UKIPT5 Dublin Day 1B: Level 8-12 updates (1,000-2,000, 300 ante)


* Largest ever UKIPT event in Ireland, 1,002 runners in total
* Day 1B consists of twelve 45-minute levels
* Day 1B players: 222 of 788 remaining
* Late registration has closed

9:20pm: It's all over
Level 12: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

The klaxon has sounded on Day 1B and that's all she wrote. A wrap of the day's play is on the way. --NW

9:10pm: Threeis the magic number
Level 12: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Three more hands to go before play is done for the day. --NW

9pm: More schillings for Stefan Schillhabel
Level 12: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Stefan Schillhabel has soared up to 355,000 after he eliminated Jaroslav Miklik
in a cold battle of the blinds.

The latter raised from the small blind and called when the former three-bet him. The flop fell K♦A♦T♣ and Miklik check-called 6,700. The turn was the K♣ and Miklik check-raised all in for around 50,000 after Schillhabel had fired another 18,500. Snap call.

Schillhabel: A♥A♠ for a full house
Miklik: K♠9♥ for turned trips.

The board completed with the 8♠ and Miklik went off into the night. -- MC

8:48pm: Big names falling late
Level 12: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

No Day 2 for: Corey Gill, David Vamplew, Alex Lindop, Tom Hall, Dominik Panka, Mick Graydon, Jasper Wetemans, George McKeever, Gavin O'Rourke, Thomas Dunwoodie, Neil Rawnsley, Anton Wigg, Ondrej Vinklarek, Jan Bendik, Otto Richard, Yorane Kerignard, and Diego Gomez. -- MC

8:30pm: Edward avoids the Tomb; Ferrero has monster stack
Level 11: Blinds 800-1,600, 200 ante

The old aces versus kings set up is never a nice way, especially once you've got a start in a tournament, to lose most of your stack.

Tom Kitt opened to 3,000 before Casey Kastle three-bet to 9,000. Padraic Cusack was in the small blind and put in a four-bet to 19,500 before Edward Tomb quickly five-bet all in for 71,200. Kitt and Castle folded but Cusack snap called.

Tomb: A♥A♠
Cusack: K♣K♥

The board ran a blank 5♦Q♦9♦3♥8♣.

Also sat at this Olivier Ferrero who has amassed 421,000! Yep, you read that right. Apparently he's been hitting set over sets for fun. -- MC

8:20pm: Two out
Level 11: Blinds 800-1,600, 200 ante

Two short stacks tried to get rich, but died trying.

First to chance his arm was Franck Lini. The Frenchman was heads-up to a T♣K♥Q♠ flop against John Bagnal. He bet 7,000 and Bagnal smooth called.

On the 8♦ turn Lini moved all-in for 26,200 and after getting a count of the shove, Bagnal called.

Lini: A♣K♦
Bagnal: Q♦T♥

Bagnal asked for a deuce and he got his wish on the 2♠ river. -

A few minutes later Cormac O'Higgins was at risk for his last 17,000 with A♣8♦ and in front of Cornelis Van Gent's K♣J♠.

The Q♥T♠A♦ flop soon reversed the order of things though and neither the 2♦ turn or 6♦ river could save O'Higgins. -NW

8:10pm: You want money? We got money
Level 11: Blinds 800-1,600, 200 ante

Unfortunately the money we have won't go around everyone, so we're going to choose our favourite 151 players and rank them in order. Okay, we're not allowed to do that, this money (not ours either) had to be earned by the best of you. Prize pool information is in!

The 1002 entries helped create a prize pool of €971,940, with the top 151 getting paid. A min cash will earn you €1,710 and if you make Monday's final eight, then that figure will have jumped to €16,840. The winner? He or she will earn a tidy €176,900. -- MC

7:50pm: Notable stacks
Level 11: Blinds 800-1,600, 200 ante

You may have read about the following players in a tournament or two before:

Padraig O'Neill, 186,000
Dean Hutchison, 128,000
Thomas Finneran, 122,000
Chris Gordon, 101,000
Darah Davey, 89,000
Jeff Madsen, 86,000
Jamie Sykes, 80,000
Vojtech Ruzicka, 77,000
Tom Kitt, 74,000
Dara O'Kearney, 70,000
Sebastian Pauli, 70,000
Filipe Ramos (below), 70,000


Andrew Chen, 69,000
Alex Goulder, 60,000
Casey Kastle, 49,000
Mickey Petersen, 49,000
Gareth Chantler, 47,800
Charlie Carrel, 43,000
Ness Reilly, 42,000
Diego Gomez, 42,000
Jason Tomkins, 42,000
Surinder Sunar, 42,000
Dan Stacey, 37,000
Kenny Hallaert, 37,000
Martin Stazko, 36,000
Anton Wigg, 36,000
Tom Hall, 29,000
David Vamplew, 27,000
Ben Heath, 8,600

-- MC

7:25pm: Gone but not forgotten
Level 10: Blinds 600-1,200, 200 ante

It's so long and farewell to lots of big name players: Seth Webber, Paul Delaney, Tamer Kamel, Thiago Nishijima, Deborah Worley-Roberts, Diogo Veiga, Fergal Nealon, Max Silver, Conor Beresford, Asif Warris, Luciano Manolea, Tomasz Raniszewski, Jamie O'Connor, Tobias Peters, Ludovic Geilich, Eugene Katchalov, Daniel Charlton, Thomas Butzhammer and Kyle Frey.

We suspect many of them will be back for the UKIPT High Roller tomorrow. --NW

7:10pm: Akenhead misses, somehow
Level 10: Blinds 600-1,200, 200 ante

Poor Alexandre Rivero, he got his stack of 12,600 in against James Akenhead in a race situation, but the board kept on getting increasingly worse for the Brazilian.

He'd shoved with 2♠2♥ and Akenhead - who had about 170,000 at this point - isolated from the small blind with A♣8♥.

The 9♣4♣K♣ flop gave Akenhead flush outs, the 9♥ turn opened up the possibility of the counterfeit knock out but the 5♦ river was one of Rivero's clean cards and he doubled up. --NW

James Akenhead, 176,000
Alexandre Rivero, 28,200

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7pm: Three more levels to go
Level 10: Blinds 600-1,200, 200 ante

Nine down, three to go. The remaining players have all advanced to level 10. --NW

5:46pm: Chip leaders at the dinner break
Level 9: Blinds 500-1,000 ante 100

As the players head to dinner these players below are the chip leaders. "I've been getting very good cards and very good situations," said Adam Owen when we asked how he'd accumulated his 175,500. Owen, who's better known for his mixed games prowess, was all smiles as he told us that.

Alfred Karlsson, 230,000
Adam Owen, 175,500
Parham Ahoor, 165,000
Padraic Cusack, 149,000
Peter Murphy, 135,000

The 380 remaining players are now on a 75 minute dinner break. --NW

5:44pm: Eugene catches a double
Level 9: Blinds 500-1,000, 100 ante


Katchaov (left) with his buddy ElkY

Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov was very short but now finds himself just short.

The action folded around to Katchalov on the button and he moved all in for 3,600. David Vida was in the big blind and called with 9♣2♦. Katchalov opened J♣9♠ and survived a 5♣5♦5♠6♣A♣. -- MC

5:35pm: Firm triangle
Level 9: Blinds 500-1,000, 100 ante

Poker's Firm members Daragh Davey, Dara O'Kearney and Padraig O'Neill (still a member?) are sat in a triangle formation after the latter was moved to the right of the former. Apparently triangles are the most stable of shapes, too!

O'Kearney's sat right behind them and won a pot after getting Matti Salminenna to fold on the river.

"Doke" raised to 2,000 from middle position and was called by Salminenna in the next seat, along with the big blind. The flop fanned 6♥8♠K♥ and Doke's 3,500 c-bet was only called by Salminenna. Both checked the 2♠ before a 6,000 bet on the 6♦ river got the job done. -- MC

Dara O'Kearney, 72,000
Darah Davey, 101,000
O'Neill, 57,000

5:20pm: More records in the bag than your average DJ
Level 9: Blinds 500-1,000, 100 ante

Smash! Another record has fallen as we can confirm this is the biggest ever UKIPT Main Event on Irish soil. A total of 788 players played today and added to the 214 from yesterday this event has just squeaked into the four-figure club. So doing the math that makes 1,002 runners in total.

We don't have the prize pool information just yet but will post it within the coverage as soon as we receive it. --NW

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5:10pm: If you've got an idea we'd like to hear from you
Level 9: Blinds 500-1,000, 100 ante

Here are PokerStars we're always open to hearing your ideas for new products/features that we can implement on the site. With that in mind we've set up an ideas booth manned by PokerStars Innovation Representative Christin Maschmann.

She'll be at the welcome desk at the RDS between 5.30pm and 7.30pm today and then again on Tuesday. So drop by and say hi. --NW

5pm: All in one room
Level 8: Blinds 400-800, 100 ante

We're down to 550 players now and that means all the players who are still in are now playing in the main room. Plenty of big names have fallen by the wayside over the last couple of levels. They include: Andrew Sweeney, Per Linde, Jeremy Nock, Jimmy Kebe, Timothy Chung, Jonas Lauck, David Abreu, Pablo Gordillo, Andrew Hulme, Jonathon Prested, Fintan Gavin, Felix Stephensen, Steven Warburton, Carl Harris, Matthias De Meulder, Anton Bertilsson, Ben Jenkins, Kevin MacPhee and Kelly Saxby. -NW


Kelly Saxby - one of hundreds to have been eliminated on Day 1B

4:55pm: Chantler played aces like a boss
Level 8: Blinds 400-800, 100 ante
Gareth Chantler needed something to happen with his micro stack. He did and it enabled him to more than triple up.

Jeremy Mortimore opened to 1,800 from under the gun before Chantler moved all in for 2,400 from the hijack. UKIPT Cork champion Thomas Finneran was one more seat long and sat behind a 135,000 stack - he took his time and called as did Mortimore.

The board ran out T♠7♥5♥3♦6♠ with both opponents checking all the way. Mortimore's A♣J♠ and Finneran's Q♣J♥ were no match for Chantler's A♠A♥.

"Nice hand," said Mortimore.

"I didn't know how to play it," said a very deadpan Chantler and it caused a ripple of laughter around the table. -- MC

4:40pm: You know you're in Ireland when

4:25pm: Sisters trying to do it by themselves
Level 8: Blinds 400-800, 100 ante

Kerryjane Craigie runs a very tight ship, as Head of Poker at Hippodrome Casino and it seems she runs an even tighter one here at the RDS in Dublin.

She ran into our photographer and recounted an interesting situation she found herself in when in the ladies' toilet on break.


Ladies' bathrooms are sacred at poker events

She was standing in there when four guys walked into the wrong bathroom. When she told them to get out, the reply she was given was, "We're French!"

This obviously didn't cut the mustard with Craigie so she protested and they added, "Have you never been in a men's bathroom?"

"NO!!" ended that conversation. -- MC

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Key Facts:- 25,000 starting stack- Blinds starting at 50/100 for 250 big blinds- Levels are 45 minutes on Day 1 and they'll be 12 of them. From Day 2 onwards levels increase to 60 minutes. - Day 1B takes place today, the field will then combine for the first time on Friday. We'll reach the money during the 10 levels of play on Day 2 and then play down to a final table on Saturday. Sunday is a rest day, and then on Monday the final table will play out on the TV table on EPTLive with cards-up coverage and bring Season 5 of the UKIPT to a close. Cue mad celebrations and swigging of champagne from the trophy (possibly). - Full UKIPT5 Dublin schedule here.

PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at UKIPT5 Dublin: Marc Convey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog

Marc Convey
@The_Conv in UKIPT