Saturday was Day 2 of the Season 5 UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event. It started with 101 players taking to their seats at the Genting Club Casino at Fountain Park, and after 10 hour-long levels all but 11 had bust.
Season 5 UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
As he did on Day 1b, Spain’s David Gomez finished at the top of the chip counts and is now in pole position for the £49,660 first place prize. Gomez goes into Sunday’s final day armed with 1,540,000 chips and is one of three players to return with seven-figure stacks.
Alex Lynskey of Australia is one of the other players with more than one million chips, 1,341,000 to be exact. Lynskey is vastly experienced thanks to his online poker exploits, and he will have a major influence over where the top prize and winner’s trophy heads.
Lynskey has been travelling around Europe with his girlfriend for a couple of months, and they both decided to enter the UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event. Amazingly, Angelina Rich has also progressed to Day 3 and done so with a healthy stack of 706,000 chips. Wouldn’t it be a fantastic spectacle if Lynskey and Rich found themselves heads-up for the title?
Another potential story brewing at the tables involved the man starting the day in ninth place with 631,000 chips. Dean Hutchison won this event in 2014 and has the chance to become the first-ever player on the UKIPT to defend their title. He may be at the wrong end of the chip counts at the start of play, but we all know anything can and does happen in poker.
This is the thoughts that Dara O’Kearney should have as he enters the final day’s action. O’Kearney is the shortest stack with 408,000 chips, yet one double-up would propel him into fifth place and from there who knows what can happen.
Each of the returning 11 players is guaranteed £4,050 thanks to the money bubble bursting on Day 2. The top 55 finishers won prize money, meaning nobody wanted to bust in 56th place and earn the unwanted title of “bubble boy.”
Someone had to burst the bubble and that someone was Ross Findlay. Benjamin Burnhill opened from early position with , and Findlay called off his last 8,000 chips from the small blind with the dominated . A final board reading meant Burnhill’s ten-kicker played, Findlay bust and any player with chips in front of them was in the money places.
The likes of Paul Otto (50th for £1,255), Dominik Nitsche (39th for £1,510), Jonathon Prested (34th for £1,510), Kyle Maguire (29th for £1,765), Andrew Teng (20th for £2,530), and Harry Lodge (11th for £3,510) were among those heading to the cashier’s desk on their way into the cold Edinburgh air.
Day 3 kicks off at midday and continues until one man, or perhaps woman has all of the chips in front of them. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to discover who the Season 5 UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event champion is.
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