Oakes stays strong to claim Day 1B/1C chip lead
For the first time ever on the UKIPT two separate Day1 flights were held on the same day. It was a mammoth undertaking that started at midday when 253 players took their seats for Day 1B, and ended a little after 4.15a.m when the remaining 34 players from the 114 players that started Day 1C bagged and tagged their chips. That meant 615 players in total entered the tournament up from the 518 who played here in 2010. They've created a total prize pool of £307,500 and a first prize of £74,000. In total 81 players will get paid with a min-cash worth £750.
At close of play Michael Oakes, who amassed 167,300, leads today's field into Day 2 although he trails Day 1A chip leader Paul Nash (168,000). Not far behind is Sarah Hannan (159,900) who had a terrific last level at a tough table and took chips from Luke Marsh (83,000) and Nick Abou Risk (123,000).
For much of the day two-time UKIPT champion Abou Risk was in charge, "Running good," as he put it to us. That run good included hitting a two outer with pocket nines against Sam Grafton's pocket queens in a pot worth 90,000.
Lori Anne Lazzaro (112,400) also finished with a six figure stack, Jeff Kimber (89,300), Kevin Williams (81,600), Neil Channing (60,400) and 2010 UKIPT Manchester seventh place finisher Dan Owston (69,600) head a host of sharks well placed to push on come Day 2.
Team PokerStars Pro was out in force today and although only JP Kelly made it through to Day 2 he's well placed to make a deep run. The double WSOP bracelet winner built a stack that peaked at 93,000 but ultimately troughed to 79,700 by the end of play. Liv Boeree almost survived the perils of Day 1C but busted on the last hand on the night when her pocket nines couldn't hold up against Hasan Qureshi's A♥J♥ - an ace on the river a cruel way to exit.
There were shorter days for Vicky Coren and Jude Ainsworth who'll have to wait for Cork for another crack at a UKIPT title.
A host of star names came and failed today such is the variance of tournament poker. Amongst those who fell by the wayside during the two flights were James Keys, Jack Ellwood, two EPT champions (Jake Cody and Toby Lewis) and two UKIPT champions in the shape of Jamie Burland and Max Silver.
The remaining 177 players will all return at 3pm in an attempt to make the money and jockey for position to capture the £74,000 first prize. Full chip counts of all remaining players including Day 1A survivors will be posted overnight.
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