Stars Help Smash UKIPT Guarantee

Stars Help Smash UKIPT Guarantee

Friday, 4 October 2013

If there was any doubt that PokerStars' UKIPT tournaments are now some of the most popular live events in the world that myth was dispelled yesterday after more than 500 players anted up for Day 1B.

Combined with those who attended Day 1A that meant the overall number of runners for the £1,000+£100 event peaked at 747 which means the £500,000 guarantee was broken by £247,000.

Among the masses riffling chips inside London's Grand Connaught Rooms yesterday was a number of recognisable pros, including Liv Boeree, Dermot Blain, Julian Thew and Vladimir Geshkenbein.

Also making a rare appearance in a £1k event was PokerStars pro Barry Greenstein. Although he's usually more accustomed to $10,000 tournaments, Barry joined the party late in the day and after grinding until the lights went down he'd managed to scoop 162,000 chips.

That haul was enough to put Barry amongst the day's chip leaders, including the overall leader Dario Sammartino who raked in a stack of 265,400.

Day 2 kicks off later today and when the players retake their seats they'll learn that the top prize on offer this year is an impressive £136,875.

The chip leaders heading into day 2 are as follows:
Dario Sammartino Italy 265400
Richard Trigg United Kingdom 226100
Adrian Demusca Romania 209000
Dimitar Danchev Bulgaria 197800
Antonin Duda Czech Republic 195500
Jack Salter United Kingdom 181500
Mathew Perry United Kingdom 179300
Georgios Kapalas Greece 168300
Tom Langley United Kingdom 166000
Charlie Combes United Kingdom 163800
Barry Greenstein United States 162000

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Tags: UKIPT London, Dario Sammartino, Vicky Coren, Barry Greenstein