UKIPT5 Bristol Day 1A: Level 6-12 updates (1,000-2,000 ante 200)

10:50pm: Play concludes
Day 1A had come to and end with Javed Ullah as the player with the most after he bagged up 212,700. A wrap on the day's play will be up on the blog shortly.

Day 1B starts at midday BST. -- MC

10:35pm: Final five
The clock has been paused and they'll be five more hands before play is done for the day. --NW

10:20pm: Hanham gets Carter with rivered set
Martin Hanham found a lovely river card to ensure the pot was his, when tangling with Dan Carter.

The latter raised from under the gun and Hanham peeled from the big blind to see a 3♦5♣J♠ flop. Carter continued for 5,000 and Hanham check-called. Both players checked the 8♥ turn before Hanham led for 10,000 on the 9♥ river. Carter flicked in the call and mucked upon seeing his opponent's 9♠9♦.

Carter - 51,000.

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10:05pm: Atkins gets lucky to double
"I was probably due one of those," said a philosophical Lawrence Bayley after James Atkins cracked his queens to double.

The latter opened to 2,000 and then reluctantly called all in for 26,900 after Bayley set him in.

Bayley: Q♣Q♦
Atkins: 8♠8♦

The board ran 9♥8♣7♦J♥K♠ to make Atkins a set. -- MC

10pm: Gone
It's hard lines for: Martin Hogarty, James Pierce, Daniel Perez, Michal Janczarski, Indre Stanaityte, Robert Stevens, Ralph Silva, Darren Toner, Tomas Tamasauskas, Daniel Efeturk, Geoffrey Ansell and Francisco Benitez who are all out of UKIPT5 Bristol. 51 players remain. --NW

9:55pm: Miller busts in three-way all in
Sam Miller had a live card in a three-way all in and hit it but it wasn't enough to stop him being eliminated.

Chris Day opened to 3,600 from under the gun before Miller moved all in for 18,100 from the next seat and Conor Beresford, from two more seats along, did likewise for another 600. Day, feeling priced in, made the call.

Day: K♥Q♣
Miller: A♦J♠
Beresford: A♠K♠

The board ran 8♥T♥K♦5♠J♣ to triple up Beresford.

Miller departed and Day dropped to 42,000. -- MC

9:40pm: Spittles makes a deal
Ryan Spittles has had some past success on the UKIPT, most notably finishing fifth at UKIPT4 Nottingham in May 2014. He's run his stack up in the last level or so and is sat in the ten seat at his table. So, when there was a dealer change he couldn't help but engage in some friendly banter: "Me and the old dealer had a good thing going," he began. "Basically I get the winning hand, just so you know!"

Spittles the dealer and a couple of players at the table had a good chuckle at this, Spittles has around 104,000 and is well placed right now. -- NW

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Ryan Spittles

9:35pm: Flop frustrates Atkin but boosts Bilal
Bilal Sahnoune just got a much needed double up at the expense of James Atkin and it left the latter more than a little frustrated with how the day is panning out.

In the hand in question the action folded all the way to the button where Lawrence Bayley raised to 3,200, Sahnoune then shoved for 25,100 total and Atkin isolated all-in from the big blind for around 45,000 and Bayley mucked his hand.

Sahnoune: A♣[10h]
Atkin: K♣Q♦

The 8♣7♥A♠ flop gave Sahnoune a big advantage and he held on the 4♦ turn and 6♠ river. After that hand Atkin is down to around 20,000. -- NW

9:32pm: A hand to keep Aronson up all night
"I think I threw away the best hand," said Gerald Aronson after he folded on the turn to an aggressive Benjamin Winsor.

Ryan Spittles opened to 2,500 from under the gun before Winsor three-bet to 6,800 from middle position. Aronson called from the small blind and Spittles called as well. The flop came 4♦6♥6♣ and Winsor continued for 10,400 and was only called by Aronson. The turn was the J♥ and Aronson check-tank-folded to a 17,000 bet from his opponent.

"It was all in or fold and I didn't want to go home," continued Aronson. "Jesus Christ, that'll be the hand I think about all night," he went on.

"I'll tell you afterwards," assured Winsor.

Winsor - 105,000
Aronson - 60,000

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9:15pm: Chip counts
Just 63 players remain in with a chance of making Day 2, the money and heck, even the final table. Here's how some of them stack up as we approach the end of level 10:

Crispin Da Costa, 180,000
Lawrence Bayley, 140,000
David Clarkson, 103,000
Neil Raine, 98,000
Remigiusz Wyrzykiewicz, 74,000
Gerald Aronson, 63,000
James Atkin, 57,000
Tri Vu, 47,000
Dan Carter, 46,000
Paul Vas Nunes, 33,000
Richard Jones, 32,000
Francisco Benitez, 31,000
Stuart Green 30,000

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Crispin Da Costa - chip leader

9pm: Shoving his way out of the shadows
David Lappin - tired of being on Dara O'Kearney's shadow - has gotten to the point in the tournament where shoving (some hands) is an optimal move.

He quietly limped in from under the gun before an opponent in the hijack raised to 3,200. Ryan Spittles looked like he was going to do something from the small blind but ultimately folded with a look of suspicion on his face. He was right to look that way as Lappin shoved when the action got back to him. The move worked as he took down the pot.

The very next hand, he defended his big blind after an early position raise from Marios Photiou. The flop fanned J♥7♠J♣ and Lappin check-called a 3,100 c-bet. The board ran out K♦8♦ and both players checked in down.

"I have a seven," said a sheepish looking Lappin. It was no good as Photiou opened a winning T♠T♦.

Lappin - 36,000.
-- MC

8:45pm: Miller time for Patten
John Patten just got a double up at the expense of Sam Miller in a pot that looked as if it was going nowhere for the majority of it.

It was Tri Vu who got the action started, raising to 2,400 from early position, both Miller (small blind) and Patten (big blind) called and the three players were greeted with a A♦K♥8♦ flop, which was checked through. On the 8♥ turn Miller bet 3,000 and Patten was the only caller.
It was on the 3♣ river were the pot really came to life as when Miller checked, Patten moved all-in for 12,200 total. Miller, who was getting a massage at the time looked pained (no reflection on the masseuses skills!) and after about 30 seconds in the tank before calling. Patten showed J♥8♣ and Miller nodded before mucking his cards. -- NW

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8:20pm: Break time
The players are on their last 15-minute break of the day.

8:15pm: Less than half the field remain
As the players head to their last break of the evening just 67 of the 140 players who entered today remain. Among those who've hit the rail recently are: Ben Dunevein, Timothy Bryant, Steve Penfold, Jarbas Sabatini, Arkadiusz Sikorski, Nigel Baker, Tommy Lipponen, Dominic Evans, Samuel Marchant, Sheila Palmer, Sheila Palmer, Christopher Dash, Daniel Harwood, Maurizio Pili, Lee Williams, Fabian Feldfeber, Kin Wong, Benjamin Martin, Paul Dando, Dominic McEvoy and Phillip Huxley. -- NW

8:05pm: MacIntyre and Doke depart
Fraser MacIntyre and Dara O'Kearney have both busted in recent times.

No details on O'Kearney's exit but MacIntyre told the blog that he lost a standard flip. The defeat left him with one ante and he had a sweat the next hand - when he was automatically all in - but kicker issues sent him to the rail (bar). -- MC

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There was no return of the Mac

7:50pm: All action on table 1
Chris Gordon rushed back from dinner at Pizza Express to make sure he didn't miss a hand according to table mate Chris Day, a move he's probably regretting now. According to Day and Neil Raine, he ran queens into aces the very first hand back. That dropped him down to 5,000 and he busted soon after.

Raine, on the other hand, has passed the 60,000-mark after a preflop raising war with EPT Malta finalist, Remigiusz Wyrzykiewicz.

Raine opened to 1,700 from the hijack before Wyrzykiewicz three-bet to 5,100 from the small blind. Raine came back with a four-bet to 9,200 but his Polish opponent soon put in a five-bet to 17,500. Raine shoved and Wyrzykiewicz admitted defeat and folded. -- MC


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7:35pm: Double up for Hallworth
After a raise to 1,800 from Francisco Benitez it folded to Rob Hallworth who moved all-in for 9,500 total and it folded back to Benitez. The Uruguayan took his time - good news for Hallworth - before eventually making the call:

Hallworth: 7♣7♠
Benitez: K♠5♠

The 5♣4♣2♦2♥9♣ board saw Hallworth's hand hold up. -- NW

7:30pm: Vas Nunes gets the double he needs
With over $1,400,000 in lifetime tournament earnings, accrued since 2010, it's fair to say Paul Vas Nunes is one of the more experienced players in the field.

He wasn't exactly in the danger zone but had a below average stack to start the hand which led to his double up. In the hand in question there was an open to 2,000, Paul Oliver flat called and Vas Nunes then raised it up to 6,000 on the button from his stack of roughly 27,000. The original raiser folded but Oliver paid the extra and the two players saw a 9♣9♠3♣ flop.

The action was checked to Vas Nunes who slid out a bet of 6,000, Oliver check raised all-in and Vas Nunes said: "You can't always have it," before calling all-in for 20,600 total and turning over A♠K♣. "I thought you'd fold that hand," said Oliver who showed A♦J♦. The 6♦ turn and K♠ turn kept Vas Nunes in the lead and he's up to around 57,000 as a result. --NW

7:20pm: Clarke dogged out
Garry Clarke got up to make his exit and he explained his bustout while a laughing David Lappin watched on.

"I got dogged!" he said. "I had the six-nine and they had the six-king. They hit a king on the river! It was for 5k" -- MC

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Clarke couldn't connect and is out

7:05pm: Big stacks, big tank but a big fold?
The PokerStars Blog arrived at the table to see a complete board of 7♠A♥4♠7♣3♦ on the felt. Lawrence Bayley, who was playing a stack of around 115,000, had bet 6,000 on the river and James Atkin, had raised to 16,500.

Bayley was deep in the tank, so much so that the clock was called on him and a member of the floor staff gave him the customary spiel that he had one minute to make a decision or his hand would be dead.
The clock ticked all the way down to around eight seconds before Bayley elected to fold. "I really want to know what you had," said Bayley. "What do you do if I shove?" he added. Atkin stayed quiet and is now up to around 88,000. With the average at a smidgen over 40,000, Bayley looks to be chip leader whilst Atkin is chugging along nicely too. -- NW

6:50pm: Cards back in the air
Chris Gordon, for one, will be happy about that:

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5:45pm: Dinner break
The players are now on a 60 minute dinner break. 99 of the 140 players who entered Day 1A have chips to come back to. -- NW

5:43pm: The Price is wrong for Oliver
Oliver Price registered late and hasn't made it to dinner break after he busted in a three-way all in versus Daniel Perez and Yiannis Liperis.

Price: A♠Q♣
Perez: A♣K♠
Liperis: K♥J♥

Perez had both players covered and a dominating hand but the board ran 4♥7♦8♥5♦J♠ to pair up Liperis on the river. -- MC

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Price - out

5:40pm: Exits
There's no easy way to say this but: Joseph Craig, David Harris, Thomas Wiesner, Mark Goodchild, Lee Connett, Ian Holwill, Alexander Regler, Simon Dunevein, Daniel Smith, James Buck, Neil Gittings, Frank Yenicotchian, Yassen Jotev, Mark Giddy, Hui Jin, Kuljinder Sidhu and William Jones are all out.
Poker can be a brutal game and Sidhu has gone from the penthouse to the outhouse in short order. -- NW

5:30pm: Could've got messy for Day
Remigiusz Wyrzykiewicz opened to 1,400 and picked up three callers en route to a 8♣7♦8♥ flop.

He continued for 2,700 and was called by Christopher Day and Richard Jones in the next two seats. The turn was the T♠ and the action checked to Jones who bet 6,000. Only Day called and both players checked the T♣[river.

Day opened J♥J♣ and said, "I wasn't expecting that!" when Jones opened Q♦Q♥. Day dropped to 42,000 whereas Jones rose to around 70,000. -- MC

5:20pm: Gordon can't shake off Wyrzykiewicz
Two players who both went deep at UKIPT5 Nottingham just played a big pot together as Chris Gordon and Remigiusz 'ctrl+c' Wyrzykiewicz just tangled on table one.
It was Gordon who opened the action, making it 1,400 to go from middle position, the button called and Wyrzykiewicz did likewise from the small blind.

The board ran 2♦2♣6♦A♠K♦ and Gordon bet 2,000, 4,600 and 7,000 on the flop, turn and river respectively with Wyrzykiewicz check/calling all the way. At showdown Gordon showed 3♣3♠ but Wyrzykiewicz held A♣9♦ for the superior hand. --NW

5:10pm: Thomas Piccirilli bounced by Brooks
Sometimes it's just not your day...

Down to just 5,375 Thomas Piccirilli moved all-in for his final 5,375 from early position and picked up a call from Simon Brooks. With A♥K♠ Piccirilli would've been hopeful of a flip at worst for his tournament life but Brooks had aces which meant Piccirilli was drawing slim. The K♦8♣[10c] flop gave him hope but it was extinguished on the 8♥ turn and 7♠ river.

As he left the table he wore the look of a man who had endured a day of poker where nothing had gone right. - NW

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5:05pm: Aronson doesn't want to go home
Gerald Aronson and Cameron Sinclair played out a hand with the latter putting the former to the ultimate test.

Around 5,000 had made it into the middle by the turn and the board read Q♠K♠3♣6♦. Sinclair bet 5,1000 from early position and Aronson, who flew in from LA just to play this event, tank called. The river was the 9♣ and Aronson checked to face an all in bet, his 20,500, being covered by Sinclair.

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Aronson having a good time

"Son of a bitch, that's a good bet!" lamented Aronson. "That's probably the best bluffing bet I've seen today."

"I sure as hell don't want to go home as I'm having such a good time," he continued. He then folded saying, "I'll let you buy the pot. It was a good bet at the right time." -- MC

4:50pm: A few more chip counts
Amongst those players to have late registered this event today is Phil Huxley. The tournament and mixed game specialist, who lives in Germany, was previously on a table where the light was really bad but he's since been moved into the main room to a table that it bathed in light and has brought a stack of 21,500 to his new table. He'll be hoping his stack rises in tandem with the amount of light.

Elsewhere David Lappin is up to 54,000 which is good but not as impressive as Stuart Green who has 56,000. They've both got almost double the average stack which currently sits at 29,000. Two players who would love to have the average stack at the moment are Ben Martin and Fraser Macintyre. With 19,000 and 16,000 respectively they've fallen below starting stack. -- NW

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Phil Huxley

4:40pm: Some raises, a squeeze and a double up
It took a while preflop but Robertas Vaitkevicius got his chips and got more than a double up.

Lee Williams opened the pot from the hijack and was called by Vaitkevicius in the small blind before Munaaf Ghumran squeezed to 5,000 from the big blind. Williams called but then Vaitkevicius shoved for 14,050. Ghumran also moved all in for an extra 4,700 and that was enough to make Williams fold his tens.

Vaitkevicius: 9♣9♥
Ghumran: A♥Q♥

The board ran J♥9♦6♣Q♦Q♠ to make Vaitkevicius a full house. -- MC

4:25pm: Bad read by Bayley?
In Lawrence Bayley's defence he plays a lot of online poker and not much live poker, this is just his second UKIPT appearance. He's sharing a table with Dara O'Kearney and this gem of a moment just occurred.

O'Kearney, who is the SlowDoke that Bayley speaks of, is the reigning UKIPT Online Qualifier of the Year and generally wins more seats to these events than anyone else.

If you needed any example of why O'Kearney is successful at this game of poker, then the above exchange, which was between Bayley and James Atkin, illustrates why. O'Kearney didn't flinch, blink or allow himself a wry smile and simply kept his poker face on. Wouldn't it be delicious if Bayley knew exactly who O'Kearney was and was simply trying to level his Irish opponent! -- NW

4:05pm: Back for more
The players are back in their seats for the sixth level of the day. They'll play levels six and seven before heading on a 60 minute dinner break. Unfortunately, Mike Cummings, Marios Photiou, Keith Christie, Hamish Morjaria, Stephen Broughton, Kyle Hyman, Damien Le Goff, Michael Cowling, Julian Movahed and Ian Gwynne can all take an extended dinner break as they've been eliminated from the tournament. --NW

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Back to the action in Bristol

PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at UKIPT5 Bristol: Marc Convey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May

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