UKIPT5 Edinburgh Day 1A: Level 8-12 updates (1,000/2,000 ante 300)

November 19, 2015

11pm: End of play
That’s it for Day 1A. Around 31 players have advanced to Day 2 with Kevin Whelan leading the way. A wrap of the day’s play will follow shortly. — NW

10:51pm: Final four
The clock has been paused and they’ll be four more hands before play is done for the day. –NW

10:50pm: Out
Just 31 players remain with Dennis Kennedy, Guillaume Duchemin, Colin McConaghy, Dominic Evans, Johnny Gray, Michael Kane, ShahidSardar, Istvan Pilhofer, Scott Brown, Phillip Huxley and Mark Baxter amongst those who’ve hit the rail in the last level. –NW

10:45pm: Wall of chips for Whelan
Kevin Whelan looks to be the man most likely to claim the end of day chip lead as time ticks down on the final level of the night. He’s got about 221,000 and his nearest challenger appears to be Roberto Morelli who’s playing around 206,000. — NW

10:40pm: Burnett runs into aces
Brent Burnett had already survived a couple of all-ins but he’s now out after losing a brutal one to Paul Corrigan. The former had just 35,000 and with pocket kings he was more than happy to get his chips in. Unfortunately for him Corrigan had the only hand that could beat him. The aces held up to eliminate Burnett. — NW

10:30pm: Three-way all in dents Nitsche
Dominik Nitsche has dropped to around 50,000 after losing a three-way all-in.

The money went in pre-flop with John Angus all-in for around two big blinds, Toby Hariefeld all-in for 23,700 and Nitsche the covering stack.

Nitsche: 7♣7♠
Hariefeld: K♣Q♥
Angus: 7♥2♣

The race was on and it was one Hariefeld would win as the board came 5♦J♠5♣Q♦3♣. — NW


Nitsche’s pair couldn’t hold
10:20pm: Brown down but not out
From under-the-gun Scott Brown moved all-in for 37,800. He almost got it through uncontested but Rhys Silverstein called all-in from the small blind. It was he who was at risk as he had a stack of 26,700.

Silverstein: A♠Q♠
Brown: 8♠8♣

The 4♥2♠9♦2♣Q♣ board favoured the over cards, “I wish it had come on the flop,” joked Brown, who was left with just 11,100. He got a boost on the next hand though as he received a walk. — NW

10:15pm: Last level of the night
The twelfth and final level of the night has just started. After this 45 minute level play will end for the night. –NW

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10:10pm: Stacks
Some counts as players approach the last level of the night:

Roberto Morelli, 176,000
Kyle Maguire, 108,000
Dara O’Kearney, 69,600
Dean Hutchison, 63,600
Phil Huxley, 20,900
Michael Kane, 14,000


Roberto Morelli – chip leader
10:05pm: Double up for Corrigan
It was a case of big blind special for Paul Corrigan who got a good price to see a flop and then made the most of it.

Dara O’Kearney raised to 3,200 from under-the-gun and picked up calls from Davie Gallagher (mid position), Brent Burnett (small blind) and Corrigan (big blind).

So it was four to a flop of 5♠6♦5♣. O’Kearney bet 5,100, Gallagher called, Burnett did likewise and Corrigan then moved all-in for 22,700 total. It took O’Kearney mere seconds to fold, and Gallagher only seconds to call. It took Burnett even less time to take the route suggested by O’Kearney.

It was cards on their backs time. Corrigan opened 8♥5♥, which was well ahead of Gallagher’s 6♠4♠. The J♠ turn and 10♣ river kept him in the lead and he more than doubled. It was but a scratch for Gallagher though as he’s still got 137,000. — NW

9:57pm: Nobody puts a baby set in the corner
“Never go broke in a limped pot,” a wise man once said. Dara O’Kearney was never in danger of that according to his last tweet:

9:50pm: Nitsche into the lead
Dominik Nitsche tweeted earlier that he was going to be playing lots of hands and hopefully build a huge stack for Day 2. His VPIP stats aren’t available but his stack is approaching “huge” after a confrontation with Ryan Barnes.

The latter raised to 7,300 from mid position and the German poker star was the only caller from the cutoff. The flop spread 2♠5♥3♥ and Barnes continued for 8,000. Nitsche called before they both checked the Q♠5♣ turn and river down.

“Ace,” said a defeated sounding Barnes before opening A♠J♦. He was right to sound defeated as Nitsche opened 10♦10♣ and took the pot, climbing to 174,000. — MC

9:35pm: The departed
Down to just five tables – 45 players – on Day 1A of the Main Event with two levels left to go. Those to have hit the rail recently include: John Thain, Neil Feenan, Mark Mars, James Wilson, Arjin Singh Moti, William Runciman, Jonathan Symeonides, Balint Pusztai, Pieter Visser, Craig MacLauchlan, Eammon Sharp, Martin Gallagher, Antonio Crolla and Sam Wardlaw. — NW

9:30pm: Whelan flipping well
Kevin Whelan flipped well in eliminating Jack Maskill to see his stack rise to 143,000.

A player in mid position opened before Whelan three-bet and Maskill four-bet shoved. The original raiser folded but Whelan called.

Whelan: J♣J♠
Maskill: A♣K♣

The board ran 5♠2♦4♦6♥6♣ to miss the big-slick of Maskill. — MC

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9:20pm: Gaudlitz takes exit in good grace
Top marks to Marc Gaudlitz who took his exit – which was a bad beat – incredibly well. He was all-in and at risk pre-flop for around 20 big blinds with A♠K♠ and was in a dominating position against Dzmitry Ryzhyk’s A♦Q♠.

The 6♣10♥7♦Q♦4♥ board gave Ryzhyk the pot. Gaudlitz said: “have a nice evening everyone,” as he left the table. — NW

9:12pm: Nice guy that Davie Gallacher
“That’s why I’ve always liked you!” beamed Johnny Gray to Davie Gallacher after the latter doubled him up.

Gray was down to 11,800 when he moved all in from second position. The action folded around to the big-stacked Gallacher in the big blind who made the call.

Gray: K♠J♠
Gallacher: K♥9♠

The board ran 5♥Q♣J♣8♥Q♦. Gallacher was calling for every card he needed and the two shared a laugh once the hand was over. Gallacher still has around 100,000. — MC


We love you Davie, we do. We love you…..
9:05pm: McConaghy doubles through Symeonides
Poker can be a cruel game sometimes and Jonathan Symeonides was just on the end of what looks likely to be a tournament defining moment for him.

From under-the-gun Colin McConaghy moved all-in for 14,300. A couple of seats along another player tanked and folded what he later said was pocket fives and Symeonides got a count before calling from the big blind. The call was almost his entire stack, he had about 4,000 back after the call.

McConaghy: 4♠4♣
Symeonides: 6♠6♦

The 3♥5♦A♥4♥3♦ board left Symeonides shaking his head and McConaghy stacking his chips. Not only was he outdrawn but he very likely would’ve folded had there already been a call in front of him. So a double bad beat for Symeonides in the end. –NW

8:55pm: No upturn for Cheema
Rapinder Cheema was asked to get off the roller-coaster ride he’s been on most of the day.

Michael Kane informed the blog that he was down to 18 big blinds when he raise-called it off with jack-ten suited. Scott Brown had three-bet him with ace-king and turned a king to seal the deal. –MC

8:45pm: The 100k stacks
Players are back in their seats for the final session of the evening. Here are the six players believed to be over 100,000:


Chip daddy, Sinott
Anthony Sinott, 160,000
Dominik Nitsche, 139,000
Roberto Morelli, 137,500
Davie Gallacher, 111,800
Kevin Whelan, 105,000
Kyle Maguire, 102,000

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8:25pm: Last break of the night
The players are on their last 20-minute break before playing out the remaining three levels of the night

8:20pm: Ooi takes one
Colin McConaghy got off lightly in a hand against Yew Kah Ooi as the latter played it safe on the turn and river. Pre-flop McConaghy raised to 2,300 and Ooi called from the button. The two of them took a 4♠5♣7♣ flop. McConaghy c-bet 2,700 and Ooi smooth called.

That was all the betting action as both players checked the 7♦ turn and J♦ river. Ooi showed Q♣Q♦ at showdown and it was good enough to take the pot. –NW

8:15pm: Roller-coaster ride for Cheema
Rapinder Cheema can’t seem to keep hold of chips today. He builds a stack and then it drops again. Rinse and repeat. He’s going to have to build again after being taken off a hand to drop to 18,000.

A player in the hijack raised and was called by Cheema (button) and Mudasser Hussain in the big blind. The flop came down 3♦10♠J♠ and the action checked to Cheema who bet 3,500. Hussain called before both players checked the 6♣ turn. The board completed with the 8♠ and Hussain led for 7,000. Cheema mucked his cards with force and sat shaking his head. Hussain, meanwhile, moved up to around 70,000. — MC

8:10pm: Exits
Down to just 63 players here in the Main Event as: James Fojcik, Marc Smith, Elizabeth Murphy, Milorad Dobrijevic, Gerald MacDuff, Thomas Partridge and Terence Donakey have all been eliminated. — NW

8pm: Kyle’s got style…and chips
Kyle Maguire looks to be the current chip leader. He’s got an impressive stack of 150,000 in front of him. That’s more than three times the current average which is 45,600. — NW


Kyle Maguire
7:50pm: Kane drops some
Michael Kane, who’s fuelled up with Nandos (other spicy chicken outlets available), has dropped some chips since returning from dinner break. He just ran into ace-king and dropped to 21,500.

Michael Mcgee opened from the cutoff and Kane peeled from the big blind to see a 7♦K♠10♦ flop appear. McGee continued for 1,800 and Kane check-called to the J♣ turn where he faced a 4,900 bet. Kane called again before both players checked the 8♠ river. Before Kane had the chance to open, Mcgee showed A♦K♣ and Kane mucked. Mcgee saw his stack rise to around 65,000.

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7:35pm: Ng takes down first event of the festival
Whilst the Main Event won’t finish until Sunday, there’s already been one champion crowned here in Edinburgh. A £150 six-max NLHE turbo kicked off the festival last night and it attracted a total of 53 runners. When all was done and dusted Stephen Ng reigned supreme, taking the title, trophy and £2,431. Seven players got paid including Gordon Huntly and UKIPT4 Edinburgh champion Dean Hutchison.

UKIPT5 Edinburgh Event #1
Event Name: UKIPT5 Edinburgh 6-Max Turbo
Buy-in: £150 + £15
Players: 53
Total prize pool: £7,711

1. Stephen Ng, £2,431
2. Richard Visser, £1,750
3. Gary Gracey, £1,120
4. Mark Wood, £850
5. Michael McMahon, £655
6. Gordon Huntly, £500
7. Dean Hutchison, £405


Stephen Ng – pictured in today’s Main Event
7:25pm: Kennedy gets one through
Little action of note to report but Dennis Kennedy just got a shove through not one, not two, but three opponents.

In the hand in question there was a raise from under-the-gun. Rhys Silverstein smooth called from the cut off, and the small blind came along too. Kennedy then shoved for 19,200 from the big blind.

He didn’t have to sweat too hard as all his opponent’s folded their cards fairly swiftly. — NW

7:20pm: They gone
Defeat was tough to digest for: Rupert Elder, Wai Kiat Lee, Stephen Ng, Omid Nikjeh, Richard Jones, Patrick Eagers, Richard Kaura, Leon Louis, Stuart McNally, Phillip Rohrer, Chris Ralston and Norbert Bobra.

7:10pm: Nice turn of events for Cheema
UKIPT5 champion Rapinder Cheema has reached the dizzying heights of 48,000 after he eliminated Sunil Moti in a hand that could hardly have gone any better for him.

He raised to 2,500 from the hijack and Moti was the only caller from the small blind. The flop fell Q♣A♦A♣ and both players checked to the J♣ turn. Moti led for 2,500 there, and for 2,500 on the 2♥ river. Cheema called the first bet and then set Moti all in for his last 12,000 on the river. Moti double-fist called, stood up and tabled A♥9♣ for trip aces. It wasn’t good though as Cheema opened J♠J♦ for a turned full house. He took the pot along with the scalp. — MC

6:55pm: Big stacks
As level eight gets under way these are the players who are currently ‘bossing it’ here in Edinburgh:

Kevin Whelan, 107,000
Anthony Sinott, 99,000
Grant Smith, 98,200
Davie Gallacher, 92,700
Roberto Morelli, 91,000
Kyle Maguire, 88,200
Mark Baxter, 81,300
Toby Hariefeld, 72,500
Dominic Nitsche, 71,000


Whelan’s off to a fantastic start

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PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at UKIPT5 Edinburgh: Marc Convey and Nick Wright. Photos by Mickey May


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