Cash game specialist Jon Lundy holds a colossal lead going into the penultimate day’s play in the PokerStars UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event; only 35 players stand between Lundy and the £93,900 first place prize.
Lundy goes into Day 3 of the £1,100 buy-in Main Event with 771,000 chips and is the chip leader by some distance. To put the Geordie’s stack into perspective, second placed Ondrej Drozd has 425,000 chips at his disposal. Lundy’s largest cash to date weighs in at £7,430, which was his reward for winning a £220 event at the European Poker Championships in 2007. If he is to beat that amount he will need to finish 9th or higher this weekend, something you wouldn’t bet against considering his gargantuan stack.
Joining Lundy on Day 3 are a handful of established pros who would not be out of place in any tournament anywhere in the world. Tim Finne (205,000), Sam Grafton (163,000), Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (150,000), Team PokerStars Online Mickey Petersen (99,000), Nicolas Cardyn (95,000) and Andrew Teng (93,000) are still in the hunt for a UKIPT title.
If you have been following our daily recaps, you will no doubt have noticed that both Day 1 chip leaders haven’t been mentioned. That is because both Leon Louis and David Vamplew failed to build on promising starts and are no longer in the running. Vamplew crashed out before the money, while Louis managed to hold on to collect 51st place money (£2,230).
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Vamplew was not alone in falling short of the money, Steve O’Dwyer, Julian Thew, Dara O’Kearney, WCOOP winner Dave Shallow, Keith “The Camel” Hawkins, Dominik Nitsche and Full Tilt Poker Ambassadors Dermot Blain, Ben Jenkins and Martins Adeniya being nine big names leaving Edinburgh with nothing but memories and a receipt for their efforts.
Play resumes at 12:00 noon and continues until the eight-handed final table is set. While everything points towards Lundy being at that final table, anything can happen in the world of tournament poker. Will Lundy use his big stack to progress to the finale? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to find out.
UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event End-of-Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts
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