The popular Unibet Open tour is currently in London for the penultimate stop on this season's schedule. A total of 167 players descended on Aspers Westfield Stratford City and exchanged €1,650 for 20,000 chips and the chance to become a Unibet Open champion; just 67 of those starters survived.
The man who bagged up the most chips at the end of the first starting flight was Poland's Dariusz Charski; his 151,200 chips easily earning him the title of overnight chip leader. Charski's stack contains almost 50,000 more than his nearest rival and although poker tournaments are rarely won on Day 1, Charski has given himself every chance possible of going deep in this event.
Only three other players managed to break through the 100,000 chip barrier. They were Martin Wendt (108,100), Regis Burlot (104,600) and Erwan Calvez (100,500). Other big stacks belong to some of poker's most notable names including Marc Inizan (94,100) and Betfair Poker pro John Tabatabai (84,700).
Day 1b kicked off at 12:00 Friday and will continue until nine levels have been completed. Traditionally Day 1b is the busier of the two starting days and this one should be no different with a bumper crowd expected to turn out.
You can follow the live updates over on the Unibet Open website but remember to tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews tomorrow for a recap of the action.
Unibet Open Day 1a End-of-day Top 10 Chip Counts
Data from the Unibet Open live updates was used in creating this article
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