Sebastian Mueller managed to achieve what 104 players set out to do when they entered the World Poker Tour National Main Event on Day 1A, and that is finish the day as the chip leader. Miller turned his 25,000 chip starting stack into a most impressive 128,700.

Miller flew under the radar all day long and was surprised as anyone to discover the title of chip leader was his. According to the Hendon Mob database, Miller recently cashed in the €2,000 Bounty event at the EPT. Miller must have done something right to finish at the top of the chip counts. We will try catch up with him on Day 2 when he returns to the Aspers Casino Westfield.

Over half of the field survived

Fifty-nine of the 104 starters managed to navigate their way through to Sunday’s Day 2, including Jack Salter and his 118,200 chips. Salter finished eighth in the WPT Malta Main Event in September 2012 and more recently came fourth in the World Poker Tour National Dublin tournament. Now he has given himself the best chance of a deep finish in this London tournament.

Rounding out the top 10 places are Radosiec Morawiec (103,500), Mathew Frankland (93,900), Manuel Bevand (93,900), Ludovic Lacay (92,600), Milan Rabsz (92,300), Simon Deadman (87,500), Tudor Purice (84,900) and Mikel Johannsson (78,600).

Other notables to keep an eye out for include Manig Loeser (65,400), WPT Prague winner Marcin Wydrowski (60,300), Chris Bjorin (51,900), Karl Mahrenholz (46,300), Morten Mortensen (37,400), Marc Inizan (27,100), Jamie Burland (26,700), Gaelle Baumann (25,600), Raul Paez (23,600) and Jerome Bradpiece (11,800).

Day 1B kicks off at 14:00GMT on Saturday 16 March and should see upwards of 150 players buy-in, possibly more. Just as was the case on Day 1A, the players will complete eight 60-minute levels with a 60-mnute dinner break at the end of Level 4. This means the players will be bagging and tagging their chips at around 23:45.

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WPT National London End-of-Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts

  1. Sebastian Miller – 128,700 chips
  2. Jack Salter – 118,200
  3. Radosiec Morawiec – 103,500
  4. Mathew Frankland – 93,900
  5. Manuel Bevand – 93,900
  6. Ludovic Lacay – 92,600
  7. Milan Rabsz – 92,300
  8. Simon Deadman – 87,500
  9. Tudor Purice – 84,900
  10. Mikel Johansson – 78,600

How many runners will we get in total?

How many players do you think we will end up with in this tournament? We think 280. Higher or lower readers? Let us know in the comments below and remember to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook now!

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