UKIPT6 London Day 2: Live updates

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12.50am: That's all, folks
A wrap of the day's play can be read by clicking here. Usman Siddique will head into the final day as chip leader on 4,337,000. -- MC

12.43am: Xiaoyang Luo eliminated in 11th place (£5,640)
Level 23- Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

What a brutal, brutal end to the day for Xiaoyang Luo. He lost a huge hand on the second-to-last hand of the night, and busted on the very last hand!

He opened from under the gun and then four-bet all in for 524,000 after Usman Siddique three-bet to 152,000. Siddique took his time before making the call.

Siddique: 7♠7♦
Luo: K♦Q♣

The board ran A♦5♣5♥9♦9♥ to see the sevens hold. That confirmed Siddique will be the overnight chip leader with more than 4 million -- MC

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Luo - 11th place

12.38am: Amazing end of the day for Hindry
Level 23- Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

It was fist pumps all round for Joe Hindry and friends after he found a double of the penultimate hand of the night.

He got his 787,000 chips in prefop holding A♥A♦ and found a customer in Xiaoyang Luo who held Q♥Q♠. The board ran 5♦T♠5♠J♠K♥. Hinder didn't like the turn card as it offered a flush draw to Luo but he was happy enough on the river. -- MC

12.26pm: Last four hands
Level 23- Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

The 4♠ was drawn so each table will play four more hands before the penultimate day comes to an end. -- MC

12.23am: Sebastian Malec eliminated in 12th place (£4,670)
Level 23- Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

The late flurry of eliminations has continued with the exit of PokerStars qualifier Sebastian Malec.

The action folded around to Daniel Harwood in the small blind and set the Pole all in for his last 500,000 or so holding ace-deuce. Malec looked down at king-queen and made the call. Harwood flopped two pair and that's all she wrote. -- MC

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Malec - 12th

12.15am: Benedikt Oskarsson eliminated in 13th place (£4,670)
Level 23- Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

Benedikt Oskarsson was the next player to go and he fell to Jack Salter.

He found a pretty hand (T♥9♥) to make his move with but Salter called the 291,000-shove holding A♦K♣. The board ran 4♣3♥J♠A♥A♣ to make Salter trips. -- MC

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Oskarsson - 13th place

12.03am: Peter Robinson eliminated in 14th place (£4,220)
Level 23- Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

Peter Robison seemed a very satisfied man after busting. There was little he could after flopping top pair, top kicker.

His opponent was table chip leader Warren Russell and the chips went in on a J♥2♦T♠ flop. Robinson opened ace-jack but was crushed by his opponent's 2♥2♠ for a set. The board ran out 7♥3♦. Russell moved up to 3.7million after the hand, just in second place. -- MC

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Robinson - 14th place

11.50pm: Salter believes on the river
Level 23- Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

Jack Salter was drawn to the left of chip leader, Usman Siddique, with three table and life seemed a little more tranquil then; he's sat to the right of him now and that's a whole other story.

Salter opened to from the hijack and Siddique flatted from the next seat. A T♣9♥4♦2♥K♥ board raod out and Salter checked every street to face bets of 67,000, 127,000 and 203,000. Salter hung around to the river where he folded to drop to 1.28 million. Siddique meanwhile crept up to 3.8million. -- MC

11.37pm: Last level of the night
Level 23- Blinds 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante)

11.33pm: Break time chip counts

NAMECOUNTRY STATUS Chips
Usman SiddiqueUnited Kingdom 3250000
Warren RussellUnited Kingdom  3020000
Jack SalterUnited KingdomPokerStars Player1700000
David DochertyUnited Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier1300000
Xiaoyang LuoChina 1160000
Daniel HarwoodUnited Kingdom  883000
Anatolis JevtejevLithuania PokerStars Player867000
David GassianFrance 800000
Morten HalvorsenNorway PokerStars Player620000
Joe HindryUnited Kingdom 590000
Daniel HarwoodUnited Kingdom  550000
Sebastian MalecPoland PokerStars Qualifier468888
Peter RobinsonUnited Kingdom 455000
Benedikt OskarssonIcelandPokerStars Qualifier400000

11.21pm: Docherty shows his class before break
Level 22- Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

David Docherty turned 29 yesterday which is middle aged for a poker player these days. The Scottish pro used all his experience when he picked off a Usman Siddique bluff, calling with just king high on the river.

Siddique raised to 44,000 from the button and Docherty called from the small blind. The flop fanned A♠T♥4♣ and Docherty check-called 40,000. Both players checked the 3♦ turn before Siddique bet 160,000 on the 2♣ river when Docherty checked to him for a third time. Docherty looked suspiciously at his opponent and back at the board before flicking in a chip to call. Siddique mucked and Docherty opened K♠Q♠!

The players are on their last break of the night; they'll play one more level after they return in 15 minutes. Full counts on their way too. -- MC

11.15pm: Mian Wei eliminated in 15th place (£4,220)
Level 22- Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

Another player out, and yet again it's Usman Siddique who's the executioner.

The action folded around to Mian Wei on the button and he moved all in for 148,000. Siddique was in the small blind and made the call.

Mian: A♠3♥
Siddique: K♠Q♠

The board ran Q♥5♣4♠T♣4♣. Siddique moved further clear at the top with around 3.5 million. -- MC

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Wei - 16th place

11.05pm: Richard Kellett eliminated in 16th place (£3,780)
Level 22- Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

We've just lost Richard Kellett in 16th. He moved all-in for his last 135,000 and it folded around to the big stack of Usman Siddique in the small blind. He called, David Docherty gave up his big blind and the cards were on their backs.

Kellett 9♥K♥
Siddique A♥K♣

Kellett was in trouble and although both paired their king on the 4♣K♥4♦5♠J♥ run-out, his kicker issues let him down. He'll still take home £3,780 for his efforts. --JS

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Kellett - 16th place

11.03pm: Jevtejev doubles through Gassian
Level 22- Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

Anatolis Jevtejev was down to 402,000 when he made his move and ended the hand will a full double up. David Gassian opened from under the gun and then called after his Lithuanian opponent made his move from the cutoff.

Gassian: 7♠7♥
Jevtejev: A♦K♥

The board ran Q♣K♣J♣2♣8♦ to make Jevtejev two pair. Gassian dropped to 770,000. -- MC

10.55pm: Hardcastle takes one from Salter
Level 22- Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

By now just about all of these 16 guys have played with each other at some point during the event. Jack Salter and Jack Hardcastle were sat next to each other earlier, and they almost are now too (other than the dealer being plonked in the middle).

In a hand I just caught, Hardcastle limped the small blind and Salter made it 60,000 to play. Hardcastle called and the two saw a 7♥4♦4♥ flop, which was checked to Salter. He continued for 58,000 which was called, resulting in the K♥ on the turn. Hardcastle checked again and Salter made it 105,000. Another call came and the final card on the board was the T♠. It went check check and Hardcastle flipped over the K♠T♦ for a runner runner two pair. He's now up to 680,000, while Salter has roughly 1.59 million. --JS

10.50pm: Harewood progress halted
Level 22- Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

This post comes courtesy of our media coordinator Rod Stirzaker.

Daniel Harewood is chirpy and bright at the table right now, and well he might be - proud member of the exclusive Millionaire's Chip Club.

It's not all going his way though, his serene ascent up the chip ranks hitting an obstacle moments ago in the form of Anatolis Jevtejev. The Lithuanian was short and took his 185,000 stack to war with Harewood preflop - his A♠7♥ at a decisive disadvantage versus Harewood's superior pocket nines.

The poker gods saw fit to rescue him however - the board running out 5♦3♠4♠6♠J♥ to give the Lithuanian a life-saving straight and a double-up to over 400,000.

Harewood showed a frisson of irritation at this beat, but he didn't have to hand in his Millionaire Gold Card to the desk just yet - he still has 1,100,000 to his name as we move toward the end of the day. -- JS

10.39pm: The last two tables
Level 22- Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

They'll only be one more re-draw after this, when the tournament reaches the unofficial final table of nine. --MC

NAMECOUNTRY STATUS TABLE SEAT
Jack SalterUnited KingdomPokerStars Player11
Mian WeiChina 12
Usman SiddiqueUnited Kingdom 13
David DochertyUnited Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier14
Xiaoyang LuoChina 15
Richard KellettUnited Kingdom 16
Benedikt OskarssonIcelandPokerStars Qualifier17
Daniel HarwoodUnited Kingdom  18
     
Peter RobinsonUnited Kingdom 21
Warren RussellUnited Kingdom  22
David GassianFrance 23
Daniel HarwoodUnited Kingdom  24
Sebastian MalecPoland PokerStars Qualifier25
Morten HalvorsenNorway PokerStars Player26
Anatolis JevtejevLithuania PokerStars Player27
Joe HindryUnited Kingdom 28

10.33pm: Two-table redraw
Level 22- Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

The clock has been paused while the remaining 16 players draw for the seats at the final two tables. --JS

10.25pm: Hardcastle doubles through Mitchell, then Mitchell busts
Level 22- Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

First off, Jack Hardcastle shoved for 245,000 with 9♦9♣ and James Mitchell called on the button with the A♥T♠. Mitchell had him covered but couldn't hit anything, giving Hardcastle the double-up.

Then, Mitchell jammed his last 265,000 from the cut-off with the J♦T♠ and was called by Morten Halvorsen's 9♠[09h]. The board ran out A♠6♣5♦7♦A♣ and Mitchell went out in 17th. --JS

10.13pm: Level up
Level 22- Blinds 10,000-20,000 (3,000 ante)

10.12pm: More for Mitchell after he bounces Murphy
Level 21- Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

James Mitchell's stack has grown even more - to 480,000 - after he eliminated David Murphy.

Mitchell opened from the button and was priced into call when Murphy three-bet all in for 78,000 from the next seat.

Murphy: A♠K♣
Mitchell: Q♥3♥

The board ran 8♦7♥6♠8♠3♦ hitting Mitchell on the river. -- MC

10.07pm: Schoonbrood gone in 20th
Level 21- Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

The last remaining Dutch player - Jean Philippe Schoonbrood - has been eliminated in 20th place.

He was short and made his all in move from under the gun with Q♥J♣. The action folded all the way around to Benedikt Oskarsson in the big blind who called with 9♠9♣. The board ran a blank 6♠5♠5♥8♦6♥. Oskarsson moved up to 630,000. -- MC

10pm: One elimination, one double up
Level 21- Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

On one table, David Murphy moved all-in for 261,000 and it folded around to Jack Hardcastle in the big blind. He made the call for his last 125,000 and flipped over A♥Q♣, which was racing against Murphy's T♦T♠. An ace on the flop gave Hardcastle the double up.

Meanwhile on another table, David Gant was all-in with A♠K♣ against Warren Russell's 3♥3♣. The 5♦2♠4♠ flop kept Russell in front and gave him an up-and-down draw, which was completed when the A♦ and 6♦ hit the turn and river. Gant is eliminated. --JS

9.55pm: The planning's paying off for Mitchell
Level 21- Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

Not long ago, James Mitchell - after looking at the payout structure - called all in for his last 9,000. He now has 380,000 chips in front of him.

His latest showdown victory saw him on the right side of an el classic race. He and Jack Hardcastle got their chips in preflop and the cards were on their backs.

Hardcastle: A♣K♦
Mitchell: Q♣Q♥

The board ran 3♠6♣J♣4♣4♠ to see Mitchell's queens hold up. Hardcastle dropped to around 120,000. -- MC

9.47pm: Play up Pompey, Pompey play up
Level 21- Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

Joe Hindry and Jack Hardcastle are two mates from Southsea in Portsmouth (which happens to be this blogger's home town), and wouldn't you know it? They're sat right next to each other with 22 players remaining.

It's going to be an awkward drive back to the south coast if one of them busts the other though...--JS


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Hindry and Hardcastle

9.42pm: Hindry beats Mitchell in crucial race
Level 21- Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

When there's less than a big blind between two stacks and they go to war, it's vitally important to win. Joe Hindry and James Mitchell did just that and the latter was left bruised and battered with just 11,000 to his name.


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Mitchell planning his comeback

Hindry raised to 35,000 from the cutoff and then four-bet jammed for 493,000 after Mitchell three-bet to 85,000 from the small blind. Call.

Mitchell: 9♣9♥
Hindry: A♥K♠

The board ran 8♠J♥K♣6♠A♠ to make the Portsmouth lad two pair.

Mitchell would need a miracle to get back in this and the word is that he's quickly got back up to 120,000 after winning a couple of multi-way all ins. -- MC

9.34pm: Final three tables re-draw
Level 21- Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

NAMECOUNTRYSTATUSNew TableNew Seat
David John GantUnited Kingdom 11
Usman SiddiqueUnited Kingdom 12
Jack SalterUnited KingdomPokerStars Player13
Sebastian MalecPoland PokerStars Qualifier14
Benedikt OskarssonUnited Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier15
Warren RussellUnited Kingdom  17
Joe HindryUnited Kingdom 21
Jack HardcastleUnited Kingdom 22
James MitchellUnited Kingdom 23
David MurphyUnited Kingdom 24
Morten HalvorsenNorway PokerStars Player25
David DochertyUnited Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier26
Anatolis JevtejevLithuania  27
Jean Philippe SchoonbroodHolland PokerStars Qualifier31
David GassianFrance 32
Xiaoyang LuoChina 33
Daniel HarwoodUnited Kingdom  34
Simon DryanUnited Kingdom 35
Richard KellettUnited Kingdom 36
Peter RobinsonUnited Kingdom 37
Mian WeiChina 38
--MC

9.25pm: Salter gets a little lucky to eliminate Yuan
Level 21- Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

Before the blinds went up and the three table re-draw could take place, we needed to lose one more player. Ultimately, it would be Xizhe Yuan who met his demise at the hands of Jack Salter.

On a 2♣J♦3♠ flop, Yuan checked, Gassian bet 32,000 and Salter raised it up to 72,000. Now Yuan put in a 4-bet to 140,000, which only Salter called.

The turn came the 5♥ and Yuan led straight out for 200,000. Salter took his time but made the call again, taking us to the 3♥ on the river. It paired the board, and when Yuan moved all-in for around another 300,000 Salter was more scared of a straight. "It feels like you have ace four," he said to Yuan, who didn't reply.

Salter called and Yuan knew he was beat; he turned over his A♠J♠ for top pair, but Salter had got there on the river with his A♣3♦. Unlucky for Yuan, but great for Salter who moves up 1.5 million in chips. --JS

9.13pm: Blinds up
Level 21- Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

9.10pm: Three tables remaining
Level 20- Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Patrice Brandt has busted in 25th place meaning UKIPT6 London is down to its last three tables, and that means redraw time.

Brandt was down to 150,000 when he three-bet all in over the top of a Usman Siddique raise to 32,000. Call.

Brandt: 5♥5♦
Siddique: Q♥J♦

The board ran 3♣4♠8♥K♠5♣ to make Siddique a set on the river. He moved up to 2.65 million. --MC

9.05pm: Play resumes
Level 20- Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante)

We're two players away from a full redraw. Here's how everyone is getting on:

NAMECOUNTRYSTATUSCHIPS
Usman SiddiqueUnited Kingdom 2500000
Warren RussellUnited Kingdom  2150000
David GassianFrance 1530000
Xiaoyang LuoChina 1400000
Jack SalterUnited KingdomPokerStars Player1100000
David DochertyUnited Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier710000
Xizhe YuanUnited Kingdom 555000
Mian WeiChina 465000
Jack HardcastleUnited Kingdom 425000
Joe HindryUnited Kingdom 420000
Anatolis JevtejevLithuania  410000
David MurphyUnited Kingdom 400000
John LintonUnited Kingdom  395000
Morten HalvorsenNorway PokerStars Player370000
Peter RobinsonUnited Kingdom 360000
Daniel HarwoodUnited Kingdom  320000
Sebastian MalecPoland PokerStars Qualifier307000
Richard KellettUnited Kingdom 290000
James MitchellUnited Kingdom 270000
Angel Miguel De Juan Orellana  260000
David John GantUnited Kingdom 250000
Patrice BrandtGermany 240000
Simon DryanUnited Kingdom 210000
Benedikt OskarssonUnited Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier170000
Jean Philippe SchoonbroodHolland PokerStars Qualifier150000
Craig SwedenUnited Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier86000
--MC
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8.49pm: Break time
Level 20- Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Players are now taking a 15-minute break. --JS

8.49pm: Luo's overbet gets paid off Mitchell
Level 20- Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

I saw Xiaoyang Luo put out a 98,000 bet in a hand against James Mitchell, so I presumed there would already be chunks in the middle already. I was quite surprised to discover that there was actually only around 80,000, meaning this was an overbet.

The board read 6♣8♣A♠9♣Q♠, giving three to a flush, so it was likely to be a monster or pure air in front of Luo. Mitchell thought for a while but eventually made the call, only to muck when he saw Luo turn over the A♣J♣ for the nut flush. Mitchell now has 350,000, while Luo is up to 1.5 million. --JS

8.42pm: Robinson trebles up, eliminating O'Connor
Level 20- Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Picking up the action on the turn, the board read A♠8♦J♣9♥ and both Donal O'Connor and Peter Robinson were all-in along with Mian Wei, who had both covered. O'Connor had turned two pair with his 8♣9♦, Wei had hit a pair with his K♦J♥, but out in front was Robinson with the Q♠T♠ for the turned nut straight. The 7♥ hit the river and Robinson just about trebled up, while O'Connor hit the rail. --JS

8.35pm: Where you from, mate?

Here's a breakdown of the nationalities represented at UKIPT6 London:

CountryNumber of Players% of Field
United Kingdom 35254,66
Spain233,57
Germany 223,42
Lithuania 213,26
Ireland 203,11
Norway 192,95
Romania 182,80
Iceland 142,17
Poland 142,17
China121,86
France101,55
Italy91,40
Greece81,24
USA60,93
Other96,0014,91
   
Total644100,00
--MC

8.29pm: Hand of the day
Level 20- Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Get ready for this one guys - it's a bit brutal.

After Mark Kirkpatrick moved all-in for around 200,000, the action was on Iceland's Daniel Palsson. He weighed up his options, looking at the stacks of the players to act behind him, and eventually decided he would isolate with an all-in raise of his own for 940,000. He had all the other players covered.

Or so he thought. It turns out Palsson had actually misread which player was in the big blind, apparently due to the way one of the players was sitting which obscured his vision, and that man turned out to be the bigger stack of Usman Suddique.

Suddique woke up with the A♣A♦ - an absolute dream scenario for him. Kirkpatrick had the 7♣7♥, and it was the A♠Q♥ that Palsson had made the costly move with. The board ran out 6♥T♠5♦3♣6♠ and Suddique raked in all the chips, bringing him up to 2.2 million for the chip lead.

Meanwhile, after the hand I caught up with a clearly upset and disappointed Palsson. He explained how the guy was sitting which led to him making what's no doubt the biggest mistake of his poker career. With a beer in hand, there was nothing for Palsson to do but be consoled by his friends and head out into the London night.

He's proved himself to be a talented player these past couple of days, so we're sure he'll make another deep run again soon. One thing's for sure though - he'll make sure he never misreads the blinds again. --JS

8.16pm: Salter river bluff fail
Level 20 - Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

Jack Salter has dropped back down to 850,00 after he tried, and failed, to bluff David Gassian on the river.

Salter opened from the hijack and Gassian was the only caller on the button. Both players checked the 6♣K♦5♦ flop before Salter led for 33,000 on the 2♣ turn. Call. The river came as the K♣ and Salter checked to face a 57,000 bet that he raised up to 262,000. It was a case of bad timing though as Gassian called with K♠T♦, beating Salter's queen-nine. -- MC

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Gassian knocked over the salt shaker

8pm: The kings of the Hardcastle
Level 20- Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

One player we haven't mentioned on the blog today is Jack Hardcastle, who began the day with just 18,400 (less than a starting stack) but is still in the mix now with just 30 players remaining.

He just doubled up too. After Alfie Adam opened to 25,000, Hardcastle jammed for roughly 250,000 and Adam made the call. It was the K♦K♣ for Hardcastle up against the T♦T♥ for Adam, and the board ran our 5♥9♠Q♣3♦J♣.

With more than a half million now, Hardcastle is right back in this. --JS

7.49pm: Level up
Level 20- Blinds 6,000-12,000 (2,000 ante)

7.48pm: Mustanoglu busts in three-way all-in
Level 19- Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Osman Mustanoglu threw his hands up when he saw a flop that had him drawing thin for his tournament life. Two cards later he was confirmed out.

Warren Russell raised to 21,000 from under the gun before Lucas Reeves three-bet all in for 187,000 from the next seat. Mustanoglu was in the big blind and quickly called all in for 67,000 after peeking at his cards. Russell, who had enjoyed a great level that had seen him become the first player to pass 2million, called.

Russell: A♠Q♠
Reeves: 4♠4♥
Mustanoglu: T♦T♣

The board ran Q♠4♦A♥3♦K♣. Russell made top two pair but Reeves scooped with his set. Russell dropped back to just over 1.8million. -- MC

7.46pm: O'Connor gets a double
Level 19- Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Donal O'Connor has just secured a healthy double-up when his pocket nines held up against David Docherty's A♣T♥. It was an all-in pre blind vs blind pot, and O'Connor now sits with roughly 280,000. --JS

7.44pm: Gassian in the chip lead
Level 19- Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Frenchman David Gassian has 1.5 million now, and he's showing no signs of slowing down. I just caught a hand between him and Jack Salter which started with a 23,000 open from the latter. Gassian was the only caller and the two saw the 2♦J♦4♣ flop fall, when Salter would then c-bet for 28,000. The call was made and the 5♣ landed on the turn, and now Salter slowed down. Gassian bet 36,000 after it was checked to him and that was enough for him to take it down. --JS

7.38pm: Have some of my Green
Level 19- Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Patrice Brandt sat smiling after a board ran his way and secured him a double up

Josh Green opened to 22,000 from the hijack and then made a considered call after Brandt three-bet all in for 79,000 from the big blind.

Brandt: A♠9♦
Green: 5♥4♥

The board ran 9♥K♠6♠4♣6♥. Green paid his dues and dropped to 390,000. -- MC

7.31pm: Luo spikes a nine to crack aces
Level 19- Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Aces look so pretty when you first peek down at them, but when they get cracked it's always a mess. David Crane just found out the hard way.

It started with an open to 23,000 from David Gant before Crane moved-in by grabbing one of the all-in triangles and placing it in the middle himself. Luo got a count and looked interested, eventually making the call and clearing Gant out the pot.

It was the A♠A♣ for Crane and 9♦9♥ for Luo, who would need to hit his two-outer if he was to play executioner. The flop and turn were safe for Crane; by that point the board showed the Q♣4♦8♥6♠. But the 9♠ landed on the river, delivering a brutal beat to a clearly frustrated Crane. Luo stacked up about 800,000 after that hand. --JS

7.24pm: Even I thought I had a flush!
Level 19- Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

"Didn't I play the hand more like a flush?" asked a surprised Xizhe Yuan to David Gassian after the latter called his river raise.

Gassian had opened from under the gun and picked up calls from David Stonehouse in the next seat and Yuan in the big blind. The flop spread 3♦K♥9♥ and Gassian led for 31,000. Both opponents called before all three checked the T♥ turn. The board completed with the 2♣ and Yuan led for 30,000 and was called by Stonehouse before Yuan check-raised to 85,000. Yuan called but Stonhouse folded.

Yuan opened A♦K♦ and chopped with Gassian who opened A♣K♣. Stonehouse looked to the sky indicating he may well have laid down the best hand. -- MC

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I had a flush, right?

7.12pm: Make way for royalty
Level 19- Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Despite what the movies and posters may show, royal flushes in poker are actually very rare. However, we've just seen one, and it was Donal O'Connor who felt the full force of royalty having just won the pot we told you about a minute ago.

The hand started with a limp from Simon Dryan, before O'Connor raised it up to 32,000. Two other players including Dryan called, and the flop came the 9♣K♥T♥. Dryan put out a c-bet to which O'Connor jammed over the top. It folded back around to Dryan who snap-called.

Dryan J♥Q♥
O'Connor T♣T♠

Both players had flopped huge but Dryan's nut straight was beating the set of O'Connor. He'd need the board to pair to take the lead, but the A♥ on the turn sealed his fate. Dryan had made the best possible hand in poker and now sits with 320,000, while O'Connor has dipped to 280,000. --JS

7pm: Bland exit
Level 19 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Daniel Bland found a pair to make a move with, but ran into a bigger one and busted.

Donal O'Connor raised to 22,000 from under the gun and made a quick call after Bland three-bet all in for 172,000 from the small blind.

O'Connor: Q♥Q♣
Bland: 8♣8♠

The board ran J♦5♥A♥2♣7♥ to see the queens hold up. -- MC

6.46pm: And they're off
Level 19 - Blinds 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante)

Players have returned from dinner and Level 19 has begun. --JS

5.45pm: Dinner time
The players are on a 60-minute dinner break. -- MC

5.44pm: Mitchell takes another hit
Level 18- Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante)

It's been smooth sailing for James Mitchell here on Day 2, but he just hit another bump in the road.

Mitchell min-opened to 16,000 on the button, to which the sole caller was David Murphy from the big blind. After the 8♠2♠9♣ flop fell, Murphy checked and Mitchell put in a c-bet of 25,000. Murphy then jammed for 272,000 and Mitchell called.

It turned out both players had flush draws, but Murphy's J♠9♠ was ahead of Mitchell's A♠7♠ thanks to his top pair. The K♦ and 5♥ completed the board and Mitchell went down to about 400,000. --JS

5.43pm: My queen is bigger than your queen
Level 18- Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante)

Josh Green's had to deal with a lot of good players sat to his left today, the latest being James Mitchell, who's been on a tear. He's coped well though and took a pot of Mitchell just now.

A Q♥7♦2♥ flop was out and Mitchell called a 22,000 bet from Green. The latter then went into check-call mode as Mitchell bet 32,000 and 53,000 on the 3♥9♥ turn and river. "Queen," said Mitchell as he opened K♠Q♠. It was no good though as Green opened A♥Q♦.

Mitchell - 700,000
Green - 580,000
--MC

5.32pm: Gomez gone
Level 18- Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante)

A few hands after that massive pot didn't go his way, Diego Gomez was down to 20,000 and got it all-in. Usman Siddique made the call on the button, as did Mark Kirkpatrick from the big blind.

The flop came the 7♦4♣6♠ and Kirkpatrick checked, letting Siddique put out a bet of 22,000. That got Kirkpatrick to fold, and Gomez flipped over his J♣J♥ and was ahead. Siddique had an up-and-down straight draw with his 8♦9♦, and hit it instantly on the 5♥ turn. The 6♣ completed the board and sent Gomez to the rail.

Siddique is up to 1.2 million now. --JS


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Usman Siddique is crushing

5.22pm: Siddique over a million as he decimates Gomez's stack
Level 18- Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante)

Diego Gomez had fought back admirably today but he just dropped down to fumes after being on the wrong side of the biggest pot of the tournament so far.

Usman Siddique opened to 18,000 from under the gun and was called in one spot before Gomez squeezed to 62,000 from the small blind. Siddique came back with a four-bet to 145,000 and called all in for 542,000 after Gomez shoved.

Gomez: J♥J♦
Siddique: K♥K♦

The board ran 7♣8♦5♠4♦Q♠. Gomez dropped to 18,000 chips. -- MC

5.10pm: No go for Ho as the last of the ladies hits the rail
Level 18- Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante)

A few days ago we'd never have guessed there'd be no women left in this event by this stage; the biggest stacks in the room on Day 1B were the ladies, one of which belonged to Sirilux Ho.

Ho was the last lady standing after Leo Margets busted earlier. However, she has just been eliminated.

She jammed her last 45,000 in with 6♥5♦ and it folded to Osman Mustanoglu who made the call with J♥Q♣. The K♠Q♥7♥ flop left Ho drawing very thin, and the A♠ turn and 7♣ river sealed her fate. --JS

4.56pm: Go go Gomez
Level 18- Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante)

It's been quite a day for Diego Gomez, who has seen his stack sky rocket ever since the bubble.

He just took a big pot from Anatolis Jevtejev. There was around 120,000 in the middle already by the turn, with the board showing Q♦6♦Q♣J♠. Gomez and Benedikt Oskarsson checked and Jevtejev made it 60,000 to play. Gomez then counted out a raise and clicked it back, sliding 128,000 over the line. Oskarsson got out of the way but Jevtejev went far into the tank. He eventually gave it up, and Gomez showed the 6♣ as he raked in the chips. He now sits with around 550,000. --JS


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4.47pm: Level up
Level 17- Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

4.45pm: Kellett doubles again, with quads
Level 17- Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

Richard Kellet flopped quads but still didn't have a lock on the hand, and said his heart was racing. He (99,000) and Anders Marstrander (91,000) got their chips in preflop and their holdings were flipped up.

Kellett: 7♣7♦
Marstrander: A♥9♥

The board ran 8♥7♠7♥2♠A♥. Kellett had the smallest of sweats on the flop but had a lock on the hand by the turn. -- MC

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Kellett going deep for a second time this week

4.35pm: No Manlove here
Level 17- Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

James Manlove was eliminated unluckily after getting his chips in with a dominating hand. He three-bet all in for 54,000 from the button after John Linton had opened to 13,000 from the cutoff. Call.

Linton: A♠4♠
Manlove: A♥J♦

The board ran 9♣K♣2♠4♥T♣ to hit Linton's kicker. He moved up to 445,000. -- MC

4.25pm: Mannion gets jilted at the Salter
Level 17- Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

Jack Salter's stack is on the up and up. After Ross Mannion moved all-in for 67,000 with the flop showing the 4♥2♦5♦, it folded around to Salter who made the call. Mark Goodchild then went in the tank for a few minutes before folding and showing six-five - which turned out to be a great fold. Salter had 2♠2♥ for a flopped set, while Mannion's A♣4♣ was no good. The A♥ and K♦ completed the board and Salter's stack moved up to 670,000. Mannion, on the other hand, made his exit. --JS

4.13pm: Our horse in the race is out
Level 17- Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

The one player who has been representing PokerStars here on Day 2 was Richard Connolly, but unfortunately the PokerStars staff member has just been eliminated.

He jammed for 68,000 and it folded around to Mian Wei in the big blind who made the call. Connolly had the K♣K♠ while Wei had A♥Q♥, but an ace on the flop gave Wei the lead. Connolly couldn't catch up and he headed to collect his money - his second cash in two days, after placing third in last night's turbo. --JS

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Great festival for Connolly

4.08pm: Kellett gets his chips in (eventually); doubles
Level 17 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

Richard Kellet has doubled up but it him two attempts to get his stack in.

Nadeeka Victor opened to 6,000 from under the gun before Kellett picked up a handful of 5k chips and splashed them into the pot. It was a raise to 55,000 and he had 24,000 behind - a fact that Victor didn't see. He flicked in one chip thinking he was calling an all in.

The flop came Q♣7♠6♠ and Victor set Kellet in for the remaining chips. Kellett called with 9♣9♠ and was flipping versus Victor's A♠J♠. The board ran out 5♦5♥ and Kellet will hang around for a while longer. -- MC

3.57pm: Two remain from ladies day
Level 17 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

Day 1B headlines on Thursday were dominated by the women in the field, but only two of those players still remain in the field - Sirilux Ho and Leo Margets.

Ho has been amongst the action a bunch today and currently sits with 140,000, while Margets has 90,000. --JS

3.50pm: PokerStarsBok.com: Cimbolas out
Level 17 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

We (or he) don't know when to keep our mouths shut. Matias Cimbolas busted the very first hand from break, and the hand had some interesting dynamics.

Neither blind had returned from break and the action folded around to James Mitchell in the cutoff, who put in a raise. Cimbolas was on the button and three-bet all in for 240,000 with pocket fours. Mitchell called with ace-nine and the fours couldn't hold. Mitchell jumped up to 570,000. -- MC

3.47pm: Play resumes with a happy Cimbolas
Level 17 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

3.45pm: Top 10 chip counts

NAMECOUNTRYSTATUSCHIPS
Usman SiddiqueUnited Kingdom 778000
Xizhe YuanUnited Kingdom 770000
Jack SalterUnited KingdomPokerStars Player610000
Antonio GermanUnited Kingdom  479000
David MurphyUnited Kingdom 475000
Tristan ChaplinUnited Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier451000
Angel Miguel De Juan Orellana  442000
Joshua Simon GreenUnited Kingdom 420000
Osman MustanogluUnited Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier405000
Anatolis JevtejevLithuania  400000

3.40pm: One from before the break
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)

As I was entering the poker room before the break I saw end-of-Day 1B chip leader Irina Nikolaidi in the pay-out queue, so was curious how she'd lost such a big stack.

Luckily the man who crippled her, end-of-Day 1A chip leader Xizhe Yuan, was there to fill me in.

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Nikolaidi's fun ride came to an end

He told me that she'd opened to 15,000 and he'd flatted with king-queen off. The flop came ten-nine-eight, he checked and she bet again - this time 30,000. Yuan flatted once more before hitting gin on the turn when a jack fell, completing his gutshot straight. Nikolaidi mow bet 50,000, Yuan bumped it up to 120,000, she shoved and he snap-called. Nikolaidi had flopped a straight at the bottom end with the six-seven, so her big stack was decimated, while Yuan's became one of the room's biggest (around 800,000).

Nikolaidi then got moved to another table, on which she busted in her first hand. --JS

3.29pm: Break time
The players have 15 minutes to check the football scores and put a bet on the Grand National. --MC

3.22pm: Siddique passes 800k!
Usman Siddique has been crushing today, pure and simple. He's become the first player to pass 800k (810,000) after he eliminated Brynjar Bjarkason. The latter moved all in for 36,000 from the hijack and Siddique called from the small blind.

Bjarkason: 6♥7♥
Siddique: A♥6♣

The board ran A♠4♥8♠A♣A♠ to make Siddique trips. -- MC

3.15pm: German flushes Kosmaty
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)

"I can't fold to you," said Antonio German after Jaroslaw Kosmaty had jammed all-in over his open for 106,000. He decided to make the call and flipped over the A♦6♦, only to see that Kosmaty had it with the A♠T♣.

The 5♦9♣2♦ flop provided a sweat, giving German a flush draw. The 5♣ turn was a blank, but the Q♦ on the river secured the pot for German and Kosmaty headed to the pay-out desk. --JS

3.05pm: Tales of Irina
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)

Irina Nikolaidi is a very aggressive player and likes to be involved in lots of pots. It's working out well for her, especially when opponents hero call with king high.

That's exactly what Richard Kellett did just now. Unfortunately for the Brit, Nikolaidi was bluffing with the best hand - a pair of threes. "It was a good read," said one of Kellett's tablemates.

While that hand conversation was occurring, Nikolaidi was busy doubling up her neighbour, Johann Bjornsson. She opened to 15,000 from the cutoff and called after Bjornsson moved all in for 63,500 from the next seat.

Bjornsson: A♥9♥
Nikolaidi: K♣K♥

The board ran 2♠5♦T♠8♣2♣ to see the kings hold. Nikolaidi still crushing on 445,000. -- MC


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2.44pm: "You're all in the money"
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)

Aaron Lincoln is the name of our bubble boy, which means our 95 remaining players have all locked up at least a min-cash of £1,300.

The hand which eliminated Lincoln began with him jamming for his last 6,500, a bet which both Lucas Reeves and Donal O'Connor would call from the blinds. The flop came the 4♠3♥5♣, and it got checked to the 8♣ turn. Both players checked again, so we saw the 9♥ land on the river. Now Reeves put out a bet of 10,000, O'Connor let his hand go, and the cards were revealed.

Reeves 7♥6♥
Lincoln A♠K♦

Reeves had flopped the nuts, and Lincoln made a swift exit. --JS


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Lincoln (in the flat cap) heads for the door

2.40pm: Blinds are up
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)

2.25pm: See ya later Bader - bubble time
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000-4,000 (500 ante)

We've just lost Martin Bader right on the edge of the bubble. He jammed his last 25,000 on the button and was looked up by Joe Hindry's 8♦8♣. Bader needed help with his 7♦9♦ but couldn't hit a thing.

Right after that, Jia Tian went out in 97th, meaning we're now officially on the bubble. Stay tuned! --JS

2.21pm: Cruel beat for Hall
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000-4,000 (500 ante)

Former UKIPT player of the year Tom Hall was not a happy bunny just now, storming out of the room after busting. His reaction was understandable though as his aces were cracked just a few spots off the money.

Jussi Nevanlinna opened to 8,500 from under the gun and snap called after Ton Hall three-bet all in for 66,500 from the button.

Nevanlinna: Q♣Q♥
Hall: A♠A♣

The board ran 3♦7♦3♠Q♦J♥ to make the Finn a full house. -- MC

2.14pm: Day 1B chip leader wins huge pot from Day 1A chip leader
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000-4,000 (500 ante)

It's a battle of the big stacks over on table 10, and I arrived to see around 150,000 of blue 5K chips in the middle. When the dust settled, it was Irina Nikolaidi (who led at the end of the Day 1B) who took down a huge pot from former chip leader Xizhe Yuan with her pocket kings against Yuan's king-queen on a queen-high board. She's up to 435,000 now.

We're now four away from the money. --JS

2.11pm:Boss on boss battle
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000-4,000 (500 ante)

Felix Stephensen was one card away from having a chip-leading 600,000 stack but his opponent's (Jack Salter) cheeky smile on the river tells you every thing you need to know.

They are two of the biggest names left in the field and got entangled in a preflop raising war. Salter got the last raise in when he shoved for 230,000 and Stephensen flicked in the call. He had Salter covered by about 90,000.

Salter: A♥5♥
Stephensen: A♠K♦

The flop came down 2♦4♦T♣ and Salter commented, "Good start!"

The turn was the T♠ and he continued, ""Good turn!"

The board completed with the 2♥ for a chop and Salter just sat there smiling. -- MC


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Salter (left) & Stephensen (right)

2pm: Diego's not nervous any more...
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000-4,000 (500 ante)

In our 12.50pm post, we told you about how Diego Gomez was feeling the pressure of his short stack so close to the money. Well, he won't be nervous any more as he's gone from 55,000 to 240,000 over the past hour! --JS

1.56pm: Just about ready to burst
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000-4,000 (500 ante)

We're now at 102 players, so just seven more eliminations before we're in the money. The question is - how long will the bubble take to burst? --JS

1.48pm: Vicenfish is gone
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000-4,000 (500 ante)

Vicente Delgado, known as 'vicenfish' on PokerStars, is one of the best online players around. The London-based Spaniard has $2,250,162 in online winnings, plus $321,252 in live earnings. However, he won't be adding to that amount here in the UKIPT6 London Main Event.

Delgado was up and walking around the room, saying his goodbyes to fellow Spanish pros Diego Gomez and Leo Margets before he made his exit from the tournament room. Good game Vicente - on to the next one. --JS

1.35pm: Top 10 chip counts

Here are the top 10 counts from the break:

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Top two - Yuan & Jevtejev - sat together

NAMECOUNTRYSTATUSCHIPS
Xizhe YuanUnited Kingdom 435,000
Anatolis JevtejevLithuania  410,000
Lucas ReevesUnited Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier355,000
Xiaoyang LuoChina 340,000
Sirilux HoUnited Kingdom 320,000
Premysl SpacilCzech Republic PokerStars Qualifier320,000
Patrice BrandtGermany 310,000
Irina NikolaidiLithuania 290,000
Daniel PalssonIceland PokerStars Qualifier275,000
Osman MustanogluUnited Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier271,000
--MC

1.25pm: We're back and the bubble is looming
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000-4,000 (500 ante)

112 players have returned from the break, meaning we're just 17 away from the bubble. --JS

1.05pm: Long break for ....
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500-3,000 (400 ante)

The first 20-minute break of the day is upon the players. Those who have an indefinite break are: Jose Auslander, Andrew Fortune, Anh Tuan Le, Hui Jin, Danilo Oppo, Haukur Bodvarsson, Nicholas Hennessy, Seth Webber, Robert Downs, Ali Chaaban, Rasek Castka, Arsens Sakanjas, William Funnell, Asif Warris, Graham Murray, Jack Maskill and Robert Parkin.

1.03pm: Some familiar faces in the London Cup

Day 1A of the London cup has gotten underway (Day 1B starts at 6pm) and there are a couple of familiar faces in the crowd. -- MC


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EPT Live commentators Hartigan and Stapes

1pm: Spacil putting chips to good use
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500-3,000 (400 ante)

Premysl Spacil came into Day 2 with one of the biggest stacks (247,100) and he's continued on an upward trend here so far today.

I just caught a hand with him in which Tristan Chaplin opened to 7,500 and got three callers in Visvaldas Martinkus, Spacil and Steve Heron. The flop came the 4♦6♠K♣ and it checked to Chaplin, who continued for 10,600. Everyone called once again building a pretty nice pot.

The turn was the 4♥ and now Chapline slowed down. It checked around to Spacil who put out a bet of 40,000 and that was good enough to take it down. Spacil is from the Czech Republic and qualified for this event on PokerStars. He's now sitting with 300,000.


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12.50pm: Gomez has a confession
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500-3,000 (400 ante)

"I am nervous! This is unbelievable!" Diego Gomez just told me, while another player on his table was being eliminated. We're just 20 players from the money right now, and Gomez is short with around 55,000 (less than 20 big blinds), so a double up is just what the doctor would order to relieve the stress. --JS


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Diego's nervous

12.46pm: Jensen on a charge
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500-3,000 (400 ante)

Soren Jensen, who you may remember from his epic heads up battle loss to Tim Vance at EPT4 Copenhagen, has started Day 2 on fire. He won a pot of Tom Hall just now to see his stack grow to 225,000 - up from 72,300 at the day's start.

Hall raised to 6,800 from the cutoff and Jensen peeled from the big blind to see a 9♠K♦A♣ flop. The action was checked to the 7♣ turn where Jensen led for 12,200. Hall called and did likewise when the Dane bet 31,000 on the T♠ river. Jensen opened 6♠8♠ for a straight and Hall dropped to 78,000 after mucking. -- MC

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Jensen all smiles

12.33pm: A toss of a coin
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500-3,000 (400 ante)

Anyone who has played poker knows that sometimes making decisions is hard. So hard, in fact, that you often need a little help.

Here's an example; Joe Hindry opened to 6,500 and got three callers in Osman Mustanoglu, Nadeeka Victor (on the button) and Martin Bader (big blind). The flop came the 7♥Q♠8♠ and it checked all the way around to Victor, who put out a 13,000. Bader then check-raised it to 31,000, which got Hindry and Mustanoglu out the way. With the action back on Victor, he moved all-in for around 80,000, and Bader was in a bit of a pickle.

"I don't know what to do," he told the table as he went through his thought process. Eventually he decided to take the decision out of his hands and put it all on the toss of a coin; he flipped a 50p piece and it landed on heads, which resulted in him folding.

"Show me one non-spade card," Bader asked Victor, who said he would show one. However, the card he flipped over was the T♠, giving Bader some relief. --JS

12.25pm: Never go broke in a limped pot. Oh
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500-3,000 (400 ante)

A once wise man uttered these words and but they are not always adhered to.

Sirilux Ho did a lot of limping yesterday and started this pot off with a limp. Three other players came along for the ride and a 9♥3♠7♣ flop appeared. David Murphy led for 7,500 from the big blind and Ho called before Ali Chaaban check-raised all in from the small blind. It was for 49,900 and only Murphy called.

Chaaban opened Q♦9♦ for top pair, behind to Murphy's two pair with 7♥3♥. The board ran out 8♥4♦ and Chaaban said nice hand before he got his coat. -- MC

12.12pm: Strong start for Ho
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500-3,000 (400 ante)

Sirilux Ho came out of nowhere to bag the chip lead for a time during Day 1B, ultimately ending that day with 203,400. She's off to a great start here today too, having just eliminated LAPT9 Chile winner Rodrigo Strong.

Picking up the action on the 7♥8♦4♠ flop, Ho bet 11,000 into a roughly 20,000 pot, which Strong then raised to 27,000. Ho quickly moved in a a stack of blue 5,000 chips worth around 60,000, Strong announced he was all-in for roughly 100,00 and Ho snap-called.

She had good reason to do so as with her 7♠7♦ she'd flopped a set, while Strong trailed with his 9♠9♦. The 4♣ and 6♦ completed the board and the Brazilian headed for the door. Meanwhile, Ho is up to around 300,000. --JS


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12pm: Level up
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500-3,000 (400 ante)

11.59am: More first level bustouts
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200-2,400 (300 ante)

These players have busted just in time to enter the London Cup which starts at midday:

Joe Grech, Andrew Fleming, Franck Speeg, Clyde Castane Rimando, Vegard Ropstad, Ryan Plant, Alan Stearn, Gerald Mcinally, Victor Chong, Wenbin Chen, Popa Marcel, Lubys Zanas, Platon ilias Tserliagkos, Rodrigo Strong, Florian-Dimitri Duta, Massafumi Saito, Tomasz Szafran, Carlos Sanchez, Victor Manuel Bolanos Pena, Barry Hamill, Manuel Zapf, Daniel Ulvrell, Vratislav Kratky, Robert Willis, Kevin Steward, Mateusz Piotr Roszczyk and Lee Taylor. -- MC

11.55am: Yuan even more flush with chips
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200-2,400 (300 ante)

Xizhe Yuan was the Day 1A chip leader and came into today second over all. Not any more. Don't worry, it's good news if you're a fan as he's now the chip leader with 335,000.

Pierre Nadim raised to 6,600 from the hijack and was called by Rainer Kemper (button) and Yuan (big blind). The flop fanned 7♠J♠Q♥ and Nadim continued for 11,000. Kemper folded in a flash but Yuan check-called. Both players checked the 7♣ turn before Yuan led for 22,500 on the K♠ river. Nadim called and mucked upon seeing Yuan's A♠6♠ for the nut flush. -- MC

11.45am: Friends reunited
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200-2,400 (300 ante)

Day 2 starting chip leader Xiaoyang Luo has just been reunited with Antonio German, the Day 1C big stack who sat next to him throughout his ascent to the top of the leader board.

The two players got on like a house on fire last night, and German has just been moved onto Luo's table in the main room. Let's see how they both fare today. --JS


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Luo and German laughing it up yesterday

11.34am: A Saturday ramble out in the field
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200-2,400 (300 ante)

The beautiful thing about having the seat draw for Day 2 is that you can find exactly where certain players are sitting, and head straight there. You can also spot the stacked tables, one of which features Tom Hall, Seth Webber and Matas Cimbolas.

I just caught a hand in which Webber shoved his 16K stack into Cimbolas' big blind. The Lithuanian looked serious for a moment before cracking a big smile. "I have a three in my hand..." he announced, as he pushed his cards in the middle.

Meanwhile, our overall chip leader coming into this day - Xiaoyang Luo - hasn't slowed down his aggressive play, I've seen him win a couple of pots already via 3-bets without showdown, allowing him to add to his already-huge stack. --JS

11.25am: Standard Day 2 bustouts
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200-2,400 (300 ante)

There are two certainties in this world. The sun will rise in the morning and many players will bust early on Day 2 of a poker tournament.

Rolf Woods, Javier Souto, Edgar Drozdoc, Daniel Moosah, Jost Beifuns, Dainis Budovskis, Johannes de Hond, Kelvin Mullis, Uwe Ritter, Aleksander Spadijer, Anders Marstrander, Robert Haigh and David Roibal have already departed. -- MC

11.16pm: Should we remind Jim about the Norwegian Championships?
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200-2,400 (300 ante)

11.04am: And they're off!
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200-2,400 (300 ante)

It might be the Grand National today, but here in the Hippodrome we're racing towards the bubble. Cards are officially in the air, so place your bets! --JS

10.45am: All set for Day 2!

Day 2 is an exciting day here at the UKIPT6 London; it's the first time our entire field of 176 players will be in play at the same time, and at the end of the day we'll have a much clearer idea of who our finalists will be. Heck, we might even reach our final table today!

Here's the plan. We're going to play 10 one-hour levels, or stop play when we reach eight players - whichever comes first. There's a chance an extra level will be added on at the end of play if we're nearing the eight-player mark, just so we can get into the final table as quick as possible tomorrow.

Our chip leaders coming into the Day 2 are the players who topped Day 1C, Day 1A and Day 1B respectively. Xiaoyang Luo leads the pack with the 320,900 stack he amassed yesterday, followed by Xizhe Yuan with 286,000 and Irina Nikolaidi with 277,900.

Notable names coming through to play today include Jack Salter (265,000), David Docherty (161,500), James Mitchell (154,800), former November Niners Antoine Saout (114,800) and Felix Stephensen (113,500), Leo Margets (78,000), and breakout player of the year nominee Rainer Kempe (76,000).


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One November Niner - Antoine Saout

We're predicting the bubble will burst during Level 15 or 16, resulting in all remaining players locking up a min-cash of £1,300. However, they'll all have their eyes set on the £84,100 first-place prize.

It's going to a day chock full of action - you won't want to miss it. --JS

Key UKIPT6 London Facts:

- 25,000 starting stack
- Blinds starting at 50-100 for 250 big blinds
- Levels are 60 minutes, and the plan is to play 10 levels today
- The bubble is likely to burst during Level 15 or 16, and then play down to a final table, which will take place on Sunday.
- Full UKIPT6 London schedule here.
- Other tournaments today include two starting flights for the £330 London Cup starting at 12pm and 6pm, as well as a £550 NL Holdem turbo at 10pm

PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at UKIPT6 London: Marc Convey and Jack Stanton. Photos by Mickey May. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog


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