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It’s all over Elliot Panyi has won the UKIPT5 Series 3 and £16,590. Check out who finished where here

11:18pm: Elliot Panyi wins the UKIPT Series (£16,590); Azarya Levy second (£10,540)
Level 31, Blinds 80,000 – 160,000 (20,000 ante)

It’s all over and there was no miracle comeback for Azarya Levy. He moved all in for about five big blinds with J6 and Elliot Panyi called him with K4.

The 9910104 board meant Panyi’s king played and he won the hand and the tournament. He led for the vast majority of the final table and is worthy winner. As for Levy he put up a great performance, with what was almost always a short stack to finish as runner-up.

A recap of the final day’s play will be forthcoming shortly.


Panyi and friends toast his win
11:16pm: Levy doubles, still in trouble
Level 31, Blinds 80,000 – 160,000 (20,000 ante)

Azarya Levy just doubled but he need another couple to get back in this. Elliot Panyi set him all in with 62 and Levy called all in for just 375,000 with K8.

A JK9510 board meant he doubled to 5 big blinds.

11:15pm: All in and chop
Level 31, Blinds 80,000 – 160,000 (20,000 ante)

The first all in of heads-up play looked like it might end the tournament, then it turned into an almost certain double up, before ending in a chop.

Elliot Panyi set Azarya Levy all in and the Israeli said: “Let’s go,” and called with 76. Panyi had him dominated with 97. The 92586 board was as entertaining as they come when it comes to chopped pots.

11:10pm: Eight to one advantage for Panyi
Level 31, Blinds 80,000 – 160,000 (20,000 ante)

Elliot Panyi (6,200,000) has an eight to one chip lead over Azarya Levy (800,000) as heads-up play gets under way.


Heads-up play begins
11:05pm: Kwokwah Man eliminated in third place (£7,900)
Level 31, Blinds 80,000 – 160,000 (20,000 ante)

Like London buses…

Kwokwah Man opened to 375,000 from the button and Elliot Panyi re-raised all in from the big blind. Man only started the hand with about 8-10 big blinds but he took his time before calling all in.

Man: A10
Panyi: 88

The 4JK flop gave Man a gutshot to go with his over cards. The 7 turn missed him. “Lower than a seven,” said Elliot Panyi and he got his wish on the 2 river.


Man – not the last man standing
10:55pm: William Funnell eliminated in fourth place (£6,390)
Level 31, Blinds 80,000 – 160,000 (20,000 ante)

Just before the first hand of level 31 started William Funnell asked Elliot Panyi if he wanted to look at numbers now the blinds had good up. Panyi declined and from what Funnell then said to Kwokwah Man it appears that it was the second time Panyi had said no to the option of a deal. It’s unlikely that had any influence on his exit hand though as it was simply a cooler.

Panyi opened to 325,000 on the button, Funnell, who was in the small blind, counted his own stack and then three-bet to 825,000 total. Back on Panyi he shoved all in and after thinking about it for around 30 seconds Funnell called all in.

Panyi: QQ
Funnell: AQ

The 8J9 flop meant we now had some chopportunities. The J turn gave Funnell flush outs but the 6 river kept Panyi in front.

The stacks were incredibly close so they were counted down, Panyi had 1,985,000 to Funnell’s 1,950,000 which means we lose William Funnell in fourth place.


The Funnell has stopped in fourth
10:50pm: No deal talk as yet
Level 30, Blinds 60,000 – 120,000 (10,000 ante)

Despite there only being 58.5 big blinds in play and the stacks all being quite similar, there’s been no talk of a deal or indeed any desire to look at numbers from any of the four players left in.

10:45pm: Kwokwah Man doubles through William Funnell
Level 30, Blinds 60,000 – 120,000 (10,000 ante)

From the small blind William Funnell shoved all in to put Kwokwah Man and risk and he looked at his cards, thought for a bit and called all in for his last 760,000.

Man: KJ
Funnell: A4

The J104 flop hit Man and he held on the Q turn and 6 river. He’s now back up to around 1,620,000 whilst Funnell is down to about 2,150,000.

10:35pm: Funnell takes the chip lead
Level 30, Blinds 60,000 – 120,000 (10,000 ante)

For the first time at this final table we’ve had a change of chip leader. It’s Will Funnell who’s taken the mantle as he won a pot against Azarya Levy to climb to about 2,800,000. Elliot Panyi has about 1,900,000 and is his closest challenger.


Funnell’s flying high
10:25pm: Funnell takes one from Panyi; top three almost even
Level 29, Blinds 50,000 – 100,000 (10,000 ante)

The top three stacks are all but even after William Funnell won a big pot (well relatively) against Elliot Panyi.

The latter limped from the small blind and Funnell checked his option. The QJ4 flop checked through and the J hit the turn. Panyi check-called a bet of 130,000 and then called a further 275,000 on the river. Funnell showed J2 and Panyi mucked.

That pot has boosted Funnell to about 1,800,000. Panyi has 1,900,000 and Azarya Levy about 1,800,000. Both Funnell and Levy have their chips stack in either one tower or multiple uneven towers making exact counts hard to come by.

10:15pm: Prizes
Level 29, Blinds 50,000 – 100,000 (10,000 ante)

A reminder of what’s at stake:

1st: £16,590
2nd: £10,540
3rd: £7,900
4th: £6,390

10:10pm: Anyone’s game
Level 29, Blinds 50,000 – 100,000 (10,000 ante)

There’s only about 10 big blinds separating the chip leader (Elliot Panyi) and the shortest stack (Kwokwah Man). Indeed if Man were to double up he’d become the chip leader.

It’s tight, very tight here between the final four.

10pm: Levy on the march
Level 29, Blinds 50,000 – 100,000 (10,000 ante)

It’s been a good level so far for Azarya Levy, he’s doubled through Elliot Panyi with pocket kings against Ace-Ten and won a pot against Kwokwah Man with AQ on a JAJ flop.

He’s up to about 1,400,000.

9:52pm: Chip counts
Level 29, Blinds 50,000 – 100,000 (10,000 ante)

Below are the chip counts of the final four, Elliot Panyi still leads whilst Azarya levy has just 7.5 big blinds.

Name Country Chips
Elliott Panyi United Kingdom 3,200,000
William Funnell United Kingdom 1,755,000
Kwokwah Man United Kingdom 1,330,000
Azarya Levy Israel 755,000

9:40pm: End of the level
Level 28, Blinds 40,000 – 80,000 (10,000 ante)

The four remaining players are now on a 10 minute break.

9:35pm: Post-flop poker
Level 28, Blinds 40,000 – 80,000 (10,000 ante)

After the rush to the exits this final table has settled down a bit and we’ve seen some post-flop poker. Elliot Panyi, William Funnell and Azarya Levy have all taken down pots on the flop. Kwokwah Man though is struggling, he’s now the shortest stack with around 1,100,000.

9:25pm: William Funnell doubles through Elliot Panyi
Level 28, Blinds 40,000 – 80,000 (10,000 ante)

William Funnell hasn’t had more than 15 big blinds all day. “I’ve been grinding hard,” he told us a few moments ago.

Well he has now, as he just doubled through Elliot Panyi. The chip leader shoved from the small blind with J10 and Funnell called all in for 720,000 with A9.

The A53K flop and turn meant Panyi could eliminate Funnell if he caught a queen on the river, but fifth street was the 9.

Funnell is up to the dizzy heights of 1,500,000 whilst Panyi slips to 2,800,000. He’s still the chip leader though.

9:15pm: Gerald Candy eliminated in fifth place (£5,040)
Level 27, Blinds 30,000 – 60,000 (10,000 ante)

Elliot Panyi went to fold his hand thinking he was under-the-gun but he was in fact the big blind. Not everyone saw this, which would perhaps prove crucial later to the outcome of the hand. It passed to Gerald Candy on the button and he shoved for 440,000.

He was one of the players who hadn’t seen Panyi’s action and after Levy folded Panyi got a count and then said: “I’ve got a hand that if it was a pip or two higher I’d have already called but with this I’m not sure.” He then cut out the calling chips and put them over the line.

Candy: K2
Panyi: Q10

“What a dream. I can’t ask for more than that,” said Candy. But it turned into a nightmare for him on the K34J9 board.


Candy can buy plenty of sweet stuff with fifth place money
9:05pm: Michael Matar eliminated in sixth place (£3,850)
Level 27, Blinds 30,000 – 60,000 (10,000 ante)

PokerStars Qualifier Michael Matar has quite the ROI% from this event as he got in on the cheap and then cashed for £3,850.

His elimination was a two-parter. In part one of two he shoved from under-the-gun for around 400,000 with 97 and walked into William Funnell’s AK. The K6635 board gave the pot to Funnell, who had started the hand with just 300,000.

So Matar was down to dust, yet he still got a walk from Azarya Levy on the next hand but it was just a temporary reprieve. On the next hand he shoved from the small blind with Q2 and Elliot Panyi called with AQ. He didn’t even get a sweat on the 4K959 board.

Funnell is up to about 700,000, whilst Panyi continues to hold the chip lead.


Michael Matar – out in sixth
8:55pm: Nicholas Case eliminated in seventh place (£2,830)
Level 27, Blinds 30,000 – 60,000 (10,000 ante)

Azarya Levy has been quietly building a stack but he’s not going to fly under the radar any more as he’s up to 1,600,000 after eliminating Nicholas Case.

The Israeli opened to 200,000 with AK and called when Case moved all-in for around 700,000 with AQ. A 107647 board kept Levy in front.

Six left.


Nicholas Case
8:45pm: Double up for Funnell
Level 27, Blinds 30,000 – 60,000 (10,000 ante)

Down to just 165,000 William Funnell moved all in from under-the-gun with QQ. It folded all the way to Nicholas Case in the big blind and with 60,000 in there he felt priced in to call with 42.

A Q4J108 board kept Funnell in front and he doubled his micro stack to a short stack.

8:35pm: Dean Perry eliminated in eighth place (£2,088)
Level 26, Blinds 25,000 – 50,000 (5,000 ante)

Having raise folded on the previous hand, Dean Perry moved all in for 210,000 and got a call from Nicholas Case.

Perry: AQ
Case: AK

Perry threw his head back when he saw that he was dominated and it didn’t get any better for him on the 8396K board and he was eliminated in eighth place.


Dean Perry – out in eighth
8:25pm: Final table chip counts
Level 26, Blinds 25,000 – 50,000 (5,000 ante)

The final eight are in their seats and action has restarted

Seat Name Country Chips
1 William Funnell United Kingdom 224,000
2 Kwokwah Man United Kingdom 1,470,000
3 Gerald Candy United Kingdom 440,000
4 Dean Perry United Kingdom 435,000
5 Azarya Levy Israel 905,000
6 Michael Matar United Kingdom 745,000
7 Elliott Panyi United Kingdom 2,140,000
8 Nicholas Case United Kingdom 485,000


The elite eight
8:15pm: Marco Erasmo eliminated in ninth place (£1,700)
Level 26, Blinds 25,000 – 50,000 (5,000 ante)

The final table is set!

Down to just 175,000 Marco Erasmo moved in from middle position holding A10 and Kwokwah Man smooth called with AJ. The 8J428 board favoured the bigger stack and the Spaniard is out in ninth.

There’s now a short break for final table photos, during which we hope to get official final table chip counts.

8:05pm: Still nine
Level 26, Blinds 25,000 – 50,000 (5,000 ante)

There have been no major pots at the unofficial final table as of yet. Any all in has gone uncalled and there’s only been one showdown, which was a small pot between Elliot Panyi and Kwokwah Man

7:55pm: Unofficial final table line-up
Level 25, Blinds 20,000 – 40,000 (5,000 ante)

It’s the ‘photo bubble’ the nine remaining players have made the unofficial final table, when one more player is knocked out the action will be paused and the official final table photos will take place.

Seat Name Country Chips
1 Marco Erasmo Spain 425,000
2 William Funnell United Kingdom 470,000
3 Kwokwah Man United Kingdom 830,000
4 Gerald Candy United Kingdom 320,000
5 Dean Perry United Kingdom 550,000
6 Azarya Levy Israel 1,000,000
7 Michael Matar United Kingdom 455,000
8 Elliott Panyi United Kingdom 2,300,000
9 Nicholas Case United Kingdom 555,000

7:45pm: Jen-Yue Chiang eliminated in 10th place (£1,430)
Level 25, Blinds 20,000 – 40,000 (5,000 ante)

Dean Perry shoved all in from early position with J10 and Jen-Yue Chiang called all in for right on 225,000 with 77.

A 68QJA board gave the pot to Perry. He had just over 300,000 to start the hand and so Chiang is out in tenth place and the unofficial final table is now set.

Whilst he was losing that hand, William Funnell doubled through Elliot Panyi with AQ against KQ. Funnell had 235,000 to start the hand.

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Dragomir dominated the last event
Jen-Yue Chiang
7:35pm: Timothy Timotheou eliminated in 11th place (£1,430)
Level 25, Blinds 20,000 – 40,000 (5,000 ante)

Down to around eight big blinds Timothy Timotheou shoved all in from the small blind with 65 and Azarya Levy woke up with pocket queens in the big blind. The 74K flop gave Timotheou a straight draw, but he missed it on the 9 turn and A river.

We’re now on the unofficial final table bubble.

7:30pm: Samuel Hunt eliminated in 12th place (£1,260)
Level 25, Blinds 20,000 – 40,000 (5,000 ante)

Azarya Levy limped from mid position, Sam Hunt then shoved all in for about 350,000 and Levy made the call.

Hunt: 97
Levy: A5

The A48K3 board meant Levy’s hand held and he just had Hunt covered.

7:30pm: Back at it
Level 25, Blinds 20,000 – 40,000 (5,000 ante)

Cards are back in the air.

7:25pm: Chip counts of the final 12
Level 25, Blinds 20,000 – 40,000 (5,000 ante)

As you can see below Elliot Panyi still has a big chip lead with more than three times his closest challenger. Everyone bar him and Kwokwah Man have under 20 big blinds. The final table may not be far off.

Name Country Chips
Elliott Panyi United Kingdom 2,500,000
Kwokwah Man United Kingdom 830,000
Nicholas Case United Kingdom 590,000
Michael Matar United Kingdom 455,000
Marco Erasmo Spain 425,000
Timothy Timotheou United Kingdom 400,000
Samuel Hunt United Kingdom 390,000
Dean Perry United Kingdom 380,000
Azarya Levy Israel 365,000
Gerald Candy United Kingdom 320,000
William Funnell United Kingdom 285,000
Jen-Yue Chiang USA 105,000

6:45pm: Dinner break
Level 24, Blinds 15,000 – 30,000 (4,000 ante)

The players are now on a 40 minute dinner break. Play will resume at 7.25pm.

6:40pm: Case can’t rest yet
Level 24, Blinds 15,000 – 30,000 (4,000 ante)

Another double up to tell you about now, this time it was Nicholas Case who got a boost.

It folded to Gerald Candy on the button and he shoved for an effective 319,000 with Q10, the small blind folded but Case called all in with AJ. The board came 32K4A and Case doubled to around 650,000 whilst Candy dropped to about 350,000.

6:35pm: Panyi powers on
Level 24, Blinds 15,000 – 30,000 (4,000 ante)

Elliot Panyi has a ridiculously big chip lead at the moment. He’s got almost two million more than his nearest competitor as he won a big pot against Samuel Hunt, who was the second biggest stack in the room. This is how the final 12 stack up, all counts are approximate. We’ll be getting 100% accurate counts on the next break in 10 minutes.

Name Country Chips
Elliott Panyi United Kingdom 2,600,000
Gerald Candy United Kingdom 660,000
Kwokwah Man United Kingdom 525,000
Dean Perry United Kingdom 520,000
Timothy Timotheou United Kingdom 420,000
Samuel Hunt United Kingdom 330,000
Azarya Levy Israel 325,000
Michael Matar United Kingdom 280,000
William Funnell United Kingdom 270,000
Nicholas Case United Kingdom 232,000
Jen-Yue Chiang USA 230,000
Erasmo Marco Crespo Spain 200,000


Timothy Timotheou
6:25pm: Double up for Candy
Level 24, Blinds 15,000 – 30,000 (4,000 ante)

Whilst Elliot Panyi is dominating proceedings on table 1, Dean Perry is doing likewise on table two. He bluffed Jen-Yue Chiang off a pot to climb to 850,000 but then lost some back to Gerald Candy. Perry opened to 75,000 with pocket nines, Candy shoved for 319,000 with KQ and Perry called it off.

The 63QAQ board doubled Candy to 660,000 and amazingly that’s good for second spot right now.

6:15pm: Payouts page
Level 23, Blinds 12,000 – 24,000 (3,000 ante)

We’ve just updated the prize pool and payouts page. Check it out here.

5:55pm: Elliot Panyi scores double knockout; now massive chip leader
Level 23, Blinds 12,000 – 24,000 (3,000 ante)

Oh boy. How’d you like to hear about a 1,500,000 chip pot? Thought so.

From under-the-gun Huy Nguyen opened to 55,000, Elliot Panyi then three-bet to 123,000 from under-the-gun+2 only for Krishna Nagaraju to four-bet all in for just over 500,000. Action passed pack to Nguyen, who had about 485,000 in total. He tanked for about five minutes before calling all in. Panyi, who had both players covered with about 850,000, took a look back at his cards and called.

Panyi: AA
Nagaraju: KK
Nguyen: JJ

“I don’t even want these spots,” said Panyi. “This is an ICM disaster, I’m not even favourite to win the hand.”

What Panyi meant was that between the other two players they had as much equity as he did. He was wrong about that though as he still had 66% equity in the hand and held up on the 671022 board to send two players out and climb to around 1,800,000. By virtue of having more chips Nagaruju finished 16th and Nguyen 17th.

Whilst that hand was playing out Andrew King (18th) was eliminated on the other table and Vincent Moses (19th) is also out.


Panyi has over 25% of the chips in play
5:45pm: Gordon’s run ends in 20th place
Level 22, Blinds 10,000 – 20,000 (3,000 ante)

It’s been a good first outing as a member of Team PokerStars LIVE at The Hippodrome Casino but it could’ve been even better had he managed to get there in a hand against Kwokwah Man. The latter opened to 45,000 from late position, Gordon three-bet shoved for 353,000 from the big blind with A10 and Man called off with pocket kings.

The 45J52 board kept Man in front and left Gordon will less than a big blind. Despite getting a triple up on the very next hand, he couldn’t repeat the trick and was eliminated a hand later in 20th place.

5:40pm: Sweeting’s tournament soured
Level 22, Blinds 10,000 – 20,000 (3,000 ante)

Down to just 83,000 Alexander Sweeting moved all in with K4 and Elliot Panyi gave him a spin from the big blind with A2. The QA38K board kept Panyi in front and sent Sweeting to the rail in 21st place.

5:35pm: Samani out, Hunt over one million
Level 22, Blinds 10,000 – 20,000 (3,000 ante)

Jay Samani was the chip leader. I say was because he lost a huge pot to Samuel Hunt to all but bust and propel Samuel Hunt into the chip lead.

Hunt opened to 45,000 with QQ, Samani shoved for 515,000 with A10 and Hunt called all in for 484,000 total.

The 3AQ5J board gave Hunt a huge pot, left Samani short and he was out the next hand in 22nd place.


Samuel Hunt – chip leader
5:25pm: Cagey stuff
Level 22, Blinds 10,000 – 20,000 (3,000 ante)

Despite the average stack being about 16 big blinds the action is still pretty cagey here. Any shoves aren’t getting called and with the stacks quite bunched most pre-flop raises are getting the job done.

5:20pm: Expensive
Level 22, Blinds 10,000 – 20,000 (3,000 ante)

The price of poker has just gone up and the big blind is now the equivalent of what the starting stack was in this tournament.

5:15pm: Chip Funnell
Level 21, Blinds 8,000-16,000(2,000 ante)

William Funnell has been playing a short stack for most of the day and although he just got a much needed double up he’s still in short stack territory.

Action folded to Jay Samani in the small blind and the chip leader moved all in for an effective 77,000 with 62. Funnell had less than five big blinds so A6 was more than enough to call with and his hand held on the K4QAQ board.

5:05pm: Orledge out in 23rd
Level 21, Blinds 8,000-16,000(2,000 ante)

We’ve lost the Day 1A chip leader as Sam Orledge just went out in 23rd. We missed the action but Chris Gordon told us that Orledge moved all in from early position for around 15-20 big blinds with [A][J] and Krishna Nagaraju called from the small blind with [K][Q].

The flop came king high, but all spades giving Orledge a flush draw. He missed it on the turn and river though. That left him with around three big blinds and he was out shortly after.

4:55pm: Chip counts
Level 21, Blinds 8,000-16,000(2,000 ante)

Below are the chip counts of the 23 remaining players. It’s still Jay Samani who leads, he, Elliot Panyi and Samuel Hunt at this point are the other players who’ve cracked the 500,000 chip barrier. At the other end of the scale there are four players who’ve got sub 10 big blind stacks.

Name Country Chips
Jay Samani United Kingdom 618,000
Elliott Panyi United Kingdom 530,000
Samuel Hunt United Kingdom 508,000
Andrew King Ireland 475,000
Azarya Levy Israel 455,000
Timothy Timotheou United Kingdom 448,000
Dean Perry United Kingdom 375,000
Erasmo Marco Crespo Spain 350,000
Huy Nguyen United Kingdom 339,000
Kwokwah Man United Kingdom 316,000
Michael Matar United Kingdom 305,000
Samuel Orledge United Kingdom 296,000
Christopher Gordon United Kingdom 263,000
Krishna Nagaraju India 255,000
Gerhard Lillie United Kingdom 234,000
Jen-Yue Chiang USA 230,000
Michael Cowper-John United Kingdom 223,000
Vincent Moses United Kingdom 208,000
Gerald Candy United Kingdom 200,000
Daniel Cariello United Kingdom 156,000
Alexander Sweeting United Kingdom 142,000
Nicholas Case United Kingdom 140,000
William Funnell United Kingdom 78,000


Jay Samani

Chris Gordon
4:47pm: We’re off again
Level 21, Blinds 8,000-16,000(2,000 ante)

Players are back in their seat and action is back under way. The average stack is currently around 20 big blinds.

4:25pm: Break it up
Level 20, Blinds 6,000-12,000(2,000 ante)

Level 20 has just ended and the players are now on a 20 minute break.

4:15pm: Big blind special for Perry
Level 20, Blinds 6,000-12,000(2,000 ante)

On a 6K3 flop Vincent Moses bet 30,000, Jay Samani smooth called on the button only for Dean Perry to check-raise all in from the big blind for around 230,000. Moses tanked before folding and Samani released his hand straight away.

Perry showed 63 as he took the pot.

4:05pm: Panyi eliminates Crossan in 27th
Level 20, Blinds 6,000-12,000(2,000 ante)

It’s always the river.

Elliot Panyi opened to 28,000 from early position, John Crossan then moved all-in and it folded back to Panyi. He asked for a count – the shove was for 88,000 – Panyi didn’t seem to like the situation but knew well enough that he was likely priced in as he was getting around 2.5 to 1 on the call.

Call he did, “you’re in front,” he said as he showed J10, Crossan did indeed have the best hand, A9 to be precise. The Q47410 board meant Panyi spiked the river to eliminate Crossan and he’s up to 540,000 as a result.

Cloudio DeVito is also out, he finished in 26th place and Phil Baker has gone in 25th place.


Panyi is picking up plenty of pots
3:55pm: Down to 27
Level 19, Blinds 5,000-10,000(1,000 ante)

Just 27 players remain now in this UKIPT Series tournament. The latest players to exit are: Colin Couldrey (28th), Fotis Stoupis (29th), Tom Waterman (30th), Jamie Sanders (31st), Christian Juksch (32nd), James Millman (32nd), David Percik (34th) and Simon Brooks (35th).

The next player out will win £710.

3:45pm: Three (almost four) way all in!
Level 19, Blinds 5,000-10,000(1,000 ante)

Andrew King waved me over to his table and said: “I think this is going to be a good one.” It was a solid read by the Irishman.

By this point a lot had already happened. Colin Couldrey had raised to 25,000 from under-the-gun, Christian Jucksch had re-raised all in for 126,000 from under-the-gun+1, King had shoved over the top of that for 140,000 and then Phil Baker had put both of them at risk by re-raising all in for about 250,000.

Action was now back on Couldrey who’d raised from a stack of about 18 big blinds and been shoved on in three spots! He tanked for ages, even flipping a coin, before folding what he said was pocket queens.

Jucksch: AK
King: AA
Baker: KK

Three big hands had collided with King having the best of it. It only got better for him on the 108A1010 board as he made a full house. He tripled up to about 480,000, Baker dropped to aroun d 100,000, Jucksch was eliminated in 32nd place and Couldrey lived to fight another day with a stack of 140,000.

3:30pm: Orledge and King still in
Level 19, Blinds 5,000-10,000(1,000 ante)

It’s rarer than you’d think for both the Day 1A and Day 1B chip leaders to make the money, but that’s what’s happened here at The Hippodrome. Sam Orledge – who was the Day 1A chip leader – is still right at the top of the chip counts as he’s got 560,000. However his Day 1B counterpart isn’t doing as well. Andrew King has roughly 140,000.

3:20pm: New chip in town
Level 18, Blinds 4,000-8,000(1,000 ante)

A 25K chip was introduced at the break, it’s a lovely yellow colour making it stand out from the red and blue chips that are also in play.

3:05pm: Out, but in the money
Level 18, Blinds 4,000-8,000(1,000 ante)

We’re down to just 35 players now with the average stack at 200,500. The latest in the money finishers are: Seb Parsons (41st), Carlos Del Vigo Gonzalez (40th), Leslie Rycroft (39th), Pradyumna Chand (38th), John O’Donnell (37th) and Daiva Barauskaite (36th).

Parsons and Gonzalez min-cashed for £480, whilst the others picked up £540.


Daiva Barauskaite
2:50pm: A few chip counts
Level 17, Blinds 3,000-6,000(1,000 ante)

Here are a few chip counts from around the room:

Chris Gordon – 120,000
Daiva Barauskaite – 58,000
Vincent Moses – 240,000
Timothy Timotheou – 275,000
Dean Perry – 93,000
William Funnell – 52,000

2:40pm: First in the money finishers
Level 17, Blinds 3,000-6,000(1,000 ante)

We’ve already had six in the money finishers in the opening 15 minutes of this level: Francis Hazelwood (47th), Tingjun Ye (46th), Robbie O’Brien (45th), David Buckley (44th), George Evans (43rd) and Mike Lee (42nd) have all cashed for £480.

2:30pm: Chips
Level 17, Blinds 3,000-6,000(1,000 ante)

We’ve just updated the chip counts page. It’s Jay Samani – who burst the bubble – who leads with 570,000.

2:06pm: Break time
Level 16, Blinds 2,500-5,000(500 ante)

Right. Time to get our breath back. The players are on a 20 minute break.

2:05pm: Shane D’Moirah bubbles the UKIPT Series; O’Brien survives all in on same hand
Level 16, Blinds 2,500-5,000(500 ante)

Almost a double bubble here but Shane D’Moirah is the last player to leave empty handed but there were two all ins on different tables at the same time.

The first involved Robbie O’Brien, who with just 3,500 was forced all in from the big blind. Andrew King raised to 12,000 from early position and everyone else folded to leave them to it. They then had to wait an age for showdown as a big pot involving D’Moirah was brewing on another table.


Robbie O’Brien waits for his showdown
In that hand Elliot Panyi opened to 12,500, D’Moirah smooth called and Jay Samani then three-bet to 35,700 from the button. Panyi folded but D’Moirah called. On the 9A7 flop Samani c-bet 41,100 and D’Moirah check-called. The 8 fell on the turn and D’Moirah moved all in for around 110,000 and Samani snap called.

Back to O’Brien’s table as his showdown was first. He was all-in with J2 and King held K8 the J2A7J board meant O’Brien made a full house to survive. The pressure was now on D’Moirah.

Samani was first to show, he had A10 but was behind to D’Moirah’s 98, which had turned two pair. “I’ve never wanted to bust someone so much,” said Samani. The dealer then revealed the river card which was the 10.

D’Moirah took the beat incredibly well and shook Samani’s hand before leaving the table.


Shane D’Moirah (standing – left) watches on as his fate is dealt
1:58pm: Parsons, Timotheou and Crossan survive, Rees exit takes us to the bubble
Level 16, Blinds 2,500-5,000(500 ante)

So much action!

First Seb Parsons moved all in for 28,500 with pocket kings. A fine hand but Vincent Moses had the only one that could beat him – pocket aces. The K8986 board meant Parsons stayed alive.

So there were still 49 players left when Timothy Timotheou three-bet all-in for 113,200. The action had been opened by Robbie O’Brien, who’d been called in two spots before Timotheou shoved. O’Brien re-raised all in and everyone else folded.

O’Brien: JJ
Timotheou: KK

The kings held on the 4Q239 board and O’Brien was left with just 4,000 and he had just one hand until he’d be forced all-in from the big blind.

Meanwhile though John Crossan had three-bet shoved for 73,800 with 88 and got a call from Tingjun Ye, who held pocket fours. A 62K76 board meant Crossan also survived.

However, George Rees would not be so lucky his [Q][J] flopped best against Nicholas Case’s [K][Q] but a king on the river sent him to the rail.

We’re on the bubble.

1:50pm: Phil Baker is in!
Level 16, Blinds 2,500-5,000(500 ante)

Apologies to Phil Baker’s mum. Earlier we reported that he was out when he is in fact very much in. Sorry Mrs Baker.

1:45pm: Almost bubble time
Level 16, Blinds 2,500-5,000(500 ante)

We’re oh so close the bubble here. 50 players remain and 47 get paid. There’s 16 minutes until the first break, will it burst before then?

1:40pm: Getting closer to the money
Level 16, Blinds 2,500-5,000(500 ante)

The bubble gets ever closer as: James Price, Pierre Khoury, Vimal Patel, Mark Hitchens, Daniel Bland, Bujar Rajta, Thomas Willoughby, Mia Liu, Stefanos Moysidis, John-Paul Santos, Dominic Wells. William Lewis, David Tompkins, Julian Daley and Maxim Syn have all been knocked out.

1:25pm: Vinnicombe vanquished by Tom Waterman
Level 15, Blinds 2,000-4,000(500 ante)

Tom Waterman is up to 160,000 after winning a race to eliminate James Vinnicombe. The short stack got it in good with pocket sixes against the [A][Q] of Waterman but an ace on the board sent him to the rail.

1:10pm: Lots of exits; 65 players left
Level 15, Blinds 2,000-4,000(500 ante)

Many exits to tell you about now. For fans of: Mirko Mostaccio, Leslie Lamnea, Tom Dickenson, Mark Jefferies, Onur Guven, Thomas Bloomfield, Rahim Tadj-Saadat, Rob Munro, Fernando Berlanga, Anthony Wickert, Karol Podsiadio, Chris Gilbert, Philip Marcu, Noel Broadbent, Stuart Bayford, Steven Mayne, Steve Goose, Justin Kyrakidas and Barry Warden it’s bad news as they’re all out.

65 players remain.

1pm: Huge double for Stoupis
Level 14, Blinds 1,500-3,000(300 ante)

Day 1A chip leader Samuel Orledge just took a big hit that in the process doubled Fotis Stoupis to almost 200,000.

Orledge opened to 6,600, Stoupis re-raised to 24,000, Orledge tanked and then moved all in and Stoupis snap called.

Orledge: AJ
Stoupis: AA

The Greek player was all in for 95,800 and the aces held on the 727J9 board. Orledge had gained some chips today but drops back to around 105,000 as a result of that hand.

12:50pm: Funnell felts Taylor
Level 14, Blinds 1,500-3,000(300 ante)

Down to just 21,700 Simon Taylor moved all in from middle position for 21,700 and William Funnell – who was to his immediate left – re-raised all-in for about 50,000 and everyone else folded.

Funnell: QQ
Taylor: 87

Both players stood as the K97310 board came down and they shook hands as Taylor departed.

12:40pm: More fallers
Level 14, Blinds 1,500-3,000(300 ante)

There was no way back for Luke Cameron after he doubled up William Funnell (see 12:10pm post). He’s one of the early fallers here on Day 2 and joins: Mark Williamson, David Barnes, Ricky Davies, John Lucarotti, Jamie Pugh, Andrea Scappazzoni, Chaminda Tennakoon, Rob Crawford and Joshua Varghese on the rail.

12:30pm: Ace double for Rees
Level 13, Blinds 1,200-2,400(300 ante)

In level one of this tournament George Rees caught lightning in a bottle when he made a royal flush. In level 13 he found aces to double up.

Shane D’Moriah opened from the hijack, Rees shoved for 38,500 from the cut-off and when it folded back to D’Moriah he called with pocket eights. The 39J6K board kept the aces in front and kept Rees in the tournament.


Aces kept Rees in it
12:20pm: Exits
Level 13, Blinds 1,200-2,400(300 ante)

The start of Day 2 is usually carnage and in the opening 20 minutes 10 players have been eliminated. They include: Jeff Barron, Line Olsen, Carl Davies, Philip Baker and Adriano Soares.

12:10pm: Funnell gets chips
Level 13, Blinds 1,200-2,400(300 ante)

From early position John O’Donnell opened to 5,500, Luke Cameron then three-bet to 12,500 and action passed to William Funnell. He asked Cameron how much he was playing and then moved all-in for 28,800, That got rid of O’Donnell but Cameron thought for a bit before making the call.

Funnell: AA
Cameron: 99

The board came K2K77 and Funnell more than doubled up to around 65,000 whilst Cameron is down to about 17,000.

“Were you thinking about folding?” asked Funnell.
“I was, but I was priced in,” replied Cameron.

12:02pm: Action is go
Level 13, Blinds 1,200-2,400(300 ante)

Almost bang on time the action has started.

11:50am: The Series is about to get serious
The prelims are over, this is the real thing. Sure the 106 players who’ve made it to Day 2 can give themselves a pat on the back for outlasting the 245 players who’ve been eliminated but that’s about it. 59 of those who’re back today will suffer the same fate, that is they’ll leave empty handed.

For the other 47 they’ll have some financial reward for their efforts, a minimum of £480, rising all the way to £16,590 should they be the last man or woman sitting. You can see the You can see the entire payout structure here.

The man who’s sitting in pole position right now is Andrew King. He won a 160,000 chip pot on the final hand of Day 1B to finish on 201,600. He was the only player to break the 200,000 chip mark, but others who’ll be back today include: Sam Orledge (170,900), Chris Gordon (148,000) Elliot Panyi (139,300) and Daiva Barauskaite (78,700).


Chris Gordon
Cards are in the air at noon.

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

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