Exactly double the number of player entered Day 1b of the PokerStars UKIPT Dublin Main Event as they did on Day 1a, 398 of them, which means this year's tournament has a total number of 597 entrants. Of this almost 600 deep crowd only 244 of them will return to the CityWest Hotel this afternoon for the offcial Day 2, amongst them the overall chip leader Gabriel Kollander who had to find space in his bag for 151,900 chips.
The 23-year old American is playing in his first-ever live poker tournament and it seems to be working out for him so far; though he will be more than aware that there is still a long way to go in this tournament. Kollander won a huge pot late on in the day to climb to the top of the chip counts but this huge pot could have cost him his tournament.
You see, as the PokerStars Blog reported, as Kollander was bagging up his monster stack he discovered a few low denomination chips in the pocket of his hoodie and he informed the floor staff about them. The tournament director, Toby Stone, quizzed the American youngster at length and was eventually convinced it was an honest mistake from the inexperienced live player and he was warned about never concealing chips in any other tournament in the world! Kollander joked, "I prefer to display them out front to scare people!"
Of the 398 starters just 153 made it through to Day 2, amongst them were the likes of David Brady (111,400), Mark Muldoon (103,000), Glen Coroner (103,000) and Emmett Mullin (102,100). Some other notable players joining them include Sam Grafton who recently won over $230,000 in the SCOOP and UKIPT Newcastle champion Richard Sinclair and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Scott Shelley.
Play resumes at 12:00 and when time is called and the curtain comes down they should be very close to the money places; which begin at the 72nd place finisher. You can follow the action over on the PokerStars blog but don't forget to tune in here tomorrow for a recap of the action.
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