UKIPT London Main Event Day 1B: Luke Bird Flying High
Day 1B of the PokerStars UKIPT London Main Event is done and dusted after 11 one-hour levels of high-octane poker inside the famous Grosvenor Victoria Casino. Of the 414 players who bought in for £770 just 89 of them made it through the day with their chip stacks intact. Leading the way at the close of play was Luke Bird, who bagged and tagged chips worth 196,800.
According to the Hendon Mob database, Bird has no live cashes to speak of but if he has given himself the best chance of rectifying this by getting off to a blistering start in this tournament. Like most Day 1 chip leaders Bird ran well on his way to his lofty perch; he doubled up during the afternoon when he hit a straight flush. It will be interesting to see if Bird’s run good continues into Day 2 and beyond.
Bagging up the second largest amount of chips was the man who is currently in second place in the coveted UKIPT Player of the Year race. Tom Hall ended Day 1B with 181,600 chips, which puts him in a superb position to add even more leader board points to his already impressive total.
Other names to look out for when Day 2 begins on Friday are Daniel Rudd (161,500); Andrew “Tufat23” Teng (119,200); Jack Salter (105,300); former European Poker Tour London champion David Vamplew (99,800); Jamie Burland (89,000); “Mad Turk” Yucel Eminoglu (89,000); veteran Willie Tann (78,300) and the legend that is Keith “The Camel” Hawkins (71,100). Still with us? Good because also keep a look out for updates on Mathew Frankland (64,700); Andrew “stato_1” Hulme (59,900); recent GUKPT London champion Martin Bader (46,700); Poker Encore’s Karl Mahrenholz (41,500); Rob Akery (32,200); Paul Zimbler (25,800); Team PokerStars Online Dale Philip (25,500) and another former EPT champion (Berlin) Kevin MacPhee (25,500).
Day 1C, the final starting flight, kicks off at 12:00 sharp today and will end when 11 one-hour levels have been completed. Word on the street is that Day 1C will be the most popular starting day, which should see the total number of entrants past the 1,000 barrier.
Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews tomorrow morning to discover which players have made it through to Day 2 and for full prize pool information.
UKIPT3 London End-of-Day 1B top 10 chip counts
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