In a few hours time, just as you are sitting down for lunch, 49 poker players will be returning to The Vic who all share a common goal – to reach the final table of the UKIPT London Main Event. Leading them back into battle is Spain’s Sergio Aido Espino with 946,000 chips, but there are a number of extremely talented players who are hot on the Spaniard’s heels.
Our chip leader has a couple of impressive results on his live poker CV, including a win in the World Poker Tour National Madrid main event (€88,500) and a 17th place finish in the Prague main event of the European Poker Tour (€25,000). Now he has the chance to add a UKIPT title to his name.
It will not be plain sailing for Aido Espina thanks to a bunch of stars still in the hunt for the UKIPT London title. In the top five of the chip counts are arguably the best heads-up sit ‘n’ go player in the world, Olivier Busquet; Jonathon “Whollyflush” Prested and Canada’s Jason Duval.
But these are not the only names still in the running. The likes of Daniel Rudd, Thomas Hall, Chris Downling, Dara O’Kearney, Jamie Burland, Ismael Bojang, Jeffrey Hakim and Ryan Spittles all return this afternoon. However, if we were the type who liked a bet – and we are to be honest – our money would be on the man who starts the penultimate day in 10th place, Mr Richard Trigg.
Trigg is not what one would call a regular on the live poker circuit, playing a much-reduced schedule than some of the British superstars. Despite not playing as many high buy-in live events, Trigg still has over $350,000 in live tournament winnings, but it is in online circles where the Sheffield lad really excels.
Known as “TheClaimeer” online, Trigg has over $3,100,000 in cashes and is the United Kingdom & Ireland’s number one ranked player, according to the PocketFives ranking system. This same system also ranks Trigg 22nd in the entire world, although he has been ranked as high as sixth across the globe. The boy has talent.
Trigg and the other 48 players still in the field have secured a payout of at least £1,870 for their efforts so far in this tournament and by the time the curtain comes down on today’s proceedings this amount will have increased to £12,691. Tune in tomorrow to discover if our prediction has come true and to find out who has made it through to the UKIPT London Main Event final table.
UKIPT London End-of-Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Serigo Aido Espina||946,000|
|8||Diego Ivan Arbuello||490,000|