PokerStars' UK and Ireland Poker Tour is currently in Nottingham, Robin Hood's land in the heard of England. So far two of four starting days of the £1,00,000 Guaranteed Main Event are in the books. Day 1A saw 50 entries (40 players and 10 re-entries) and Day 1B 128 entries (115 players, 13 re-entries).
The latter, Day 1B, lasted for over 10 levels until the field had been narrowed down to 48 players. Amongst the survivors no one's stack could match Max Ladbroke who managed to accumulate 190,900 in chips (about 20k more than Day 1A chip leader Sunil Pancholi).
"I won a big flip with queens against ace-king," the 23 year-old politics student told the PokerStars Blog at the end of play. "I'm a terrible poker player, this is ten times bigger than the biggest event I've ever played. I'm definitely a fish on a heater," he added.
Team PokerStars Pro was represented on Day 1B by Jake Cody. Although Cody had a great start to the tournament and had 67,000 at one point, he ended up busting out shortly after losing a big pot to Simon Higgins. Cody was left with 14k after losing the big pot, and ultimately never managed to to pull off a comeback.
In total, 63 players of 178 entries are through to Day 2 so far. There's a long way to go though, given that another two starting days are in the pipeline. Check back tomorrow for another update.