It’s official, the 2015 edition of the PokerStars UKIPT Marbella Main Event is the largest in its three-year history thanks to 492 players piling through the doors of the Casino Marbella on Thursday to take the combined attendance over the two starting flights to a most impressive 841.
These 841 entrants have created a prize pool of €807,360 that is to be shared among the top 127 finishers, a min-cash being worth €1,695 and the eventual champion returning home with €150,800 to show for their effort.
It was a mixed day for player making the journey to Spain from the UK & Ireland with two of them finishing in the top 10 chips counts and some big names crashing out at the first hurdle.
Daniel Price ended Day 1b with 125,800 chips, enough to place him fifth in the leader board and earn him the title of best placed Brit. Alex Ferguson – no not that one --- finished with 1,600 fewer chips and resides in sixth place.
Top-placed Irishman was Luke Perrott with 104,200 chips. Perrott’s only live score of note came in April 2015 when he finished eighth in the UKIPT Nottingham Main Event for £17,320.
UKIPT5 Marbella Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
|2||Jose Maria Jaen Carillo||Spain||155,700|
|3||Daniel Fernandez Alcantara||Spain||142,300|
|5||Daniel William Price||UK||125,800|
|7||Alberto Salinas Pastor||Spain||122,800|
|8||Daniel Sisa Cura||Spain||122,400|
|9||Manuel Saavedra NunzSain||122,300|
|10||Inocente Gomez Bordonado||Spain||122,000|
Others flying the Union Jack or the Irish tricolour on Friday’s Day 2 include Paul McTaggart (98,400), Neil Douglas (87,700), Nicholas Crozer (82,300), Ross Mannion (81,000), Jonathan Cantle (74,000), former Irish Open winner James Mitchell (60,200), Gareth Hamilton (58,800), David Tierney (49,000), Mark Wagstaff (45,500), Sam Grafton (39,100), James Atkin (24,100), and Yiannis Liperis (15,800).
Some of the fallen included Daniel Carter who got his chips in preflop early doors with pocket aces and couldn’t hold against his opponent’s queens, talented Irish duo Mick Graydon and Daragh Davey and former World Series of Poker (WSOP) and WSOP Europe Main Event finalist James Akenhead.
Day 2 commences at noon CET and sees 341 players return to their seats, each sharing the common goal of making it through the day’s action unscathed. Return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday to discover if the money bubble burst and which player is on course for a €150,800 payday.
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