The plan for Day 2 of the 2015 UKIPT Bristol Main Event was to play down to the eight-handed final table or 10 levels, whichever came sooner. It was the latter that happened and that means 11 players return to The Rainbow Casino on Sunday afternoon, all of whom are lead back into battle by Chi Zhang.
Zhang has been in superb form of late and goes into the final day of this £700+£70 buy-in event as a hot favourite. On June 7, Zhang won a £300+£30 buy-in no limit Hold’em six-max event at Dusk Till Dawn for £6,250 and almost exactly a month later won the same tournament for £4,850. If he completes his unlikely hat trick in Bristol he’ll walk away with a prize that dwarves those two cashes combined, one worth £58,500.
It was Zhang who burst the money bubble in a cooler of a hand. David Milby opened the preflop betting with a raise to 10,000 with , Zhange set Milby all-in for his last 15 big blinds or so and Milby obviously called with his monster hand. That monster hand looked like a pussy cat when Zhang flipped over . A queen-high board reading wasn’t any help to Milby and he fell in 64th place, gifting the surviving 63 players at least £1,350 for their efforts.
Busting inside the payouts were the likes of Joe Grech (50th for £1,450), Ryan Spittles (45th for £1,450), start of the day chip leader Neil Van Der Merwe (43rd for £1,450), Nik Persaud (40th for £1,450), Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody (35th for £1,600), James Atkin (30th for £1,900), Kelly Saxby (26th for £2,200), David Lloyd (21st for £2,500), Deborah Worley Roberts (18th for £2,800) and Shola Akindele Deadman (12th for £3,970), the latter busting on the final hand of the night.
2015 UKIPT Bristol Main Event End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts
Zhang may be the favourite to walk away with the lion’s share of the spoils, but he’s not going to have everything his own way when play resumes because each of the 11 finalists have reached Day 3 on merit.
Pierre Tallon, Joseph Lalor, Christopher Brice, Benjamin Winsor and Hak-Mann Lee each have more than one million chips at their disposal while Brett Angell and Otto Richard are vastly experienced; Angell has been in this spot many times having won a UKIPT title previously.
Play resumes at midday and continues until only one player remains, the champion. Who will that champion be? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday morning to find out.
Lead image courtesy of Mickey May of the PokerStars Blog