PokerStars Festival London: Jules Dickerson tops Day 1B field


Dickerson finshed on top...just

Sure as night follows day then Day 1B follows Day 1A. So today it was time for the second of four starting flights in the £400,000 guaranteed PokerStars Festival London Main Event.

An earlier start time of 11am - compared to Day 1A's 2pm - led to a slightly subdued and quiet start as the players waited for the caffeine and energy drinks to kick in. By mid-afternoon, when late registration closed, the field was split into two rooms and had swelled to 164. Just a high five short of yesterday's 169.

Both Michael Koran and Luca Pagano enjoyed the chip lead during the early stages. While Pagano couldn't continue to set the pace, he's back for Day 2 with a stack of 125,700. "Rollercoaster," was how he described his day. The Italian won a big pot on the last hand of the day against Naoufel Bennani-Smires and that changed the destiny of the chip lead as Bennani-Smires's stack was knocked down to 199,000.

That knocked him into second place by the slimest of margins as Jules Dickerson had built his starting stack of 30,000 all the way up to 199,100. Eldad Bentov (194,700), William Picard (192,100) and Chun Law (176,700) were others who enjoyed a profitable day at the felt.


Pagano powered through to Day 2

Also through is John McGlynn, he was the first Spin and Go qualifier to this event, winning his seat while lying in bed no less. He had to get out of bed to play this one and he still has the opportunity to turn £50 into a serious ROI. He'll start Day 2 with 72,800. A total of 51 players advanced from Day 1B and they join the 45 players who ensured safe passage from Day 1A. You can see combined chip counts of all the survivors here.


McGlynn is spin it to win it

The Poker Gods don't discriminate though and there were plenty of fine players who had time to explore London today. Before the day's dozen levels were complete the likes of Joe Grech, Alex Goulder, Mitch Johnson, Albert Sapiano, Natalia Breviglieri, Leon Louis and Team PokerStars Pro's Aditya Agarwal had been vanquished.


Not Natalia's day

They can all hop into the turbo Day 1D flight at 10pm tomorrow night, which is only available to players who've busted a previous starting flight. Before then though we've the small - or rather large - matter of Day 1C. That gets under way at 11am and there won't be a spare seat in the house. Plenty of big names expected tomorrow, and if you're lucky you might get drawn to the same table as Stephen Hendry. We've got an interview with the seven-times World Snooker Champion coming tomorrow. If you're heading to your first live tournament tomorrow then earlier today we did a 'PokerStars Live Events 101' that'll come in handy.

But that's all from us tonight from here at PokerStars LIVE! at The Hippodrome Casino in London.


All the PokerStars Festival London schedule information is available on the PokerStars LIVE App, which is available on both Android or IOS. Also make sure to follow the @PokerStarsLive Twitter account of event information and announcements.

Nick Wright
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