The PokerStars UKIPT dropped anchor in Bristol for the first time in its three season history and I was greeted by a bumper Day 1a crowd of 235 players. Of those 235 starters just 109 made it through to Saturday’s Day 2. One man who certainly made it through was the overnight chip leader Jonathon Prested.
Prested ended the night with a healthy stack of 121,300 chips, the only player to bag up a six-figure stack. Newcastle-based Prested is a cash game specialist who is trying his arm in the glory providing world of multi-table tournaments. His live scores add up to a shade under $57,000 whilst his online tournament winnings stand at just shy of $160,000 – the bulk of those being won on PokerStars where Prested plays as "whollyflush".
Joining Prested on Day 2 will be the likes of Dan “luckyscrote” Carter (61,900); Sam “TheSquid” Grafton (56,800); Nik Persaud (46,800); Marc MacDonnell (50,900); Chris Moorman (9,600) and Mark McCluskey (32,100).
Today’s Day 1b should see an even larger, pro-heavy field that includes Team PokerStars Pros Liv Boeree, Christophe De Meulder and Vicky Coren, whilst Team PokerStars Online’s Mickey Petersen is due to make an appearance too.
Some of those who we will not be seeing for the rest of the tournament include former November Nine member and 888poker sponsored pro Sam Holden, Jon Spinks and everyone's favourite Italian-Welshman Roberto Romanello as they all busted out at various points during Day 1a.
Day 1b kicks off at 12:00 and will continue until eight one-hour levels have been completed. Come back to UK & Ireland PokerNews in the morning to discover which players have made it through to Day 2, and by that time we should also have some prize pool information for you too!
Data from the PokerStars Blog was used in this article