Earlier this week, Russia’s Vladimir Troyanovskiy found himself £60,000 out of pocket after failing to make it into the money places of the World Poker Tour Alpha8 London. Today, he goes into Day 3 of the 2014 PokerStars UKIPT London Main Event with a massive chip lead and looks set to recoup that astronomical loss and more besides.
Troyanovskiy is a familiar face on the European Poker Tour (EPT), but decided to jump into the premier tour’s smaller sibling while waiting for the £4,250 buy-in EPT London Main Event to start. It looks like a great decision because Troyanovskiy is now guaranteed to collect at least £2,340 for his efforts and is a firm favourite to scoop the £133,500 first place prize.
2014 UKIPT London Main Event End-of-Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
|2||Antonio Gonzalez Miranda||Spain||930,000|
|8||David Lichentin Rubintin||France||565,000|
The money bubble burst during the second level of play and it was the popular Deborah Worley-Roberts who was the unfortunate soul to pop it. Worley-Roberts went with her gut and called an all-in bet on the river while holding two pair only to be shown a full house. Worley-Roberts exited and the surviving 159 players all secured a Union Jack flag on their Hendon Mob profile page.
Players such as Jonathan Beck (158th - £1,250), Martin Bader (148th - £1,250), Andrea Dato (136th - £1,320), Pratyush Buddiga (123rd - £1,320), Roberto Romanello (119th - £1,480), Martins Adeniya (118th - £1,480), Christopher Brammer (117th - £1,480), Andriena Nutt (114th - £1,480), Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder (111st - £1,480), Dominik Panka (96th - £1,480), David Peters (67th - £1,960), and Fatima Moriera de Melo (59th - £1,960) fell during the eight hour-long levels of Day 2.
Joining Troyanovskiy through to the penultimate day’s play are a bunch of familiar faces. Returning to the fray at 12:00 p.m on Saturday are, among others, Chris Sly (391,000), Matas Cimbolas (342,000), Richie Allen (336,000), Ludovic Geilich (312,000), Brett Angell (250,000), Marius Pospiech (185,000), Nurlan Boobekov (216,000) and Keith Hawkins (183,000).
The plan of action is to reduce the 51 returning players to the final table of eight and play will continue until the final table is set. Who will reach that final table? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday to find out.
Lead image courtesy of Danny Maxwell and the PokerStars Blog.