Thursday was not only the first day of October, it was also the first of two starting flights in the PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) Isle of Man Main Event. A total of 100 unique entrants (and 11 re-entries) exchanged £400+£40 for 25,000 tournament chips and the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of former Isle of Man champions Duncan McLellan and Josh Hart, and by the time a dozen 45-minute levels were completed only 32 of those players had chips that needed bagging and tagging.
Nobody bagged up as many chips as Adrian Filiczkowski, who ended Day 1a of the UKIPT Isle of Man with a stack worth 247,600. Filiczkowski won a massive pot during Level 9 that saw him move all in on a board with the and was called by Marc Hunter and his . That hand propelled the Pole to 230,000 chips and he stayed atop the chip counts for the rest of the night.
Top 10 Day 1a Chip Counts
|Ethan Brown||United Kingdom||197,600|
|Chris Moneymaker||United States||188,700|
|Paren Arzoomanian||United Kingdom||184,100|
|Phillip Corion||United Kingdom||170,400|
|Adam Chochola||Czech Republic||159,800|
|Martin Stuart||United Kingdom||141,700|
|Rodger Reynolds||United Kingdom||138,400|
|Scott Byron||United States||113,900|
Other players who will be happy with their performance, or at least their end-of-day chip count, include Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker (188,70), Paren Arzoomanian (184,100), Phillip Corion (170,400), and Dara O’Kearney (133,500). Each of those players have got off to a great start in the Main Event and will return to the fray on Saturday afternoon for Day 2 of the tournament.
Also through to Day 2 are Daragh Davey (88,100), Senh Ung (73,900), David Lappin (33,000), Team PokerStars Sport Star Fatima Moreira de Melo (30,400), and Christin Maschmann (18,300).
One of the more well-known players who fell on Day 1a was team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano. The Italian grinder, who has cashed more times than any other player on the European Poker Tour (EPT), fell at the hands of Davey, who was the Player of the Year during UKIPT Season 4. A short-stacked Pagano was all in with what turned out to be the and was called in three spots, one of which was Davey. The three active players checked down the board and Davey’s sent Pagano to the sidelines.
Pagano can re-enter on Day 1b along with the likes of David Lloyd, Jennifer Shahade, David Clarkson, Deboarah Worley-Roberts, Kelly Saxby, Luke Staudemaier and Simon Trumper, who all fell by the wayside at various points of the day.
Should those Day 1a casualties choose to take another bite at the UKIPT Isle of Man cherry they will do so in the company of team PokerStars Pros Jake Cody and Liv Boeree, who are confirmed to start their quest for glory on Friday afternoon.
Join the PokerNews live reporting team from 12:00 p.m. UK time on Friday for all of the action from ay 1b of the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event. While you wait, take a tour of the Isle of Man: