Daniel Stacey Leads UKIPT Dublin; Max Silver Second

Daniel Stacey

On Day 1b of the 2014 UKIPT Dublin Main Event, Max Silver turned his 20,000 starting stack into a tournament leading 311,700 chips. It was a multiplication of stacks that had never been seen in a UKIPT Main Event, but on Day 2 Daniel Stacey followed in Silver’s footsteps and saw his stack skyrocket to the top of the chip counts.

Stacey sat down for Day 2 shenanigans with a more-than-respectable 53,600 chips in front of him and putting Stacey into relative obscurity thanks to him being somewhere in the middle of the chip counts. Stacey didn’t stay under the radar for long. He went on a “mad” heater than resulted in him bagging up 806,000 chips, which puts him at the top of the leader board with only 54 players still in the hunt for the €87,700 first place prize.

Each of the 54 players who return to their seats in the €770 buy-in Main Event on Sunday lunchtime do so safe in the knowledge they have locked up at least €1,710 in prize money. This is because the money bubble burst during Day 2 and it as the talented Tim Chung that was the unfortunate soul to pop it, the last player to leave the Emerald Isle’s capital city without any money to show for his substantial efforts.

According to our friends at the PokerStars Blog, Chung lost a 300,000 chip pot with {K-}{K-} vs {A-}{A-} of PokerStars employee Stefan Ebinger in a cooler of a blind-versus-blind confrontation and was left with around six big blinds. These went into the middle of the felt with {A-Spades}{4-Clubs} from the button and both Charlotte Gouldsborough (small blind) and Padraig Burns (big blind) looked him up. Both active players checked down the {3-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} flop, Gouldsborough checking the {J-Clubs} turn. Burns bet 10,000 and Gouldsborough, frustrated at Burns betting into a dry side pot, called. The {4-Spades} river was checked by both players, Burns winning the pot with his {J-Hearts}{J-Spades} and Gouldsborough mucking the {A-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}.

Chung’s exit meant from that point onwards, anyone who lost their chips would pick up at least €1,250 in cold, hard cash. Players such as Rory Brennan (96th for €1,250), Edward Gascoigne (93rd for €1,340), Steve Jelinek (80th for €1,340), Nick Wealthall (72nd for €1,340), Irish legend Mick McCloskey (69th for €1,480), and another Irish star in Dara O’Kearney (64th for €1,480) being some of those who have added another flag to their Hendon Mob profiles.

Joining chip leader Stacey through to Sunday’s Day 3 is the aforementioned Silver, who may not have been able to match his Day 1b exploits, but still managed to almost double his stack's size.

Silver, the inaugural UKIPT Dublin champion, starts the penultimate day of this tournament with 602,000 chips while Daragh Davey (360,000), Paul Febers (359,000), double UKIPT champ Joeri Zandvliet (279,000), Jack Salter (167,000), Tom Hall (135,000), Deborah Worley-Roberts (108,000), and UKIPT Marbella winner Ludovic Geilich (98,000) are also still in contention.

UKIPT Season 4 Dublin Main Event Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Daniel StaceyUK806,000
2Max SilverUK602,000
3Gregory HaylesAustralia533,000
4Kieran BirtIreland483,000
5Michael NaughtonIreland468,000
6Vytenis SalickasLithuania405,000
7Arie Van NoordenneNetherlands379,000
8Kevin KilleenIreland375,000
9Laurence RyanIreland372,000
10Dean HutchisonUK371,000

Play resumes at 12:00 noon and continues right through until the eight-handed final table is formed. Will Stacey and Silver be seated at it? Return too UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday morning to find out.

Lead image courtesy of the superb Danny Maxwell

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