UKIPT4 Edinburgh Day 1B: Level 5-8 updates (400/800, 100 ante)

9.10pm: Day 1B is in the books
The players are slowly filing out of the tournament room and into the Edinburgh night. Roughly 150 of them made it through to Day 2 and they'll join the 55 survivors from Day 1A from noon tomorrow.

It looks like David Vamplew, who finished fourth here last year in his home town, has the Day 1 chip lead as he finished on 146,200. A full wrap of the days play is on the way. -- NW

8.50pm: Last four hands
The clock has been stopped and each table will play four more hands before play ends for the night.

8:35pm: No icing on the cake for Philip
Birthday boy Dale Philip couldn't stage a miraculous last level comeback, although he gave it a good go

8:35pm: Chip counts
As the day winds down here's a look at some of the stacks...

Eldon Orr - 135,000
Manig Loeser - 51,000
Dominik Nitsche - 27,000
Liv Boeree - 74,000
Julian Thew - 38,000
Ludovic Geilich - 78,000
Dermot Blain - 46,000
David Vamplew - 32,000
Keith Hawkins - 16,000
Tom Hall - 66,500
Emmett Mullin - 49,000
Richard Evans - 21,000
Dale Philip - 6,000 (got one double up with A-Q against A-J)
Kevin Killeen - 28,000
Sean Prendiville - 27,000
Ollie Schaffman - 33,000
Fraser Macintyre - 50,000
Louis Salter - 25,000
Tim Slater - 37,000
Simon Deadman - 12,600
Kevin Allen - 13,400


Eldon Orr

8:30pm: Grafton starting to get the Crab sweats
Earlier today Sam Grafton offered his friend Dave Shallow a bet.

With the wager agreed to Shallow set about building his stack and although he's not close to the current chip leader at the moment, he is just one double up away from being a contender as he's got 62,000. -- NW

8:25pm: Outdraw fules expletive filled rant
James Metcalf was not happy, not happy att all. He'd just seen a pot of some 55,000 slip from his grasp on a sick turn and river.

It was a three-way pre-flop all-in affair, Metcalf had pocket kings and the best of it. Shortest of all with around 10,000 was Dominic Davidson who had A♦[10d] whilst Dominic Mahoney was at risk with jacks, he had more than Davidson meaning there was a 22,000 chip side pot between Mahoney and Metcalf.

The Q♦4♥9♠[10s][10h] board was a particularly brutal way to get outdrawn and Metcalf let out a few f-bombs in frustration. He's still got chips though. -- NW

8:20pm: Doke doubles
UKIPT Season 3 Online Qualifier of the Year Dara O'Kearney was all-in and at risk for 19,2000 with A♦[Qs. He was up against Richard Pearson's pocket sevens and on this occasion the overcards prevailed as the board came J♥Q♣5♠2♣6♥. "Oh to run like Doke," said Pearson as O'Kearney took the pot. Pearson is down to 22,000. -- NW

8:15pm: Orr wants more
The current chip leader is Eldon Orr he's got 135,000 and got his latest boost in a hand against Steve O'Dwyer. There had clearly been betting on more than one street as O'Dwyer bet 12,000 into a pot of 21,000 on the river of a 2♣9♦4♥Q♠[10h] board. Orr tank called and O'Dwyer simply mucked his hand, he's down to 9,000. -- NW

8:10pm: Coren Canned
It was a very unlucky end for Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren after she lost with jacks versus jacks.

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Coren fell late in the day

Martin Currie was the man who did the damage and he told the PokerStars Blog that Coren four-bet shoved with black jacks. He looked up her up with red jacks and four hearts rolled out on the board. If she could've only connected in the same way, is what she'll be thinking tonight. -- MC

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 400-800, 100 ante

7:55pm: No Day 2 for...
Iani Tulica, Luke Greaves, Huseyin Houssein, Dale Moon, Gajanthan Kamalanathan, Charles Chattha, Richard Lawlor, Mark James, Ben Jones, Philip Gould, Gavin McGuire, Damon Lum, Stewart Kirby, David Maudlin, Christopher Barron, Kevin Thomson, Hasmukh Khodiyara, Lucas Reeves, Rihards Krūziņš, Paul Dunne, Marcin Milde, Weland Holroyd, Phillip Huxley, Peter Jaksland, Joe Hindry, Paul Munro, Rory Brown, Jelle van Riesen, Andrew Mackenzie, Marko Laine, Mark Wagstaff, John Durkin, Paul Kelleher, Duncan Mclellan, Martin Mcgeough, Richard Kellett, Mark Suddes, Simon Fuller, Chris Hendry, Akshay Reddy, Johnny Barr, Enrico Frattaroli, Christofer Ryås, Patrick Uzan, Benjamín García Rivera and Oskar Prehm. -- MC

7:50pm: Erm, it's my birthday
I'm sure it's in the rules somewhere that if it's your birthday then you win flips. Not in Team PokerStars Online's Dale Philip's case though.

7:45pm: Stacey sent packing
It's been quite a UKIPT Season for Daniel Stacey so far. He qualified to UKIPT London for £100 and then finished 11th for £8,480. That performance, meant he won the Full Tilt last longer, meaning he won a package to UKIPT Isle of Man. He then proceeded to finish sixth there, banking £21,250.

But, things haven't gone his way in Edinburgh as he's just been eliminated. He moved all-in for 7,300 with 9♦9♣ over the top of Ben Glanton's 1,500 open. Next to act Dave Wearing isolated by raising all-in with A♥K♠, Glanton tanked and then folded, claiming ace-king.

The board came 3♠J♥4♠5♥2♦ and Stacey drowned on the river. -- NW

7:35pm: Stacked
Table 2 is stacked in more ways than one. In terms of chips, the first two bust outs happened at that table and it's probably been playing the deepest ever since. It now contains the two biggest stacks in the room. David Gallagher is the chip leader with around 91,000, it's very likely his boost came from Daniel Charlton who's dropped from 75,000 to 55,000.

As for the second biggest stack, well that's still Mickey Petersen, the table he was at just broke and he's been moved to the two seat at Gallagher's table (he's in seat nine). Also at that table is Vicky Coren, "not enough," were her words to the Blog during the break. She had 11,000 then and has since dropped to around 5,000. -- NW

7.25pm: Black end for Andy
The tournament room is a lot quieter after the elimination of Andy Black, and it was a bit of a cooler that ousted him too.

Michael Kane was down to less than 9,000 when he moved all in. Steve O'Dwyer made the call, and then called again when Black shoved behind him.

Kane: 7♥7♣
O'Dwyer: A♦A♠
Black: Q♠Q♥

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Queens fatal for Black

The board ran 2♥8♣2♠7♦K♣ to make Kane a set for the triple up.

"I actually made money in the hand!" said O'Dwyer who moved up slightly to 47,000. -- MC

7:10pm: Top 10 stacks
During the break the PokerStars Blog did a lap of the room to unearth the biggest stacks in the field with two levels to play. Leading the way is none other than Mickey Petersen. The Dane, who is a member of Team PokerStars Online, has 81,300 (135.5 big blinds) and leads from Sindre Haugen who has 74,300.

Liv Boeree is also going well, the Team PokerStars Pro has 68,200 and is currently in sixth place.

Mickey Petersen, 81,300
Sindre Haugen, 74,300
Daniel Charlton - 74,000
Ludovic Geilich - 74,000
Eldon Orr - 69,575
Liv Boeree - 68,200
Graham Carter - 68,000
James Bott - 67,000
Waheed Ashraf - 67,000
David Lloyd - 65,600


Petersen leads the way

7:05pm: Birthday boy Philips talks to the Blog
The tournament has kicked back into life with level 7. The Blog caught up with PokerStars Team Online's Dale Philip in the break. It's his birthday and he's playing a UKIPT in his hometown - the man needed to have his say about that and his recent trip to the PCA.

"It's my hometown and birthday so everything should be going my way today but unfortunately I'm a little under starting stack. I'm still waiting for the birthday/hometown run-good and hopefully it's going to come!"

"I was at the PCA for meetings and media training for PokerStars. I wasn't expecting to play anything but I jumped in a $1k PLO tourney and came second! I played in it while I had time off one evening and it was nice to make some money."

"Overall I had a great time and got to meet up with all the pros I normally only get to chat to online; I got some sunshine in and messed around in the water park and came back with a nice little score to get 2014 off to a great start!" -- MC

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 300-600, ante 75

6:50pm: Piper busts just before the break
Just before the break Michael Piper, who finished fourth at EPT6 San Remo, busted.

The players are now on a 15 minute break, when they return they'll play two more levels. -- NW

6:45pm: Turner tickles the table
All the players at table 16, including Kevan Turner, were laughing and joking. The aforementioned Turner was the one who'd caused the chuckling to break out as from under-the-gun he'd moved all his big chips over the line in a one fluid motion. They totalled perhaps on 4,200, he'd left his green chips behind the line. So he was all-in, only he wasn't. "In my head I'm all-in," he said as one by one his opponents folded.

It reached Stewart Kirby in the big blind, he tanked then moved all-in for around 9,000, Turner put on a little show before calling.

Turner: J♥J♣
Kirby: A♣J♦

The board ran Q♦2♥5♣3♦8♣ to double Turner up and reduced Kirby to just 3,800. -- NW

6.38pm: Piper can't beat sixes
Michael Piper was the aggressor in the hand but didn't connect with the board enough to beat Daniel Charlton's pocket sixes.

Piper opened to 850 from the hijack and was called by Vicky Coren (cut-off), Charlton (button) and the big blind.

Piper continued for 950 on the 2♥3♣3♠ flop and was only called by Charlton. Both players went on to check the J♣7♠ turn and river and Piper mucked upon seeing his opponent's hand. He dropped to 22,000. -- MC

6:35pm: The numbers are in
Tournament director Toby Stone just confirmed to the PokerStars Blog that the total number of entrants in the tournament is 427.

That means 316 players took to the felt today, of those 316 just 225 remain. We've yet to receive the official prize pool information but will upload it when we do. -- NW

6:25pm: Heffs in the house
Late registration closed at the start of level five and one player who only just made it was UKIPT3 leader board runner-up Neil Raine.

6:15pm: Exits
It's often said people don't start opening up until the antes kick in, we've now had two full levels in which antes have been in play and the pass of exits has ticked upwards during the last 120 minutes. The following all lost their chips during that period: David Knight, Hannes Rask, Giorgos Gkionis, Fernando dos Santos Nogueira, Rok Rotar, Kevin Iacofano, Mark Mckluskey, Mark Spellman, Donald Rae, Niall Murray, William Mcclure, Antonis Poulengeris, Mikal Håland, Yucel Eminoglu, Gareth Teatum, Christopher Johnston, Duncan Taylor, Shaun Hegarty, Leonard Readle, Simon Appleby, Edwin McNaughton, Raphael Wieczorek, Christopher Ferguson and James Thomson. -- NW

6pm: Melin wishes she was a hero
Full Tilt Poker tour ambassador Sin Melin is angry, angry with herself for not folding to a river bet.

The action was three-way to the river of a 2♦A♦8♦6♣9♠ board and there was a 7,000 bet, and a call, in front of her. She tanked for a minute before making the call.

"Nuts," said one opponent before opening K♦9♦.

"Yeah, I had a flush as well, couldn't make a hero fold."

"How big was your flush?" asked Andy Black.

"Nine," was Melin's response. She dropped to 9,500.

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Sin Melin still in the game

[Editors note: Melin's still a hero to us] -- MC

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 200-400, 50 ante

5:45pm: Action follows Petersen to Boeree
Team PokerStars Online's Mickey Petersen was drawn at a very difficult table first up, containing Vicky Coren and Fraser Macintyre to name but two. The table was broken and the stars were dispersed around the room.

When Petersen landed at a new table, it was no better, as he found himself along side Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree and tour ambassador Martins Adeniya.


New table of death?

Boeree seems to be bossing the table and her stack is showing the benefits. It's touching 50,000 after three small pots won on the bounce. The first one was a simple raise and take of the blinds and antes, the next two she had to wait until her flop c-bets were good to oust her opponents.

The table has promise while it's together as Petersen has around 37,000 and Adeniya a touch over thirty. -- MC

5:40pm: Chip counts
Another orbit of the room and another batch of chip counts...

Martins Adeniya - 35,300
Sin Melin - 26,000
Dominik Nitsche - 15,400
Dave Shallow - 5,700
Sean Prendiville - 23,600
Richie Lawlor - 19,700
Deborah Worley-Roberts - 16,500
Daniel Stacey - 6,400
Sunny Chattha - 35,500
Liv Boeree - 51,600
Dara O'Kearney - 20,600
Tom Hall - 46,600
David Vamplew - 13,900
Keith Hawkins - 8,000
Simon Deadman - 17,500
Julian Thew - 36,500
Duncan McLellan - 12,000
Vicky Coren - 25,000


Vicky Coren

Emmett Mullin - 38,000
Tim Slater - 35,000
Chaz Chattha - 10,300
Kevin Allen - 5,025
Sam Grafton - 27,000
Dermot Blain - 26,650
Phillip Huxley - 9,600
Steve O'Dwyer - 29,450
Dale Philip - 21,300
Ollie Schaffmann - 28,000
Dave Woods - 15,500
Michael Piper - 21,200
Mickey Petersen - 37,500
Fraser Macintyre - 43,000
Josh Logan - 58,000
Deborah Worley-Roberts -
Andy Black - 15,000
Daragh Davey - 7,600
Richard Evans - 19,700


Michael Piper

5:15pm: Kings work for Kerr
Paul Kerr survived a lot of pre flop action and made it to the river to win a decent pot with pocket kings.

He opened to 725 from second position and was called in one spot before Michael Piper three-bet to 2,100. Daniel Charlton was on the button and put in a four-bet to 4,200.

Both Kerr and Piper called to a 2♠5♦Q♠ flop where all three checked. That was the invite Kerr needed to lead for 6,000 on the 7♣ turn. Piper moved out of the way to let Charlton call.

The board completed with the 4♥ and Kerr wasted little time in betting 7,000. Charlton didn't seem confident ad he flicked in the call. Kerr opened K♥K♦ and took the pot as Chartlon flashed pocket jacks before mucking. -- MC

4:55pm: Pulled pots
Some post-flop aggression proved profitable for a couple of players just now as it saw them take down a pot apiece.

In the first Daniel Stacey led out for 1,350 from the big blind on a 2♣5♥J♥ flop, Jen Yue Chiang flat called, only for Andrew Hall to make it 5,200 to go. Stacey thought long and hard before folding, Chiang just folded hard.

On another table I picked up a hand involving Tom Hall and David Vamplew. The former had bet 800 on a 8♠Q♠9♦ flop and been flat called, Vamplew then raised to 2,300. Hall asked the EPT winner for a count of his remaining chips (7,000) before folding, as did the other player. Pot to Potter Vamplew. -- NW

4:50pm: Dominik Nitsche: Professional flag hunter
Dominik Nitsche likes to chase Hendon Mob country flags. He's second only to Casey Kastle for most flags accrued. The German starlet has been attending the PCA for five years and finally managed to get a Bahamian flag last week in a $1,100 Turbo tournament. The thing is he chopped the bubble for $970 so the flag cost him -$130 to win. The blog caught up with Nitsche about his flag hunting at the PCA and how's he's feeling now he's here in Edinburgh.

"$130? I wish I'd just lost $130! All in all it must've cost me.... I don't want to even think about it, fives years of buy ins add up! It was worth it in the end, and to do it win a min cash - everyone does it that way!"

"I'm not ready for this tournament as I'm really tired. I decided to stay an extra day (in the Bahamas) to go to the beach and the pool because I was playing tournaments (unsuccessfully) everyday before then. "

"I kind of regret my decision as I got in yesterday at 5pm and fell asleep, which was not a good idea, as I woke up at 10pm and went back to bed again at 6am. I'm extremely tired and I'm on my second drink of the day with a lot of caffeine in there. Hopefully I can wake up and start beating these guys up. Right now I'm down to 15k, which is not a good start, but we'll see what happens." -- MC

4.30pm: Four more to go
The remaining players are now back in their seats and the fifth level of the day is underway. A reminder of the plan for the tournament:


The tournament room in Edinburgh

Key UKIPT Edinburgh facts

- 20,000 starting stack
- Blinds starting at 25/50 for 400 big blinds
- One hour levels, we'll play eight today with no dinner break meaning play will end around 8.45pm
- Late registration is open until the start of level five - roughly 4.30pm.
- The Assembly Rooms is a cashless venue, you can only buy-in through your PokerStars account at the venue.
- Two starting days, then Days 2, 3 and 4 will be a combined field to a UKIPT champion (cue winner's photo, trophy swinging around, celebrations in the bar).

However, Steve Watts, Richard Berridge, Renaldo Büschi, Teddy Brogan, James Walsh, Georg Beiske, Vincent Meli, Kevin WIlliams, Richard Teatum, Fintan Gavin, Asif Warris, Thomas Grundy, Alastair Kerr, Bernie McGinlay, Jamie Rhind, John Stokes, John Broad, James Scott, Kuljinder Singh, Martin Currie and Paul Simmons are not in their seats as they're all out. -- NW

PokerStars Blog reporting team at PokerStars UKIPT Edinburgh: Marc Convey and Nick Wright. Photos by Rene Velli.

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in UKIPT