Darren Woods is a man who is used to performing under intense pressure, something that is sure to stand him in good stead when Day 3 of the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event commences at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.
By day, Woods is an award winning chef on the Isle of Man, by night it seems he is a talented poker player judging by how he ended Day 2 with 907,000 chips, representing more than 10% of the total chips in play. Woods’ stack is more than four-times the size of the average stack and more than double that of second placed Martins Adenniya, the Full Tilt Poker ambassador bagging up 448,000 chips at the close of play.
David Hill, another Isle of Man native, finds himself in third place (382,000 chips) going into Day 3, while British Poker Awards nominee Simon Deadman (375,500) and Rational Group staff member Ian Marimon (333,500) make up the top five.
Other notables to look out for among the Day 3 crowd include Ireland’s Fintan Gavin (260,000) PokerStars Team Online’s Adrienne Rowsome (227,000), Thomas Ward (176,000), Mark McCluskey (141,000), Lee Jones (120,000), Victoria Coren Mitchell (77,500), Ludovic Geilich (77,000), and last year’s runner-up Fatima Moreira De Melo (58,500).
Only 40 players remain in the Main Event and each of those is guaranteed at least £1,660 thanks in part to Gregory Chambers bursting the money bubble on Saturday afternoon.
With the blinds at 1,500/3,000/400a, Andre Wagner of the Czech Republic opened to 6,500 from middle position and Chambers three-bet all-in for 43,700 from the button. Both blinds folded and the action put back on Wagner.
Wagner paused for a few moments, cut 37,200 from his stack and decided to call, turning over as he did so. Chambers revealed and it was off to the races. Chambers’ fives fell behind on the flop and further behind on the turn. The river completed the board, busted Chambers and burst the bubble.
With the prize pools purse strings open, the likes of Paul Febers (50th), David Lappin (49th) and recent partypoker World Poker Tour National UK London champion Gabriel Tuna (48th) locked up some money for their efforts.
2014 UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts
Play resumes at 12:00 p.m and continues until the eight-handed final table is reached. At this point, the finalists’ guaranteed payout will be a more impressive £8,000. Which of the 40 will make it through to the finale? Find out via our Live Reporting pages and tune back into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to read a recap of the action.