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UKIPT Brighton: Day 1B, level 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

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11.50pm: End of level
It's the final 20 minute break of the day. Join us in a new post shortly. -- RD

11.40pm: Building stacks
A number of players are all bunched around the 60k-80k mark at the moment. They include: Scott Elsden (60,000), Nathan Gallichan (62,000), Martin Blake (83,000), Daniel Laming (65,000), Nicky Romanello (75,000) and David Rudling Smith (74,000).

Rob Lacey looks to be leading the way at them moment he has around 100,000. During the break tournament staff will be doing a chip count of the chip leader at each table so we'll be able to bring you a more accurate picture of who is up at the top. -- NW

11.34pm: Wernick has them just where he wants them...
Mickey Wernick is down to around 10,000 but as a master of the short stack those 25 big blinds will be treated like gold dust. Don't expect them to go in a jack-four blow up. -- RD

11.26pm: Not okay for Kay
Dom Kay, William Batchelor, Sebastian Powell and Knut Gronli are among the most recent fallers. -- RD


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Dom Kay


11.14pm: Bubble time!
In the WSOP main event anyway. Just one more player to go and Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly is among those well stacked. Go, go, go! -- RD

11.10pm: You know you won right?
From early position Cina Farazdaghi moved all-in for 9,350 with A♠Q♠ and Nicky Romanello made the call with A♥K♥.

The flop of Q♦Q♣J♣ connected fairly well with Farazdaghi's hand and the 7♣ turn and 5♣ river kept him in front. After the river card had been dealt a morose looking Farazdaghi wandered off from the table. "You do know you won the hand," said Romanello, "Yes I know trip queens beats ace high," responded Farazdaghi. "Ah ok, I've just never seen anyone look so miserable after winning a hand," replied Romanello. -- NW

11.03pm: Wealthall's weary head hits the pillow
UKIPT host Nick Wealthall is out after losing the vast majority of his stack to an ace on the river. Wealthall had flatted a raise pre-flop with and flopped top two on a flop. All the money went in with Wealthall way ahead against ace-king. An on the was a blank but the bullet on the river crippled his tournament chances as the 60,000 pot was slid the other way. -- RD


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Wealthall has less to smile about now

10.54pm: Bedi getting battered
Rupinder Bedi seems to be caught in maelstrom. He's getting buffeted by non-stop, big stack-inspired, multi-hyphenated chit-chat from David Rudling-Smith on one side and by three-bets from the other. The most recent re-raise forcing his under-the-gun ace-queen raise to be folded correctly to a three-bet from aces. Bedi down to 15,000, hyphens now out of stock. -- RD


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Rudling-Smith (left) and Bedi at the felt


10.50pm: Movers and shakers
I've just updated the chip counts page, David Rudling-Smith appears to have taken the chip lead, he has around 115,000, former chip leader Paul Zimbler is still going strong on 95,000. -- NW

10.48pm: Wealthall three-outered
"I've just been three-outered for a 60,000 pot," said Nick Wealthall, scratching his head with an obvious sense of frustration.

Before we could get the details of the beat he scurried back to his table for the next hand - he is down to just ten big blinds after all (4,000). Details to come. - RD

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 300-600, ante 75


10.40pm: Dowling downed by Bedi
Current UKIPT leaderboard leader Chris Dowling is out, eliminated by Rupinder Bedi, the latter told me about the hand: "He raised with I peeled with K♦9♦. The flop was and we both checked. The turn was another nine I led, he called. The river was a king and I checked, he bet, I went all-in and he called it off." After that hand Bedi has around 20,000. -- NW


10.30pm: Romanello down but not out
Earlier we reported that Roberto Romanello had been eliminated, this was down to lazy blogging a glitch in the player I.D system. He's actually still alive but has just 8,800 left after folding to double barrel pressure from Steve Critchley on a T♠7♥4♦8♦ board. -- NW


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Roberto Romanello


10.26pm: I'll get my coat
More players leaving: Jonathan Spelman, Giuseppe Cirillo, Ian King and Rob Angood, who finished third at UKIPT Manchester earlier this season. -- RD

10.18pm: Fallen Angell
Brett Angell was sat at his table looking stoic in front of his 7,000 stack, a suspiciously convenient size of sub-20 big blinds. I had a strong suspicion that should a late position player open the pot then he would be moving that stack in with a wide range. It seems I was correct, if only I'd had the patience of a saint. The click clack of chips at another table had caught my attention - Ole Kristian Haugland calling down with a small pair on a disjointed board to chip up to 50,000 - and when I looked back he was gone. The UKIPT Newcastle runner-up was nowhere to be seen. -- RD

10.05pm: Romanello baton passed
David Phelan, Sam Webb, Olivier Riot and Roberto Romanello are all out now. Romanello's exit marks the departure of all EPT winners from this field but the Romanello clan's chances are still in fine shape, Nicky is in with 82,000. -- RD

9.55pm: Chip leaders
As level seven gets underway these are the top five stacks in the room: Paul Zimbler (95,500), David Rudling-Smith (95,000), Nicky Romanello (82,000), John Mackey (70,000) and Neil Barron (62,000). -- NW

9.45pm: Dinner shovelled
The one hour dinner break has come to an end and level 7 has begun. There's been a steady fall of players so far - 210 players left from 353 - but these next levels alway see a lot of carnage as the blinds and antes take a step up.

We've already lost a couple of EPT winners and three UKIPT champions, plenty more players will follow them. -- RD

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Andrew Couldridge, one of several UKIPT champs to have fallen

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Brighton (in order of likelihood of dinner induced coma): Rick Dacey (gorged himself on melted cheese and lamb, desperately needs a cup of tea) and Nick Wright (stuffed his face with battered feta cheese, desperately needs a defibrillator). Photos by Mickey May.

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