A chip lead tends to be handed around between players like a hot potato. It can only be held for so long before macho posturing gives in to the heat and a player is forced to toss it on, quickly blowing on their fingers in an attempt to ease the pain. We’ve had one hell of a fiery spud here at UKIPT Brighton with at least ten players trying and failing to hold on to that chip lead today. The player looking to prove he’s got asbestos fingers overnight is Jaroslav Horak who takes 1,649,000 through to Day 3 with just 11 players left.
Day 1 chip leader Chris O’Donnell, Rod Albright, Darren Wright, UKIPT serial casher Rupinder Bedi, David Trigg, Richard Hasancebi, Rudi Johnsen, Alex Ferguson, Sinem Melin and, of course, Jaroslav Horak all held the lead for a good length of time over the 11 one-hour levels that saw 169 players reduced down to 11.
Of the ten, the heat proved too much for three of them. Wright blew up and three-barrel bluffed 160,000 into Rupinder Bedi at 1,200-2,400 blind level and finished in 65th (£825) with time to ponder what could have been if he’d been able to find the snooze button. Bedi, ‘Buckaroo’ as we’ve dubbed him, was the only other notable chip leader to have been sent to the rail before the close of play. There was no blow up for Bedi here in Brighton, just a huge 700,000 flip against Alex Ferguson to depart in 33rd (£1,200). Albright went out moments later in 32nd (£1,200), another victim of a coin toss gone bad. The other five are still in and ready to go tomorrow.
Scotsman Ferguson grabbed the chip lead in the most explosive of manners, winning that huge flip against Bedi in a battle of the blinds just a couple of hands after doubling through O’Donnell with ace-jack over ace-king. The catch of the jack didn’t seem a surprise, there was little that would keep the irrepressible Ferguson down; he’d convinced a number of other players to join him in dancing on their chairs every time the techno break music was played.
Other players lost today include Jen Mason (35th), James Browning (47th), Dimps Maker (66th), Paul Keighley (76th) and Richie Lawlor (16th), his third cash this season after Cork and Edinburgh. To see the full list click here. Play starts again at 2pm tomorrow. It doesn’t seem far away.
Seat one: Richard Hasancebi, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 1,009,000
Seat two: Sinem Melin, United Kingdom, 832,000
Seat three: Andrew Miles, United Kingdom, 415,000
Seat four: Christopher O’Donnell, United Kingdom, 465,000
Seat five: David Trigg, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 1,027,000
Seat six: Neil Barron, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 637,000
Seat one: Rudi Johnsen, Norway, PokerStars Qualifier, 889,000
Seat two: David Rudling-Smith, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player, 305,000
Seat three: Alex Ferguson, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,000,000
Seat four: Jaroslav Horak, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,649,000
Seat five: Jeff Duvall, 597,000
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