UKIPT4 London 2: Day 1B level 1-4 updates (100/200 25 ante)

4:30pm: Time to go outside
Level four is over and that means the break is upon us. Play will start again in 25 minutes and you'll find updates in a new post. -- NW

4:25pm: Mateos out but O'Shea left cursing poker
The PokerStarsBlog joined the action on table 42 to see WSOP Europe winner Adrian Mateos Diaz all -in and two opponents still with action pending. A board of 2♥Q♥8♠7♠ was on the felt and Jerome O'Shea had checked the action to Rumen Nanev. The Bulgarian elected to bet 7,500 into a pot of 24,500 and this sent O'Shea deep into the tank. He had about 40,000 in total behind, but after running the decision through his mind he elected to fold and showed K♥K♣ as he did so.

He soon found out it was a good fold as Nanev opened2♦2♣ for the flopped set and Mateos was drawing dead with K♥Q♠. The K♠ - the case king - fell on the river and O'Shea cursed loudly when he saw it. "F******g game," he shouted. "You make the right decision and it still f***s you."

A table mate reassured him he'd made the correct decision. "It was the right fold man, the right fold." -- NW

4:20pm: MacIntyre's good start somewhat undone
Fraser MacIntyre had gotten off to a flier but just dropped around 20,000 chips to drop back to 40,000.

The action folded to the Scot on the button and he raised to 450. Vlad Nena was in the big blind and three-bet to 1,500. MacIntyre called and both players checked the 7♣6♦9♣ flop before Nena led for 1,800 on the K♥ turn. MacIntyre called and then bet 3,500 on the Q♦ when the action was checked to him. Nena responded by check-raising to 16,400, all in except for a 100 chip left behind.

The line confused MacIntyre and he went into the tank for several minutes before flicking on the call, only to be shown K♦K♣ for top set by Nena. "Wow. Yeah, nice hand!" said MacIntyre before folding. -- MC

4pm: Geilich running up a stack once more
More chip counts of the names and notables for you now, UKIPT4 Marbella champion Ludovic Geilich made the final table at UKIPT4 Isle of Man 2 earlier this week, he's running up another big stack here in London as he's already up to 41,000. If he were to win this week he'd have the same number of UKIPT titles as Joeri Zandvliet, the Dutchman who's been living in London, but is about to move back to Holland for work, has 19,250. Mickey Petersen is another who's leaving/left London, he's about to up sticks to Edinburgh, he's got 26,600 right now.

And Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov is at the same table as Team PokerStars SportStars Fatima Moreira de Melo, not much to choose between them at the moment, with De Melo (23,250) having a touch more than Katchalov (22,000). -- NW

3:50pm: Like a Bull in a china shop
Robbie Bull was all smiles as he flashed one his cards to the blog after taking down small five-way pot.

The reigning champion of UKIPT London is sat at the same table as UKIPT Nottingham finalist, Angelo Milioto, and looking to become the first double champion of the same UKIPT.

He and four opponents checked a 6♥4♥7♥ flop before Bull's 1,600 bet was enough to force them all off their hands on the 5♥ turn. Bull showed the 8♥ for a straight flush and raked in the pot to move up to around 22,000. -- MC

3:35pm: Thew lives up to nickname
Former EPT Champion Julian Thew is known as the nicest man in poker, but he's also known by his nickname 'yo-yo' due to his penchant for having a fluctuating chip stack. Whilst that reputation might have been stoked over a decade ago he just showed that perhaps it's just as prevalent today.

With a full board of 6♥4♠A♦6♠3♥ on the felt Thew moved all-in for around 19,000, which was a little over a pot sized bet. His opponent in the hand, Ross O'Neill, was in some pain over his decision. After spending quite some time in the tank he folded the A♥ face up and Thew is up to around 35,000 as a result. -- NW

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Thew - on the yo-yo train once more!

Blinds up: 100/200, 25 ante

3:25pm: Level three fallers
With late registration open until the start of level five players like James Greenwood and Matthew Davenport are still taking their seats. However, what goes up must come down and, Albert Sapiano, Aelxander Johnson, Marc Daubach, Piergiorgio D'ancona, Aurelian Chirieci, Daniel Shapiro, Cheng-Wei Yin, Matthew Braye, Daniel Bland, Tuhin Maitra, Jonathan Roux, Adrian Demusca, Yehoram Houri, Laszlo Balogh, Mark Hamilton, Gary Fisher, Advani Naresh, Hamish Morjaria, Waseem Nazir and Phillip Comben are all out. --NW

3:20pm: The big (and the loud) guns have arrived
The mix in tournament room C has gotten more interesting with the additions of Fintan Gavin, Roberto Romanello and Chris Moorman.

Gavin, fresh from the Isle of Man final table, and Romanello will give the likes of Sam Grafton a run for his money in the talking stakes. Moorman, meanwhile, might sign a copy of his new book if you bust him. -- MC

3:05pm: Counts from Room B
Some might call Tournament Room B the main room given that it is dominated by the TV stage. That rig essentially splits the room in half but there are still plenty of star names dotted around the tables. Here's how some of them are getting on:

Sin Melin - 13,500
Mitch Johnson -22,000
Joe Laming - 6,000
Will Kassouf - 20,300
Katja Spillum Svendsen - 16,000
Diego Gomez - 21,325
Paul McTaggart - 21,000
Ade Bayo - 29,250
Patrick Leonard - 11,200

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Sin Melin

Nick Wealthall - 15,300
Richard Hawes - 7,000
Tom Hall - 20,450
Brett Angell - 23,400
Simon Trumper - 27,000
Fraser Macintyre - 20,250
Dave Ulliott - 19,200
Kelly Saxby - 16,000
Nick Newport - 22,300

3pm: Chips from rooms C & D
Here are some selected counts from the masses in the top two rooms:

Fintan Gavin - 20,000
Martins Adeniya - 31,000
Dominik Panka - 19,000
Chris Brammer - 21,500
Marvin Rettenmaier - 25,500
Sam Grafton - 18,300
David Vamplew - 11,500
Adrian Matteos - 23,000
Dermot Blain - 24,000
Ben Jenkins - 14,000
-- MC

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Ben Jenkins

2:45pm: The hot and cold of tournament room C
The floor staff are having problems maintaining a consistent temperature in tournament room C. It's got a musty atmosphere due to the sheer number of players packed within its walls and the only way to counter that is to have the air-con on full throttle. The problem with that is the main vent is directly above Craig McCorkell's table. Whilst the rest of the room sit in t-shirts, McCorkell and his tablemates are wrapped up in every piece of clothing they have with them.

I'm sure McCorkell would be fine with the scenario if his stack was soaring, but it's not. He dropped down to 15,200 after he squeezed pre flop, bet the flop but folded to an opponent's lead when the board read 8♦Q♥3♣6♦. -- MC

2:30pm: Cards back in the air
Level 3 in underway but it runs without the likes of Haakon Enoksen, Danny Lamming, Mohammed Suhail, Luis Jordan, Paul Whyman, Paul Ephremsen and Niall Farrell. -- MC


2:02pm: End of level 2
Two hours have flown by and there are now 630 players registered in the Main Event today. Sorel Mizzi and Team PokerStars Online's Vicente Delgado were two players taking their seats at the last seconds of the level ticked down.

They, and everyone else, have a 20 minute break. -- NW

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Plenty of stacks are out of racks

1:57pm: Gordon hunted, Renaut back in the game
It's horrible to run bad in this game, sometimes one thinks one's luck will never come to an end.

Gordon Huntly feels like that right now. He couldn't make a hand in the Isle of Man and he's out here already. Everything missed and then he lost with pocket kings for his last 11,000 after an opponent made trip tens against him.

Claire Renaut is a well-known French poker player and journalist but has been off the scene for a while after she and fiancée Fabrice Soulier had their first child. This is her first tournament since giving birth and she has the complete opposite look on her face compared to Huntly, fresh, excited and not weighed down by bad beats. -- MC

1:50pm: Panka makes third UKIPT appearance
Ten months ago Dominik Panka shot to prominence when he defeated Mike 'Timex' McDoanald to win the PCA10 Main Event. He put on a consummate display and there was no suggestion that this was a fluke result. He's more than proved that since with a victory in the €10,000 High Roller at EPT Deauville and a deep run at #EPT100 Barcelona.

Today though he's making his third UKIPT appearance and is one of those players up in Tournament Room D. Michael Kane, Peter Charalambous and Jamie O'Connor are three other players who've recently entered the tournament and are also in Tournament Room D. -- NW

1:40pm: Too many players!
It was kept as an emergency but Room D has been called into action due the to huge numbers of players wading in. It won't be long until the ten tables in there are full and an alternate list called into action.

Sam Grafton drew table 54 (room c) which just happened to be the table his girlfriend was dealing at. "Quality!" was his reaction but she was soon pushed to a new table and he was far too distracted trying to get a word it edgeways with tablemates, Pratyush Buddiga and Zachary Korick, to notice.

Marvin Rettenmaier settled in beside Antoine Saout and Craig McCorkell and Daniel Charlton have each other for company. -- MC

1:35pm: Not the best day for...
Oleh Okhotskyi, Robert Tinnion, Albert Wong, Luca Fiorini and Christopher Koehnen as their Main Event experience was shorter than a football match. -- NW

1:30pm: The players keep coming
There's over 500 registered now on Day 1B and we've spotted some more familiar faces among them: Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo has made the short hop from Isle of Man to play in London. Harry Lodge, who, like De Melo, final tabled UKIPT Isle of Man a year ago is sat to the right of Brett Angell, he was runner-up to Garth Walker at UKIPT2 Nottingham. Tour reg Richard Milne Snr is playing, as is Nick Newport and Polish player Patryk Slusarek, who now calls London home, will be hoping to best his seventh place finish in this tournament last year. -- NW

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De Melo - happy to back at the felt once more

1:20pm: Zimbler on time today
Earlier in Season 4 of the UKIPT Paul Zimbler made the final table of this tournament last time it was in town. Despite living in London (and being short stacked) he was late to the final table. "Yeah it's only final tables I can't turn up on time for," he joked. -- NW

1:10pm: Join the queue
There's a queue stretching out the door at the moment with players who've late registered lining up to get their seat assignment. It's providing an interesting game of 'spot the player' from our lofty blogging position in the Grand Connaught Rooms. Antoine Saout, who finished third in the 2009 WSOP Main Event, is just one of those waiting to get in on the action. -- NW

1pm: Adeniya back for more
Martins Adeniya took a brutal beat to bubble the UKIPT4 Isle of Man 2 final table - kings cracked by jack-ten - but he shrugged it off and even commentated on the final table a day later. He's trying his luck again in London today.

Blinds up: 50/100

12:58pm: Too good, Wealthall, too good
One of the hardest things to do in poker is to flop a set and fold. One of the hardest things to do ever is to flop a set against Albert Sapiano and fold.

Nick Wealthall found himself at the river of a A♦J♣Q♥3♣9♦ board and facing an all in over-bet from Mr Sapiano. Call and be wrong and out, or maintain the 15,000 chips you have and wait for a better, less risky, spot?

The UKIPT host chose the latter and Sapiano was kind enough to show king-ten for the nuts. Wealthall's cards were already in the muck but he claimed to have folded pocket jacks. -- MC

12:40pm: Faces from downstairs
There's gong to be a lot of stairs covered today as players are spread throughout the glamorous surroundings of The Grand Connaught Rooms.

The UKIPT London titleholder, Robbie Bull, is back to defend and can be found downstairs. Former PCA champion, Dimitar Danchev is also in attendance down there, as are: Sin Melin, Niall Farrell, Kelly Saxby, Ludovic Geilich, Mickey Petersen, Joeri Zandvliet, Rory Brown, Julain Thew and Carlo Citrone. -- MC

Bull is here to defend his title

12:30pm: Who's in Tournament Room C?
Yesterday just one lonely table was needed in the auxiliary tournament room known as Tournament Room C. Today, with at least 400 players already registered, there are 17 tables with bums on seats in that room at the moment.

There are plenty of big names and interesting tables among them too. Perhaps the most interesting table contains Marc Daubach, who won the UKIPT High Roller here last year, Christopher Frank (5th, EPT9 London Main Event), Kevin Allen and Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Ben Jenkins. What's more the latter three are sat in a row in seats six to eight, with Jenkins the in position player.

Elsewhere you'll find Philippe Souki, fresh off a deep run at EPT Barcelona. The cash game specialist will be hoping to better his fourth place finish at UKIPT3 London in this event. The loveable Romano Pizzo is also in action today, famous for sporting two hats at UKIPT2 Nottingham (where he finished third), he's just got the one on today, a white ski hat providing more than enough warmth it seems.

There's UKIPT champions and EPT champions in the mix too with Richard Evans and David Vamplew representing, as are Dermot Blain, Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Weekes and Adrian Mateos. One thing's for sure, it should be fun to watch that lot play. -- NW

12:15pm: Leonard off the leash
No prizes for guessing who's playing table captain at Patrick Leonard's table. The number one ranked online poker player from the UK has been getting involved early on.

12:02pm: Day 1B is off
The announcements are over and cards are in the air. Just 600 minutes of poker stand between the players and Day 2. -- NW

11:30am: Last chance to play in Season 4
In around 30 minutes time the shuffle up and deal announcement will be made on a starting flight for the last time in Season 4 of the UK and Ireland's premier poker tour. It's been a fun 18 months and if you'd like the chance to join the prestigious rosters of champions, you've a few hours to get down to The Grand Connaught Rooms and register.

We're expecting more than 500 players to pack the place out and help create a buzzing atmosphere. Four players managed to pass the 200,000 mark yesterday with Gino Levrini top on 260,800.

Team Pros and Tour Ambassadors will be out in the force today, hoping to join Matthias De Meulder (the only survivor from four Team Pros) on Day2 tomorrow. Join us back here soon.


May the cards be true and fair

Key UKIPT4 London 2 facts:

- 20,000 starting stack
- Blinds starting at 25/50 for 400 big blinds
- One hour levels and we'll play ten today.
- Two Day 1s then the Day 1 survivors will merge for Days 2, 3 and 4 until a winner is crowned (cue winner's photo, trophy swinging around, celebrations in Trafalgar Square).
- If you're planning on playing any events in the EPT London Festival, in partnership with The Hippodrome Casino, you need to read this, as it contains important information about where/how/when you can register for events.There's even a flow chart!
- The full festival schedule can be seen here.

PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT4 London 2: Marc Convey and Nick Wright. Photos by Gunvor Danny Maxwell.

Marc Convey
@The_Conv in UKIPT