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12:30am: Stian Knutsen leads UKIPT6 Super Series final table

Over 11 levels of play were needed today to shrink the field down from 129 to the official final table of eight players. It was a frantic day full of coolers, multi-way all-ins and huge pots. The chip lead changed several times including on the very last hand.


Knutzen leads the way

Stian Knutsen just beat Adam Maxwell to the end of day chip lead after he eliminated Jen-Yue Chiang on the last hand of the day (see 12:10am post). Here’s how the final eight will line up tomorrow:

Seat Name Chips
1 Albert Sapiano 1,133,000
2 Stian Knutsen 2,096,000
3 Chris Da-Silva 1,411,000
4 Alexander Fradlin 1,363,000
5 Henry Ribby 564,000
6 Adam Maxwell 2,087,000
7 Valdir Cordeiro 1,811,000
8 Dara O’Kearney 869,000

Ever player remaining is guaranteed a £4,000 payday, which is an amount Gheorghe Macarin can only dream of after he bubbled midway through today’s play. He moved his short stack in with J-T and was called in two spots, one of which was Chiang who flopped top pair and burst the bubble. The fact that Chiang then went onto bubble the final table was almost foreshadowing on his part.

The final table’s two biggest names are undoubtedly Albert Sapiano and PokerStars qualifier Dara O’Kearney. The former is a long-time, loved legend of the UK poker scene and satellite king O’Kearney has finally made a UKIPT final table after making his 11th cash, just one behind Thomas Ward’s record (thanks to UKIPT friend Willie Elliot for tweeting this fact).

Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody also recorded his 11th cash today, but fell in 42nd place for a £1,010 cash. Other players who cashed but failed to make the final table included: Matt Perrins, Will Kassouf, David Crane, Marc Hunter, Felix Stephensen and Dag Berivan.

The final will get underway at 12pm BST so make sure you join us back here them to see who will become the UKIPT Super Series champion for 2016.

12:10am: Jen-Yue Chiang bubbles UKIPT Super Series final table
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 4,000)

Jen-Yue Chiang was very philosophical after he became the official final table bubble boy. He knew the hand played itself and that was enough for him.

He was short stacked and woke up with AJ. He moved all-in and was unfortunate that Stian Knutsen was at behind with AK. The final board of the day ran K2JK4. That victory took Knutsen back up to almost 2.1 million.


Chiang – 9th place

12:02am: The last redraw
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 4,000)

Seat Name
1 Albert Sapiano
2 Stian Knutsen
3 Chris Da-Silva
4 Alexander Fradlin
5 Henry Ribby
6 Adam Maxwell
7 Valdir Cordeiro
8 Jen-Yue Chiang
9 Dara O’Kearney


The final 9

11:55pm: Down to the unofficial final table
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 4,000)

Mikołaj Kwiatkiewicz busted in 10th place meaning the final nine players will redraw for the last time. It won’t be the official final table until one more player busts though.

Valdir Cordeiro opened to 75,000 and then called after Kwiatkiewicz three-bet all-in for 120,000.

Kwiatkiewicz: A6
Cordeiro: Q10

“Good luck, I hope you win!” said Kwiatkiewicz trying to tempt fate.

It didn’t work as the board ran 4Q7Q6 to bust him.

11:46pm: Still no sign of warming up
Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 4,000)

Another cold hand but this time it ended in a double up rather than a bustout.

Henry Bibby was first to act and moved all-in for 317,000. Chip leader Stian Knutsen was on the button and made the call.

Bibby: AA
Knutsen: QQ

The board ran 9J937. Knutsen dropped to around 1.8 million.

11:30pm: Yet another cooler costs Morrison
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 3,000)

Today’s play has been littered with coolers and the hand that busted Benjamin Morrison was no different.

Chris Da-Silva raised from the button and snap called after Morrison moved all-in for 753,000 from the big blind. Da-Silva has just 20,000 more chips than his opponent.

Morrison: AQ
Da-Silva: AA

The board ran JJ87Q. Morrison looked a little dazed, then wished everyone good luck before heading off to get paid.

11:18pm: River folds with Doke
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 3,000)

Dara O’Kearney lost a big pot after folding on the river but got a lot of those lost chips back the very next hand.

He and Stian Knutsen made it to the river where a 32J8Q board rested. A huge pile of chips had already found their way into the middle and Knutsen committed another 350,000 from the big blind. O’Kearney tank folded and was shown the 7. Knutsen’s stack rose to around 2 million.

The very next hand Jen-Yue Chiang raised to 55,000 from first position and was called by Albert Sapiano on the button and O’Kearney in the big blind. The flop fanned 984 and the action was cheked to Sapiano who bet 110,000. Both opponents called before all three checked the Q turn. The river was the 5 and O’Kearney led out for 200,000. Chiang tank folded and Sapiano open folded 34. That put O’Kearney back up to around 1.3million.

11:04pm: Pez parts ways with the Main Event
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 3,000)

Matt Perrins made a move with an over card, gutshot and backdoor flush draw on the flop but ran into Adam Maxwell and his top two pair.

The flop read 1086 and the chips went it. Perrins opened Q9 and soon saw he was in trouble as Maxwell tabled 108. The board ran out 23.

10:55pm: Six-max all round as Mason falls in 13th
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 3,000)

Each table has six players apiece after the super short stacked Darren Mason called all-in from big blind.

The action folded around to Jen-Yue Chiang in the small blind and he set Mason all-in for his last 86,000. Call.

Chiang: J7
Mason: 64

The board ran 5109A10 missing both players.

10:50pm: Full chip counts for the final 13
Level 22 – Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 3,000)

Name Status Chips
Stian Knutsen   1,650,000
Valdir Cordeiro Dos Santos   1,600,000
Dara O’Kearney PokerStars Qualifier 1,550,000
Alexander Fradlin   1,400,000
Adam Maxwell   1,210,000
Benjamin Morrison   1,100,000
Albert Sapiano   770,000
Chris Da-Silva   580,000
Jen-Yue Chiang   545,000
Matthew Perrins   374,000
Mikolaj Kwiatkiewicz   260,000
Henry Bibby   260,000
Darren Mason PokerStars Qualifier 95,000

10:30pm: Time for a break
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

After the frantic action, we’re all in need of a 15-minute break.

10:28pm: Maskill busts in 15th place; Berivan follows in 14th
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

Jack Maskill was the next player to hit the rail after losing a big flip versus Dara O’Kearney.

He opened to 42,000 before O’Kearney three-bet to 105,000. Maskill jammed for 334,000 with JJ and his Irish opponent called with AK. The board ran AA9510 to make O’Kearney trips.


Dag dominated for long periods today

Just 13 players remain after Dag Berivan followed soon after. She was short and made her move after finding K6 in the hole. Adam Maxwell found AJ in the small blind, called, and survived a 4755Q board.

10:22pm: Big action continues
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

It seems as if the players are trying to get to a final table as quick as possible as the chips continue to fly.

Alexios Zervos was left short after his last encounter and got the last of his chips in with K8. Matt Perrins called with A5 and the board ran J2JA6 to send him to the rail.

Dara O’Kearney has enjoyed a blessed life post bubble and the good form continued with a double up courtesy of Albert Sapiano. It was a bit of a cooler as both players had flushes on a J2723 board but Sapiano’s 610 was lower in value that O’Kearney’s KJ. “I never hit flushes and when I do…..” bemoaned Sapiano.

Alex Bounsall was short and hit the rail in 16th place after his pocket sevens failed to hold against an opponent’s KJ that went on to make a flush.

10:10pm: Two table redraw
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

Table Seat Name
1 1 Alex Bounsall
1 2 Alexios Zervos
1 3 Dag Berivan
1 4 Matt Perrins
1 5 Benjamin Morrison
1 6 Lorenzo Nesti
1 7 Valdir Cordeiro
1 8 Chris Da-Silva
1 9 Adam Maxwell
3 1 Henry Bibby
3 2 Albert Sapiano
3 3 Stian Knutsen
3 4 Dara O’Kearney
3 5 Jen-Yue Chiang
3 6 Jack Maskill
3 7 Darren Mason
3 8 empty
3 9 Mikołaj Kwiatkiewicz

10pm: Three way all-in sees Jen-Yue Chiang nearly triple up
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

The board had reached the turn and Jen-Yue Chiang called for a king on the river. It came and secured him a big pot, but it also sent Marcus West to the rail and Alexios Zervos down to just 70,000.

The latter open shoved for 288,000 before West moved all-in for 170,000 and Chiang called all-in for 218,000.

Zervos: A7
West: JJ
Chiang: AQ

The board ran 9104QK to make a happy Chiang a straight. After another all-in at the same time on another table, the tournament has shrunk to 17 players and a full redraw is taking place and will be posted shortly.

9:47pm: A huge pot over here and a couple of huge pots over there
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

Tables 1 and 3 both just had an aces versus A-K set up. A Norwegian Champion busted over on one side, and a new huge chip leader emerged on the other side.


Felix went off to lick his wounds

The player to hit the rail was none other than Felix Stephensen. He had the A-K and walked into the bullets belonging to Benjamin Morrison. The aces held and Morrison’s stack grew to 970,000.

Over on table number 1 it was Matt Perrins in the middle of two big pots where he took from the right and gave to the left. First up, he doubled through former chip leader Dag Berivan. His A-T hit a ten on the flop and another on the river to see her stack shrink to 230,000.

Then moments later it was he who had the AK that ran into Alexander Fradlin’s AA. The board ran 8J610J and Perrins dropped to 200,000, whereas Fradlin’s all-in was for 819,000.


Perrins (left) & Frandlin (right) watch the board run out

9:35pm: Updated payouts
Level 21 – Blinds 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000)

24 Oliver White     £1,600
25 Jack Nolan     £1,600
26 Danny Laming     £1,600
27 Nicos Nicolaou     £1,600
28 Aviad Regev     £1,380
29 Jorge Ellena Vega     £1,380
30 Jon Ander     £1,380
31 Victor Victorovich Ilyukhin     £1,380
32 Richard Hoadley     £1,160
33 Andrew Christoforou     £1,160
34 Stephen O’Keeffe     £1,160
35 Danny Tran     £1,160
36 Dmitri Shchepkin     £1,160
37 Do Tran     £1,160
38 Wilson Leung     £1,160
39 Jonatan Martinez Casero     £1,160
40 John Divers     £1,010
41 Billy Chattaway     £1,010
42 Jake Cody Team PokerStars Pro   £1,010

9:20pm: Nolan busts in 25th place
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Valdir Cordeiro has soared past a million (almost 1.1m) chips after he eliminated the chatty Jack Nolan in a big, cold pot.

The chips were already being passed to Cordeiro but some of the pieces were put together for the blog by Steve the floor man and tablemate Chris Da-Silva. Nolan had K-J and Cordeiro had A-Q. Some chips went in on a K-J-8 flop before the rest went in on a T turn. Cordeiro’s straight held as Nolan failed to fill up on the river.

9:11pm: Laming laments as a three-outer hits the river
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Day 1B chip leader Danny Laming’s ride has come to an end at the hands of Alexander Fradlin. Matt Perrins kindly filled the blog in on the details.

Laming opened from under the gun with queens and then four-bet all-in after Fradin three-bet from the big blind. The latter called with A-J and an ace hit the river.

8:56pm: Copy and paste doubles
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Mikołaj Kwiatkiewicz is, to be a honest, a name that I copy and paste from the player list every time. It looks like I’ll be doing that for a while longer as well, seeing as he found a great spot to double up.

He was in the big blind and three-bet all-in for 189,000 after a cutoff raise to 40,000 from Andy Bell. Call.

Kwiatkiewicz: AK
Bell: AJ

The board ran 548A3 to see Kwiatkiewicz’s hand hold. Bell dropped to 110,000.

8:30pm: Break time counts

Thanks to the Hippodrome staff for their assistance.


Morrison building towers

Name Status Chips
Dag Berivan   862,000
Benjamin Morrison   800,000
Stian Knutsen   785,000
Alexios Zervos   640,000
Matthew Perrins   614,000
Dara O’Kearney PokerStars Qualifier 600,000
Albert Sapiano   600,000
Jack Nolan   540,000
Felix Stephenson   520,000
Jack Maskill   520,000
Valdir Cordeiro Dos Santos   500,000
Alexander Fradlin   447,000
Nilay Ganatra   420,000
Daniel Laming   403,000
Adam Maxwell   362,000
Oliver White   325,000
Darren Mason PokerStars Qualifier 280,000
Henry Bibby   255,000
Sanjay Thapar   250,000
Marcus West   240,000
Michael Brisley   224,000
Mikolaj Kwiatkiewicz   195,000
Glen Davage   165,000
Chris Da-Silva   160,000
Jen-Yue Chiang   120,000
Terence Donakey   109,000

8:21pm: Break time
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

The remaining 26 players are taking a 15-minute break.

8:20pm: Sapiano grumpy despite a win
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Albert Sapiano was very grumpy despite winning a pot to get up to around 550,000.

Dag Berivan opened from early position and was called by Terence Donakey (button) and Sapiano (big blind) en route to a 6A6 flop. The action checked to Donakey who bet 35,000. Only Sapiano called and he called another 52,000 on the 3 turn before the 5 river was checked.

Sapiano opened A10 beating out Donakey’s JJ.

“Nice hand Albert,” said Berivan.

“Shut up, stop talking to me!” barked Sapiano. “I told you I don’t like you.”

It seemed that Sapiano didn’t fully mean it, he was just still remembering being “shafted” by Berivan a few times today.


That’s more like it, Albert.

8:08pm: Laming slips
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Danny Laming has dropped back down to around 300,000 after doubling up neighbour, Alexander Fradlin. Matt Perrins has gotten his stack back up to 620,000 and it’s likely that Laming had a hand in that as well.

A 2310 flop was out and Fradin moved all-in for 160,000 and was called by Laming who held J10. Fradin opened K10 and the board only got better for him as it ran out 8K.

7:57pm: Maskill rips and flips
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Jack Maskill is back on the up after doubling through Andy Bell.

He was in middle position and open ripped 184,000 straight into the pot. Bell was in the small blind and made the call.

Bell: 99
Maskill: A10

The board ran 10824A to make Maskill two pair.

7:42pm: Shchepkin dominated and busts
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Dmitrii Shchepkin was left very short after an earlier bad beat and managed a couple of double ups, but couldn’t do it for a third time.

He got his last 132,000 in preflop with KQ and found a willing customer in Darren Mason who held a dominating AK. The board ran 9A4J8 to pair Mason’s ace.

7:31pm: Payouts up to 43rd
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

There are 36 players remaining in the Main Event. Here’s who has collected their money so far.

43 Benjamin Winsor     £1,010
44 Vadim Cojocaru     £1,010
45 Davlos Benakis     £1,010
46 Mark Goodchild PokerStars Qualifier   £1,010
47 Will Kassouf     £1,010
48 Stelyan Gerogiev     £1,010
49 Mark Metsla     £1,010
50 David Crane     £1,010
51 Mason Hyatt     £1,010
52 Plamen Yakimov     £1,010
53 Barry Donovan     £1,010
54 Niccolo Cassettari     £1,010
55 Paul Tirnovean     £1,010
56 Marc Hunter     £935
57 Hristo Georgiev     £935
58 Giulio Mascolo     £935
59 Ronen Mozeson     £935
60 Nisan Arieli     £935
61 Maziar Seirafi     £935
62 Alexander Zeligman     £935
63 Gerhard Lillie     £935

7:18pm: Laming scores huge double through Pez
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

“Nice hand mate,” said Matt Perrins to Danny Laming after the latter doubled to over 600,000 after a big preflop confrontation.

The action was already completed and the dealer was counting that Laming had 305,000. Perrins A-J was already in the muck but Laming’s QQ were still proudly on display, next to a board that rested as K5JK9. Perrins was left with 240,000.


Day 1B chip leader Laming having another great day

7pm: Cody canned
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody had left the building after falling for the old limp under the gun with aces tactic.

Valdir Cordeiro played the villain/hero in this piece and started thing off with that limp. He picked up two calls along the way before Cody moved all-in from the button for 141,000 with pocket fives. Cordeiro re-shoved with his aces and successfully isolated before surviving the board.

6:50pm: Short stack war
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Mikołaj Kwiatkiewicz and Dmitrii Shchepkin both came back from dinner with short stacks and needed to get a move on. They both found pairs, went with them, and one of them was left super short after getting unlucky.

Shchepkin opened from under the gun and called after Kwiatkiewicz three-bet all-in for 100,000 from the small blind.

Kwiatkiewicz: 88
Shchepkin: QQ

The board ran 64854 to make Shchepkin a full house. Kwiatkiewicz was left with just 38,000.

6:45pm: Full chip counts from the break
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Thanks to the dealers for helping with the counts.


Da Silva on top

Name Status Chips
Chris Da-Silva   640,000
Dag Berivan   610,000
John Divers   570,000
Dara O’Kearney PokerStars Qualifier 500,000
Matthew Perrins   475,000
Jack Nolan   465,000
Valdir Cordeiro Dos Santos   430,000
Jen-Yue Chiang   430,000
Stephen O’Keeffe   374,000
Oliver White   338,000
Jorge Ellena   330,000
Daniel Laming   310,000
Adam Maxwell   305,000
Felix Stephenson   296,000
Albert Sapiano   290,000
Alex Bounsall   284,000
Nicos Nicolaou   270,000
John Ander   255,000
Danny Tran   240,000
Jack Maskill   235,000
Henry Bibby   230,000
William Chattaway   230,000
Marcus West   226,000
Andrew Christoforou   215,000
Glen Davage   206,000
Sanjay Thapar   200,000
Benjamin Morrison   200,000
Nilay Ganatra   198,000
Richard Hoadley   195,000
Victor Victorovich Ilyukhin   180,000
Stian Knutsen   173,000
Jake Cody Team PokerStars Pro 172,000
Terence Donakey   165,000
Aviad Regev   162,000
Dmitri Shchepkin   133,000
Jonathan Somekh   130,000
Wilson Leung   130,000
Darren Mason PokerStars Qualifier 121,000
Alexios Zervos   110,000
Mikolaj Kwiatkiewicz   96,000
Alexander Fradlin   65,000
Do Tran   59,000

5:52pm: Dinner time
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

The players are on a 50-minute dinner break.

5:47pm: Doke was close to being broke but then…..
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)


Lend us a hand up there, will ya? God, “Sure Doke!”

5:38pm: And then there was silence. Kassouf busts
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Will Kassouf and Andrew Christoforou were the last two Brits to bust in the WSOP Main Event this summer, falling in 17th and 18th place respectively for lifetime high scores of $338k. They both made it into the money today and found themselves drawn next to each other for a touch of irony. Even more so when Christoforou took out his neighbour.

“At least I outlasted him the World Series!” said Kassouf as departing words.


Christoforcu (right) had the last laugh over Kassouf (left)

Christoforou opened to 17,000 from under the gun and was called by both blind, including Kassouf in the big blind. The flop spread 498 and the small blind led for 27,000. Kassouf only had 37,000 and put them over the line after some speech play. Christoforou then moved in behind and the small blind open-folded tens.

“Big blind special!” shouted Kassouf as he opened 93 for top pair and flush draw. Christoforou tabled AA and survived the JQ turn and river.

5:20pm: Chiang’s at it again
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Not content with bursting the bubble, Jen-Yue Chiang has gone after more scalps, namely Barry Donovan.

The latter raised from the hijack and Chiang defended his big blind before a 965 flop was dealt. Both players checked and a Donovan delayed 20,000 c-bet on the 9 turn was treated to a check-raise all-in. He didn’t have many chips behind and decided to call off with AK. Unfortunately for him he was drawing dead as Chiang opened 98 for trips and that was that.

5pm: Cody doubles down and back up again
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

Jake Cody was cololered in a hand to go relatively short but responded with a quick double up.

Jack Nolan told the blog that he squeezed all-in for around 150,000 with pocket queens after Cody had raised and received two callers. Cody called with jacks and couldn’t improve.


Swingy ride for Cody

A couple of hands later Cody and two opponents had made it to the turn where the board read Q6K3. The action was checked to Vadim Cojocaru in the hijack who bet 39,000. Cody check-raised all-in for 108,000 from the big blind and Cojocaru tank called after the third party had folded. Cody opened K10 and survived the 5 river after Cojocaru opened 1010.

4:45pm: Macarin bubbles UKIPT Super Series
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

After a few hands of non-events and double ups, the bubble finally burst with the exit of Gheorghe Macarin.

He was down just 27,000 when he moved all-in from under the gun. Victor Ilyukhin called from the hijack and Jen-Yue Chiang did likewise from the small blind. The flop spread Q7J and both of Macarin’s opponents checked before Chiang led out for 37,000 on the 8 turn. Call. The 6 competed the board and both players checked again.

Macarin opened J10 for second pair, which was behind to Ilyukhin’s top-paired KQ, but Chiang had them both beat with AQ. All remaining 63 players are all guaranteed a payday of £935.


Macarin (seat 4) bubbling

4:12pm: The tenseless few
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

The players are back in their seats for the continued bubble period. The following probably enjoyed their break seeing as they’re the big stacks:

Name Status Chips L16
Dag Berivan   605,000
Alexios Zervos   370,000
Dmitri Shchepkin   360,000
Daniel Laming   340,000
Richard Hoadley   335,000
Aviad Regev   330,000
Victor Victorovich Ilyukhin   320,000
Albert Sapiano   320,000
Chris Da-Silva   318,000
Jake Cody Team PokerStars Pro 305,000
Felix Stephenson   300,000
Matthew Perrins   300,000
Jack Maskill   290,000
Darren Mason PokerStars Qualifier 275,000
Alex Bounsall   250,000
Vadim Cojocaru   245,000
Sanjay Thapar   241,000
John Ander   240,000
Benjamin Winsor   230,000
Nilay Ganatra   215,000
Davlos Benakis   205,000
Henry Bibby   200,000
Glen Davage   195,000
Andrew Christoforou   170,000

3:52pm: Tense break
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (ante 500)

The bubble failed to burst before the level ended so 64 tense players are off on a 15-minute break.

3:30pm: Captain America soft bubbles
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (ante 500)

Edmund Anderson, who’s down as Captain America in the Hippodrome system, has busted in 65th place after losing two flips. Before his last hand, he had apparently lost a 200k flip.


Chip mamma

Dag Berivan opened to 14,000 and then called after Anderson three-bet all-in for 72,500.

Berivan: JJ
Anderson: AK

The board ran J4QQ8 to make Berivan a full house. She’s closing in on 600,000 (good for the chip lead) after an amazing couple of levels. Only one more player will leave with nothing and the tension has been ramped up to 11.

3:05pm: So close but no cigar
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (ante 500)

There are 68 players remaining and play will go hand for hand when 65 remain, which will be just two off the money. The following will be very disappointed at just missing out on a cash:

Paul Skipper, Julien Michaud, Tony Ringe, James Mitchell, Vasile Stancu, Shouvik Pal, Rory Campbell, Paul Brown, Joe Hindry, Christoffel Van Kraayenburg, Phil Souki, Hamish Morjaria, Florian Duta, Grant Fox, Julien-Pierre Jolivet, Bobby Sohal, Andre Loua, Apollo Enriquez, Michel Brisley and Angelos Nastos Megas.


So close for Joe Hindry

2:49pm: Saxy flushed away
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

PokerStars Live at the Hippodrome team member Kelly Saxby has hit the rail after being flopped dead.

Jake Cody informed the blog that she moved all-in for her last 35,000 with A2 and was called in one spot before Dmitrii Shchepkin successfully isolated with a reraise. He opened a dominated A-K suited and flopped a flush.


Saxby in happier times

2:35pm: Why is Jack Maskill so happy?
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

Because he knocked out two players in back to back hands to close in on a 300k stack is why!

Maskill opened from mid position with 67 and called after the very short stacked Zahir Aslam three-bet all-in from the big blind with A7. The board ran 37Q48 to make Maskill a flush. “Almost a case of too many outs!” he commented as he raked in the pot.


Jack went on a Maskill

The very next hand saw Ole Nedreboe three-bet all-in for 49,000 from the button after another Maskill opening raise. The latter called with A9 and paired up on a J9224 board to beat Nedreboe’s 77.

2:25pm: Classic Albert
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

Got a love a bit of Albert Sapiano action. The UK legend has passed 300,000 after getting Edmund Anderson of a claimed two pair.

Sapaino limped in from middle position and went to a 526 flop with Julien Michaud and Anderson from the blinds. Anderson led out for 7,000 before Sapiano moved all-in for 285,000. Michaud folded and the decision was on Anderson and the 185,000 he had back.


No messing around with Albert

“You actually have me covered now?” asked Anderson.

“Bit more than last time,” responded Sapiano.

Anderson shook his head and f-bombed to himself.

“I hope you win!” goaded Sapiano.

“How good is two pair?” asked Anderson.

Sapiano didn’t reply immediately and ate some food before saying, “Sounds like you’ve only got one pair!”

Eventually Anderson admitted defeat and folded his hand.

2:05pm: Chip daddies
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

Thanks to the Hippodrome team for counting the following counts in the break:

Name Status Chips
Felix Stephenson   370,000
John Divers   310,000
Danny Laming   290,000
Berivan Dag   286,000
Mason Hyatt   275,000
Matt Perrins   250,000
Dmitri Shchepkin   250,000
Stian Knutsen   240,000
Victor Victorovich Ilyukhin   230,000
Jake Cody Team PokerStars Pro 230,000
Ben Winsor   215,000
Jorge Ellena   205,000
Danny Tran   205,000
John Ander   190,000
Vadim Cojocaru   185,000
Albert Sapiano   183,000
Hossein Sharif   180,000
Richard Hoadley   180,000
Jonathan Somekh   175,000
Barry Donovan   172,000
Terence Donakey   172,000
Edmund Anderson   171,000
Jack Maskill   170,000
Giulio Mascolo   170,000
Alexander Zeligman   169,000
Alexios Zervos   160,000
Plamen Yakimov   156,000
Mark Metsla   155,000
Alex Bounsall   140,000
Andrew Christoforou   140,000
Sanjay Thapar   140,000
Wilson Leung   110,000
Will Kassouf   110,000
Chris Da-Silva   106,000

1:42pm: Final 100 on break
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 400)

Around 100 players made it to the first break of the day. The following have a longer break than they would like:

Fernando Bento, Daiva Barauskaite, Mark Mcvey, Roar Flotre, Wai Lee, Craig Sweden, Federico Quevedo, Patryk Slusarek, Naor Slobodskoy, Jonathan Somekh, Craig Newton, Luke Williams, Anmol Srivats, Ricardo Valim, Vamshi Vandanapu, Simon Dryan, Malcolm McDougall, Hilmi Ture, Christoph Maximowitz and Robert Heidorn.


Bad Day 2 for the Baltic Blonde

1:30pm: Huge cooler pot win for Felix
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 400)

Felix Stephensen has a stack approaching 300,000 after a big three-way all-in that saw Tim Wright hit the rail and Valdir Cordeiro take a big hit.


The king of Norway

There was a raise and call before Stephensen three-bet squeezed. Wright then four-bet all-in fro 43,000 and Cordeiro five-bet all-in for chunks. The first two players folded and that left the Norwegian who called all-in for 112,600.

Stephensen: KK
Wright: JJ
Cordeiro: QQ

The board ran 78733 to see the kings hold up. Cordeiro dropped to 130,000.

1:12pm: Kassouf takes from neighbour Christoforou
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 400)

“I played it like a boss!” declared the shy and retiring Will Kassouf after he (correctly) talked himself into calling in a hand versus Andrew Christoforou.

The latter opened from under the gun and was called by the button and Kassouf in the big blind. The flop fanned 10A5 and Christoforou continued for 7,000. Kassouf check-called before both players checked the K turn. The river was 2 and Christoforou bet 8,000 when he was checked to. Kassouf went into his standard chat mode and then made the call with AJ. He was correct, and moved up to 150,000, as Christoforou opened KJ. –MC

12:56pm: No level 14 for…..
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 400)

Level 14 has started but will not feature the following players: Leonardo Armino, Ian Otobo, Charles Harrison, Lorenzo Nesti, Andy Bell, Chris Simpson and Richard Paul.

12:45pm: Felix knows how to play Wright
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 300)

The 2015 Norwegian Poker Champion Felix Stephensen has moved up to around 165,000 after (successfully) using the old check-raise manoeuvre on Tim Wright.

The flop was out as 6A8 and the Norwegian checked from the small blind and then raised Wright’s 11,200 c-bet up to 35,000. It did the job as Wright tank folded to drop to 65,000.

12:20pm: Who’s followed Jordi?
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 300)

Those who have joined Mathias for an early bath on Day 2 are: Robert Shiell, Matthew Pierce, Charu Vikram, Justin Kyriakides and Paul Dunne.

12:10pm: Great start for Pez
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 300)

Matt Perrins has gotten off to a great start by taking all the chips off neighbour, Mathias Jordi, to move up to around 275,000.


Pez on an early charge

The two players were heads-up and the chips went it on the turn with a board reading 5Q59. Jordi opened KQ but had serious kicker issues as Perrins’ AQ was dominating. The river came as the J and Jordi made an early exit.

12:02pm: Shuffle up and deal!
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 300)

11:45am: Day 2 about to commence
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 300)

Welcome back to PokerStars Live at the Hippodrome for what promises to be an action-packed day of poker. All three starting flights of the UKIPT Super Series Main Event have been completed – with 129 making it through – and today’s plan is to try and whittle them down to a final table of eight. Twelve 50-minute levels are locked and loaded and the structural pressure on those short stacks should see a steady flow of people leave the scene throughout the day.

Day 1C (turbo) was a great success last night as 83 more entries were added to the pile. They were made up of 68 unique players and 15 re-entries. Stian Knutsen ended the flight as chip leader on 158,200 and leads 28 survivors into today.

Those extra entries late last night helped push the total number of entries for the event up to 453 (up from last year’s 291), and they created a £219,705 prize pool. The top 63 players will be guaranteed a minimum payday of £935 and those who make tomorrow’s final table will leave with no less than £5,000. The winner? He or she will take home a cool £42,500. For a full breakdown, click here.

Here are the top five counts heading into the day:

Name Status Chips
Jorge Ellena   280,800
Daniel Laming   275,800
Albert Sapiano   219,800
Alexander Zeligman   203,000
Valdir Cordeiro   202,200


Laming was the Day 1B chip leader

PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT6 Super Series: Marc Convey. Photos by Mickey May.

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