Billy Elliot, the story of a talented young boy who is torn between his love for dancing and the disintegration of his family, was a smash hit back in 2000. Fourteen years on and a man bearing a striking similar name – William Elliot – has the chance to dance his way to victory and create his own great story, one of him turning £1,100 into £218,300.
Elliot is in the welcomed position of being chip leader as the 2014 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event final table starts, his 5,625,000 stack is worth almost 1.3 million more than his nearest rival, giving him a realistic shot at the potentially life-changing first place prize.
This is Elliot’s sixth cash on the UKIPT circuit and it is guaranteed to be not only his largest cash on the tour, but a career-best too as Elliot has locked up at least £20,800 for his efforts at Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) and is only seven eliminations away from heading back across the Scottish border with £218,300 stuffed into his suitcase.
Should Elliot go all the way and conquer the final table, he would climb into the top 10 of the Scottish all-time money listing where he would see his name alongside greats such as Mark McCluskey, Richard Milne, Fraser MacIntyre, Gordon Huntly, Niall Farrell and David Vamplew.
Standing, or should that be sitting, between Elliot and the UKIPT Nottingham trophy are seven players who have progressed to the final table on merit and who will be doing everything in their power to dash Elliot’s dreams.
Juan Benito began the penultimate day as the chip leader and used his big stack to his advantage throughout proceedings. Benito is hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow Spaniard Sergio Aido and secure a huge payout on the UKIPT. His 4,385,000 chips should help Benito realise that goal.
Three of the other finalists have been in this position plenty of times and will use their experience to climb up the pay ladder and towards a six-figure score.
Duncan McLellan has become a permanent fixture on the UKIPT since he took down the inaugural Isle of Man Main Event, while Ramey Shaio has a number of impressive results on his CV including a third place finish in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed event at the 2012 World Series of Poker and a runner-up finish at the Genting Poker Series London Main Event during the same year.
If I had to place my own money on the outcome of the final table I’d be putting my hard-earned cash on a certain Ryan Spittles. The man who see sporting the colours of Sky Poker is due a massive score and what better time to bink one than a couple of weeks before the 2014 WSOP. Spittles starts the finale with 3,305,000 colourful ceramic discs at his disposal.
Rounding out the final table but certainly not only there to make the numbers up are Trevor Pearson, Anthony Flynn, and Angelo Milioto.
2014 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event Final Table
Play resumes at 2:00pm and the action should be fast and furious from the word go. Will Elliot dance his way to victory or will Spittles use his “one time” and trip up and push aside all who stand before him? Find out right here on UK & Ireland PokerNews.
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