Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
A total of 232 players ponied up the £875 buy-in to enter the second of the two starting flights in the Unibet Open London Main Event. Just 69 players, or less than one-third of the starting field, advanced to Day 2 and they will join the other 51 survivors from Day 1a's play for Day 2 on Saturday, March 5, at 12 p.m. local time to play towards the final table.
Germany's Giulio Mascolo came out of nowhere during the final minutes of the last level to take the Day 1b chip lead with 254,900 in chips. Denmark's Daniel Petersen, who was in the chip lead until the final minutes, ended the day with the second best stack of 235,000 in chips.
Petersen is no stranger to having a big stack in a Unibet Open main event, as in March 2014 he finished in sixth place in the Unibet Open Copenhagen Main Event for DKr 120,000 ($22,304) on his home soil.
Just behind Petersen on Day 1b was British poker pro Ian Simpson with 225,100 in chips. Simpson was near the chip lead right after the first cards were dealt over 12 hours ago. Simpson is one of the more successful players left in the field with over $900,000 in live tournament cashes. His biggest win came in 2013 when he shipped the PaddyPower Irish Open for €265,000 ($339,604). The previous year he took fourth place in the same event for €117,500 ($141,623).
With both opening days in the books, 120 players will hit the felt to compete for the top prize of £62,000. Back in 2010 in Budapest, the Unibet Open Main Event set a record for the most entrants with 460 players. While that record remains safe, this year's event with 418 players shattered the previous record set for a London leg. In December 2014, 399 players participated.
While Day 1b chip leader Mascolo came out of nowhere to finish the day on top of the field, he starts Day 2 in third place behind Day 1a chip leader Jan Riha (298,800) and the man who finished closest to Riha, Geir Reka Tollerud (263,500).
Play will resume on Saturday at 12 p.m. local time with blinds at 1,200/2,400 and an ante of 300. Stay tuned to PokerNews for continued live coverage.
|4||5||Kristof De Deken||53,200|
|6||1||Koen De Cooman||50,800|
|6||7||Reka Tollerud Geir||263,500|
|9||8||Erik Le Goff||242,300|
|13||4||Amtrup Sorensen Brian||109,000|
|32||7||Damien Le Goff||167,700|
|33||2||Wil Anne Wesselink||185,700|
The tournament director stopped the clock with 10 minutes to go on the day asking dealers to deal a few more hands. Currently there are 70 players left to go along with the 51 that survived yesterday's Day 1a.
Bhavin Khatri recently shared with us that his stack went down slightly after his bluff went wrong. However, it's hard for things to go wrong when you are back to getting cards again.
Khatri holding fired out a bet on a flop of which his opponent called. He fired again on the turn before overbetting all-in on the river. His opponent called all three times sending him to the rails, while Khatri got his stack back over 200,000 chips again.
Liutauras Armanavicius and Kevin Allen were just involved in an interesting pot. Both players were all-in on the flop of . Allen, who had his opponent covered, turned over for both bottom pair and a flush draw while Armanavicius turned over for a higher flush draw.
The turn came the giving the Lithuanian a higher pair. The river helped neither player. Armanavicius doubled up to 80,000 while Allen was left with around 70,000.
Bhavin Khatri has a nice stack, but it isn't as nice as it once was. Recently he had a big pot where he mucked his hand and shared with us that it was a "bluff gone wrong."
Ian Simpson seems to be always active whenever we pass his table. He told us his chip stack has been going up and down, and that he has been lately "bluffing all the time."