UKIPT6 Marbella Day 1A: Live updates

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10:20pm: Done for the day
Level 12 - Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

That's your lot! A wrap of the day's play can be read here. --NW

9:55pm: Last six hands
Level 12 - Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Each table will play six more hands before bagging up for the day. --MC

9:50pm: Late bustouts
Level 12 - Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Around 81 players remain here on Day 1A. The following didn't quite make it to Day 2: Per Wikstrom, Ivan Macias Espada, Michele Amato, Karolis Ananevas, Adrian Benitez Narvaez, Gabin Louis Andre Feriolo, Gintaras Simaitis, Samuel Meeuse, Jose Antonio Gonzalez Zaragoza, Hani Antonio Ouatfeh Ramirez, Koray Suler, Lukasz Winski, Jorge Antonio Juste Menchaca, Jaroslaw Jerzy Balcerek, Juan Oliver Paredes Sanchez, Tommaso Briotti, Diego Soto Benitez, Kamil Jacek Wiercinski, Jan Combes
Enrique Santiago Cambarao Calvo and Nikolay Baryshnikov. --MC


9:45pm: Could Voytko have won more?
Level 12 - Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Alexander Voytko is up to 270,000 after winning a big pot against Jose Salazar but it's possible he could've won more. Pre-flop Voytko opened to 4,500, Salazar three-bet to 14,000, Voytko made it 28,000 straight and Salazar smooth called.

The T♠A♦7♣ flop checked through and the K♦ fell on the turn, Voytko checked, Salazar bet 24,000 and Voytko smooth called. The J♣ completed the board and both players checked it down. Salazar opened pocket kings for a turned set, but Voytko had flopped a set and a better one at that as he had pocket aces! 

Salazar couldn't believe he didn't have the best hand but he was second best on this occasion and drops to 65,000. --NW

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Voytko has vaulted up the chip charts

9:35pm: Pole position for Grzegorz
Level 12 - Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Grzegorz Idziak is up to 275,000 that looks like it's good for the chip lead as we go into the final 20 minutes of play. --NW

9:25pm: Taylor doubles
Level 12 - Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Guy Taylor, who won two flipout tournaments at this year's PCA, has bought that sort of form with him to Marbella as he just scored a fortunate double up to stay in the main event.

He three-bet to 12,500 with A♦K♥ and called all-in for 49,000 after his opponent, who had pocket kings, had four-bet jammed. An ace on the flop meant Taylor doubled to over 100,000. --NW

9:15pm: Gonna have to get there on the second attempt...
Level 12 - Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Stick a flake in Enrique Santiago Cambarao, Samuel Fraile, Jospeh Chattaway, Guillaume Lichiere, Khalil Youssafi, Kjell Hoiseth, Juan Evangelista Arana, Mikel Angulo, Jaroslaw Lipien, Nikola Ristivojevic, Paul Fontan, Michael Nicholls, Oscar Ingelmo, Andre Morath, John Bagnall, Patrice Brandt, Kamel Bekhaled (the first ever player from New Caledonia to play a UKIPT!), Manuel Cortada, Jose Antonio Rouco, Richard Cashman, Georgios Papadopoulos, Antonio Jesus Diaz, Tuomas Jalonen and Tomasz Cichocki as they're all out.

99 players remain as the final level gets underway. --NW

9:05pm: Lots of chips on table five
Level 11 - Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

Table five is absolutely stacked as it's very possible the three biggest stacks in the room are all sitting around the same oval. What's more they're all in a row too!

Bob Janssens occupies the three seat, he's got roughly 230,000. To his direct left is Milos Skrbic, the Serbian player has around 170,000 which is also how much Neil Raine has. The UK player is sat to the left of Skrbic and at least has position on the two other big stacks at the table. --NW

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Smile Bob, you're chip leader

8:55pm: Chip leaders
Level 11 - Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

At the start of the level Bob Janssens was the clear chip leader. The Dutchman was sitting with a stack of 245,000 which put him well clear of Alexander Voytko (168,300) and Mihaita Constantin Croitoru (161,600). --NW

8:45pm: Lucky double up for Baryshnikov
Level 11 - Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

Nikolay Baryshnikov open shoved from under-the-gun for 27,300 and Dmitrii Pcheliakov called to put him at risk. It was a Russia vs Russia battle and Pcheliakov had the best of it with A♥Q♠ to Baryshnikov's A♣J♥

But the K♣J♠6♠8♦4♣ board favoured the underdog and he doubled to around 60,000 whilst Pcheliakov slips to 43,000. --NW

8:15pm: End of the level
Level 10 - Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

Level 10 has come and gone and the players are now filing out of the card room into the Spanish sun for their final 15 minute break of the day. When they return they'll play two more 45-minute levels before play ends for the day. --NW

8:13pm: Non starter for 10
Level 10 - Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

Just 124 players remain in with a chance of making Day 2 of this tournament. Sadly for Nikita Dubrovskii, Rafael Dominguez, Marcin Dziubdziela, Anna Docheva, Jose Antonio Albarran, Daniel Doroteo, Javier Fernandez, Simone Agnoletto, Paulius Katinas, Alfredo Aramendia, Daniel Gomez, Rolf Jauring, Thomas Rolf, Martin Bartos, Daniel Nietrzebka, Philip Butt and Tomasz Wrobel they're not among them as they've all been eliminated during level 10. --NW


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8:10pm: Big slick good for a full double up
Level 10 - Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

Antonio Entrena had big slick on the button, flopped top pair with it but had to wait until the river before he secured a full double.

His opponent in the hand was Vincent Gabel from Belgium. He was in the big blind and the two had amassed a 19,000 pot by the time the board rested as K♦4♣T♣8♦6♥. Entrena had 16,900 left and into the middle they went.

"Sixteen-nine?" asked Gabel. "Can I think a bit first?"

After thinking he made the call ad then mucked saying nice hand once Entrena opened A♥K♠. Gabel dropped to around 60,000. --MC

7:53pm: Cry me a river, not
Level 10 - Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

You know those times you're barrelling with air, trying everything to get an opponent off a hand but you just can't shake them? They call you preflop, on the flop and on the turn. You think to yourself; will I have to give up on the river? Do I have what it takes to empty the clip on this station? And then - bink, you hit the river!

This just happened (maybe not the thoughts) to Mihaita Constantin Croitoru. The PokerStars qualifier raised from the hijack, bet the flop, bet 8,000 on the turn and 13,000 on the river. The board rested as 6♠4♦J♣9♥K♦ and Guy Taylor was his opponent in the big blind who called the whole way. When Croitoru opened K♣3♣, Taylor just smiled, flashed the J♦ and mucked. He dropped to 11,000 whereas Croitoru jumped up to 60,000. --MC

7:45pm: Even more for Skrbic
Level 10 - Blinds 600/1,200 (200 ante)

When you're hot your hot and Milos Skrbic is on fire right now. He just took out Cristiano Jorge Ferreira in one of those hands that simply played itself.

On a K♣Q♣A♦ flop Ferreira was only to happy to commit his final 15,000 with K♦Q♥ and Skrbic snapped him off with A♣Q♠. The J♣ turn and A♥ river meant Skrbic improved to a full-house that he didn't need.

He's up to 175,000 now and has Neil Raine to his direct left. Raine is possibly second in chips as he's got 160,000. --NW

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The chip boss

7:25pm: Half and half
Level 9 - Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

Exactly 50% of the Day 1A field has been eliminated now as 142 of 284 players remain. Among the latest batch of players to lose their chips are: Geoffrey Swan, Jacob Fuller, Manuel Bardon, Miguel Riera, Khazret Nebezhev, Leonid Sidelkovski, Marco Antonio Rivas, Terry Cartier, David Johnson, Andrei Vlassenko, Alvaro Romero, Antonio Entrena, Gregory Campbell, Oscar Villahoz, Keith Littlewood, Jose Enrique Cortina, Joakim Rahmouni, Johan Arne Creutz, Carlos Cabezas, Alvaro Fernando Puchol, Antonio Manuel Galiana, Jose Maria Sanchez, Felix Schlott, Grzegorz Grochulski, Michal Janczarski and Niels Van Der Heyden. --NW

7:27pm: Koleno doesn't mind being dominated
Level 9 - Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

Being dominated aint no problem for Stanislav Koleno, especially when you flop your kicker.

Georgios Papadopoulos raised to 2,300 from under the gun and called after Koleno three-bet him to 5,400 from two seats along. The flop fell 4♦4♠T♣ and both players checked to the J♣ turn. Koleno delayed 5,000 c-bet was check-called by Papadopoulos before both players checked the J♦ river.

Papadopoulos dropped to 27,000 in chips when he saw his A♣9♣ was no good against Koleno's T♥9♥. The latter's stack rose to 105,000. -- MC

7:10pm: Soto going great guns
Level 9 - Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

Diego Soto is up to 90,000 after winning a pot against Juan Evangelista Arana. The latter opened to 2,300 from the button and Soto defended his big blind. Neither player bet the 4♣J♣J♠ flop but on the Q♣ turn Arana fired out a bet of 2,800. 

A few seconds later Soto made his move, check-raising to 8,500 total. Arana had a think - either to save face or because he had a genuine decision - and after about 45 seconds in the tank he released his hand. 

Pot to Soto. --NW

7pm: Butt gets Even
Level 8 - Blinds 400/800 (100 ante)

Down to just 3,000 in chips, Philip Butt moved all-in, he was called in one spot only for Even Mikkelsen to raise to 8,500 which was enough to get the pot heads-up.

Mikkelsen showed Q♥Q♦ and Butt said: "I've only looked at one," and flipped the A♥. His other card was the 4♥ meaning he needed some help from the community cards to survive. He got it, as he hit the turn of a T♠8♥7♠A♦3♥ board to all but quadruple up. --NW


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6:50pm: Top 5 counts
Level 9 - Blinds 500/1,000 (100 ante)

Level 9 (of 12) is underway, Milos Skrbic seems to be the chip leader with 157,000 and is closely followed by Alexander Voytko on 150,500. --MC

6:25pm: Break time
Level 8 - Blinds 400/800 (100 ante)

That's the end of level eight and the players are now on a 20-minute break. --NW

6:20pm: More bustouts
Level 8 - Blinds 400/800 (100 ante)

The fallers are coming thick and fast now as the blinds and antes really start to bite. Jesus Moreno, Jose Luis Puente, Jose Ignacio Aguilera, Jamie O'Connor, Carmine Cantone, Steven Cuevas, Leith Rashid, Brendan Keenan, Eduard Munoz, Carlos Sarria, Armin Voss, Patrick Rasmussen, Stefano Terziani, Guillermo Sanchez, Carsten Joh, Erik Sturkenboom, Thomas Pedersen, Gary McGinty, Colm Tuite, Moises Parilla and Dominique Terzian are all out. --NW

6:16pm: Carter races away
Level 8 - Blinds 400/800 (100 ante)

Golf, footgolf, beach, bars, Euro 2016? All this options are available for Dan Carter today, the Main Event isn't anymore though. He busted after losing a race to Dominik Hinzmann. The chips went in preflop with Cater down to his last 10,000 or so chips.

Carter: 3♦3♣
Hinzmann: A♠Q♥

The board ran T♦A♥6♠Q♠6♦ to make the German two pair. Carter wished the table good luck and walked off into the sun. --MC

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Not Carter's day

6:12pm: Finn it to win it
Level 8 - Blinds 400/800 (100 ante)

Tapio Vihakas isn't a regular on the UKIPT, but he's an accomplished tournament player who's had plenty of deep runs in events like this. His deepest run on a PokerStars tour was at EPT10 Prague, where he finished 16th in December 2013. 

He's made the trip to Marbella and has managed to increase his stack slightly, he's playing 27,500 at the moment. --NW

6pm: Eights great for Sidelkovski
Level 8 - Blinds 400/800 (100 ante)

Down to just 12,000 Leonid Sidelkovski got his chips in the middle with 8♠8♣ and Marco Antonio Rivas put him at risk with A♠K♣. A jack high board meant the Russian's hand held up and he doubled to around 25,000. Rivas meanwhile is down to 28,500. --NW

5:50pm: Voytko the man to catch
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

Alexander Voytko appears to be the current chip leader. The Israeli player is up to 104,000 and is having a great day at the felt. --NW

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Alexander Voytko - chip leader

5:47pm: Registration closed, 284 players make up Day 1A
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

Registration closed at the end of level six and when all the slips were counted, 284 players were confirmed to be in. That's down from last year's 349 but a much bigger day is expected tomorrow and with re-entries available for Day 1C, we're hoping for similar overall numbers as last year (841). --MC


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5:40pm: Gone
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

There's no easy way to say this, but if you're a fan of: Maher Yakob Mahmoud, Dawid Kuliberda, Jose Ruben Zurilla, Rudolf De Boer, Aurelien Didier Arcin, Jose Miguel Martinez, Ignacio Lopez de Maturana Urbina, Damian Neska, Billy Chattaway, John Garrat, Lukasz Lazor, Heinz Traut, Raul Patron Majuelo, Jose Luis Lopez, Thomas Bingham, John Patten, Alex Difelice, Veli-Pekka Penttinen, Matous Houzvicek, Istvan Pilhofer and Carl Lundh then it's bad news as they're all out. --NW

5:34pm: Full houses no good around these parts, amigo
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

Walking past table 18 and all we could hear was sympathy for Thomas Blomberg. He was told there was little he could do. One player looked up at us and said, "River got him, lured him in!"

Blomber's ace-x hand was already in the muck and the dealer was taking chips from his stack and giving them to Ignacio Barcenas. The board read 2♥Q♥A♥Q♦A♣ and Barcenas' pocket queens for quads were still proudly on display. --MC

5:26pm: May the fours be with you
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

Rafael Dominguez found a spot to squeeze all-in and ended up doubling up after winning a race.

Victor Manuel Mateu had opened the pot with a raise to 1,400 from middle position and was called in one spot before Dominguez made his move, for 10,325, from the big blind. Mateu was the only caller.

Dominguez: 4♣4♠
Mateu: K♦Q♦

The board ran A♠A♥2♦J♥9♦ to see the fours hold. Mateu dropped to around 12,000. -- MC

5:15pm: Sarria's shove gets through
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

From the small blind Kamil Wiercinski opened to 1,300 only for Carlos Sarria to shove for 10,725 from the big blind. The Pole got a count of the shove and tanked for some time before folding. --NW

5:11pm: Kerrane canned
Level 7 - Blinds 300/600 (75 ante)

James Kerrane had been in shoving mode for a while. Something had to give, and it was to bust rather than to double up.

The Irishman was down to 4,800 when he made his move from the cutoff. He was called by Angel Martinez in the next seat and a player in the small blind. The board ran 8♣4♥A♣7♠Q♦ with no chips being committed to make a side pot. The small blind's 6♠6♥ was enough to beat Kerrane's K♠J♦ but Martinez scooped after opening a winning K♦Q♣. -- MC

4:57pm: Be quick
Level 6 - Blinds 250/500 (50 ante)

Late registration for this starting flights slams shut at the end of the level. Players have about eight minutes if they want to play today. The tournament clock is showing that 275 players has entered today so far. --NW

4:50pm: Go enjoy the sun
Level 6 - Blinds 250/500 (50 ante)

There are worse place in the world to bust a poker tournament than Marbella. The following should go enjoy the sun and the football: Juan Carlos Vecino Duenas, David Borkowski, Remy Bruno Cogno, Carl Olof Stefan Olsson, Allan Greer, Diego Rodriguez Hernandez, Dmitrii Pcheliakov, Patricio Cimiano Perez, Juan Oliver Paredes Sanchez, Andrew Cruickshank, Andrew Ross Laurie, Immo Eeli Juhani Parviainen, Daniel Lopez Lozano, Juan Ramon Casado Fernandez, Carles Ferrer Arnal, Kevin Albright, Lucas Blanco Oliver, Martin Bartos, Oscar Lima Bayo, Alejandro Cuadrado Hernandez and Ashley Locker. --MC

4:34pm: Rico busts with a set
Level 6 - Blinds 250/500 (50 ante)

Noelia Ivars Rico got off to a great start here on Day 1A, passing 40,000 on a table that contributed three of the first five players to bust. She told the Blog that it was a great table to be at, but unfortunately for her, she's no longer a part of it after a bad beat sent her to the rail.

Holding pocket sixes, she got her stack in with a set on a 9-6-3 flop. Her opponent called with pocket tens and running clubs made him a flush, and that was that. -- MC

4:25pm: Delgado departs, Wrobel chip leader
Level 6 - Blinds 250/500 (50 ante)

A short time ago Vicente Delgado had 80,000, now he's out. I spied him leaving the tournament room and a walk over to where he'd been sat confirmed he was indeed out. At that same table Tomasz Wrobel is up to 95,000, it's almost certain that these two factors are linked.

With that stack Wrobel is the current chip leader. --NW

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Tomasz Wrobel

4:05pm: Break time
Level 5 - Blinds 200/400 (50 ante)

The players are now on their second 15 minute break of the day. --NW

4pm: Blomberg flushes Lopez
Level 5 - Blinds 200/400 (50 ante)

Daniel Lopez opened to 1,200 from under-the-gun+2 and picked up four callers, including Thomas Blomberg, who was in the cut-off. 

On the K♥7♥4♠ flop Lopez bet 3,500, Blomberg moved all-in and when it folded back to Lopez he called all-in for around 15,000 total.

Blomberg: J♥9♥
Lopez: A♠K♦

The Q♥ turn compelted Blomberg's flush and meant Lopez was drawing dead. The meaningless 7♦ completed the board. --NW

3:55pm: Carter caught bluffing?
Level 5 - Blinds 200/400 (50 ante)

Dan Carter's stack has dipped back below 30,000 (29k) after he mucked after being raised on the river.

The Brit was heads up, and in position, against Dominik Hinzmann of Germany. Cater bet 1,800 on a T♠4♥T♦ flop when his opponent checked to him. Hinzmann called and both players checked the A♠ turn before Carter fired another 3,000 on the 8♦ river. Hinzmann check-raised to 12,000 and Carter snap folded. -- MC

3:40pm: More exits
Level 5 - Blinds 200/400 (50 ante)

With the blinds and antes kicking up a notch, so are the pace of exits. Already on the rail are: Philip Langley, Santiago Ramirez, Jose Luis Calvo, Julio Sala Ruiz, Alberto Martinez, Martin Aasen Lunde, Marcus Van Opzeeland, Richard King, Gabriel Barba Godino, Tommaso Briotti, Philip Gregg, Keith Christie, Paul Lozano, Tom Holke, Ammar Naamani and Robin Nielsen.

If they want to make Day 2 they're going to have to get it done in the turbo Day 1C tomorrow night. --NW

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Holke's hopes have been dashed (for now)

3:32pm: Sidelkovski aggression doesn't pay
Level 5 - Blinds 200/400 (50 ante)

Leonid Sidelkovski threw his hands up in the air when his bluff attempt failed to get through on the river. To be fair, his opponent - Michael Ozimek - held two pair and was never going to fold.

Sidelkovski raised from the hijack and picked up three callers en route to a 3♣9♦K♠ flop. Sidelkovski continued for 1,500 and two opponents stuck around to see the J♥ turn where Sidelkovski fired another 3,300. Only Ozimek called to the river where he faced a 6,000 bet. He called with K♦J♠, way good enough to beat his Russian opponent's A♦6♦ and saw his stack rise to 43,000. --MC

3:20pm: It's a sick game
Level 4 - Blinds 150/300 (25 ante)

Oh boy, this one's going to sting for a while.

By the time I arrived at the table Davy de Cooman (small blind) and Mihaita Constantin Croitoru (button) had got all their chips in the middle with Croitoru at risk for 19,700 total.

Croitoru: A♦9♦
De Cooman: T♥T♦

The 3♦J♥J♠K♦K♠ board meant the Belgian's pair was counterfeited on the river. He dropped to around 7,000 and was eliminated a short time later. -- NW

3:10pm: Chip counts
Level 4 - Blinds 150/300 (25 ante)

Here's how some of the names and notables are doing on Day 1A:

Vicente Delgado, 65,000
William Davies, 46,000
Dan Carter, 39,500
Ross Mannion, 35,500
Neil Raine, 35,000
Nicki Vestergaard, 28,400
Tom Holke, 22,000
Jan Combes, 21,000
Seun Oluwole, 20,325
Heinz Traut, 18,500

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Delgado's off to a flier

3:05pm: Sabina gets it in with the nuts, busts
Level 4 - Blinds 150/300 (25 ante)

Sabina Hiatullah stopped and talked to Blog about her exit from the Main Event. It was pretty brutal but the Italian/German is planning on playing Day 1C and is going to try tonight's satellite to get in cheap.

She got her stack in with top set of aces of the turn. It was the nuts on the turn but her opponent called (to make the pot worth 260 big blinds) with flush and straight draws, the latter draw coming in on the river. -- MC

2:50pm: Vives survives scary board with kings
Level 4 - Blinds 150/300 (25 ante)

Theodore Vives' stack has grown to around 44,000 after his pocket kings survived a very wet board.

He was up against Diego Rodriguez Hernandez and the pot swelled to over 25,000. The turn had already been dealt so the board read T♣7♣J♦T♠ when Vives checked from the small blind to face a 7,025 bet. He took his time before he called to the 9♥ river where both players checked. Vives opened K♣K♥ and took the pot after Hernandez tapped the table and mucked to drop to 29,000. -- MC

2:20pm: Break time
Level 3 - Blinds 100/200 (25 ante)

Three levels down and the players are on their first break of the day. The clock says 260 players have entered so far with 15 of them failing to make the break. Some recent exits include: Gary Bluston, David Teso do Nascimento, Javier Perez Minaya, Dmitrii Nazarov and Dario Nittolo.

That may not be the last we see of these players though as there's a Day 1C flight taking place tomorrow night at 10pm. It's a turbo flight where the levels have been reduced to 20 minutes, and it's only open for those who have already been eliminated on Day 1A or 1B. -- MC


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2:15pm: Delgado dented
Level 3 - Blinds 100/200 (25 ante)

Vicente Delgado is off to a flying start here in Marbella as despite just losing a pot against Nikita Dubrovskii he's still got 48,000. 

In the hand in question Delgado opened to 525 from the hijack and called after Dubrovskii had three-bet to 1,350 from the cut-off.

Dubrowskii fired twice at the pot, betting 1,050 on the 2♣3♠K♠ flop and 2,500 on the 6♦ turn. Delgado check-called both bets and both players then checked the T♠ river. Delgado opened 9♥9♠ but Dubrovskii had outflopped him with K♦J♣. ---NW

2:05pm: Power poker gone wrong
Level 3 - Blinds 100/200 (25 ante)

Andrey Krupnov made a big play on the flop in a three-way hand. It turned out to be the wrong move though, and he ended up on the rail.

The flop read T♦4♣3♦ and Krupnov was first to act and moved all-in for what looked 12,000, around four times the amount of chips in the middle. Noelia Ivars Rico, first cousin of Pokstarsblog.nu blogger Lina Olofsson, was in the next seat and made a reluctant looking fold. Jorge Carvalho wasn't reluctant at all, and snap called with K♦K♣, ahead of Krupnov's 9♥9♠.

The board ran out T♣2♥ and it made Rico laugh as she said she folded a ten. The Swedish player has already amassed over 40,000 though, so Day 1A life is still good for her. -- MC

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A busy room at the PokerStars Marbella Festival

1:35pm: Misclick?
Level 3 - Blinds 100/200 (25 ante)

Fun and games over on table 23 where Angel Martinez open raised to 2,300. That's not a typo. The 11.5 big blind open raised some eyebrows and at least two players at the table had to get confirmation of the raise size before acting. They both folded, as did everyone else. --NW

1:25pm: Good game
Level 2 - Blinds 75/150
The tournament board is showing that 226 of 230 entrants remain. The four fallers are: Jose Manuel Nunez Fernandez, Samvel Oganesyan, Igor Pihela and Joey Lovelady. --NW

1:14pm: Garcia squeezes value
Level 2 - Blinds 75/150

Antonio Entrena Garcia almost got three streets of value with pocket kings but a scary river card shut down the action.

Gary Bluston had opened to 375 from second position, and was called by Remy Bruno Cogno in the next seat, before Garcia squeezed to 1,225 from the cutoff. Both opponents called to see a 9♦3♠8♦ flop where they checked it over to Cogno. He wasted little time in continuing for 1,550, a bet that was only called by Bluston. He check-called another 2,300 on the 4♥ turn before both players checked the T♦ river. Bluston opened A♣9♣ and lost out to Garcia's K♠K♥. --MC

1pm: Holke limps, wins
Level 2 - Blinds 75/150

From early position Tom Holke limped, it folded to Oscar Ingelmo Hernandez, who was on the button, and he bumped it to 375 total. The small blind made the call and so did Holke. 

So three to a flop then and it came 8♦A♣2♦. Holke led for 675 and Hernandez was the only caller. The A♦ turn and 5♦ river were both checked through and Holke turned over Q♠T♦. Hernandez smiled and flashed the 9♦ as he mucked. --NW

12:50pm: Early happenings, in brief
Level 2 - Blinds 75/150

- Tom Holke's stack has dropped to 21,000 after he seemed to value bet himself on the river. He bet 3,500 with 4♦4♥ with a board showing 7♠6♦3♦3♠2♠ and was called by a neighbour holding 7♦9♥.
- Neil Raine's playing position well early on. Thomas Bingham raised to 325 from the hijack and Raine was the only caller on the button. The flop fanned 9♠6♥7♠ and Raine bet 400 when Bingham checked to him. Fold.
- Jan Combes, mother of British pro Charlie Combes and a former ladies champion on the EPT, ran into aces and lost almost a fifth of her stack. "It happens!" she said. --MC

12:35pm: More names
Level 1 - Blinds 50/100

The number of runners is going up by the minute and one of Spain's finest players has just taken his seat. Vicente 'vicenfish' Delgado has racked up over $2,300,000 in online cashes and is a constant presence in the online satellites to UKIPT events.

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Traut is about

Heinz Traut is also in the field, he was the ESPT Player of the Year in Season 5, in part due to a third place finish in ESPT5 Madrid. So no title for Traut, but one man who does have a ESPT main event title to his name is Nicki Vestergaard. The Dane won in Madrid in Season 6 and is playing today. 

He's one of 180 players who've opted to play Day 1A. -- NW

12:30pm: Who's about?
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The clock says that 150 are registered for Day 1A so far. With the England vs Wales game scheduled for tomorrow we're expecting a lot of British players here to enter today. Neil Raine, Joey Lovelady, Dan Carter and Seun Oluwole have all taken their seats.

Germany also have their second game tomorrow and Tom Holke - the Eureka5 Hamburg champion - has all the German regalia on his person already. To say he's a proud German is an understatement. -- MC

12:15pm: Dinner cancelled!
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That headline is a bit misleading to be honest. A 60-minute dinner break was in the schedule for the end of Level 8 but that's been taken out and we'll push n through and finish up around 9:30pm CET. The reason? Euro 2016 of course!

The France vs Albania game kicks off at 9pm and the powers that be want to get those interested in the game out so they can watch the second half. There's four 15-minute breaks in the schedule still and players can order food to the table as well. -- MC


12:05pm: The clock is running
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Play has started. --NW

11:55am: It's the UKIPT's annual summer holiday
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Ludovic Geilich, Rodrigo Espinosa, Isidoro Barrena, ?.

Once again the UKIPT and Estrellas poker tours have combined as one to bring you the Marbella Poker Festival. Over the next five days we'll add another name to the list of UKIPT Marbella champions. It's 2-1 to Spain at the moment, can the UK and Ireland find the equaliser?

Follow updates every step of the way right here, via the @UKIPT and @PokerStarsBlog twitter accounts. If Spanish is your bag then you need to head to the Spanish language PokerStars Blog.

Play is due to start at midday. 


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Key UKIPT6 Marbella 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 1A is today, Day 1B takes place tomorrow and there's also a turbo Day 1C at 10pm tomorrow. That opening flight is only open to players who've busted on Day 1A or Day 1B.
- The field will then combine for the first time on Friday. We'll reach the money during the eight levels of play on Day 2 and then play down to a final table on Saturday. Sunday is all about the final. Cue mad celebrations and swigging of sangria from the trophy (possibly). 
- Full UKIPT5 Marbella schedule here.

PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at UKIPT6 Marbella: Marc Convey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May and Rene Velli. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in UKIPT