Mark Lane speeds into the lead for Day 2 of UKIPT Isle of Man
Mark Lane tonight sped away ahead of the pack and will be the leading the charge into the money tomorrow for Day 2 of the UKIPT4 Isle of Man Main Event. The Geordie barged his way through with a heaving 165,300 stack, ahead of his friend Thomas Dunwoodie (99,800), who was chip leader for much of the day. Today's 266 runners brought the total field to 379 but with the prize pool guaranteed at £500,000 there's plenty to play for.
Lane, a business owner and part-time player, has been doing rather well for himself in tournaments of late clocking up a £30,850 win last month, for instance. The next few days could be a lot more fruitful considering the £94,090 first-place payout (more on the payouts below).
Being chip leader on Day 1 is all well and good, but you're not in the money yet and there are plenty of players chasing Lane. Sam Grafton, a player with as much chat as chips, did well and finished on 127,000, an amount matched by Simon Fuller. A full chip count will be posted as soon as we can get our hands on it.
To Lane's left during bagging sat a deflated Ben Jenkins with a below average 26,100. While making Day 2 is good, that small stack also meant that Jenkins lost a prop bet that will see him don a spectacular shirt tomorrow, or so we've been told anyway. We'll point our cameras that way in the morning.
It was a day of mixed fortunes for the associated members of Team PokerStars, be it Pro, Online or SportStar. Both Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier had to bow out early. You can't win them all and it's nice that they give everyone else the chance. David Williams got stacked up and then stacked off most of his chips with six-high drawing dead. Not exactly abc poker.
Other members of the team did better with Liv Boeree not only finishing the day with a very respectable 59,400, but also showcasing her table football skills in the PokerStars Players' Lounge. She's good. Don't expect to be shown any quarter. Barry Greenstein cruised through with 53,600, Leo Margets is still in with 30,700. Fatima Moreira de Melo has a similar amount. You know what, you're probably best just checking the chip count page. There are still a heap of good players still in amongst the 161 survivors and you can check out the Day 2 seat draw here.
If you want to catch up with how Dara O'Kearney made a late surge last night to claim the Day 1A chip lead then you should click here.
Fifty-five players will be paid out with a min-cash paying £2,375.
Special coverage courtesy of Brad Willis
Brad Willis, PokerStars Head of Blogging was roaming the Isle of Man to find out exactly what goes on at the headquarters of the world's largest poker company. Not only did he clamber into the belly of the beast (well, the PokerStars Data Center) but he found out how to get a job at PokerStars and all that while managing to offend a high-octane sports star. He's been a busy boy.
PokerStars Blog reporting team at PokerStars UKIPT Isle of Man: Rick Dacey and Nick Wright. Photos by Rene Velli.