Haitao “Colin” Wu, the 2009 GUKPT Champion of Champions, leads a star-studded field after Day 1a of the PokerStars sponsored UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event. Wu seems to have a love affair with Edinburgh´s Corn Exchange, having previously won the Scottish Poker Championships and the Gala Casino´s Poker Tour at the venue, and he will carry a 20,000 chip advantage over the remainder of his Day 1a adversaries into Saturday´s Day 2.
The Stars Light Up Edinburgh
A fantastic turn out heralded the start of the UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event. The 246 players who entered Day 1a included WSOP Champion Chris Moneymaker, EPT winner and UKIPT Champion of Champions David Vamplew, and UKIPT Season One Brighton champion Jamie Burland – all of whom survived in good positions. The Stars we lost included November Niner Sam Holden, Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree and UKIPT Nottingham Season 2 Champion Gareth Walker. Some chap called Jake Cody is also still going strong!
When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Shopping
73 players made it through the day, with much of the action happening late on as the blinds rose to 500/1,000 (Ante 100). A number of short-stacked players adopted shove or fold strategies to prevent delaying the inevitable until Saturday, but some just met with bad luck. Liv Boeree ran her AJ into Jake Cody’s AQ and Irish poker player Owen Robinson – who had just seen his pocket Queens busted by pocket 4s – was eliminated in the Hand of the Day.
The Hand of the Day
Robinson had just joined a table containing David Vamplew and the well-stacked Canadian Kevin Ayow when he was dealt A♣ K♣. Seeing an opportunity to regain some of the chips he had been sucked out of in the previous hand, Robinson raised from early, got called by Ayow (K♥ K♦), called by Adam Henriksson (Q♠ Q♥) raised by Jost Beifuhs (A♦ A♠) and then decided to shove all-in. Ayow and Beifuhs both called him, and Henriksson guessed that he had better save his chips for another day. A wise decision as it transpired when the K♠ arrived on the turn, eliminating the unlucky Robinson and crushing Beifuhs.
Selected UKIPT Edinburgh Chip Counts
Ayow finished the day with 80,800 chips – in eleventh position and more than 50,000 chips behind Haitao “Colin” Wu – but with luck like that, expect to see him still in contention come Sunday. Other players who may also be joining him are:-
|1||Haitao “Colin” Wu||138,500|
|4||Craig Brown||PokerStars Qualifier||103,800|
|6||Richard Callaghan||PokerStars Qualifier||100,800|
|23||Daniel Mar Palsson||PokerStars Qualifier||59,500|
|26||George Devine||PokerStars Qualifier||55,000|
|29||Annette O`Carroll||PokerStars Qualifier||51,000|
|38||Ian Bruce||PokerStars Qualifier||42,100|
Looking Ahead to Day 1B
The play recommences again today at noon, with last year´s UKIPT Edinburgh winner – Nick Abu Risk (who also won the UKIPT Galway in December)– looking to achieve back-to-back successes in the event. He will be joined by a host of other Stars from the poker world and many of the part-time players who have qualified through UKIPT satellites on PokerStars. It looks like it is going to be a fantastic weekend of poker in Edinburgh.