UKIPT4 Isle of Man: Level 9-12 updates (1,000/2,000, ante 300)

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4.10pm: Abou Risk at risk, doubles
I don't think Tomasz Chmiel realises just how good Nick Abou Risk runs in all-ins at UKIPT events because if he did I think he might just have folded. The two-time winner opened with [A][J] from a 20 big blind stack, Chimel set him in with pocket twos and Abou Risk called it off.

A jack pinged off on the turn to double Abou Risk up to around 85,000. -- NW

4pm: Chip counts
Here are some eyes on counts of some of the notables among the 77 remaining players.
Mickey Petersen - 80,000
Mitch Johnson - 101,000
Martins Adeniya - 40,000
Dara O'Kearney - 80,000
Barry Greenstein - 75,000
Ben Jenkins - 90,000
Jack Ellwood - 38,000
Liv Boeree - 31,000
Robbie Bull - 140,000
Thomas Ward - 45,000
Chris Straghalis - 95,000
Daniel Stacey - 105,000
Giedrius Grigorius - 53,000
Niall Farrell - 42,000
Simon Fuller - 80,000
Simon Deadman - 100,000
Nick Abou Risk - 85,000
Thomas Dunwoodie - 180,000
Sam Grafton - 42,000
Mark Lane - 140,000

3.55pm: Bubble looming
There are 77 players left and 55 paying spots with 15 minutes left in the level. We'll get a full chip count during the break to see who's most at risk. -- RD

3.50pm: Razavi runs good on the river
UKIPT Cork champion Sam Razavi is up to 170,000 after spiking a miracle river card against Dominik Nitsche and Martin Hanitz. All three players had got their chips in pre-flop.

Hanitz: A♠A♥
Nitsche: K♠K♦
Razavi: Q♠Q♣

The board ran out an entertaining (for Razavi) 6♣J♦9♣K♥T♠ for the straight. -- RD

3.40pm: Melin misses the money
Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Sinem Melin was very short stacked, so much so that she decided to commit her final 8,500 blind from the small blind after a raise from the hi-jack and a flat from Martins Adeniya on the button. Harry Lodge then re-shoved from the big blind and everyone else folded.

Melin: 8♦5♦
Lodge: A♥7♣

The A♠2♣5♥4♦[10h] board gave them both a pair but Lodge's was bigger and he eliminated Melin. -- NW

3.35pm: Fanning the flames of conspiracy
How do you get a poker player out of bed at 6am? Simple, just turn on blaring sirens for ten minutes. Conspiracy nut Super-sleuth Brad Willis investigates... -- RD

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3.25pm: 30 off the money
We're down to 85 players here at the Villa Marina, play will now be eight-max for the duration of the tournament. Recent exits include: Fraser Macintyre, Mark Tilling, Ludovic Geilich, Lewis Jackson, Garcia Rivera, Samuel Welbourne Brian Petrie and Team PokerStars Pro Leo Margets are all out. -- NW

Blinds up: 1,000/2,000, ante 300

3.20pm: Flustered and excited, Moreira De Melo takes the lead
Fatima Moreira De Melo started the day short and an hour ago she was busy open shoving for 16,000 then 18,000 chips. Things have since gone pretty well for the PokerStars SportStar: she's the tournament chip leader with around 270,000.

I caught up with her to find out what happened. The former Dutch hockey captain was busy stacking and re-stacking her huge pile of chips and it wouldn't be unfair to say that the adrenaline still seemed to be pumping.


Fatima Moreira De Melo at this morning's Q&A with the pros

I asked how she'd got chipped up.

"It started with me opening ace-five of hearts under-the-gun plus one and someone called. I got a flush draw on the flop and he got a set on the flop and I spiked my king of hearts on the river. That was nice. What was the hand after that? Oh no, actually it started with him (Nick Abou Risk) opening under-the-gun plus one..." said Moreira De Melo, hands pointing this way and that at players/empty seats that she'd taken chips from.

"I opened sevens. She shoved the big blind with kings," said two-time UKIPT winner Nick Abou Risk.

"Yeah, then I had that hand with ace-five. Right after that I open with king-queen, err, ace-king of diamonds and, errr..." continued Moreira De Melo

David Yan now stepped in and starts releing off numbers of raises, calls and re-raises., the second player to explain how he lost his chips to Moreira De Melo.

"Yeah, it was 35 then there was a three-bet of the button to 96. The big blind calls, I call. The cut-off shoves, the button re-shoves and I call against jacks and sevens. I had two aces on the flop," said Moreira De Melo, rattling off the hand.

I have to admit that I was completely lost by this point. The thing that we can confirm is that Moreira De Melo currently holds the chip lead and woe betide anyone that tries to get in her way. Not only will she take your chips but chances are you'll have to explain to us how you lost them. -- RD

3.10pm: Max hoping for a silver lining in the High Roller
Max Silver has just bust out of the Main Event, but he's hopped straight into the £2,000 High Roller. He'll be hoping to repeat the success he had in the UKIPT4 London High Roller, which he chopped heads-up with Vanessa Selbst. The Brit has an enviable record in UKIPT High Rollers having won the UKIPT3 Galway edition and finished runner-up at UKIPT3 Dublin.

3pm: Razavi in running good shocker
If anyone's followed the exploits of Sam Razavi over the last 12 months you'll know two things:

- he's won and cashed in a lot of events, mostly in Asia (he had the third most number of cashes in the world in 2012)
- he seems to get quite lucky in terms of picking up big hands at the right time

That trend, it seems, has continued into 2013

3pm: 99 problems but a chip stack ain't one
Sound the tenuous headline pun klaxon! Just 99 players remain, those left bereft of chips recently include: David Lloyd, Yigit Isilsoy, Gregory Taylor, Mick Graydon, Caleb Sheridan, Marinos Mina, Kestutis Gricius, Nick Newport and Gary Trees. -- NW

2.45pm: Moreira De Melo at the double
The old get out of your seat and prepare to leave trick just worked wonders for Fatima Moreira De Melo as the Team PokerStars SportsStar hit the river to stay alive.
I'd joined the action on the turn to see Moreira De Melo (under-the-gun+1) betting 3,900 on a 9♥Q♥4♦ flop to see Moreira De Melo betting 3,900 into a pot of roughly 10,000. Her lone opponent in the hand - Tim Michels - took his time and then bumped it up to 9,600, Moreira De Melo then moved all-in for 43,600 and Michels made the call.

Moreira De Melo: A♥5♥
Michels: 4♠4♣

it was looking grim for the gold medal winning hockey star, even more so when the J♠ hit the turn but the K♥ gave her a flush and a stack of almost 100,000. Michels meanwhile slips to 70,000. -- NW

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De Melo is flush with chips

2.30pm: No red carpet for Sheridan
PokerStars VIP Program Senior Manager Caleb Sheridan came into the day as one of the big stacks with 90,300 but has just bust. The American looked absolutely gutted, which is pretty understandable given that he lost an ace-king versus jacks flip and, if I heard right, he also had queens cracked by pocket twos. Perversely enough his A♠6♣ short-stacked shove was also called by pocket twos. An ace in the window and a two on the flop. Good game. -- RD


Can you spot Caleb Sheridan at last night's party? (He's the fox)

2.20pm: Chip leaders
Below are the top 20 stacks from the break, I should stress this may not be the top 20 as the dealers counted just the top two stacks at the table so it's possible a big stack or two may not have been included on the list if there are two bigger stacks at the table. But, it's a good barometer as to how things stand.

It's still overnight chip leader Mark Lane who leads, Chris Straghalis is the only other player with more than 200,000 whilst David Yan, Sam Grafton and Niall Farrell are three dangerous players with stacks.

Mark Lane, United Kingdom, 269,000
Chris Straghalis, United States, Rational Group Staff, 236,000
Anthony Galloway, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 190,000
Alexander Schilt, Switzerland, PokerStars Qualifier, 187,800
Thomas Dunwoodie, United Kingdom, 162,000
Tomasz Chmiel, Poland, PokerStars Qualifier, 160,000
Daniel Stacy, Ireland, 146,000
Radu Zamostean, Canada, PokerStars Qualifier, 130,000
David Yan, New Zealand, PokerStars Player, 130,000
Giedrius Grigorius, Lithuania, PokerStars Qualifier, 122,000
Sam Grafton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 120,000
Fabio Esposito, United Kingdom, 120,000
Oliver Deacon, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 119,000
Niall Farrell, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 112,000
Neil Rawnsley, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 110,000
Dahe Liu, United Kingdom, 110,000
Simon Fuller, United Kingdom, 107,000
Sean Randall, United Kingdom, 104,000
Lewis Jeal, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 103,000
Jamie O'Connor, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 100,000

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Straghalis selected his shirt from the section marked 'quiet' today

Blinds up: 800/1,600, ante 200

2.10pm: More exits
There's no easy way to say this but: Simon Maccuish, Alan Gold, Henrik Berglund, Ingemar Stahle, Daniel Shapiro, Bruce Williamson, Julian Thew, Mark Scheinberg, John Stritch, Dariusz Ciemala, Paul Hempseed, Steven Ridgway and Pierre Neuville have all been kicked off the chip counts page as they are down to zero. -- NW

2.05pm: Side event winners
There's been a few side events here at UKIPT Isle of Man and the winner's nod goes to David Lyons (£165 six-max: £3,240), Tomasz Raniszewski (£110 NLHE Turbo: £3,050) and Douglas Freese (£160 Turbo Bounty: £2,540). -- RD

1.55pm: Chip counts on the break
The players are now on a 15-minute break during which floor staff will do chip counts of the top two stacks on each table and we'll bring you that as soon as we can. Just before the break I had a whip round to count the stacks of some of the names and notables. It's likely they'll be some crossover. I stress these are eyes on chip counts so a little bit of error either way should be allowed

Barry Greenstein - 66,000
Ben Jenkins - 56,000
Dominik Nitsche - 39,500
Fatima Moreira De Melo - 18,800
Jack Ellwood - 18,000
Leo Margets - 25,500
Liv Boeree - 60,000
Ludovic Geilich - 58,000
Mick Graydon - 47,000
Nick Newport - 19,000
Nick Abou Risk - 60,000
Robbie Bull - 93,000
Sam Grafton - 110,000
Sam Razavi - 60,000
Simon Deadman - 70,000
Thomas Dunwoodie - 96,000
Thomas Ward - 20,000

It looks like Mark Lane still leads the way, we'll confirm that when we receive the chip counts. Keep an eye on the chip count page throughout the day. -- NW

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Greenstein is still going strong in the Main Event whilst Coren plays the High Roller

1.45pm: Lane continues to power ahead
Mark Lane is now up to 250,000 having beaten Dara O'Kearney in one pot and three-bet Friend of PokerStars Pierre Neuvlle out of another. Lane showed two red aces and told Neuville that he'd saved him chips. Easy game.

At an adjoining table sits Peter Barrable who was insisting to me last night that his 1.5 ante to 46,600 overnight stack was a great story. I, somewhat harshly, told him it would be if he made the money. That's looking more likely now that he's up to 60,000.

David Yan is also going great guns with 180,000. We caught up with the EPTLive contributor at EPT London - find out more about Yan here.-- RD

1.35pm: Moltisanti whacked - and other exits
The exits continue to come thick and fast, there's no easy way to say this but: Christopher Moltisanti, Vijay Ramanand, John Eames, William Whittaker, Michael Opree, Matthew Scott, Jonathan Lynas, Cory Desmond, David Kilpatrick, Can Yucel, Waheed Ashraf, Mudasser Hussain, Torsen Diers, Richard Ellis, Guy Johnson, Lawrence Hamer, Lynne Beaumont, Adam Kelly and Davide Ruggiero are all free to explore the island.

As is Dale Philip, his chips went to UKIPT Dublin winner Max Silver. -- NW

1.30pm: Searching for Value Town
Everywhere you look today the tables seem pretty tough - well at least to the eyes of a blogger not used to playing £1,000 events - this does of course make for interesting viewing.

On table 1 - which won't break all day - sit Chris Straghalis (105,000), Team PokerStars Online's Mickey Petersen (37,000), Niall Farrell and Mitch Johnson (98,000).
Whilst I was observing the table Straghalis opened to 2,500, Christoffer Stahle flat called and Farrell then made it 9,600 to go from the small blind. "How much do you have behind?" inquired Straghalis, the Scotsman had about 46,500 back and it clearly wasn't the answer they were looking for as both Straghalis and Stahle sent their cards into the muck. "You make it look so easy," said Mickey Petersen to his left hand neighbour.

The table behind them contains Martins Adeniya (48,000) and Sinem Melin (73,000), she's to his direct left and I saw her drag a pot with a c-bet on a 2♥7♥9♥ flop.

And completing a tough trident of tables on Table 2 are Ben Jenkins and UKIPT4 London champion Robbie Bull. The two of them just clashed in a pot, Bull raised from early position and Jenkins defended from the big blind. A c-bet from Bull on the flop was enough to take it down. -- NW

1.25pm: Cody crushed
Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody was in bullish mood before play started, he was up for the fight.

With a stack of 20,000 Cody was below average but not in the 'red zone' just yet. However, a member of staff informed me that Cody has busted, the youngster who's soon to become a dad, will be back for the High Roller though apparently. He'll join the likes of Vicky Coren in that tournament which got underway at noon. Late registration for the £2,000 event is open until around 4.30pm. - NW

1.20pm: Pro Q&A
There was a Team PokerStars Pro Q&A session this morning at 11am. Our resident snapper Rene Velli was on hand to capture some of the fun.


Your guess is as good as ours


Carlos Mortensen, eat your heart out


Vanessa Rousso breaks out the silver pen

1.10pm: Tournament snippets
The tournament is gliding towards the bubble on the horizon. Fifty-five players will get paid. There's plenty going on at the moment.

- Liv Boeree passed to Fraser McIntyre's 5,500 bet on a T♥9♠3♦J♣A♥ board.
- Boeree's count has slipped to 50,000
- The board shows 135 players remaining and an average stack of 53,000. You can see the payout structure here.
- Ben Jenkins and Chris Straghalis are both wearing 'loud' shirts. Straghalis by choice, Jenkins by way of a lost prop bet to Straghalis. -- RD

1.05pm: Solid first level for O'Kearney
Dara O'Kearney was the chip leader from Day 1A, finishing on 112,100, he's had a solid first level, adding a couple of thosand to his stack.

1.03pm: Spreading the talent around the room
With all the exits today Table 18 (see 12.10pm post) has indeed broken and the players dispersed around the room. Thomas Ward has taken a seat at Table eight, when he looks around the table he'll see Leo Margets and Nicholas Newport. A few tables along Ludoviv Geilich and Giedrius Grigorius are now sat either side of Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree, Sam Razavi is sharing a table with Dominik Nitsche and Niall Farrell is sat across the felt from Sinem Melin. -- NW

Blinds up: 600/1,200, ante 200

12.55pm: Standard Day 2 carnage
As per usual the all-in and call's have come thick and fast during the opening level of today. Some have gone the way of the short stacks but plenty haven't: David Tierney, Adrian Mayles, Phil 'The Tower' Heald, Darren Hope, Marko Martinkovic, Caicai Huang, Richard Berridge, Eugenio Verde, Thomas McWaters, Franco Menchella, Mark Baxter, Remy Hordan, Richard Evans, Mikka Anttonen, Giles Adams, Craig Wilson, Michael Jones, Tim Davie and Gareth McIntosh are all out. -- NW

12.40pm: Stato! Stato!
Andrew 'Stato' Hulme is an octochamp on Countdown - meaning he won eight games in a row - but when he got it in with A♠J♣ for 20 big blinds the nine letter word most pertinent to the hand was 'dominated'.
He moved all-in from the big blind over the top of a 2,500 open from Kovacs Gergo and a flat call from Max Silver, Gergo moved all-in over the top and Silver folded. The Hungarian opened A♣Q♠ and looked in great shape to eliminate Hulme. That was until the board came 3♠3♣5♣J♠J♥, that loss left Gergo with fumes. -- NW

12.30pm: All kicking off
The Day 1 fields have converged today and the board shows that we have 156 players remaining. It's likely that the field is even smaller than that given short-stacked players are regularly dropping out. In today's aggressive game someone such as Jake Cody thinks nothing of jamming 19 big blinds from the button. Actually, scratch that, he did think about it quite a lot, but stuck it in anyway.


"OMG, I can't believe I'm sat next to Barry Greenstein."

Thomas Dunwoodie appears to be rude form and has scalped at least one player, while Sam Grafton is a little quieter than normal. Perhaps he's feeling starstruck with Barry Greenstein next to him. Greenstein is looking a little tired today, which may well be because a fire alarm went off at The Sefton Hotel this morning at 6am. -- RD


Our money is on Fatima

12.20pm: Exits
Three down in the opening few minutes, Sascha Koch (33,200), Johannes de Hond (13,800) and Ian Drake (13,300) the first to lose their chips on Day 2. -- NW

12.10pm: First to break
As well as the aforementioned table containing Jake Cody, Nick Abou Risk et al, the other table that leapt off the internet and smacked us in the face saying 'watch me' was table 18 and you can see why.

18, 1, Bruce Williamson, Isle of Man, 21,000
18, 2, Niall Farrell, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 73,600
18, 3, Lewis Jackson, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 28,000
18, 4, Sam Razavi, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 61,600
18, 5, Thomas Ward, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 48,200
18, 6, Ludovic Geilich, Germany, PokerStars Player, 49,300
18, 7, Giedrius Grigorius, Lithuania, PokerStars Qualifier, 109,900
18, 8, Tomasz Chmiel, Poland, PokerStars Qualifier, 93,500
18, 9, Philip Heald, United Kingdom, 21,800

It contains two UKIPT winners in the shape of Sam Razavi and Ludovic Geilich and they're sandwiched by UKIPT3 London runner-up Thomas Ward. Interestingly enough Ward's cash for runner-up was larger than what Ravazi and Geilich received for their respective victories. Razavi has some cashes in exotic places and he's very much 'flag hunting' in the Isle of Man. "I was three off the money on Thursday night and 12 off the money last night," he said ruefully.

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Razavi, Ward and Geilich (L-R)

Sat opposite each other in the 2 and 8 seats are Niall Farrell and Phil 'The Tower' Heald, Farrell has cashed for over $500,000 in 2013, including a second place at the WSOP and Heald is a well known poker personality who's usually on the other side of the felt conducting player interviews. Throw Giedrius Grigorius who was sixth overnight in chips and it's quite the melting pot. Sadly it'll be the first table to break.

To anyone who watched the recent EPT10 London Main Event coverage it'll be no surprise to learn that the two hands I watched that Geilich was involved in both. In the first he folded to a flop bet from Grigorius and in the second he min-raised from under-the-gun and won the pot uncontested. -- NW

12pm: Go!
Play has begun.

11.45am: Seat draws and hangovers
Good morning from a blustery Isle of Man. The sea just outside the Villa Marina is choppy and we can expect the remaining 161 players to find navigating today's play just as perilous. More so if they went to the UKIPT party last night, there was a free bar until 11pm which appeared to be getting hit pretty hard. It's fair to say that there will be a few sore heads this morning.

Catch up with yesterday's play by clicking here. And you can see the Day 2 seat draw by clicking here.


The UKIPT Main Event, yesterday

There is, as you would expect, several interesting tables today but this one leaps out. Jake Cody is a Triple Crown winner, Dara O'Kearney is the UKIPT Online Qualifier of the Year, Mick Graydon is an online beast who has final tabled UKIPTs and EPTs, and Nick Abou Risk was the first UKIPT double champion. Interesting stuff.

1. Jake Cody, United Kingdom, Team PokerStars Pro, 14,300
2. Richard Milne, United Kingdom, 37,000
3. Owen Fenwick, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 37,500
4. Dara O`Kearney, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 112,100
5. Liam Batey, United Kingdom, 60,700
6. Nick Abou Risk, Canada, PokerStars Player, 70,400
8. Vijay Ramanand, United Kingdom, 31,200
9. Mick Graydon, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 71,400

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

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in UKIPT