When Dusk Till Dawn announced their monthly £500+£60 500 Deepstack tournament was going to have a £250,000 guaranteed prize pool this month many thought the management team had lost the plot. But as usually they showed their genius because not only was the massive guarantee reached it was completely obliterated!
According to the live updates on the Blonde Poker forum 397 players passed through the doors of the Nottingham-based club throughout the day and of those 78 lost their chips and rebought, which when added to Day 1a's numbers of 143 entrants and 25 re-entries means the total attendance stands at 643 and a prize pool of £321,500! An amazing achievement from everyone.
This massive prize pool means that the first place prize will be closer to £90,000 than the estimated £75,000 so things will be very serious when play resumes this afternoon 12:00.
It was Jimmy Hunter who bagged up the most chips at the end of Day 1b and the most of any other player across the two flights, his 390,400 enough to lead the entire DTD 500 Deepstack event. Hot on his heels were Tom Walster (378,200), Richard Norfolk (271,200), Tamer Kamal (247,400) and Jareth East (235,400).
Also safely through to Day 2 from yesterday's action are the likes of Roberto Romanello (166,000), James Sykes (145,000), Maria Demetriou (122,000) whilst at the wrong end of the counts with just four big blinds each are Triple Crown Jake Cody (13,600) and James Dempsey (13,000).
The 145 who made it through will join up with the 43 from Day 1a meaning 188 players are still in with a shot of becoming the 500 Deepstack champion. Who will it be? Check in tomorrow to find out!
Day 1b Top 10 chip counts
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