The PokerStars.com UKIPT Newcastle Main Event is down to 62 players and that means that each of the players who return to their seats this afternoon will do so safe in the knowledge they have locked up at least £1,300 for their efforts. Leading the way going into the penultimate day's play is David Reed and his 363,500 stack.
When play began yesterday lunchtime there were 273 players still in with a chance of becoming a UKIPT champion but over 200 of those players saw their dreams shattered by the time the curtain came down on another fine day of poker. Although everyone who failed to reach the money were disappointed not to do so, spare a thought for Paul McTaggart who three-bet all in with over the top of a Sam Holden raise, only to discover the former November Niner had opened with a pair of read aces. The “Bullets” held, McTaggart busted out and the bubble burst; securing a £1,100 payday for the surviving players.
Reed aside, five other players finished Day 2 with over 300,000 chips in their stacks. Barry McMahon (348,500), Day 1b chip leader Brett Angell (336,000), Alexander Nathaniel Jobling (320,000), Miles A.C. McKenzie (313,000) and Cathal Shine (310,500) being that quintet.
Other notable players still in the hunt for the title and the £105,900 first place prize include Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth (237,500), the aforementioned Holden (207,000) and Keith “The Camel” Hawkins (119,500).
Play resumes at 12:00 today and will continue until the final table of eight players has been reached. Who will progress to the grand finale and who will fall by the wayside? Follow the live updates on the PokerStars Blog (whose data was used for this article) but make sure you tune into these very pages tomorrow to read a full and detailed recap.
UKIPT Newcastle Top 10 Chips Counts
|4||Alexander Nathaniel Jobling||320,000|
|5||Mile A C McKenzie||313,000|
Lead image was taken by Mickey May, who retains full copyright, and shows the moment the bubble burst at UKIPT Newcastle.