UKIPT Dublin, S3: Champion performance tops Day 1A of UKIPT Dublin
It's not quite an aptronym, where your name suits your job*, but it's not far off. William Champion leads the Day 1A field with 129,700. The fast talking 46-year-old father of four got chipped up in a big pot where he turned top set against Barny Boatman and got paid on all three streets. That set him up for a rollicking performance which rolled the beaming Northern Irishman up the chip counts into the lead. Those chasing him are Paul McCaffrey (112,000), Marc McDonnell (106,600), Michael Farrelly (90,400) and Graeme Crozier (86,900).
Champion, a data storage engineer by day, classes himself as a poker enthusiast who has thrown himself into the game, partly in thanks to working in Paris where he plays live tournaments four or five nights a week. Between that and all the strategy reading something seems to be paying off: he is well above the 32,802 chip average of the 91 players that made through Day 1A. A total of 199 entered today, we should see that many and more tomorrow.
*Think Bill Hammer for a blacksmith or Angela Spam for a marketing executive.
The big stacks at the top may not be names that you'd recognise but that's certainly not to say that plenty of known faces didn't turn up to play today. Notable players that made it through include Sam Razavi (20,800), Robert Csire (12,700), Richard Haile (20,400), David O'Connor (10,500), Max Silver (21,100), Jason Tompkins (34,100) and Dara O'Kearney (20,700). To see all the players that made it through click through to our chip count page.
Plenty of others bust including two-time UKIPT winner Nick Abou Risk who was the second player out, much to the relief of the rest of the field, after running kings into aces, while plenty of the old guard ultimately met the same fate. Surinder Sunar ($4,588,736 in live winnings) and the Boatman brothers (a combined $3,994,819) both failed to make Day 2 but as Barny said: "You don't win anything for making Day 2." But neither do you make anything for busting Day 1.
Rob Yong, owner of the Dusk Till Dawn poker club, fell in the penultimate level of the day five-bet jamming close to 20,000 into Bruce Jones who made the call with pocket queens. Yong held five-nine offsuit. His club's poker director, Simon Trumper, will not be in Day 2's chip counts either. Jones finished the day with 73,000.
Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth had an up and down day, some of the former but unfortunately ending on the latter thanks to the last season's leader board champion Sam Razavi. It wasn't the most straightforward of days for Razavi either who seemed to bemoan suck out after suck out before turning the corner and finishing the day a little below average. Ainsworth will have to console himself with the thought of winning his second SCOOP $10,300 main event this weekend. We caught up with Ainsworth which you could read about by clicking on this link and scrolling to 3.05pm: Catching up with Ainsworth.
Day 1B starts at 12 noon tomorrow and we expect to see a larger field than today. Join us for all the fun and frolics.
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