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Jay Villegas Leads the partypoker WPT National UK Milton Keynes Main Event

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The second and third starting flights in the partypoker World Poker Tour National UK Milton Keynes Main Event took place on Friday, a date known collectively around the United Kingdom as “Mad Friday” due to it being the final Friday before Christmas and usually results in some pre-holiday madness in pubs and clubs around the country.

There was little madness inside the Casino MK during “Mad Friday,” as over 160 players bought into the two starting flights as they attempted to accumulate enough chips to see them progress to Day 2 with a stack that would allow them to go deep in this prestigious event.

Topping Flight 2’s 37 surviving players was Alan Linford who turned his 20,000 starting stack into 115,200 during the eight 30-minute levels. Linford was the only player on Flight 2 to finish with a six-figure stack, although Andrew Sledmore (94,100) and Renata Jack (83,300) came close.

partypoker WPT National UK Milton Keynes End-of-Flight 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Alan Linford115,200
2Andrew Sledmore94,100
3Renata Jack83,300
4Herve Decker81,600
5Matthew Bryan81,100
6Reza Ghaffari78,000
7Paul Byrne69,900
8Tom Kuglestadt56,900
9Ricki Wilmott56,600
10Jay Villegas54,800

Flight 3 took place at 8:00pm on Friday night and saw 84 players refrain from the festivities to compete in the £200 accumulator tournament. The casino was packed with revellers and cash game players, but Gary Miller managed to drown out the noise and finish with a 118,700 stack to top the flight. Robert Barry (105,200), Jay Villegas (103,400) and Nicholas Humphis (100,500) each ended the night with over 100,000 chips each.

partypoker WPT National UK Milton Keynes End-of-Flight 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Gary Miller118,700
2Robert Barry105,200
3Jay Villegas103,400
4Nicholas Humphis100,500
5Jonathan Cummins65,000
6Sean Carl62,800
7Michael Denney58,800
8Geoff Richards55,700
9Lee Taylor54,600
10Dean Clay54,400

Day 2 commences at 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon and sees 94 players return to the brand new Super Casino to play 12 40-minute levels. During that time the money bubble should burst, although prize pool information was not available at time of writing.

Leading the 94 hopefuls back into battle is Jay Villegas who managed to accumulate a tournament leading stack of 158,200 chips over the course of three starting flights. Other big stacks include Flight 1 chip leader Christopher Thomson (142,000), Robert Barry (141,900), Renata Jack (135,300), Andrew Brisland (130,200) and Stephen Bean (125,300).

partypoker WPT National UK Milton Keynes Start of Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Jay Villegas158,200
2Christopher Thomson142,000
3Robert Barry141,900
4Renata Jack135,300
5Andrew Brisland130,200
6Stephen Bean125,300
7Gary Mller118,700
8Alan Lindford115,200
9Eomain Gravisse111,300
10Michael Ramsay110,800

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