Max Silver, current UKIPT Dublin Champion, took the first steps towards retaining his title by winning several substantial pots in the closing stages of Day 1B.
Taking advantage of his ace kicker on a board of quad nines to chip up his stack, Max then took out three players in two hands – with his pocket aces holding in the first, and then his A♦ K♣ taking out two players when spiking an ace on the river.
Max takes a stack of 195,600 into today´s Day 2 – almost 30 big blinds ahead of his nearest rival, Kevin Williams, and 50 BBs clear of the chasing pack.
Silver Heads a Strong International Line Up
Among the 433 players who had qualified or paid the €560.00 buy-in to compete in the UKIPT Dublin Main Event were many players with impressive histories in the PokerStars sponsored UK and Ireland Poker Tour. As well as Max Silver, dual winner Nick Abou Risk made it through to Day 2 along with UKIPT Manchester winner (2010) Joeri Zandvliet. They will be joined by PokerStars pro and EPT San Remo winner Liv Boeree, and recent winner of the Waterford Masters, Jason Tompkins. Among those whose absence will be most noted on Day 2 are Andy Black, David Vamplew, Kevin MacPhee and UKIPT Leaderboard leader, Rupinder Bedi.
Again, a Runaway Leader
As most of the moving and shaking happened towards the close of play, much of the attention throughout the early part of the proceedings focused around Paul Carr. Paul, who finished second in the Paddy Power Poker Irish Open and won the Irish Champions Challenge Cup last year, had the same sort of start to the day as was experienced by compatriot Chris O´Connor on Day 1A. Storming into a major chip lead before dinner – mostly courtesy of UKIPT Newcastle winner Richard Sinclair – Paul had built his stack up to 120,000 chips. To put this achievement into context, it was as many in six levels of play as Day 1A chip leader, Nik Kamal, had managed in an entire day of ten levels.
Unfortunately for Paul, he changed tables soon after the second wave of tables had taken their dinner, and found himself up against Jamie Flynn (who immediately helped himself to 15,000 of Paul´s chips) and Rakesh Paul Gupta, who dismantled Paul´s chip stack with some post turn betting when the table showed 2♥ Q♠ J♠ / 2♣ – Paul flashing the Q♣ as he mucked his cards – and when catching with A♣ K♣ against Paul´s pocket Jacks. The early chip leader still remains in the game, but his chip stack of 20,600 is just a shadow of its former glory.
205 Compete in Day 2
205 players survived from the two Day 1s and will take their seats when play recommences at the Ballsbridge Inn Hotel later today. They will be playing for a total prize pool of €348,230 – well in excess of the PokerStars €250,000 guarantee – with the winner collecting €83,500 and the bubble going all the way down to 90th place.
With such a large entry, there are also valuable points to be won for the UKIPT Season´s leaderboard competition, and with the top three placed players already eliminated from the UKIPT Dublin, there could well be a new leader by the time the Main Event reaches its conclusion on Monday evening.
UKIPT Dublin Chip Leaders at Start of Day 2
|1||Max Silver||195,600||11||Breifne Earley||110,100|
|2||Kevin Williams||167,800||12||Tony Baitson Jnr||108,600|
|3||David Maudlin||148,500||13||Chris O´Connor||107,800|
|4||Stuart Samuels||145,200||14||Gregory Cooke||104,000|
|5||Jason Tompkins||136,400||15||Aonghus Farrell||103,800|
|6||Rory Curtis||128,300||16||Rhys Jones||103,000|
|7||Nik Kamal||122,500||17||David Scully||102,300|
|8||Patrik Kaltrud||121,800||18||Damian Porebski||100,600|
|9||James McManus||112,600||19||Padge Barry||98,100|
|10||Gavin O´Rouke||110,200||20||Aidan Connolly||97,200|