The World Poker Tour is in South Africa for the very first time in its 11-season history where a total of 223 players have bought in across the two starting days. Among the entrants are a handful of Brits, two of who managed to navigate through yesterday’s Day 1b.
The highest profile of the two, and in fact one of the highest profile players to make the trip to South Africa, was the former European poker Tour Sanremo champion Liv Boeree. The UK Team PokerStars Pro didn’t have the easiest time at the felt, first seeing her stack chopped in half by the time the first break was reached then busting out just after returning from the dinner break. Boeree first lost a large pot when she check-raised the flop only to fold when a fourth diamond landed on the turn, then she got the rest of her now-short stack into the middle with against the of Sam Sidia only for the board to run out .
Boeree took advantage of the re-entry format, bough back in and managed to bag up 57,300 chips when the 10th and final level of the day was completed. The average stack was 58,684 so Boeree really managed to turn things around.
The second Brit to make it through to Day 2 was Jerome Bradpiece,who managed to turn his 30,000 starting stack into an impressive 165,200 to finish Day 1b third in chips. Bradpiece, a friend of Black Belt Poker, saw his stack grow when he turned a straight to send Lagen Zackey to the sidelines. That put him on around 115,000 chips with less than a level of the day to go and during those last 60-minutes Bradpiece managed to add another 50,000 chips to his stack and will be in confident mood when play resumes.
Day 2 kicks off at 15:00 UK time and will continue until at least five 90-minute levels have been played. If our hero and heroine are still in the field at that point then they will be very close to adding a South African flag to their already impressive Hendon Mob pages.
Lead image courtesy of the World Poker Tour Live Updates team