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