UKIPT4 London 2: Day 1B level 5-10 updates (600/1,200 200 ante)

12:35am: Day 1B concludes
That's it for Day 1B. Eric Theissen ended the day (and will enter Day 2) as chip leader with 293,200. Play will resume at midday BST where all remaining players will return. A wrap of today's player will be up on the blog soon. -- MC

12:20am: Last three hands
Each table will play three more hands before play ends for the night.

12:10am: Rousing Roberto
Roberto Romanello is not seen a lot on the scene these days as he's too busy with the family business but he hasn't lost that little thing that made him special.

He's up to 155,000 after cold four-bet, six-betting a hand successfully. -- MC

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Romanello rolling back the years

11:55pm: Big stacks and no stacks
A few new big stacks (including a new massive chip leader) have emerged late on and belong to:

Eric Theissen - 310,000
Dragos Vasile Alinei - 195,000
Evangelos Terzoudis - 175,000
Daichi Tominaga - 170,000

Those who lost their stack late on include: Chris Moorman, Pavel Chalupka, Fredrik Ogilvie, Michael Panteli, Gerardo Gomez, George Alexander, Robert Angood, Brian Skally and Chris Cancelliere. -- MC

11:45pm: Last level of the day
We're now into the last level of the day, but for the following players level nine was their curtain call as they've been eliminated: Leo McClean, Gerald Cochlan, Darren Murphy, Tom Hall, Siegfried Hodgson, Mickey Petersen, Kevin Steward, Marcin Wydrowski, Hak-Hyun Lee, James Dempsey, Richard Milne Snr and Randal Flowers. -- NW

11:30pm: Newport sails away
Nick Newport's tournament is over after he got his chips in good but was sucked out on.

Adem Marjanovic opened to 2,200 from under the gun and called after the Irishman shoved for 6,100 from two seats along.

Marjanovic: A♠J♥
Newport: A♦K♥

The board ran J♦8♦3♦J♣8♥ to make the Austrian a full house. -- MC

Blinds up: 600/1,200 ante 200

11:25pm: Last free spin of the dice for Evans
Richard Evans is the current UKIPT Champion of Champions and is thus one of the people to have benefited from the extended nature of Season 4 of the UKIPT. His victory in the one table sit and go back in March 2013 entitled him to buy-ins and accommodation for all UKIPT Season 4 Main Events.

The proud Welshman was a popular winner given that of all the finalists he was the one that was least likely to buy-in or qualify to the events anyway, meaning that it ultimately meant the most to him. We've been tracking his progress all season and, whilst he's been enjoying the experience, he's got one cash to his name for £1,770 which he scored at the Nottingham leg. Given that this is the last event of the season it's Evans' last shot at a free payday. He's hanging in there at the moment, nursing a stack of 34,500. -- NW

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Richard Evans

11:15pm: Katchalov's stack heads to Meca
Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov found a spot to get his chips in and catch up but it ended in defeat.

Fatima Moreira De Melo - herself down to 12,600 after running queens into kings - recounted that there had been a raise and call before Patrik Meca squeezed. Katchalov moved all in behind and was called by one player before Meca re-shoved to successfully isolate.

Katchalov failed to beat Meca's kings with his tens and the latter moved into the lead with around 200,000. -- MC

11:05pm: De Melo doing ok, Katchalov needs to catch up
Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov and Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo have been sharing the same oval all day and thus far it's De Melo who's been enjoying her time at table four more.

Both are below average, but it's Katchalov with just 12,000 who's in danger. A short time ago De Melo won a small pot - which had no post-flop betting - against Grzegorz Wyraz to climb to 30,000. -- NW

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Fatima Moreira de Melo

11pm: Tann busts Rettenmaier
Another big name has gone bust here in London with Marvin Rettenmaier losing his last chips to Willie Tann. The UK poker veteran opened to 2,100 in the cut-off, Epameinondas Sintos three-bet to 4,300 on the button and Rettenmaier then moved all-in for 12,300 from the small blind. When the action got back to Tann he moved all-in for around 25,000 and Sintos swiftly folded.

Rettenmaier: A♣Q♥
Tann: A♠A♦

The 7♥K♥J♣3♦Q♦ board meant Tann survived the sweat and climbs to over 40,000, whilst Rettenmaier exits into the London night. -- NW

10:55pm: Melin shoves on Visser
Full Tilt Poker's Sin Melin has had an up and down day, which is to be expected lot of the time when you mix it up as much as she does.

She opened from the button and Jacobus Visser (6th at UKIPT Edinburgh) defended his big blind to see a 6♥J♥9♦ flop.

Melin continued for 2,200 and shoved for 26,000 after the Dutchman check-raised to 6,500. Visser admitted defeat and folded to maintain his remaining 60,000. -- MC

10:45pm: Shove for victory
UKIPT Dublin winner Kevin Kileen came back from break with a mighty eight big blinds (as you can see from below). He's been trying his best to double up, and he's managed just that, without showdowns is all. He's shoved four or five times but no opponent has had the good to call him, yet. -- MC

10:30pm: So long, see you next season
The 25 chips have been raced off and won't be needed until Season 5 of the UKIPT. The following players will also have to wait to Season 5 for UKIPT Main Event success as they succumbed towards the end of level eight: Daniel Stacey, Ben Senior, Karim Louis, Kevin Allen, Mark Hawks, Christopher Lockhart, Barry Cobb, Richard Hawes and Peter Charalambous. -- NW

Blinds up: 500/1,000, 100 ante

10:07pm: Break time
The players are on their last break of the day. It'll be 20 minutes long.

10pm: Who killed Kenny? Not Willie, who's free
Willie Elliot has been one of the stars of Season 4 on the UKIPT. His final table performance in Nottingham back in May will rank as one of the most entertaining you'll likely to ever see.

London was not to be for him, but he refused to wipe the smile off his face, even on defeat.

The big blow to his stack came in an all in confrontation with David Kenny. Elliot opened to 1,800 from the cut-off and was called by Kenny in small blind en route to a 4♣5♥7♣ flop. Elliot continued for 2,000 and was check-called before he bet 4,125 on the A♦ turn. Kenny check-shoved for 13,100 and Elliot called off the extra.

Kenny opened 7♥7♦ and even the A♦ on the river couldn't save Elliot's A♣T♣.

Elliot was left with around 6,000 and he was out soon after when his jack-ten failed to beat an opponent's king-queen. -- MC

9:50pm: Big name, small stack
Just under 45% of the field has been eliminated as we reach the final quarter of level eight. 405 of the 736 Day 1B runners remain but plenty of big names are heading to the cash games, side events, bar or bed.

Among those to have felt the icy breath of variance on their neck today are: Daniel Charlton, Christopher Frank, Mitch Johnson, Elisabeth Hille, Nicky Katz, Lee Taylor, Zachary Korik, UKIPT3 London Champion Sergio Aido, Nik Persaud, Ben Vinson, UKIPT3 London runner-up Thomas Ward, Sebastian Von Toperczer, Ben Warrington, Sunil Mistri, Dermot Blain and UKIPT4 runner-up Ian Simpson. -- NW

9:50pm: Room C getting smaller
Not in size obviously, that'd be worrying, but in terms of the number of tables still in use. Just six tables of the Main Event are still raising, checking and folding in that room among them are: Marvin Rettenmaier (29,000), Jack Ellwood (43,000), Nick Rampone (23,000), Espen Solaas (67,000), Antoine Saout (94,000), Dode Elliot (31,000), Paul Delaney (10,300), Martins Adeniya (52,800). -- NW

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Nick Rampone

9:40pm: More for Ludo
Ludovic Geillich's attempt to make back-to-back UKIPT final tables will not suffer by winning races and busting opponents.

He raised from early position with pocket eights and called after the big blind three-bet all in with A♦9♦. The board ran T♠5♥2♥K♠J♠ to send the chips the Scot's way. He moved up to 120,000. -- MC

9:25pm: A few counts
Here are a few counts from the far side of Tournament Room B:

Harry Lodge - 62,000
Sin Melin - 55,000
Nick Newport - 23,000
Jason Barton - 26,000
Kelly Saxby - 22,500

9:20pm: Simon Trumper in disbelief at slowroll treatment
There are nitrolls, unintentional slowrolls and intentional slowrolls. Simon Trumper firmly believes the slowroll he just received falls squarely in the third camp. Given his experience both as a tournament director and poker player it's hard to argue with the facts as he presents them.

"My opponent raised and I re-raised with K♥J♥ to get the blinds out and he's called with A♣2♣," began Trumper. "The flops come [Q][10][4] with two clubs, so I'm open ended. He checks, I bet and he calls. The turn was the K♣, giving him the nuts. He checks, I bet, he raises and I call because I know he can do that with a jack or a bare ace," explained the Late Night Poker Series 2 winner.

"The river is a blank and he bets 15,000, which covers me. I think it through and decide my king is good and make the call. He asks the dealer how much and as the dealer counts down my chips, I say, 'I hope this isn't a slowroll,' only after he's got the count does he turn his cards over. I think my kings good when he asks for the dealer to count my chips I couldn't believe it when he turns over the nuts. That's only ever happened once to me once before."

A look at this table revealed that the potential slowroller was Jonas Josefsson. -- NW

Blinds up: 400/800 100 ante

9:10pm: Panka on the double
PCA champion Dominik Panka has got his tournament going back in the right direction after he doubled through Jean-Michel Porcq.

He opened to 1,200 from mid position and was called by both blinds, Porcq being the small blind. The flop fanned 5♥T♥J♥ and Panka continued for 1,700 and was only check-called by Porcq.

On the K♦ turn Panka shoved for his last 6,550 with K♣Q♥ and Porcq tank called with A♦J♦. The board completed with the 5♠ and the glint in Panka's eye returned once more. -- MC

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Panka is back in business

8:50pm: Cash money
The prize pool has been finalised and the PokerStarsBlog can now bring you details of how much is up for grabs. The winner of this 1,089 runner tournament will scoop £133,500, the runner-up will get £80,300 and third place will receive £56,500.
The top 159 players will get £1,250, to see the full payout structure click here. -- NW

8:45pm: Word on the street
The lower ground (rooms A & B) is still standing room only as tables from room C are broken into it.

It'll come as no surprise to read that Ludovic Geilllich is one of the dominating forces in the room with around 110,000. He's a raising machine that's causing his table no end of trouble. Budding poker player and writer, Benny Glaser, has position on the Scot and was one player who managed to win a pot off him by three-betting and c-betting him off a hand.

Team PokerStars Online's Mickey Petersen is quietly going about his business. He's up to 24,000 and there are few better players around that have managed the transition from online to live, as he has.

UKIPT host Nick Wealthall has gone, last seen pulling on his jacket and making a hasty exit.

Eugene Katchalov got the better of Fatima Moreira De Melo in a hand. He raised into her big blind and c-bet for the win on a 9♣K♣T♣ flop. She has him out-chipped 34,000 to 19,000 though.

Dario Milioto is no more but original tablemate, and reigning champion, Robbie Bull is still hanging in there. He's not pulling up any roots with 15,500 but you'd be a fool to write him off too soon. -- MC

8:30pm: Is Killeen's future in their hands?
Kevin Killeen is using a strange motivational technique to encourage him to grind back to starting stack.

8:25pm: From one painful encounter to another
Those free to watch England labour to victory over San Marino include: Digeo Gomez, Anne Hansen, George Phiniotis, EPT10 Deauville winner Sotirios Koutoupas, Jonathan Martinez, Jacob Stafford, Angelo Milioto, Asif Warris, Corinne Bauche, Salvatore Bonavena, Barry Donovan, Cesar Garcia, Rory Brown, Jeffrey Harper, Adam Kossew, David Ulliott, Slaven Popov, Neil Sillick, Samuel Welbourne, Julian Thew, Jordan Cousins, Florin Ionita, Louise Duffy, John Haigh, James Greenwood and Daryl Benton. -- NW

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Brown has been downed

8:15pm: The numbers are in; 1,089 players!
Registration closed at the beginning of level 5 and when the numbers were double checked the confirmed entries for today was a massive 736 players! Add that to yesterday's number and the last UKIPT of Season 5 will round off in style with a total of 1,089 entries.

It's an incredible achievement considering this is the second of of back-to-back events. All the prize pool information will be up on the blog shortly. -- MC

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 300-600, 75


6:50pm: Dinner break
The players are now on a 75-minute break. -- NW

6:45pm: Chip counts
As the dinner break approaches who's going to be tucking in with a big stack and who's going to be thinking about how to get a double up? Here's how some of the names and notables are getting on:
Chris Brammer, 64,000
Willie Tann, 49,000
Sergio Aido, 13,200
Kevin Killeen, 12,300
Vicente Delgado, 28,000
Morten Mortensen, 16,000
Eugene Katchalov, 34,350
Fatima Moreira de Melo, 37,000. -- NW


6:40pm: What up room C?
Sam Grafton and Craig McCorkell have departed from tournament room C, but Chris Moorman is holding court at McCorkell's former table and is at on around 11,000.

One more table along, David Vamplew is still trying to get back in the black. In one pot he called a button raise to 850 from Felix Stephensen whilst in the big blind. The small blind called too and all three saw a 4♣4♠5♠ flop. Stephensen continued for 1,050 and the small blind called before Vamplew raised to 2,800. Both players folded and the Scot moved up to 11,000.

One more table along from Vamplew sits another former EPT champion, Roberto Romanello. He's as smiley and chatty as ever and why not? He's doing well on around 50,000.

ElkY also joined the fray in room 3 before registration closed. His stack is in the black (just) on 23,000.

Other players who've busted from the room include: Luca Fiorini, Chris Scholes, Oanh Bui, Lauren Render, UKIPT Edinburgh champion Dean Huchison, Stefan Jedlicka, Pieree Neuville, Joni Jouhkimaainen, Jonathan Weeke and Pizzo Romano. -- MC

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Grafton's grind has come to a halt

6:25pm: Seat open
Tables are being collapsed all the time here on Day 1B of UKIPT London. Roughly 580 of the 725 runners remain, which means that Tournament Room D is no longer in use and there are even some empty tables in Room C. Whilst that's good news for the players still in, it's bad news for: Paul Febers, Sorel Mizzi, Henri Ojala, Dhzem Yumer, Claire Renaut, Francis Lacken, Jamie O'Connor, Dominic Mahoney, Lam Man Hei, Fabio Esposito, Kim Holmberg, Emilio Navarro, Pasi Sormunen, Nicholas Bell, Renee Xie, Gabriel Dragomir, David Pollack, Artur Koren, Shaun Herran-Venables, Jonathan Brown, Van Hoang and Alan Gold as they are all out of this tournament. -- NW

6:20pm: Now that's poker!
The Scandinavians have a reputation for being pretty damn good at this poker lark and Wilhelm Sascha, who's from Norway, just put forward exhibit 9,763. Pre-flop he three-bet to 2,000 his opponent four-bet to 4,800 and Sascha called. He called a further 2,600 on the flop, both players checked the turn and the 8♣ completed a board that read 2♣2♦2♠A♦8♣. At this stage there was roughly 17,700 in the pot and Sascha was facing a bet of 5,300.

He took the calling chips out of his stack and fiddled with them, looked back at his cards a couple of times and then called. His opponent opened K♥[10h] for a king high bluff, Sascha looked down at his cards once, then twice, surely king-ten wasn't good. Sascha then flipped his hand and the whole table saw that king-ten was good, for half the pot, as Sascha had called with K♣[10s].

So a very exciting hand ended with very little chip movement at all! -- NW

6:12pm: No Sin in trying to bluff Peters
There is no sin in trying to bluff David Peters but there sure are easier opponents to convince.

The MTT pro opened from the hijack and Sin Melin peeled from the big blind to see a Q♠7♣T♦ flop appear. Peters continued for 850 and Melin check-called before both checked the 5♠ turn. Melin led for 2,675 on the 3♦ river and Peters studied hard before flicking in the call.

"That's my highest card," motioned Melin to the 9♥ on display. Peters opened A♠5♥ and moved up to 28,000. Melin dropped to 10,000. -- MC

6pm: Pain for Raine
There wasn't a lot Neil Raine could do about his exit from UKIPT London.

Blinds up: 200/400 ante 50

5:45pm: Gone
More exits to tell you about as, Ashley Bailey, Alain Bauer, Fabio Vizzarro, Matthew Davenport, Rytis Praninskas, Stefanos Zenonos, Jussi Nevanlinna, Mark Southwood, Jakub Michalak, Daniel Johnson, Ryan O'Donnel, Kyle Maguire, Tomas Strelciunas, Patrick Leonard, Yuri Dzivielevski and Thomas Dolezal are all out. -- NW

5:35pm: Panka feels the Kane pain
PCA champion, Dominik Panka has dropped to 10,500 chips after he lost a sizeable pot to UKIPT Edinburgh finalist, Michael Kane.

Kane opened from under the gun and was called by Panka (button) and the big blind. Kane continued for 1,150 on the 7♣Q♣T♦ flop and only Panka called to see the 4♦ turn where he bet 2,800 when checked to. Kane wasn't done though and check-raised to 7,500. Call.

The board completed with the 4♥ and both players checked. Kane opened T♥7♥ for two pair and Panka mucked. Kane moved up to 47,000. -- MC

5:25pm: Geilich gobbling up more chips
Say what you like about Ludovic Geilich's playing style, the man knows how to run a stack up. He's at it once again on Day 1B here in London and is up to 61,000 so far. His friend Paul Febers, who was runner-up to Alan Gold at UKIPT4 Galway, is having a tougher time of it as he's got 9,400.

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Geilich is going great guns again

5:15pm: Martins Adeniya: The stubborn one
"I'm just stubborn!" said Martins Adeniya to a tablemate after he refused to be dislodged off a hand to move up to around 34,000.

The Full Tilt Poker Ambassador opened to 700 from mid position and called after an opponent three-bet him to 1,800 in position. The board ran out 3♦A♠9♦4♣2♥ and Adeniya check-called bets of 1,925, 3,550 and 4,800 on each street. He was right too as his opponent could only muster up Q♣9♣, losing out to his A♣J♠. -- MC

5:02pm: The departed
We'll hopefully see the following in Season 5: Daniel Wicks, Chi Zhang, Allan Drystad, Lisa Tan, Joe Laming, Niall Murray, Iason Riziotis, Anthony Hallam, Stefan Baustert, Andoni Larrabe, Brett Schuman, Eli Heath, David Stonehouse, Nathan Gallagher, Carlo Citrone, Thomas Hughes, Leon Luis, Robert Kuhn and Cristinel Sandhu. -- MC

4:57pm: Cry Sin a river
Sin Melin's face looked a little like ☹ during the second break after she was sucked out on in a hand to drop to 13,000.

She told the blog that she three-bet with 6♦4♦ and called a four-bet along with the original raiser. The flop came down with two sixes and she got it all in with an opponent who held pocket kings. The Full Tilt Poker Ambassador was looking good until a king dropped on the river to spoil it for her. -- MC

4:50pm: Dode Elliot - racing for his tournament life
They say you have to win your races to win a tournament but for Donald 'Dode' Elliot that was literally the case as he won perhaps the strangest satellite ever held for entry to a poker tournament.

A group of poker players, who had already been eliminated from the UKIPT4 Isle of Man 2 Main Event, decided to hold a satellite to the UKIPT4 London 2 Main Event last Saturday in the Isle of Man. Nothing strange about that until you discover that the satellite took place at a local Go Kart track. 11 players took part and the fastest six in qualifying took their places on the starting grid for the big race. Dode's brother, Willie Eilliot was fastest in qualifying but Dode led from start to finish in the main race to win his seat to London.

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Dode (far left) was the fastest on the track

Elliot's day on the felt has been as exhilarating as the Go Karting, he told the PokerStarsBlog. "I was down to 3,000 at one point but doubled up with [Q][10] against pocket sevens by making a straight. I also cracked aces with [A][Q], The flop was J♠[10s]K♠, he's got the ace of spades. Just for an added sweat and ace came on the turn!" Elliot's hand held though and he's back up to 16,500 as level five gets under way. --NW

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Elliot - winning races on and off the felt

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

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