UKIPT4 Isle of Man: Level 5-8 updates (400/800, ante 100)

9.10pm: Done for the day
That's the end of play for today, stay tuned for a wrap of the day's play and keep an eye on the chip count page as we'll upload the overnight standings there when we get them. -- NW

8.45pm: Final four hands
The clock has been paused and there will be four more hands at each table before Day 1b is in the books. -- NW

8.40pm: Lane loses a little
Mark Lane just took a hit but it was a mere scratch and he still leads the way with 170,000.

Pre-flop Trevor Dinneen shoved all-in for around 9,000 with A♥K♥ from late position, Lane was in the big blind and made the call with A♠7♠. A 6♣2♥3♣5♣J♣ board didn't connect with either hand but did mean that Dinneen's kicker played. He's up to around 18,000. -- NW

8.30pm: Pot stuck in the middle
Neil Rawnsley just won a tidy pot but he almost didn't see one chip of it...
Pre-flop Liv Boeree raised to 1,600 on the button, Lawrence Hamer called from the small blind and Rawnsley followed suit from the big blind. On the Q♥[10h]8♥ flop both players checked to Boeree, she bet 2,400, Hamer made it 5,000, Rawnsley called and Boeree left them to it.

The 4♠ turn and 3♥ river checked through, Hamer showed Q♠3♠ and it took Rawnsley five seconds or so to show K♣J♥ perhaps because of this the dealer pushed the pot to Hamer, who was in the one seat, Rawnsley, who was in the two seat, quickly informed the dealer of his error and the dealer pushed the pot towards Rawnsley.

However, Fraser McIntyre believed that one of the gold 1k chips that was being pushed towards Rawnsley belonged to Hamer and there then followed a few minutes where the pot was counted and the action replayed to work out who the 1k chip belonged to. After a couple of minutes McIntyre was proven to be correct and that chip stayed in front of Hamer. -- NW

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Fraser McIntyre - poker police

8.20pm: One level short
A hardy 140 of the 266 entrants have made the last level of the night, however: Karl Mahrenholz, Richard Pearson, Izabela Raniszewska, Stuart Kinghorn, Ian Roberts, Alastair Edmunds, Kevin Thomson, Sebastian Richter, Heath Cram, Leslie Barton, Andrew Badecker, John Caldwell, Fredrick Wise, James Johnston, Mark O'Connor, Gordan Goodall, Sondre Svanevik, Lewis Hunter, Thomas Somerville, Antonis Poulengeris, Ivan Tikhov, Kenneth Diack, Stephen Woodhead, Rudy Raveyts, Gordan Huntly, Pal Zsibrita, Clayton Mooney, Christopher Bell, Dawid Szopinski, Dale Garrard and Andrew Abernethy are all out. -- NW

8.15pm: Haxton and Schneider bust
Not a good 10 minutes for Team PokerStars Online representatives as both Ike Haxton and Felix Schneiders are out.

The respective talents of the table that Haxton was at have now been spread around the room, Fatima Moreira De Melo is now sat to the left of Jake Cody, Sin Melin is in the seat that was previously occupied by David Williams and John Eames is easing himself into his new table with a massage. - NW

8.10pm: Mark Lane takes chip lead with huge pot
There's been a lot of enthusiastic banter at Mark Lane and Thomas Dunwoodie's table, mainly between the two and, one suspects, that it's probably because they both have huge stacks of chips. You can afford to be happy and carefree when your Day 2 berth appears to be booked.

The pair had a small tussle on a 7♠3♦9♠7♥Q♠ board but Lane never looked interested and Dunwoodie eventually flashed pocket nines for a full house.

There was a lot more action in the next hand though. An under-the-gun limp was raised to 1,500 by Richard Pearson in the next seat long. Lane quickly four-bet to 4,075 from middle position and Pearson called.

Pearson checked the 9♠2♣8♠ flop and Lane bet 7,000. Pearson quickly announced that he was all-in for a substantial amount (it could easily have been as much as 40,000) and Lane made the call.

Pearson: 5♦5♠
Lane: J♦J♠

The board blanked out and Pearson said, "I thought you had ace-king."

"Are you f*cking daft?" asked Lane.

The pair continued to argue until Dunwoodie pointed out that it could be considered a rubdown. It was half in jest anyway. Lane's stack appears to be around 130,000. A huge cooler between Lane and Dunwoodie would be quite spectacular. -- RD

Blinds up: 400/800, ante 100

8pm: Phillips on the slide
Level number seven has not been kind to PokerStars Team Online's Dale Philip:

He's Scottish though so he'll be clinging to those chips for dear life.

7.50pm: Chip counts
The board is showing that 162 players remain and that the average stack is a shade over 31,000. There are a fair few notables grinding stacks of all sizes, here's how they're getting on

Martins Adeniya - 59,000
Nick Abou Risk - 36,000
Max Silver - 22,600
Ben Jenkins - 33,000
Pierre Neuville - 23,600
Richard Evans - 19,200
Fatima Moreira De Melo - 35,000
Ike Haxton - 16,200
John Eames - 49,075
Sinem Melin - 27,000
Dale Philip - 19,975

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Gathering chips is thirsty work for Adeniya

Felix Schneiders - 11,900
Fraser McIntyre - 16,800
Jack Ellwood - 50,000
Karl Mahrenholz - 30,000
Barry Greenstein - 59,600
Jake Cody - 19,500
Leo Margets - 38,800
Sam Grafton - 55,000
Julian Thew - 36,000
Rob Yong - 21,600
Alan Gold - 28,225

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Margets is on the march

7.40pm: Ike spikes
"All-in," announced Ike Haxton, pushing his stack of 7,575 across the line, it folded all the way to James Johnston in the small blind and he announced call, Fatima Moreira De Melo folded the big blind and it was time for the showdown.

Haxton: A♦9♦
Johnston: A♥K♠

The 6♣9♥J♦8♥5♠ board favoured the Maltese based Team PokerStars Online member and he plays on. -- NW

7.35pm: In the belly of the beast

"It is arguably the most important building in all of online poker."

Venture into the high security bunker with Brad Willis, simply by clicking here. Every single hand ever dealt on PokerStars is stored here. Even a ninja couldn't make it through (allegedly). -- RD

7.30pm: The great Szabo
Gabor Szabo now has a stack of 55,000 and it came to him courtesy of a big pot against Team PokerStars Pro David Williams. I didn't see the entire hand but on a 9♠Q♦4♣4♠ board Williams bet, Szabo raised, Williams shoved and Szabo snap called.

Williams: 6♦2♦
Szabo: A♥A♠

The 5♠ completed the board and Williams shipped the majority of his stack to Szabo, the American is down to just 10,000. -- NW

7.25pm: Play it again, Sam
Sam Kenny just won a huge pot, one that dented Jake Cody and eliminated Jon Kalmar. Pre-flop Kalmar was all-in for 1,100 and Kenny and Cody both matched his bet. On the K♣7♣6♣ flop Cody fired out a bet of 2,000 and Kenny smooth called. To the 5♦ turn they went, Cody bet 4,500 and Kenny smooth called again.

The Q♠ completed the board, Cody bet again and again the price was 4,500. After about 30 seconds Kenny made it 15,000 total, Kalmar was already on his feet by this point, Cody mucked, Kenny showed A♣J♣ for the nuts, Kalmar's 6♥4♣ was turned over as he walked away. - NW

7.20pm: Table captains
We've done a sweep of the biggest stacks at all of the tables at the last break. These are some of the biggest stacks in the game at the moment.

Thomas Dunwoodie, United Kingdom, 113,000
Mark Lane, United Kingdom, 111,000
Simon Fuller, United Kingdom, 73,000
Fabio Esposito, United Kingdom, 70,000
Lewis Cheetham, United Kingdom, 69,500
Sam Grafton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 68,000
Jonathan Barr, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 68,000
John Eames, United Kingdom, 66,500
Garcia Rivera, Spain, 66,000
Martins Adeniya, United Kingdom, Full Tilt Poker Ambassador, 64,000
Guy Robert Johnson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 62,000
Francis Dunleavy, Ireland, 60,000
Radu Zamostean, Canada, PokerStars Qualifier, 57,000
Richard Pearson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 57,000
David Williams, United States, Team PokerStars Pro, 55,000
Daniel Stacy, Ireland, 52,000
Ion Tronaru, Romania, PokerStars Qualifier, 51,000
Nicholas Newport, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 49,500
Remy Hordan, Isle of Man, 49,000
Jack Ellwood, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 48,500
Isai Scheinberg, Canada, 48,500
Martin Hanitz, Norway, PokerStars Qualifier, 47,500
Leo Margets, Spain, Team PokerStars Pro, 46,500
Liam Batey, United Kingdom, 46,000
Liv Boeree, United Kingdom, Team PokerStars Pro, 45,000
Sam Kenny, Isle of Man, 45,000
Cory Desmond, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 43,500
Alexander Ekart, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier, 40,000
Ben Jenkins, United Kingdom, Full Tilt Poker Ambassador, 39,500
Dainis Budovskis, Latvia, PokerStars Qualifier, 39,000
Daniel Shapiro, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 37,000
Brian Watterson, Isle of Man, PokerStars Player, 36,500
Michael Opree, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier, 32,000
Kevin Daly, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 31,500
Alan Gold, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 30,000


Big stack Thomas Dunwoodie

7.15pm: How's that for some product placement?
Ike Haxton has dribbled down to around 8,000 chips, only good for about 12 big blinds, but he's a man that can obviously look on the bright side.

We'll check to see if Haxton has been paid for his product placement. I'm pretty sure that's not the case though. I don't think Okell's could afford him. -- RD

7.05pm: What does the fox say?
The fox says, "Give me your chips."

Underneath that outfit is VIP Program Senior Manager Caleb Sheridan who yesterday made it through Day 1A fifth in chips with 90,300, some of which came from Team PokerStars Online's Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra. Cue this.

Sheridan promised the PokerStars Blog that he would don the fox outfit again if he made the final table. He made this promise before he had many chips, but we'll hold him to it. -- RD

Blinds up: 300/600, ante 75

6.40pm: Break
We're getting the biggest stacks from each table during the break, which is starting now. Back in about 15 minutes. -- RD

6.35pm: More exits
The table of death (see: 6.10pm post) has now been broken, in part because Gary Clarke busted from that table. He's not alone as Israel Rozental, Peter Murphy, Ewan Brown, Steve Day, Kourosh Radfar, Gavin Flynn, Fintan Gavin, Kevin Iacofano and Colin Lovelock are all out. -- NW

6.30pm: Graydon going great guns
Tournament chips want to be with each other. You start them split up between hundreds, if not thousands, of players and they all slowly creep and crawl across to big stacks which eventually merge into one enormous pile, often pictured alongside a trophy and a happy grinning face. There's definitely some of that chip magnetism going on at table 20. At one end of the table in seats 6, 7 and 8 sit Mick "BIGMICKG" Graydon, Thomas Dunwoodie and Liv Boeree. They've got 60,000, 80,0000 and 55,000 respectively. That's way above average right now. Consider that last night's chip leader, Dara O'Keraney, made it through with 112,100 and that we've still got more than two levels left to play today.

Graydon may be busy running up a stack here but he's also got one eye on EPT Prague next month (which he's already qualified for) and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January (which he's already qualified for). Nice life.

Also, the Day 2 seat draw will be published here on the PokerStars Blog at around 10pm.
-- RD


Mick Graydon, earlier today

6.20pm: Fin
Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso is among the latest eliminations. Just 193 of 245 runners remain today, other exits include: Milena Langdale, Peter Robinson, Tomasz Raniszewski, Mark Wagstaff, Alex Dreyfus, Simon Child, Morgan Kan, David Dean, Matas Cimbolas, Dustin Iannotti, Neil Raine, Richard Milne Snr, Patryk Slusarek, Patrick Uzan, Aedan Jenkins, Mark Spelman Chihao Tsang and Andrew Leinwand. -- NW

6.10pm: Table of death
Table 20 is particularly stacked right now, in seat two is Julian Thew (22,000), to his direct left is Jon Spinks (11,000), cast your eyes on seat six and the face of Gary Clarke (8,600) will be found. He's not the only Irish grinder at the table as Mick Graydon (47,000) is sat to his left and in seat nine is Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (50,000).

It proved the table of tournament death for Spinks just moments ago, Thew opened from under-the-gun+1, Spinks three-bet, Thew set him in and Spinks called.

Thew: K♦K♥
Spinks: [10c][10h]

Earlier Thew had flopped a set of deuces to crack Spinks' pocket jacks and it looked like Spinks would get revenge as the flop came A♣[10s]2♥. At this juncture Spinks was a 89% favourite, he improved to 91% on the A♥ turn but the A♠ river gave Thew a bigger full house and the table recoiled in horror at the outdraw. To his credit Spinks didn't flinch and shook the hands of his opponents as he left the table. "I didn't even see that I had a house," said Thew to me. -- NW

6pm: Internal power struggles?
Do you enjoy your time at PokerStars? Do you find the PokerStars Blog to be a pleasurable experience? Do you enjoy the videos that you can watch at Well, you've kind of got Morten Tonnesen to thank if you do. Tonnesen is Director of Customer Experience for PokerStars and oversees everything that is, well, experiential. Things are going pretty well for him at the moment. At last look he was chipped up to 36,000, which counts for a nice uptick considering he bought in deep into late registration. And he's here to play.

A fellow PokerStars man, Steve Day, Manager of VIP, Team Online, RGs & SnGs (that's quite some remit) is at the other end of the table nursing a smaller stack, around 9,500 when he opened to 700 and was called by Tonnesen in the small blind. Tonnesen led 1,100 into a 6♦6♣3♠ flop and Day quickly passed. However, one of Day's proteges, Caleb Sheridan, was one of the chip leaders last night. Bragging rights are far from settled. -- RD

5.50pm: Behind the scenes at PokerStars HQ
You know that roving camera crew that we were talking about? They've only gone and got themselves into PokerStars HQ. You want to see where all the PokerStars hands play out? You really should take a look at this. It's fascinating stuff. It's where the random number generator software plays out and every single hand is stored for prosperity. -- RD

Blinds up: 200/400, ante 50

5.45pm: Thew runs golden once more
Back when Julian Thew was binking everything in sight he picked up the nickname 'goldenballs' as like David Beckham's free kicks, he seemingly couldn't miss.

Jon Spinks was around the poker scene at that time and he might just be thinking about that as Thew just got lucky in a hand against him. The latter opened from the cut-off, Spinks 3-bet to 1,500 from the button, Thew moved all-in for around 11,000 and quick as a flash Spinks called.

First to show was Thew, he had 2♦2♠ which was way behind the pair of jacks that Spinks had. However, the A♥2♥9♦6♥5♦ board favoured Thew and he doubled up to around 21,500. -- NW

5.35pm: Chip counts of those you might know
There are many a name and notable in the field today here's how some of them stack up currently:

Julian Thew - 21,500
Pierre Neuville - 29,075
Richard Evans - 27,900
Vanessa Rousso - 10,600
Fatima Moreira De Melo - 23,400
Ike Haxton - 30,000
John Eames - 32,575
Liv Boeree - 43,000
Sinem Melin - 19,000
Fintan Gavin - 15,000
Jon Spinks - 8,700
Karl Mahrenholz - 18,600
Felix Schneiders - 17,500

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Sinem Melin

Fraser McIntyre - 18,600
Jack Ellwood - 25,700
Dale Philip - 16,800
Kevin Iacofano - 11,000
Leo Margets - 37,500
Sam Grafton - 33,500
David Williams - 26,700
Jake Cody - 26,700
Barry Greenstein - 33,000
Rob Yong - 20,600
Jon Kalmar - 18,500
Alex Dreyfus - 12,700
Daniel Stacey - 32,000

The current chip leader appears to be Thomas Dunwoodie, he's got around 70,000. You can keep up to date with selected chip counts here. -- NW

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UKIPT regular Barry Greenstein (well, he's played the last two)

5.20pm: Exits
All these players can console themselves with the fact that they at least lasted longer than Marc 'The Conv' Convey. However, the end result is that: Gabriel Tuna, Athir Kamal Ali, Scott Van Der Vliet, Gregory Brew, Kevin Santner, Joel Tetlow, Istvan Csabai, Robert Davies, Rajeev Dhiri, Andrew Laurie, Chris Dowling, David Thommeny and Klas Finke are all out. -- NW

5.15pm: Cue the emotional music
There's a video team roaming around checking out the sights and sounds of the Isle of Man. They've also been getting some sneak peeks behind the scenes at PokerStars HQ, but more on that later. Now, put your feet up, wrap yourself up nice and warm, and hit play... -- RD

5.05pm: Liv Boeree, Team PokerStars Pro and table football beast
In the lead up to the last break we spotted this tweet.

Could I resist? Of course not. A misspent youth included quite a few hours spinning table football plastic men, mainly in the Marquis of Granby pub in Epsom (just South of London, United Kingdom). I fancied my chances to be at least competitive, up until the point I arrived down at the Players' Lounge to see Boeree put 10 goals past "AJ" unanswered. And she was educating at the table, "Keep one hand on your goalie. It's a massive leak not to."

I was up next. Fellow Team Pro David Williams half-looked on from a bar stool while Fatima Moreira de Melo appeared (any sport, any competition seems to attract her like a bee to a flower). We decided to play first to five. I scored an own goal from the put in, which is pretty far from an auspicious start. Boeree proceeded to smash, dance and spin another three past me before I trickled one in (most likely a consolation).


"You want to play for money?" - your humble Blog reporter gets thrashed

I asked for her top table football tips.

"I'm not going to give away my secrets," she said.

Boeree's competitive in all arenas. You have been warned. -- RD


Boeree bashing up the poker table

4.55pm: Back to the booth for Convey
A bad day for Marc 'The Conv' Convey just got worse as he's busted out of this tournament. He four-bet all-in with [A][K], but Ashraf Wahid, who'd squeezed on the button had aces.

Despite flopping a king Convey didn't get there and he's off to find some paracetamol to cure his headache. -- NW

4.45pm: Abou Risk loving island life; Silver playing sheriff
Nick Abou Risk and Max Silver are firm friends off the felt and whilst both are above starting stack it's Abou Risk who's leading the way.

4.35pm: Halfway home
We're now halfway through Day 1B and the board is showing that 222 of 245 entrants remain. Late registration has just ended so we'll be able to tell you the final number of runners shortly.

What I can tell you for sure though is that: Josef Gulas, Sarne Lightman, Andrew Wagner, Rory MacDonald, UKIPT3 Leader Board winner Thomas Hall, Christopher Glover, Daniel Williams, Ermal Doda, Mark Simpkin, Dainis Budovskis, Steven Waters, Mark McShane, Matthew Hunt, Nicholas JamieSon, Nick Smith, Kurt Maertens, Robert Campbell, Anthony Nicholls, James Hunter and David Lewis are all out.

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Onto the next one for Tom Hall

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

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in UKIPT