March 17, 2011 14:42 ET

Poker Pros Out in Force For PokerStars UKIPT Manchester

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 17, 2011) - The PokerStars United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour is one of the most revered regional tours in world poker. Manchester's G Casino played host to the latest leg this weekend with Team PokerStars Pros Liv Boeree and JP Kelly and the talented, new breed of youngsters including Jake Cody, David Vamplew and Toby Lewis among those hoping to book a seat at the final table on Monday. 615 players met the buy in over the three opening days, creating a prize pool of £307,500. The champion would take home a £74,000 jackpot.

The opening field was whittled down to 177 players ahead of Day 2. Boeree, Vamplew, Lewis and Cody were all eliminated. Boeree looked to have secured her passage through to the next day but fell during the last hand of the session. Boeree's pocket nines were bettered by an opponent's A-J on the river. Neil Channing, who has been one of the UK's most successful live tournament players during the last ten years with over $2.5 million in winnings, fared better than Boeree and ended the day with an above average chip stack. UKIPT winner Nick Abou Risk, Sarah Hannan, Michael Oakes and Paul Nash prospered during the latter stages of Day 1C to top the leader board.

JP Kelly dominated the action on Day 2 and he put himself in contention to add a UKIPT title to his two World Series of Poker wins. The Englishman ended Mark Bointon's challenge late in the day, ensuring the remaining 80 players would take home at least a £750 share for their work in the North West. Kelly had also eliminated Abou Risk after improving his hand to a full house. PokerStars qualifier Matthew McDerra, Neil Hackman and Robert Angood led the way. 52 players would return to the felt on Day 3 where the final table of eight would be set.

Kelly enjoyed another impressive session on the felt on Sunday after doubling his chip stack during the early afternoon. Kelly eliminated Hackman with a flush and looked set to lead the field into Day 4 but lost over a million chips to Michael Fletcher during the last hour. Mateusz Warowiec pushed his own chip stack past the 2 million mark despite starting the day with only 81,000. The PokerStars qualifier doubled up several times and will lead an experienced final eight. Kevin Williams, Jon Spinks, Sam Razavi and Dan Owston were among the renowned players to head for the exit door. Owston was unlucky to run his pair of Kings into Jeff Kimber's pocket aces though Kimber was unfortunate several hands later. His pocket jacks were bettered by Michael Birt's aces. Dennis Troake was the last person to fall after departing in 9th place.

Mateusz Warowiec, Michael Fletcher, Paul Nash, Robert Angood, Matthew McDerra, Michael Birt and Owen Shiels will all reconvene in front of live television cameras on Day 5 to compete for the jackpot and a place among the UKIPT elite.

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