The second of three starting flights in the £200 buy-in partypoker World Poker Tour (WPT) National UK London Main Event took place on Friday afternoon and what a superb day of poker it was.

By the time the registration desk at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City pulled its shutter down and the last player was registered, the screens around the plush poker room read “156 Entries,” meaning 344 players have bought in over the first two starting flights, creating a prize pool that currently stands at £61,920.

Over the course of eight 30-minute levels, those 156 starters were whittled down to a more manageable 72, with James Thompson accumulating more chips than anyone else on Flight 2. Thompson had the welcomed problem of trying to fit 162,500 chips into his overnight chip bag, some 15,600 more than second placed Catalin Cesuc.

Those of you who tuned into the partypoker blog on Friday morning and read our recap of Flight 1’s action will no doubt have seen the name of Catalin Cesuc in the top 10 chip counts. Cesuc ended Flight 1 with 102,500 chips, enough for fifth place on the leader board. Cesuc took advantage of the unique accumulator format of this tournament, bought into Flight 2 and finished it with 146,900. This means Cesuc takes 249,400 chips through to Day 2 – possibly more if Cesuc enters Flight 3 and progresses.

Although Cesuc’s Day 2 stack is massive, it is still smaller than that of <b>Ivars Muiznieks</b>. Aspers informed the partypoker blog that Muiznieks, who played on Flight 1, missed a zero from his chip bag and actually accumulated 268,000 chips and not 26,800! This means Muiznieks is the overall chip leader of the tournament so far.

Partypoker WPT National UK London Main Event Flight 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

Rank Player Chips
1st James Thompson 162,500
2nd Catalin Cesuc 146,900
3rd Matas Cimbalan 119,900
4th A. Paltannala 110,400
5th Jorge Barbosa 101,100
6th Damian Turnbull 99,300
7th Arkadiusz Brzozowiec 98,400
8th Daniel Marks 93,200
9th Stuart Nash 83,300
10th Eamonn Gavin 81,000

Keep your browsers locked to the partypoker blog as we continue to bring you updates from the WPT National UK London Main Event.

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