Ten years ago, Chris Moneymaker famously turned a $39 satellite into a $2,500,000 score when he won the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event. While taking down the UKIPT Series 3 will not be as prestigious or profitable for its champion, Daniel Galla is hoping to follow in Moneymaker’s footsteps and take down a major live title after winning a seat via a low-cost satellite tournament.
Galla won his seat in the UKIPT Series 3 event in a satellite on PokerStars that cost £33 to enter. That online win has given the Hungarian bartender the chance of winning his first live event and the £21,770 that’s set aside for the eventual champion. Those of you at home who like to keep score will realise that this prize is the largest in the short history of the UKIPT Series’. When Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody won the inaugural event he took £19,400 back to Leeds, while reigning champion Gabriel Dragomir collected £16,480 in June.
UKIPT Series 3 End-of-Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts
|3rd||Anthony John Wright||156,000|
|7th||Asmat Pasha Asghar||132,000|
Of the 248 players who turned up at The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square, London, only 69 of them made it through to Sunday’s Day 2. These 69 will join the 68 survivors from Day 1A, meaning 137 players will descend on the casino today and lock horns until only one man, or woman, has all of the chips in play.
The top 63 places award prize money with a min-cash being worth £480, a final table appearance £2,050 and the champion, as we know, will win £21,770. Check out the payment schedule below:
Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday for a full recap of the day’s action.
Lead image courtesy of the PokerStars Blog and Neil Stoddart.