The final start day of a major tournament is traditionally its busiest and also the one that the biggest names turn out for. Day 1c of the 2014 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event continued this tradition as 629 players crammed into the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) club, taking the total attendance to 1,223 and smashing the £1,000,000 guarantee.
It seemed that every table at the DTD had one, two or something three big-named stars, but it was the little-known Ben Miller who outshone them all to finished Day 1c as the chip leader, not only that but Miller’s 264,200 stack is enough to see him lead the tournament overall going into Saturday’s Day 2.
Miller is a 24-year old equities trader by day and keen poker player by night (thanks to the PokerStars Blog for that snippet of information). While he prefers cash games to tournaments, Miller has shown that he knows how to mix it up with the best tournament players the UK has to offer.
In addition to Miller, two other players managed to bag up over 200,000 chips as the third and final start day came to a conclusion. Jordan Cousins recently finished third in a £165 buy-in tournament at DTD for £1,400 and looks to have parlayed that prize into an UKIPT entry. Cousins finished Day 1c with 234,900 chips.
The other player in the 200,000 club is Joeri Zandvliet. The Dutchman is one of the most respected players on the UKIPT circuit thanks in part to him being a two-tme champion, having won the 2010 Manchester and 2011 Dublin Main Events. Zandvliet has now set himself up for charge towards yet another final table.
Notable survivors of Day 1c include Jonathan “peanut172” Peacock (184,000), Team PokerStars Pros Fatima Moreira De Melo (124,700) and Mattias De Meulder (57,300), Thomas Ward (80,000), Paul “paolo69” Foltyn (53,600), Martins Adeniya (51,400), Karl Mahrenholz (50,900), and the legend that is Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott (50,000).
2014 UKIPT Nottingham Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts
As registration closed for the day, the payouts were announced. A total of 183 players are to be paid with a min-cash worth £1,770 and a final table appearance at least £16,100. The winner, whoever he or she shall be, is going to find a big, fat cheque for £218,300 thrust upon them, which is the largest prize ever awarded on the UKIPT.
At 12:00 on Saturday, the 333 players who managed to navigate their way through their respective Day 1 return to the DTD to play out the official Day 2. The plan is to complete at least eight 60-minte levels, although this may change to 10 depending on how slowly the players bust out. Regardless of how long is played, the money bubble is sure to burst and that is always fun, for the neutral at least.
Return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday morning to discover who burst the bubble and who managed to accumulate the most chips and other such facts and figures.
Good luck to everyone competing today!
Lead image and data courtesy of the PokerStars Blog