UKIPT5 Dublin Day 2: Level 13-18 updates (4,000 – 8,000, ante 1,000)

February 12, 2016


* This in an archive on level 13-18 updates of the UKIPT Main Event, live updates are here.
* LIVE UPDATES of the €25,000 High Roller can be found here.
* Day 2 of the UKIPT Main Event – we’re in the money!
* Top 151 players get paid, payouts can be viewed here

6:52: Dinner break
The players are on a 75-minute dinner break.

6:48pm :Doke’s gone broke
Dara O’Kearney had the chance of tripling up, but it wasn’t meant to be, and he left in 75th place, earning €2,220.

He moved all in for 105,000 from early/mid position and was called by both blinds, Sadan Turker and Kevin Pascal Barden. The 8♠A♠5♥ was checked before Turker check-folded to a 125,000 bet from Barden on the J♠ turn.

O’Kearney: K♣J♣ for second pair
Barden: A♦J♦ for two pair.

The river was the 7♥ and O’Kearney went off to collect his tenth cash. — MC

strong>6:40pm: 25K to play
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante)

This isn’t the only tournament in town, the €25,000 High Roller started today and has attracted the usual slew of world class players like Jason Mercier, Mike McDonald and Steve O’Dwyer. Live updates of that event can be feasted on here.

6:35pm: Big stacks
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante)

As we approach the dinner break the average stack is a shade under 310,000. The players below have more than that though, they all have at least half a million.

Name Country Status Chips
Adam Owen UK PokerStars qualifier 850000
Vladimir Velikov Bulgaria 700000
Adalsteinn Karlsson Iceland PokerStars player 660000
Kevin Pascal Barden Germany PokerStars qualifier 660000
Jason Ward Ireland PokerStars player 640000
Wei Li Ireland 570000
James Akenhead UK 570000
Jelcides Monteiro Luxembourg 560000
Daniel Carter UK 540000
Toby Joyce Ireland PokerStars player 500000
Eysteinn Einarsson Iceland PokerStars player 500000
David Clarkson UK PokerStars qualifier 500000
Quentin Dellis Belgium 500000


Adam Owen (left) has UKIPT champion Brett Angell to his left
6:30pm: Sixes give Clarkson a 500K stack
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante)

It’s not often you get it in post-flop with a pair of sixes in a huge pot and find yourself ahead, but that’s what just happened to David Clarkson.

He’s had an up and down day but it’s just gone up again as he eliminated Jose Lopez Tapia in a large pot. I missed the pre-flop action but Tapia bet the 2♣5♣6♥ flop, Clarkson raised to 55,000, Tapia moved all in for an effective 200,000 or so and Clarkson snap called.

Clarkson: 7♣6♣
Tapia: 5♠4♠

Neither the 10♥ turn of the A♣ river improved Tapia’s hand and Clarkson just had him covered. -NW

David Clarkson, 500,000

6:25pm: Jack the lad Poulengeris
Antonis Poulengeris, who chopped the Sunday Million in 20015, has managed to stay alive by finding a way to wriggle out of a dominating situation.

He three-bet all in for 63,000 from the hijack after Krzysztof Gluszko had opened to 18,000 rom under the gun. The Polish player snap called when the action was back on him.

Gluszko: A♣K♥
Poulengeris: K♣J♣

Poulengeris asked for clubs but had to settle for a jack as the board ran J♠7♦8♥2♠9♠. — MC

6:20pm: Field talent thins as 81 remain
The remaining 81 players will be happy to see the back of Jeff Madsen, Charlie Carrel and Dermot Blain, who all recently departed. –MC

6:08pm: Chen gets slightly more than a double up
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante)

Andrew Chen is a man who gets a lot but get its quietly. He needed to get some here in the Main Event and he did. You wouldn’t know about it though so we’ll tell you.

There was a preflop three way all in between Chen, Michael Mathieu and Jeffrey Brouwer. Mathieu was down to only an ante, Chen had 58,000 and Brouwer dropped to 305,000 after he lost the hand.

Mathieu: [9][6]
Brouwer: A♠6♥
Chen: 7♠7♥

The board ran K♠4♥2♥J♦3♣ to see the sevens hold up. — MC

6pm: Starter for ten
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante)

Congratulations to Dara O’Kearney on his tenth UKIPT Main Event cash. Hat tip to his sidekick David Lappin who tweeted this fact a short time ago. –NW


Ten of the best for O’Kearney
5:55pm: Big names, short stacks
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

There are lots of big names in the field, but a fair few of them are short on chips at the moment:

Padraig O’Neil, 170,000.
Dermot Blain, 165,000
Dara O’Kearney, 135,000
Patrick Leonard, 115,000
Charlie Carrel, 75,000
Andrew Chen, 65,000
Chris Gordon, 65,000

A few though are prospering, Adam Owen has 550,000, Brett Angell is up to 340,000 and Ben Burnhill, is on 270,000. — NW

5:50pm: Hutchison gets lucky to keep double dream alive
“I was due to be fair!” commented Dean Hutchison to a tablemate after he came from a dominated position to double up.

He got his last 67,000 in with A♠10♥ and had a willing customer in the shape of Mathieu Kuhne and his A♦K♣. The board ran a Scottish flavoured 6♥9♥10♣5♥9♦. Kuhne dropped to 180,000.

Hutchison said he had been struggling since he lost with ace-queen to king-ten for a 200k pot about an hour ago. — MC

5:45pm: Carter gets ’em
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

Double knockout alert!

From the cutoff Jasper Lucas opened to 15,000, Dan Carter smooth called and Matan Elgazar then moved all in for 30,000 from the small blind. Back on Lucas he moved all in for 190,000 and Carter, who was the covering stack, snap called.


Dan Carter
Elgazar: A♦7♦
Lucas: A♣3♠
Carter: A♠K♥

The Q♠9♥9♠4♣6♠ board kept the dominating ace in front and eliminated two players. -NW

Dan Carter, 450,000

5:20pm: Two more dreams are crushed
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

Two more exits to tell you about now:

First to go was Anthony Galloway, he got the last of his chips in with K♣Q♠ but was dominated by the A♥K♦ of Antonis Poulengeris.

Peter Johnson meanwhile had his big slick outdrawn by the A♣J♣ of Sadan Turker when the latter turned a flush. – NW

Sadan Turker, 420,000
Antonis Poulengeris, 200,000

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5:15pm: Gora flushes Clarkson
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

Jakub Gora moved all-in from early position for 57,000 and David Clarkson made the call.

Gora: A♠Q♠
David Clarkson: A♣Q♦

It looked like a chop pot but the K♠K♣9♠10♠9♥ board meant Gora doubled up. -NW

Jakub Gora, 125,500

5:05pm: Bebawi flushed away
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)
Marc Bebawi found kings, got his chips in good, but they weren’t good enough by the river.

He raised to 12,000 from the hijack and was called by the button before Reda Benhaddou squeezed all in for around 140,000. Bebawi had 127,000 and quickly called all in which prompted the button to fold.

Bebawi: K♠K♥
Benhaddou: A♣J♣

The board ran 8♣10♣3♠J♠Q♣ to make a flush. — MC

4:50pm: Top ten stacks

Name Country Status Chips
Casey Kastle Slovenia 573000
Wei Li Ireland 570000
Toby Joyce Ireland PokerStars player 500000
Vladimir Velikov Bulgaria 500000
Eysteinn Einarsson Iceland PokerStars player 500000
Adalsteinn Karlsson Iceland PokerStars player 490000
James Akenhead UK 490000
Heinz Traut Germany 475000
Kevin Pascal Barden Germany PokerStars qualifier 475000
Jelcides Monteiro Luxembourg 475000

4:45pm: Play resumes
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)
Two more levels before dinner break.

4:25pm: Break time
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)
The players are taking 20 minutes to call home and tell the good news. –MC

4:20pm: Harraghy can’t avoid a diamond and busts to Kastle
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)

Gerard Harraghy gave a look we’ve all seen in a millions times in poker tournaments, the one where you know you’re just about to get sucked out on.


Kastle has every reson to smile
Harraghy’s nemesis was Casey Kastle, who moved up to 525,000 chips. A bunch of chips went in on the flop and the rest went in on the turn with a board reading 8♥5♦K♥J♦.

Harraghy opened A♣A♥ and saw that Kastle had K♦2♦ for top pair and flush draw. The river was the 10♦ to make Kastle’s flush. — MC

4:05pm: Make mine a double?
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)

Four UKIPT champions have made the money here in Dublin, so there’s a chance of a double UKIPT winner. Trying their best to make that slim dream a reality are: Kevin Killeen, Thomas Finneran, Dean Hutchison and Brett Angell. -NW

Thomas Finneran, 350,000
Kevin Killeen, 250,000
Brett Angell, 230,000
Dean Hutchison, 160,000


Thomas Finneran
4pm: Did Leonard lie?
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)

“I’ve only looked at one, the good one,” said Patrick Leonard a few seconds after he’d moved all in for 55,000. Dimitri Pembroke was in the tank and the Irishman eventually decided to move all in for about 75,000. Everyone else folded and it was time for a showdown:

Leonard: A♦K♥
Pembroke: A♣Q♠

The 5♥6♣8♣J♥6♥ board kept Leonard in front and left Pembroke with around 20,000. -NW

Patrick Leonard, 122,500

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3:50pm: Show me the money
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)

As per usual there were a steady stream of players heading to the payouts table in the minutes following the bubble bursting.

“Am I the first one out in the money?” asked Russell Wood. He wasn’t, that was Regis Burlot. Phil Baker and Andrew Hawksby are also out, both were short on chips on the bubble.

Niko Koop is another faller, his final 60,000 went in with 10♦10♠ and lost out to Stephane Gabarre’s pocket queens. -NW

3:45pm: Gieles busting saves Ambraisse from bubbling
Idris Ambraisse and Pim Gieles both were eliminated on the same hand so shared the €1,710 on offer for 151st place. Ambraisse’s exit hand was announced to the room first so had had a few minutes thinking he was the actual bubble boy. Gieles would soon come to the rescue though.

He had three-bet all in for 77,000 after Jelcides Monteiro had opened to 10,000. Call.

Ambraisse: K♣Q♣
Monteiro: J♥J♠

The board ran 2♦10♥3♣2♥A♦.


Idris Ambraisse thought he’d bubbled but…
Over to the other table and it was similar action in terms of action. Gieles three-bet all in for 70,000 after Daniel Harwood had opened to 12,500. Call.

Gieles: J♣J♥
Harwood: K♦K♥

The board ran 3♦3♣7♦Q♥9♠.

Everyone will leave somewhat happy from here on in after securing a cash, watch them fly out of the door for a while! — MC


…he found a saviour in Pim Gieles
3:30pm: Crilly bubbles as Ambraisse and Gieles split 151st place money
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000-4,000 (500 ante)

One of those situations occurred today where the player two off the money became the bubble after two players, from different tables, busted on the bubble.

A good ten minutes before the two simultaneous all ins, David Crilly had half his stack (8,000) in with the big blind. Alex Difelice raised to 8,000 from the button and Crilly felt he couldn’t fold, so called.

Crilly: K♣5♠
Difelice: A♣K♥

The board ran 2♠A♦10♥A♥5♦ to make Difelice trips. — MC


David Crilly
3:10pm: Just missing out on the money
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000-4,000 (500 ante)

Some of the players who’ve just missed out on the money include: Nick Galtos, Dominic Mahoney, Ramsey Arjam, Surinder Sunar, Chihao Tsang, Nick Newport, Knut Karnapp and Alban Juen. –NW

3pm: Heinz takes us to (1)57
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000-4,000 (500 ante)

Heinz Traut is doing his best to single handily take everyone into the money here in Dublin. He eliminated two players in quick succession and told the table that he wished it was a bounty tournament.

First he eliminated Marc Radgen who four-bet shoved with pocket tens only to run into Traut’s aces.

Then Richard Brinley Codd moved all in for 7,000 with A♠3♣, but Traut had him dominated with A♣K♣ and held up on the 6♣Q♥Q♠4♦7♦ board. –NW

Heinz Traut, 390,000

2:57pm: Bubble oh so close
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000-4,000 (500 ante)

The tournament has almost reached a critical juncture – the bubble time. Tune back in soon to see who will be the last player to leave with nothing. For now, check out the chip count page where, as well as the leaders, a number of notable players have been updated. — MC

2:45pm: Newport aids Joyce’s quest
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000-4,000 (500 ante)

After busting, Nick Newport was kind enough to fill the blog in on the hand that saw him bust, sending Toby Joyce into the lead.

They got the chips in on the turn when the board [A][8][3][J]. Newport opened ace-jack but Joyce had him crushed with pocket threes. Newport said the pot was worth a massive 350,000. — MC

2:25pm: Chip leaders
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000-4,000 (500 ante)

As level 15 gets under way these are the chip leaders of the UKIPT Dublin Main Event:

Name Country Status Chips
Toby Joyce Ireland PokerStars player 425,000
David Clarkson UK PokerStars qualifier 400,000
Thomas Boivin Belgium 385,000
Vladimir Velikov Bulgaria 382,000
Adam Owen UK PokerStars qualifier 350,000
Edward Tombs UK 346,000
James Akenhead UK 345,000
Ranno Sootla Estonia 300,000
Olivier Ferrero France 300,000
John Bagnal Ireland 300,000
Stefan Schillhabel Germany PokerStars player 295,000
Jason Ward Ireland PokerStars player 290,000
Simon Nash UK PokerStars qualifier 280,000
Wei Li Ireland 270,000
Marc Foggin UK 265,000
David Pollock Ireland PokerStars qualifier 250,000
Daniel Carter UK 250,000


Akenhead is chipped up
2:20pm: Will the bubble burst in this level?
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000-4,000 (500 ante)

The remaining 174 players are now back in their seats and level 15 has just started. With 151 players getting paid it’s possible that the bubble will burst this level. –NW

2pm: Out before the first break
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500-3,000 (400 ante)

Day 2 but no cash for: Julien Martini, Scott Margereson, Iain Farrell, William Bennet, Milen Ivanov, Kalidou Sow, Fernando Brito, Ville Haavisto, Alan Smart, Bui Niclassen, Younas Yousaf, Domenico Vivolo, Paul Carr, Daniel Rohrbasser, Jerry Odeen, Kerryjane Craigie, Robert Murphy, Rui Milhomens, Rocco Palumbo, Felix Schlott, George Stoddart, Keith Christie, Ben Smith, Alexandre Rivero, Thiaho Crema De Macedo, Christoph Koehnen, Andrew Colleran, Frank Lillis, Matt Davenport, Daragh Davey, Bart Verbanck, Padraic Cusack and Felipe Boianovsky.

The remaining players are on a 20-minute break. — MC


Dara Davey
1:42pm: Gordon quarter of the way to a million
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500-3,000 (400 ante)

Chris Gordon cracked the aces of Mathieu Philbert to see his stack rise to around 250,000.

The action was multi-way to a 10♣Q♥9♦ flop but it was on the 2♠ turn where Gordon and Philbert got their stacks in. The latter opened aces but was drawing dead to Gordon’s flopped straight with J♦8♦. — MC

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1:30pm: Oh my god! Kevin killed him
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500-3,000 (400 ante)

Kevin Killeen is the defending UKIPT Dublin champion and he just eliminated William Bennet to climb back to 90,000.

Bennet shoved for around 36,000 from the hi-jack with A♥8♥ and Killeen isolated all in from the button with A♦10♦. The 10♣5♥8♦ gave both players a pair, but Killeen’s was better. It stayed that way on the K♣ turn and 10♠ river.
Killeen isn’t the only UKIPT champion in the field today, Dean Hutchison and Brett Angell are seated at the same table, whilst Dan Stacey has just been eliminated. -NW

Kevin Killeen, 90,000
Dean Hutchison, 200,000
Brett Angell, 135,000

1:25pm: O’Neill bluff fail
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500-3,000 (400 ante)

Word of advice: be careful when trying to bluff an Estonian. Padraig O’Neill just found that out the hard way.

He was in the big blind and heads up against Ranno Sootla with a K♣7♥9♥ flop showing. Sootla was in second position and bet 8,500 when the Irishman checked to him. O’Neill called and both checked the 8♣ turn to see the A♠ river appear. O’Neill cut 30,000 from his stack and led with it, sending Sootla into the tank. He took a minute and then separated the calling chips from his stack, stared at his opponent for a while longer and let a smile spread across his face before he tossed the chips in with his K♦Q♦, beating O’Neill’s Q♥10♥. — MC

Ranno Sootla, 215,000
Padraig O’Neill, 137,000

1:02pm: Tumbling out of the tournament
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500-3,000 (400 ante)

Roughly 40 players exited during the opening hour of play. Sadly for: Stavros Avdoulos, Francesco Delfoco, Jason Tompkins, Georgios Mavroulias, Simon Persson, Robert Wirth, Felipe Ramos, Pascal Frei, Jacek Bozio, Jonathan Concepcion, Nesrine Kourdourli, Daragh Thomas, Vallo Maidla, Julien Rouxel, Manuel Zapf, Sven Matthias, Christopher Kruk, Benjamin Nicault, Robert Beer, Gareth Chantler, Ruben Tack, Philip Hardy, Jonathan Rees, Robert Sampson and John Campbell their tournament is over. –NW


End of the road for Felipe
12:55pm: Life of Reilly for Mark
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200-2,400 (300 ante)

There’s a famous UK radio DJ called Mark Reilly, who’s affectionately known by his nickname ‘Lard’. The only thing fat about the Mark Reilly in this poker tournament is his chip stack, as he just eliminated Cesar Garcia to win a 110,000 chip pot.

It all went in pre-flop with Garcia holding 9♠9♦ and Reilly Q♣Q♥. A 5♣2♥10♥K♠4♦ board kept Reilly in front and sent Garcia to the rail. –NW

12:45pm: Doke and Gordon happy tweeters
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200-2,400 (300 ante)

Chris Gordon and Dara O’Kearney are happily social poker players so far today. — MC

12:40pm: Sykes sent back into retirement
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200-2,400 (300 ante)

Former professional poker player and now poker industry folk, Jamie Sykes, has been eliminated.

He told the blog that he lost a 120,000-flip with jacks to ace-king and then got the last of his stack in with J♣8♣ and ran into queens. — MC

12:30pm: Bozio of a start for Jacek
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200-2,400 (300 ante)

Jacek Bozio has had an up and down start that has seen him settle on 15,000, not an ideal resting place.

He three-bet all in for 36,300 with Q♠Q♦ after an opponent had open shoved for 32,100 with A♣J♦. The Polish player let out a few expletives after a 4♠2♥3♦5♠8♣ board ran out to give his opponent a straight.

The very next hand, Bozio called all in for 3,900 after an opponent had opened to 5,400. Robert Murphy was in the small blind and moved all in to successfully isolate.

Bozio: Q♥7♠
Murphy: 9♦9♠

The first card out was a queen and Bozio seemed happy enough with his 15,000 after the bout of bad luck previously was evened out just a little. — MC

12:15pm: Rush to the exits
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200-2,400 (300 ante)

A dozen players have been eliminated in the opening 15 minutes. Those to have busted include: Thomas Kitt, Andrew Robson, Christian Hanusse, Roberto Carrera, Benjamin Rivera, David Wilkes, Andreas Wuerger, Hak-Hyun Lee, Keith Johnson, Ciaran Heaney, Ankit Ahuja and Wayne O’Donnell.

On his way out the room O’Donnell stopped by the table of a friend and told him his tale of woe. “I had fives against ace-king and he made a flush.” –NW

12:10pm: The start time doesn’t matter players will still be late
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200-2,400 (300 ante)

There’s been a lot of grumbling this week over the 10am start time, that’s late in the normal world but early in the poker world.

If today has proven anything though whatever the start time is players will always show up late. There were plenty of empty chairs at the start of play and not just from the big stacks who could absorb the hits. We won’t name and shame but we saw an empty seat for a player with a sub 55,000 stack as well as some with a 130,000+ stack. –NW

12:02pm: Shuffle up and deal!
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200-2,400 (300 ante)

Cards are in the are for day 2.

11:45am: Get ready for moving day
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200-2,400 (300 ante)

Day 2 on the UKIPT is often referred to as moving day and the reason is simple. By the time the day ends we’ll have lost around 90% of the players who started the day. We’ve got 273 players returning today and we guesstimate that by the time level 22 is done, at around 00.15 GMT they’ll be somewhere around 30-35 players left in their seats. If that is the case then the average stack will be 800,000 and the chip leader will have about 2,000,000.


Schillhabel – Day 1 chip leader
So that makes the 352,000 that Stefan Schillhabel has seem quite paltry in comparison, but he’s got the most of the players who advanced from Day 1. There’s a strong chasing pack though with the likes of: Vladimir Velikov (301,500), Adam Owen (252,900), Marc Foggin (246,900), Thomas Finneran (216,900), Dan Carter (186,600), James Akenhead (182,500), Padraig O’Neil (181,700), Charlie Carrel (157,200), Casey Kastle (140,500) and Jeff Madsen (138,900) lurking.

Whilst all of the EPT champions in the field, and most of the Red Spades, were eliminated on Day 1 Felipe Ramos (78,200) and Chris Gordon (88,700) are back today.

Cards are in the air at noon.

PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at UKIPT5 Dublin: Marc Convey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog


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