Day 1b of the PokerStars UKIPT Cork Main Event drew in a much larger crowd than the opening flight, 101 more to be exact, meaning 244 players bought in for €770 on the second starting flight and 387 players in total. The chip leader of Day 1b was Fintan Gavin, a dangerous player who is now on course for yet another deep run in a UKIPT event.
Gavin bagged up 107,000 chips at the end of eight 60-minute levels and he is certainly a force to be reckoned with in this tournament. The PokerStars Blog described Gavin’s style of play as “creative” and it was this creativity that boosted his stack in the first few levels. According to the PokerStars Blog, Terry Plummer had three-bet to 800 and then called when Gavin four-bet all-in for 21,000! Gavin held aces, Plummer a pair of kings and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now that he has plenty of chips at his disposal, Gavin is going to be a royal pain in the neck for anyone who has to face him on Day 2. He is more than prepared to throw his chips around and put his opponents under the maximum pressure – just ask anyone who faced Gavin on his way to winning UKIPT Edinburgh in 2011.
Joining Gavin on Day 2 are the likes of Fergal Nealon (69,100); Sky Poker’s Julian Thew (59,300); Team PokerStars Online Dale Philip (50,200); Dara O’Kearney (43,800); “Big” Mick Graydon (25,500) and Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (20,900).
The 158 players who made it through Day 1a and Day 1b will return to their seats at 12:00 and play for an estimated eight 60-minute levels. During this time we would fully expect the money bubble to burst, the top 48 finishers receiving money. A UKIPT Cork min-cash is worth €1,315, a final table appearance a more substantial €5,910 and this season’s champion will walk away with €60,440. Once Day 2 is completed we will be in a better position to predict who that champion may be.
UKIPT Cork End of Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
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