Day 1b of the £1,100 buy-in UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max Main Event took place at the excellent Dusk Till Dawn casino on Thursday and saw a much larger crowd of 132 players take to their seats, taking the total number of entrants to 193. This means that unless 307 players turn out on Day 1c, the £500,000 guarantee will not be met and those who have bought in will enjoy a nice overlay, which is something of a rarity on the UKIPT circuit.
One man who bought in on Day 1b and could benefit from such an overlay is David Price, a 32-year old from Essex who ended with 156,600 chips to top the second starting flight’s chip counts. Like Mitch Johnson did on the previous day, Price won a big pot towards the close of play to soar to the top of the chip counts. Price added over 70,000 chips to his stack when his beat a pair of jacks in a four-bet pot.
Joining Price at the right end of the Day 1b chip counts were Lithuania’s Viktor Leonov who cashed in the 2012 UKIPT Newcastle Main Event (116,200 chips), the extremely talented Jack Ellwood (114,200), Mark Kirkpatrick (112,800) Paul “xxCelticxx” Febers (111,000) and Thomas Barrett (107,400).
Barrett deserves a special mention because he won his seat to this £1,100 buy-in event via a promotion at Dusk Till Dawn, binking a seat in a freeroll. Should he cash, or even do the unthinkable and win, Barrett’s ROI would be immense having turned frequent player points into a nice Christmas bonus. We will follow his progress throughout the tournament.
Day 1b was the starting day of choice for some of the country’s best poker talent and plenty of those stars made it through to Saturday’s Day 2. Leeds’ James Sykes (96,900), two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Matt Perrins (92,700, Chris Sly (66,400), UKIPT Marbella champion Ludovic Geilich (60,300), “Lil” David Nicholson (50,700), Simon Deadman (49,600), Ben Spraggons (49,200), Scott Shelley (45,800), the legendary David “Devilfish” Ulliott (44,000) and UKIPT London winner Robbie Bull (19,100) a few of the stellar names to progress in this tournament.
The third and final start day starts at 12:00 noon, with late registration closing at 4:30 p.m. DTD supremo Rob Yong has promised that anyone buying in before that time is guaranteed a seat and that he is prepared to deal some of the tables himself should the need arise.
UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
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