The PokerStars UKIPT has left the comforting bosom of the United Kingdom and headed to sunny Spain for the second time in its history for the eagerly anticipated Marbella festival.
Day 1a was completed on Wednesday and what a fantastic day of poker it was. By the time registration ended there were 293 entrants bought in, each hoping to follow in Ludovic Geilich’s footsteps and return to their respective homes as a UKIPT champion.
Geilich was in the Day 1a field and was a constant thorn in his opponents’ side, such is his loose-aggressive style of play. The talented Scot saw some wild swings in his stack size across the eight 60-minute levels, eventually finishing with 19,500 chips.
Topping the Day 1a chip counts was Sweden’s Ken Lennaard who bagged up 149,900 chips as the curtain came down on the night’s antics. Lennaard has been a regular on the worldwide poker circuit for many years and has amassed live tournament winnings of over $1.5 million. Now that he has a big stack in Marbella, he should be adding to his impressive winnings total.
Germany’s Christian Bauer had a good day at the felt and ended with 125,400 chips, enough to claim second place on Day 1a’s leader board.
Other big stacks include Anthony Fox (107,300), Terry Carter (124,800), Neil Raine (101,700) and the 2013 Irish Winter Festival third place finisher Paul Kristoffersson (98,600).
In total, 119 of those who started the day with high hopes managed to make it through to Friday’s Day 2. Here are the top 10 Day 1a finishers.
2014 UKIPT Marbella Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
|9||Jordi Martinez Alfonso||Spain||91,600|
|10||Joseph David Mrejen||France||89,600|
Denis Ursu Tops Day 1b Chip Counts
A massive crowd of 457 players chose Day 1b of the UKIPT Marbella Main Event as their starting flight, taking the total attendance to an impressive 750. This huge total means the €500,000 guaranteed prize pool was met and then obliterated.
Leading the Day 1b chip counts is Moldova’s Denis Ursu who won a big pot towards the end of play to send him to the top of the leader board, although his 146,300 stack didn’t quite push him to the top of the overall counts, that honour is still Day 1a’s Ken Lennaard’s.
The late rally by Ursu spoiled a great story because it pushed Jake Cody into second place. Team PokerStars Pro Cody was grinding tournaments at the 2014 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas a couple of days ago, but hopped onto three flights and spent 21 hours travelling to Marbella to compete in the €1,100 buy0in Main Event.
Cody had a great day at the Spanish felt and ended the night with 131,300 chips in his overnight chip bag.
Others who made it through to Day 2 include Sam Goodman (117,100), Peter Jaksland (114,600), Team PokerStars Pro Leo Margets (34,700), Team Online Dale Philip (21,900), 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event champion Adrian Mateos (62,900), the Netherlands’ Paul Berende (50,900) and British grinder Sam Grafton (53,000).
2014 UKIPT Marbella Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
|6||Mohamed Dris Addelnebi||Spain||103,200|
|7||Antonio Salguero Lizana||Spain||101,100|
Play resumes at midday on Friday and first the money bubble will burst and then there will be efforts to whittle the field down as much as possible. A total of 111 places are paid, a min-cash being worth €1,800 and the eventual champion walking away with €136,000.
The march towards the final table continues.
Images courtesy of Danny Maxwell of the PokerStars Blog