Jonathon Prested Takes Day 1A Lead at UKIPT Bristol

Jonathon Prested Takes Day 1A Lead at UKIPT BristolNewcastle online grinder Jonathon “whollyflush” Prested holds a significant chip advantage over the field after Day 1A of the UKIPT Bristol Main Event.

Prested – who admitted earlier this year that he was “not a massive fan of live poker” and “a mediocre MTT player at best”- finished the day with a chip stack of 121,300 chips; almost double his nearest rivals – Slovakian Michael Danko (69,600 chips) and Ireland´s Kevin Killeen (67,800) – as 109 of 235 players made it through to Saturday´s Day 2 at the Gala Harbourside Casino in Bristol.

Among those who will join Prested on Saturday are three players from Wednesday´s UKIPT Online Final Table – Chris Moorman, David Lenz and Ben Jenkins – although Chris Moorman will have to produce a minor miracle to make it through to Day 3, as he finished Day 1A with a chip stack of 9,600 chips. A fourth UKIPT Online Final Tabler – Daniel Smyth would have joined them had his A♠ 10 not run into the pocket sevens of Thomas Ward on the final hand of the day.

Others who will not be returning to the Main Event include Sam Holden, Jon Spinks and Roberto Romanello – who was eliminated in two hands before the end of Level 2 after his pocket Kings were busted by a player with trip Eights and then got all his chips in the middle with top pair and possible flush draw against a player who hit a set of Queens on the Turn. Romanello sadly (for him) did not bink the flush on the river.

Selected UKIPT Day 1A Chip Counts

# Player Country Chip Count
1 Jonathon Prested United Kingdom 121,300
2 Michael Danko Slovakia 69600
3 Kevin Killeen Ireland 67800
4 Andrew Laurie United Kingdom 67300
5 Daniel Carter United Kingdom 61900
6 Paul McTaggart United Kingdom 59000
7 Karen Arthur United Kingdom 58800
8 Witold Nosko United Kingdom 58500
9 Adam Forsyth United Kingdom 58200
10 Adrian Kemp United Kingdom 57600
11 Sam Grafton United Kingdom 56800
18 Nik Persaud United Kingdom 46800
20 Deborah Worley-Roberts USA 45600
25 Rajesh Verma United Kingdom 42000
27 Kevin Williams United Kingdom 41200
37 Benjamin Jenkins United Kingdom 36400
90 David Lenz Germany 16200

Looking Ahead to UKIPT Bristol Day 1B

Despite an unfortunate conflict with the GUKPT Main Event up in Blackpool, organisers of the UKIPT in Bristol are anticipating a sell-out for Day 1B of the Main Event. PokerStars pros Liv Boeree, Vicky Coren, Christophe De Meulder and Mickey Petersen have already registered for the event, and we are also expecting UKIPT Online Main Event winner Wojtek Barzantny start his attempt to become the first ever winner of back-to-back UKIPT Main Events.