money including Noel Broadbent. He three-bet all-in for around 80,000 with pocket sevens, but Andrew Hogwood (the original raiser) held pocket nines.

Neither improved on the 2♣3♦5♠2♦Q♣ flop and Broadbent headed to the rail. Everyone else left in has now jumped one rung on the pay ladder, £585 is the next payout level.

2.45pm: Chip counts
I've just flowed chip counts for the entire remaning field (as of the start of level 17) into the chip counts page. The top 10 is as below, Enzo Gomez leads from Lydia Cugudda.

Enzo Gomez United Kingdom 450000
Lydia Cugudda United Kingdom 335000
Shantanu Banerji United Kingdom 326000
Kaloyan Kirov Bulgaria 276000
Uzzol Miah United Kingdom 260000
Charles Akadiri United Kingdom 244000
Jake Cody United Kingdom 235000
Terry Jordan United Kingdom 227000
Marco Vasconcelos United Kingdom 225000
Marius Lietuvninkas Lithuania 205000

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Enzo Gomez

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Lydia Cugudda

2.35pm: Terry's all gold
Terry Jordan just made sure that 39 other players, as well as himself, will all collect at least a little gold for their efforts at the UKIPT Series.

Stanley Sanders raised to 12,000, Jordan flat called only for Mateusz Zbikowski to move all-in 59,000 total. Back on Sanders he quickly folded, but Jordan tanked and then called.

Jordan: A♣J♠
Zbikowski: A♦K♣

The Pole looked primed for a double up but a 5♠J♦2♠2♥6♣ board meant that there was no need for hand to hand play and everyone left will now take home at least £520.

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Zbikowski (green top) sees his tournament dreams dashed

2.30pm: Back from the break
Every all-in and call is now being announced and Eamonn Blake is an early casualty of level 17. He shoved from the small blind for less than 40,000, with J♣6♠ and David Dean called with pocket twos. The Q♠6♦2♦A♥]Q♥ board pretty decisive.

Another two players have been eliminated and with 41 players remaining we're on the bubble.

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 3,000-6,000 ante 1,000


2.05pm: Break time
The 44 remaining players are now on a 20 minute break, Gary Hulks, Simon Trowse, Tong Zhang, Hak-Hyun Lee, James Greenwood, Jamie Higgins and Adrian Smith didn't quite make it though as they are all out.

1.55pm: Blanco back to the drawing board
EPT3 Dortmund runner-up Cristiano Blanco has just been eliminated from the tournament and in the process Shantanu Banerji might have taken the chip lead.

The action was started by Blanco, he made it 10,500 from under-the-gun, it passed to Banerji in the small blind, he asked for a count of Blanco's stack (roughly 130,000) and then three-bet to 22,000, Blanco smooth called.

A 6♥5♦6♠ flop hit the felt, Banerji c-bet 23,000, Blanco moved all-in and Banerji called pretty sharpish.

Banerji: A♥A♦
Blanco: 8♦8♥

The K♠ turn and 9♠ river changed nothing and one of the most dangerous players left in is out. It's possible Banerji has overtaken Enzo Gomez as chip leader, we'll know for sure soon as tournament staff are going to do a full chip count on the next break, which is in five minutes.

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Blanco's snowmen were melted by bullets

1.50pm: Greenwood grabs some chips
You'll notice Joseph Field's name on the list of eliminations below, he was eliminated by UKIPT3 Bristol runner-up James Greenwood. All-in pre pocket tens against A♣K♥, ace on the flop flip-flopping the flip in Greenwood's favour. He's up to 85,000.

1.40pm: Bubble getting closer
Just 54 players remain in the UKIPT Series 1, meaning we're 14 off the bubble. The following players exited during level 15: Manig Loeser, Mark Norman, Traianos Ntavoutis, Raymond Persaud, Domonic Cugudda, Noel Jayapaul, Siddhartha Joshi, Pablo Herrada, Chuc Gia Khuu, John Hayes, Deborah Worley-Roberts, Joseph Field and Martin Goerig.

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Worley-Roberts fell just short of the money

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 2,500-5,000 ante 500


1.35pm: Flying under the radar
Get it quietly is a phrase that's bestowed upon poker players who get the gold without shouting about it. One such player is Tamer Kamel. Such was his anonymity, I completely missed the fact that he played yesterday, quite embarrassing considering he final tabled EPT London just last month. He finished seventh there, collecting a career high payday of £79,950. He's got a number of five figure scores though and is going well in this comp too as he's up to 130,000.

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Kaeml (left) is quietly accumulating chips

1.25pm: Bullets boost for Law
John Law just got a timely double up at the expense of Rafael Henderson. The former was all-in pre with aces, meanwhile Henderson had pocket fours. The board was safe and Law is up to 57,000 whilst Henderson slips to 100,000.

1.15pm: Exits
Level 14 was as far as: Gurpreet Nagi,Daniel Muddiman, Ian Tough, David Corkett, Mark Reed, Ruben Jose Rubio Gamito, Daniel Scothorne, Eric Croner, David Gant, Thomas Lodden, James Edgington, Rasmus Adjers, Paul Rodger, Jamie Wingate, Rajendra Hurkoo, David Tompkins and Csaba Tokodi would go as they are all out.

Just 68 players remain, the average stack is over 100,000 for the first time as it's 101,000.

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1.10pm: Cody clashes with the chip leader
Jake Cody's table broke and he was moved to the same table as chip leader Enzo Gomez, it didn't take the two of them long to play a pot.

Come the river of a 7♣J♥3♣8♥A♥ board Gomez bet 30,000 into a pot of roughly 80,000. "I wish you'd bet bigger," said Cody before folding his hand, Gomez showed just the J♠ as he took the pot. He's up to around 350,000, whilst Cody slips to 120,000.

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 2,000-4,000 ante 500


1.05pm: So so Simcoe
Start of day chip leader Pat Simcoe has had a pretty pedestrian opening two levels and is on much the same as he started with, perhaps a couple of thousand lighter if anything. "I've won a few blinds and lost 12,000 to the gentleman to my right," was his succinct summing up of his opening two levels.

1pm: Hayes doubles through Greenwood
UKIPT3 Bristol winner James Greenwood just took a hit as he just doubled up John Hayes. The latter was all-in pre for around 25,000 with pocket tens, Greenwood holding two overs in the shape of K♦Q♦. Despite the flop coming eight high with two diamonds Greenwood didn't connect with the turn or river. Hes down to around 65,000.

12.55pm: Saved by the river
Hak-Hyun Lee was walking, actually physically walking away from the table only for the river to save him.

He was all-in for what looked like just under 15,000 with pocket eights and in deep trouble against Raymond Persaud's pocket tens. The 3♦Q♠9♠A♥8♥ board giving him a massive sweat, until the river kept him alive.

12.45pm: Cody climbing
It's been a decent opening 40 minutes for Jake Cody, the Team PokerStars Pro is up to 150,000 from a start of the day 89,000.

He told me: "I got ace-king in against ace-queen, it came king, king," you can't teach that. He's at a chipped up table though (although it is the next to break), to his right sits Eammon Blake, he has a similar stack to Cody, whilst to his left is Juan Angel Maengual, he's on around 110,000.

It's not slowing Cody down though, whilst I was observing his table, he opened to 6,100 from under-the-gun+1, but folded when Maengual three-bet. He got those chips back straight away though as he opened the next hand and everyone folded.

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 1,500-3,000 ante 400


12.35pm: First level exits
The following players have all hit the rail during the opening 30 minutes: Darren Lyttle, Scott Hegarty, Kris Pillay, Nick Bell, Nick Wealthall, Christos Louca, Georges Tohme, Paul Morris, Joe Evans, Vladimir Vulpe, Beau Malachias, Steven Ly and Hak-Mann Lee.

Unlucky 13 for sure, 85 players remain, 40 of whom will get paid. If you need a reminder of the payout structure click here.

12.30pm: One double up
It's all happening at table three, just a couple of hands after Enzo Gomez eliminated Nick Bell there was another all-in showdown.

Andrew Hogwood was all-in for around 18,000 with pocket fives, Iain Tough the man giving him a spin with J♥T♥. Hogwood stood up, but soon sat back down again as the board came Q♥5♣7♣3♣T♠.

12.20pm: Must be nice
Enzo Gomez, who was third in chips coming into today, is now the likely chip leader, he turned up late too and had only just taken his seat when he eliminated Nick Bell.

Gomez check-raised on the 8♠2♠[10d] flop, then shoved on the 8♥ turn, Bell called and showed pocket queens, but he'd been outflopped by Gomez's pocket tens. The 8♦ completed the board and Gomez is now up to around 260,000.

12.10pm: Short day for Wealthall
UKIPT host Nick Wealthall is an early casualty on Day 2, he told me: "I shoved Ace-King and ran into eights. I need to get better at those." Jose Gamito was the man with the pocket pair, he's now up to 140,000.

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Wealthall's smiling and the sun is shining

12pm: Second and final day about to start
Welcome to the final day of the first UKIPT Series event here at the Hippodrome Casino in London. From the 343 players who started, just 98 remain. Over the next twelve hours that number will slowly diminish until there is just one. The winner today will pick up £19,400. Not bad for a weekends work. Pat Simcoe leads at the moment, he's on 220,500. Blinds will be 1,200-2,400 ante 300 at the start, which puts roughly 27 of the remaining players in shove mode, including UKIPT host Nick Wealthall who'll begin the day on 30,800. Someone coming back with an above average stack is Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, he's got 89,000 at the start of today.

For those of you following along at home the entire Day 2 seat draw is below, play will start nine handed but go eight handed as soon as possible.

UKIPT Series 1 Day 2 Seat Draw

Table 1
Gary Hulks United Kingdom  43,000
Manig Loeser Germany  68,400
Mark Norman United Kingdom  80,300
Christopher Love United Kingdom  47,000
Darren Lyttle United Kingdom  33,000
Tim Wong United Kingdom  51,000
Darren Hand United Kingdom  89,000
Simon Trowse United Kingdom  34,100
Scott Hegarty United Kingdom  12,300

Table 2
Gurpreet Nagi United Kingdom  62,700
Kris Pillay United Kingdom  15,600
Iain Raydon United Kingdom  135,500
John Harnett United Kingdom  36,100
Mitchell Cooper United Kingdom  54,300
Traianos Ntavoutis Greece 54,300
Simon Griffin United Kingdom  45,300
Daniel Muddiman United Kingdom  40,200
Toan Nguyen Australia 37,700

Table 3
Enzo Gomez United Kingdom  182,600
Andrew Hogwood United Kingdom  21,600
Raymond Persaud United Kingdom  52,700
Noel Broadbent United Kingdom  37,200
Mike Panteli United Kingdom  63,800
Nick Bell United Kingdom  79,300
Ian Tough United Kingdom  126,100
Tong Zhang United Kingdom  24,400
Hak-Hyun Lee Sweden  38,400

Table 4
David Corkett United Kingdom  25,300
Darren Fuller United Kingdom  58,200
Rafael Henderson United Kingdom  104,500
Uzzol Miah United Kingdom  145,700
Mark Reed United Kingdom  26,500
John Law United Kingdom  79,600
Domonic Cugudda United Kingdom  45,000
Noel Jayapaul United Kingdom  61,900
Balbir Pottiwal United Kingdom  79,800

Table 5

Marco Vasconcelos United Kingdom  64,600
Ruben Jose Rubio Gamito Spain 107,600
Nikolay Ponomarev Russian Federation 183,600
Jordan Hooper United Kingdom  42,100
Daniel Scothorne United Kingdom  22,100
Stanley Sanders France 106,700
Tamer Kamel United Kingdom  98,400
Terry Jordan United Kingdom  166,800
Nick Wealthall United Kingdom  30,800

Table 6
James Greenwood United Kingdom  64,400
Christos Louca United Kingdom  30,700
Charles Akadiri United Kingdom  96,800
David Gant United Kingdom  67,500
Eric Croner Sweden  45,800
David Dean United Kingdom  67,000
Jamie Higgins United Kingdom  38,400
Amit Karia United Kingdom  135,000
Kashif Shirazi United Kingdom  46,300

Table 7
Thomas Lodden Norway  35,100
Georges Tohme United Kingdom  23,400
Ernestas Lisauskas Ireland  71,400
Siddhartha Joshi United Kingdom  60,000
Neil Kilgour United Kingdom  57,300
Marius Lietuvninkas Lithuania 177,600
Paul Morris United Kingdom  25,600
Pablo Herrada Spain 70,100

Table 8
James Edgington United Kingdom  46,500
Joe Evans United Kingdom  26,900
Cristiano Blanco United Kingdom  56,300
Rasmus Adjers Sweden  42,500
Paul Rodger United Kingdom  65,900
Chuc Gia Khuu Hong Kong 90,600
Pat Simcoe United Kingdom  220,500
Robert Lee United Kingdom  54,900
Christopher Gordon United Kingdom  73,000

Table 9
Eamonn Blake Ireland  44,600
Jake Cody United Kingdom  90,000
Jamie Wingate United Kingdom  95,200
Juan Angel Maengual United Kingdom  106,800
Rajendra Hurkoo United Kingdom  24,300
Dominic Burn United Kingdom  114,600
David Tompkins United Kingdom  69,400
John Hayes United Kingdom  48,400
Mateusz Zbikowski Poland  80,500

Table 10
Adrian Smith United Kingdom  96,000
Flavio Xausa United Kingdom  49,800
Nimisha Rattan United Kingdom  43,300
Faisal Khokhar United Kingdom  59,000
Kaloyan Kirov Bulgaria 129,600
Michael McIntyre United Kingdom  60,100
Lydia Cugudda United Kingdom  50,000
Joseph Field United Kingdom  71,300
Vladimir Vulpe Romania 35,800

Table 11
Steven Ly United Kingdom  88,700
Vincent Meli France 71,900
Beau Malachias United Kingdom  40,900
Deborah Worley-Roberts USA 38,300
Richard Stanley United Kingdom  112,600
Csaba Tokodi Hungary 29,200
Hak-Mann Lee Sweden  18,200
Shantanu Banerji United Kingdom  120,800
Martin Goerig Germany  39,900

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Cody has a decent Day 2 stack

PokerStars Blog reporting team in London: Nick Wright. Photos by Neil Stoddart.

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