Nathan Dippie Heads Unibet Open London

Nathan Dippie Heads Unibet Open London

Friday, 28 November 2014

Organisers of the Unibet Open London were promising big things this year and they're all set to deliver a guarantee buster of a Main Event after a busy opening flight.

A total of 201 players took to the felt at Aspers Casino in Stratford with Nathan Dippie (365,500) topping the chip counts at the close of play. Sixty eight other players will be joining Dippie to fight for a share of a bumper prize pool that looks like being well in excess of the €250,000 guaranteed.

Amongst the notables to prosper on day 1a were double Unibet Open finalist Tim van de Riet (202,100), Sky Poker TV pundit Ryan Spittles (181,600), Bluff Europe's own Dan Gallagher (97,400) and Kevin Williams (71,000).

Last week's WPT Nottingham winner Matas Cimbolas also remains in the hunt for another big score. He'll need to to run well though, returning as he does amongst the short stacks with just 21,900.

That limited stack puts him in better shape than the likes of Julian Thew, Lucille Cailly and former Unibet Open winners Pratik Ghatge, Dan Smith and Peter Harkes who all hit the rail on Thursday.

With a bigger field expected on day 1b, the €250,000 guarantee is set to be well and truly smashed. 315 players took part in the last Unibet Open London in 2012. That numbers look under threat too.

Unibet Open London Day 1A Leaders

Nathan Dippie UK 356,500
Johan Backfjard Sweden 271,800
Richard Pullen UK 228,700
Tim Van De Riet Netherlands 202,100
Lucas Oliver UK 186,200
Ryan Spittles UK 181,600
Haresh Thaker UK 159,000
Frank Douma 153,300
Lewis Pilkington UK 136,900
Christian Weisser Norway 135,700

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