The PokerStars UKIPT Edinburgh main event has reached its penultimate day’s player after Day 2 was completed at the Balmoral Hotel yesterday. At the start of play there were 267 players remaining in the tournament, a number that was reduced to just 49 by the time the curtain came down on proceedings.
Day 3 will begin at 12:00 this afternoon and will do so with Chris Derrick as the overall chip leader. Derrick, who has now locked up his first major live tournament cash, starts the day armed with, chips. A large percentage of these chips used to belong to Charlampos Lappas, but they now reside in Derrick’s stack. The hand that the exchange was made on saw Derrick check-shove with what turned out to be on a flop. Lappas called with pocket aces, but those rockets were cracked when a straight-completing ten landed on the river. This saw Derrick’s stack swell to 375,000 and sent Lappas to the rail in 60th position.
A number of high profile players have managed to navigate their way through two days of high-octane poker and now have a realistic chance of winning the UKIPT Edinburgh main event. Among the so-called “big names” are James Sykes (343,500 chips); a flu-ridden David Vamplew (316,000); Black Belt Poker’s Jamie Burland (255,000); Manig Loeser (183,500) and Team PokerStars Online Grzegorz “DaWarsaw” Mikielewicz (83,500).
Each of the returning players have guaranteed themselves a pay day of at least £1,440 but none of them will want to help themselves to that amount as it will mean they have been eliminated from the tournament. By the time play ends today, and the final table is set, any player who has chips in front of them to bag up will be guaranteed to leave Edinburgh with at least £9,750 in prize money.
Furthermore, they then only be seven eliminations away from the £101,000 top prize.
Tune in tomorrow to discover which players have reached the PokerStars UKIPT Edinburgh final table.
UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event End-of-Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
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