4.30pm: Thew doing well as the break is rung in
Julian Thew is up to 31,000 at the end of level four, twice what he started with four hours ago. Things aren't going so well for other known players, such as Marc Goodwin. The EPT Barcelona Season 6 runner-up is down to 8,000.
Another 15-minute break and you can come bacjk to join us in new post - refresh and click next when it appears in around 15 minutes. Or click on this link here. -- RD
4.25pm: Perrins has the bottle
Matt Perrins just scored a tidy double up at the expense of Steven Mitchell. Perrins raised to 500 pre-flop and picked up two callers, including Mitchell. On the flop of J♠7♣3♣ Perrins bet 1,000 and only Mitchell called. The turn was the 9♣ and Perrins didn't slow down betting 1,600. Mitchell now bumped it up making it 15,000 - setting Perrins all-in. After a bried dwell Perrins slid the rest of his chips in (9,675) and Mitchell tapped the table to indicate it was a good call, before showing A♣T♠. Perrins rolled over T♣T♦ and faded the river as it fell the J♥. He now has just over 22,000.-- NW
4.15pm: Boeree's bust out - the details
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree is out, I listened in whilst she recounted her hand to the TV crew who're here filming for Channel 4. "I was down to 8,500 and under-the-gun got pocket eights and raised to 500. I got a call from an active player (Gary Haggan) and the big blind also called.
"The flop was K 9 3 with two clubs, the big blind checked and I decided to bet 900. Although I'm turning my hand into a bit of a bluff, I know if I check Haggan will bet and I don't want to call down three streets with pocket eights. He thinks for a bit and then instead of picking up four black chips (100) and one red chip (500) he picks up four red chips and one black and throws them out.
"He immediately realised his mistake, and it was clear from his reaction this was not an angle, he had made a mistake and only meant to call. The big blind folded and then I looked at him for a bit and he seemed nervous and the only legitimate hand I thought he'd raise me with here was the flush draw. I moved all-in and he rolled his eyes and muttered about how he'd made a mistake. Eventually he called with pocket jacks and they held. "-- NW
4.07pm: Boeree busto?
Liv Boeree has just walked past the window that overlooks our press box onto the tournament floor. She been shadowed by a motley crew of cameramen, which I imagine must mean that she's been knocked. Yes, it does. NW has confirmed that. Details to come. -- RD
3.55pm: One UKIPT champion down
Jamie Burland is out, his exit hand was relayed to us by fellow UKIPT champion Max Silver: "Jamie raised with Q J in late position and the big blind (Paul Lucey) flat called with 8 5 . The flop was T 8 5 and when checked to Jamie bet 625, Lucey raised to 2,025 saying he was on tilt and Jamie jammed for about 7,500, Lucy tank called and Jamie missed." -- NW
3.52pm: Burke's folly is Hinkelmann's gain
Hannes Hinkelmann is up to over 30,000 after shoving all-in on Jeffrey Burke. On a four-way flop Burke, in the big blind, was the only player to call Hinkelmann's 1,300 bet on the T♣6♥3♣ board.
Burke check-called 2,400 on the 8♥ turn before leading 6,300 into the K♠ river but was quickly shoved on by Hinkelmann. No histrionics from Burke who quickly passed his hand. -- RD
3.45pm: Old school vs Old school
Sat side by side on a table in the far corner of the room are two of the UK poker scenes longest survivors. Step forward Carlo Citrone and Dave Colclough, between them they have almost $3,500,000 in career earnings. These old timers seem to be teaching the young 'uns a thing or two and are both above their starting stack.-- NW
3.40pm: Steady Eddy
PokerStars blogger* Marc Convey is up to 25,000 and says things are going fine. "It's a great structure so there's no need to do anything stupid. Steady Eddy," he said. So you're not going to donk off your chips and later claim that you were 'playing it like a set' then? "Yeah, maybe," he laughed. -- RD
* He's obviously playing this event, not covering it.
3.30pm: Alternate plans?
With the end of level three it means that if your bum's not already in a seat then you can't come in. By our reckoning around 40 alternates got lucky meaning around 490 players in total have played today. Those alternates who didn't get in will have to try again tomorrow. We'll confirm the total for Day 1A as soon as we get official numbers. -- NW
3.25pm: Bust out
Catching a bust out is tricky in the sea of tables but I just saw a short stacked Mark Frost get eliminated by Daniel Wong who's ace-king started and stayed ahead of Frost's ace-ten. -- NW
The first cash table has just opened up for the day with a fun £1/£2 opening up for players that have busted, such as Rupinder 'George' Bedi and Kevin's MacPhee and Allen. -- RD
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 100-200
3.20pm: Quick Q&A with Jack Ellwood
Oooo, Jack's such a lovely young man. That's what a gran would probably say about Jack Ellwood. He's a tall, gently spoken northerner (I think Geordie but wouldn't want to say so categorically for fear of offending a Maccam etc) who had, as mentioned earlier, an incredible year in 2010. "I'd been playing online for some time but I knew I could do better," he said, "I decided to take some shots live and in my first tournament (UKIPT Manchester) I came second and it just went on from there." One and a half million in online tournament winnings later...
So have you blown it all on fast cars? "I did go a bit crazy at first, as you would, but soon realised how fast it could go. I've just been to EPT Deauville and the PCA and these tournaments can get expensive. I spoke with Flushy (James Dempsey) recently and he's given me some advice about looking after my money.
Ellwood's now up to 33,000. He may need to make more decisions about how to investment his bankroll if he continues to drag in chips here. -- RD
3.05pm: Chip counts
Even at this early stage there are a few big stacks in the room, currently riding high is Will Fry on 36,000 and Jack Ellwood isn't too far behind having, as he does, 32,000. They've both got a lot of big blinds! Check out our chip counts of names and notables here. One player absent from that list is Kevin MacPhee, the American EPT winner is out. -- NW
2.48pm: Boeree takes a hit, sighs
Liv Boeree has just paid off Jon Hewston after he rivered a flush on a 4♦5♣8♣A♦9♦ board. A bet of 750 had gone in on the flop when the action was three-way with Nigel Ventre still in the hand. The A♦ had been checked round before Boeree check-called 2,200 on the 9♦ river. Hewston showed down 7♦8♦ for the flush as Boeree slumped back in her seat with a sigh. -- RD
2.35pm: Not a good day so far for the J's
Poker is a game built on stats and thus far 20% of the 20 players who've been eliminated have a first name that starts with the letter J. Okay, I admit it's not the greatest stat in the world and I don't expect it to be appearing alongside ROI% anytime soon. Jamie Sykes and James Atkin are two of those who have become part of this sorry statistic. -- NW
2.30pm: Back from the break
We caught up with UKIPT Dublin winner Max Silver during the break and he told us he's up to 25,000, a very healthy start. So how did you chip up, Max? "Bluffing Burland (UKIPT Brighton winner Jamie Burland), winning lots of small pots and being a sick-o," he explained. Simples.
Players are back in their seats. -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Nottingham (in order of reluctance to play the 'in order of' game): Nick Wright (a lot - 'Why do you need to know how good I am at football?') and Rick Dacey (Not reluctant, just imploring NW to answer the bloody question).