The 311 players who managed to survive Day 1a and Day 1b of the PokerStars UKIPT Galway Main Event returned to their seats yesterday for Day 2 of the €770 buy-in event. By the time the tournament director called time on play for the night these 311 hopefuls had been whittled down to just 59, with Alan Gilmore leading the way with 467,000 chips.
Gilmore, from Holywood in Northern Ireland, is a relatively unknown quantity with just two major live cashes to his name, both of which came in Dublin. He finished 23rd in the 2009 Irish Open Main Event before coming 15th in the 2010 PaddyPowerPoker Irish Winter Festival. Those two results netted him €14,600 but he is on course to completely smash those amounts and help himself to the €114,900.
Throughout the day the eliminations came thick and fast but the one that everyone was eager to avoid was the 82nd place bust out, the bubble. This horrible finishing position went to Paul McGovern when his could not beat Gary Johnson's , all McGovern picked up was a round of applause whilst the remaining players relaxed safe in the knowledge they had cashed in the first UKIPT Main Event of Season 3, something that is worth €950.
A couple of notable players busted out early into the money places, former UKIPT champion Gareth Walker being one of them, Hendon Mobster Barney Boatman being the other, though everyone who made it into the money is a star in our eyes.
When play resumes at 1200 on Sunday it is Gilmore who everyone has to catch and he is going to be pushed all the way by Lithuania's Aleksandras Rusinovas (459,000), Kevin Monroe (443,500) and Day 1b chip leader Joris Ruijs (427,500). However, if we were betting people, and we are betting people then our money would be on Nick Abou Risk making it through to the third day of play as the Canadian is within striking distance of the leaders with a stack of 278,500.
Follow the action as it happens over on the PokerStars Blog but make sure you check back in tomorrow for a recap of the action here on UK PokerNews.