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Joseph Pateman Heads UKIPT Series 7 Day 1a Field

Joseph Pateman

The Hippodrome Casino near Leicester Square in London played host to the first PokerStars sponsored UKIPT Series of Season 5 on Friday and saw 78 players part company with a £250+£25 as they attempted to follow in the footsteps of past champions such as Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody and, more recently, Paul Findlay.

Those 78 hopefuls locked horns for 12 30-minute levels and during that time, all but 21 of them lost their 30,000 starting stacks and will have to wait until May 29 for another bite of the cherry.

One man who doesn’t have to wait for his chance of obtaining some dangling fruit is Joseph Pateman who saw his stack swell to an impressive 165,000 by the time the tournament director brought the curtain down on the Day 1a action.

According to his Hendon Mob profile, Pateman has live tournament cashes to his name, the most recent being a 76th place finish in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Goliath in 2013 that banked him £430. Thanks to his field-leading stack, Pateman should be confident of winning an amount that eclipses his career best.

In addition to Pateman, five other players bagged up six-figure stacks as Day 1a concluded.

Romania’s Gabriel Gusetoiu (154,000), Richard Paul (125,900), Jack Germaine (124,200), John Law (120,900) and Nicholas Craze (105,300) each had what they would call successful days at the felt and should find themselves nicely poised for a deep run even after Saturday’s Day 1b is done and dusted.

UKIPT Season 5 Series 1 End-of-Day 1a chip counts

1Joseph Pateman165,000
2Gabriel Gusetoiu154,500
3Richard Paul125,900
4Jack Germaine124,200
5John Law120,900
6Nicholas Craze105,300
7Mark Hitchens98,800
8David Dean85,800
9Keith Christie80,300
10Benjamin Morrison77,700
11John Dimitris63,900
12Wing Ken Yeung51,200
13Cheok Fan Lao49,600
14Andrew Scott48,500
15Richard Tongue46,300
16Jesse Algranti36,000
17Ettore Mezzone34,600
18Richard Brabin29,100
19Evgenii Feiskanov27,400
20Roland Redhead21,500
21David Wellings13,100

Day 1b, the final starting flight, begins at 2:00pm and sees the same 12 levels played out. Everything points towards Day 1b being much larger and busier than its predecessor so head back to the UK & Ireland PokerNews site on Sunday to see how big and busy it got!

Lead image courtesy of the PokerStars Blog

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