The £250,000 guaranteed prize pool of the 2014 Unibet Open London Main Event was smashed on Friday afternoon as 198 players bought in at Aspers casino in Stratford, taking the total attendance to 399 and creating a prize pool of £319,200.
Stephen McLean, better known for organising tournaments and not playing in them, was the man who accumulated the most chips on Day 1b, ending the night with an impressive 309,200 chips, enough to place him second going into Day 2.
Second in chips on Day 1b was Iaran Lightbourne who bagged up 250,500 and will now fancy his chances of bagging the £70,000 first place prize.
Others who finished the night with big stacks include Paul Dunne (185,600), Gabriel Carter (176,800) and Neophytos Neophytou (160,700), while the likes of Stephen Bean (131,400), Alex Goulder (108,600), Eliie Biessek (82,000), and Mike “Da Bookie” Hill (66,800).
It wasn't the best of days for Ilan Boujenah, Kelly Ann Saxby, Renee Xie, 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK runner-up Matthew Noonan, Jonas Mackoff, James Mitchell, Martins Adeniya, and Swedish superstar Viktor Blom who busted during the day's proceedings.
2014 Unibet Open London Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 2 sees 140 players return to the felts and the plan of action is to whittle these down to the final table of nine. Only 45 of those returning will win prize money, a min-cash is worth £1,800 and a final table appearance £6,700. Once at the final table, the prizes increase rapidly and the eventual champion will leave with £70,000.