UKIPT Newcastle: Burland leads chasing pack on Day 1B
A stacked field which included one EPT winner and five UKIPT winners took to the felt for Day 1B of UKIPT Newcastle. When registration slammed shut 328 players had chosen to play Day 1B, which added to the 226 from Day 1A to create a total field of 554 and a prize pool of £277,000.
Whoever finishes top of the toon will take home £67,000 whilst a cheque for £40,400 will buy a lot of sugar to sweeten the bitter pill of a heads-up defeat. In total 72 players will make the money with a min-cash paying £750. For the entire payout structure click here.
Of the 158 who made it through Day 1B Ken Corkery is looking most likely to be hoisting a novelty cheque come Monday having bagged up 83,900, but he still finished a long way behind Day 1A chip leader Paul Jackson with some 54,900 less than his 138,800.
There was no runaway chip leader today. James Saunders (79,200) and UKIPT Brighton winner Jamie Burland (73,100) finished close to Corkery but like him they failed to break the 100,000 mark. UKIPT winner Burland was well stacked throughout the day and boosted his stack on the very last hand when he doubled through EPT winner Julian Thew with [A][Q] against Thew's pocket tens.
Of the five UKIPT winners in today's field three (including Burland) made it through to Day 2 whilst two did not. Max Silver (61,300) went on rush near the end and two-time UKIPT champion Nick Abou Risk has chips again but got as low as 10,500 before running it up to 48,300 come the end of day.
They're both well above the average stack unlike Sam Razavi who had flown all the way from Las Vegas to play. The UKIPT Cork winner was stuck in grind mode all day before busting late on whilst UKIPT Manchester winner Matthew McDerra never really got going and was sent to the rail during level six.
There are plenty of other notables still in the hunt and chasing their first ever UKIPT title. Amongst them is UKIPT host Nick Wealthall who finished on 53,000. "I ran well and that's how you get a stack on Day 1," he said. Also bagging and tagging at the end of Day 1B were Marc 'The Conv' Convey (22,100), Julian Thew (18,900 - going well until the last hand of the night), Chris Dowling (21,400) and James Browning (35,200)
And spare a thought for those who we lost along the way today who included: Keith 'The Camel' Hawkins, Phil Baker, Fintan Gavin, Paul Marrow, David O'Connor and Rupinder Bedi. The latter will have to wait until July for UKIPT Brighton to add to his record five UKIPT cashes.
A total of 252 players will return tomorrow at 2pm and they'll all be chasing Day 1A chip leader Paul Jackson who returns with 138,800.
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