Yesterday was Day 1b of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event and by the time registration had drawn to a close there were a staggering 2,114 players who were prepared to pay $10,000 for a shot at becoming a WSOP Main Event champion.
With such a huge field it should come as no surprise that there were a whole host of UK & Ireland players to keep an eye on, in fact there were 74 of our boys and girls according to the entry lists supplied by the WSOP and of those 53 made it through to their respective Day 2.
UK & Ireland poker players from Day 1b of the WSOP Main Event
|Priyan de Mel||72,525|
|Roland De Wolfe||Busted|
As you can see from the rather large table above the best placed of all our players was Nelius Foley of Ireland who managed to bag up an impressive 146,875 chips at the close of play; enough to place him seventh from all the surviving players of Day 1b!
A quick check of his Hendon Mob page reveals he only has three cashes to his name totalling $14,971 so it is safe to assume that he won his seat to “The Big Dance,” and also safe to think he had the time of his life at the felt yesterday. With his huge stack he will certainly be one to watch out for but there is a long, long way to go in this amazing poker tournament.
Also flying high is Rhys Jones who was spotted sporting the patches of our friends over at Main Event Travel. Jones' first job when he sits down for Day 2b will be un-bag and re-stack 116,950 chips; a haul the Hampshire-based pro will be more than pleased with.
Other notable high flyers from the UK & Ireland include Hendon Mobster Barny Boatman (98,200), Nicholas Farnborough (92,025), Craig McCorkell (91,175), Sunil Mistri (89,625), Richard Trigg (77,125), Priyan de Mel (72,525), James Dempsey (65,500).
For a full insight into what went down during Day 1b of the WSOP Main Event be sure to check out the official Live Reporting pages.