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

November 21, 2015

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6:47pm: Dinner break
The players are on a 60-minute dinner break. There are 26 players still in and they are led by Mike McGee on 770,000. Benjamin Burnhillis is the only other player over 700k, on 705,000. — MC

6:45pm: Defending champ knocks out his mate
Dean Hutchison won this title in Season 4 and he’s still going well, on about 400,000, partly due to busting his friend Kyle Maguire.

They went four way to a jack high flop with two hearts and the two of them ended up all in. Maguire held a queen high flush draw but Hutchison had the nut flush draw. The board bricked out and Hutchison won with ace-high. — MC

6:40pm: Burnhill wins a big one
From early position Benjamin Burnhill opened to 18,000 and Alan Brown, who was the big blind, was the only caller. On the 9♠4♦J♠ flop Burnhill c-bet 25,00 and Brown smooth called. The latter changed tack on the Q♥ as he led for 58,000, Burnhill considered his options and elected to call. The Q♠ completed the board and there was no backing down from Brown as he bet 104,000. It didn’t take Burnhill too long to call and he was first to show, opening J♣J♦.
“Aye, that’s good,” said Brown as he mucked his cards. “It wasn’t good on the turn though,” he added. After that pot Burnhill is up to 705,000 whilst Brown drops to 247,000. –NW

6:35pm: Laid back Elliott finds a double
Dode Elliot has doubled to around 285,000 after winning a flip versus Christopher Robertson. The latter tanked before calling and all that while, Elliot just sat, chilled, and looked at something on his phone.


Double Dode
Robertson opened to 17,000 from mid position before Elliot three-bet all in for 134,000 from the next seat. Robertson seemed to build himself up before calling.

Robertson: A♠J♥
Elliot: 10♣10♦

The board ran 5♠6♣9♣4♦K♦ to see Elliot safely stay alive. — MC

6:25pm: Down to 29 players
Just 29 players remain in the Main Event with Ben Jenkins, Jonathon Prested, Einar Einarsson
John Aitken and Dominik Fabjanczuk the latest players to bust out.

We caught the Fabjanczuk hand live, the Pole shoved for 140,000 with 9♦9♣ and Dariusz Marcinkowski re-raised all-in with K♠K♦ and everyone else folded. A 3♣4♦5♠Q♦A♠ board kept the bigger pair in front and sent Fabjanczuk to the rail. –NW

6:20pm: Skill game
Sometimes poker is just about getting a big hand at the same time as someone else gets a slightly worse one…

6:15pm: High Roller event will award £27,700 to the winner
The Single Re-entry £2,200 High Roller event kicked off at midday today and attracted 42 entries (37 unique players) creating an £81,480 prize pool. The top six will get paid and the cash will be divided up as follows:

1st. £27,700
2nd. £19,150
3rd. £12,220
4th. £9,370
5th. £7,320
6th.. £5,710


Davey, Geilich & Silver in action
Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, Max Silver, Daragh Davey, Nick Abou Risk, Niall Farrell and Ludovic Geilich all entered. The last two of these players have hit the rail though. The players are on their dinner break and 26 remain. — MC

6:05pm: Corrigan doubles through McGee again!
Michael McGee is Paul Corrigan’s personal ATM at the moment as Corrigan just doubled through him again, fortunately McGee can afford it as despite losing the hand below he’s still the chip leader.

In the hand in question Corrigan three-bet shoved for 139,000 over the top of a 17,000 chip open and a smooth call. The original raiser folded but McGee got a rough count and then called.

McGee: 10♦10♠
Corrigan: A♦K♣

The Q♣K♠5♣8♣9♦ board meant Corrigan doubled to around 300,000. –NW

6pm: Updated chip counts
Below are some updated chip counts of some of the 34 players who are still in the Main Event. The chip lead still belongs to Michael McGee who’s got 900,000. We’re updating the chip count page as often as we can and that’s where you can find complete chip counts.

Name Country Status Chips
Michael McGee United Kingdom 900,000
Colin Wu United Kingdom 660,000
Angelina Rich USA PokerStars Qualifier 566,000
David Gomez Spain PokerStars Qualifier 405,000
Javier Rodriguez United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 390,000
Dara O’Kearney Ireland PokerStars Qualifier 345,000
Roberto Morelli Italy 340,000
Harry Lodge United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 325,000
Andrew Teng United Kingdom 220,000
Dean Hutchison United Kingdom PokerStars Player 210,000
Tomasz Raniszewski Poland PokerStars Player 185,000
Kyle Maguire United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 160,000
Ben Jenkins United Kingdom Full Tilt Poker Ambassador 140,000
Donald Elliot United Kingdom 129,000
Chris Fox United Kingdom 117,000
Einar Einarsson Iceland PokerStars Player 70,000

5:50pm: Cold finish for Aaron Spence
If you’re short and you find king-queen in the small blind in an unopened pot, you’re happy to get it in. Just hope the big blind doesn’t have big-slick. Unfortunately for Aaron Spence, that happened.

He moved all in for 55,000 and Angelina Rich snap called after looking at her hand.

Spence: K♦Q♦
Rich: A♠K♠

The board ran 3♥6♦8♣5♣8♠ to send Spence to the rail. Rich moved up to 567,000. — MC


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5:30pm: Double double
Two short stack double ups to tell you about now…

First Paul Corrigan doubled through Michael McGee, with queens against jacks. His all-in was for 102,000 so although McGee lost a few big blinds he’s still the chip leader.

On the adjacent table a fun hand played out between Zavala Guzman and Einar Einarsson. The latter opened to 13,000 in late position and called when Guzman three-bet small, to just 21,000 from the big blind.

On the 4♥Q♠2♥ flop the remaining chips went in and it was easy to see why. Guzman had A♣A♦ whilst Einarsson had 5♥3♥ for a huge draw. The K♠ turn and 4♣ river kept Guzman – who was all-in for 62,000 – in front and he survived. –NW

5:20pm: Double down for Nitsche, then out
Dominik Nitsche came back from a five big blind stack to make the money with a healthy stack. He’s seen it drop back to 48,000 though after he doubled neighbour, Xiao Yang Luo.

Luo moved all in for 65,000 from the hijack and Nitsche called from the next seat.

Luo: 4♥4♦
Nitsche: A♠J♥

The board ran a blank 6♣2♥8♥2♦Q♠.

News reached media row that Nitsche never recovered.–MC


Where was my ace or jack, poker gods?
5:05pm: Irving hits the river
Action folded to Oliver Hoong on the button and, given both blinds had less than 10 big blinds, he open shoved for an effective 50,000. The small blind folded but Neil Irving took a look at his cards before making the call. He was all-in for 28,000 total.

Irving: J♦8♦
Hoong: K♦4♦

After the J♠K♠9♣ flop Irving got up and prepared to leave. But it was wasted energy as the 7♥ turn and 10♦ river meant he rivered a straight to stay in the tournament. –NW

5pm: Benjamin ‘busting’ Burnhill at it again
Benjamin Burnhill burst the bubble and he’s still out in the field eliminating players, the latest being John McDevitt.

He opened to 15,000 from second position and called after McDevitt moved all in for 41,000 from the small blind.

Burnhill: 2♦2♣
McDevitt: A♣K♦

The board ran 5♣10♦4♦J♥7♥ to see the two hold. — MC

4:50pm: Complete chip counts

McGee leading the way

Name Country Status Chips
Michael McGee United Kingdom 775,000
Christopher Robertson United Kingdom 540,000
Angelina Rich USA PokerStars Qualifier 525,000
Chris Fox United Kingdom 450,000
Colin Wu United Kingdom 400,000
David Gomez Spain PokerStars Qualifier 380,000
Javier Rodriguez United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 375,000
Dean Hutchison United Kingdom PokerStars Player 365,000
Dara O’Kearney Ireland PokerStars Qualifier 357,000
Benjamin Burnhill United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 319,000
Alan Brown United Kingdom 300,000
Andrew Teng United Kingdom 270,000
Harry Lodge United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 258,000
Kyle Maguire United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 243,000
Lukas Dimsa Lithuania 235,000
Dariusz Marcinkowski Poland PokerStars Qualifier 195,000
Jonathon Prested United Kingdom 190,000
Christopher Irvine United Kingdom 180,000
Oliver Hoong United Kingdom 173,000
Chris Fiedler Austria 170,000
Alex Lynskey Australia PokerStars Qualifier 170,000
Donald Elliot United Kingdom 169,000
Zavala Guzman Mexico 157,000
Kim Clay USA PokerStars Qualifier 155,000
Aaron Spence United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 150,000
Gary Laing United Kingdom 138,000
Kristian Johansson Sweden PokerStars Qualifier 137,000
Valerie Gray United Kingdom 110,000
Tomasz Raniszewski Poland PokerStars Player 105,000
Tom Noble United Kingdom 104,000
Paul Corrigan United Kingdom 100,000
Roberto Morelli Italy 98,000
John Aitken United Kingdom 83,000
Dominik Fabjanczuk Poland PokerStars Qualifier 81,000
Ben Jenkins United Kingdom Full Tilt Poker Ambassador 80,000
Kevin Whelan United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 80,000
John McDevitt United Kingdom 73,000
Dominik Nitsche United Kingdom 73,000
Jamie Ellwood United Kingdom 70,000
Thomas Pearn United Kingdom 70,000
Einar Einarsson Iceland PokerStars Player 69,000
Neil Irving United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 49,000
Marc Bedwell United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 43,000
Xiao Yang Luo China 32,000

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4:31pm: Break time
The players are now on a 15-minute break. –NW

4:30pm: Teng gets there against Ooi
As the final seconds of the level ticked down Andrew Teng was faced with a decision. Chris Fox had opened to 13,500 from late position, Teng then three-bet to 33,000 only for Yew Kah Ooi to move all-in for 78,000 total.

Fox tanked and passed what he later said was pocket eights and Teng got confirmation of the size of the all-in bet and called after some thought.

Teng: K♥Q♥
Ooi: A♠Q♠

The 6♠4♥2♣K♦7♠ board favoured Teng and Dominik Nitsche – who had wandered over to check on his friend – said: “Just let me know when you need me to help out!” as he needled his friend about the suck out. — NW


Andrew Teng
4:25pm: Post bubble doubles
There’s always lots of bust outs after the bubble bursts but there’s also a few double ups that occur. Two players who did just that were Oliver Hoong and Zavala Guzman

Hoong was down to 26,000 when he moved all in from the hijack with K♦Q♦. Kevin Whelan was in the small blind and made the call with a dominating A♠Q♣ and the board ran 2♣8♥3♦6♦5♦. The former made a flush and Whelan dropped to 68,000.


Whelan finding it tougher today
Seconds later, Guzman three-bet all in for 67,500 after Marc Bedwell had opened. Call.

Guzman: A♣A♦
Bedwell: 8♥8♠

The board ran J♦K♦J♣Q♥6♠ to see the aces hold. Bedwell dropped to 34,500. — MC

4:10pm: Both Day 1 chip leaders and defending champion still in
Believe it or not, it’s not often that both end of Day 1 chip leaders make the money on the UKIPT but it has happened today although they now find themselves in very different positions chip wise. For Kevin Whelan it’s been a struggle and he’s now down to 70,000.

However for David Gomez it’s been a great day so far and he just eliminated Denis Rosanov Marinov to take his stack over 500,000. The latter shoved for 56,500 from early position with A♦5♠ and Gomez looked him up with A♠10♦. The superior ace held as the board came 4♣7♣10♣10♥9♠.

Dean Hutchison – who’s the defending champion – is also still in and he’s got roughly 370,000. –NW

4pm: Ross Findlay bubbles UKIPT Edinburgh

Bubble boy Findlay (standing)
Someone had to be the first loser; it’s the way of the poker world. Ross Findlay was that player today, leaving in 56th place without a bean to show for it.

He was down to 8,000 when he called all in from the small blind after Benjamin Burnhill had raised from early position.

Findlay: A♥7♥
Burnhill: A♣10♣

The board ran J♦J♠4♦6♥5♦. Findaly had some chopportunities but they failed to come and he left to a round of applause. Everyone left in is now guaranteed £1,255. — MC

3:50pm: Fox at the centre of the action
Chris Fox has been involved in all the major bubble action and he just put Yew Kah Ooi to the test…

The action was started by Ben Jenkins, he raised to 11,000 from under-the-gun, Fox three-bet to 27,000 from the hi-jack and Ooi then smooth called from the big blind. At this point Jenkins wanted a closer look at Ooi’s stack – Ooi had about 95,000 behind – and after weighing it up Jenkins elected to fold.

On the Q♣Q♥6♦ flop Ooi bet 25,000 and Fox instantly announced that he was all-in. This sent Ooi into the tank and he spent so long there that the clock was called. As the time ticked down he seemed no closer to a decision and eventually he was out of time and his hand was declared dead. Fox showed pocket nines as he took the pot.

The bubble continues here in Edinburgh. –NW

3:40pm: Gomez shows his class, closes in on half a million
David Gomez may have had some luck in reaching the summit but a hand just before the level up showed the man’s class.

He raised to 8,500 and was only called by Chris Fox in the small blind. The flop fanned 3♣9♥4♦ and Fox led for a chunky 18,000. Gomez called to the 4♣ where he bet 38,000 when Fox checked to him. Fox called and then led for 58,000 on the 5♦ river but was soon shoved on. The Brit had 230,000 chips back and decided to preserve them with a fold. Gomez then rubbed salt into the wound by opening A♥6♣ for ace high!

Fox stared at the hand and then asked, “Was there a six on that flop?” A couple of players shook their heads. “How do you find an all in there?” asked a bemused sounding Fox. “Too good!” he followed up. — MC

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3:15pm: Bubble time
We’re on the bubble! Just 56 players remain now and tournament staff are just breaking a table – all tables are eight handed on the bubble – and then play will resume. –NW

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3:14pm: So close
Hard luck to Barry Hamill, Barry Tatton, Haukur Bodvarsson, Jonathan Bowers and Leo Sigurdsson who were the final five players to exit before the bubble. –NW

3:10pm: Bodvarsson busts
Fifty-nine players remain after Haukur Bodvarsson busted in 60th place.

Bodvarsson was one of 10 Icelandic players who travelled over just to play this event. He came back today in 20th place but admitted to the blog that he didn’t play well today. He said he got his last 22,000 in with ace-ten and the big blind called with king-eight and went on to make trip kings. — MC

3pm: Out close to the bubble
We’re getting very close to the bubble now as: Ben Morrison, Dominic Crolla, Hak-Hyun Lee, Ronald James, Yiannis Liperis, David Gallagher, Roddy MacNeil, David Gray, Anthony Singh, Patrick Letham and Phillip Brautigam are all out. –NW

2:54pm: Bad river busts Ferguson
Andrew Ferguson must’ve had his fair share of bad rivers today. The last one cost him his tournament life.

He was down to just 17,000 when he moved all in from the big blind after Dode Elliot raised to 10,000 from the button. Call.

Ferguson: A♣6♠
Elliot: K♥6♦

The board ran 8♥3♣4♥10♠K♦.

“Jesus! F%&*ing rivers,” said an understandably disgruntled Ferguson. Elliot’s up 162,000. — MC

2:50pm: Full chip counts
We’ve just updated the chip count page with counts of everyone who’s left in and will continue to update this page throughout the day. The current top ten are as below:

Name Country Status Chips
David Gomez Spain PokerStars Qualifier 370,000
Michael McGee United Kingdom 305,000
Harry Lodge United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 302,500
Kevin Whelan United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 300,000
Benjamin Burnhill United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 295,000
Javier Rodriguez United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 293,000
Anonymous 285,000
Christopher Robertson United Kingdom 278,000
Dean Hutchison United Kingdom PokerStars Player 265,000
Dariusz Marcinkowski Poland PokerStars Qualifier 235,000

2:40pm: Rich doubles through Lodge
The action folded to Angelina Rich in the cut-off and she raised to 8,000, Harry Lodge then re-raised to 22,000 on the button and it folded back to Rich. The Australian took some time to calculate her next move and it was to move all-in for 105,500. Lodge, who final tabled UKIPT Isle of Man in Season 4, took one look back at his cards and called.

Lodge: Q♠Q♣
Rich: K♣K♦

The 4♦5♠2♦9♦5♣ board kept the kings in front and dropped Lodge back down to around 195,000. –NW

2:37pm: Bubble looming
There are just 62 players remaining, meaning they are seven spots off the money. Tension is building! — MC

2:27pm: Hussain busts in battle of the blinds
Mudasser Hussain came wandering over to where Jake Cody and Michael Kane were stood, on a break from the High Roller event, to tell them of his demise.

He had pockets eights in the small blind and raised of a 24 big blind stack. Michael McGee was in the big blind and set him all in with ace-king. Hussain called and a flopped ace was enough to eliminate him. — MC

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2:02pm: First break of the day
That’s two levels down, time for a break and a nice cup of tea.

1:50pm: Brautigam hits to survive
Overcards against pocket pairs are often described as a ‘classic race’ and Phillip Brautigam and
Colin Wu just engaged in one with the overcards winning out this time round. It was Wu who started the action, opening with 6♥6♠ and then calling after Brautigam jammed for 44,700 with A♦K♦.

The 3♠9♠K♣A♣10♦ board hit Brautigam not once but twice and he doubled to over 90,000. –NW

1:45pm: Big stacks

Name Country Status Chips
David Gomez Spain PokerStars Qualifier 400,000
Roberto Morelli Italy 350,000
Michael McGee United Kingdom 290,000
Christopher Robertson United Kingdom 290,000
Anthony Singh United Kingdom 282,000
Kevin Whelan United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 270,000
Angelina Rich USA PokerStars Qualifier 270,000
Dariusz Marcinkowski Poland PokerStars Qualifier 264,000
Denis Rosanov Marinov Bulgaria 218,400
Javier Rodriguez United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier 208,600


Gomez off to another great start
1:35pm: Cody runs bad to bust, then runs well to find the money for high roller
Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody had been eliminated from the Main Event but is going to enter the High Roller event after finding a casino-themed way of getting the buy in together.

His Main Event came to and end when he three-bet all in for 60,000 from the button with ace-queen suited, only for the big blind to wake up with pocket kings behind him.

Cody wanted to buy in for the High Roller but was £100 short of the £2,200 buy in and has lost his bank card. He decided to go over to the roulette table and put £1,000 on black and being Jake Cody, of course it came in! He now has the money to buy in and also has some, “walking around money.” — MC

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1:20pm: The rich get richer
Angelina Rich had a healthy stack of 162,500 at the start of the day and she’s built that up to 270,000 during the opening level.


Rich and smiley
It was also a good opening 60 minutes for Dean Hutchison, the defending champion is up to 180,000. –NW

1:08pm: “Luckbox” MacNeil triples up
“Make sure you write he’s a luckbox!” jested Thomas Pearn after Roddy MacNeil got lucky to triple up.

Jonathon Prested opened to 5,000 before MacNeil moved all in for 25,400 from the next seat and Milan Sasek moved in behind. Prested called to set up a three-way showdown.

Prested: A♥5♥
Pearn: 8♣8♦
Sasek: J♣J♠

The board ran 8♠Q♥Q♠6♠2♠ to make Pearn a full house for an unlikely triple up. Sasek had 9,800 left and Prested had to match that for the side pot and he dropped to 51,000. Sasek busted soon after though. — MC

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12:55pm: Big ace versus bigger ace
Two of the short stacks at table six just tangled in a pot and there could only be one winner. From early position Gary Smillie shoved for around 37,000 with A♦10♦ and Barry Tatton re-raised all-in for roughly 46,000 with A♥Q♣.

The K♥6♠4♠2♣7♠ board kept Tatton in front and eliminated Smillie. — NW

12:50pm: O’Kearney off to good start; Silver going for High Roller hat-trick
Some news from the twittersphere to bring you now. Dara O’Kearney is the UKIPT Online Player of the Year – he wins more satellites to these events than anyone else – and he can also cut it when playing live too.

And the UKIPT High Roller has just started it’s a £2,000 + £200 single re-entry event and Max Silver and EPT12 Malta champion Niall Farrell are among those who’re playing.

12:42pm: Naughton loses El Classico
Real Madrid and Barcelona contest a league match today in a fixture that has come to known as El Classico. The poker equivalent of that is the El Classico of races, ace-king versus queens.

Roger Naughton and Paul Otto contested such a race just now and the latter snatched a win. All the balls went in preflop.

Naughton: A♠K♠
Otto: Q♣Q♦

The board ran 3♣2♦7♥8♠Q♥ to make Otto a set and relegate Naughton. — MC

12:30pm: Good start for Whelan
Being chip leader after Day 1 is often said to be a curse but overnight chip leader Kevin Whelan is off to a good start on Day 2 and has already eclipsed the 300,000 chip mark. He’s built his start of day stack of 272,000 up to 315,000 during the opening 30 minutes of play. –NW

12:20pm: Andrew Beuken and more depart
As always on Day 2, the start is filled with dealer calls of, “Seat open, table…”

Andrew Beuken heard that cry from table 11 after he was eliminated by Anthony Singh, the player who caused his opponents all sorts of troubles on Day 1A.

Mudasser Hussain opened to 5,000 before Beuken three-bet all in for 34,000. Sing was in the big blind and snap called after looking down at his hand. The speed of the call was enough for Hussain to fold sevens.

Beuken: A♦K♣
Hussain: A♠6♠

The board ran 9♠J♥6♥6♦8♠ to make Hussain trips.

Other to feel that pain today are: Noel Donaldson, Michelle Bennett, Philipp Oehmke, Edgaras Barisauskas, Paul McHenry and Toby Hariefeld. — MC

12:05pm: Chantler finds decent spot; busts
Gareth Chantler was the first player to exit today but as he explained, his exit hand played itself and he said: “It was a decent spot.”

It was Dean Hutchison – the defending champion – who did for him, the Scotsman opened with pocket sevens, Chantler shoved for 27,700 with [A][Q] and was drawing dead after a [8][7][2] flop. — NW

12:02pm: Shuffle up and deal
Cards are in the air the air for Day 2.

11:50am: The march to the money begins
Despite a light dusting of snow falling last night in Edinburgh there was a request earlier this morning from a player asking if he could wear shorts in the card room. You see, whilst it might be cold outside, inside it’s going to be clement. Day 2 is always moving day on the UKIPT as stacks grow and people sweat the bubble.

101 players still retain an interest in this tournament and 55 of them with cash for a minimum of £1,255. Stacks currently range from 110+ big blinds to less than two, and whilst Kevin Whelan’s chip leading stack of 272,000 is mightily impressive at the end of today’s 10 allotted levels that will equate to just over 11 big blinds. There are plenty of notables still in the field, including Team PokerStars Jake Cody who’s got a stack of 62,600.


Cody is chasing an eleventh Main Event cash
In short today we expect lots of action, plenty of big pots and some heartbreak along the way. You can see the start of day seat draw here and the overnight chip counts here. Play is due to start at noon.

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


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