> 6.10pm: End of level action
This has to be the table to watch at the moment. It’s packed full of big stacks and aggressive players including EPT Dortmund winner Jake Cody. Will the winner of the tournament come from this table? We certainly wouldn’t be against it. Great stuff.
1: Rupdinder Bedi – 68,000
2: Jake Cody – 180,000
3: Mike Lacey – 270,000
4: Dan Carter: 120,000
5: Gerald Cochlan – 60,000
6: Ross Jarvis – 120,000
7: Simon Morrisson – 55,000
8: Nick Gibson – (around 100,000)
There has been a lot of three-betting here and some four-bet shoves to counter that. There really is some talent at this table. Lacey opens for 6,200 on the button and is three-bet by Dan Carter in the small blind to 16,700. Lacey calls. The flop is 3♥2♣8♠ and Carter leads for 17,500. Lacey calls again. Carter then checks the J♦ turn. If Lacey was floating now is the time to pull the trigger. He bets 32,000 and Carter moves all-in.
Carter is on close to 200,000 now as the level closes and the players go on break. Back shortly – check the new post. — RD
5.55pm: Bubble approaching.
We’re down to our final six tables and 45 of the 54 who remain will make the money. The average stack is a shade over 100,000 and we expect play to slowdown somewhat as the bubble approaches. –NW
5.50pm: Ross bosses Lynn.
Ross Jarvis and Anton Lynn just partook in the most classic of poker races, the old Ace-king versus queens for an almighty 160,000 pot. Jarvis held the pocket pair and it stayed infront of Lynn’s big slick as the board was 4♠4♣2♦6♠6♦. -NW
5.45pm: Battling Bedi
Rupinder Bedi raises to 6,000 from the cut-off and is three-bet to 15,400 by Mike Lacey. Bedi sits and studies before moving all-in for around 40,000 on top. Lacey folds and Bedi picks up a very needed boost to his stack. — RD
5.35pm: Laced with chips
Mike Lacey just added another 45,000 to his stack and has now broken the 200,000 mark. Lacey opened to 6,500 from the hi-jack and picked up just the one customer, Simon Morrison in the big blind. On a flop of 4♥K♦4♠ Morrison checked to Lacey who bet 12,000. Morrison responded by min check-raising to 24.000. After some thought Lacey decided to smooth call, the 5♥ turn checked through, although Lacey did ask Morrison the dreaded, ‘How much have you got left,’ question (50,000 in this instance). On the 8♦ river Morrison led for 15,000, Lacey quickly called and showed down K♠3♣ to win the pot. –NW
5.15pm: Cole can now be a tourist
San Diego native Corwin Cole, who qualified by accident to this tournament, can now get on with the rest of his holiday as he’s been eliminated here in Coventry. Ross Johnson inflicted the knock-out blow with A♠K♥ which started and stayed ahead of Cole’s K♠J♠. –NW
Sorry, folks, but our internet connection has just had a torrid time so if you’ve been cursing and slapping the refresh button for the last half an hour be rest assured we’ve been cursing louder. We’ll try to backdate some of the action here at the G Casino. Fingers crossed going forward. — RD
5.05pm: The quarter million man
Jeffrey Burke told us about one of the hands that helped him be the first player to break the 250,000 mark. ‘ A fella raised with king-queen and I called with ace-jack. The flop was ace-jack-four and I bet, he raised all-in and I snapped him off.’ — NW
4.55pm: Stacks of chips
Mike Lacey has just been moved to table two and immediately commented on how many chips and talented players there were at the table. ‘It’s not too often I move to a table and it’s full of players who are really well known and also have double the average.’ He’s not wrong the line-up looks pretty tough. In seat one is Rupinder Bedi with 75,000, seat two is Jake Cody with 180,000, seat three is Lacey with 150,000, seat four is Dan Carter with 130,000, seat eight is Nick Gibson with 150,000 and seat nine Anton Lynn has 130,000. The average is currently 78,900. Bedi quipped, ‘I’ve got a good seat haven’t I! –NW
4.45pm: Kennedy wins a big one
Anthony Kennedy just won a 100,000 pot against Toby Lewis. Lewis raised to 4,500 from middle position and Kennedy defended his big blind. The flop was K♠4♥5♥, Lewis led for 6,000, Kennedy made it 20,000, Lewis set him in and Kennedy called.
Kennedy stayed in front on the turn and river and Lewis is now down to 70,000. –NW
4.40pm: Toby’s towers
Toby Lewis has accumulated a mountain of the black 100 denomination chips over the first two levels. We imagine he’s been winning more than his fair share of pots and scooping lots of antes. More Toby Lewis news coming shortly. –NW
4.35pm: Play has resumed
The players have returned from watching the Grand National and have tucked betting their slips away to focus on their chips. Updates to filter through as the day plays out. — RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team at UKIPT Coventry: Rick Dacey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May