Brett Angell, the man who finished as runner-up in the UKIPT Nottingham Main Event in 2011, is in with a solid chance of another deep run in a UKIPT tournament as he ended Day 1b of UKIPT Newcastle with 103,900 chips – enough to see his name displayed at the very top of the day's chip counts.
Angell was already in a possession of a decent stack of chips when he got all of his little ceramic discs into the middle of the felt on a flop to find himself up against a pair of jacks. Thankfully for Angell, someone must have been shining down on him from above because he held pocket nines and had flopped a full house.
Although nobody else managed to pass through the 100,000 chip barrier, there were a number of players who bagged up between 70,000 and 90,000 chips, giving themselves a very good shot of a deep run in this superb event. Amongst the chip leaders are Jussie Hakkanen of Finland with his 91,400 stack, Kevin Monroe (84,200), Andreas Hansson (80,900) and Barry Foley (78,900).
Other notable players who managed to navigate through Day 1b and became one of the 168 surviving players – from 364 starters – include; Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth (47,100), Emett Mullin (43,200), Rupinder Bedi (40,400), Dara O'Kearney (32,100), Daniel Edler (24,900) and the legendary commentator Jesse May (13,500).
The players who managed to make it through Thursday's Day 1a and those who progressed from yesterday's Day 1b will meet up today at 12:00 for the official Day 2 of this Main Event. That means 273 players are still in contention of becoming the 2012 UKIPT Newcastle champion.
UKIPT Newcastle End-of-Day 1b Chip Counts
Many thanks to the excellent Mickey May for the lead photo. She retains all copyrights to the image. Also, thanks to the PokerStars Blog whose data was used to compile this article.