Season 5 of the UKIPT kicked off in spectacular style at The Hippodrome Casino in London on Wednesday morning and saw three-quarters of the field eliminated at the first hurdle.
By the time the registration desk closed for business, there were 134 players who had exchanged £770 for 25,000 tournament chips and the chance to become a coveted UKIPT champion. Fast forward to the end of Day 1a and only 30 of those starters had chips requiring bagging and tagging.
Lawrence Bayley is the name displayed at the top of the chip counts after he turned his starting stack into an impressive 265,000 chips by the close of play. Bayley, who is a Supernova Elite according to the PokerStars Blog, still has a lot of work to do in this tournament but has done his chances of glory no harm at all by amassing such an ample stack.
In addition to Bayley, four other players ended the first of three staring flights with stacks in excess of 200,000. David Clarkson (234,500), Miguel Seoane (231,100), William Dunlop (213,500) and Alex Bounsall (200,400) being those four deep stacked souls.
Some of the other notables to progress to Day 2 include William Chattaway (124,000), Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody (78,500) and Martyn Frey (39,500).
UKIPT5 London Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 1a was also the start day of choice for some of the British poker scene's most familiar faces. Sadly, for the poker neutrals, the likes of two-time UKIPT champion Duncan McLellan, David Clifton-Burraway, Danny Laming, Soren Kongsgaard, Mathew Frankland, Christopher Brammer, Team Pro Online Mickey Petersen, John Eames and Ian “The Razor” Frazer all fell before the tournament was paused for the night.
The second starting flight kicks off at 11:00 a.m on Wednesday 22 January and sees another 12 levels play out. Anyone wanting to claim the overall chip lead is going to have their work cut out, but anything can happen in this crazy game we all love.
Owain Carey Crowned UKIPT5 London High Roller Champion
Fresh from winning €102,400 in the €2,200 buy-in Eureka Prague High Roller, Owain Crarey has added £44,550 to his live tournament winnings after taking down the £3,300 buy-in High Roller event at the UKIPT London festival.
Carey, known as “sngwonder” in online poker circles, bested a field of 49 players to get his hands on the winner's trophy and the tidy cash sum. Carey's heads-up opponent was Victor Ilyukhin whose couldn't get there to beat the pocket tens in Carey's hand and the rest, as they say, is history.
UKIPT5 London High Roller Final Table Results
Lead image courtesy of Mickey May of the PokerStars Blog