UKIPT Series2: Day 2, level 19-24 updates (15,000-30,000 ante 4,000)

7.10pm: Break time
The players are now on a 15 minute break. You'll find level 25 updates in a new post.

7pm: Dragomir and Mok both collect £1,305
Down to just a dozen now as Catalin Dragomir and Peter Mok were eliminated at different tables in quick succession. No details on the former - apart from it was Anthony Flynn who eliminated him - but I caught Mok's exit live.

Holding J♥7♥ he jammed from middle position for around 380,000 and Paul Zimbler made the call from the big blind with A♣K♥, an 8♣J♥K♠6♦Q♠ board saw Zimbler's hand hold up.

6.55pm: Philip Baker eliminated in 15th place (£1,015)
Down to just 239,000 Philip Baker moved all-in from the small blind with A♣5♦, from the big blind Anthony Flynn, who was playing around 500,000 got a count, then made the call and showed Q♣J♠.

The K♦Q♦4♣ flop gave Flynn the lead and a standing Baker let out a sigh of disgust, the 3♦T♣ turn and river kept Flynn in front and he's now up to around 750,000.

6.45pm: Table Two
All the big stacks appear to be on Table One as this is how Table Two stacks up...

Catalin Dragomir, Romania, 260,000
Phil Baker, United Kingdom, 270,000
Anthony Flynn, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 480,000
Mark McCluskey, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 300,000

Patrik Meca, Czech Republic, 305,000
Madhavan Kasthuri, India, 550,000
David Radnor, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 640,000
Ben Miller, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 720,000

Blinds up: 15,000 - 30,000 ante 4,000

6.40pm: Table One
Here's how table one stacks up:

Gabriel Dragomir, Romania, 1,800,000
Callum Palfrey, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 600,000
Craig O'Neill, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 830,000
Paul Zimbler, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,100,000

Michal Jaron, Poland, 505,000
Simon Griffin, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 620,000
Peter Mok, United Kingdom, 500,000


Dragomir's stack is three times the average

6.30pm: Nicolas Berry eliminated in 16th place (£1,015)
The heartbeat that was Nicholas Berry has been stopped in this tournament. He moved all-in for 105,000 with Q♣T♠ and Michal Jaron re-raised all-in for 400,000, everyone else folded.

Berry: Q♣T♠
Jaron: A♠J♥

The board ran 2♠7♠7♥A♣Q♠ to eliminate Berry.

6.20pm: Double elimination takes us down to two tables
From under-the-gun Callan Pang moved all-in for 162,000, next to act Gabriel Dragomir made the call, only for Colin Brown to then move all-in from the big blind for just 12,000 more with what he said was his favourite hand, Dragomir put in the extra and it was showdown time.

Dragomir: A♣T♠
Pang: 8♥8♣
Brown: 6♦4♦

The Q♠5♠K♣5♦A♠ board saw the covering stack of Dragomir river an ace to take us down to 16 players and they'll now be a redraw for the final two tables.

6.10pm: Down to 18
More exits as the following players have finished in the money...

19th. David Phelan, Ireland, PokerStars Player, £815
20th. Phillip Walker, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £815
21st. Alessio Aita, Italy, PokerStars Player, £815
22nd. Ganesh Bathmanathan, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £815

23rd. Sum Yip, China, £815

With two more exits they'll be a redraw for the final two tables.

Blinds up: 12,000 - 24,000 ante 3,000

6pm: McCluskey doubles through Miller
From the button a big stacked Ben Miller raised to 45,000 and in the big blind Mark McCluskey - who only had around 130,000 - mulled it over and then made the call. On the 5♠K♥7♠ flop McCluskey moved all-in for 88,000 and Miller made the call.

McCluskey: 4♠3♠
Miller: K♣J♦

The Q♠ turn gave McCluskey a flush and a lock on the hand, before the meaningless 4♦ hit the river. Despite that knock Miller is still one of the chip leaders with around 800,000.

5.50pm: Double for Meca
Down to just five big blinds Patrik Meca moved all-in from early position with J♣T♥ and Colin Brown responded by moving all-in over the top for around 700,000 to isolate. Everyone else folded, Brown showed pocket nines and it was off to the races. The 3♣8♣3♠J♦5♥ board kept Meca alive and he doubled, but is still short.

5.40pm: Exits
Some recent exits...

24th. Kee Tak Cheung, United Kingdom, £815 
25th. Mohammad Hossein Sharifkazemi, United Kingdom, £725
26th. James Thomson, United Kingdom, £725
27th. Aaron Armstrong, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £725
 28th. Stephen Bridges, United Kingdom, £725


James Thomson

Blinds up: 10,000 - 20,000 ante 3,000

5.30pm: Walker gets a double
Phillip Walker qualified for this tournament for just $10, "I won two satellites on the bounce," he told me. "The first of which was a $0.50c re-buy. "It was carnage," he said.

He was down to 81,000 and as a hand played out he said: "I've been getting nothing, 5-2, 5-3, all low cards." The hand over he got dealt two fresh cards under-the-gun and moved all-in, Madhavan Kasthuri gave gave him a spin from the big blind and the cards were revealed.

Walker: A♥T♥
Kasthuri: 9♦9♥

Before the flop was dealt Walker, in the time honoured tradition of the short stack got to his feet to sweat his fate, 4♦7♦T♦ hit the felt and Walker, despite taking the lead, stayed standing as he knew he had to fade the flush draw. The turn and river fell 2♠6♥ and he got his much needed double up.

5.20pm: Redraw
Four players were eliminated in the opening 15 minutes of the level and there's been a quick pause whilst they redraw to the final three tables, I'll get you information on the exits as soon as possible.

5.15pm: Chip counts from the break
We did a full chip count during the break and it's Craig O'Neill who ledas with 1,113,000

Craig O'Neill United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 1130000
Benjamin Miller United Kingdom PokerStars Player 859000

Gabriel Dragomir Romania 850000
Paul Zimbler United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 770000
Callum Palfrey United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 635000
Simon Griffin United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 540000

Madhavan Kasthuri India 380000
Anthony Flynn United Kingdom PokerStars Player 320000
Peter Mok United Kingdom 315000
Callan Pang United Kingdom PokerStars Player 310000
Philip Baker United Kingdom 295000
Colin Brown United Kingdom PokerStars Player 280000
Aaron Armstrong United Kingdom PokerStars Player 260000

Kee Tak Cheung United Kingdom 250000
Mark McCluskey United Kingdom PokerStars Player 240000
Patrik Meca Czech Republic 235000
Catalin Dragomir Romania 210000
Michal Jaron Poland 195000
James Thomson United Kingdom 178000
David Radnor United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 165000
Alessio Aita Italy PokerStars Player 147000
Phillip Walker United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 142000
Mohammad Hossein Sharifkazemi United Kingdom 140000
Ganesh Bathmanathan United Kingdom PokerStars Player 110000
Stephen Bridges United Kingdom 100000
David Phelan Ireland PokerStars Player 98000
Sum Yip China 90000
Nicolas Berry United Kingdom PokerStars Player 86000


Zimbler is fourth in chips

5pm: Back from the break
The 28 remaining players are now back in their seats, when 24 remain they'll be a complete re-draw for the final three tables.

Blinds up: 8,000 - 16,000 ante 2,000

4,40pm: Break time
That's the end of level 20 and the remaining players are now on a 20 minute break.

4,30pm: Exits
The players continue to drop at a rate of knots, the latest in the money finishers are:

29th. Paul Dando, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £725
30th. David Lu, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £725

31st. Michael Dun, United Kingdom, £725
32nd. Joe Stoyles, United Kingdom, £725
33rd. Michael Tucknott, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £635
34th. Nick Malvasi, Italian, PokerStars Player, £635
35th. Samuel Goodman, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £635
36th. Jeff Kimber, United Kingdom, £635
37th. Mark Hunter, United Kingdom, £635
38th. Glen Davage United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £635
39th.Matt Bryan, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £635


Kimber has cashed, but crashed

4,15pm: McCluskey gets a double
All-in and call was the cry from Table five and I wandered over to see Mark McCluskey all-in for around 165,000, up against Nick Malvasi. He was in good shape as he held pocket aces to Malvasi's pocket sevens. However, the window card of the flop was the 7♣, but Malvasi only held the lead briefly as the flop was filled out by the K♦ and A♣. The turn and river came T♦4♥ and McCluskey doubled to around 350,000 whilst Malvasi, who was reduced to less than 70,000 was out soon afterwards.

Blinds up: 6,000 - 12,000 ante 2,000

4pm: In the money
Two full tables of players have busted in the money since the bubble burst an hour ago, here's who's finished in the money so far:

39th. Matt Bryan, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £635
40th. Ernestas Lisauskas,Lithuania, £635
41st. Raygon Egan, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £550
42nd. John Harnett, Ireland , £550
43rd. Martin Cheung, United Kingdom, £550
44th.Eoin Starr, Ireland, £550
45th. Craig Morgan, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £550
46th. Nimisha Rattan, United Kingdom, £550
47th. James Greenwood, United Kingdom, £550
48th. Alfie Baldwin, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £550
49th. Danny Blair, United Kingdom, £490
50th. Sergey Chernykh, Russian Federation, PokerStars Player, £490
51st. John Marsh, United Kingdom, £490
52nd. Latoya Van Der Meer, New Zealand, PokerStars Player, £490
53rd. Niraj Shah, United Kingdom , PokerStars Player, £490

54th. Daniel Blake, United Kingdom, £490
55th. James Koumis, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £490
56th. Ignacio Harris, Argentina, £490


James Greenwood

3.50pm: Raygon gone
I just saw Raygon Egan get eliminated in 41st place, busting with A♣K♦ against Aaron Armstrong's pocket queens, the pair holding up on a J♦5♦J♥6♠K♠ board.

Nothing special about that you may think, but Egan's tournament has been anything but ordinary. She and her Aunt drove down from Manchester from this tournament and the latter has been railing Egan throughout the tournament. Last night they couldn't find any hotels so slept in their car outside of the casino. And for Egan this tournament was a big deal as she usually plays small stakes online. She's got £550 to pad her bankroll, although you hope she buys her Aunt something special with some of the proceeds.


Raygon Egan

3.40pm: Greenwood out, Miller massive
Chip leader Ben Miller has around 600,000 now after eliminating James Greenwood. The latter was all-in for his last 16 big blinds with J♥T♥ and Miller called with pocket queens. The J♠6♠9♥5♦A♠ board kept the pair in front and eliminated Greenwood.

Still it's the hottest day of the year so far, so every cloud.


Summer has arrived

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Nick Wright
@PokerStars in UKIPT