With the October Nine set, attention has now turned from Vegas to Nottingham where the Black Belt Live bus will be making its next stop.
This August 10-12, the Nottingham Live will be returning to Dusk Till Dawn for another week of fun and frolics including Belt bonuses and pro bounties. In keeping with WSOP fever, two former bracelet winners have now been confirmed for Nottingham Live II and will be playing the event with a giant target etched onto their foreheads as bounties.
With a near four million in live tournament winnings, Marty Smyth is Ireland's second biggest winner of all time, and is considered to be one of Europe's best Omaha players. In 2007, he preceded Neil Channing as the Irish Open Champion, before winning the World Open just one year later. Then, in the summer of 2008, he captured his first bracelet when he won the $10,000 PLO Championship for a hefty $859,549. Marty's greatest achievement, however, is surely his back-to-back final tables in the Poker Million, where he came second to Joe Beevers in 2007, before going one better 12 months later for a cool $1,000,000.
The second bracelet winner to take his seat in Nottingham will be Black Belt Poker sponsored pro Richard Ashby. Richard adorned his wrist in 2010 when he took down the title and $140,467 first prize in the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud event, only to add a further $378,027 to the kitty less than a fortnight later for his second place finish in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship.
Meanwhile, he established a formidable reputation at high stakes Omaha, and has won millions of dollars playing in some of the biggest games available, against some of the world's best players such as Phil Ivey, Tom 'durrrr' Dwan, and Ilhari 'Ziigmund' Sahamies. Now his eyes are firmly fixed on Nottingham Live, and improving on his finish at the inaugural East End Live where he placed fifth for $3,400, plus $680 for being a Black Belt.
Marty and Richard bring the list of announced bounties up to five after we announced that all three Black Belt Live winners - Sonny Pomroy, Peter Wigglesworth, and defending Champion Stuart Hyson - would be vying to become the first two-time winner.
If you would like to join them in Nottingham, then registration is available now exclusively via the Black Belt Poker cardroom. The Main Event is a $200+20 No Limit Hold'em Freezeout with a $75,000 guaranteed prize pool. And remember, if you make Orange Belt before August 1, then you will receive a juicy $100 for eliminating a bounty, as well as 10% added to any winnings. It's value that's too good to ignore.