UKIPT Series 6 Day 1a – Murphy Leads

Hippodrome London

The PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour Series returned to the PokerStars Live card room at the Hippodrome in London yesterday where Day 1a of the event was played out.

There event brought in a field of 163 players for the first of two opening day flights and after 12 levels of action it was Darren Murphy that finished the day with the most chips. He bagged up a whopping 220,300 to put him 50k ahead of his closest rival Willie Tann who finished with 170,400.

Murphy and the other 47 survivors will now have a day off today whilst Day 1b plays out before returning to the action on Day 2 on Sunday.

Plenty of big names came to the felt but none were bigger than that of PokerStars Team Pro Jake Cody, though he was unable to make it through the day. Full Tilt Pro Sin Melin on the other hand did make it through with a stack of 69,300.

For those of you that follow football, the former Wimbledon player Lawrie Sanchez was also a part of the field but he like Cody could not do enough and fell near the end of Day 1a.

This event is great for those that might not have the sort of bankroll that the most successful players have and gives them the chance at winning a worthwhile title and a nice sum of money. The UKIPT Series has been designed for just that reason, in the hope that more stars can be unearthed. Those new players would then be able to make the step up to the main UKIPT events and possibly then the European Poker Tour.

We expect the field to be even larger for Day 1b, so be sure to check in with us tomorrow so that we can reveal the sort of prize pool that these players will be playing for.

The Current Top Ten

1st) Darren Murphy – 220,300

2nd) Willie Tann – 170,400

3rd) Dean Perry – 150,300

4th) Clyde Rimando – 122,900

5th) Victor Victorovich Ilyukhin – 112,100

6th) Niazi Suleman – 108,900

7th) Joel Visa Jordana – 106,800

8th) Patrick Murray – 89,900

9th) Adam Kossew – 89,000

19th) Austin Gontier – 86,100

We will return with all of the action from Day 1b tomorrow and will let you know just who has done enough to join the 48 survivors from Day 1a into Day 2.