UKIPT5 Marbella Day 2: Level 11-14 updates (1,500/3,000 ante 400)

June 19, 2015

4:22pm: Break time
We’re inching ever closer to the money here in Marbella as just 162 players remain, 127 of whom get paid. Those who remain are now on a 15 minute break. You’ll find updates in a new post shortly. — NW

4:20pm: Crying call works out for Miranda
You could tell that Antonio Miranda really didn’t want to call, but really felt like he was priced in. He’d opened to 6,000 on the button and was now facing a decision for only another 15,000 or so as Jose Luís Rodriguez had shoved from the small blind for just over 21,000.

Miranda had started the hand with about 95,000 so it was a decent portion of his stack that he was potentially putting on the line. After a bit of TV tank time he did make the call and showed 8♣6♠. It was live as Rodriguez had A♣9♠ and the board came 3♥Q♦6♣5♥2♠ to eliminate Rodriguez. — NW

4:13pm: Perrot eliminated
Budding golfer Luke Perrot never managed to spin up his short stack and busted shortly before the end of the level.

He came by and told the blog that he moved all in with ace-jack suited for 44,000 from the small blind and was called by the big blind, who opened queen-nine. The board ran [q][9][6][10][6] to make his opponent two pair. — MC

No back to back cashes for Perrot
4:05pm: “I had to bet…”
So said Fatima Moreira de Melo after she’d bet into a dry side pot. Hak-Hyun Lee had shoved all-in from under the gun for about five big blinds and picked up calls from De Melo (button) and Alejandro Martínez (big blind).

The flop fell Q♥K♠4♣ and when Martinez checked De Melo fired out a bet of 25,000 forcing him to fold, the Spaniard showed pocket tens as he did so. First to show was De Melo she had pocket sixes and said: “I had to bet, he never has ace-queen or ace-king I don’t think,” she was in front as Lee had A♦8♥.

The 8♠ turn gave Lee the lead and he held on the 2♠ river. “I saved you,” joked De Melo who drops to 107,000 after that hand, Martinez is down to 140,000. — NW

4pm: Brit watch
There are a fair few holidaymakers (British and Irish players) still left in the field, from chip leader Daniel Price all the way down to short stacks such as Luke Perrot and Lewis Swift.

Perrot (44,000) is sandwiched between Sam Grafton and James Aktin. The latter of those two, along with Perrot, has work to do with 60,000 and Grafton’s a little more comfortable on 100,000 despite folding on the river in a three-bet pot.

Swift can be found on the other side of the room and is in shoving mode. His 40,000 shove from early position didn’t get any callers. — MC

3:45pm: Rosales straightens out Galindo
There was already a raise and a call before action reached Rodrigo Rosales on the button, he called as well only for Josep María Galindo to make the price of poker 18,000 out of the big blinds. Action folded back to Rosales and he elected to call.

So it was heads-up to a 9♠2♠8♣ flop, which both players elected to check. The 7♦ fell on the turn and after Galindo checked, Rosales fired out a bet of 24,500, call from Galindo. The Q♦ completed the board again Galindo checked, Rosales fired again – this time 45,000 – and again Galindo tanked before calling. After getting the call Rosales swiftly exposed J♥10♥ for a straight and Galindo couldn’t beat it.

After that hand Rosales is up to around 310,000. — NW

3:35pm: Lattore lives to fight again
From under-the-gun Manuel Saavedra opened to 7,000 and Jose Angel Latorre then three-bet shoved for 44,100 from the cutoff. Next to act was Ignacio Lopez and he cold four-bet all-in for close to 150,000.

The action folded back to Saavedra and he requested a count of Lopez’s chips before deciding it was too rich for his blood and left the two of them to fight it out:

Lopez: A♠K♣
Lattore: A♦10♦

It looked bleak for Lattore but a 6♦10♣8♥ flop gave him the lead and he held on the 4♠ turn and 6♣ river. — NW

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3:22pm: Sanchez dominates opponent but departs
Juan Jose Sanchez got his chips in good and that’s all you can do. He was in the big blind and squeezed all in for 34,000 after a 5,000 hijack raise from Francisco Carrasco and small blind flat from Richard Pearson. Carrasco called and that was enough to scare off Pearson.

Sanchez: K♦J♣
Carrasco: K♠10♠

The board ran 10♦A♠10♥A♦8♣ to make Carrasco a full house. His stack rose to 185,000. — MC

3:15pm: Gone but not forgotten
Day 2 is often referred to as moving day as it’s when big stacks start to appear and we reach the money. Of course for those two things to occur plenty of players fortunes have to go the opposite of up. Just 198 players remain now in the Main Event and among those who’ve seen their chip stack go down to zero are: Antonio Perez, José María Jaen Carrillo, Kurt Karlsson, Daniel Albors, Anatoly Usenko, Jake Samuel, James Noonan, Johan Ray, Spyridwin Koukouris, Steffen Carl, Alexandr Cagrov, Paul McTaggart, Jesus Moreno, Rasmus Larsen, Dirk Schweitzer, Pedro Monteiro, Leonid Sidelkovskiy, Mark James and Patrick Clarke. — NW


Paul McTaggart
3:05pm:Grafton waits before pouncing
The old check-raise manoeuvre came out of Sam Grafton locker just now to see his worth rise to 92,000.

Luke Perrot raised to 6,200 from under the gun and was called by Eetu Porkka in the cutoff and Grafton in the small blind. All three checked the 9♥3♣Q♥ flop to head to the 8♣ turn. The action was checked around to Porkka who fired 8,000 at the pot. Grafton used both hands to check-raise up to 26,500 and both opponents folded. Perrot’s stack dropped down to 26,000. — MC

2:50pm: Delgado and De Korver depart
Two very dangerous players have been knocked out recently. Vicente Delgado was short on chips and is out as is Pieter De Korver. He was sharing a table with Fatima Moreira de Melo and she told us: “He ran queens into kings twice,” ouch. — NW

2:45pm: De Melo doubles
Fatima Moreira de Melo is up to 60,000 after doubling up through Lasse Frost. She told the PokerStars Blog: “He opened with K♥7♥ and I called from the big blind with [J][10]. The flop was [K][J][10] with two spades, I checked, he bet, I shoved and he called.”

Frost has dropped to about 80,000. — NW

2:40pm: Top ten stacks
The tournament staff vety kindly collated all the big stack counts from each table. Below are the ten biggest of them, led by (a long way) Daniel Price.

Name Country Status Chips
Daniel Price UK 449,000
Gardar Hauksson Iceland PokerStars Qualifier 278,000
Julian Cabello Spain PokerStars Qualifier 250,000
Nedelcu Narcis Romania PokerStars Qualifier 250,000
Alex Dimitrov Bulgaria PokerStars Qualifier 244,000
Gioele Michele Maruccia Luxemburg 220,000
Steinar Edduson Iceland 215,000
Pablo Galache Spain 195,000
Daniel Sisa Spain 190,000
Koen Lauwereys Belgium PokerStars Qualifier 190,000


Chip leader, Daniel Price
2:25pm: De Melo in the danger zone
In the five and a bit seasons of the UKIPT there has yet to be a female winner of a Main Event. Plenty have come close and two of those who have are still in contention here in Marbella. Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo was runner-up to Duncan McLellan at UKIPT4 IOM, she started the day with 68,300 but has slipped to just 26,000 (just over 10 big blinds). She’s got some work to do to get back to a workable stack.

It’s better news for Katja Spillum Svendsen though. She was third here last year but came back today with just 25,900 to her name, she’s since spun that up to 86,000. — NW


A decent spin up from Spillum Svendsen

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2:06pm: Break time
The players are now on a 15 minute break. — NW

2:05pm: Frost up to 140,000
Lasse Frost has an EPT final table and a UKIPT final table on his list of poker achievements and he now has a lot more chips than he started the day with as he’s up to 140,000 from a start of day 36,400.

He just won a huge pot against Hak-Hyun Lee to get to that stack. The vast majority of the chips went in on a 6♠8♣2♦ flop with Frost holding pocket kings and Lee with pocket jacks. The K♥ turn gave Frost a lock on the hand, he was all-in for 58,500 on the flop. — NW

2pm: Ferguson can’t win a pot
It’s not been a great start to the day for Alex Ferguson:

The Scot finds himself at a tough table, one that contains EPT11 Deauville champion Ognyan Dimov and WCOOP bracelet holder Vicente Delgado although the Spaniard is well and truly in the danger zone as he only has 24,000.

It’s gone a little better for Dimov, he started the day with 33,500 but has all but doubled that despite losing a pot to Enrique Rojas. In the hand in question it folded to Dimov, he limped the button and Rojas checked his option. Both players checked the J♥9♣9♥ board and the 7♠ fell on the turn. Rojas bet 4,000 and Dimov made the call. The 2♦ completed the board and Rojas check-called a bet of 9,000 and won with 7♥5♦ as Dimov had a busted flush draw with 8♥3♥. — NW

1:55pm: They keep on falling
The following players tried, but failed, to make the top 300: Alexander Stevic, Javier Torregrosa, Cristobal Tomas Alamo, Dionisio Robles, Roland Morckhoven, Heikki Piira, Antonio Isidro Betato, Christopher Howden, Udo Erlei, Angel Martinez, Jonatthan Schuman, Dominykas Mikolaitis, Christopher Craig, Ricardo Sampaio, Ricardo Ibañez, UKIPT4_Marbella_Day2_Olga_Lermolcheva.jpg

Olga Iermolchevad – out
Ted Sundin, Samuel Gonzalo, Marciano Harman, Tobias Peters, Mantas Balcytis, Adrian Nunez, David Tierney, Joaquin Augusto Serrano, José Luís Simeon Delgado, Bartosz Piesiewicz, Audrius Stakelis, Manuel O’Shea, Mariusz Domoradki, Marcos Fernandez, Lee Goldsmith, Paulius Mikenas, Juan Antonio Maza, Ander Leonardo, Luís Rojas, Peter Hegedus, Gintaras Simaitis, Ezequiel Macho, Giuseppe Nicola, Juan Mañez, Jose Maria Marfilm, Tobias Grahn, Jari Tapani, Sabastian Huppertz, Marcin Barwinsky and Mark Wagstaff. — MC

1:40pm: Rosales plays to the crowd
Table 29 is situated alongside the central area where spectators gather and there was quite a crowd around it which suggested a big pot was going down.

Indeed it was as Rodrigo Rosales have shoved all-in for around 130,000 on a 4♥6♠2♥ flop, the action was on Rolf Tomas. The Swede had bet 17,000 on the flop and he was now faced with a decision for his remaining 85,000. After thinking it over for a long time he elected to fold and showed pocket sevens. As he took the pot Rosales couldn’t resist showing pocket aces. — NW

1:30pm: Dutchies converge
Fatima Moreira de Melo and Pieter de Korver ended up on the same table on Day 1A and it hasn’t taken long for them to find each other today.

De Korver started the day on 73,600 and has already got that up to 135,000, which may be the reason he’s bouncing in is chair, obviously in a great mood.

Moreira de Melo on the other hand looks a little frustrated. She lost a pot to drop to 51,000, from a 68,300 starting point. She was in the small blind and called a button raise from Jaime Tomas Escarrer to see a 9♥4♣A♥ flop appear.

Escarrer continued for 6,000 and Team PokerStars SportStar check-called before checking the 7♠ turn. Escarrer snap shoved all in for 23,200 and Moreira de Melo angrily mucked. — MC

1:20pm: The Price is right
New chip leader alert! Poor old Ross Mannion, it should be him but it’s not as Daniel Price cracked his kings with pocket sevens to win a huge 220,000 chip pot.

1:15pm: Shorties shoving but surviving
Double ups all over the place at the moment:

The first was a classic race, Gioele Maruccia opened to 6,000 from the cut-off, Guillermo Moreo, who was the covering stack re-raised all-in from the big blind and Maruccia called all-in for 54,500 without skipping a beat.

Maruccia: J♥J♣
Moreo: A♠K♥

Maruccia didn’t look happy that he was in a race situation but the 4♥3♠3♦ flop was safe enough for him, the 5♠ turn gave Moreo more outs and Maruccia made a face that said: “Come on dealer, more outs!” but he need not have worried as the 7♣ river was a brick and he successfully doubled up to around 115,000, whilst Moreo was left with about 20 big blinds.

One table over it was a Brit on Brit battle of the blinds that created the second showdown. It folded to Arvin Ravindran, he shoved for an effective 26,000 with A♥8♦ and Alexander Kaczmarek found A♠Q♣ and a call.

By the turn of a 7♦3♠5♦6♦ board Ravindran had 40% equity in the hand – way more than the 24% he started with – but the 3♥ river meant Kaczmarek’s hand held. — NW


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1:05pm: Tom none the Wiesner
Tom Wiesner would’ve taken a chopped pot after his all in shove was called but his opponent hit his kicker to bust him.

He was down to 68,000 when he moved all in from the cutoff and he had to wait a couple of minutes before Jari Petteri Kalenius decided on calling from the big blind.

Wiesner: A♣4♥
Kalenius: A♠6♣

The board ran 5♣6♥J♠Q♥3♣. Wiesner shook a couple of hands, wished everyone luck and headed off. — MC

12:55pm: Bust outs
Tournament staff informed us that they’d expect roughly 33% of the field to be left in after 10 levels, but, 41% of the field returned today. So, it’s no surprise that there’s been a rush to the exits in the opening 40 minutes. A total of 42 players have busted out for a rate of over one a minute, they include: Omar Rodriguez, Mario Prats, Diogo Veiga, Micha Hoedemaker, Alberto Blasi, Mario Navarro, Mykyta Ishchenko, Duncan Hamilton, Malte Moennig, Jeremy Gesto, Filippo Lazzaretto, Ross Mannion, Davor Pavic, Daniel Stacey, Thomas Muller, Sebastian von Toperczer and Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez. — NW


Malte Moennig is amongst the fallers
12:45pm: No UKIPT champs but a couple of EPT winners
In our Day 2 prelude we mentioned that there would be a new UKIPT/Estrellas winner come the end of this tournament as there were no former champions remaining. But, whilst this tournament might be bereft of those sort of winners we do have two EPT champions still in the mix.

Alexander Stevic is the original champion having won the very first EPT in Barcelona way back in September 2004. He collected €80,000 for that victory in a tournament that cost €1,000 to enter. Fast forward ten and a bit years and Ognyan Dimov was posing for a winner’s photo having taken down EPT11 Deauville. He collected € 543,700 for that victory.

Coming into Day 2 it was Stevic who had the edge in terms of chips though as he began the day with 71,500 to Dimov’s 33,500. — NW

12:35pm: Not you too, Jack
Jack Stanton didn’t have the best day yesterday and finished with around half starting stack. He told the blog he was never all in but not for want of trying.

He found a spot to get all in just now, with king-queen, but he too ran into aces behind him. Andrey Chizman was the man with rockets and made the call to send Stanton into orbit. — MC

12:25pm: No Angel for Acero
The dealer at table 34 might not have had his morning coffee today as a few of his basics are off, but not to worry, as Fatima Moreira de Melo is there to make sure he got an ante from everyone and that the player on the button actually got two cards to play with.

Once all that was sorted, Jose Angel Acero – who only had just over starting stack – moved all in from early position and was called by Jonathan Matthews in the small blind.

Acero: K♥Q♣
Matthews: A♠A♦

The board ran 7♠5♥2♠J♥10♠ meaning it was all over by the turn for Acero. — MC

12:05pm: Shuffle up and deal
Cards are in the air for Day 2.

11:55am: Let the march to the money begin
841 entered, 351 remain and 127 get paid. The first order of business today is clear for all to see, make the money. We expect the bubble to burst sometime around level 15 so there’s going to be around four hours of tense poker action before an even more nervous period of play in and around the bubble.

Before then stacks will be built, stacks will be bust and the dreams that go along them will soar or dissipate. One thing that we know for sure already is that whatever happens over the next three days they’ll be a new name on the trophy come Sunday as no former champions remain. There are a few left in who’ve made a final table though as the likes of: Alex Ferguson (124,200), Luke Perrott (104,200), Marcin Barwinski (31,300), Katja Spillum Svendsen (25,900) and Daniel Stacey (17,400) look for a return to the big stage. As will Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo who brings a healthy stack of 68,300 into Day 2.


Fatima Moreira de Melo has a superb record on the UKIPT
They – and everyone else – are looking up at Julian Cabello who leads the way with 201,600. You can see all of the chip counts from Day 1A and Day 1B by clicking on the links and the Day 2 seat draw is here.

It’s almost time to shuffle up and deal.

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


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