UKIPT Brighton: Day 1b begins
'Four seasons in one day' went the popular song by Crowded House. We don't know what day two and three will bring but if day 1a was autumnal, today summer has arrived in Brighton. Being beside the sea there's of course a bit of wind and we expect some big names to come breezing into the Rendezvous cardroom today. As is always the case in a tournament with two day ones, day 1b seems to attract the majority of the pros and among those hoping to be more hurricane than light gust are three members of Team PokerStars Pro; Vicky Coren, Jude Ainsworth and Julian Thew. All three took part in a Q&A prior to the start of play.
Also taking to the felt will be Mike Hill, currently in first place on the UKIPT leaderboard, hoping to catch him will be UKIPT Nottingham champion Andrew Couldridge and a smattering of UK and Ireland poker legends, chief among which will be Neil Channing and Liam Flood. Be they experienced pros, internet whiz kids or live newbies they'll all have to go some to chip up as nicely as Joe Drummy did on day 1A. The 20-year-old PokerStars qualifier from Hertfordshire was the only player to break six figures by the end of level eight. His bag was bulging under the weight of a stack of 117,500, Ben Martin on 98,500 was as close as anyone else got.
The plan for today is the same as yesterday, eight-one hour levels with a 15-minute break after every two levels. Players will start with a stack of 15,000 and blinds will be 25-50, the last level of the day will be 300-600, ante 75. Play will wrap up sometime around 9pm, by that time day seven of the WSOP Main Event will have started. Team PokerStars Pros William Thorson and Johnny Lodden and among the 78 who still remain, sadly fellow Team Pro JP Kelly busted in 111th place. PokerStars has a team of bloggers in Vegas check out their coverage here.