Chris Derrick has given himself the best possible chance of winning his first major live poker title by finishing Day 2 of the UKIPT Marbella as the overall chip leader.
After reaching the money places in the Marbella leg, Derrick now has three cashes on the UKIPT circuit. In January, he finished fifth at the UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event for £21,150 and the following month he came 25th in the Cork Main Event for €1,710. He has now locked up a guaranteed €2,015 for his efforts in Marbella and has a realistic shot of scooping the €158,200 first place prize.
Derrick finished Day 2 as the only player with a seven-figure stack, his 1,017,000 an impressive total indeed. Derrick’s closest rivals are Ludovic Geilich (689,000), Miguel Abellan Hernando (669,000) and Lucas Blanco Oliver (648,000).
Among the 48 players who have navigated their way through the choppy waters of this tournament are some familiar faces who will have a say on where the UKIPT Marbella title ends up. Dara “Doc” O’Kearney has plenty of chips at his disposal – 536,000 of them to be exact – as does the 2010 Irish Open champion James Mitchell on 473,000. Slightly lower in the chip counts you will find the names Michael Graydon (329,000) and Ondrej Vinklarek (201,000), too.
Play in the UKIPT Marbella Main Event continues at 12:00 local time and the players will play until only eight players remain and the final table is set. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews tomorrow to see which players reached the final table and how they got there.
UKIPT Marbella End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts
|3rd||Miguel Abellan Hernando||669,000|
|4th||Lucas Blnco Oliver||648,000|
|5th||Jesus Arroyo Rodreiguez||602,000|
|8th||Stuart Burton McDonald||528,000|