The first of two starting flights in the £1,100 UKIPT London Main Event took place on Wednesday at the lavish Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden and despite a change in venue from last year, many of the games well-known faces were among the 246 entrants.
One such familiar face was that of Richard Trigg, (pictured in the blue shirt with a bunch of British poker heroes) better known in online poker circles as “TheClaimeer,” or similar screen names. Trigg, whose nickname derives from his unrelenting passion for horseracing, has more than $3.5 million in online tournament winnings and over $500,000 in cashes in the live arena.
Trigg bagged up an impressive 226,100 chips as the curtain came down on Day 1A’s proceedings, his overnight chip bag containing an extra 44,600 chips than that of his nearest rival, fellow Brit Jack Salter. According to the PokerStars Blog, Trigg won a huge pot towards the end of play when he hit a flush on the river to beat a flopped straight, which has set him up for a deep run in what looks set to be a well-attended event.
Slightly less than a third of the player who bought into Day 1A of the UKIPT London main Event made it through to Friday’s Day 2; 70 players managed to navigate their way through the first 10 hour-long levels. Some of the more notable players to look out for on Day 2 include Tom Langley (166,000), Belgium’s Kenny Hallaert (150,300), Team PokerStars Pros Henrique Pinho (134,700) and Victoria Coren (25,500), the tallest man in poker Karl Mahrenholz (86,800), and Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis (70,700). Also safely through are Mathew Frankland (57,500), former European Poker Tour Barcelona champion Kent Lundmark (54,900), John Eames (51,700), and Barny Boatman (36,600).
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As is usually the case on Day 1 of a major poker tournament, a number of established pros failed to progress. Among those who will either be playing side events until the EPT London Main Event begins this Sunday or having an unplanned break from the action include Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, Team PokerStars Online’s Mickey Petersen, Chris Sly, Nik Persaud, Laurence Houghton, double World Series of Poker bracelet winner Praz Bansi, Poker Hall of Fame nominee Chris Bjorin, and Jon Spinks. That list of talented bust outs goes to show how important the UKIPT circuit is to the UK & Ireland poker scene.
Day 1B begins at noon on Thursday and should see a crowd in excess of 400 players descend on the Grand Connaught Rooms, which would see the £500,000 guaranteed prize pool met and then bested. While this year’s UKIPT London Main Event will not see its attendance reach the dizzy heights of 1,099 from 2012, there will still be a massive first place prize on offer, one that sets the winner up perfectly to parlay into the UKIPT’s bigger brother, the EPT!
UKIPT London Main Event Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts
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