UKIPT4 Isle of Man 2: Day 1A Level 5-10 updates (600/1,200 ante 200)
11:50pm: Done for the day
Day 1A is done! Approximately 47 players from the 145 who entered the fray remain. Of those Donald Rae is top of the pile with 154,900. A wrap of the day's play is on the way. -- NW
11:37pm: Final four hands...
The end of level ten approaches and the TD has asked the dealers to deal four hands - no more, no less - out to the remaning 47 combatants.
News of the final chip counts will come shortly following the close of play... -- RS
11:30pm: Davey at the double
After a raise to 3,200 from Terry Jordan in mid-position, Dara Davey, who's top of the UKIPT Season 4 leader board, moved all-in for 30,500 and Jordan made the call.
The 5♣9♥6♣5♠A♦ board favoured Davey and he doubled. -- NW
11:25pm: Close but no cigar
The last level of the day was the last level of the tournament for: Dara O'Kearney, David Nuth, Jorge Carvahlo, Johan Ekdahl, Konstantin Karikov, Dariusz Paszkiewicz, Ross Marshall, John Finnighan-Linkins, Oliver Fabian, Mahmood Rasheed and Shola Akindele.
Roughly 57 of the 149 players who started the day remain. -- NW
11:15pm: Prescott straightens out Wagstaff
Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot Blain was keen to tell me about a hand that had happened at his table and it soon became clear why. In the hand in question Mark Wagstaff, who had a deep run at EPT100 Barcelona, had raised to 2,500 with pocket kings, Michael Prescott had shoved for about 30,000 with king-jack and Wagstaff had called.
"He's in about the best shape he can be in," said Blain to me. "That is until the flop was [Q][A], he (Wagstaff) then turned a king but the river was a brick." After the hand Prescott is up to around 60,000 whilst Wagstaff was left with just 25,000. - NW
11:05pm: Assorted counts
As we move through the final level of the day, here are some notable counts from the felt. Just 57 remain now.
Josh Hart - 145,000
Ludovic Geilich - 105,000
Fatima Moreira de Melo - 95,000
Simon Deadman - 56,000
Sam Grafton - 52,000
10:55pm: Radio Grafton taking no prisoners
There's always one man guaranteed to provide a steady stream of uninhibited commentary at their poker table. Players such as Daniel Negreanu, Roberto Romanello, Phil Hellmuth love to pontificate on subjects far and wide. Well Sam Grafton can certainly rank himself with that illustrious elite group.
Everyone else might be wilting as the day draws to a close but Grafton seems to be drawing on some mystical internal powers to keep himself and his table entertained.
Moments ago, he engaged in some light-hearted ribbing of Mickey Petersen after the Dane check, called a flop before folding the turn.
"Check, call, check fold - that's the name of your autobiography. Check call, check-fold - The Mickey Petersen story!" -- RS
10:45pm: The history of the Isle of Man
Did you know the Isle of Man has got older rocks than a senior's poker event?! In fact it has history dating back to 6,500 BC.
PokerStars TV's Sarah Grant decided to take a closer look at some of the historical sites here on the Isle of Man.
Blinds up: 600/1,200, ante 200
10:45pm: Deadman scoops three-way all-in
Simon Deadman is up to around 75,000 after winning a three-way all-in. After a short stacked player shoved for around 12,000 with K♦9♦, Kevin Butcher shoved all-in over the top for 41,000 from the small blind with A♥Q♠ only for Simon Deadman to call all-in for 30,000 from the big blind with A♣J♦.
Deadman was in trouble, he had just a 19% chance of winning the hand but the 6♣9♣[10s]Q♣4♣ meant he hit runner-runner to survive, Butcher shook his heads at the turn of events as a potential boost to 87,5000 disintegrated on the river and he was left with just 11,000.
Dominic Mahoney is at the same table and said: "lucky he's the nicest man in poker," at Deadman's good fortune. Mahoney is doing rather well himself after flopping a straight with 6♠4♠ on a 3♦5♦7♣ flop and getting a double up against A♦J♦. He's got 81,000. -- NW
10:35pm: De Melo looking good yet again
This season there have been two near misses in terms of Team PokerStars Sponsored players winning a UKIPT Main Event title. Liv Boeree narrowly missed out in Edinburgh in January 2014 and a few months earlier Fatima Moreira de Melo also fell at final hurdle when she finished runner-up to Duncan McLellan here in the Isle of Man.
She looks primed for another deep run as she just got a double up in the most classic of races. She had cold four-bet to 13,000 over a raise, Simon Deadman's three-bet and a flat call. The original raiser and Deadman both folded, but Oliver Fabian then moved all-in for around 40,000. De Melo asked Fabian if he held aces, before tank calling the shove with a similar sized stack. Fabian flipped A♠K♣, whilst De Melo held pocket queens. The board ran out eight high and De Melo's hand held to eliminate Fabian. She's since won a few small pots to climb to 98,000. -- NW
10:20pm: Livshitz fails to bridge equity gap
Gabi Livshitz just raised, only to find the shortish stack of Roger Lu moving in over the top.
Deciding he had to call given the price, Livshitz did so. "You probably aren't far behind," Lu said, revealing pocket tens.
"I think I am!" replied Livshitz with a cheeky grin, showing down A♠3♠.
Needing some assistance from the poker gods, there were no presents forthcoming and when an uneventful flop, turn and river transpired, Lu had doubled to 35,000 whilst Livshitz was down to a still-respectable 45,000. -- RS
10:08pm: Cruel river scuppers Cram
Darren Delahunty has already amassed a monster stack and the addition of Heath Cram's remaining chips to his pile has only augmented his standing.
Cram's unfortunate demise saw him raise preflop, peeled by Delahunty in position.
Seeing a K♥5♥6♣ board dealt out, Cram bet 3,500 - and Delahunty called.
The turn brought an innocuous 2♦ - both players checked.
Come the 4♥ on the river, Cram waited a few moments before moving in for his remaining circa 12,000 chips.
If Cram felt somewhat secure, having rivered a straight with A♠3♠, his optimism would have been shaken as Delahunty made an insta-call. No surprise then when Delahunty turned over the rivered flush with J♥Q♥.
"Harsh river," commented tablemate Sam Grafton (24,000) as Cram shook hands and departed.
The rampaging Delahunty up to 95,000. -- RS
9:55pm: Chip counts
A standard Day 1 on the UKIPT is eight levels so usually the following players would have a hard luck story about having almost made Day 2 before valiantly falling in the last level of the day. As it is, Mun Tong Wei, Tomasz Raniszewski, Christin Maschmann, Jamie O'Connor, Chris Straghalis, Frase Macintyre, Simon Child, Gary Whipp, Richard Burton, Jennifer Shahade, Cormac Moylan, Dominic Evans, Neil Callow, Colin Lovelock, Paul Ellis, Norbert Berent, Christopher Argento, Paul McTaggart, Micahel Booth, Paul Febers, Diego Gomez, Edward Ramshaw and Heath Cram all fell a couple of levels short. -- NW
Blinds up: 500/1,000, ante 100
9:33pm: Break it up folks!
That's eight full levels of poker in the bag, For some that would constitute a full day's play but our players here are tougher than that and will continue their struggle for dominance for another two entire levels.
They are being given a 15 minute break to consolidate and marshall their thoughts and energy for the final push. Tally ho! We'll be back soon. -- RS
9:30pm: Chip counts
Here are how the names, notables and big stacks amongst the remaining 81 players stack up:
Dermot Blain - 18,000
Terry Jordan - 55,000
David Lappin - 45,000
Eugene Katchalov - 48,000
Mark Wagstaff - 16,000
Willie Tann - 45,000
Neil Raine - 22,000
Paul McTaggart - 16,200
Sam Razavi - 21,000
Katja Spillum Svendsen - 15,200
Nick Newport - 38,000
Simon Deadman - 41,000
Sam Grafton - 12,800
Gary Clarke - 40,000
Mo Razavi - 60,000
Dara Davey - 31,000
Shola Akindele - 10,000
Ludovic Geilich - 73,000
Paul Febers - 16,250
Joshua Hart - 82,000
9:21pm: Prescott set for success
Michael Prescott was hovering around his starting stack before achieving a more than useful double-up to send him flying up the leaderboard.
Holding pocket tens and vying with Terence Jordan for the pot, he was delighted to see a board of A♠T♠8♣ appear. He bet 1,175 in position - Jordan check-calling.
The 7♦ on the turn saw Jordan now break the pattern, betting out 2,200.
Prescott had a think about this before picking up his 17,000 remaining chips and plonking them over the line definitively. All-in!
Jordan took a few moments before making the call with A♣9♠ for top pair and the open-ended straight draw, in bad shape versus Prescott's set.
There was a potential bad beat story in the making but when the 3♠ brick appeared on the river, Prescott was in the giddy heights of the 40,000+ club. A toothy grin told the story of just how he felt about that! -- RS
9:12pm: Spinks bites the dust
On the way to the Isle of Man Jon Spinks told the PokerStars Blog that he'd been pulling a lot of 18 hour days over the past three weeks due to playing WCOOP and looking after his baby daughter. He was, therefore actually looking forward to catching up on sleep and he'll have that chance tonight as he's just busted Day 1A of the Main Event.
After a raise to 2,000 from Gary Lawther in early position Andre Wagner smooth called and Spinks then shoved for 9,625 from the big blind. Both players smooth called and the flop came 3♠8♦2♦. After a check from Lawther, Wagner bet 10,000 and Lawther released his hand.
The 4♠ turn and 2♥ river were no help to Spinks, but he'll likely be back tomorrow after some much needed rest. -- NW
9:01pm: Rae of light
Donald Rae is definitely a man in the ascendancy right now, his stack an impressive 93,000 as he makes an assault on the six figure men leading the way.
His most recent coup say him check-call turn and river of a A♠Q♦9♣K♣9♥ board, delighted to find at showdown his two pair K-Q was good for the pot, despite having been counterfeited on the river.
8:50pm: A chat with Max Silver
Earlier today PokerStars TV's Sarah Grant caught up with UKIPT champion and newly-wed Max Silver. They discussed his recent nuptials and the Player of the Season race, in which Silver currently lies second.
8:40pm: How go Team PokerStars?
Another member of the Team PokerStars family has hit the rail as Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano is out. The Italian got it in with pocket eights against aces and queens and didn't hit, although the queens did. Of those still in Christophe De Meulder is flying the flag highest as he's up to 60,000, Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo has 40,000, which is a few thousand more than Eugene Katchalov, who's on 37,000 and a fair bit more than Mickey Petersen who's got 14,500.
And it'd be remiss of use not to mention Lee Jones, who's one of many members of Rational Group staff playing. "Please mention I've got 44,000," he told the PokerStars Blog, before adding. "It'll probably be my high watermark for the tournament." -- NW
Blinds up: 400/800, 100 ante
8:30pm: Chip leaders and exits
Midway through the seventh level of the day the clear chip leader is David Hill, he's from the Isle of Man and is clearly enjoying home advantage as he's up to 128,500. That's some way clear of Darren Delahunty who's on 94,000 and Yury Gulyy who's on 75,000.
At the other end of the scale, Marvin Weiland, Bruce Williamson, Gregory Humphries, John Handley, Thomas Ross, Max Silver, Gary Blakemore, Mark Burns and Team PokerStars Pro Matti De Meulder are among those who've busted and will have to try again tomorrow. -- NW
8:24pm: Some notable chip counts
A little soupcon from the tables; here are the chip counts for these persons of interest.
Ludovic Geilich - 68,000
Gary Clarke - 42,000
Sam Grafton - 23,000 -- RS
8:15pm: Maschmann on the rise
Any Christin Maschmann fans disappointed at her earlier cooler can revel in the fact she is rising from the ashes like a phoenix - back to over her starting stack.
Most recently she raised to 1,500 preflop, called in two spots before her c-bet on a T♠5♣5♦ saw both players in the pot melt away like butter over an open fire.
Up to 21,500 Maschmann is showing her mettle and poker chops here. --RS
8:01pm: Auditorium filling up
As more players bust but remain behind to sweat their friends and percentages, the seats that border the playing area are starting to fill with eager, chatty faces, creating more of an ambience in the previously fairly quiet arena.
The blinds are now a chunky 300/600, there are more players under pressure and one slip of concentration can easily result in a knockout. The increased buzz filling the hall combined with the increasing blind pressure have ramped up the atmosphere and there are a few more tense visages peppering the tables as we move through level 7. -- RS
7:48pm: Mast-er of the felt
Simon Deadman has already carved a fearsome reputation out for himself in the poker realm, having amassed $1.4 million in winnings at this relatively early stage of his tournament career.
After a slow start here, he's accumulated steadily and is now up to 46,000.
Maximilian Mast however has Deadman in his sights, recently winning a pot after peeling from the big blind following Deadman's under-the-gun raise to 1,500 - the pair checking the 9♠5♣3♥ board.
Come the 3♥ turn, Mast sprung into action, leading out for 2,600. Deadman called.
The rivered 5♠ saw Mast now bet out a chunky 8,300 and Deadman gave the matter some thought before throwing his hand away.
"Nice hand," he offered though Mast was in no mood to confirm his read, mucking quickly.
Mast is now up amongst the chip leaders with an impressive 92,000 at his disposal. --RS
7:30pm: Motorcycle madness
One of the things that the Isle of Man is famous for, apart from PokerStars of course, is motorcycles and the TT Race. Someone who straddles both arenas is local lad Conor Cummins. He played the six-max event last night, but racing commitments this week means the Main Event was a no go. The PokerStars Blog caught up with him earlier though to discuss adrenaline, sanity and the Isle of Man TT.
Blinds up: 300/600, 75 ante
6:30pm: Level 6 ends- Dinner break
The end of the level six means the players are taking their scheduled dinner break.
We'll be back for level seven in one hour. See you then! -- RS
6:29pm: Maschmann mashed
Holding A♠K♠ Christin Maschmann just went to war, calling Ross Greig's 13,000 shove, only to receive the bad news that she was in bad shape as he held the K♣K♥.
A board of 8♦4♠2♠ looked promising for Maschmann - her equity rising with a flush draw, but ultimately she was to be disappointed as the board bricked out with the 3♥ and Q♦.
Maschmann drops to 8,000 whilst a releived Greig is up to 25,000.
"It's never easy, is it?" he observed wryly. -- RS
6:25pm: Early bath
There's no easy way to say this but: Gareth Mcintosh, Gary Dickson, Kevin Butcher, Rene Hochmuth, Michael Jones, David Tierney, Steven Powell, Guoxiao Zhang, Daniel Fargher, Mark Lane, Benjamin Jones and Mike Adamo can all take an extended dinner break as they've busted during level six. -- NW
6:15pm: Martin hit in the Hart
Rational Group Staff member Quentin Martin got off to a great start but it's just been checked somewhat as he lost a big pot to Joshua Hart.
On the river of a K♦Q♠5♦6♣4♣ board Martin bet 8,000 into a pot of 19,000, Hart re-raised all-in for 17,800 total and Martin called off the extra. Hart rolled over J♣[10c] for the rviered flush, whilst Martin showed K♣K♦ for a flopped set of kings that got cracked on the river.
He's down to around 27,000 whilst Hart is up to 48,000. -- NW
6:05pm: Tann turns up the heat and turns on the charm
Willie Tann has seen and done it all when it comes to poker and as his stack continues to rise inexorably, he is sharing some of the experience gleaned over the years with the table.
Tann recently chipped up, calling a 2,100 bet on the turn of a 9♦8♣7♦T♦ board before announcing "No diamonds!"
The A♦ appearing on the river caused Tann to laugh out loud..."The best diamond appears!" - before he called a further 2,500 on the river.
"Just the J♦," his opponent announced - Tann showing down the A♠[Q♦ to claim the pot and rise to 56,000.
"No diamonds!" an incredulous Jon Spinks exclaimed. "What were you hoping for then?!!"
As the tabletalk drifted onto other subjects, the infamous Mike Caro was mentioned - a man on whom Willy Tann was keen to voice an opinion.
"He was a joy to play with. When I knocked him out of the tournament I was so sad!" -- RS
6:00pm: Fargher bows out
Daniel Fargher was short and with the pressure on, he made a move to chip up by shoving from the small blind over Craig Sewell's hijack open.
Fargher had chosen the pretty-looking K♣J♣ to pull the trigger with, but when Sewell showed down A♦J♠, much of his equity dissolved and things were looking dicey.
A flop of 5♥4♣5♣ re-invigorated his chances briefly but all hope dissolved as the T♥ on the turn and A♥ on the river snuffed out his slim opportunity for a double-through.
"It's not been a good day for me!" Fargher said laughing as he grabbed his things and exited post-haste. -- RS
It's so long to Steve O'Dwyer, Stuart McDonald, Gary Trees, Mark Baxter, Rocco Palumbo, Derek Miller, Joe Grech, Matuesz Zbikowski, Christoph Koehnen, Team PokerStars Online's Vicente Delgado, Ian Marmion, Rafael Lopez and UKIPT Champion of Champions Richard Evans. -- NW
5:45pm: Jordan crunches Katchalov
Terry Jordan has a reputation for loose aggressive play and the Londoner certainly left Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov flummoxed after the two of them clashed in a hand. On the turn of a Q♥2♥8♥9♠ board Katchalov (big blind) bet 2,200 only for Jordan (button) to raise to 4,500, call from Katchalov. On the 7♣ river Jordan bet 4,500 and after a shake of the head Katchalov released his hand. He's down to 17,000 whilst Jordan is up to 55,000. -- NW
Blinds up: 200/400, 50 ante
5:35pm: Davey dents Deadman
Dara Davey and Simon Deadman are UKIPT heavyweights and find themselves seated a few tables apart at table 13. Earlier on it appeared that it was definitely going to be unlucky for Deadman, who had dropped to around 11,000. He's since recovered but just clashed in a pot against Davey. The Irishman, who currently sits atop the UKIPT Season 4 leader board, raised to 600 from early position and then called when Deadman made it 1,600 from the cut-off. The [10s]8♥K♠ flop was checked through and the 3♣ fell on the turn.
First to act Davey bet 1,500 and Deadman flicked in two 1k chips to signify a call. The J♣ completed the board, Davey led for 4,400 and after a tank Deadman let his hand go. The two had a little bit of post-hand analysis and although I couldn't hear what hands they had Deadman said: "Could've gone in pre and then it would've been gg."
After that hand Davey is up to 28,000 whilst Deadman drops to 23,500. -- NW
5:25pm: Martin defying the odds
One of the many Rational Group Staff members who've ditched their day job, for today at least, is Quentin Martin. Despite finding himself at a tough table including Dara Davey and Simon Deadman, he's off to a flyer and is up to 48,000. - NW
5:15pm: Geilich run up leadboard interrupted
Ludovic Geilich is a difficult man to stop once the wind is in his sails, as he showed in winning UKIPT Marbella last year.
Already up to 53,000, it looked like he was about to run through this field in the opening levels, but he just faced his first major setback of the day.
We joined the hand on the turn of a K♦9♥8♥6♦ board - Geilich leading for 5,500, called by Gary Trees and Darren Delahunty.
A dangerous-looking 7♦ on the river saw both players check to Geilich, who bet 5,500. Trees called but Delahunty now surprised everyone with a check-raise all-in for 25,000 or so.
"Sick," said Geilich, rubbing his hand through his hair unhappily. Eventually he threw his hand away (as did Trees) - rewarded for his fold, as Delhunty showed down A♦8♦ for the nut flush.
Geilich still well placed with 42,000 whilst Delhunty rises to 45,000. -- RS
5:01pm: Fatima smells an opportunity
PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo is happy with her impressive 50,000+ stack and is merrily chirping away at her table.
Matthias De Meulder looked to take the wind out of her sails by joking he would pay her €2,000 to be quiet.
"I'll do it if you go buy some deodorant," de Melo insta-fired back, showing her wit is as sharp as her poker play.
Put in his place, De Meulder laughed but backed down, perhaps realising he might struggle in a smacktalk face off with his Dutch nemesis. -- RS
4:45pm: Streets of fury
Daniel Johnson has just taken a big chunk of chips from Diego Gomez to rise to over 31,000.
The hand opened with Johnson raising to 700 from middle position, Gomez calling from the big blind.
Johnson led the A♦5♦2♣ board for 1,400; Gomez check-called.
The turned J♥ saw Gomez check-call a further 3,300 from Johnson.
Finally an interesting-looking A♣ on the river saw Gomez check and Johnson tank, before picking up his remaining 9,200 chips and firing them over the line.
Gomez called quickly, only to look disconsolate as Johnson showed down 5♣5♠ for a flopped set, improved to a full house. Gomez sadly showed a lone A♥ before mucking his other card.
Gomez down to 11,000... -- RS
4.35pm: Back in the saddle
The players are back in their seats and level five is under way here at the Villa Marina. Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo would've no doubt been smiling during the break as she won a huge hand just before the end of level four to climb to 50,000. She flopped a flush and was up against UKIPT4 Dublin champion Kevin Killeen's flopped set and Peter Ross's flush draw. When the latter also turned a pair all the chips went in, the river blanked and she eliminated them both.
PokerStars Blog reporting team at PokerStars UKIPT Isle of Man 2: Rod Stirzaker and Nick Wright. Photos by Danny Maxwell.