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

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7.45pm: End of level
The field has been combined as we start level 7. Just five levels left to play today... -- RD

7.44pm: Fry on the up
PokerStars snapper Neil Stoddart alerted me to a big pot involving Will Fry. The board was 5♠7♣5♣7♥T♠ and Fry had moved all-in on the river for around 16,000 into a pot of 14,000. The EPT Budapest winner had his head in his hands and was starring down at the felt, looking for all the world like he wanted the table to swallow him up. After a dwell of a minute or so ,his lone opponent, David Burn made the call. Fry flipped K♦5♦ and Burn, who was covered by Fry, mucked without showing. Fry surmised: "I think he had a hand like pocket queens." Fry's stack is now a healthy 46,000.-- NW

7.35pm: Hot chips
We've just had a fresh look round the floor to brush up the chip counts. Look at them here. -- RD

7.30pm: Barrable boshes it in
Peter Barrable has made two UKIPT final tables already but it's looking fairly unlikely that he'll make a third here in Nottingham. He just shipped in his last 6,600 over three limps - 300 apiece - to chip back up to 8,150. He's still pretty short. -- RD

7.20pm: Thew takes one down
Julian Thew is currently situated in the ten seat at one of the four tables in the bar area. That area is very crowded with players queuing for the buffet, others are trying to get to the bar and various spectators look on. All the distractions though seem to be focusing Thew's mind and I saw him win a nice pot.

Thew opened to 900 from the hi-jack and was smooth called by John Bonadies on the button. On a flop of 8♥4♦Q♦ Thew bet 1,100 and Bonadies called swiftly. The turn was the 5♣ and Thew checked it over to Bonadies who fired out a bet of 3,200, after a dwell up Thew made the call. Both players checed the 7♣ river and Thew showed Q♣J♥ which was good enough to claim the pot. Thew is up to 40,000. -- NW

7.15pm: Silver not taking gold this time
Max Silver is out, I saw him walking away from the tournament area in that daze and confused state that overcomes you just after you've busted a tournament: "I had queens, he (Andrew Garland) had ace-king. He turned an ace I did not river a queen," said a rueful Silver. -- NW

7.08pm: Drawing a line in the sand
From scouring the tables that have broken for the second-half of the dinner break we've found a few stacks that appear to have put their foot down over the last hour.
Satnam Sandhu looks to be the first player to have broken the 100,000 mark. Ondrej Goetz (90,000) and Barry Gallagher (75,000) are both heavily stacked as well. -- RD

6.55pm: Channing to the cash table
We overheard an announcement saying that there was a seat in a cash game for Neil Channing. We suspected this meant he'd been eliminated from the tournament and that is indeed the case. He may soon be joined by Paul Jackson at the cash tables as Jackson is also out.* -- NW


* Jackson is actually still in the tournament. The Dusk Till Dawn tournament client has him listed as busted. He's not.

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Neil Channing has been released back into his natural habitat of the cash tables


6.44pm: Crossing the streams
The two halves of Day 1A have just switched with those leaving the buffet area looking grim-faced and those entering it looking blindly optimistic. Okay, I had the buffet. I didn't enjoy it. If you were to put together a fantasy UKIPT you would take the venue from here, but certainly not the buffet. Maybe I just made a bad choice. The chilli did look good now I come to think of it. -- RD

6.35pm: Williams flying the flag
With the eliminations of both Jamie Burland and Owen Robinson, the only remaining member of Team Hoxton still in the day 1A field is Kevin Williams. His stacks has rocketed from 15,000 to 35,000 in the last level: "I didn't double up," said Williams. "It was through a series of hands. -- NW

6.25pm: Other stacks of note
Of those that have gone on break we can push forward Warren Wooldridge's 45,000 and Oluwashola Akindele's 47,000 as being well ahead of the crowd. There's also a heaving 65,000 stack which we'll have to wait until after the dinner break to identify given that the owner of uit appears to have walked off with his identity card. -- RD


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Oluwashola Akindele is one of the players starting to chip up


6.15pm: Chip leader
Our thanks to Ralph Shalson for pointing out that his tablemate Rickie Silcock is the probable chip leader at the moment with 85,700. Silcock will be no doubt enjoying the dinner break with Shalson saying: "He had aces three times and got paid big time on each occasions. He also flopped a set of sevens and had someone bluffing into him." We'll be scurrying round the rest of the tables whose occupunts are on dinner break to see if anyone can match Silcock's stack.-- NW

6.08pm: Hill the hero
Mike Hill has just made a major hero call with second pair after getting shoved on for his tournament life. The hand was spotted by snapper Neil Stoddart. Hill, I've been told, led the K♣8♣T♦Q♥9♠ board for 2,500 and was shoved on by his opponent (Stoddart can't remember who it was). Hill tank-called with Q♣5♣ and was good. Brave call to put the bookmaker up over 30,000. -- RD

6.05pm: Snoop dogged
Adam 'Snoopy' Goulding, is amongst the latest exits, 323 remain. -- NW


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Adam Goulding: Oooot


5.55pm: What an 'only' call
Andrew Bradshaw is currently giving himself a large metaphorical pat on the back after making what he described as his best ever only call. A full board of 7♠Q♣K♥2♠J♥ and Bradshaw checked it over to Tom Hall who bet 6,700 into a pot of around 9,000. Bradshaw stood up and began talking to himself before reluctantly making the call. Hall flipped A♥T♦ for the nuts and Bradshaw showed T♠9♣ for a smaller straight and said: "I only called because that's what I put you on." -- NW

5.40pm: Dinner starts
The end of the level marks the beginning of the dinner break for half of the field who are now filing through into the large outside marquee for the buffet. The other half play on. -- RD

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 150-300, ANTE25


5.30pm: More fallers
Vytenis Navickas is one of a swathe of Lithuanian players that have come over for this event (thanks to some promotion or other). Navickas finished fourth at UKIPT Galway in December for €18,600 but has just bust out here. He'll have to wait until Manchester for another attempt at a final table. UKIPT Manchester runs 11-14 March. -- RD


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Vytenis Navickas


5.20pm: A smattering of chip counts
I've been busy gathering a few chips counts and have updated the chip count page. Those who's stacks have been updated include Joeri Zandvliet who is up to 19,500 and in good spirits. It's like a UKIPT Manchester reunion as Zandvliet is sitting two seats to the left of Mike Hill, Zandvliet won UKIPT Manchester this time last year and Hill finished third. Zandvliet told us that he 's seenthe recent UKIPT Champion of Champions coverage and: "Wasn't surprised that they hadn't showed many of his hands yet. -- NW


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Zandvliet is enjoying the tournament


5.22pm: Make that five...
I counted four European Poker Tour champions here earlier; Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree, Kevin MacPhee, Will Fry and David Vamplew, but, to my shame, I completely forgot that Julian Thew won EPT Baden as well. He won't mind, he is perhaps the nicest man in poker after all.

MacPhee and Boeree are out but Fry, Thew and Vamplew are still in but the recent EPT London winner (that's Vamplew, is down to 10,000). -- RD


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EPT London winner Davud Vamplew


5.10pm: Shout out to Richard Simmons
"Where's this going on?" asked Richard Simmons. I was tempted to say "Nottingham, dear" and tap him on the arm in a mock-patronising way, but quickly decided against it telling him this address instead. Simmons, no relation to Gene unfortunately, is a poker player from Bristol I've been told. He's up to 23,000. -- RD

5.05pm: Gone
363 players remain recents exits include Amy Trodd and John Hewston. -- NW

4.55pm: Kids play
Stephen Kidsley just upped his stack taking a chunky pot from Mark Elliot. The latter raised to 800 from under-the-gun+2 and was flat called by neighbour Max Silver and Kidsley (cut off). The flop of 7♥9♦3♣ elicited a c-bet of 1,500 from Elliot, a fold from Silver and a flat call from Kidsley.

The turn was the J♣ and Elliot fired a bet of 2,500 again a flat call from Kidsley. The 3♦ hit the river and Elliot checked it over to Kidlsey who bet 6,000. Elliot sighed and then picked up the 6,000 out of his stack and started running the chips through his fingers and the hand through his mind. He looked for all the world like he was going to call, but then mucked his hand in frustration. -- NW

4.45pm: Back to the action
The players are back in their seats and with over 400 player left in this Day 1A field there's plenty more action to come. -- RD

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The UKIPT Nottingham field


PokerStars Blog reporting team in Nottingham (in order of where we think colleague Marc Convey will end up): Rick Dacey (13 spots before the money after trying - and failing - to exert bubble pressure) and Nick Wright (27th, blinded out after sleeping off a hangover). Photography supplied by Neil Stoddart (who thinks 134th, ejected from tournament for foul language)

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