The first PokerStars UKIPT of 2014 kicked off Thursday afternoon and saw 116 players take their seats in the £1,100 buy-in Main Event held in the lavish Assembly Rooms in the beautiful Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Eight hour-long levels saw the 116 starters reduced to a more manageable 55, with Leon Louis being the star performer, bagging up 122,700 chips to become Day 1a’s chip leader.
Louis, known as “Flippetyflop” when he is grinding Hyper-Turbo Heads-Up Sit & Go tournaments at PokerStars – won a large pot against local entrepreneur Ian LeBruce when his kings held against LeBruce’s ace-jack on a jack-high flop. Now that Louis has oodles of chips at his disposal, he is going to be a royal pain in the neck for whoever he sits down with on Saturday’s Day 2. While there is a long way to go in the UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event, it would take a brave man to bet against Louis making a deep run in it.
Joining Louis through to Day 2 are some familiar faces. Thomas Ward is one such familiar face, having been a regular on the UKIPT since its creation. Ward bagged and tagged 119,000 chips at the close of play, which places him second overall and gives him a good chance of securing his eighth UKIPT cash.
Other notable players to keep an eye out for after progressing from Day 1a include Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Ben Jenkins (88,500), former European Poker Tour Sanremo champion Rupert Elder (41,300), French star Nicolas Cardyn (31,000), Ross “RLOG” Loggie (28,300), Andrew Teng (27,000), and Andrew “stato_1” Hulme (23,900).
Of course, not every big name can navigate their way through the minefield that is Day 1 of a live poker tournament, such is the nature of the beast. Jack Salter, Leeds’ Jamie Sykes, Niall “Firaldo87” Farrell, Jack Ellwood, the in-form Max Silver and Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody each fell by the wayside at various points on the day.
Day 1b kicks off at 12:00 on Friday and should see a much more substantial crowd buy in. Whether or not we will see similar figures to last season’s UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event — that had a total attendance of 612 players – remains to be seen, but regardless of the numbers UK & Ireland PokerNews will recap the action for you on Saturday morning.
Season 4 UKIPT Edinburgh Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Lead image courtesy of René Velli of the PokerStars Blog.