Day 1b of the UKIPT Birmingham Main Event, the last ever UKIPT, saw 158 players make their way to the Genting Casino Star City and only 51 progress to Day 2. Nobody, including those competing on Day 1a, bagged up more chips than Nathan Webb who span his starting stack up to an impressive 159,200 by the close of play.
UKIPT Birmingham Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
According to the PokerStars Blog, Webb is a 35-year-old finance director from Worcester who has cashes worth $3,091 displayed on his Hendon Mob page. Should Webb continue in the same rich vein of form he found on Day 1b, he’ll be adding at least a zero to those lifetime winnings.
Webb pipped UK circuit regular Caicai Huang to the chip lead, with Huang ending her Day 1b escapades with 134,900 chips. Huang has a trio of UKIPT cashes to her name, the deepest she’s run is a seventh place finish at the 2014 UKIPT London Main Event worth £17,800.
Other players to bag up top 10 stacks include Colin Gillon (114,600), and talented youngster Louis Salter (90,900).
There were plenty of notables in the Day 1b field and several of them progressed to Day 2. Dominic Kay (80,400), Eleanor Gudger (76,200), Griffin Benger (70,100), Tim Chung (59,000), Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (57,100), Mark McCluskey (45,600), and Kelly Saxby (26,600) were just a handful of those stellar names to secure their ticket for Day 2.
Speaking of Day 2, it kicked off at midday on Saturday 8 October with the first of nine levels on the schedule. Four of those levels are 45-minutes long, with subsequent levels increasing to 60-minutes for the remainder of the tournament.
Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday 9 October to see who is still in the hunt for the UKIPT Birmingham Main Event title.