Spanish superstar Adrian Mateos claimed the chip lead at the end of Day 1a of the 2014 partypoker WPT UK Main Event and has done exactly the same thing at the close of Day 2 where only 50 other player remain in the hunt for the £200,000 first place prize.
With the top 45 players being paid and only 51 players returning to Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) on Friday afternoon, Mateos is nailed on for adding more live tournament winnings to his already impressive total of $2,044,354.
The former World Series of Poker Europe Main Event champion won a massive pot in a hand versus Norbent Berent. Mateos called a shove on the river of an board with and was correct, a task made all the more difficult by the fact Berent had five-bet preflop. Berent showed for a complete bluff as he headed into the cold Nottingham air. Mateos finished the night with 560,500 chips.
Although Mateos is in a prime position to add a World Poker Tour title to his WSOP bracelet, he is going to be pushed all the way by some of the best poker players in the business.
Ben Warrington starts Day 3 with 507,000, enough for third place at the restart, while the likes of American star David Peters (403,500), William Chattaway (373,000), Ben Vinson (341,500), Charlie Combes (341,000), Tamer Kamel (336,500), Antoine Saout (324,000), Ben Dobson (272,500), Patrick Leonard (194,000), Fraser MacIntyre (190,000), Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody (182,500), Sergio Aido (147,000), Jack Ellwood (142,000), Chris Moorman (126,000), Tom Middleton (112,500), Charles Chattha (91,500), Sin Melin (71,000), Ian Simpson (58,500) and Mitch Johnson (58,000).
2014 partypoker WPT UK End-of-Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
Six of the 51 returning players are set to go home empty handed, with those making it into the money places locking up at least £6,000 for their efforts. One man has already secured a prize thanks to flopping a royal flush during Day 2 proceedings.
Chris Moorman, who already has a WPT title to his name, flopped the mortal nuts with when the first three community cards came . Moorman's opponent folded, but Moorman still won a Caribbean cruise as a special prize from the WPT. Oh what I would give to run like Moorman!
Play resumes at 1:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon and continues until only 18 players remain. By this stage we should have a much clearer idea of who the next WPT champion will be. Follow all of the action on our Live Reporting pages and check back into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday morning for a recap of the action.
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