Poker tournaments are unpredictable beasts. Some of them progress at a snail’s pace, while others play out at a blistering speed that sees 209 players whittled down to 35 over eight hours of play. Can you guess which the UKIPT London Main Event falls under?
The pace of the play during Day 2 of the UKIPT London Main Event was so frantic that the tournament lost 98 players and saw the money bubble burst before Big Ben had informed London that the time was 4 p.m.
The unfortunate bubble boy was Eammon Blake, his exit in 112th place secured a £1,850 payout for any player who had chips in front of them. Blake raised preflop and garnered two callers in Giuliano Bendinelli and the big blind. Blake’s two opponents checked to him on the flop, Blake fired a continuation-bet and only Bendinelli called. The dealer placed the on the turn and now Bendinelli led for 22,500. Blake raised to 47,500 and Bendinelli called. The completed the community cards and Bendinelli checked. Blake moved all in for 87,000 and Bendinelli called, showing as he did so. Bendinelli’s baby flush was stronger than the rivered straight, made with , of Blake and Blake busted.
Following Blake to the sidelines, albeit with prize money to show for their efforts, were top players such as Victoria Coren (111th), Jason “blaaaaaah666” Tompkins (103rd), Sebastian Saffari (102nd), Nick Wealthall (99th), Kenny Hallaert (91st), Team PokerStars Pro Henrique Pinho (86th) and Luke Reeves (78th). Pinho’s fellow Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein (71st), Gordon Huntly (68th), Dimitar Danchev (59th), Day 1A chip leader Richard Trigg (55th), Mathew Frankland (47th) and Leon Louis (40th) also busted on Day 2.
The name at the top of the chips counts and the man who will lead the final 35 players into battle on Saturday lunchtime is Ireland’s Daniel Stacey who ended Day 2 with 1,400,000 chips and was the only player to bag up a seven-figure stack. Stacey qualified for this £1,100 buy-in tournament for $100 at Full Tilt Poker and has now locked up at least £2,970 for his efforts, although with his monster stack he will be looking for a final table berth at the very least; that would be worth a more substantial £13,115.
Day 3 should be another exciting and explosive day of poker as the players play towards the final table. Joining Stacey at the Grand Connaught Rooms are players such as Dario Sammartino (852,000), Jack Salter (828,000), recent GUKPT Manchester champion Sunny Chattha (575,000), Paul Zimbler (562,000), EPT Snowfest champion Vladimir Geshkenbein (500,000), Australia’s Jesse “OnTheMac” McKenzie (492,000), Karl Mahrenholz (253,000), Charlie Combes (215,000) and UKIPT Edinburgh winner Nicolau Villa-Lobos (195,000).
Play resumes at 12 p.m and continues until the final table is reached. Which players will make up the final eight? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday to find that information out.
UKIPT London End-of-Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
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