Antoine Labat Leads MILLIONS UK Main Event; 224 Players Remain
The £5 million guarantee of the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Main Event was hit on Day 2 after 215 more entries were processed during late registration. By the end of eight hour-long levels, only 224 players had chips requiring bagging and tagging and nobody had more chips than France’s Antoine Labat.
partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Main Event Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
|4||Ben Jones||United Kingdom||12,845,000|
|5||Luke Marsh||United Kingdom||12,370,000|
|6||Simon Higgins||United Kingdom||11,200,000|
|8||Jonathan Gray||United States||10,245,000|
|9||Tom White||United Kingdom||10,180,000|
|10||Phillip Corion||United Kingdom||10,000,000|
Labat finished the night with a welcomed problem of having to cram 15,075,000 chips into his overnight chip bag. It’s a position Labat has been in many times before, not least at the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event where he finished in ninth-place for a career-best $1 million. Labat is now on course for another deep run and possible £1 million first-place prize.
Each of the players in the top 10 have at least 10,000,000 chips at their disposal going into Day 3. Romania’s Alexandru Ciureanu is second in chips with 14,555,000 with Labat’s fellow Frenchman Guillaume Diaz in third-place with 13,840,000 chips.
A trio of British grinders in Ben Jones, Luke Marsh and Simon Higgins make up places fourth through sixth.
Also safely through to the third day’s play ere such luminaries as Tom Hall, Triple Crown winner Niall Farrell, Jonathan Proudfoot, Dominik Panka, Scott Margereson, 888poker sponsored pro Dominik Nitsche, Andy Black, Marc Macdonnell, reigning champion Maria Lampropulos, Mohsin Charania, Dara O’Kearney and Martin Jacobson.
Six members of Team partypoker also punched their Day 3 tickets. Natalia Breviglieri, Anatoly Filatov, Kristen Bicknell, Roberto Romanello and Joni Jouhkimainen are in the hunt for the seven-figure top prize, as is Patrick Leonard who sent teammate Sam Trickett to the rail on the final hand of the night.
Some 224 players return to the action from 12:00 p.m. and the money bubble looks set to burst during the first half of the day as 127 places are paid. Anyone securing a min-cash walks away with £10,300 with a final table appearance boosting this sum to £50,000. Seventh-place and above means a payout of at least £100,000 with the eventual champion receiving £1 million.
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