UKIPT5 Series 3 Day 1A: Level 1-12 updates (1,000-2,000, 300 ante)

9:15pm: Sam's late surge pips Chris Gordon to the chip lead
Going into the last level of play Sam Orledge had fewer than 15 big blinds. Thirty minutes later he had over 85 and the chip lead. Poker, it's a funny old game.

To be honest it was really the final five minutes of the level that were most crucial for the 23-year-old who works in catering. He knocked out three players in the course of two hands to pip Chris Gordon, who was sitting two to his right, to the chip lead.


What an amazing last level for Orledge

His big boost came when holding ace-king he flopped a king to out race eights and sixes. A further uptick with pocket sevens against ace-seven, which meant he finished with 170,900. That saw him move clear of Gordon who ended the day on 149,000.


Gordon's got game

So very close to a dream first Day 1 as a member of Team PokerStars LIVE at The Hippodrome Casino for Gordon then, still he was happy with his stack at the end of play. He won't be the only one returning with a big stack as: Elliot Panyi (139,300),Shane D'Moirah (135,300), Colin Couldrey (130,900) and Krishna Nagaraju (127,200) also had good days at the felt.


Kelly Saxby

Poker's a zero sum game of course which meant we lost some talented players during the opening dozen levels of this tournament. It wasn't a good day for the American girls as Kelly Saxby and Deborah Worley-Roberts both spent the majority of their respective tournaments in short stack territory. For Worley-Roberts the pain was brief, "It wasn't my day," she said after exiting early. Saxby battled on for longer before succumbing late on when she lost a race.

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If you love poker then put a ring on it

However 39 players did make it through and their counts can be seen below. They'll be back on Day 2 which starts at noon Sunday but the PokerStars Blog will be back way sooner than that as we do this all again tomorrow. Join us from 2pm for Day 1B.

Samuel OrledgeUnited Kingdom 170,900
Christopher GordonUnited KingdomTeam PokerStars LIVE at The Hippodrome Casino148,000
Elliott PanyiUnited Kingdom 139,300
Shane D'MoirahUnited Kingdom 135,300
Colin CouldreyUnited Kingdom 130,900
Krishna NagarajuIndia 127,200
Alexander SweetingUnited Kingdom 100,200
Dean PerryUnited Kingdom 93,800
Mirko MostaccioItaly 92,000
David TompkinsUnited Kingdom 84,300
John LucarottiUnited KingdomPokerStars Qualifier80,600
Rahim Tadj-SaadatUnited Kingdom 76,900
Fotis StoupisGreece 74,900
William LewisUnited Kingdom 73,700
Mark HitchensUnited Kingdom 72,100
John O'DonnellUnited Kingdom 70,600
Daniel CarielloUnited KingdomPokerStars Qualifier69,000
Azarya LevyIsrael 68,900
Jay SamaniUnited Kingdom 67,300
Mahmoud MahjoubizadehUnited Kingdom 67,200
Leslie LamneaUnited Kingdom 63,500
Alex SpencerUnited Kingdom 51,200
Robert CrawfordUnited Kingdom 50,300
Justin KyriakidesUnited Kingdom 48,300
Tingjun YeChina 48,000
Bujar RajtaUnited Kingdom 45,900
Daniel BlandUnited Kingdom 44,500
John-Paul SantosUnited Kingdom 40,200
David BuckleyUnited Kingdom 39,500
John CrossanUnited Kingdom 38,800
Stefanos MoysidisGreece 37,800
Robbie Fisher-O'BrienUnited Kingdom 37,100
George ReesUnited Kingdom 36,500
Vimal PatelUnited Kingdom 30,800
Antony WickerUnited Kingdom 30,700
Mark JefferiesUnited Kingdom 27,300
Chaminda TennakoonSri Lanka 25,600
Line OlsenNorwayPokerStars Qualifier23,400
Francis HazelwoodUnited KingdomPokerStars Qualifier18,800

8:50pm: Done for the day
Level 12, Blinds 1,000-2,000 (300ante)

Day 1A is over and roughly 39 players have advanced to Day 2. A short recap of play is on the way.

8:35pm: Final ten
Level 12, Blinds 1,000-2,000 (300 ante)

We're into the final ten minutes of the day here at The Hippodrome Casino. It looks as if around 40 of the 134 players who started the day will finish it. However, they don't include Andy Wool, Mark Emmerson, Martin Comitti or Levon Jabourian as they've all been eliminated during level 12.

8:20pm: Chip leaders
Level 12, Blinds 1,000-2,000 (300 ante)

As time ticks down on Day 1A it appears as if Chris Gordon is the man to topple at the top of the chip charts. The Team PokerStars LIVE at The Hippodrome Casino member is up to 140,000 which puts him ahead of the likes of Elliot Panyi (110,000), Dean Perry (114,000) and Krishna Nagaraju (120,000). --NW

8:10pm: More for D'Moirah
Level 12, Blinds 1,000-2,000 (300 ante)

Shane D'Moirah just scooped a 100k pot thanks to a lucky river...

He'd shoved all-in on a Q♦T♠4♥ flop over the top of a bet from Martin Comitti, the latter made a good read with K♠{Th] and called to find he was ahead of D'Moirah's A♦K♣. Whilst the 9♥ turn was a blank, the J♠ river made broadway for D'Moirah.

8pm: Final 50
Level 11, Blinds 800-1,600 (200 ante)

The average stack is holding steady at around 30-35 big blinds here, just 51 players remain in with a shout of making Day 2 though. Some of the players who'll have to head to the cash game area for more poker action today include: Dan Lowe, Albin Bankuti, James Pierce, Mike Boucher, Thomas Young, Mark McCluskey, Jack Cousins, Anthony Wright, Joe Greenfield, Barry Sedgwick and Wenbin Chen.

7:45pm: Saxby's short stack run comes to an end
Level 10, Blinds 600-1,200 (200 ante)

Earlier this week Kelly Saxby inked a deal to become a member of Team PokerStars LIVE at The Hippodrome Casino and in her first event for them she's been gainfully trying to spin a short stack into something more significant for much of the last few levels.

We spotted her on the sidelines, which was almost certainly bad news, and indeed the American had not managed to recover. She told us that when she had just 15 big blinds she'd ran nines into kings to slip to just three big blinds and then got that back up to eight big blinds by the time of her exit hand.

In the hand in question Levon Jabourian shoved from under-the-gun for nine big blinds with pocket fives. Saxby had just one blind less and committed them with A♦T♦. A race turned into a very one sided affair when a five flopped and there was no help on the turn or river for her.

7:25pm: Lamnea doubles down, then doubles up
Level 10, Blinds 600-1,200 (200 ante)

A rollercoaster two hands saw Leslie Lamnea double up an opponent and then get a double of his own:

In the first hand Michael Boucher shoved for 13,000 from the cut-off with A♦J♠ and Lamnea called from the small blind with A♥9♥. A 6♦3♣8♣2♥J♦ board saw Boucher double to around 30,000 and Lamena drop to 18,400.

On the very next hand he three-bet all in over the top of Richard Bangs open and the latter made the call:

Bangs: 7♥7♠
Lamnea: K♦K♠

The cowboys held up on the 5♣J♥5♣8♠3♠ board and Lamnea came out in the black over those two hands and is up to about 40,000, whilst Bangs drops to 24,000.

7:15pm: Breaking tables
Level 9, Blinds 500-1,000 (100 ante)

The ferocity of exits in this level has been set to high. At least two tables have been broken and just 67 players now remain. Ali Afzal, Masashi Yahiro, Ilana Belsky, Stephen Bridges, Thomas Simm, Svetozar Marinov, Steven Critchley, Charles Akadiri, Takahiro Honda, David Anderson, Paul Danko, Jimmy Karam, Matthew Palmer, Neal Abhyankar, Amar Hussona, Nicholas Rishover, Graham Hawkes and Ryan Ritchie are all out.

7:05pm: Chip counts
Level 9, Blinds 500-1,000 (100 ante)

My thanks to the tournament staff who did chip counts of all the remaining players during the recent break. Below are the counts of the big stacks and notables.

Azarya LevyIsrael95,000
Daniel BlandUnited Kingdom90,000
Christopher GordonUnited Kingdom70,000
Alexander SweetingUnited Kingdom70,000
Vimal PatelUnited Kingdom59,000
Robbie Fisher-O'BrienUnited Kingdom56,800
Daniel CarielloUnited Kingdom55,500
Samuel OrledgeUnited Kingdom53,000
Shane D'MoirahUnited Kingdom53,000
David TompkinsUnited Kingdom52,700
Mark HitchensUnited Kingdom51,000
James PierceUnited Kingdom50,000
John LucarottiUnited Kingdom50,000
Wenbin ChenChina50,000
Stefanos MoysidisGreece46,300
John-Paul SantosUnited Kingdom44,000
Elliott PanyiUnited Kingdom43,100
Chaminda TennakoonSri Lanka43,000
Sebastien JungFrance42,000
Mark JefferiesUnited Kingdom41,500
Rahim Tadj-SaadatUnited Kingdom41,200
Jae YunSouth Korea40,000
Dean PerryUnited Kingdom40,000
Alex SpencerUnited Kingdom38,000
Tingjun YeChina37,700
Ryan RitchieUnited Kingdom34,800
George ReesUnited Kingdom34,100
Mark McCluskeyUnited Kingdom23,400
Kelly SaxbyUSA12,900


Stefanos Moysidis

6:50pm: All out
Level 9, Blinds 500-1,000 (100 ante)

Jamie Higgins, Glyn Cannon, Mike Young, Leng Cheng, Christopher Beaumont, Simon Wakeling, Frank Bastow, Paolo Barranca, Yiannis Liperis and Victor Ilyukhin are all recent casualties of the rising blinds and antes. 80 players left.

6:45pm: The final four
Level 9, Blinds 500-1,000 (100 ante)

Players are back in their seats and they'll play four further 30 minute levels before play ends for the day. 88 of 134 players remain, the average stack is currently 30,454.

6:25pm: End of level eight; break time
Level 8, Blinds 400-800 (100 ante)

The players are on their second 20 minute break of the day.

6:20pm: Three way all in with added clock calling
Level 8, Blinds 400-800 (100 ante)

The floor was called to table 10 as the clock had been called on the player in seat four. It was established that Roberto Gargano had indeed had enough time to come to his decision and his countdown began.
The situation was as follows. Martin Hanham had shoved for 7,775, Gargano had flat called from his stack of roughly 40,000 and Daniel Bland had then three-bet all-in for roughly 40,000 from the big blind.
Gargano's clock was ticking and with three seconds left he made the call.
Gargano: T♥T♠
Bland: A♦Q♦
Hanham: 4♣4♦
It was a good call but they don't always stay that way and the 5♣6♦Q♠J♣A♣ board favoured Bland. He was all in for 40,400, Gargano had him covered by just 825 chips and was eliminated on the next hand. Bland meanwhile has almost triple the average stack.

6:05pm: More fallers
Level 8, Blinds 400-800 (100 ante)

Under 100 players remain in now, with: Nick Webb, Gareth Lewis, Edward Ellis, Nigel Pinto, Patrick Winterbottom, Michael O'Mahoney, Yue Tu, Simon Knight, Panayiotis Christofi, Jack Hardcastle and Andrew Stelios among those knocked out.

5:50pm: Big pot for Hitchens
Level 7, Blinds 300-600(75 ante)

When you raise under-the-gun and pick up three callers there are many ways to proceed, and Victor Ilyukhin followed the path marked 'aggressive'.

His pre-flop raise was to 1,800 so there was already over 8,000 in the pot by the time the T♥6♠7♣ flop hit the felt. He led for 3,000 and all three players stuck around to see the A♥ hit the turn.

This didn't deter Ilyukhin, he bet 4,500 into the pot of about 20,000 and this is where the ante got upped. Mark Hitchens (under-the-gun+2) raised to 11,000 and when it folded back to Ilyukhin he went into the tank. He picked up a blue 5k and a red 1k chip and began to twirl them. He had about 16,000 total back by the looks of it and Hitchens had about 12,000 behind.

After a couple of minutes thinking Ilyukhin made a splashy call and it was off the J♥ river. Both players checked this card. "Nothing," said Ilyukhin, Hitchens could beat that, he'd flopped a set with T♠T♣.


Victor Ilyukhin

5:30pm: Five not alive
Level 7, Blinds 300-600(75 ante)

There are worst places to bust out of a tournament than London's bustling West End on a Friday night. Having said that, it's probably little comfort for Chinguun Bolorerdene, Peter Farrell, Shann Mamtora, Emil Georgiev and Antonio Biouale, who are all out.

110 of the 134 entrants remain on Day 1A.

5:20pm: Lee gets some back
Level 7, Blinds 300-600(75 ante)

There's an old saying that you should never trust a man with two 'first' names. Well, Jae Suk Yun trusted that James Lee wasn't 'at it' in a recent hand and made a laydown. Yun opened to 1,200 and Lee then shoved for 6,600.

It was an 11 big blind shove, which meant Yun was getting a decent price on the call. He couldn't make it though as he showed Q♠J♣ as he folded. Lee showed the A♦ as he took the pot, he's still short on chips but his situation isn't as bad as it once was.

5:20pm: Numbers confirmed
Level 6, Blinds 200-400(50 ante)
We've had it confirmed that the total number of players for Day 1A of this event is 134. Given that Day 1B is always more popular we're estimating that this is likely to be the biggest UKIPT Series event of the Season.

March: UKIPT Series 1 - 160 runners
May: UKIPT Series 2 - 250 runners
October: UKIPT Super Series - 291 runners
January: UKIPT Series 3 - ?? runners


A glovely day for some Stud poker

5pm: A few chip counts
Level 6, Blinds 200-400(50 ante)

It's quite hard to reach some of the tables in the Matcham Room but a quick scan of the room for familiar faces has unearthed the below chip counts. Victor Ilyukhin is also playing for Team Hippodrome Casino today. He won the Summer Classic here in July for £15,123 and has almost $500,000 in lifetime earnings.

George Rees35,000
Mark McCluskey29,500
Elliot Panyi29,000
Chris Gordon25,800
Victor Ilyukhin21,600
Kelly Saxby13,000

4:45pm: Not Deb's day
Level 5, Blinds 150-300 (25 ante)

Antes are a way to create action in poker and they've certainly had the desired effect in level five as the pace of exits has noticeably picked up. 118 of an estimated 134 players now remain with Kieron McRoberts, Alexander Petrov, Marcin Sudak, Xiao Luo, Daniel Wicks and Imran Shaf all hitting the rail during this level.

4:30pm: Not Deb's day
Level 5, Blinds 150-300 (25 ante)

Shortly before the break Deborah Worley-Roberts was eliminated from the tournament and she was kind enough to tell the blog about what happened. Her entire tournament had been one long slippery slop with a missed straight flush draw and jacks against queens leaving her short on chips.

Her final four thousand went in with pocket fours and she was in bad shape against pocket tens. A four on the flop looked to have saved her but a ten on the river sent her to the rail. "It wasn't my day," she said.


Not Deb's day

4:20pm: Lock out
Level 5, Blinds 150-300 (25 ante)

The players are back in their seats and play has restarted. Late registration has now closed and it looks like the total number of runners today was 127. I'll be able to confirm that shortly.

4pm: Break time
Level 4, Blinds 100-200 (25 ante)

Four levels are in the books and the players are now on a 20 minute break.

3:55pm: Three more out
Level 4, Blinds 100-200 (25 ante)

It's been a fast paced start here in London's West End and three more players have hit the rail during Level 4. Robert Ayton, Mark Nunez and Andrew Abernethy all find themselves on the rail. The latter has had a couple of deep runs in UKIPT Main Events, but he'll have to wait a little longer for a UKIPT Series cash.

3:45pm: Murray's not minted, but Moysidis is
Level 4, Blinds 100-200 (25 ante)

It was a case of death by quads for Patrick Murray as he ran a really good hand into a great one. I only caught the showdown, but with a complete board of 9♥J♥9♦9♣A♦ on the felt Murray had [A][J] in front of him. A good hand for sure, but not compared to what Stefanos Moysidis had, as he'd turned quads with A♠9♠.

The stacks were counted down and Moysidis had Murray covered. "Hard luck, it wasn't your day," said Deborah Worley-Roberts to Murray as he left the table. Meanwhile Moysidis is up to around 40,000 as a result of that knockout.

3:30pm: Haria out with a Bangs
Level 3, Blinds 75-150

"All-in and call on table 10" was the call. It's the table nearest the media booth so it was pretty easy to see what was happening. Katan Haria had re-raised all in for about 3,600 with A♠9♥ and Richard Bangs had put him at risk with a superior hand, Q♠Q♦ to be precise.

The 8♠8♥5♥T♠9♠ board didn't help Haria and he was on his way.

3:15pm: Jack up
Level 3, Blinds 75-150

Jack Cousins looks like you expect a young poker player to look like. Sweatshirt, large white headphones and a colour-coordinated black and white baseball hat are all part of his uniform.

He's also got more chips than he started with after winning a multi-way pot at table 10. Katan Haria started the action, opening to 500 from middle position, Martin Hanham and Roberto Gargano called that bet and Cousins then three-bet to 1,200 from the small blind. Haria and Hanham stuck around, but Bangs folded.

So it was three to a Q♠9♥4♦ flop, no one fancied it and the 2♥ hit the turn, Cousins led for 1,200 and Haria was the only caller. The 9♠ river paired the board and Cousins bet again, this time 3,600. Whilst Haria had called very quickly on the turn he didn't take such rapid action on the river. He tanked for about 30 seconds and folded.

3pm: The hundred club
Level 2, Blinds 50-100

Late registration in this event is open until the start of level five - roughly 4:20 pm - and several players have shown up fashionably late to Day 1A of this tournament. The clock is showing that 110 players have entered the fray now, it was around 80 at the start of play.

2:50pm: More fallers
Level 2, Blinds 50-100

Despite the generous starting stack a couple more players have busted out during level two here at The Hippodrome. The unfortunate fellows are Ritik Lakhi and Justin Tsai.

2:35pm: Early exit
Level 2, Blinds 50-100

Man down! Chris Van Kraayenburg is the first player to exit the tournament. A reminder that this is an old school freezeout. Once you're gone, you're gone.

2:20pm: Who's here?
Level 1, Blinds 25-50

There are already 99 players in the field today and there are a few familiar faces amongst them. It was actually Deborah Worley-Roberts who alerted me to the Royal Flush, proving her loud voice has it's plus points too!

Earlier this week The Hippodrome announced that Kelly Saxby and Chris Gordon had become the first two members of Team PokerStars Live at The Hippodrome London. They'll be representing the casino in events here and on tours such as the UKIPT. Freshly patched they're both playing today.


Chris Gordon


Kelly Saxby

2:20pm: Royal Flush!
Level 1, Blinds 25-50
Whatever else happens to George Rees in this event he's unlikely to forget this tournament for some time. That's because the youngster just made his first ever Royal Flush!

A couple of the players at the table were busy taking photos of the board as Rees raked in the pot, his cards - A♥Q♥ - were still on display as was the 3♦J♥T♥K♥6♦ board.

What a start!

2:05pm: The final Series event of Season 5
Level 1, Blinds 25-50
After a short delay due to a lighting issue, play has started.

1:55pm: The final Series event of Season 5
Season 5 of the UKIPT is almost done, but before we head off on our holidays there are two more events to entertain you with. In less than a fortnight we'll all be heading over the Irish Sea to Dublin, but this weekend the action is coming to you from PokerStars LIVE! at The Hippodrome Casino.

This is the fourth and final 'Series' event of the Season and after October's Super Series, which carried a £550 buy-in and was won by Dale Garradd won - it's back to a plain old 'Series' event. The buy-in is a reasonable £250+£25 and if the qualifier numbers are anything to go on it's going to be big. There were 27 online qualifiers and 16 players earned seats in a live satellite last night.


Dale Garrard - UKIPT Super Series champion

Play will be under way shortly.

UKIPT5 Series 3 key facts:
- 20,000 starting stack
- Blinds starting at 25/50 for 400 big blinds
- Levels are 30 minutes throughout and they'll be 12 of them on Day 1A, which is today and Day 1B, which is tomorrow.
- The field then combines and plays to a winner from noon on Sunday.
- No re-entry here, this is an old school straight freezeout.

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PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at UKIPT Series: Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May

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