UKIPT4 Marbella2: Level 17-22 updates (10,000/20,000 ante 3,000)

7:15pm: Go outside now!
That's the end of the level and the players are now on a 15 minute break. You'll find level 23 updates here. -- NW

7:10pm: Everyone loves a chopped pot
"Goodness knows what would've happened if he'd won the pot," quipped some Grafton from the other table, which was still close enough to hear Gareth Hamilton's roar.

In the pot in question Hamilton opened to 45,000 on the button, Javier Elorza three-bet to 155,000 from the big blind and Hamilton went into the tank. He had 591,000 in total and Elorza had around 800,000. After a couple of minutes of thinking Hamilton announced all-in and after Elorza got a count he made the call.

Elorza: A♥Q♦
Hamilton: A♦6♥

Elorza had made an excellent call but wasn't rewarded as the flop fell 5♠3♦6♦, a 4♠ on the turn opened up some chop possibilities and the 7♦ river meant there was a straight on board. Hamilton had clearly been sweating the queen only and let out a might roar thinking he had won the hand before realising it was a chop. -- NW

7pm: Grafton has a fifth of the chips in play
Sam Grafton has continued to gather momentum and had almost three million chips after winning two pots of (now) former chip leader Emilio Navarro.

Grafton value bet trip jacks on the river in one hand to get some off the Spaniard and then a few hands later made a full house and got paid again on the river.

The board read T♦A♠A♥8♠7♣ and Grafton bet a huge 510,000. Navarro called and was shown A♣7♥ by the Brit. He banged his fist on the table, paid the debt and waked away from the table. His stack dropped down to 1.2 million. --MC

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Grafton in boss zone

6:45pm: Gonzaga Briga eliminated in 14th place (€6,780)
The last remaining Portuguese player has just been eliminated as Gonzaga Briga lost a flip to bust.

After Katja Svendsen opened to 40,000 he shoved for 339,000 and Sam Grafton flat called from the big blind. After a brief think Svendsen released her hand and it was time for a showdown:

Grafton: A♥J♥
Briga: 2♥2♠

Briga was ecstatic to see it was a race but the 5♣9♥Q♥ flop gave Grafton hope, too much hope apparently. "Sigh at that flop, too many outs," joked Grafton. The Q♠ on the turn gave Grafton even more outs as he could now counterfeit Briga's pair with a five or nine as well as his pair and flush outs. The 7♥ river completed Grafton's flush and he shook hands with Briga before telling him he'd catch him at the party later. -- NW

6:30pm: Didier Cicurel eliminated in 15th place (€6,780)
Marcin Barwinski has taken a lot of hits today but each time he's bounced back, usually by eliminating a player. He shrugged off the loss to Jake Cody by eliminating Didier Cicurel in 15th place.

Cicurel had 315,000 when he committed his stack with K♠Q♠. Barwinski was sat behind with A♠K♦ and made the call though. The board ran 7♦4♥2♦J♣8♥. -- MC

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Cicurel - 15th

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 10,000/20,000, ante 3,000

6:20pm: Cody loses some, wins it back
Jake Cody was in the thick in the action over the course of two hands. He doubled up Gareth Hamilton before he took a chuck out of Marcin Barwinski's stack.

Cody and Hamilton took to a 7♥J♥Q♦ flop where the chips went in. Cody held top pair with king-queen but Hamilton flopped a set and moved up to 705,000.

The very next hand, a (now) angry looking Cody three-bet to 88,000 after Barwinski opened from early position. The flop fanned 6♦2♣5♥ and Barwinski check-called Cody's 80,000 c-bet.

Both players checked the 4♥ turn before Cody bombed 151,000 on the A♥ river. Barwinski called but mucked upon seeing the Team PokerStars Pro's J♥9♥ for a flush.

Barwinski dropped to 540,000 whereas Cody remains on around 1.5 million. -- MC

6:10pm: Graham Phipps eliminated in 16th place (€6,050)
Graham Phipps didn't last long on the feature table after he ran ace-nine into big-slick to bust.

Christian Bauer open raised from mid position before Phipps three-bet from the cut-off. Rodrigo Espinosa was in the big blind and he put on a cold four-bet. That was enough to scare off Bauer but not Phipps who five-bet jammed for 347,000. Call.

Espinosa: A♦K♥
Phipps: A♥9♣

The board ran 6♦4♦8♦J♥Q♣ to hand the pot and the scalp to Espinosa. He moved over the 1.3 million mark. -- MC

6pm: Final two tables seat draw
Below is the seat draw for the final 16 players,

Feature table:

Rodrigo Espinosa Gonzalez, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 924,000
Katja Sophie Spillum Svendsen, Norway, PokerStars Qualifier, 780,000
Gonzaga Briga, Portugal, 871,000
Christian Bauer, Germany, 1,332,000
Sam Grafton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,404,000
Graham Phipps, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 389,000
Emilio Navarro, Spain, 2,344,000
Daniel Rodriguez Rivero, Spain, PokerStars Player, 1,025,000

Outer table:

Jaroslaw Lipien, Poland, 1,023,000
Ken Lennaard, Sweden, 426,000
Didier Cicurel, Switzerland, 187,000
Marcin Barwinski, Poland, PokerStars Player, 885,000
Gareth Hamilton, Ireland, 353,000
Jake Cody, United Kingdom, Team PokerStars Pro, 1,346,000
Javier Elorza Pardo, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,174,000
Antonio Manuel Moreno De Guzman, Spain, 422,000

5:55pm: Chip counts
Below are the chip counts of the final 16 players, Emilio Navarro leads and has a massive stack of 146.5 big blinds, whilst Didier Cicurel is the short stack with just 11.5 big blinds.

Emilio Navarro, Spain, 2,344,000
Sam Grafton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,404,000
Jake Cody, United Kingdom, Team PokerStars Pro, 1,346,000
Christian Bauer, Germany, 1,332,000
Javier Elorza Pardo, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,174,000
Daniel Rodriguez Rivero, Spain, PokerStars Player, 1,025,000
Jaroslaw Lipien, Poland, 1,023,000
Rodrigo Espinosa, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 924,000
Marcin Barwinski, Poland, PokerStars Player, 885,000
Gonzaga Briga, Portugal, 871,000
Katja Svendsen, Norway, PokerStars Qualifier, 780,000
Ken Lennaard, Sweden, 426,000
Antonio Moreno, Spain, 422,000
Graham Phipps, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 389,000
Gareth Hamilton, Ireland, 353,000
Didier Cicurel, Switzerland, 187,000


Navarro has a big lead on the field

5:55pm: 12 remain in the High Roller
The High Roller is in the midst of Day 2 and just 12 players remain. Tom Middleton is still in the hunt and aiming to add a UKIPT/ESPT High Roller title to the EPT Barcelona title he won in 2013. Double UKIPT champion Duncan McLellan cashed but was recently eliminated. -- MC

5:40pm: Öhlund busts to leave two tables
The Main Event is down to two tables after the elimination of Carl Öhlund. It'll come as no surprise to hear that man Marcin Barwinski was in the middle of the action once again!

He was in the big blind with 6♠6♦ and called after Öhlund shoved for 205,000 from the small blind with 7♠5♠.

The board ran 3♦A♥9♠Q♦4♦ and failed to help Öhlund. Barwinski moved back up to around 850,000.

The players are on another 15-minute break while the two-table redraw takes place. -- MC

5:35pm: Navarro wins monster pot to take the chip lead
We've just seen the biggest pot of the tournament so far and it ended with a "Vamos" which should tell you that a Spaniard won it.
The hand started with a raise to 32,000 from Marcin Barwinski, Emilio Navarro three-bet to 72,000, Barwinski four-bet to 128,000, Navarro five-bet to 240,000 and Barwinski smooth called.

On the 2♦5♣6♥ flop Navarro c-bet 290,000 and Barwinski smooth called. There was now 1,160,000 in the pot as the 7♦ fell on the turn. Both players checked and the K♦ completed the board. It was checked to Navarro who bet 350,000. "Why the king, why the king?" he said aloud before making the call. Navarro rolled over A♥A♠ which was good and he scooped a huge 1,910,000 pot. Add that to what he had behind and he's now got roughly 2,250,000 and the chip lead. -- NW

5:30pm: Chip counts from the feature table
Here are the stacks of the five players at the feature table:

Jake Cody, 1,454,000
Javier Elorza, 1,190,000
Jaroslaw Lipien, 927,000
Gonzaga Briga, 827,000
Katja Svendsen, 797,000

5:27pm: Svendsen spikes on the river to survive
Katja Svendsen looked all set to be eliminated in 17th place after a cooler in the blinds but spiked a jack on the river to crack an over pair.

She was in the big blind and got her 398,000 stack in against Jaroslaw Lipien in the small blind.

Lipien: Q♠Q♣
Svendsen: J♥J♦

The board ran 6♦9♠5♦K♣J♠ to make her a set. A tiny smile broke out on her face but she contained her emotions mostly. Lipien dropped to 950,000. -- MC

5:20pm: Down to 17
David Gutierrez and Abraham Serrano have been eliminated in 19th and 18th place respectively, both men collect €5,320 for their efforts.

When we lose one more player the clock will be paused and they'll be a complete redraw of the final 16 players. -- NW

5:15pm: Ken Lennaard doubles through Emilio Navarro
It folded to Emilio Navarro on the button, he min-raised, Ken Lennaard shoved all-in from the small blind for 226,000 and Navarro made the call.

Lennaard: K♣J♣
Navarro: [10h][10d]

A 4♠J♥A♥8♠3♣ board connected with Lennaard's over cards and he's now up to around 490,000 whilst Navarro takes a hit to drop to 1,075,000. -- NW

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Lennaard back in contention

5:10pm: Vicente Delgado eliminated in 20th place (€5,320)
PokerStars Team Online's Vicente Delgado has just been eliminated from the tournament and it took place under the full glare of the feature table.

He moved in for roughly 220,000 with A♦J♥ and got looked up by Jaroslaw Lipien who had A♠A♥. A A♣5♣K♦6♦5♠ board was not what Delgado was looking for. He shook hands with Lipien before leaving the feature table. - NW

5:05pm:Cornelis failed to Nick pot, busts
Nick Cornelis departed in 21st place after he lost a race to Emilio Navarro. He three-bet all in from the small blind and Navarro called from the cut-off after he had open raised.

Navarro: 3♣3♠
Cornelis: A♦9♥

The board ran 4♣K♣J♦6♣8♥. Navarro banged his hand on the table in celebration before shaking his opponent's hand. -- MC

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000

4:55pm: Thaller falls
Daniel Thaller is out in 22nd place after losing out to a dominating ace. He shoved for 152,000 with A♠T♦ and ran into Carl Öhlund's A♥Q♠. The community cards were five total blanks and Thaller wished the table good luck before taking his leave. -- NW

4:50pm: Saavedra shot down
Manuel Saavedra is out after losing a blind on blind battle against Gareth Hamilton.
Saavedra raised from the small blind and Hamilton defended from the big blind, on the J♠9♦6♠ flop Saavedra checked, Hamilton bet 60,000, Saavedra check-raised to 150,000, Hamilton moved all-in for roughly 300,000 and Saavedra called.

Saavedra: Q♦Q♥
Hamilton: J♣9♣

The board ran out 7♠8♦ and Hamilton's had held to propel him to around 700,000, Saavedra was left with just 2.5 big blinds and was out soon afterwards. -- NW

4:45pm: Jake's on the telly!
Don't forget there's a Spanish language live stream for the rest of the Main Event. Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody has been moved to the feature table for your viewing pleasure. We've no idea what they're saying but click here to watch. -- MC

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Cody and frinds getting there 15 minutes of fame

4:40pm: Phipps doubles through Barwinski
Earlier on, when he was up to 1.8 million chips, Marcin Barwinski was telling Jake Cody that, in the four years he's been playing poker, he'd never run as well as in this tournament.

Since that statement it hasn't been all plain sailing for the Polish PokerStars Qualifier. He's still got a big stack but has dropped down to 1.35 million after he doubled up Graham Phipps.

Barwinski opened to 24,000 from mid position and called after Phipps moved all in for 227,000 from the hijack.

Barwinski: A♥Q♦
Phipps: T♥T♣

The board ran Q♥8♠T♠3♦2♦ to make Phipps a set. -- MC

4:35pm: Chip counts
These were the chip counts of the 24 remaining players when play got under way 20 minutes ago.

Marcin Barwinski, Poland, PokerStars Player, 1,586,000
Jake Cody, United Kingdom, Team PokerStars Pro, 1,416,000
Jaroslaw Lipien, Poland, 1,283,000
Christian Bauer, Germany, 1,105,000
Sam Grafton, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,085,000
Daniel Rodriguez Rivero, Spain, PokerStars Player, 957,000
Gonzaga Briga, Portugal, 812,000
Rodrigo Espinosa, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 811,000
Emilio Navarro, Spain, 715,000
David Gutierrez, Spain, 630,000
Manuel Saavedra, Spain, 591,000
Javier Elorza, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 568,000
Katja Svendsen, Norway, PokerStars Qualifier, 470,000
Antonio Moreno, Spain, 449,000
Ken Lennaard, Sweden, 390,000
Gareth Hamilton, Ireland, 318,000
Vicente Delgado, Spain, PokerStars Team Online, 274,000
Didier Cicurel, Switzerland, 253,000
Nick Cornelis, Belgium, PokerStars Player, 246,000
Abraham Serrano, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, 229,000
Graham Phipps, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 199,000
Carl Ohlund, Sweden, PokerStars Qualifier, 181,000
Daniel Thaller, UK, 175,000
Simon Fuhs, Germany, PokerStars Player, 142,000

We'll be updating the counts as play progresses here. -- NW

4:25pm: Grafton misclicks
"That's not the way I wanted to start off at a new table," said Sam Grafton as he lost an early encounter against David Gutierrez. The Spaniard opened to 24,000 from early position, Grafton three-bet to 44,000 and Gutierrez smooth called.

The A♠3♠7♦ flop was checked through and the K♦ fell on the turn, first to act Grafton bet 70,000 and Gutierrez made the call. Both players checked the 4♦ river, Grafton showed 9♠6♠ whilst Gutierrez had A♣J♣. "I misclicked," said Grafton. "I had a 25k chip in with my 5k chips, but thought I had to try and bluff it out," he said with a smile. -- NW

4:15pm: Play resumes
The players are back and in their new seating positions. Full chip counts coming up shortly.

3:55pm: Redraw at 24 after Razavi busts
The players are on a 20-minute break as the final 24 players are redrawn onto three tables.

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Razavi busted from feature table

Mohammad Razavi won't be following in older bother Sam's footsteps after he ran ace-queen into ac-king to bust in 25th. -- MC

3:50pm: Grafton going through the gears
Sam Grafton is up to 1,200,000 after eliminating an opponent. Grafton told me that he raised to 20,000 with [K][J] and then called when his opponent three-bet to 45,000. On the [J]4♣3♣ flop Grafton called a continuation bet of 60,000 and a king fell on the turn. His opponent shoved for roughly a pot sized bet, Grafton called and was up against [A][Q]. The river was a brick and his opponent was eliminated.
25 players remain. -- NW

3:45pm: Cody rockets up the leaderboard
Jake Cody is edging ever nearer to the lofty position of chip leader after winning a huge pot with pocket aces. He eliminated Elias Fernandez in the process and has 1.5 million.

Fernandez raised to 24,000 from the cut-off before Cody three-bet to 59,000 from the next seat. Fernandez came back with a four-bet to 120,000 and Cody called to see a 4♥3♥K♠ flop appear.

Fernandez continued for 82,000 and Cody called to the 6♣ turn where he faced a check. Cody sat for a minute, eyed up the 3000,000 or so that Fernandez had back and then announced he was all in.

Fernandez tanked for a minute and made the call with 9♣9♦. Cody opened A♥A♠ and survived the 6♣ river. -- MC

3:35pm: Payout glitch
The PokerStars Blog likes to stay on top of who's finished where in the tournament and indeed we update the payout page regularly.

However, due to a casino glitch with regards to the payouts we're waiting on information from them with regards to a couple of the finishing position. As such we're going to wait until we've received that information before posting more payout information as we'd rather post less information than wrong information. -- NW

Blinds up: 6,000/12,000, ante 2,000

3:25pm: Moreno pips another opponent
An orbit after Antonio Moreno doubled through Ken Lennaard with A-K vs A-Q he was at it again, managing to get it in once more with a dominating ace. This time he held A♣J♣ in the big blind and moved all-in for 101,000 over the top of Daniel Rodriguez's open. The latter called the extra with A♠[10s] and watched on as the board came 3♦K♠6♦5♦9♣ to once again keep Moreno alive. -- NW

3:15pm: Barwinski bounces back with a bluff
Marcin Barwinski has got back up to 1.55 million after he bluffed Team Online's Vicente Delgado off a hand in a big pot.

Around 350,000 had made its way to the table's centre by the time the flop was showing as 9♦9♠Q♠. Delgado checked from the big blind and called when Barwinski bet 70,000.

Barwinski bet 90,000 on the 9♣ turn and the small bet was enough to get his Spanish opponent to fold. Barwinski smiled and opened K♣3♣. Delgado dropped to 400,000. -- MC

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Barwinski bluffing well

3:10pm: Tough decision?
Ken Lennaard was a bit incensed at the amount of Hollywooding that Antonio Moreno in a pot the two of them played. Lennaard min-raised to 20,000 from early positon and it folded all the way to Moreno in the big blind. The Spaniard only had 5.5 big blinds to start the hand, so Lennaard was likely priced in should Moreno move all-in. Despite this Moreno put on an acting show for a minute before moving all-in, Lennaard snap called and showed A♦Q♦.

A fine hand but one that was behind to Moreno's A♣K♣, a 4♦5♥6♣3♠J♥ board kept Moreno alive and Lennaard said: "Tough decision?" to him as Moreno took the pot. -- NW

3:05pm: Raine vs Rodriguez
It's not been a great day for Neil Raine so far. He's got a bout of food poisoning and just lost a 800,000 chip pot to Daniel Rodriguez when he ran queens into aces. He's since spun his stack back up to around 260,000. -- NW

3pm: Barwinski drops to 1.2m
The runaway train that is Marcin Barwinski just took a major detour but it still very much on track. He's on the feature table at the moment so we didn't catch the hand live, but he's down to 1,200,000 and fellow Pole Jaroslaw Lipien, who was stacking chips and is up to 1,000,000 is the likely beneficiary. -- NW

2:57pm: McTaggart's run comes to an end

2:55pm: Santamaria, Cody's at it again!
Take a bow Eugenio Santamaria. He just got very unlucky to bust to Jake Cody but took his defeat with real class and congratulated the Team Pro with a big smile across his face.

Cody opened to 22,000 from the hijack and was called in one spot before Santamaria squeezed all in for 142,000 from the big blind. Cody was the only caller and their cards were flipped up.

Santamaria: K♣K♦
Cody: 9♥9♣

The board ran Q♣8♦6♥2♣9♠ to make Cody a set on the river. He moved up to 850,000. -- MC

2:48pm: The devil hand works for Svendsen
Katja Svendsen loves pocket sixes as they often seem to serve her well. They just came to her aid when she eliminated Yakup Gulkaya after both got identical stacks in pre flop.

Gulkaya was under the gun and moved all in for 143,000. Either Svendsen knew she had the same amount or less and she announced a call and slid forward all her chips.

Gulkaya: K♥Q♦
Svendsen: 6♥6♠

The board ran 6♦5♣2♦8♣4♣ to make the Norwegian a set. The dealer verified the stacks and Gulkaya was conformed as out. -- MC

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Last lady standing

2:30pm: Grafton doubles up with the Cody
"I just doubled up with the Cody," shouted Sam Grafton to Jake Cody, who was playing one table behind him. "What aces?" asked Cody. "No the old Cody," said Grafton who had just won a big pot with [10h]4♣ the hand Cody famously outdrew pocket kings with on his way to winning EPT Deauville.

"I still open it because I look up to you so much," continued Grafton. In the hand in question there had been pre-flop and flop betting with the majority of chips going in on the turn of a 7♠3♥2♥[10s] board, his opponent - Christopher Howden - had pocket eights and didn't get there on the 5♦ river.

After the hand Grafton apologised to Howden about the outdraw saying that he had got very lucky to get there and Howden had played his hand very well. Grafton had 283,000 left on the turn and he in fact covered Howden meaning we lose another player and that Grafton now has around 700,000. -- NW


Grafton has gathered more chips

Blinds up: 5,000/10,000, ante 1,000

2pm: Time to recharge
Two levels have been completed which means the remaining players are now on a 20 minute break. -- NW

1:50pm: Cody busts Tinnion to climb to 800,000
"Nice hand," said Robert Tinnion to Jake Cody as the Brit passed the last of his chips to the Team PokerStars Pro. In truth it was a cooler but Tinnion still felt like he could've got away.

The action had passed to Cody, who was on the button, he raised to 18,000 and called when Tinnion three-bet to 46,000 from the big blind. On the [10h]8♦2♥ flop Tinnion c-bet 52,000 and Cody smooth called. The 5♦ fell on the turn, Tinnion checked, Cody bet 72,000, Tinnion check-raised all-in for what looked like around 200,000 and Cody snap called. "Ah you've got aces," said Tinnion as he showed pocket jacks, Cody did indeed have A♥A♦ and his hand held on the [10s] river.

He's up to 800,000 after that hand and amongst the chip leaders as are Christina Bauer (820,000) and Vicente Delgado (700,000). We'll be getting full chip counts on the break. -- NW

1:40pm: A silly game
Grahap Phipps turned to the PokerStars Blog and said: "poker's a silly game isn't it," he was nursing a smaller stack than when we last looked. "I had ace-jack against the ladies ace-ten and she hit a ten."

The lady in question was Katja Svendsen, the Norwegian is up to 150,000 whilst Phipps drops to 140,000. -- NW

1:35pm: Garcia Diaz breaths a sigh of relief
Gaelle Garcia Diaz is firmly in the danger zone and having to shove to stay afloat. Javier Elorza has similar problems so it came as no surprise to see the two of them tangle in a pot.

Diaz shoved for around 60,000 from under the gun and Elorza moved all in for around 100,000 more from the small blind.

Diaz: A♥5♦
Elorza: A♣K♣

The board ran J♦2♣2♦9♠J♥ to chop it. Garcia Diaz looked to the heavens and blow out a load of air and mouthed, "Wow!" -- MC

1:20pm: Nick Cornelis doubles through Paul McTaggart
Pretty standard this one as Nick Cornelis shoved for 97,000 from early position with pocket sixes and Paul McTaggart looked him up with ace-king. A 2♣5♣3♠5♠9♠ board kept the pair in front and doubled Corenlis. After that hand McTaggart is down to around 300,000. -- NW


Despite that hit McTaggart is still comfortably stacked

1:15pm: Millar cross after losing
Darren Millar was shaking his head after losing a bit pot to David Gutierrez, I only saw the showdown but Gutierrez had pocket nines on a 4♥7♣9♦5♣Q♠ board and Millar held 6♥4♦ which suggests the money went in on the turn. Millar was busy shipping 201,000 to Guitierrez who collected that plus what was already in the middle. -- NW

1:10pm: Mario karted out by Bingham
Mario Karman found a good spot to get his short stack in but was ousted by Tommy Bingham with a dominating ace.

The action folded to Karman on the button and he shoved for 40,000. Bingham was in the big blind with 60,000 and made the call.

Karman: A♠T♥
Bingham: A♦J♥

The board ran 9♣5♣2♣4♥6♠ and Bigham's kicker played. -- MC

1:05pm: Barwinski breaks the million chip mark
Start of day chip leader Marcin Barwinski has put the pedal to the metal during the opening level and climbed to 1,250,000 in chips. That's 12% of the chips in play with over 50 players left! -- NW

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

1pm: Cody soaring
Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody has taken less than a level to get back above the mark he was at last night before he lost ace-king to ace-queen in a huge pot. He was helped by Emilio Jimenez bluffing off his whole stack to him.

Cody raised to 12,000 and was called by both blinds with Jimenez in the big blind. The flop came 3♦7♣T♥ and Cody continued for 20,000. The small blind folded but Jimenez check-raised to 50,000. Cody stared down his opponent whilst he asked for a count of his remaining stack and then three-bet to 85,000 when he was told his opponent had 150,000 back.

The Brit's eyes widened with surprise when Jimenez just called and may have influenced his to decision to check back the Q♦ turn. Jimenez then shoved the A♦ and Cody called with A♥T♦ for two pair. Jimenez tried to muck but the dealer opened 5♠4♥ for the bluff. Cody up to 550,000. -- MC


Cody has over half a million

12:50pm: Today's exits
We've already lost nine players today with the following players having been eliminated:

63rd. Joaquin Delgado, Spain, €2,270
64th. Ladislao Dalfo Batlle, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, €2,270
65th. Jose Mestre, Spain, PokerStars Player, €2,270
66th. Jorge Juste, Spain, €2,270
67th. Jose Gonzalez, Spain, €2,270
68th. Anthony Fox, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, €2,270
69th. Israel Pelaz, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, €2,270
70th. Patxi Salinas, Spain, PokerStars Player, €2,270
71st. Cormac Moylan, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier, €2,270

12:40pm: Cody claims some back
Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody started the day with 354,000 he must've lost some though as despite just winning a big pot he's got roughly 375,000.

The PokerStarsBlog joined the action on the turn there was 60,000 in the pot and a K♠6♣9♥A♠ board on the felt, Robert Tinnion bet 33,000 and after Cody counted how many chips he had left in his stack he slid out the call. The 4♠ river completed the flush draw, Tinnion checked, Cody bet 48,000 and Tinnion tank called. Cody rolled over A♥9♣ for two pair and Tinnion mucked.

So Cody up to 375,000, Tinnion down to 275,000. -- NW

12:32pm: Dalfo wheeled out the door
It was an unfortunate end for Ladislao Dalfo after he was eliminated despite having a dominating hand.

Christian Ruiz raised to 12,000 from mid position and was committed to call Dalfo's shove for less than 50,000 from the small blind.

Dalfo: A♦K♣
Ruiz: A♠5♠

The board ran Q♣2♠K♥3♣4♠ to make a wheel and a flush for Ruiz. -- MC

12:20pm: High Roller update
The High Roller also restarted at noon with 35 of the 114 players still in contention. They include Tom Middleton, Alex Goulder, Duncan McLellan, David Yan but they all trail Heinz Traut who starts the day as chip leader. -- NW

12:18pm: Dream start for Clemmensen
Just like the Spanish football team last night, Martin Clemmensen has had a dream start and scored a double up. He'll be hoping the rest of his day doesn't go like the remainder of the match.

He raised from under the gun and then called all in for 80,000 after Hans Stokkenes shoved from the button.

Stokkenes: 9♣9♦
Clemmensen: A♥K♥

The board ran 5♣A♠A♣J♦3♦ to make Clemmensen trip aces. Stokkenes was left with around 60,000-- MC

12:10pm: Three early exits
It didn't take long for the first exits of the day...

First to go was Cormac Moylan when his pocket tens lost out to Olvedo Heinze's pocket jacks. The Irishman was all-in pre-flop for about 20 big blinds.

Then on the next hand at that table Patxi Salinas shoved for 10 big blinds with [8][7] and got called by the [K][J] of similarly stacked Yakup Gulkaya. Neither player hit, and the former professional football player is now a former participant in this poker tournament.

And Israel Pelaz is another early faller. -- NW

12:02pm: Shuffle up and deal!
Cards are in the air.

11:55am: Race to the final table is on
Welcome back for the penultimate day of the PokerStars Marbella Festival. The Main Event has to get down from 71 to the final table of eight today.

After an amazing day where he said he hit everything, Marcin Barwinski finished way clear of the field with a massive 825,000. He leads a top five that looks like this:

Marcin Barwinski, Poland, PokerStars Qualifier - 825;000
Vicente Delgado, Spain, PokerStars Team Online - 585;000
Ken Lennaard, Sweden - 546, 000
Gareth Hamilton, Ireland - 531,000
Elias Fernandez, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier - 523,000

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Barwinski is the man to catch

Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody enjoyed another fruitful day at the tables yesterday and wants to continue making the most of his trip over from Las Veags. He enters the day with 354,000.

There will also be a live stream in Spanish for the remainder of the tournament. The action will be a cards down production today and can be found on

Here's how the final nine tables line up at the start of the day:

(Table, Seat, Name, Country, Status, Chips)

1, 1, Jaroslaw Lipien, Poland, 466,000
1, 2, Mario Karman, Hungary , PokerStars Qualifier, 135,000
1, 3, Emilio Jose Navarro Montalban, Spain, 136,000
1, 4, Thomas William Bingham, UK, 104,000
1, 5, Sam Grafton, United Kingdom , PokerStars Qualifier, 262,000
1, 6, Daniel Thaller, UK, 278,000
1, 7, Gareth Hamilton, Ireland , 531,000
1, 8, Jose Mestre Lleida, Spain , PokerStars Player, 40,000

2, 1, Vicente Delgado, Spain , PokerStars Team Online, 585,000
2, 2, Filipe Gonzaga Briga, Portugal, DBI, 472,000
2, 3, Bernando Baptista Das Neves, Portugal, 103,000
2, 4, Manuel Saavedra Nuñez, Spain, 169,000
2, 5, Anthony Fox, United Kingdom , PokerStars Qualifier, 180,000
2, 6, Joaquin Delgado Navarro, Spain, 69,000
2, 7, Carl Öhlund, Sweden , PokerStars Qualifier, 269,000
2, 8, Mohammad Razavi, United Kingdom , PokerStars Qualifier, 213,000

3, 1, Garrett Boyle, Ireland, 139,000
3, 2, Eric Velasco Paz, Spain , PokerStars Qualifier, 190,000
3, 3, Robert Tinnion, United Kingdom , PokerStars Player, 187,000
3, 4, Christian Bauer, Germany , 296,000
3, 5, Emilio Jimenez Bueno, Spain , PokerStars Qualifier, 114,000
3, 6, Graham Phipps, United Kingdom , PokerStars Qualifier, 252,000
3, 7, Hamish Morjaria, United Kingdom , PokerStars Qualifier, 170,000
3, 8, Jake Cody, United Kingdom, Team PokerStars Pro, 354,000

4, 1, Diego Sarmiento González, Spain, 227,000
4, 2, Mark James, United Kingdom , PokerStars Qualifier, 91,000
4, 3, Ladislao Dalfo Batlle, Spain , PokerStars Qualifier, 77,000
4, 4, Neil Raine, United Kingdom , PokerStars Qualifier, 275,000
4, 5, Bernard Magee, United Kingdom , PokerStars Qualifier, 88,000
4, 6, Daniel Rodriguez Rivero, Spain , PokerStars Player, 86,000
4, 7, Elias Fernandez Miguel, Spain , PokerStars Qualifier, 523,000
4, 8, Christian Ruiz Hatero, Spain, 306,000

5, 1, Olvedo Vicent Heinze, Netherlands , 203,000
5, 2, Abraham Serrano Gil, Spain , PokerStars Qualifier, 385,000
5, 3, Yván Dubra Regueiro, Spain , PokerStars Qualifier, 105,000
5, 4, Yakup Gulkaya, Slovakia (Slovak Republic) , 66,000
5, 5, Darren Millar, United Kingdom , PokerStars Qualifier, 212,000
5, 6, Patxi Salinas, Spain, PokerStars Player, 67,000
5, 7, Javier Elorza Pardo, Spain , PokerStars Qualifier, 235,000
5, 8, Cormac Moylan, Ireland , PokerStars Qualifier, 133,000

6, 1, Cayetano García Ayala, Spain, 105,000
6, 2, Jorge Antonio Juste Menchaca, Spain, 66,000
6, 3, Marcin Barwinski, Poland , PokerStars Qualifier, 825,000
6, 4, David Gutierrez Martin, Spain, 142,000
6, 5, Patrick Renkers, Netherlands , PokerStars Player, 234,000
6, 6, Francisco Jose Torres Hermoso, Spain, 72,000
6, 7, Christopher Howden, United Kingdom, 87,000
6, 8, Denis Ursu, Moldova, 373,000

7, 1, Gaelle Garcia Diaz, Belgium , PokerStars Player, 45,000
7, 2, Hans Stokkenes, Norway, DBI, 149,000
7, 3, Nicki Dalgaard, Spain , PokerStars Qualifier, 204,000
7, 4, Ezequiel Macho Morcillo, Spain, 63,000
7, 5, Martin Clemmensen, Denmark , PokerStars Player, 98,000
7, 6, Nick Cornelis, Belgium , PokerStars Player, 188,000
7, 7, Katja Sophie Spillum Svendsen, Norway , PokerStars Qualifier, 97,000

8, 1, Paul Martin Larrañaga, Spain , PokerStars Qualifier, 74,000
8, 2, Jorn Gunther, Norway , 121,000
8, 3, Paul Mctaggart, United Kingdom , PokerStars Player, 206,000
8, 4, Israel Julian Pelaz, Spain , PokerStars Qualifier, 55,000
8, 5, Rodrigo Espinosa Gonzalez, Spain , PokerStars Qualifier, 298,000
8, 6, Carl Falk, Sweden , PokerStars Qualifier, 189,000
8, 7, Simon Fuhs, Germany , PokerStars Player, 159,000
8, 8, Eugenio Santamaria Tessier, Spain , PokerStars Qualifier, 243,000
7, 8, Paul Kristoffersson, Sweden , PokerStars Qualifier, 283,000

9, 1, Antonio Manuel Moreno De Guzman, Spain, 186,000
9, 2, Andrey Chizhman, Russian Federation , 102,000
9, 3, Jay Darbar, Gibraltar , PokerStars Qualifier, 188,000
9, 4, Jose Francisco Gonzalez Cores, Spain, 72,000
9, 5, Ken Lennaard, Sweden, 546,000
9, 6, Adrian Ramos Fernandez, Spain , PokerStars Qualifier, 225,000
9, 7, Didier Cicurel, Switzerland, 355,000

Marc Convey
@The_Conv in UKIPT