Live poker tournaments often set ambitious caps to their events so when it was announced that Day 1b of the UKIPT Marbella Main Event was capped at 350 runners nobody batted an eyelid. However, it soon became apparent that the cap would not only be reached, but also bested due to the sheer popularity of the tournament. By the time registration officially closed, there were 411 entrants in the field!
Of these 411 entrants only 127 of them made it through to Friday’s Day 2. One man who we will definitely see is Canada’s Nick Boehler who bagged up an impressive 231,700 at the close of play to lead the entire tournament overall.
Among the big names in the field for Day 1b were Team PokerStars Pro Leo Margets and her Team Online fried Grzegorz Mikiekewicz, the latter also known as “DaWarsaw” in online poker circles, and regular contributor to PokerNews, Mr Nick Wealthall. This trio of players would do any Day 2 proud, but all three busted out before the end of Day 1b so we will not see them in a UKIPT until at least August 8 when UKIPT Cork opens its doors.
Two British notables who we will be keeping an eye out for are the veteran Surinder Sunar (33,500) and Martins Adeniya (36,000), who according to the PokerStars Blog, was one of the chip leaders until the last level where he lost three quarters of his stack.
Play resumes at 12:00 local time and should see the players burst the money bubble and maybe even get close to the final table. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews for details of how Day 2 panned out.
Lead image courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.