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UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max Day 1C: Benjamin Rivera Finishes on Top; Mitch Johnson Leads Overall

Benjamin Rivera

The third and final starting flight in the £1,100 UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max Main Event took place on Friday and, as expected, was the busiest of the trio of start days. By the time the registration desk at the Dusk Till Dawn casino, there were some 265 players in their seats, taking the total number of entrants to 458.

The eagle-eyed among you will have no doubt realised that these 458 players have created a £458,000 prize pool between them, £42,000 short of the £500,000 guarantee. Although DTD owner Rob Yong was bitterly disappointed to miss the guarantee, it has not stopped him and the UKIPT team slapping a £1 million prize pool on May’s full ring UKIPT Nottingham festivities! You have to hand it to Yong and they team, they are certainly ambitious.

Another man with high ambitions is Benjamin Rivera, the man whose name was displayed at the top of the chip counts as Day 1C came to a close. Rivera, a Spaniard, bagged up 135,000 chips after the conclusion of eight 60-minute levels and will be up among the leaders when Day 2 begins at 12:00 noon on Saturday.

Plenty of big names managed to navigate their way through the shark infested waters of Day 1C including, Rupinder Bedi (110,000 chips), Full Tilt Poker Ambassadors Sin Melin (96,000) and Dermot Blain (37,200), Sky Poker’s Ryan Spittles (91,400), John Eames (88,000), Jon Spinks (81,600), Team PokerStars Online Mickey Petersen (47,500) and Christopher Brammer (35,900).

Day 2 starts with 191 players, of which only 71 will leave Nottingham with some prize money to show for their efforts. A min-cash in this event is worth £1,800 with a final table appearance a most impressive £20,700. The UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max champion not only earns plenty of kudos, but a nice, round £100,000 just in time for Christmas. Marvellous!

Return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday morning to discover which players have made it through to Day 3, if the money bubble burst or not and which players fell by the wayside.

UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max Main Event Day 1C Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerChips
1stBenjamin Rivera135,000
2ndRupinder Bedi110,000
3rdEmmett Mullin101,000
4thBen Mayhew100,500
5thSin Melin96,000
6thJohn Stokes91,500
7thRyan Spittles91,400
8thAllen Mclean89,000
9thJohn Eames88,000
10thAbishek Khaitan82,300

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Lead image courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.

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