UKIPT4 London 2: Day 2 level 15-18 (4,000/8,000, 1,000)

8:55pm: Game over
That's it for Day 2, over eight levels of play 323 players have been reduced to just 51 and it's Russian High Roller Vladimir Troyanovskiy who leads with a stack of 1,399,000. A full wrap of the Day 2 action will be with you shortly.

Day 3 starts at noon and will continue until a final table of eight is reached. -- NW

8:40pm: Last three hands
Three more hands at each table and that's it for Day 2.

8:35pm: Troyanovskiy leads as time ticks down
With 20 minutes left in the day it looks like its a three-way fight for the chip lead. The current incumbent, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, has 1,075,000 but Antonio Gonzalez (950,000) and Alessandro Piekazewicz (830,000). -- NW

8:25pm: Pospiech leaves his Mark on James
Down to just 11 big blinds pocket nines was more than strong enough for Marius Pospiech to commit his final 89,000 with, Mark James had A♣K♥, he called and it was off to the races. A A♥Q♠9♠ flop was an emotional rollercoster for the pair, especially because the ace was the window card.

Pospeich had stood up as the flop was dealt, but he sat back down when the 3♥ turn gave him 100% equity in the hand. He's up to around 200,000 whilst James is down to 52,000. -- NW

8:10pm: Moreira de Melo departs
Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo has just been eliminated, losing a classic race to Thomas Dunwoodie to bust in 59th place.

She three-bet shoved for around 20 big blinds with pocket jacks and Dunwoodie put her at risk with A♠K♣. The [10d]A♥Q♦ flop gave Dunwoodie a near lock on the hand and there was no re-suck on the 2♥ turn or 9♥ river.

So although Moreira de Melo falls short of Day 3, its yet another UKIPT cash for the gold medal winning Olympian. -- NW

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Moreira de Melo couldn't win this crucial race

8pm: Troyanovskiy: Lucky and good
Vladimir Troyanovskiy showed his class as a player and then got lucky to soar up to 880,000 - a half million profit in the level.

First up, he eliminated Evangelos Terzoudis after making a great call. The board read [4][5][7][9] and Terzoudis moved all in with ace-six for an open-ended straight draw. Troyanovskiy made the call with ace-queen and his hand held up.

Shortly after, he got fortunate to crack pocket kings with pocket jacks. Marcel Kessler had around 200,000 when he and his Russian opponent got their chips in the middle. The board ran 4♦Q♦J♣7♦4♣ to make Troyanovskiy a set. -- MC

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 4,000/8,000, 1,000


7:52pm: Kane KO'd
It folded to Jose Rubio in the small blind and he set Michael Kane all-in for roughly 100,000, Kane took a peak at his cards and called all-in.

Kane: A♣8♦
Rubio: A♥K♦

The superior ace held up as the board cam 9♥7♦K♣9♦Q♥. -- NW

7:50pm: Chip counts
As the number of tables shrink the stacks go up, a recent sweep of the room revealed the following:

Antonio Gonzalez - 820,000
Pablo Fernandez - 650,000
Jose Rubio - 600,000
Chris Sly - 500,000
Ludovic Geilch - 500,000
Thomas Dunwoodie - 480,000
Gino Levrini - 440,000
Eric Theissen - 420,000
Vladimir Troyanovskiy - 385,000
Daichi Tominaga - 300,000
Jason Barton - 240,000
Richard Evans - 160,000
Caicai Huang - 160,000
Hrair Mekhsian - 140,000

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Gonzalez is the chip leader

7:40pm: David's Stack Peters out
The next time David Peters was seen going all in, he was all out.

There had been a raise and a call on the button from Lukas Peleckis before Peters squeezed all in from the small blind. The original raiser folded but Peleckis called.

Peleckis: Q♦Q♥
Peters: A♦K♣

The board ran J♠6♥3♠9♠4♥ to see the queens hold. Peters will be back for the EPT Main Event in a couple of days. Peleckis' stack jumped up to around 700,000. -- MC

7:30pm: Davies derails Quintas
Jose Quintas had only just moved to table six when he was asked to leave it as he'd lost his 143,000 chip stack to Nikolas Davies.

It was actually Brett Angell who opened the pot, making it 12,000 to go, before Davies raised to 27,000 and Quintas shoved for 143,000. Angell released his hand and, after getting a count, Davies made the call.

Davies: A♣Q♦
Quintas: 7♥7♦

The A♠8♥Q♠J♥5♥ board ruled decisively in Davies's favour as he made two pair to eliminate Quintas. -- NW

7:25pm: I Kamand a suckout
Issam Kamand was all-in for his final 40,000 with pocket sixes and in the deep stuff as Day 1A chip leader Gino Levrini had pocket kings. It was looking bleak for him until a six came on the river to keep him alive. -- NW

7:15pm: Palla sent packing on a rocket
Iacopo Palla's bad timing saw him bust during the seventh level today after he ran into George Westwood's pocket aces.

He opened the pot with a raise and then jammed all in for around 270,000 after Westwood three-bet him from the next street. Call.

Palla: K♠Q♣
Westwood: A♦A♥

The board ran 5♥4♣2♥Q♦A♣ to make Westwood top set. -- MC

7:10pm: Double for DP Poker
David Peters was one of the big stacks earlier in the tournament but his progress has stunted since then. It had gotten to the point where he was into shoving mode and did so for 98,000 from under the gun.

Evangelos Terzoudis was on the button and he was the only caller before the cards were flipped up.

Peters: A♣T♣
Terzoudis: K♣Q♠

The board ran 3♦3♥3♠5♠J♦ to see Peter's hand hold. Terzoudis dropped back to 355,000. -- MC

6:55pm: Glittering cash prizes
A number of big names have fallen since the money bubble burst with Chris Brammer, Martins Adeniya and Roberto Romanello (117th-119th) a triumvirate of top talent who've been sent on their way.

To see who's finished where so far check out the payouts page. -- NW

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Brammer - one of many in the money players to have busted

Blinds up: 3,000/6,000, 1,000 ante

6:35pm: Time to go outside
That's six levels completed on Day 2 and it means the players are now on a 15 minute break. -- NW

6:30pm: Kane brings the pain
Michael Kane let out a sigh as he called all-in from the big blind for 72,500 with pocket nines after Sylvester Geoghegan had shoved from the button for 81,500. "I've got nines," said Kane. "I've got two unders," said Geoghegan as he opened 8♥7♦.

The board ran K♣J♥J♣2♣A♠ and Kane doubled to around 155,000, whilst Geoghegan was left with just 9,000 and was out a short time later. -- NW

6:20pm: Wilkes out but happy
They say the only person who's happy when a tournament ends is the winner, but David Wilkes is out, having been eliminated by Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo, but was still smiling and happy to tell the tale of his exit hand to the PokerStars Blog.

He told us that Moreira de Melo raised with [10][9] and got two callers before Wilkes also called in the big blind holding K♣J♣. So there was already 40,000 in the middle by the time the [10c]Q♣[10s] flop connected rather nicely with both their hands. The chips all went in on the flop with Wilkes having around 110,000 in total.

Whilst Wilkes was behind he had the ultimate draw, unfortunately there was to be no fairytale end to Wilkes first in the money finish on the UKIPT as he missed his royal flush draw on the 7♦ turn and 5♠ river. But as he said to the blog: "You can't win them all," hopefully we'll see him again on the tour in Season 5.

As for Moreira de Melo, she's up to around 270,000 after that hand. -- NW

6:10pm: One in, one out
Tor Midtrod is up to 140,000 after doubling up with K♦J♦ against pocket queens, a K♥7♥2♦8♠4♠ board keeping his tournament hopes alive.

But there was no such luck for Neal Thornton who couldn't spike his three outer with A♦9♠ against Evangelos Terzoudis who had A♠Q♠ and held up on the 2♥3♦K♥7♠3♦ board. -- NW

5:55pm: Sly stacking more chips
Chris Sly has been an almost permanent presence in the top echelons of the chip counts today and he's up to 540,000 after eliminating an opponent in a huge pre-flop all-in encounter.

Sly held queens to his opponent's ace-king and the pair only improved as Sly flopped a set and won the hand to climb to 540,000. -- NW

5:45pm: Top middle and bottom
Just 100 players remain in the UKIPT4 London 2 Main Event. Chief amongst them at the moment are: Pablo Fernandez (845,000), Thomas Dunwoodie (700,000 - says he won set against set), Evangelos Terzoudis (550,000) and Chris Sly (540,000). Elsewhere UKIPT Champion of Champions Richard Evans (76,000) and UKIPT4 Edinburgh seventh place finisher Michael Kane (68,000) have some work to do and UKIPT2 Nottingham runner-up Brett Angell is squarely in the middle of the pack with 285,000. -- NW

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Richard Evans

Blinds up: 2,500/5,000, 500 ante

5:40pm: Some sweat for Ludo
A bit of classic Ludovic Geillich occurred just now as he battled against Simon Fleischer in a big, multi street pot.

The flop was out as T♠4♦5♥ and Fleischer checked from the small blind and called when Geillich bet 29,000 from the button. On the Q♠ turn Geillch bet 47,500 and Fleischer check-called once more. The board completed with the 3♦ and Geillch set Fleischer all in for his last 72,000.

Fleischer tanked for several minutes before admitting defeat and folding. Geillich smiled and said, "Some sweat!" as he opened 9♦7♦. "Somebody could've called the clock for me!" he continued as he stacked up 440,000. -- MC

5:30pm: De Meulder downed
Matthias De Meulder never managed to recover and busted soon after that previously reported loss.

He told the blog that he got moved to a new table and was put straight into the big blind. An opponent raised into him and he jammed his last 30,000 in with ace-eight. He was called and had to beat jack-ten but the board ran jack high and that was that for the Team PokerStars Pro. -- MC

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De Meulder - downed in 111th place

5:20pm: Sly and Davies chipped up
Chris Sly and Nikolas Davies are two of the big stacks and both are at table six. Davies has position & the slight chip advantage as he's in seat one and Sly is in seat seven. The American has 420,000 whilst Sly has a very playable 380,000. -- NW

5:15pm: Kessler doubles through De Meulder
Matthias De Meulder's stack dropped to 32,000 after he doubled up Marcel Kessler in a button versus big blind battle.

The action folded around to the Team PokerStars Pro who raised and called after Kessler jammed for around 46,000 from the big blind.

De Meulder: A♥7♥
Kessler: Q♠J♠

The board ran K♠J♣8♣8♥6♣. De Meluder paid his dues like it never even happened. His stack is in the critical zone now. -- MC

5pm: Double elimination
All-in and calls are fairly frequent right now and Dzmitry Urbanovich and Antonin Duda just busted on separate tables within seconds of each other.

Urbanovich's decline actually started a couple of hands prior to his elimination, he called Adi Aizin's 51k shove with A♣Q♣ but was dominated by Aizin's A♥K♦ and didn't suckout on the 8♦2♥5♠9♣3♣ board.

Down to just 55,000 his chips went in soon afterwards with A♦7♣ and Gabriel Tuna's pocket tens held up on a 2♥7♥9♠J♥5♦ board.

Seconds later Duda was on his way when his Q♦[10h] couldn't outdraw the K♣Q♥ of Espen Solaas.

121 players remain in content for the UKIPT4 London 2 Main Event title. -- NW

4:50pm: They came, they saw, they took home a souvenir
The payout placements will be published once the powers that be pass on the information. The players below all took a little something home with them though:

Dariusz Paszkiewicz, Danny van Zijp, Melissa Taylor, Wojciech Lozowski, Jin Hui, Benny Glaser, Kontis Miltiadis, Thomas Hemming, Aidan Ball, Rumen Nanev, Alain Bissai Logbo, Guy Taylor, Martin Bader, Bradley Cowling, Katja Spillum Svendsen, Juha Lauttamus, Ben Kett, Atanas Kavrakov, Esben Guenther and Jeremy Wray. -- MC

4:35pm: Four out of four for Moreira de Melo
Team PokerStars SportStar Moreira de Melo loves the UKIPT. Her love affair with the tour started a year ago when she she finished runner-up at the inaugural Isle of Man stop for £59,660. Since then, she played three more legs and cashed in all three, including this stop, where's she still in the hunt with 125,000.

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A happy casher

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

Marc Convey
@The_Conv in UKIPT