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UKIPT Edinburgh Day 1A: Liam Batey Leads From the Front

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The third edition of the PokerStars UKIPT Edinburgh main event began yesterday lunchtime inside the luxurious Balmoral Hotel on Princes Street. Despite the freezing conditions in Scotland, 254 players exchanged £770 for 15,000 tournament chips and the chance to become a UKIPT champion.

The excellent tournament staff guided the players through eight 60-minute levels, during which time 140 players lost their chips to various opponents and were eliminated from the tournament. One recipient of chips was Liam Batey, a former BMX rider who pulled a few stunts to end Day 1A with a tournament leading 115,400 stack.

Batey has a number of small live cashes to his name, the largest being for £2,700 that he was awarded for finishing 38th in last season’s record-breaking UKIPT Nottingham main event. If he keeps up his current form he will be almost freestyling freerolling into the money place in Edinburgh.

Hot on Batey’s heels is a very familiar face, that of David Vamplew. Former European Poker Tour London champion Vamplew, ended the night by having to bag up 106,200 chips. Although more accustomed to playing in much larger buy-in tournaments than those offered on the UKIPT, Vamplew could not turn down the chance to compete in this UKIPT as it is being held in his home city of Edinburgh. Now Vamplew has plenty of chips at his disposal expect a very deep run from him.

Other notable players to make it through to Saturday’s Day 2 include the UKIPT Nottingham Season 1 runner-up Brett Angel (73,400); Manig Loeser (57,300); Andrew Teng (20,100); TV presenter Nick Wealthall (13,600); Jamie Burland (11,000) and Dara O’Kearney (9,400).

Day 1B commences at 12:00 this afternoon and a massive crowd is expected to be crammed into the tournament area. There are over 330 players registered for Day 1B and it looks like UKIPT Edinburgh cold reach at least 600 runners by the time registration ends.

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts

1Liam Batey115,400
2David Vamplew106,200
3Greig Cushnie94,300
4Eldon Orr78,800
5Brett Angel73,400
6Kuljinder Singh71,800
7Mikel Villaescusa71,000
8Jason Barton68,900
9John Wallace66,100
10Johan Lendenius65,100

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