6.50pm: End of level 14
The 86 remaining players are on a 20 minute break, staff are doing chip counts during this break and we'll flow them into the blog just as soon as we get them. You'll find level 15 updates in new post. -- NW
6.45pm: Snowmen leave Farrell in no man's land
Niall Farrell is the latest casualty his A♣8♣ in bad shape against Adam Pollock's pocket eights. It stayed that way on the 3♠K♥Q♦3♦7♠ board.
Colum Higgins and Bart Van Der Schoot and Aidan Brady are also out. 86 remain, 81 get paid. -- NW
6.35pm: Bubble candidates
Both Richard Sinclair (65,000) and Nicholas Newport are batting below the stack average at the moment. I just saw Newport move all-in from the button for 35,900 and although the small blind dwelled up, Newport got it through and added almost 20% to his stack. -- NW
6.35pm: Another one down
It's at times like these when even multi-day events begin to look like made-for-television crapshoots. It's all medium versus big ace for all the beans.
Diego Bermejo Delgado just got his last 20,000-ish in the middle with A♦Q♣ and was called by Michael Hill and his 8♣8♠. There was no help on the board for the Spanish PokerStars qualifier, so Hill adds to his mountain and sends Delgado home. -- HS
6.30pm: There's no easy way to say this...
There's no easy way to say this, but if any of Ian Woods, Kevin MacPhee, Samuel Johnston, Pawel Walczak, Lewis Higham or Haralds Freidenfelds tells you they were the bubble boy at UKIPT Galway, you can slap them and tell them they're a liar. They are all out, but there's still nine more need to join them on the rail until the money kicks in. -- HS
6.20pm: Burdge won't budge
'All-in and call' was the cry from table three and I ran over to get the scoop. James Burdge was all-in for 71,200 with A♣K♠ on a flop of 7♣K♥J♥ and Sean Donaldson had called with 7♥6♥.
Made hand against a pair and a draw, the Q♠ and T♦ completed the board to double Burdge up to around 150,000, despite that dent, Donaldson has 175,000. -- NW
6.20pm: Commence inflation!
Somewhere in the long corridors outside the ballroom of the Radisson Blu hotel in Galway, the order will have been issued to commence the inflation of the UKIPT bubble. With 91 players remaining, the next nine out will get nothing. Then when 81 remain, they will all be in the money. -- HS
6.15pm: Action from the stacked table
The following hand took an age to play out - so long, in fact, that Emmett Mullin, who was not involved, had the time to order and count his stack. That report came back at 356,000, which I'd say is the chip lead.
But back to the hand. It was folded to John Willoughby on the button, who raised to 5,100 from his stack of about 120,000. One spot to his left was the 200,000+ stack of Andrew Grimason, who called.
Just the two of them saw, and checked, a flop of 5♠Q♦2♦, taking them to a 9♥ turn. Grimason bet 5,400 and Willoughby called it.
The river was J♣ and Grimason bet again, this time 9,400. Willoughby then cut out a raise to 27,500, which put Grimason deep into the tank. He took a long time trying to figure out what was going on here, but eventually decided to let his hand go.
With those two, plus that monster stack of Mullin on the table, this will not be the last of the action. -- HS
6.10pm: Abou Risk busts MacPhee
When Kevin MacPhee got sat to the direct left of Nick Abou Risk at the start of play today we figured they'd clash at some point and indeed it came to pass.
From early position Abou Risk raised to 4,800 with pocket nines, MacPhee then raised all-in for around 45,000 with A J and Abou Risk made the call. The board was uneventful and the EPT winner was eliminated. After that hand Abou Risk is up to 180,000. -- NW
6.05pm: Myott doubles up
Colin Myott wandered over to the media area and asked me to send a message to his followers via the blog. To anyone out there following his progress he's just doubled up to 100,000 courtesy of winning a race with pocket nines against ace-queen. -- NW
5.55pm: The latest batch of unfortunates
There's no easy way to say this, but if you bump into any of Jan Nakladal, Friedrich Dollenz, Richard Griffiths, Robert Gillon, Guang Jun Li, Colin Lovelock, Deborah Worley-Roberts, Markus Rueegg, Anthony Rafter, Robert Nooney, David Kilmartin, Matt Crocker or Damien Quinlan and they offer to sell you a percentage of their action at UKIPT Galway, you should tell them to take a hike. Unless you are also OUT, like wot they is, and you fancy doing a swap. (That would be the equivalent of both picking the "STEAL" ball on Golden Balls.) -- HS
LEVEL UP. PLAYING BLINDS OF 1,200-2,400 (300 ANTE) IN LEVEL 14
5.40pm: Gilligan scoops a monster
Quite frankly there's no way in the world I could hope to figure out what went on in this pot, but by the time I got to the table we were looking at a three-way all in. Ronan Gilligan, Guang Jun Li and Colin Lovelock were the players, with Gilligan having the other two well covered.
The mountain of chips in the middle totaled something like 200,000, stacked in untidy heaps beside these four cards: K♦A♥3♥6♦. The three players now exposed their hands.
See. No idea at all how this could have played out.
When the dealer burnt and turned the 9♦ on the river, Li suddenly let out a yelp of celebration. But it turned quickly sour: the card that had made him two pair had given Gilligan the flush. Li didn't seem unduly concerned and shook hands all round. Likewise Lovelock, who was also sent packing.
Gilligan had been leading at all stages of the hand and is now stacking about 240,000 chips, which will put him in the top 10 at the moment. -- HS
5.40pm: Ward wins pot
Ace photographer Mickey May urged me to head over to Thomas Ward's table as a big pot was in progress. The scene when I arrived looked like this: Ward was all-in for 113,700 and there was a bet of 29,000 in front of one-time chip leader Aurimas Klastaitis. Bloggers intuition tells me that it's likely Ward had five-bet all-in.
Quite a crowd had gathered as this table was closest to the rail, but the railers did not get a showdown as Klastaitis mucked his hand. -- NW
5.35pm: Hands collide
From early position Friedrich Dollenz opened to 5,200, next to act Koray Suler raised to 9,300 and it then passed all the way to Aleksandras Rusinovas on the button. He asked for a count of the raise and then announced that he was all-in for 73,800. He had the shortest stack of all the active players in the pot.
Once the blinds had folded Dollenz insta-called and Suler then insta-sighed and began the sort of dwell up that involves lots of head scratching but ultimately leads to a fold, and fold he did announcing after the hand was over that he'd passed ace-king.
The board of 8♥6♦J♠7♦T♣ kept Rusinovas in front and pushed his stack over the 150,000 mark. -- NW
5.25pm: More fallers
There's no easy way to say this, but if your dinner tonight relies on any of Richard Van Schendel, Paul Allen, Craig Sewell, Declan Rynne, Fehmi Cherif, Roy Burns, Jon Warmerdam, Valerie McGrath, Neil Raine, Liam O'Donoghue, James Prosser, Jucius Karolis, Neil Rawnsley or Kevin Killeen winning UKIPT Galway, then you had better start seeing what more you can scrape off those chicken bones. That's our latest list of eliminations here this afternoon. -- HS
5.20pm: Double Downs
Nik Downs had slipped back to 37,000, or about 19 big blinds in the popular parlance of the day. But he's doubled that now after winning a flip with black pocket sevens against the A♦Q♣ of Michael Huber.
This was as standard as it gets: Huber opened to 4,500, Downs shipped for 37,000 and Huber called after everyone else had folded. The board came K♦6♥6♦6♣T♣.
That gives Downs a considerably more workable 40 big blind stack. -- HS
5.15pm: Chip counts
During the break tournament staff did chip counts of everyone left in, we've now imported them into the blog and you can see them here. Leading the way with a stack of 298,000 is Dino Sabatini, whilst Emmet Mullin is second with 240,000. -- NW
5.05pm: Hall gets more oats
It's not easy to dominate a table that contains Nick Abou Risk and Kevin MacPhee but right now Thomas Hall is doing just that. Everytime I walk past his table he's stacking chips. He just eliminated Kevin Killeen when his pocket fives connected rather better with the A♥J♦T♥5♦T♣ board than Killeen's A♥7♠, Hall up to 160,000. -- NW
Down to just 14 big blinds Mindaugas Breskus moved all-in when it folded to him on the button. Next to act Dino Sabatini took his time before electing to call, the big blind left them to it. On their backs:
The flop of 9♣4♠T♠ pretty much ended the hand as a contest and the 8♥ and K♥ completed the board to send Bresukus to the rail. -- NW
4.45pm: Into level 13
So ever onward. We're now entering level 13, where blinds are 1,000-2,000 with a 200 ante. Our (unreliable) counting suggests that at least 185 players have perished so far, meaning no more than 126 remain.
That's less than half of today's returning field, a ratio that is accurately reflected in the photo below. Deborah Worley-Roberts remains in the field, but Timotheos Timotheou, on the other side of the embrace, does not. (Remember, the top 81 get paid, according to the payout structure.)
Deborah Worley Roberts hugs Timotheos Timothou
Reporting team in Galway: Howard Swains and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May