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9:50pm: Ted Jackson-Spivack wins UKIPT Birmingham for £35,000; Ludovic Geilich finishes second for £23,600
Level 26 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)


Reigning UKIPT champion for life Ted Jackson-Spivack

The heads-up battle only lasted four hands after the players got back from break, and it resulted in Geilich taking a bad beat to bust in the runner up spot.

He was down to 985,000 when he limped on the button before snap calling all-in after Ted Jackson-Spivack shoved from the big blind.

Jackson-Spivack: K4
Geilich: QQ.

The final ever UKIPT board ran 7105K4 to make Jackson-Spivack two pair.

He was swarmed by his rail that included childhood friend Adam Owen, and then shook Geilich’s hand who was very gracious in defeat.

A full wrap on the day’s play will be up on the blog shortly, but for now, it’s goodbye from Birmingham, and goodbye from the UKIPT 🙁 –MC


Ludovic Geilich – runner up

9:25pm: Geilich gets caught bluffing; TJS takes big lead into the break
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Ludovic Geilich tried his best to get Ted Jackson-Spivack off his hand, but the latter made a great call to get up to 4.835 million (out of the 6.1 million in play) as the players went off on a 15-minute break.

Jackson-Spivack limped his button and then called a Geilich raise to 140,00. The board ran out 10Q5K3 and the Scot emptied the clip with bets of 115,00, 265,000 and 685,000 on each street. Jackson-Spivack tanked on the river before calling with 107 for third pair. Geilich could only show a busted flush draw with 76.

We’ll be back in the action soon. –MC


Heads up battle

9:15pm: Krishna Nagaraju eliminated in third place (£16,646)
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

We’re heads-up in Birmingham! Ludovic Geilich opened to 85,000, Ted Jackson-Spivack smooth called and Krishna Nagaraju then moved all-in for 523,000 total. Jackson-Spivack asked for a count and then said: “I really should call,” thinking for a few more seconds and then calling.

Nagaraju: 77
Jackson-Spivack: 98

“We’re flipping,” said Jackson-Spivack to his rail and they watched on as the 896 flop made two pair for the chip leader but gave Nagaraju an open-ended straight draw. The 4 turn and Q river were both blanks though and it means Nagaraju was eliminated in third place.

It’ll be roughly 4m vs 2m in Jackson-Spivack’s advantage when heads-up play begins. –NW


Third place for Krishna Nagaraju

9:10pm: Jackson-Spivack increases his lead
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Ludovic Geilich raised from the button and Ted Jackson-Spivack smooth called out of the small blind. The two of them went heads-up to a 41010 flop. Bet of 110,00 from Geilich, call from Jackson-Spivack.

The J turn checked through and the 9 completed the board. Jackson-Spivack bet 325,000 and Geilich tank-called. “Aces up,” said Jackson-Spivack, showing AA. Geilich couldn’t beat it, he’s down to 2,100,000 while Jackson-Spivack is up to 3,300,000. –NW

It’s all going Ted Jackson-Spivack’s way at the moment

9:07pm: David Clarkson eliminated in fourth place (£13,480)
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

From under-the-gun Ted Jackson-Spivack opened to 95,000, it folded to David Clarkson in the big blind, he moved all-in for roughly 600,000 and Jackson-Spivack snap called.

Clarkson: AJ
Jackson-Spivack: KK

A 81010Q5 run out kept the cowboys in front and Jackson-Spivack is now the chip leader with around 2,750,000. –NW


David Clarkson – fourth place

9:05pm: Graham Parkin eliminated in fifth place (£10,670)
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Ted Jackson-Spivack may have doubled Graham Parkin a short while ago, but he got the last laugh by eliminating the local lad.

Parkin raised to 85,000 and then called all-in for just under 900,000 after Jackson-Spivack shoved for just over 900,000 from the small blind.

Jackson-Spivack: JJ
Parkin: 1010

The board ran 97J56 to make Jackson-Spivack top set. –MC


Graham Parkin – fifth place

9pm: He takes from the left, he takes from the right…
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

….Ludovic Geilich’s approaching 3 million and is feeling alright.

First up the start of day chips leader won a four-bet off David Clarkson, then won a really chunky pot off Krishna Nagaraju two hands later.

He opened to 85,000 from the button and then clicked back to 345,000 after Clarkson three-bet to 215,000 from the small blind. Both players checked the 76K flop before Clarkson check-folded to a 165,000 bet on the 7 river.

There was a pretty important hand in between but we’ll get to that in the next post.

Then Nagaraju raised to 95,000 from the small blind and Geilich peeled from the big blind to see a 43J flop where he called a 120,000 c-bet. The board ran 9Q and Nagaraju checked to Geilich on both streets, inviting him to bet 185,000 and 400,000. He called both times but mucked upon seeing his opponent’s A9. That dropped him down to 840,000 and put Geilich up to 2.875 million. –MC

8:45pm: Graham Parkin doubles through Ted Jackson-Spivack
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

The very next hand Graham Parkin got the majority of his chips back. He open shoved for 369,000 with KQ and Ted Jackson-Spivack gave him a spin with A4.

Jackson-Spivack asked for a vowel but the flop had only numbers and consonants coming Q77 to give Parkin the lead. He held on the 10 turn and K river to double to around 785,000 and knock Jackson-Spivack down to 1,000,000. –NW

8:40pm: David Clarkson doubles through Graham Parkin
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

The two shortest stacks on the table just clashed in an all-in pot. Graham Parkin raised to 85,000 from the button, Ludovic Geilich looked interested but eventually folded, but David Clarkson elected to call from the big blind.

On the K38 flop Parkin c-bet 125,000, Clarkson check-raised all-in for 514,000 total and Parkin called.

Clarkson: 63 – a pair and a flush draw
Parkin: KJ – top pair

The 5 turn gave Clarkson a lock on the hand as he made a flush. He’s up to 1,200,000 while Parkin is down to 370,000. –NW

8:35pm: Jeremy Wray eliminated in sixth place (£8,100)
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

London businessman and former Swindon Town FC owner Jeremy Wray has been sent to the stands by Ludovic Geilich. He moved all-in for around 400,000 and Geilech made the call.

Wray: 1010
Geilich: AK

The board ran 88KQ6 to make Geilich a flush. –MC


Jeremy Wray (left) – sixth place

8:20pm: Parkin the bus
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Local cash game grinder Graham Parkin refuses to be beat. He’s got 10 players protected his stack and a striker who can shoot from anywhere. He was the latest player all-in and called, doubling up in the process.

First of all he three-bet all-in over a Ludovic Geilich raise and got it through, then he moved all-in for 427,000 from the button and was called by the Scot in the big blind.

Parkin: Q4
Geilich: A7

The board ran 10J928 to make Parkin a straight. Geilich dropped to 1.07 million. –MC

8pm: He’s back!
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Give Geilich a stack and he’ll use it. Ludovic Geilich is back up to around 1,400,000 and the comfort of a 40+ big blind stack after winning a series of pots without going to a single showdown. The two biggest played out like this:

1) Graham Parkin opened to 70,000 from the button, Jeremy Wray three-bet to 125,000 out of the small blind and was called by both Geilich (big blind) and Parkin. The 77Q flop was checked through and the 2 hit the turn. Wray checked it to Geilich and his bet of 185,000 was enough to win the pot.

2) An orbit later Parkin again opened the button to 70,000 and Geilich defended from the big blind. On the 792 flop Geilich came out firing, betting 85,000 a bet that Parkin called. On the 5 turn Geilich bet again and Parkin folded. –NW


Ludo’s back, back again

7:50pm: UKIPT Memories, featuring Rod Stirzaker, Darren Tsang and UKIPT President for Life Kirsty Thompson

Nick and myself aren’t always able to make UKIPTs, or are in need of an extra scribe at large events. The phone we ring more often than not is Rod Stirzaker. Today we didn’t ring him, we emailed him and asked him for his favourite memory:

“My favourite UKIPT was watching Ludovic Geilich (complete with boisterous railbirds) eviscerate his UKIPT Marbella final table, cremating his opponents in a cauldron of pressure. I think Gareth Chantler said something like “this guy could be dealt napkins all day and still win it all.” It was a beastly demonstration of how to apply pressure in No Limit Hold’em.

Geilich was just one of the tour’s champions to start his journey to stardom on the UKIPT trail. We’ll miss you UKIPT!”


Rod at PokerStars Live at the Hippodrome

Before David Curtis ran the show on this tour, one of the previous event organisers was Darren Tsang before he ran off to Hong Kong to work in the family business. Tsang dropped us a line:

“My favourite memory probably has to be UKIPT Nottingham where we reached over 1000 players. Otherwise it’s just from planning the tour to actually being on it! All the happy and good people we met along the way are the greatest of memories. Being part of starting a big poker tour, as UKIPT has been memorable for me. Kirsty (Thompson), Mickey (May), Chris Page and I use to call the UKIPT team as the dream team! Not sure if there were many other Dream Teams after us. I am sure there was…”

Lastly, a Tweet from the lady who set this tour up and gave more to make it a roaring success than any other person on this plant. Kirsty Thompson, we all owe you a great debt.

7:35pm: Nathan Webb eliminated in seventh place (£5,920)
Level 24 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

Nathan Webb’s amazing run in this tournament has come to an end as he’s just been eliminated in seventh place. The Worcester based player shoved for 260,000 from the small blind with K10 and Ludovic Geilich tanked for a long time before calling for a little over a third of his stack with A8. A 57659 board saw Geilich improve to a straight and reduce the final table to a six-max tournament. -NW


Webb – out in seventh

7:25pm: Chips!
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (4,000 ante)

As level 23 gets started Krishna Nagaraju and David Clarkson are the only players with seven-figure stacks. At the other end of the counts Nathan Webb is down to just over seven big blinds.

Krishna Nagaraju India   1,673,000
David Clarkson United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 1,204,000
Edward Jackson-Spivack United Kingdom   979,000
Jeremy Wray United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 838,000
Ludovic Geilich United Kingdom   645,000
Graham Parkin United Kingdom   549,000
Nathan Webb United Kingdom   215,000

7:10pm: Break time
Level 23 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

The players are on a 15-minute break.

7pm: The dynamics have changed
Level 23 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

It’s all about small skirmishes at the moment, although the dynamics of this final table have noticeably shifted now Ludovic Geilich as dropped down to around 30 big blinds. It’s mostly Jeremy Wray and Krishna Nagaraju butting heads at the moment with their personal battle level at one apiece at the minute.


Adam Owen (centre) and friends

Ted Jackson-Spivack has got the most vocal rail with Adam Owen his main cheerleader. It’s lucky that boy can play poker because his singing career wouldn’t have been as successful. It’s all, as usual, being played out in good spirits though. –NW

6:47pm: Chip update
Level 23 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Name Country Status Chips
David Clarkson United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 1,550,000
Krishna Nagaraju India   1,200,000
Ted Jackson-Spivack United Kingdom   950,000
Jeremy Wrang United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 900,000
Ludovic Geilich United Kingdom   700,000
Graham Parkin United Kingdom   480,000
Nathan Webb United Kingdom   210,000

6:47pm: Geilich counterfeited, loses more
Level 23 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Ludovic Geilich’s stack had dropped further – to 700,000 – after David Clarkson counterfeited his hand.

Geilic open-raised to 75,000 from the small blind and Clarkson defended from the big blind. The flop came 7Q4 and Clarkson called a 78,000 c-bet before the 74 turn and river were checked through. Geilic flashed pocket threes and got ready to muck them, then did so when Clarkson opened A8. That moved Clarkson past 1.5 million. –MC

6:35pm: Jeremy Wray doubles through Ludovic Geilich
Level 23 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

A huge double for Jeremy Wray to tell you about, and perhaps a chink in the armour of the chip leader. It was an all-in pre-flop encounter with Wray opening to 55,000, Geilich three-betting to 145,000, Wray shoving for 484,000 total and Geilich calling. As he shoved Wray said: “If I play it any other way you’ll out play me.”

Wray opened KK and Geilich showed 1010. A 373A5 board doubled Wray to around 1,000,000 and dropped Geilich to roughly 1,100,000. –NW

6:30pm: David Wilkes eliminated in eighth place (£4,320)
Level 23 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Down to just 101,000 David Wilkes moved all-in over the top of Ludovic Geilich’s open and when it folded back round the Scotsman called the extra.

Wilkes: KQ
Geilich: QJ

The 73K7A board doubled Wilkes but still left him short on chips. A few hands later Krishna Nagaraju opened to 75,000 with QQ, Wilkes shoved for around 200,000 with JJ and Nagaraju called. The 551053 board couldn’t save Wilkes and he exits in eighth place. –NW


Wilkes – eighth place

6:25pm: Meet the final eight
Level 23 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Before the final table started we sat down with the final eight to learn a bit more about them. You can read up on the final eight here. –MC

6:15pm: Sets win hands
Level 23 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

It didn’t take too long for Ted Jackson-Spivack to get some chips back from Ludovic Geilich. They both put in 50,000 pre-flop with the Scotsman, as usual, the aggressor. There was no betting until the river of a A7JQ5 board, at which point Geilich fired out 175,000. “I’m just going to call,” said Jackson-Spivack. “You got fives?” asked Geilich. Almost, Jackson-Spivack had pocket sevens and it bested Geilich, who flashed the A as he mucked.

Jackson-Spivack is back up to around 950,000 while Geilich drops to 1,700,000 but is still in charge. –NW

6:10pm: The Ludo show
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

It’s not all about Ludovic Geilich but it is very much The Ludo Show right now and it shows little sign of getting cancelled anytime soon.

He won a hat-trick of pots in a row with the final one, which was against Ted Jackson-Spivack being the most interesting. Geilich opened the button to 50,000 and Jackson-Spivack called from the big blind.

The 7J9 flop checked through and the 7 hit the turn. Geilich bet 50,000 and Jackson-Spivack stuck around. The 8 hit the river and Jackson-Spivack bet 85,000. Geilich paused a few beats before announcing all-in. He had Jackson-Spivack, who had about 700,000 back, well covered. There were a number of short stacks and after about 45 seconds Jackson-Spivack folded saying: “You’re too good Ludo,” as he did so. –NW

5:58pm: Bluff this man at your peril
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

PokerStars qualifier David Clarkson tried to use his big stack to bluff Krishna Nagaraju off a hand just now; it didn’t work out too well for him.

He opened to 45,000 from the button and Nagaraju peeled from the big blind to see a 255 flop appear. Clarkson continued for 25,000 and called after he was check-raised up to 75,000. On the Q turn Nagaraju checked it over to Clarkson who bet 85,000. The bet was called before the 10 river was checked though.

Nagaraju opened 92 and Clarkson paused before mucking his hand. –MC

5:40pm: Wilkes doubles with pocket ones
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

“Numbers or letters?” asked Ted Jackson-Spivack to David Wilke after the latter moved all-in from second position. “Numbers,” was the lied reply. The all-in was for just 83,000 and Jackson-Spivack made the call from the big blind.

Wilke: AA
Jackson-Spivack: Q6

The board ran 10JQ37 to see the aces hold. Jackson-Spivack dropped down to just over 900,000. –MC

5:35pm: Geilich and Clarkson gathering chips
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

No major action since the Geilich vs Parkin hand (see below) but there is a patten emerging. If Ludovic Geilich doesn’t open to 45,000 then David Clarkson does. They’re each winning a number of hands pre-flop. –NW

5:30pm: Chip counts
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Below are rough eyes on counts of the final eight players.

Ludovic Geilich United Kingdom   1,575,000
David Clarkson United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 1,215,000
Ted Jackson-Spivack United Kingdom   940,000
Graham Parkin United Kingdom   600,000
Jeremy Wray United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 783,000
Krishna Nagaraju India   431,000
Nathan Webb United Kingdom   340,000
David Wilkes United Kingdom   152,000

5:25pm: Sneaky Geilich gets paid
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

He might be known for his aggressive play but you don’t achieve what Ludovic Geilich has by being a one trick pony and he just showed he can mix it up. Graham Parkin opened to 45,000 from the cutoff and Geilich smooth called from the big blind. He then led for 50,000 on the J88 flop and Parkin called. The 7 hit the turn, Geilich bet again (80,000) and Parkin again called. The Q completed the board and out came the third barrel. It was a hefty 300,000 for Parkin to call but call he did. First to show was Geilich, he opened QQ for a rivered full house and Parkin winced. He couldn’t beat it and showed the 8 as he mucked. “When you called the second time I was extremely worried,” said Geilich after the hand. He’s now up to 1,575,000 while Parkin is down to 600,000. –NW

5:15pm: Ben Morrison eliminated in ninth place (£3,580)
Level 22 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Finally we have a ninth place finisher for you, and the unfortunate official final table bubble boy is Ben Morrison. Ted Jackson-Spivack doubled up through him a while ago, and he came to finish off the job.

Ludovic Geilich opened to 40,000 from under the gun and was flat called by Jackson-Spivack two seats along before Morrison squeezed all-in for 340,000 from one more seat along. Geilich folded and Jackson-Spivack called after getting a count.

Jackson-Spivack: 99
Morrison: AK

The board ran a blank 246J10.

The remaining eight players are having their photo taken and then play will get back underway. –MC


Another deep run for the talented Morrison

4:43pm: Tough times, a break is needed
Level 21 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Two whole levels passed without a player busting, we all need 20 minutes for a breather. –MC

4:40pm: Yet another double, this time for Jackson-Spivack
Level 21 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

These players don’t seem to want to make the unofficial final table, or it seems that way at least. The latest player to double was Edward Jackson-Spivack.

He was in the big blind and called an under the gun raise from Ben Morrison. Both players checked the 27J flop before Morrison’s delayed 52,000 c-bet was treated to a check-raise all-in by Jackson-Spivack. It was for 298,000 and Morrison tank-called with 88. It was bo good though as Jackson-Spivack opened AJ and improved on the J river. Morrison dropped to 370,000. –MC

4:25pm: Webb’s turn to double
Level 21 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Nathan Webb was end of Day 1B chip leader with 159,200, he started this hand with less than that but now has more after doubling through Ludovic Geilich. The Scotsman opened to 32,000 in early position and was flatted by Graham Parkin (button) and Webb (big blind).

On the 986 flop Geilich continued for 45,000, Parkin folded and Webb then moved all-in for 120,000 total. Geilich got a count, thought about it for a while and then called. Webb showed 75 for the flopped straight, Geilich opened 92 for top pair. It was all over on the Q turn and all the 9 river did was make Geilich a slightly better second best hand.

Webb’s up to 340,000, Geilich drops to 1,050,000. –NW

4:18pm: Chip update
Level 21 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Ludovic Geilich United Kingdom   1,350,000
Graham Parkin United Kingdom   1,050,000
Jeremy Wray United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 900,000
David Clarkson United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 870,000
Ben Morrison United Kingdom   730,000
Edward Jackson-Spivack United Kingdom   351,000
Krishna Nagaraju India   340,000
David Wilkes United Kingdom   180,000
Nathan Webb United Kingdom   170,000

4pm: Huge double for Parkin
Level 21 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Krishna Nagaraju had had a disastrous unofficial final table so far. He’s just doubled up another player to drop to 385,000, a million less than he had a short while ago.

Ludovic Geilich opened to 40,000 and was flatted by Nagaraju on the button before Graham Parkin squeezed to 150,000 from the big blind. Geilich folded but Nagaraju jammed and was snapped off by Parkin for 580,000.

Parkin: KK
Nagaraju: A9

The board ran 83868 to see the kings hold. –MC

3:40pm: David Clarkson doubles through Krishna Nagaraju
Level 20 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Big pot alert!

David Clarkson opened to 25,000 and Krishna Nagaraju smooth called. Clarkson bet every street of the 10QA78 board with his bets being 35,000, 90,000 and then all-in for 360,000. Nagaraju called every step of the way with A8 but Clarkson had flopped the nuts with KJ. He’s up to 1,050,000 while Nagaraju drops to 800,000. –NW

3:35pm: Internet outage
Level 20 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Apologies for the lack of updates, we had some gremlins get into our internet feed, hopefully we’ve got rid of them all though. –NW

3:20pm: Wilkes finds a lucky double
Level 20 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

We were 80% favourite to have the official final table set, but the little pair of David Wilkes found a friend to crack Edward Jackson-Spivack’s kings. Luckily for the latter, Wilkes only had 86,600 chips. All the chips went in preflop.

Wilkes: 55
Jackson-Spivack: KK

The board ran 1095Q10.

If Jackson-Spivack wasn’t running bad enough, a few moments later he missed his mouth by about a foot when attempting to have a sip of a drink, and soaked his lap! –MC

3:05pm: The final nine
Level 20 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Here’s how the final nine stack up. We’re on the ‘photograph’ bubble as we like to call it. When one more player is eliminated the official final table will be set.

Seat Name Chips
1 David Wilkes 92,000
2 Graham Parkin 395,000
3 Jeremy Wray 918,000
4 Nathan Webb 226,000
5 Ludovic Geilich 1,301,000
6 David Clarkson 606,000
7 Edward Jackson-Spivack 396,000
8 Ben Morrison 823,000
9 Krishna Nagaraju 1,346,000

3pm: Teymour Sabet eliminated in 10th place (£3,040)
Level 20 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Teymour Sabet’s deep run in this tournament has come to an end with the PokerStars employee busting out in 10th place. He three-bet shoved for 220,000 with Q7 and ran into the pocket queens of Krishna Nagaraju.

He flopped a seven but couldn’t hit a second and we’ve reached the unofficial final table. –NW


The cat in the hat is out

2:55pm: Geilich flush with chips
Level 20 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

Ludovic Geilich is up to 1,250,000 after winning a bit pot against Edward Jackson-Spivack. The hand started with the latter opening to 25,000 from early position, Geilich called on the button and David Clarkson – who had moved into Jake Cody’s seat – also stuck around.

On the K105 flop Jackson-Spivack bet 31,000 and was called by both players. The A hit the turn, Jackson-Spivack bet again, 55,000 this time and Geilich was the only caller. The 7 completed the board and Jackson-Spivack fired a third barrel, betting 88,000. Geilich riffled chips for a while before raising to 300,000 total. “Queen-jack of hearts?” asked Jackson to Geilich, who remained impassive.

A few more seconds passed and Jackson-Spivack announced call, Geilich rolled over J8 and Spivack nodded as he mucked. He’s down to around 370,000.–NW

2:48pm: Jake Cody eliminated in 11th place (£3,040)
Level 20 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

One could see the disappointment on Jake Cody’s face after he busted. He really wanted this one. It wasn’t to be though.

Ben Morrison raised to 28,000 from under the gun and called after the Team PokerStars Pro three-bet to 81,000 from the big blind. The flop fell AJ8 and Cody led for 68,000. Call. The turn was the K and Cody moved all-in for 232,000. Morrison had just 2,000 more chips and made a fairly quick call.

Cody: AK for top two pair.
Morrison: 88 for a set.

The board completed with the 10 and Cody was led off to get paid. –MC


Cody will be rooting for good friend Ludovic Geilich now

2:25pm: Chip counts from the break
Level 20 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (2,000 ante)

As level 20 starts this is how the remaining 11 players stack up:

Jeremy Wray United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 900,000
Edward Jackson-Spivack United Kingdom   870,000
Krishna Nagaraju India   865,000
Ludovic Geilich United Kingdom   760,000
David Clarkson United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 760,000
Graham Parkin United Kingdom   437,000
Teymour Sabet United Kingdom   435,000
Ben Morrison United Kingdom   385,000
Jake Cody United Kingdom Team PokerStars Pro 380,000
Nathan Webb United Kingdom   215,000
David Wilkes United Kingdom   180,000

2:10pm: James Rann eliminated in 12th place (£2,700)
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

In the last hand of the level we lost James Rann in 12th place and he got unlucky to bust. Edward Jackson-Spivack opened to 23,000, Rann three-bet to 61,000 (with 180,000 back), Jackson-Spivack tank-shoved and Rann called it off.

Rann: AK
Jackson-Spivack: KQ

The A7J310 run out meant Rann was rivered to exit in 12th. The players are now on a 15 minute break, during which we’ll get full chip counts. –NW


Rann’s back down to Stydey in a couple of days

2pm: UKIPT memories, resting in peace with Jen Mason
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Jen Mason has been a massive part of the UKIPT since the beginning. If you are a member of the press you would’ve received many an email from her in a role as the tour’s Media Coordinator. It’s a tiring job that requires her to work long hours. So long that sleep becomes the most valuable of commodities. Hence….


“As a sort of Mad Harper lite, I have mainly experienced the UKIPT either from behind a laptop with Excel running on it or during celebrations/commiserations with some of the most entertaining and genuine people in the game and the industry, with the occasional break to throw some chips about. My favourite memories would probably be redacted to the point of absurdity, so I’ll share my favourite naps instead:

“3rd) Across two chairs, media room, UKIPT London Grand Connaught Rooms. Comfort level: 5/10

With a fabulous balcony view over the tournament area, the combined UKIPT/EPT fest in London was, however, a challenging place to nap as the media sat in a straight line. When the video team weren’t taking up the final two chairs in the row, it was possible to push them together to make a sort of small cot, which when also moved under the tablecloth, was nicely invisible.

“2nd) Behind Marc Convey, PokerStars LIVE at The Hippodrome Casino. Comfort level: 7/10

I love The Hippodrome Casino for its mini-Vegasy glitz and the weird spherical chandeliers that still leave a lovely semi-dark napping environment. The Matcham Room has semicircular booths that make it possible to nap behind a blogger with only feet visible (and not even that if you go full foetal position).

“1st) Sun lounger, poolside, Marbella. Comfort level 10/10

The UKIPT on Holiday was an idea of pure genius. I don’t think I’ve spent a higher percentage of every evening while officially working laughing my ass off at any other event, period. I was lucky enough to experience Marbella from both sides of the table and my favourite ever nap was during the Big Screen Football party by the pool. With everyone watching an enormous TV, I wandered off to the other side, viewing stars until falling asleep. Blissful.”

1:45pm: Nathan Manuel eliminated in 13th place (£2,700)
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

A huge pot this, a chip leading pot no less. Action folded to Jeremy Wray, who was in the cutoff, he raised to 22,000 and picked up a call from Nathan Manuel who was the big blind. On the 285 flop Wray c-bet 28,000 and Manuel stuck around. The 4 hit the turn and this is where the action hotted up. Wray bet again, this time it was 57,000 to play, Manuel check-raised to 135,000 total and Wray called.

The A fell on the river and Manuel wasted little time in moving all-in for around 230,000 total. Wray paused a few seconds and announced call. Manuel showed 33 for the rivered straight, but Wray had J8 for a rivered flush. He had Manuel covered and is up to 950,000 as a result. — NW


13 was unlucky for Manuel

1:34pm: Timothy Chung eliminated in 14th place (£2,450)
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Timothy Chung was the second shortest stack after redraw and the shortest on his table. He went to war with the other short stack at his table – James Rann – but came out the worst of it.

The action folded to him in the small blind and he moved all-in for around 90,000. Rann looked down at his card and made a pretty quick call.

Chung: K6
Rann: KJ

The board ran QQ8K9. Rann’s kicker played and he moved up to 222,000 after kicking Chung to the side lines. -MC


Chung – kickered out of the tournament

1:20pm: Jamie Bott eliminated in 15th place (£2,450)
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Jamie Bott was 15/15 in the chip counts and failed to turn that around. He was happy to find himself in a race when his all-in was called, but the flip went his opponent’s way.

Bott was in the hijack when he shoved for 85,000. David Clarkson was on the button and made the call.

Bott: 66
Clarkson: AJ

The board ran Q9A82 to move Clarkson past 700,000. –MC


Bott’s out in 15th

1:10pm: Penultimate redraw
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Table Seat Name Chips
1 1 Ludovic Geilich 725,000
1 2 Jake Cody 405,000
1 3 Ben Morrison 260,000
1 4 Edward Jackson-Spivack 420,000
1 5 Timothy Chung 90,000
1 6 Empty  
1 7 James Rann 121,000
1 8 David Wilkes 370,000
2 1 Krishna Nagaraju 665,000
2 2 Jeremy Wray 605,000
2 3 Graham Parkin 420,000
2 4 Teymour Sabet 380,000
2 5 Nathan Manuel 370,000
2 6 Jamie Bott 85,000
2 7 Nathan Webb 260,000
2 8 David Clarkson 610,000

1:05pm: Tony Harman out in 17th; Dillion Chua 16th
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Two players out at different tables mean we’re down to the final 15 players here in Birmingham. First to go was Tony Harman, he shoved for 93,000 with Q10 and Ludovic Geilich called with KK. A Q107 board gave Harman two pair but Geilich had flush outs in the locker. The 6 turn was a blank but Geilich got there the hard way as the K hit the river to give him the pot.

Meanwhile on table one Jake Cody raised to 18,000, Dillion Chua shoved for 45,000, Jermey Wray re-raised all-in for 276,000 and Tim Chung, who covered, went over the top. Cody folded and we had a three-way all-in.

Chua: K4
Wray: QQ
Chung: AK

The 108588 board kept the pair in front and boosts Wray to around 625,000 while Chung is down to 140,000. There’s now a short break while they do a re-draw of the final 15 players. –NW


Chua – out in 16th

1pm: Geilich gets his own back
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Earlier today Krishna Nagaraju made a great river call against Ludovic Geilich with just king high. Well, Geilich just got his own back. Nagaraju opened to 24,000 from early position and Geilich smooth called. No one bet the 567 flop but Geilich fired out 36,000 on the J turn, call from Nagaraju. The J fell on the river, Geilich checked, Nagaraju bet 63,000 and Geilich snap called with A4 for just ace high. Nagaraju announced ‘queen high’ and Geilich took the pot. He’s up to 630,000 while Nagaraju drops to 700,000. –NW

12:50pm: Dillion in the danger zone
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Dillion Chua is down to just a handful of big blinds after losing a pot to Jake Cody. The former opened to 16,000 from under-the-gun and Cody defended the big blind. On the AQ8 flop Chua c-bet 16,000 and Cody called. The 7 turn was checked through and the 2 completed the board. Cody bet 32,000 and after a long dwell Chua put in the calling chips. Cody showed A6 and it was good. –NW

12:45pm: Raine runs out of chips
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Facing a button raise from Tim Chung, UKIPT stalwart Neil Raine wagered his last ten big blinds and Chung quickly called with AJ. He had Raine’s A7 dominated and despite Raine asking for a chop the Scarborough man didn’t get one as the Q8369 board kept Chung in front and he’s up to 360,000 now. –NW


Raine’s race is run

12:40pm: Zihni runs into a hand
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

“You alwasys have a hand,” joked Ali Zihni to Graham Parkin as he headed to the rail after being eliminated in 19th place. In the hand in question Nathan Manuel opened the button, Zihni shoved for 115,000 from the small blind and Parkin re-raised all-in from the big blind for about 340,000. Manuel got an eyes on count and then folded.

Zihni: KJ
Parkin: QQ

The A4Q flop was grim reading for Zihni. “How about a ten?” he asked of the dealer. The A turn was the final blow and the meaningless 2 completed the board. “I had an ace so he was busting either way,” said Manuel to Parkin a few moments later. For his 19th place finish Zihni collects £1,960. –NW


Zihni can’t believe it

12:36pm: Owen taken down by Clarkson
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

David Clarkson, Ludovic Geilich and Adam Owen are three of the best players in the UK, let alone this tournament, or even their table. They just clashed in a hand that resulted in the bustout of Owen on 20th place.

Clarkson called on the button before Geilich raised to 31,000 from the small blind. Owen called from the big blind and Clarkson called too. The flop fanned Q78 and the action was checked to Clarkson who bet 58,000. Only Owen check-called to the 3 turn where he checked to face an all-in move. Owen had around 175,000 left and tank-called them off with J8 for second pair. Clarkson opened 78 for two pair and Owen was confirmed out when the board completed with the 3.

“Nice hand, well played” said Owen to Clarkson. The latter moved up to 630,000. –MC


Adam Owen

12:20pm: Bad beat sends Kay home
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

“It happens!” said a philosophical Dominic Kay after Krishna Nagaraju cracked his pocket kings. That helped him to around 750,000 chips, good for a lead extension.

Kay was down to 113,000 when he made his all-in move from under the gun. Nagaraju called from the small blind.

Nagaraju: JJ
Kay: KK

The board ran QJ294 to make Nagaraju a set. — MC


Short day for Kay as kings cracked

12:15pm: Krishna makes a great call
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Talk about guts. Krishna Nagaraju opened from early position and Ludovic Geilich put in the extra from the big blind. On the 729 flop Nagaraju continued for 21,000 and Geilich smooth called. On the 9 turn Geilich upped the aggression, leading out for 45,000. Call from Nagaraju. On the 2 river Geilich reached for chips again, firing out a bet of 125,000. There was no instant response from Nagaraju. Indeed the elimination hand of Konrad Zalewski (see below) played out in its entirety while he tanked. Ultimately he settled on a call and Geilich showed 108 for a busted straight draw. Nagaraju opened KQ for a very good call indeed with just king high. He’s the new chip leader with about 550,000 while Geilich drops just below 500,000. –NW


What a hero call!

12:05pm: Konrad Zalewski eliminated by Edward Jackson-Spivack
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

It took just five minutes for the first exit of the day and Tim Chung was absent for most of those as he missed the opening couple of deals. He was in his seat in time to see Edward Jackson-Spivack open to 17,000, Konrad Zalewski three-bet shove for about 110,000 and Jackson-Spivack call.

Jackson-Spivack: JJ
Zalewski: A7

“Consonant please,” said Jackson-Spivack, cheekily asking for a set on the flop. His wish wasn’t granted but it mattered not as the K5678 board kept him in front and eliminated Zalewski. “I didn’t want to see a vowel,” added the victor as he stacked his spoils. He’s up to 355,000 now. –NW

12pm: Shuffle up and deal
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Cards are in the air! There was no redraw overnight, so here’s how’ll they’ll line up:

Seat Table 1 Table 2 Table 3
1 Edward Jackson-Spivack Jamie Bott Adam Owen
2 James Rann Teymour Sabet Krishna Nagaraju
3 empty David Wilkes Tony Harman
4 Konrad Zalewski Nathan Webb Dominic Kay
5 Timothy Chung Nathan Manuel Ben Morrison
6 Jake Cody Ali Zihni empty
7 Neil Raine Jeremy Wray David Clarkson
8 Dillion Chua Graham Parkin Ludovic Geilich

11:40pm: Final day about to begin
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Who wants to make the last ever UKIPT final table? Who wants to win £35,000? Well, just 22 players remain in the main event and today one them will achieve the above, and boy to they want it bad. The field is stacked with talented and determined individuals and the right ingredients are in the mixing bowl, we just hope the cake comes out smelling and tasting great. Here’s how the players stand after the end of Day 2:

Ludovic Geilich United Kingdom   697,000
David Clarkson United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 498,000
David Wilkes United Kingdom   428,000
Nathan Manuel USA   369,000
Jake Cody United Kingdom Team PokerStars Pro 368,000
Krishna Nagaraju India   342,000
Jeremy Wray United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 320,000
Timothy Chung United Kingdom   304,000
Teymour Sabet United Kingdom   281,000
Adam Owen United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 276,000
Graham Parkin United Kingdom   262,000
Nathan Webb United Kingdom   250,000
Edward Jackson-Spivack United Kingdom   226,000
Jamie Bott United Kingdom   212,000
James Rann United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 210,000
Ben Morrison United Kingdom   210,000
Ali Zihni United Kingdom   203,000
Tony Harman United Kingdom   192,000
Neil Raine United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 149,000
Konrad Zalewski Poland   123,000
Dominic Kay United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 119,000
Dillion Chua Singapore   88,000


Geilich is the man to catch

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

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