After a slow start to Day 1b of the 2014 partypoker World Poker Tour UK Main Event, where a huge overlay looked to be on the cards, 239 entries were taken in total leaving the total attendance at 333 and leaving the guarantee a mere £1,000 short. After nine levels of intense poker action, Fred Wise bagged up 215,100 chips to top the Day 1b chip counts and lead the tournament overall.
Although more of a cash game player, Wise showed that he can mix it up with the best of them in a tournament format and danced his way to the chip lead, even if Lady Luck did play a major part.
Wise flopped quad threes on a board to send Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis to the rail as play drew to a close on Wednesday. That hand pushed Wise over the 200,000 mark, where he stayed as the curtain came down on proceedings.
Keeping wise company at the top of the chip counts were some of the most recognisable players from the United Kingdom. Reigning Unibet open London champion Pratik Ghatge finished with a most respectable 173,400 chips while the likes of Chris Moorman (165,200), Tamer Kamel (149,200), William Chattaway (134,200) and Keith Johnson (103,500) also progressed to Day 2 with healthy stacks.
Also punching their Day 2 ticket were such luminaries as Matas Cimbolas (152,100), former November Niner Sylvain Loosli (132,000), former European Poker Tour (WPT) Barcelona winner Tom Middleton (102,500), Sin Melin (99,400), Ben Warrington (88,900), David Nicholson (82,300), Simon Deadman (82,200), Oliver Price (81,300), Jack Ellwood (70,100), Ilan Boujenah (66,900), Stephen Chidwick (65,400), Charles Chattha (63,300), David Vamplew (62,600), Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott (56,000), Zimnan Ziyard (51,500), Craig McCorkell (37,500), and the new owner of Main Event Travel Fraser MacIntyre (17,200) among others.
2014 partypoker WPT UK Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
|6||Marco Della Tommasina||136,900|
It wasn't a great day for the likes of Dominik Nitsche, Sam Trickett, JP Kelly, Roberto Romanello, Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, WPT UK High Roller champion Bryn Kenney, the controversial Chino Rheem, WPT500 UK champion Eleanor Gudger, or Patrick Leonard as they all busted during the final starting flight.
However, it is not the end of the road for the busted stars because late registration is open until the time the first card is dealt on Day 2 (1:00 p.m on Thursday) where they will sit down with a healthy 30 big blind stack should they choose to take another bite at the cherry.
As always, you can follow the action via our 2014 partypoker WPT UK Main Event Live Reporting pages. Hold onto your hats because it is going to be a cracker!
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