Season 5 of the PokerStars UKIPT London festival kicked off on Tuesday at the Hippodrome casino in the heart of London with the £3,300 buy-in High Roller event. This in itself was different as the High Roller usually runs later on the schedule of UKIPT festivals, but the change didn't effect the numbers because 49 entries were taken while late registration was open, 46 of those being unique entries.
Of those 49 entrants, only 11 managed to navigate their way through 12 levels of play to progress to Wednesday's Day 2. Only seven of those survivors will walk away with prize money to show for their effort. A min-cash is worth £7,480 while the eventual champion secures a £44,900 payout.
UKIPT London High Roller Payouts
Plenty of big names bought into the curtain raising event yet fell during the course of the day. The likes of Christopher Brammer, 2014 UK Global Poker Index Player of the Year Oliver Price, the in-form Billy Chattaway, Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody and Team Pro Online's Mickey Petersen being a handful of top talent who walked away from the High Roller empty handed.
Day 2 kicks off at midday and continues until a champion is crowned. If the tournament ended now, that champion would be Owain Carey thanks to bagging up 315,000 chips to claim the title of overnight chip leader. But the tournament won't be paused now, it has to play out to a conclusion and luminaries such as Victor Ilyukhin (156,900), Gareth Teatum (57,000), and Rhys Jones (39,400) are going to have a major influence on where the winner's trophy and the £44,900 first place prize ends up.
UKIPT London High Roller End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts
While the High Roller reaches its finale, the UKIPT London Main Event is in full swing. As mentioned in our article on Tuesday, everything is pointing towards it being a huge event, not least because of its three starting flights. UK & Ireland PokerNews will, of course, bring you a recap of the UKIPT London Day 1a action on Thursday morning.