Mitch Johnson leads the UKIPT ME at the end of Day 1a

Cards and Chips

It took nine hours of play for 24 players to qualify for the second day of the UKIPT Main Event out of the 61 who started the day. The 6-handed play led to some intense action and the fact that prominent PokerStars pros were at the tables only amplified the fun factor. Liv Boeree was one of them but unfortunately for her, she was eliminated from the tournament in the last 5 minutes of day one. Nevertheless, she played alongside people she knows and admires and will have plenty of opportunities to win a major UK event:


Julian Thew was also eliminated from the Main Even roughly an hour before the end of Day 1A after going all in against Adam Reynolds. He was holding K-J off-suit against Adam’s nines and Reynolds was lucky enough to have his slightly better hand hold all the way to the river. Thew is widely regarded as one of the nicest poker players to have ever graced the felt and he left the UKIPT with a smile on his face.

The vast majority of those who bought in for the Main Event were UK residents and it comes as no surprise that the top ten is made exclusively of British players. In fact, the only one from beyond borders to have survived Day 1A is Tomasz Raniszewski from Poland who booked his seat at the UKIPT Main Event as a result of winning a PokerStars Qualifier. He sits in the 12th place with a healthy stack of 44,800 chips and has plenty of reasons to be optimistic ahead of Day 2.

Ben Vinson was the chip leader for a couple of hours and everything seemed to be going his way, with the poker pro winning most of the big hands he got involved in. He still fares pretty well and will return on Day 2 with the fourth largest stack, but he was leapfrogged in the last hour by Adam Reynolds, David Jones and Mitch Johnson. The Derby resident scored a big win at the expense of Kyriacos Dionysiou moments before action came to a screeching halt and he finished the day as the chip leader.


The “Greek Jack” didn’t survive this encounter with Mitchell Johnson and he won’t return for Day 2, but these ten players will and they’ll have plenty of chips to make it count:

  1. Mitchell Johnson, United Kingdom, 171,500
  2. Adam Reynolds, United Kingdom, 93,100
  3. David Jones, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 92,300
  4. Ben Vinson, United Kingdom, 82,700
  5. David Clifton-Burraway, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 75,800
  6. John Bousfield, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 66,000
  7. Tamara King, United Kingdom, 65,800
  8. Michael Howard, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 62,500
  9. Tony Salmon, United Kingdom, 54,900
  10. Philip Hepburn, United Kingdom, 53,100