UKIPT Series 3: Day 1B , level 1-6 updates (blinds 200/400, ante 50)

5.35pm: End of the level
That's the end of level six and late registration. You'll find level seven updates in a new post.

5.25pm: Chip counts
A few chip counts from the upstairs room: Dale Garrard is on 16,000, Lee Taylor has 18,000, Joe Stapleton has a lot of ante chips and is 19,000, "I've not been winning any pots," he said. "I've just got a lot of change from people."

And Dean Clay is on 23,000, he was as high as 27,000 until he lost with pocket kings on a 7-5-4-8-2 board to Janice Phillips's 7-2 off-suit. That dropped him down to 13,000 but he's since recovered.

5.15pm: Cugudda staging a recovery
"I've just recovered," said Lydia Cugudda. "Quad sixes." The runner-up at UKIPT Series 1 had been down to 30 big blinds but shoved over five limpers with pocket sixes, got a call from a player with A-Q and made quads. She's now up to around 24,000.


Cugudda turned quads to double up

Blinds up: 200/400, ante 50

4.55pm: Kay Climbing
Dom Kay is up to 27,000 but he got a bit fortunate to get there, "I hit runner-runner straight," he told me.

4.45pm: More exits
Another quartet of players have busted out as Elizabeth Stone, Benjamin Pitoun, Paul Bampton and Carl Watson are all out.

4.35pm: Back from the break
Players are now back in their seats after the first break of the day.

Blinds up: 150 - 300 ante 25

4.15pm: Break time
The players are now on a 20 minute break.

4.05pm: Chip counts
A few chip counts for you now that there's been a bit of time for chip movement to occur: Nick Wealthall is down to 15,300, Dom Kay has slipped to 18,125, Simon Griffin - who's going for a third cash in a row at UKIPT Series events - has got some work to do as he's down to 12,200, Jen Mason has increased her stack to 24,000 but James Hartigan has slipped to 13,300. "Don't ask," were his words to me as I counted his stack. Fortunately Twitter revealed all.

3.50pm: Exits
In total five players have hit the rail in the opening three and a bit levels. As well as Nimisha Rattan, Panagiotis Efstathiou, Cesar Santos, Antonis Poulengaris and Antonio Merlino have all made some alternates very happy indeed.


Rattan (pictured at UKIPT Series 2) hit the rail first

Blinds up: 100/200 ante 25

3.40pm: Wealthall pays the penalty
Nick Wealthall has been a very naughty boy...

As to how he got it, well they'd been a raise from under-the-gun+1 and Wealthall, who was in the hijack got out of his seat whilst there were still four people to act in front of him and received a two hand penalty as a result. "I'm going to spend my two hand penalty punching your face," joked Wealthall to Tournament Director Luca Vivaldi.

3.25pm: Downstairs...
There are 13 tables in use in The Matcham Room, which is usually a theatre, at one of those tables is UKIPT Host Nick Wealthall and he just shot out of his seat: "I feel sick and I'm not even invloved," he said.

The hand that had made him sick was between Perri Whitside and Kay Wookey. The latter had shoved for an effective 7,700 on the turn of a 5♦[10d]4♠6♠ board with pocket aces and Whitside called off his chips with K♦T♥. The river was the K♣ and it was at this point that Wealthall jumped out of his seat.

"Not a lot you can do about that," said Wookey.
"Bad beats happen to good people," said Wealthall.
"I didn't think you were that big," said Whitside.

After that hand Wookey is down to around 5,000, whilst Wealthall has dropped to 17,500.

Blinds up: 75/150

3.10pm: Upstairs...
Play, as usual is split over two floors here at The Hippodrome and there are seven tables in use in the PokerStars Live Card room. Among the players seated up there is Dean Clay. The Brit qualifies to a lot of PokerStars events and as per usual won his seat to this event online. He's already got a seat to the UKIPT Main Event next week and is trying to qualify for the PCA and Eureka Prague events.

Also up on The Poker Deck are Lydia Cugudda, Joe Stapleton, Dale Garrard, Lee Taylor and John McGrane. The latter went deep in the WSOP Main Event in 2005, finishing 18th for $350,000.

2.55pm: Woman down
We've just lost the first player of the day and her name is Nimisha Rattan. The table she was at informed me of how she came to exit. She called a 3-bet from Craig Larsen with Q-J and connected pretty nicely with the A-K-10 flop, but so did Larsen with pocket tens. Bet and call on the flop and another 10 came on the turn giving Larsen quads. The chips flew in and Ratten was drawing dead, whilst Larsen has an early double up.

Blinds up: 50/100

2.40pm: Hat-trick hero?
Whilst Simon Griffin might not be a poker name you know he's going for a unique hat-trick today at The Hippodrome. He's cashed in the first two UKIPT Series events and is looking to go three from three. At UKIPT Series 1 he finished 35th, good for £520 and at UKIPT Series 2 he did much better as he was part of the nine way chop before being eliminated in ninth, technically not making the final table, but definitely banking £8,000.

2.30pm: A dozen then they're done
A quick reminder of the structure of these UKIPT Series events. They use the exact same structure as their big brother, the UKIPT Main Event, but each level is 30 minutes as opposed to one hour. That's mostly down to having to get the event done and dusted in a weekend rather than five days.

To make Day 2, which begins at noon tomorrow, players will have to negotiate 12 levels today. They'll get a 20 minute break after four levels and a 30 minute break after eight levels. Play should end sometime around 9pm. Looking at the starts somewhere around 30% of the field will make Day 2.

2pm: Back for more
Welcome to Day 1B of the UKIPT Series 3 and the second of the two starting flights. As usual B stands for bigger. There's not a seat to be had, all 200 of them have been snapped up ahead of the 2pm start time. However, there's a lengthy alternate list and 55 players got in this way on Day 1B of UKIPT Series 2 so the final total of players today will likely be around 250.

Among that number are a smattering of familiar faces and indeed voices as EPT Commentators James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton and UKIPT Host/WCOOP final table presenter Nick Wealthall are both in the field today. They'll be joined by the likes of Jen Mason, UKIPT Series 1 runner-up Lydia Cugudda and Dom Kay.

They'll all be hoping to end with a stack similar to Day 1A chip leader Haresh Thaker who turned his 20,000 starting stack into 244,100 by the end of play. The players are filtering into their seats, we're about 15 minutes away from starting though.


UKIPT Host Nick Wealthall (pictured at UKIPT Series 2)

All photos are copyright of Neil Stoddart

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in UKIPT