When Simon Higgins turned his 30,000 starting stack into 330,400 chips on Day 1b of the 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK there were few people out there who thought that total would be matched. They were wrong, because on Day 1c, Luigi Viscomi somehow managed to finish the night with a colossal stack of 522,000 chips and is by far the overall chip leader in the tournament so far.
Viscomi has tasted success at Dusk Till Dawn previously having won the April 2014 edition of the Grand Prix. On that occasion, Viscomi battled his way through 2,856 players to emerge victorious and claim the £25,000 first place prize. If he is going to replicate that awesome victory, Viscomi will have to bulldoze his way through a similar sized crowd, but the reward at the end of it will be far more substantial thanks to this event carrying a £1 million guarantee.
The nearest anybody got to Viscomi was Paul King who finished more than 300,000 chips behind Viscomi, going to show how amazing the latter's performance really was. King has more than $330,000 in live tournament winnings, the bulk of which coming from his exploits before 2008.
Among the 32 surviving players, from 116 entries, were such luminaries as Yiannis Liperis (197,000), European Poker Tour London final table member Leo McClean (143,000), John Conroy (129,000), and Chris Sly (89,000), who ensure Day 2's waters are going to be quire shark-infested!
2014 partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts
|8||Mario Sanchez Cano||130,000|
Wednesday's Day 1d kicks off at 1:00p.m. and we should start to see the attendances creep up. Big hitters such as David “lil Dave” Nicholson and Tom Middleton are in town – they both bust on Day 1c – and they will be joined over the next few days by some of the best poker talent the UK has to offer.
Thursday and Friday will be ridiculously busy as they are the starting flights that the majority of the partypoker online qualifiers are playing, plus lots of names are making their way to DTD for the upcoming £3,000 WPT UK festival that begins once WPT500 is over.
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