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UKIPT Brighton: Day 1B, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

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8.40pm: Dinner time
That's the end of the level and the beginning of a one hour dinner break. Join us in 60 minutes. -- RD

8.38pm: Jacks hooked
Tim Wong is a pre-dinner casualty he got his last few thousand in with pocket jacks against Joe Carr-Hill's pocket nines, but a nine of the flop took him from first to worst and out of the tournament. -- NW

8.35pm: Two more champs hit the rail
Paul Danko, Karl Fenton, Femi Fakinle and Nick Abou Risk are all out. The latter two are UKIPT champions and both had got off to storming start before over-revving the throttle. That's the danger of a high variance game. -- RD

8.30pm: Wealthall treading water
I just saw Nick Wealthall win a small pot to climb back to 12,000, he's been hovering between starting stack and 8,000 for the entire tournament.

In the pot in question, both he and Hak-Mann Lee checked the river of a A♥4♣7♣8♦9♠ board, with Wealthall showing A♦3♦ to win the pot. -- NW

8.21pm: Woodley wipes out Wilkie
Duncan Wilkie has just been knocked out by Ian Woodley in set up of a hand. Wilkie had been the pre-flop aggressor with A♦K♦ and had flopped top pair, top kicker on a A♥2♥4♣ flop. Woodley check-shoved all-in with bottom set and Wilkie made the call. It was grim news for the woolly hat wearing player. Wilkie out, Woodley up to 38,000. -- RD

8.10pm: Browning on the grind
James Browning has been seemingly grinding a 10-15 big blind stack for the past few hours. I just saw him move all-in for 4,025 and get it through despite a long dwell from the big blind. As he took the pot Browning showed pocket tens, the big blind claimed K♣T♣. "It's been horrible," said Browning of his grind.

His other half - Lynne Beaumont - is going much better she has 60,000. -- NW


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Lynne holds the Beaumont-Browning bragging rights at the moment


8.05pm: Bayliff takes chips away
Steven Bayliff just doubled through Liutauras Armanavicius in a 35,000 pot getting A♠A♦ in against A♣K♣. A king on the flop supplied a small sweat but Bayliff still got to carry away the goods. -- RD

7.57pm: Hill makes a thin value bet
Mike Hill just made a nice thin 1,600 value bet into Hak-Mann Lee who paid off Hill's 9♦9♥ on a Q♣8♠2♦4♦T♥ board. That pot takes Hill up to 22,000. His neighbor Nick Wealthall is down to 8,700. -- RD


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Mike Hill


7.50pm: Nash out
And the bloggers curse strikes again, moments after writing about Paul Nash he was eliminated. No details I'm afraid I just got handed a player number which told me it was he who had been knocked out. -- NW

7.40pm: Chip counts
I've recently been updating the chip counts page. Amongst those players still in is Paul Nash. He's cashed in all four UKIPTs that he's played in so far this season and only missed Newcastle because he was in Las Vegas. Whilst there he cashed for $123,028 finishing fifth in a $1,500 bracelet event: "I got a cheque for my winnings and I can't get hold of any of the money yet," he told me ruefully. -- NW

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 150-300, ANTE 25


7.36pm: Zimbler breaks 100k
Paul Zimbler is up to 106,000 to claim an early chip lead. "You wouldn't believe how they're giving me their chips," he said, claiming that he must be blessed. "I had 30,000 as a gift and then someone else wouldn't believe me. I must be lucky," he added. Whatever the reason, Zimbler's stack is well above average at this halfway point of the day. -- RD


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Paul Zimbler won't stop talking about big bluffs


7.27pm: Exits
Players continue to fall at a rapid pace here in Brighton. The board indicates that almost 100 players have been eliminated today so far. Amongst the recent exits were: Neil Rawnsley and Rosemary Bensley. -- NW

7.24pm: Bedi talks Buckaroo
That's not a euphemism for saying that Rupinder Bedi talks enthusiastic twaddle, although come to think of it... As I last passed his table Bedi, who is a record holder with five UKIPT cashes, was explaining the rules of Buckaroo and Jenga to his table and comparing it to chess. Things seem to be going well for Bedi who has clawed his way back from an 8,000 stack up to 28,000. A sixth notch on his belt looking more likely. -- RD


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Rupinder Bedi (with rope, lantern, frying pan, shovel and dynamite removed)


7.17pm: Luck of the Irish
Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth seems in a buoyant mood today (even if the photo doesn't show it) and has a wide grin etched on his face: "I was up to 25,000, back down to ten and now I've got 28,000, so I'm happy enough," he explained. -- NW


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Ainsworth - he's happy we promise


7.08pm: Risk of ruin
Two time UKIPT champion Nick Abou Risk is down to around 12,000 from his peak of about 70,000. I only saw the river action but he had bet 8,550 into a pot of 18,000 on the river of a Q♠9♠3♠5♦6♥ board. However, he folded pretty quickly after Lynne Beaumont had check-raised to a little over 17,000. She now has a stack of 47,000. -- NW

7.02pm: Wernick forces a big fold
Mickey Wernick was just handed a huge chunk of equity for free when his A♣K♣ shove into a 9♥J♣5♣ flop forced Scott Elsden to fold his Q♦Q♠. Elsden was concerned that Wernick had flopped a set and gave up the 3.5-1 odds that he was being given to make a hero fold.

Elsden had three-bet squeezed an initial raise up to 2,100 and Wernick had made the call on the button. Two other players came along for the ride. Elsden fired 4,000 of his remaining 10,000 and Wernick moved all-in. The action folded back to Elsden who tank folded queens face-up. Wernick showed A♣K♣ for the nut flush draw and two overs.It would have been a virtual flip had Elsden made the call. Elsden down to 6,000, Wernick up to 30,000. -- RD

6.50pm: Chip counts
We're doing our best to keep on top of the chip counts and are updating it as quick as we can. Currently going well are Nicky Rommanello (27,000) and Paul Zimbler (34,000). -- NW

6.40pm: Players return for level 5
Six levels left to play today with the all important antes kicking in just one hour away.

"I am king of no mistakes," said Nick Wealthall on his way back to his table. Just moments later he returned to pick up the headphones he'd left behind. Not the most convincing of statements it has to be said. -- RD

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Roberto Romanello: the sole EPT winner left in the field

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Brighton (and the house that the Hogwarts sorting hat would place them in): Rick Dacey (Slytherin house which values ambition, cunning and resourcefulness) and Nick Wright (Hufflepuff which values hard work, patience, loyalty and fair play). Photos by Mickey May (she would have taught Defence against the Dark Arts and made an awesome beater at Quidditch).

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