Ten British players stamped their ticket to Day 3 of the 2015 UKIPT Marbella Main Event where only 61 players remain in contention for the €150,800 first place prize. Among those 10 British hopefuls is the popular Sam Grafton who goes into the penultimate day with 463,000 chips, pitching himself just outside the top 10 counts.
Grafton put together a deep run in this very tournament in 2014 and looks set for a repeat performance a year on. In 2014, Grafton reached the final table, but was the first player out of the door on that occasion and collected €10,300. There’s no doubt that Grafton will be looking to finish eight places higher this time.
Daniel Price is the best placed of the British contingent courtesy of ending Day 2 with 575,000 chips. That stack is enough to see Price begin Day 3 eighth in chips and with a realistic chance of securing a large pay day.
The other Brits returning to the fray on Saturday are Jonathan Cantle (419,000), Ahn Tuan Hoang (369,000), Dominic Evans (289,000), Scott Franklin (256,000), Fausutus Korn (244,000), Neil Mackay (211,000), Richard Pearson (142,000), and John Symes (122,000).
UKIPT5 Marbella Main Event End-of-Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Dario Carrion Morenilla||Spain||967,000|
|9||Victor Gimenez De-Houting||Spain||572,000|
|10||Borja Gross Fernandez||570,000|
Each of the Bits has locked up no less than €2,380 for their efforts thus far thanks to the money bubble bursting during Day 2 proceedings.
Three players bust at the same time on the bubble and each shared €1,130. One of those players was Scotland’s Alex Ferguson and his exit paved the way for Nicholas Crozer (123rd for €1,695), Lewis Swift (105th for €1,775), Nicholas Rishover (104th for €1,775), Joe Hindry (97th for €1,775), James Atkin (82nd for €2,020), Jonathan Cooper (74th for €2,020), and Yainnis Liperis (65th for €2,380) to get paid.
Leading the remaining 61 players back into battle is Spain’s Dario Morenilla and his 967,000 stack. Morenilla is a regular on the Spanish Estrellas Poker Tour and looks to be using his knowledge of how the locals play to his advantage.
Other big stacks include Pablo Galache (783,000), Jeffrey Brouwer (737,000) and Niko Kettunen (670,000).
Play resumes at midday CET on Saturday and the plan is the play down the final table or at least get as close to it as possible. Will Grafton and the other Brits still be in the reckoning once Day 3 is done and dusted? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday to find out.