Day 2 of the PokerStars UKIPT Birmingham Main Event was action-packed from start to finish, and ended with only 22 players in the hunt for the title of champion, an accolade that comes with a £35,000 cash haul. Leading those 22 players back into battle on Sunday’s Day 3 is Ludovic Geilich, a player who already knows what it feels like to become a UKIPT champion.
UKIPT Birmingham Start-of-Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts
Geilich was a relative unknown in the live poker world until he travelled to Marbella in June 2013 to compete in the €1,100 UKIPT / ESPT Marbella Main Event. There, Geilich topped a field of 763 to secure a €130,000 payday.
Since that impressive victory, everyone knows about “Ludo” and his loose-aggressive style of play. The Scotsman finished fourth in the 2013 European Poker Tour London Main Event for £193,340, took down the Genting Poker Series Newcastle Main Event in 2015 for £27,500, won a $1,600 buy-in event at the 2016 Wynn Classic for $150,662 and was the seventh-place finisher in the $25,00 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller at the 2016 World Series of Poker for $110,035; Geilich also banked more than $462,000 with a victory at the recent World Championship Of Online Poker at PokerStars.
Although Geilich will return to the Genting Casino Star City confident of adding a second UKIPT title to his CV, he is not going to have it all his own way because there are some superb players among the returnees.
David “Clarkson7” Clarkson goes into Day 3 second in chips, while Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody returns to the fray with a top five stack. Also part of the final day’s action are the likes of Timothy Chung, Adam Owen, James Rann, Ali Zihni, Neil Raine, and Dominic Kay.
Each of the 22 players still in with a chance of winning the last ever UKIPT Main Event are guaranteed at least £1,790 for their efforts thus far as the money bubble burst on Day 2. Mark McCluskey was the unfortunate soul to burst the money bubble, his ace-jack losing to the king-four of Adam Owen to be eliminated in 32nd place.
Play resumes at midday on October 9 and continues until the final UKIPT champion is crowned. Will it be Geilich who holds aloft the trophy? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to find out.