The UK’s first major poker event of the year, the UKIPT Edinburgh, has gotten underway.
Both of the event’s starting flights have taken place, with a total of 427 players having taken to the felt. David Vamplew will go into Day 2 as the chip leader with 146,200 chips to his name.
It was quite a change from the middle of Day 1b as the Scot’s stack was as low as 14,000 at one stage of the day. However, Vamplew won a few big hands to boost his stack and he eventually took the chip lead before the end of the second and last starting flight.
He will certainly have some competition in the remaining days of the event as 201 other players also made the cut to Day 2. It will be little surprise if Vamplew stays atop the chip ladder for some time, though, given his tremendous amount of experience in top tier poker events.
While a WSOP gold bracelet currently eludes Vamplew, he came extremely close to winning not one, but two of them, in 2013. He came second in two events during last year’s WSOP, winning cash prizes of over $750,000 combined.
Vamplew also took out the EPT London Main Event in 2010 and won over $1.4 million in the process. Such experience has shown in Vamplew’s play at the UKIPT Edinburgh thus far, and is likely to continue in the coming days of the event.
Despite being the chip leader, Vamplew is not the only player who will begin Day 2 with a big stack. Leon Louis will start the day in second place with a stack with 122,700, which is slightly more than Graham Carter, who will enter Day 2 with 120,500 chips.
In total, seven players ended both Day 1’s with six figure chip stacks. Six of those players are UK residents. The other player is Milan Šašek, who hails from the Czech Republic and will enter the second day of the event with 112,700 chips.
The prize pool for the UKIPT Edinburgh was released during Day 1b and the top 63 players in the event will be in the money. The lowest any player who cashes will stand to earn is £2,060 (around US$3,380), while the top 13 players will win cash prizes of at least five figures (in US dollars).
Whoever ends up winning the event stands to take home £93,900 (around US$154,185), an amount that should motivate the remaining players to keep up their ‘A’ game.
Day 2 of the UKIPT Edinburgh is set to be played later today in the Scottish city. As always, we at PokerUpdate will keep readers up to date on the event as it progresses over the coming days.