UKIPT4 Isle of Man: Level 1-4 updates (blinds 100/200 ante 25)

4.25pm: Break approaching
We'll be taking another break shortly so just us in a new post at around 4.40pm. Join us there.

4.05pm: Rosario runs out of chips
Poker author/player Shirley Rosario is another to have been eliminated in level four, according to David Docherty she lost the majority of her chips with ace-king against king-jack on a [K][J][X][X][X] board. And the rest went in with fives which lost out to pocket sevens. -- NW

3.55pm: Chip counts
Here's roughly how many betting discs some of the names and notables currently possess.

Niall Farrell - 55,500
Andre Coimbra - 22,325
Dermot Blain - 9,500
Daragh Davey - 18,000
Dara O'Kearney - 22,500
David Docherty - 19,300
David Lappin - 16,000
David Yan - 36,000
Hasmukh Khodiyara - 11,300
James Browning - 26,000
Jonathan Weekes - 15,300
Lynne Beaumont - 25,000
Marc MacDonnell - 25,000
Paul McTaggart - 13,300
Robbie Bull - 19,600
Thomas Ward - 27,000
Zoe Gillings - 14,800
Tim Davie - 19,800
Mickey Petersen - 30,000

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Jason Wheeler (left)

3.40pm: Wheeler gets looked up, down to 10k
Here's a tip for railbirds. Look around the tournament floor and look for any massages going on. Chances are the recipient will be a 'player', or trying to play like one. You can expect them to be playing a lot of pots because, hey, they're here to play. The massage shows that they're used to being at the table and are willing to pay the massage minute levy.

Sure enough the one person I could spot getting a rub down (the good kind) was Jason "JDPC27" Wheeler. He was playing hands. Early position with blinds at 75/150 Wheeler made it 550. No action. The next hand, now under-the-gun, Wheeler made it 375 and picked up two calls; Ed Ramshaw on the button and Oliver Deacon in the small blind.

Deacon led 450 into the 8♦9♣7♥. Wheeler called, Ramshaw did not. Deacon bet 1,100 into the 4♣ turn and Wheeler called again. Deacon checked the K♦ river allowing Wheeler to seize the initiative. He made it 2,900.

"How much?" asked Deacon.

It wasn't an instant muck. He made the call.

Wheeler: 7♠5♠ for third pair
Deacon: A♣9♥ for second pair

With that hand Wheeler dropped to around 10,250, almost half his 20,000 starting stack. Deacon chipped up to 22,000. At least Wheeler's getting his money's worth in massages. -- RD

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The Villa Marina entrance: come in and take your shot

3.30pm: Two more down
The introduction of the ante has increased the pace of the exits slightly as two more players have hit the rail. There's no easy way to say this but Arjanit Kondaj and Nicholas Williamson's main events are already over. -- NW

3.15pm: Owen Shiels doubles through Daragh Davey
A clash between two players who've made a UKIPT Main Event final table to tell you about...

It folded to Daragh Davey - he finished third at UKIPT4 Galway - he opened to 450 with Q♠Q♦, Owen Shiels, who came seventh at UKIPT2 Manchester, moved all-in for 3,750 with A♥K♥ and when it folded back to Davey he made the call and it was off to the races.
The 6♣3♦A♣9♣3♥ board favoured Shiels and he's now got a workable stack. -- NW

Blinds up: 100/200 ante 25

3.05pm: No tears spilt as Moltisanti's crying call is good
PokerStars Qualifier Christopher Moltisanti took so long to make his river decision that you wondered if he knew the action was on him.

I joined the action to see a full board of 8♦6♥K♥4♥9♥ on the felt, Oliver Deacon
had bet 2,200 into a pot of around 5,000 and action was definitely on Moltisanti. Conversation was carrying on between other players, the dealer wasn't starring at him and Moltisanti's expression didn't really look like that of a man faced with a river decision.

In fact the only clue that action was on him came in the fact that he had four chips in his hand, two gold chips each worth a 1,000 and two black chips each worth 100. After another couple of minutes with a flick of the wrist he committed the chips in the manner of a man who didn't really like any of the options open to him. "I've only got the seven," said Deacon, showing 7♥7♦, Moltisanti showed [10h][10c] for a superior flush to take the pot. -- NW

2.50pm: Role reversal
Team PokerStars Online's Mickey Petersen must have been pretty happy to have position on David Yan when he sat down to play. However their table has now been broken and the roles have been reversed as it's Yan who know has position on Petersen. They've been moved to the same table as Robbie Bull and Marc MacDonnell. -- NW

2.40pm: Third man
Another player has been knocked out as Adrian Mcelhinney has become the third player to lose his stack today. He was at the same table as UKIPT4 London champion Robbie Bull who told me what happened. Turns out Mcelhinney got it in dead against Oliver McDonald on the turn of a A-3-6-J board with A-9 as McDonald had A-J.
After that hand McDonald is up to 34,000. -- NW

2.30pm: Sheridan and Coady on the other side of the table
VIP Program Senior Manager Caleb Sheridan and VIP Events Manager Dylan Coady are two of the PokerStars staff members who are playing today and, much like their day to day jobs, they're just a couple of seats apart. Sat opposite Sheridan is Team PokerStars Onlins's Andre 'acoimbra' Coimbra, a player that Sheridan and Coady are more used to working with as opposed to playing against and so far that dynamic is working in the full-timers' favour more than Coimbra's. They're both up on their 20,000 starting stack while Coimbra is down to around 15,000 (or was at the last break).

The VIP guys are doing their best to live the brand: Sheridan turned up an hour late for play today due to staying to the bitter end of last night's VIP Club Live party at the Salt Bar & Kitchen. The free bar might just have some reason for Sheridan's late arrival, but who are we to suggest it. He was probably helping to clear up. Probably...

"I market the VIP programme, interact with the players and deal with the operational side to make sure the stellar awards are set up properly," explained Sheridan at the break.

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Caleb Sheridan (not in Fox outfit)

So you know all the free stuff that you can get here? You can nod your head towards Sheridan and co for that. Today, it's easier to take him seriously. Last night, Sheridan was dressed as a fox for the VIP Club Live fancy dress competition. He was the only entrant.

"He won the fancy dress contest. In fact, he was the only one in fancy dress... That email might have only gone to one person," said Coady.

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Dylan Coady, Ross Marshall and Caleb Sheridan(l-r)

Even if his colleague doesn't get premium treatment, former full time online grinder Coady makes sure that all the VIP players do.

"We make sure that we translate the online VIP experience to the live sphere. I run the VIP Club Live parties, which we've run five of this year and hopefully be more. We basically just make sure that the VIPs are treated well, such as picking them up in limos at the PCA," he said. -- RD

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Team PokerStars Online at the VIP Club Live

2.15pm: Chip counts
As the players return for level three here's how some of the names and notables stack up:

Andre Coimbra - 17,500
Dermot Blain - 19,625
Daragh Davey - 18,300
Dara O'Kearney - 19,600
David Docherty - 18,650
David Lappin - 18,000
David Yan - 41,000
Hasmukh Khodiyara - 14,900
James Browning - 27,000
Jonathan Weekes - 23,500

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Jonathan Weekes (left) and David Lappin (right)

Lynne Beaumont - 22,000
Marc MacDonnell - 21,000
Paul McTaggart - 15,600
Robbie Bull - 23,500
Shirley Rosario - 16,400
Thomas Ward - 24,200
Zoe Gillings - 14,400
Tim Davie - 23,000
Mickey Petersen - 19,700

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(L-R) Zoe Gillings, David Docherty and Shirley Rosario

Blinds up: 75/150

2pm: Break time
The first two levels are in the bag and the players have been released into the wild for 15 minutes before being forced back into their poker cage. -- NW

1.50pm: Yan the man
The dangerous David Yan is even more of a threat now as he's up to 41,000 after eliminating Teymoure Sabet. The New Zealander told me how he got that stack. "I opened to 300 under-the-gun with aces and he was the only caller," he told me. The flop was J-J-5 with two spades, I bet 500 and he called. The turn was an off-suit two, I bet 1,200, he raised to 2,700 and I called. The river was an ace, I checked, he bet 4,000, I went all-in for 13,000 more and he called with Q-J."

1.35pm: Pole axed, Farrell flying high
The first player out today is Adrian Zawislak, I didn't see the exit first hand but his conqueror - Calum Morrissey filled me in on what happened. The Pole raised with pocket queens from a stack of 16,000 and Morrissey called in position with pocket twos. The flop came 8-6-2 with two clubs, Zawislak bet, Morrissey raised, Zawislak moved all-in and Morrissey called. The turn and river were both blanks and Morrissey was up to around 40,000 thanks to his flopped set.

However, he didn't keep hold of them for long as he was involved in a cooler of a hand with Niall Farrell. The latter tweeted earlier that he wouldn't mind busting this one early due to having had a few drinks last night.

But he might well be in for a long day as he found aces at the same time as Morrissey had kings and the inevitable happened. The aces held and Farrell is up to 40,000. "I was the recipient of said cooler," explained a grinning Farrell. -- NW

1.25pm: Razavi not enjoying the best of starts
UKIPT Cork winner Sam Razavi has been peddling his poker wares on the other side of the world of late. He was APPT Player of the Year and his last string of cashes have a mix of flags showing Korea, Macau and the Philippines. He's made the long trip back to play this event, but he's not got off to the best of starts having lost small chunks to Full Tilt Poker Tour Ambassador Dermot Blain and to PokerStars staff member Fredrik Stromberg, who works in PRM (Poker Room Management).

I joined the action on the river of a T♥5♠6♦5♣Q♠ board which Stromberg had led (what appeared to be) 2,850 into.

"I can beat ace-queen," said Razavi, "but I can't beat pocket sixes."

Stromberg gave a shrug of sorts. You know the one, the well-it's-up-to-you-to-decide shrug. If looking for a read Razavi didn't seem to get the information he wanted. He picked up a blue 5k chip and grimaced. He picked up some other chips and banged the blue chip into them then, as if it might help, started pushing the chip into the middle of his head, right on the bridge of his nose between his eyes. That's a first for me.

"Sorry. It will look like a nit roll to everyone," he said.

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Sam Razavi: now trying to press a bottle into his skull

Razavi eventually tossed in the chip, the same one that he'd been trying to bust into his cranium just moments before, sporting a look of someone who knew that his hand is frequently losing. It was. Stromberg tabled pockets tens for the turned nut full house. Razavi quickly flashed what appeared to be pocket kings. Stromberg's stack is up to around 26,000, while Razavi's is down to around 11,000. You can read about Razavi's UKIPT Cork win here. -- RD

1.10pm: Flag hunting
Team PokerStars Online member Mickey Petersen is in the field today and he's gunning for a result so he can get that elusive Isle of Man flag on his database results page:

But it's not going to be easy as he's got at least two tough opponents at his table. The Dane, who won EPT8 Copenhagen and has over one million dollars in tournament winnings, does at least have position on them though. He's in seat one at table 15 and the dealer is all the separates him from David Yan in seat nine. The New Zealander made a deep run at EPT10 London earlier this month, eventually busting in 12th and he also final tabled the Aussie Millions this year, finishing sixth. He's got over $500,000 in lifetime earnings, but neither Yan or Petersen have made a UKIPT final table, but the player to Yan's direct right has.

That's because seat eight is occupied by Dara Davey, the Irishman finished third at UKIPT4 Galway, where he picked up € 80,400. We'll mark this table with the 'one to watch' tag then. -- NW

Blinds up: 50/100

12.55pm: Twitter #UKIPT
There's always plenty of Twitter action around any poker event. No difference here with this offering from Dara O'Kearney, last season's Online Qualifier of the Year.

12.45pm: Stragglers
Players continue to take their seats in dribs and drabs, most tables are now playing seven or eight handed. Robbie Bull, who continued Scotland's stranglehold on UKIPT4 titles by winning last time out in London, Niall Farrell, Paul McTaggart (who's sat to the right of Sam Razavi and Dermot Blain), Thomas Ward and Tim Davie are among those who needed an extra 30 minutes in bed following the excesses of last night's VIP party or you know, just because. -- NW

12.40pm: Docherty set for the day
David Docherty is a regular face - or should that be hat? - on the UKIPT. The mild-mannered Scot has cashed four times in Main Events and made one final table, UKIPT2 Dublin, which you can read about here. Docherty was one of the many talented players who was at the VIP bash last night and talked to us of upswings and downswings with the bittersweet reflection of someone who was a regular grinder of chunky PLO cash games. Docherty, who always has a large-brimmed cap atop his head, is a regular $400 PLO player and is sat on the left of Zoe Gillings, a grinder of a different sort: she's one of Britain's top snowboarders and a Manx native. -- RD

12.30pm: The theatre of dreams
The tournament is taking place in the main theatre of the Villa Marina. It's an impressive room with a high domed ceiling and multiple rows of seating: five around the main floor and the same again in the upper circle overlooking the action. The stage is not currently the main focus of attention, but will be as the days roll on. A well-lit feature table sits front and centre and will be broadcast around the world on the UKIPT website on Days 3 and 4, but we'll have the small matter of getting several hundred poker players (including a number of PokerStars and Full Tilt staff who have been given special dispensation to play this one-off event) to get down to a final 24 or so.

The tournament here is much like any PokerStars event you'll find around the world, whether it's in Europe, Latin America, Australasia or, well, anywhere. There's the calm riffle of chips, top class dealers, and the occasional muttering of "I would have made two-pair" as if it would have been the nuts. -- RD

12.15pm: Table mates
Not all of the notables mentioned below are in their seats, some choosing to show up fashionably late. As a result most of the tables are playing five or six handed at this point. Despite the paucity of players there's a couple of interesting player combinations to be found.

Sitting side by side at table 14 are Jonathan Weekes and David Lappin. Both have had deep runs in EPT's with Weekes finishing ninth at EPT7 Tallinn and Lappin 38th at EPT9 Deauville.

And it seems Sam Razavi must now have won all the money in the Asian poker community as the prolific casher and UKIPT2 Cork champion is playing today. He's sat to the direct right of Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot Blain.-- NW

12pm: Play has begun, battles underway
Play has just started and we've already seen plenty of names we recognise from the UKIPT and further afield. Players such Team PokerStars Online's Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra and Mickey Petersen, Dominik Nitsche, David Yan, UKIPT3 Player of the Year Thomas Hall, Jason Wheeler and our most recent champ Robbie Bull are all at the tables. The one-hour clock should mean that we don't get too many early bust outs but set over set can happen. -- RD

11.30am: Good morning from the Isle
Welcome to the Isle of Man and, more specifically, the wonderful Villa Marina venue (and you can find out more about both here). Not only is this the first visit of a major poker event to the Isle of Man since the John Duthie won the Poker Million back in November 2000* but it's the first time since PokerStars set up shop here. It's looking like it's going to be a special UKIPT with tours of PokerStars HQ, more members of Team PokerStars Pro and Online than you could shake a stick at, and one big, fat £500,000 guarantee. There was a great VIP night last night and a very lively players party set for tomorrow night.

*We heard last night that his trophy has been sat in a casino manager's office for the last 13 years after the EPT founder left the silverware in the back of a taxi.

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The view the players will get when looking to the heavens

Key UKIPT Isle of Man facts
- 20,000 starting stack
- Blinds starting at 25/50 for 400 big blinds
- One hour levels (and we'll probably play eight)
- PokerStars employees are - for the first time ever - allowed to play a PokerStars event. All will be duly patched up and have paid the entry fee out of their own pocket.
- Day 1A starts today, Day 1B will play out tomorrow and then Days 2, 3 and 4 will be a combined field to a UKIPT champion (cue winner's photo, trophy swinging around, celebrations in the bar).

There's a bunch of side events and cash games going on, which you can check out by clicking here.

Play is due to start at noon. We'll be bringing you action from the floor and, we sincerely hope, you can expect some interesting and entertaining updates from myself and Nick Wright with the Head of PokerStars Blog Brad Willis weighing in with some interviews and features as the tournament plays through.

PokerStars Blog reporting team at PokerStars UKIPT Isle of Man: and Nick Wright. Photos by Rene Velli.

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT