Ireland’s Jude Ainsworth had a fantastic day at the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) felt on Thursday, one that saw him turn his 20,000 starting stack in the 2014 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event into a tournament leading 238,600.
The DTD was full to bursting for the second of three start days in the £1 million guaranteed event as 419 players chose Day 1b to get their tournament under way. By the time the tournament director called time on proceedings – after 10 one-hour levels – only 118 of those starters had chips that needed cramming into the plastic overnight chip bag.
As mentioned, it was Ainsworth who had the welcomed problem of having to squeeze a huge number of betting tokens into his chip bag, but it could have been a very different story.
“I got jacks in against kings for 24,000 and hit a jack on the river,” explained Ainsworth to the PokerStars Blog at the close of play.
Ainsworth is a feared player online where he has amassed winnings in excess of $5.6 million and is no slouch in the live arena too, having won almost $730,000. Now that Ainsworth has chips aplenty in this monster-sized tournament, he has a legitimate chance to improve those live winnings to more than $1 million.
In second place is Richard Kellett, who chopped the High Roller with Dave Shallow earlier in the week. Kellett finished Day 1b with only 900 fewer chips than Ainsworth so has a huge stack at his disposal going into Saturday’s Day 2.
Also nicely chipped up with stacks larger than 200,000 are Germany’s Jonas Lauck (220,500) and Andros Spyrou (211,900).
Plenty of notables punched their ticket for Day 2 including Ramey Shaio (154,900), UKIPT Isle of Man winner Duncan McLellan (130,000), Team PokerStars Pro Christophe De Meulder (106,000), Richard Milner (103,500), World Poker Tour National Marbella champion Steve Watts (102,000), Steve Warburton (82,000), Andrew Chen (75,200), David “sexygee” Gent (74,800), Kevin Allen (71,100), Full Tilt Poker ambassador Dermot Blain (70,000), UKIPT London winner Robbie Bull (40,800), Dean Clay (39,900), Leo McClean (24,000), and Shaun Conning (21,600).
2014 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
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Day 1c is going to be massive and DTD supremo Rob Yong has pleaded with the players to be patient as he attempts to cater for everyone who turns up. The 450 player cap has been reached, alternates are being taken and Yong and his fantastic team will bend over backwards to accommodate every person who wants to play – but remember that they are only human and some things are out of their control.
Among the crowd of hopefuls set to play on Day 1c include Team PokerStars Pros Chris Moneymaker, Liv Boeree, and Matthias De Meulder; Team Online is expected to be well represented also. Full Tilt Poker ambassadors Martins Adeniya and Ben Jenkins are expected to take a second bite at the cherry after busting during Day 1b.
As always, UK & Ireland PokerNews will have a recap of the action for you to enjoy after play ends for the day, so tune into our pages on Saturday to find out if anyone manages to topple Ainsworth from the top of the leader board.