Leon Louis Makes a Bright Start to UKIPT Edinburgh

Leon Louis Makes a Bright Start to UKIPT EdinburghA good field turned out for Day 1A of the UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event and, after eight levels of action, Leon “FlippetyFlop” Louis is the current chip leader.

Yesterday saw the resumption of the PokerStars-sponsored United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour, as 116 players braved the January weather in Edinburgh and ponied up the £1,100 buy-in for the UKIPT £500,000 guaranteed Main Event.

Players such as Max Silver and Jake Cody received a warm welcome after cashing in the primary events of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure; but there were no favours shown at the tables for the two most famous players to show their faces yesterday – and both were sent to the rail before the half-way stage of the opening day.

Louis Pips Ward to Lead UKIPT Main Event

As players continued to fall, a distinctly international feel developed in the Assembly Room venue, and Lithuanian player Vytenis Salickas took the chip lead ahead of Germany´s Patrick Weifels during Level 5 after rivering Paul Davies Full House > Full House.

However, the home contingent woke up as the blinds continued to increase and, going into the final level of the day, local player Brian Tannerhill was on top of the chip counts. Unfortunately Tannerhill failed to bluff Tomasz Raniszewski out of a 10,000 chip pot just before the close of play, and he bagged and tagged 95,900 chips to finish Day 1A of the UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event in fourth place.

Thereafter, it looked as if Thomas Ward would end the night as chip leader after his pocket Aces improved to a Full House to bust Phil Baker but, when the chips were counted at the end of Level 8, Leon Louis had edged him out courtesy of a massive hand against Ian LeBruce in which Louis´ pocket Kings held against LeBruce´s Ace-Jack after a Jack-high flop.

# UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event Chips
1 Leon Louis 122,700
2 Thomas Ward 119,000
3 Patrick Weifels 98,500
4 Brian Tannerhill 95,900
5 Nicos Nicolaou 95,600
6 Ben Jenkins 88,500
7 Jonathan Lundy 83,300
8 Sven Wendt 80,600
9 Gary Gracey 72,900
10 Lewis Barber 68,500


Looking Ahead to Today´s Action

Today sees the second opening flight (Day 1B) of the UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event, and organisers will be hoping that at least 384 players walk through the doors of the Assembly Rooms in order to avoid the embarrassment of an overlay

Several big names are scheduled to join the online qualifiers and UKIPT regulars today, including Liv Boeree and Dale Philip – who have just flown back from the Bahamas after enjoying success at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Vicky Coren-Mitchell will also be representing Team PokerStars (having travelled all the way from Belsize Park) and Rob Yong has donned his bus driver´s cap to bring a coach load of Dusk till Dawn qualifiers up from Nottingham.

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