UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: Day 2 level 13-16 updates (2,500/5,000, 500 ante)
9.20pm: Done for the day
Play has ended for the day and 31 players remain.
The last exit of the night was crucial in determining the chip leader. Chris Brammer eliminated Sin Melin with [A][J] against [A] in a pot worth 180,000. At the same time on another table Tim Wong lost a similar sized pot to Ben Mayhew when the latter made excellent calls with [A][K] on a [Q] board.
That meant that Brammer swung upwards to 646,000 whilst Wong went south to 623,000. A full wrap of the day's play is on the way, we'll also upload the chip counts and the seat draw to the blog shortly.
We'll be back at noon to play from 31 to the final table of six. Join us then.-- NW
9.05pm: Two more hands
The 32 remaining players will now play two more hands before being done for the day. Tim Wong is the definite chip leader with around 730,000 whilst there's a few players, including Chris Brammer, jostling for position behind him.
However, they do not include Jason Wheeler or Maurice Samuels as they're both out. -- NW
8.50pm: Petersen perishes in 36th
Mickey Petersen's rollercoaster hour has come to a crashing conclusion as he was just eliminated by Nicholas Gavriel. The Dane got short on chips and shoved for 10 big blinds with 8♥7♥, Gavriel had the aces, but it's never easy.
The flop came [k] with one heart, the turn was the 6♥ giving Petersen straight, two pair and flush outs on the river. He was 38% to hit a winning river card but the river was a blank and he headed to the rail. -- NW
8.40pm: Paul McTaggart eliminated by Chris Brammer
Chris Brammer is now in the top five in chips after eliminating Paul McTaggart. The latter opened to 10,500 from the cut-off, Brammer three-bet to 25,000 from the big blind, McTaggart moved in for 101,000 and Brammer called.
The [10h]4♥8♠Q♠5♥ board boosted Brammer to over 400,000 whilst McTaggart is out in 38th place winning £2,500. -- NW
8.35pm: Chip leaders
With roughly 720,000 Tim Wong still leads, Sergio Aido is second with 460,000 and Colin Tang is third with 450,000. -- NW
8.25pm: More big pots with Petersen
Mickey Petersen is seemingly involved in a big pot every single hand. First he knocked out Jack Ellwood, the latter all-in pre for 70,000 with [Q][J] and up against Petersen's pocket threes. A jack on the flop gave Ellwood the lead but a three on the river boosted Petersen to 375,000.
Then he opened to 10,000 under-the-gun, Sergio Aido three-bet to 27,000 from the big blind, Petersen four-bet, I know not how much because before I could count it Aido had moved all-in and Petersen had called. Aido was all-in for 228,000.
The 9♦3♠6♠8♣7♣ board doubled Aido to 460,000 and dropped Petersen to 140,000. -- NW
Blinds up: 2,500/5,000, ante 500
8.15pm: The unstoppable pooter-mahray, Mickey Petersen
A string of double-ups for Mickey Petersen raises questions about how deep he can go, and whether "pooter-mahray" is an expression of obscenity or consolation.
Petersen's miracle run began when, with eight big blinds, he doubled with ace-king against queen-jack. Shortly after that he got his chips in with ace-jack against pocket queens. It looked like curtains for Petersen until he hit an ace on the river.
And now a third double up through Sergio Aido, who had repeatedly called Petersen's bets pre-flop, then on the 3♥5♥3♣ flop and the K♥ turn. On the J♦ river, Aido checked again. Petersen bet 40,000.
There followed a period of calm as Aido thought through his options. One of them turned out to be to move all-in. Petersen called in a flash, turning over A♥8♥ for the nut flush. Aido didn't show. Instead he turned to his friend who was watching three feet away, looking for comfort. Instead his friend shouted "pooter-mahray!"
I suppose this could have been meant in a nice way, along the lines of "Merry Christmas!" I just doubt it. -- SB
8.10pm: Wong makes great call to eliminate Kellett
I didn't see this hand live but the details were relayed to me by Ben Mayhew who did.
Richard Kellett and Tim Wong played a huge pot, in which Kellett bet every street of an [Q] board, including Kellett's shove on the river. Kellett showed [A], Wong pocket sevens. Brave? Soul read? Rash? You decide.
Mayhew said, tongue in cheek, that "you wouldn't have known he'd made a good call if you'd seen it!" suggesting Wong had celebrated.
He's up to 720,000 and has a big chip lead. -- NW
7.50pm: Eames makes quads
John Eames just took a big pot from Ben Spraggons to climb to around 350,000. I only saw the river action but with a full board of Q♥8♥Q♠6♦Q♥ on the felt Eames (small blind) bet 34,000 into a pot of around 85,000. Spraggons (button) tanked for a while before calling, Eames showed K♠Q♦ for quads and Spraggons mucked.
Meanwhile Tim Wong is the probable chip leader as he's up to 510,000. -- NW
7.30pm: Petersen presses on as field drops to 50
Mickey Petersen's shrug spoke volumes for his situation. Having previously been riding high at about the time of the bubble, when he had the misfortune of running kings into aces, he's now down to 47,500. Good for a shrug but not much else.
Having said that he's still in, which is more than can be said for several other players nearby who now find themselves on the rail. They include Michael Symon, Tom Barrett, Barkatul Mohammed and David Docherty. There are now 49 players remaining. A full list of the payouts can be found here. - SB
7.10pm: Chip counts
Here are the chip counts of the 53 remaining players. It's Colin Tang who leads, whilst Sergio Aido, Robert Sherwood, Chris Brammer, Richard Kellett, Emmett Mullin and Jamie Sykes are all well placed.
Colin Tang, United Kingdom, 390,000
Sergio Aido, Spain, 361,000
Robert Sherwood, United Kingdom, 360,000
Maurice Samuels, United Kingdom, 347,000
Christopher Brammer, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 345,000
Richard Kellett, United Kingdom, 340,000
David Clifton-Burraway, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 325,000
Emmett Mullin, Ireland, 278,000
James Sykes, United Kingdom, 275,000
Adam Forsyth, United Kingdom, 274,000
Tim Hong Wong, Malaysia, 265,000
Viktor Leonov, Lithuania, 263,000
David Price, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 252,000
John Stokes, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 252,000
Abhishek Khaitan, India, 247,500
Ben Mayhew, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 245,000
Joe Laming, United Kingdom, 240,000
Jack Ellwood, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 215,000
Tony Salmon, United Kingdom, 205,000
Benjamin Garcia Rivera, Spain, 200,000
Charles Akadiri, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 200,000
Rupinder Bedi, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 188,000
David Jones, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 185,000
Joseph Tully, United Kingdom, 170,000
Jason Wheeler, USA, PokerStars Qualifier, 165,000
Ben Spraggons, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 161,000
Ganesh Jayaraman, United Kingdom, 156,000
John Eames, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 155,000
Adam Gotch, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 145,000
Sarbjit Kular, United Kingdom, 140,000
David Harris, United Kingdom, 133,000
Nigel Pemberton, United Kingdom, 131,000
Ben Vinson, United Kingdom, 121,500
Iason Riziotis, United Kingdom, 110,000
Kestutis Gricius, Lithuania, PokerStars Qualifier, 107,000
Brendan Keenan, Ireland, PokerStars Player, 105,000
Matt Perrins, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 105,000
Simon Deadman, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 103,000
Richard Lawlor, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, 98,000
Barry Blackwood, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 96,000
Nicholas Gavriel, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 91,000
Paul McTaggart, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 90,000
Mitchell Johnson, United Kingdom, 85,000
Daniel Lukacs, Hungary, PokerStars Player, 80,000
Sin Melin, United Kingdom, Full Tilt Poker Ambassador, 50,000
David Docherty, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 49,000
Mark Kirkpatrick, United Kingdom, 49,000
Mickey Petersen, Denmark, PokerStars Team Online, 47,500
Bradley Cowling, United Kingdom, 45,000
Thomas Barratt, United Kingdom, 40,000
Michael Symon, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 37,000
Tomasz Raniszewski, Poland, PokerStars Qualifier, 36,000
Barkatul Mohammed, United Kingdom, 34,000
7.10pm: Back from the break
Just 53 players remain, we'll post the chip counts into the blog very shortly. -- NW
Blinds up: 2,000/4,000, ante 500
6.50pm: Break time
With six levels played today players are now on the last break of the day.
6.45pm: Slater and Liu eliminated
Two short stacks have just been eliminated taking the number of players down to 55. First Tim Slater, who had doubled up to 39,000, three-bet squeezed all-in with pocket sixes, Joe Laming, the original raiser, folded but George Bedi snapped with pocket eights and they held.
On another table, Benjamin Rivera opened to 6,000, Dahe Liu jammed for 34,100 with A♣Q♥ and Rivera called with [10c]8♣. The 7♠9♦K♠ flop gave Rivera a straight draw, the 9♠ paired the board and the 6♥ river paired Rivera and eliminated Liu. -- NW
6.35pm: Bell tolls for Bell and others
Three minutes and three more eliminations from the Main Event.
First to go was Jake Barclay who shoved with ace-jack but found nothing to help on the board against the pocket eights of Tim Hong Wong. "Yes!" yelled Wong. Second later he had some company on the rail. Chris Bingham was all-in with pocket sevens against the ace-ten of Kyle Hendry. The board ran 4♦T♠4♥9♠3♠ pairing Hendry's ten and sending Bingham out.
Then Nick Bell got his chips with in ace-queen only to find a caller in David Clifton-Burraway who showed pocket aces. The board ran A♥8♠T♦J♣7♣ sending Bell home. - SB
6.30pm: Talent spread across the room
The table containing John Eames, Jack Ellwood, Rupinder Bedi and Chris Sly has been broken and their respective talents have been spread around the room.
Jack Ellwood is now at the same table as Rob Sherwood and Dave Jones, John Eames is to the right of Matt Perrins and Ben Mayhew and Rupinder Bedi is at the same table as Tim Slater, Joe Laming and Dave Harris. -- NW
6.25pm: Slater has a car crash but then recovers
"You missed my car crash," said Tim Slater to me as I wandered past as he was all-in for 18,000. I had A-5, raised and got called (by Joe Laming). I bet the  flop and he called. Turn was a  it's all gone in and he's got pocket fours.
Back to the live action and Laming had called Slater's shove with A♥J♥, Slater had threes and they held on a 2♦4♠Q♥6♦8♦ board.
Elsewhere, John Engledow was all-in with Q♣[10s] on a K♣7♣9♣ board against Maurice Samuel's A♠9♦. The [10h] turn gave Engledow the lead but the A♦ river gave it back to Samuel and he eliminated Engledow. -- NW
6.15pm: Fish reeled in
Dave Ulliott is out of the main event. His slow swagger to the exit spoke of his thoughts on this. His chips had been in the middle alongside those of Charles Akadiri. Akadiri however had put his there based on the strength of the two black aces he held. Ulliott meanwhile had turned over pocket sixes. Amid a bit of grumbling it was hard to make out the details. Suffice to say Ulliott was not happy. Akadiri meanwhile kissed his cards before tossing them away. He's up. Ulliot is out. - SB
6.05pm: Mathew Perry bubbles
We're now in the money here in Nottingham after a protracted bubble that lasted nearly an hour.
It burst when Mathew Perry opened to 6,000 from the hijack, Ben Spraggons three-bet to 15,000, Perry shoved for 65,000 and Spraggons called all-in. He had just 4,800 more than Perry so his tournament was basically at risk too.
There was then a long wait to expose the cards as a long hand played out on Ben Vinson's table. When that was done with the hands were turned over:
The J♦2♣Q♠ flop gave Perry a straight draw and the players and railbirds who had gathered around the table let out a collective gasp, whilst Spraggons put hand on head. The J♥ turn and Q♣ river kept him in front though and reduced the field to 71. A very happy 71 at that. -- NW
5.50pm: O'Kearney okay
The indestructible Dara O'Kearney was all-in again during hand-for-hand play. Once more it was David Jones doing the calling from behind a stack of more than 250,000.
O'Kearney's stack in comparison was 27,400, and it as all in the middle having been shoved there from under-the-gun. The inevitable wait got the expected comments from those watching, all of whom assumed O'Kearney had found aces again. He looked again to be sure.
"Make sure one of them's not a four," joked Robert Sherwood to his left. O'Kearney laughed too, because he knew he had two red kings this time.
Jones had a pair this time, but they were a pair of black sevens which proved ineffective on a board that ran 4♣8♦2♥3♣5♠. To grumbles all round O'Kearney doubled up again.
It seems the field are content to let the Irishman do the pushing. - SB
Blinds up: 1,500/3,000, ante 400
5.40pm: Adam Gotch doubles through Mickey Petersen
Another all-in and call, another pair of aces for the at risk player and another double-up.
Richie Lawlor opened to 5,000, Mickey Petersen three-bet to 12,100 on the button, Adam Gotch four-bet to 40,000, Petersen set him in for 87,600 and Gotch called. Petersen showed K♠K♣ and nodded when Gotch showed A♠A♣. The 6♠7♥9♣Q♥4♠ board saw Gotch double up to around 180,000 and Petersen slip to 85,000. -- NW
5.25pm: Hand for hand continues
Dara O'Kearney doubled-up twice to deny the rest of the field a guaranteed cash finish.
His first double-up came with 74 players left with a pair of sixes against the pocket threes of Paul Delaney. That kept him going a little longer but not for long. And so with hand for hand play ongoing he shoved again, getting a call from David Jones.
The pair then waited for all other tables to be concluded before showing their cards. O'Kearney looked pretty calm as he waited and it would become clear why. He flipped up two black aces while Jones could only manage A♥Q♥.
There was always the threat of hearts, which two players who had come over to watch ungraciously pointed out with an eye on their own skins. But none came. The board ran out 4♠A♦2♣6♣J♣ to double up O'Kearney.
"It's the only hand I'm shoving," he said. - SB
5pm: On the bubble
With the exits of Michael Charlton, Richard Griffiths, Basharat Mahmood, Adam Reynolds and Michael Fernley we're now on the bubble.
Those at risk of bursting it include: David Docherty (35,000), Sean Randall (35,000) and Luke Hallinan (30,000). -- NW
4.40pm: Top chips counts at the start of level 13
Maurice Samuels -- 325,000
Ben Mayhew -- 325,000
Richard Kellet -- 280,000
David Jones -- 249,000
Adam Forsyth -- 242,000
4.35pm: Play resumes
Play has resumed in level 13 with 77 players remaining. The top 71 will finish in the money. Check out details from levels 9 to 12 for the story so far.
Dave Ulliott's chips
PokerStars Blog reporting team at PokerStars UKIPT Nottingham 6-max: Nick Wright and Stephen Bartley. Photos by Danny Maxwell.