The UKIPT5 London Main Event continued on Thursday and, as expected, the number of entrants rose substantially. A total of 244 players chose Day 1b to kick off their title quest, with the dream ending for all but 73 of those starters, but the dream is most certainly alive for Piotr Tuczynski who bagged up 332,100 chips at the end of 12 levels, enough to top the Day 1b chip counts and lead the tournament overall.
Tuczynski told the PokerStars blog that he prefers to play online poker over the live variant, something that seems evident by his humble $169 in live tournament winnings. Should Tuczynski continue in the same form for the rest of this event he should be giving that total a healthy boost.
Both James Dorrance (247,100) and Gabriel Carter (206,100) finished Day 1b with stack containing more than 200,000 chips and will fancy their chances of a deep run in the £770 buy-in event.
Also punching their Day 2 tickets were UKIPT4 Nottingham runner-up Angelo Milioto (183,100) former Unibet Open London winner Pratik Ghatge (168,900), former GUKPT Grand Final champion Kevin Allen (132,200), JJ Hazan (91,300), Charlie “chaz_man_chaz” Combes (78,200), Dave Shallow (62,900), Danny Toffel (57,500), Haresh Thaker (42,300), the talented Paul Vas Nunes (38,700), Philippe Souki (37,000), Dinarte De Sousa (35,700) Shaun Conning (34,500), and Richie Allen (27,900).
UKIPT5 London Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 1b wasn't as kind to some as it was those who made it through to Saturdays Day 2 with some of the UK's biggest names falling by the wayside during the second starting flight's action.
Tamer Kamel, Thomas Ward, Jerome Bradpiece, Ludovic Geilich, Mark McCluskey, Andrew “stato_1” Hulme, Gareth Teatum, and Daivia “Baltic Blonde” Barauskaite being a handful of names who will have to entertain themselves with the plethora of side event taking place.
The third and final start day commences at 11:00 a.m. and will see the same 12 levels played. It is expected that an even larger field will descend on the Hippodrome on Day 1c and that the total attendance should get close to or breach the 800-mark.
Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday morning for a recap of the Day 1c action and a breakdown in the payouts, which should be impressive to say the least.
Lead image courtesy of Mickey May and the PokerStars Blog