David Vamplew Leads British Charge on Day 1b of WPT National Prague

David Vamplew

As expected, Day 1b of the 2014 partypoker WPT National Prague Main Event was much larger than its Day 1a counterpart with 183 entries taken while registration was open. Eight levels later and only 101 had chips in front of them and nobody had more than Bulgarian Nikolay Tsanev.

Tsanev shot into the Day 1a chip lead during the last level of play thanks to catching a straight on the river on a board reading {J-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{3-Spades}{10-Clubs}{K-Spades} with {Q-Hearts}{9-Clubs} after his opponent had turned a set with {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. Tsanev went on to finish with 178,700 chips, which means Day 1a chip leader Alexander Lakhov (182,900) is still the overall chip leader.

Scores of British grinders chose Day 1b to get their WPT quest off the ground including former European Poker Tour (EPT) London champion David Vamplew. The talented Scot worked his magic at the Kings Casino and managed to finish with a most respectable 148,500 chips.

Other British pros who progressed to Day 2 include recent addition to the UK online poker rankings top 20 Owain “sngwonder” Carey (106,000), Andrew “stato_1” Hulme (104,700), Steve Watts (69,000), Tom Hall (58,600), Sandiep Khosa (53,800), the in-form Ben Dobson (50,000), Alex Goulder (41,000), Danny Laming (37,000), Billy Chattaway (35,200), and 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Main Event runner-up Jack Salter (23,900).

Sadly, a bunch of our players failed to punch their Day 2 tickets and will have to wait until EPT Prague to secure a major title. Ryan Spittles, Roberto Romanello, Sin Melin, and Charles Chattha being a quarter of our heroes who crashed out on Day 1b.

2014 partypoker WPT National Prague Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Nikolay Tsanev178,700
2Oliver Heidel169,700
3Fahredin Mustafov160,000
4David Vamplew148,500
5Pawel Kapczynski142,400
6Manuel Sanchez Morito132,400
7Krzysztof Czerwinski121,800
8Simeon Naydenov121,100
9Stanislav Nicholson117,500
10Koray Aldemir112,300

Day 2 kicks off at 1:00 CET on Saturday 6 December and sees at least 125 players take to the felt. We say at least because registration is open until the first cards are dealt on Day 2 so we could see some late entries attempt to spin their stacks up.

You can follow all of the action from the 2014 partypoker WPT National Prague Main Event via our Live Reporting pages, but even if you do that, make sure you return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday for a recap of the action. Here's to that recap being full of brags about British players topping the counts.

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