Day 1B of the £550 Manchester MPNPT Main Event saw the field rise to 285, as players took full advantage of the whole-day re-entry period. Several players fought their way to Day 2 only after firing nearly a full chamber of bullets (David Lappin, for example, who ended the day with 75,000 chips) but tomorrow the business end of the tournament begins as the money (all £150,000 of it) comes into sight. A total of 43 Day 1B survivors join 17 from 1A – which is likely to make the full Day 2 field unless someone with a seriously delayed flight turns up tomorrow to take advantage of the down-to-the-wire late reg.
In pole position when the redrawn, combined field gets the cards back in the air will be Yiannis Liperis with 328,600 chips. He comfortably overtakes Day 1A’s chip leader Jari Hurri (190,600), as does Frederick Maher (317,900), Chun Hao Man (254,200) and five others (scroll down for full Day 1B chip counts).
Also heading to Day 2 is Grosvenor sponsored player Jeff Kimber (82,600) Monika “@HeyMonia” Zukowicz (124,300) and the 2015 MPNPT Dublin champion Daniel Tighe (209,100). Meanwhile, in great shape for the Last Longer King competition (the winner of which receives an MPNPT Tallinn package) is Sebastian Gruszczyński. His 188,300 chips put him in front of the remaining qualifiers who won their Main Event seats via the Betsson Group online.
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Day 1B Chip Counts