UKIPT4 London Day 2: Level 15-18 updates (4,000/8,000, ante 1,000)

9.10m: Done for the day
Just 35 players have survived 'moving day' of the UKIPT. They'll be back at noon tomorrow and leading the way will be Daniel Stacey. The 23-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent has a bag busting 1,400,000. Stay tuned for a full wrap of the Day 2 action. -- NW

8.55pm: Four more hands
They will play four more hands until play wraps for the day. Stand by for news of late skirmishes. -- HS

8.45pm: Rudd runs out of chips
A hand that played itself has just seen Danny Rudd eliminated with around 20 minutes left to play in the day.

From the button Vladimir Geshkenbein, a player known for his aggressive style, opened, Rudd three-bet all-in for around 20 big blinds from the big blind and Geshkenbein made the call.

Rudd: K♠Q♦
Geshkenbein: A♥8♦

Ace high was never threatened and indeed had improved to a pair by the time the 9♥3♥6♣J♠8♣ board had been dealt.

Roughly 38 players remain in the UKIPT Main Event. -- NW

8.35pm: Stacey breaks the million chip barrier
It's been a good day for Daniel Stacey, not only has he won a UKIPT package to the Isle of Man for winning the Full Tilt Qualifier last longer promotion but he's also the first player to get his hands on a million chips in this tournament.

That's almost three times the average, he was likely already the chip leader before he won a pot against Luke Tatum that has taken him over the million chip mark. He opened to 16,000 from middle position, Tatum three-bet to 38,000 from the small blind and Stacey called.

Tatum fired all three streets of a J♥8♥T♣4♦K♠ board for 35,000, 55,000 and 100,000 respectively and Stacey called him down. "What have you got?" asked Stacey, "Fives, " replied Tatum (although he didn't show), Stacey opened 9♦8♦ and it proved to be the winner. -- NW

8.25pm: Three from three for Thomson
James Thomson stood up from the table whilst a pot was playing out and wandered over to me. "I'm three from three in UKIPT's now," he said whilst flashing a grin. His best finish so far in a UKIPT event is 26th at the UKIPT Series 2, his other result was 39th at UKIPT Series 3 last weekend.

Given that the UKIPT Series events carry a £275 buy-in, wherever he finishes in this event it'll be his biggest event on the UKIPT to date. -- NW

Blinds up: 4,000/8,000, ante 1,000

8.15pm: Frost thaws Szpak with pocket fives
A decent orbit for Lasse Frost who went from being an 80% favourite to be eliminated to a workable stack.

He was all-in and at risk for around 100,000 with pocket fives, Filip Szpak had called with pocket eights and was looking to make Frost hit the road. However, the 5♦T♣A♦3♣6♥ board had other ideas though and Frost doubled whilst Szpak dropped to around 120,000.

A couple of hands later Frost opened to 13,000 from the hijack, Leon Louis three-bet to 27,000 but the Brit, who made the final table of the WCOOP Main Event, folded when Frost moved all-in. -- NW

8.05pm: Free advertising
David Lappin, who tweets @DKLAPPIN, regularly directs his Twitter followers to PokerStars Blog, and we are always grateful for the recognition. He took his one-man campaign to increase our readership a step further a moment ago, when he became involved in the following hand.

Georgios Kapalas opened to 12,000 from the cut off and Rumen Nanev bumped it to 30,000 in the small blind. Lappin was in the big blind and asked Kapalas how much he was playing. "About two-ninety," Kapalas said, adding "with this" as he pointed at his original raise.

Lappin said that he was all in and Kapalas folded instantly. Nanev seemed interested enough to ask for a count, discovering that Lappin was playing 211,000 total.

Nanev folded and Lappin then flashed his cards to me beside the table. "Show one, show all," said one of Lappin's table-mates (it may have been Alex Jobling).

"I didn't show anyone," Lappin said, before adding that if his opponents wanted to know what he had, they needed to read PokerStars Blog, where he assumed I'd be writing about it.

So, table-mates, here's where I make good on Lappin's promise. He flashed an off-suit ace king.

We're now working on a "READ POKERSTARS BLOG" sandwich board for Lappin that he can wear for wander up and down Oxford Street. -- HS

7.40pm: Top 10
The tournament staff did eyes on chip counts of all 60 remaining players during the break. We've flowed them into the chip counts page and the top 10 are posted below. It's Adrian Demusca who leads with Daniel Stacey in second.

Adrian Demusca Romania PokerStars Player 880000
Daniel Stacey Ireland Full Tilt Poker Qualifier 830000
Vytautas Spakauskas Lithuania PokerStars Player 610000
Jack Salter United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 549000
Wayne Yap Singapore PokerStars Qualifier 474000
Jonas Huttel Denmark PokerStars Player 462000
Giuliano Bendinelli Italy 410000
Jason Kenna United Kingdom PokerStars Player 400000
Niccolò Caramatti Italy 390000
Robert Bull United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 375000


Adrian Demusca, leader

7.25pm: All-in flurry
For about ten minutes in the tournament room, it seemed as though every dealer's needle had got stuck on the part of the record where they said, "All in, call." In rapid succession, the tournament lives of Najam Qureshi, Nicolau Villa-Lobos, Sunny Chattha and Richard Trigg were all on the line. When it came to it, only Trigg was sent packing.

Qureshi managed to get his A♠Q♣ to stand up against Adrian Demusca's K♣J♣ for a double up. Villa-Lobos took his 6♦6♠ up against Alex Jobling's [10d][10h] and managed to spike a six on the flop to stay alive. Chattha's A♠A♥, meanwhile, stood up against Paul Reaney's J♣J♦ in a pot worth more than 500,000.


Paul Reaney (in red, with headphones) and Sunny Chattha (dark sunglasses)

And then there was Trigg, who got his money in with A♠J♥ - he had about 85,000 at that point - but lost to Rumen Nanev's A♦K♦. -- HS


Richard Trigg: Day 1A leader departs

7.25pm: Langley not worried about laddering
As the players were coming back from the break I overheard Tom Langely telling a friend that he needed a double up as he had less than 20 big blinds. His friend replied, "make sure you make the next pay jump."

The next pay jump kicked in at 56th spot so with 60 players left it wasn't too far off. However, Langley's chips, which totalled some 110,000, were across the line just a couple of hands into the level. He was a solid favourite too as his A♠Q♠ dominated Niccolò Caramatti's A♦J♦. The 3♥4♣A♥6♣5♥ board boosted Langley to 220,00 and dropped Caramatti to 290,000. -- NW

7.15pm: Demusca claims the chip lead
Adrian Demusca is the new chip leader, a stack of around 880,000 rests in front of his piece of poker table real estate, the chips that gave him the chip lead came from a hand against Vladimir Geshkenbein.

From the button Geshkenbein.opened to 21,000* on the button, Demusca then three-bet to 68,000 from the small blind and Geshkenbein made the call. On the Q♥6♣4♣ flop Demusca c-bet 105,000 and Geshkenbein once again smooth called.

The 4♦ turn was checked through and the 3♠ completed the board. A quick check from Demusca put the action on Geshkenbein, he bet 140,000 and Demusca made the call with six of the newly in play T25,000 orange chips. "Good call said Geshkenbein mucking his hand, Demusca showed pocket kings as he took the pot. After that hand Geshkenbein is down to around 225,000, remarkably he's at the same table as Dimitar Danchev, they're the two remaining EPT champions still in the field -- NW

Blinds up: 3,000/6,000, ante 1,000

6.55pm: The 100k tower slide
There are some big stacks out there now among the 60 remaining players. And that means there are some big pots being played. We identified the corner featuring Daniel Stacey and Robbie Bull as particularly chip-heavy territory, and they have now clashed in dramatic fashion on the last hand before the break.

Stacey opened to 10,500 from the button and Bull, in the small blind, made it 34,000. Everyone else wisely got out the way. Stacey called and the pair of them took a flop of 4♥6♠8♣.


Daniel Stacey, hitting hands, betting big

Bull bet 28,500, which Stacey called. Then the 9♠ came on the turn. Bull checked now, but Stacey bet 45,000 and after Bull called, this pot was getting serious.

The K♦ fell on the river and Bull checked again. Stacey then unveiled the first 100K tower slide of the tournament so far, ie, a move forward of a full tower of blue chips, worth five starting stacks.

Bull seemed a little uncomfortable. "Will you show if I fold?" he asked, but received no reply. Eventually he pushed out a tower of his own to call and Stacey revealed 4♦8♦ having flopped two pair.

Bull mucked and headed off for his break. He'll need it to cool down. Stacey spent a while to stack up all those chips, which amounted to 740,000 total. -- HS

6.50pm: Break time
That's the end of level 16 and the 60 remaining players are now on a 20 minute break. -- NW

6.20pm: In the money but out of the tournament
Below are the in the money finishers from 73rd to 97th, including Team PokerStars Pro Henrique Pinho. To see all the in the money finishers click here.

73rd. Paul Williams, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,995
74th. Sixiao Li, China, £1,995
75th. Sidney Opoong, United Kingdom. £1,995
76th. Mandus Ihnen, Germany, £1,995
77th. Neil Mcculloch, United Kingdom, £1,995
78th. Luke Reeves, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,995
79th. Lukasz Roczniak, Poland, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,995
80th. Laurynas Levinskas, Lithuania, PokerStars Player, £1,995
81st. Jonathan Prince, United Kingdom, £1,995
82nd. Michael Panteli, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,995
83rd. Atanas Kavrakov, Bulgaria, £1,995
84th. Hung-Tu Wang, China, £1,995
85th. Richard Chidwick, United Kingdom PokerStars Player, £1,995
86th. Henrique Pinho, Portugal, Team PokerStars Pro, £1,995
87th. Brian Peattie, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, £1,995
88th. Jordan Bamford, United Kingdom, £1,995
89th. Phillip Mighall, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,995
90th, Leon Campbell, United Kingdom, £1,995
91st. Kenny Hallaert, Belguim, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,995
92nd. Paul Whyman, United Kingdom, £1,995
93rd. David Docherty, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,995
94th. Callum Smith, United Kingdom, £1,995
95th - Jose Stamp-Simon, United States, £1,995
96th - Alain Debackere Belgium, £1,810
97th - Hunter Frey, United States, £1,810

Li - out in 64th

6.20pm: Demusca flushes out Parkes
It's the mark of a good poker player when you can win a hand without even knowing it*. And Adrian Demusca just sent Kevin Parkes to the rail apparently without noticing.

They got it all in pre-flop, with Demusca's [10h][10s] ahead of Parkes's A♣7♣. But when the flop fell A♥K♦7♥, Parkes moved ahead. The 6♥ seemed innocuous enough but when the 5♥ came on the river, Parkes got up and left. Demusca seemed like he was preparing to count out the cost of the double up for Parkes before he belatedly noticed his flush.

The way Demusca is playing today, the occasional aberration is forgivable. He's been in almost every pot and is winning most of them. He's still near the summit of the leader board.

*This is manifestly untrue. -- HS

6.10pm: Sunny chips up
Boy is poker a cruel game, there are many ways the poker gods can decide your fate and Dave Phelan was just left reeling from one of the spikier ones. He had got his chips in with the best of it against Sunny Chattha, his 8♠5♠ to Chattha's A♠J♦ on a J♥9♣5♦8♥ board. The river though was the 9♥ meaning it counterfeited his hand and gave Chattha a superior two pair.

Trouble is Phelan hadn't seen it and didn't realise he'd lost the pot until the dealer pushed the pot towards Chattha. What's more it was all of Phelan''s chips. -- NW

6pm: Lappin on the up
David Lappin is moving in the right direction and now has about 140,000. That's still only about 30 big blinds, but is enough to give himself something to play with.

Lappin just knocked out Ludovicus Van Wely, although the Dutch player was all in from the small blind with hardly any chips. Lappin was probably hoping for action from Alex Jobling, also in the pot, but Jobling folded on the end, by which time Lappin had a full house.


David Lappin, pictured on Day 1B

The flop was J♦J♣A♥ and Van Wely was already all in at this stage. Lappin and Jobling both checked, as they did the 9♦ turn. After the A♦ came on the river, Lappin bet 16,000 and that's when Jobling made his shrewd fold. Lappin had A♠K♥. -- HS

5.50pm: Greenstein gone
Henrique Pinho is now the sole remaining Team PokerStars Pro in the field as Barry Greenstein has just been eliminated. It was a big flip that did for Greenstein, one that had he won would've given him a stack of around 460,000.

It was Greenstein himself who started the action raising to 8,000 with A♠K♠, next to act Daniel Stacey three-bet to 21,000 with pocket eights, Greenstein bumped it to 55,000, Stacey set him all-in for around 225,000 and Greenstein called all-in.

An eight on the flop left Greenstein all but drawing dead and he didn't hit a miracle runner-runner. Stacey meanwhile is now up to around 600,000 and one of the chip leaders. (Robbie Bull, to his direct left, has a similar sized stack.) -- NW

5.45pm: A double helping of good news for Daniel Stacey
There were four Full Tilt qualifiers in at the start of play, each hoping to win the UKIPT Isle of Man package that was on offer to the last who remained.

One by one the fell by the wayside until just Daniel Stacey possessed chips, I ambled over to his table to inform him of the good news but he was involved in a hand.

There was a raise to 8,000 from early position, a call from Barry Greenstein and Stacey then made it 22,000 to go. Next to act was Lucas Reeves, he cold four-bet to 52,500, it folded back to Stacey he moved all-in for 135,000 total and Reeves called it off:

Reeves: J♦J♥
Stacey: A♠K♠

A K♦3♦7♠7♣2♣ board meant Stacey won the race and doubled up to around 300,000. But he seemed more excited about having won the package to UKIPT Isle of Man. "Sound," was his succinct, yet appropriate response. -- NW

Blinds up: 2,500/5,000, ante 500

5.35pm: Geshkenbein ploughs through the field
There were three empty chairs at Vladimir Geshenkbein's table, Juicy Li wandering away from it, and an absolute mountain of chips in uneven stacks in front of the EPT Snowfest champion.


Vladimir Geshkenbein, lots and lots of chips

Figuring out what actually happened was not easy, and even Geshkenbein didn't seem massively clear. His neighbour rattled through a story about king-jack, pocket sevens, an accidental raise and some such, but it wasn't especially easy to put together.

The most important fact is that Geshkenbein is now well out in front of this tournament, with at least 500,000 (and probably much more). -- HS

5.15pm: Chips!
We've been busy flowing the chip counts that the staff did for us during the break into our shiny chip count page. You can see the fruits of their labours and our 'ctrl+c skills here. -- NW

5pm: Plain old eliminations
It's got to that time of the tournament when a lot of players are getting their chips in and busting in flips. It's the way it often has to be. David Docherty's A♣8♦ couldn't out-race Jesper Winzerling's 3♣3♠. Docherty had about 65,000 before they all went to Winzerling.

Kenny Hallaert found A♦7♥ and that seemed good enough against Eugenio Verde. But this flip was loaded in Verde's favour. He had [10s][10h] and turned a set for good measure.

There are about 90 players left, including two Team PokerStars Pros (Henrique Pinho and Barry Greenstein), two former EPT champions (Vladimir Geshkenbein and Dimitar Danchev) and one former UKIPT winner (Nicolau Villa-Lobos) -- HS

4.50pm: The big stacks
With just 98 players left this is your current top 10. The chip leader is Jack Salter, the British Pro, who lives in Malta, finished 24th in the last UKIPT in Galway back in August and looks primed to make another deep run.

Jack Salter United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 525000
Adrian Demusca Romania PokerStars Player 455000
Giuliano Bendinelli Italy 403100
Georgios Kapalas Greece PokerStars Player 400000
Jonas Huttel Denmark PokerStars Player 376000
Mohammed Suhail United Kingdom 350000
Andrew Seabright United Kingdom PokerStars Player 350000
Luke Tatum United Kingdom 304500
Vytautas Spakauskas Lithuania PokerStars Player 301000
Robert Bull United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 300000


Luke Tatum

4.35pm: The cashed-up fallers
Everyone still in at UKIPT London is now in the money. And even a handful of those no longer in have picked up some cash for their day and a half of work. The following burst the bubble but will still be home in time for tea:

98th - Simon Mattsson, Sweden, PokerStars Player, £1,810
99th - Nick Wealthall, UK, PokerStars Player, £1,810
100th - Darren Fuller, UK, £1,810
101st - James Ball, UK, £1,810
102nd - Sebastian Saffari, UK, £1,810
103rd - Jason Tompkins, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, £1,810
104th - Ion Tronaru, Romania, £1,810
105th - Katie Swift, UK, £1,810
106th - Sailajan Shritharan, UK, £1,810
107th - Gary Fisher, UK, £1,810
108th - Mario Reyes Navarro, Chile, £1,810
109th - Karl Andre Oddsen, Norway, PokerStars Player, £1,810
110th - Danny van Ziyp, Netherlands, PokerStars Player, £1,810
111th - Victoria Coren, UK, Team PokerStars Pro, £1,810


It was all very quiet at the tournament director table a few moments ago. Now, however, there's a long queue.

Reporting team: Howard Swains and Nick Wright. Photos by Rene Velli

Howard Swains
@howardswains in UKIPT