UKIPT4 Dublin Day 1A: Level 5-8 updates (400/800 ante 100)

8:55pm: Done for the day
The players have bagged their chips and have drifted off into the night, or in the case of Sam Razavi and no doubt some other flag hunters, have hopped in the turbo. A full wrap of the day's play will be on the way shortly and overnight chip counts will be posted on the blog when they become available. It looks like just under 110 players made it through the day. -- NW

8:45pm: Adrian Mateos doubles up
Adrian Mateos is up to 28,000 after doubling through Paul Van Oort. The WSOPE Main Event champion was all-in with ace-six and in a flip against Van Oort's pocket threes, he spiked a six to survive and knock Van Oort down to 65,000. -- NW

8:30pm: Last five hands
The clock has been paused and each table will play five more hands before play ends for the night.

8:15pm: Chip leaders
With just 30 minutes to play these lucky (and good) folks are the chip leaders: Noel McMahon (110,000), Mathias Puzich (98,000), Paul Febers (83,000), Cathal Shine (82,000), Robert Hoogendoorn (76,000) and Joeri Zandvliet (74,000). -- NW


Zandvliet - the two-time champ is chipped up

7:55pm: Fish and no chips for Sweeney
Never order food or get a massage when you are short stacked. The poker gods don't look kindly on it. It's much better to reward yourself when you've doubled up.

Andrew Sweeny just found that out the hard way. Five minutes before his exit, he ordered fish and chips off the menu.

Also, on his exit hand, the big blind warned him about button stealing and the button said there's no way he'll be able to steal.

The action folded to the button player he raised to 1,200. Sweeney, in the small blind, three-bet to 2,900 with pocket nines. That was enough to oust the big blind but the dealer snap shoved and Sweeney called off.

The button opened pocket kings and made quads by the turn! -- MC

Blinds up: 400/800, ante 100

7:35pm: Port drips as he loses chips to McAllister
There was an open to 1,200 under-the-gun from Robert Hoogendoorn, the Dutchman has got a healthy stack of 68,000 but that didn't stop Aidan McAllister moving all-in from the button for 20,175 or Henry Port isolating all-in for roughly 38,000 from the small blind. Back on Hoogendoorn, he ducked out the way and it was time for showdown.

McAllister: A♥K♣
Port: J♠J♣

The 6♥A♣5♥3♦4♠ board gave McAllister a double-up to around 44,000 whilst Port is down to 17,600. -- NW


Robert Hoogendoorn

7:30pm: Big pot costs O'Shea a penalty
The pot itself didn't actually cost Jesse O'Shea a penalty; his action on the river did for that. He wasn't a bit bothered though, and that's understandable after winning a three-way multi-street pot.

The big-stacked Clayton Mooney opened from under the gun and was called by Noel McMahon (cut-off) and O'Shea (big blind). The board ran out 4♥T♥6♣3♦A♦ with Mooney confidently emptying the clip for 2,500, 4,200 and 11,200.

Both opponents called him to the river where O'Shea called out of turn, and exposed A♥Q♥, as McMahon was tanking. McMahon and Mooney both mucked and O'Shea was forced to sit out for a round.

The pot helped him up to 80,000 and Mooney dropped to 72,000. -- MC

7:15pm: Radio Grafton gets some TV time
Sam Grafton has one of the most recognisable faces (and voices) on the UK and Ireland poker circuit. Usually opinionated and always entertaining UKIPT Host Nick Wealthall grabbed Grafton on the last break and talked about playing the player, not the cards.

7:05pm: Done
Just 144 of the 226 runners remain here in Dublin. Recent exits include: Patrick Stephens, Raymond Masters, Shaun Lennon, David William, Marius Pospiech, Peter Campbell, Michael Frisby, David Vedral, Anthony McEvoy, Bart Huskens, Greig Cushnie, Allen McAuley, Brendan O'Toole, Nathan O'Brolchain, Zachary Sloper, Tim Davie, David Wilkes, Nathan Gallagher, Francis McDonald, Peter Hegedus, Kerem Ugural, Yucel Eminoglu, Stephen Bruning, Kevin McCarthy, Albert Ignatenko, Rob Taylor, Joseph Lalor, Thomas Ward, Joe Sweeney, Antonio Gagliano, Daniel Wilson and Dean Lyall. -- NW


Tim Davie is one of many to have busted

6:55pm: Former champion, future daddy; Sam Razavi talks to the Blog
The blog caught up with former UKIPT Champion Sam Razavi in the break. The popular Brit, who currently resides in Cebu, Philippines with his expectant fiancée talks about the upcoming changes to his life and how his last UKIPT (for a while) is going.

"I'm really excited and we've preparing ever since we knew we were expecting him. I've already open up his 'Stars account and put some money in there for him to grind from two months on!

I'm going to be playing a lot online. I keep hearing from non-poker playing friends about the sleepless nights but I'm so used to that aspect. I'm not sure exactly what to expect, as I've never had a kid before. We're pretty prepared I think and I know I'm not going to be able to get away to many live events in the early stages.

As I'll only be able to grind online I decided to get away and play a couple of tournaments before my hiatus. I think next year, when he's one, we'll move back to England so I'll be able to get to EPTs etc. Anywhere in Europe is not far away, an hour or two, whereas it's eight hours to get to Australia at the moment.

My day's going pretty good. I opened six-seven of diamonds from UTG, got two callers and it's come four-four-five, one diamond. I've led for 2,100 and they've both called. The turn is the 3♦ and the guy's got deuce-six of hearts! He's hit the bottom end miracle and I've hit the top end miracle. I extracted full value as I over-bet pot all the way. I've got about 45k so it's gong ok.

Hopefully we can make the double (UKIPT title) happen here before I have to hibernate again." -- MC

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 300-600, 75

6:30pm: End of the level
That's the end of level 6 and the players are now on their final 15 minute break of the day. -- NW

6:25pm: Robbie Bull-ish about his hopes, despite his table
A short time ago Robbie Bull, who won UKIPT4 London in October, tweeted that he was on a tough table.

That table includes WSOPE Main Event winner Adrian Mateos and the Spaniard just got involved in a pot against Geoff Healy. There was roughly 4,400 in the pot on the turn of a 6♦A♥J♥7♠ board, Mateos checked, Healey bet 2,075 only for Mateos to check-raise to 4,750 total. Back on Healy, he moved all-in and Mateos folded. After that hand he's down to 11,000 whilst Healy is up to 30,000. -- NW

6:10pm: This girl just wants to have fun
Florence Allera is having fun and it's showing. She was in second position and three bet a 900 under-the-gun open up to 1,800 and then starting tapping the table in rhythm to the music she was listening to.

"Abba still?" asked Joeri Zandvliet.

"No, Cyndi Lauper!" she replied and carried on tapping her hands.

"Girls just wanna have fun!" piped in Sam Grafton.

Her opponent called to a A♥7♦4♣ flop where he check-folded to a c-bet. Allera opened two black aces for top set and raked in the pot.

"It wasn't just the influence of Cyndi, you had a good hand!" added Grafton. -- MC

6pm: Clayton Mooney - chip leader
It looks as if Clayton Mooney is the chip leader here in Dublin. He's an American who's a housemate of Nick Newport's and is part of 'The Firm', a group of poker players that includes Dara O'Kearney, David Lappin, Jason Tompkins and Daragh Davey. He's got 80,000, but he's got the blinds wrong as they're currently 200/400 ante 50.

Thomas Ward meanwhile has gone in the other direction and is down to 6,000.

5:55pm: Runners and riders
With late registration closed I can confirm that the total number of entrants on Day 1A was 226. Just 162 of those 226 runners remain as Torsen Diers, Daffydd Williams, Patric Huemmerich, Sean Gallagher, Eoin Doyle, Fintan Hand, Bjorn Geissert, Raimon Kruytzer and Jonas Becker are all out. -- NW

5:45pm: Falconer flies away
Carl Falconer got more than 40 big blinds in with ace-queen but ran into the big slick of Patrick Humphreys. All the chips went in pre flop and the cards were flipped up.

Falconer: A♥Q♥
Humphreys: A♠K♣

The board ran out a blank 4♥8♠9♦7♦T♥ to send Falconer on his way. Humphreys moved up to 46,000. -- MC

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 200-400, 50

5:35pm: Razavi relaxed ahead of fatherhood
Earlier I missed Sam Razavi off the list of UKIPT champions in the field, but he's very much alive and kicking in this tournament. He's ran his starting stack up to 27,825. The Englishman, who lives in Asia and has spent most of his time winning tournament over there, flew back to England for a tournament last week and then ended up winning another tournament in Portsmouth for £14,000. "I thought I'd get a few tournaments in whilst I was over here," said Razavi

That money will no doubt come in handy as Razavi and his partner are expecting a baby in two months' time. "I think we might move back to the UK next year," he told me. "Macau is only two and a half hours from where we live, but it's seven or eight to get to Australia." -- NW


Razavi - fatherhood beckons

5:25pm: The fallen few
Down in the bogs are: Benes Miroslav, Gary Fields, Diego Gomez, Alex Lindop, Vytautas Spakauskas, David Masters, Tomas Saltonas, Mark Spelman, Richard Fernandes, Donal McDonald, Sean McHugh, Daniel Tighe and Craig Timmis. -- MC

5:10pm: All Hayles Gregory
The bar in, or nearest to, the hotel is always a good place to find lone PokerStars qualifiers on the eve of a UKIPT. That's where the PokerStars Blog found Gregory Hayles last night.

Hayles is a banker who originally came from Australia. The last few years have seen him reside in Amsterdam, Holland and Belgium where he worked.

Right now though, poker is his main thing. He's floating about Europe and playing as he goes. He recently cashed in two side events at EPT Deauville, the last for more than €10,000.

He dropped just below his starting stack after losing a small pot in the blinds.

The action folded to Hayles in the small blind and his raise was called by Sean Lennon in the big blind. The board ran out J♦9♠5♠J♣A♦ with the only betting being 450 on the turn by Hayles, who opened pocket fours at show down. Lennon opened 7♥5♥ and scooped. -- MC


Gregory Hayles & Sean Lennon battle blind

4:50pm: Nick Wealthall catches up with Joeri Zandvliet
Just before the start of play today Nick Wealthall managed to grab two-time UKIPT winner Joeri Zandvliet for a quick chat. The Dutchman talked about why he likes to turn up on time for the start of Day 1 and how to deal with losing chips early in a tournament. -- NW

4:45pm: A chat with Full Tilt Poker's Chuck Fabian
As was mentioned earlier, Rational Group employees have been given permission to play this event as Dublin is the home of Full Tilt Poker. Chuck Fabian works for FTP and came second here back in Season 2.

Fabian talks about his role in the company, the opportunity to play and his day so far:


Chuck Fabian representing

"I'm a CTO (Chief Technology Officer). I'm responsible for the software development and some of the IT infrastructure.

It's great and I'm very glad that they allowed staff to play; it's a huge opportunity. Last time, I was not part of the Rational Group, so it's fun being part of that and representing the group.

I was very lucky the first two levels where I managed to 26,000. I'm going to try repeat what I did two years ago and get lucky!" -- MC

4.35pm: Exits
Just 200 of the 226 Day 1A players remain. Recent exits include: Jack Ellwood, Gonazalo Rocanin, Thanh Nguyen, Bart Besselink, Marcel Van Heusden, David Quinn, Bruce Jones, Annick Molloy, Julian Thew, James McBride and Thomas Walshe. -- NW

4.30pm: Chip counts
Day 1A is halfway done as four of the eight levels have been completed. Here's how some of the notables stack up as level five gets underway:

Andy Black - 35,300
Robbie Bull - 28,000
Dean Lyall - 23,000
Ian Byrne - 46,500
Chuck Fabian - 26,000
Mick Graydon - 34,500
Adrian Mateos - 24,750
Dean Hutchison - 27,800
Steve O'Dwyer - 24,000
Andrew Sweeney - 25,000


Mick Graydon

Marius Pospiech - 24,000
Cat Taylor - 32,500
Dara O'Kearney - 27,000
Joeri Zandvliet - 23,700
Sam Grafton - 35,000
Thomas Ward - 27,500
Stephen McGrath - 47,000
Tim Davie - 19,000
Diego Gomez - 10,500
Mateusz Warowiec - 11,500
Scott Gray - 40,000


Sam Grafton and Joeri Zandvliet

PokerStars Blog reporting team at PokerStars UKIPT Dublin: Marc Convey and Nick Wright. Photos by Danny Maxwell.

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in UKIPT