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Ben Vinson Leads 2014 UKIPT Nottingham High Roller

Ben Vinson

Ben Vinson is the man to catch in the 2014 UKIPT High Roller at the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) club after the Day 1 of the £3,300 buy-in event. Vinson is in scintillating form and will take some stopping on Wednesday’s Day 2.

If you ever needed proof that the DTD is THE premier poker venue not only in the United Kingdom but across Europe then you only need to take a look at the calibre of player who turned out for the £300,000 guaranteed High Roller.

The guarantee was met when 101 players parted company with £3,300 of their hard-earned English pennies, players such as Rhys Jones, Ludovic Geilich, Mitchell Johnson, Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot Blain, Tim Chung, Chris Sly, Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer, the only person to have won two European Poker Tour titles Vicky Coren Mitchell, serial second place finisher Simon Deadman, Max Silver, recent EPT Grand Final runner-up Jack Salter, Everest Poker Ambassador Sam Trickett, Ben “f3nix35” Dobson and Andrew Chen.

Guess what? That extensive list of prodigious poker talent are some of the names who busted on Day 1 and will now have to focus on the £1,100 buy-in £1,000,000 guaranteed UKIPT Nottingham Main Event instead.

Thirty-five players safely navigated their way through the shark infested waters of the High Roller’s Day 1 and they were all out-chipped by the in-form Ben Vinson.

Vinson ended Day 1 with colourful ceramic betting tokens worth a combined 147,800 and that puts a 33,800 cushion between him and the man who currently occupies second place Steve Warburton.

On April 13, Vinson finished fourth in the PokerStars Sunday Million for an $80,740.80 addition to his bankroll and followed that up a couple of days later by taking down the Super Tuesday for another $108,297.00. Now that Vinson has a big stack in this live event, he has to be one of the favourites to progress to the final table and beyond.

That said, among the surviving 35 players are some extremely talented players who are definitely going to have a say in where the title of 2014 UKIPT Nottingham High Roller ends up.

Newest PKR Team Pro addition Eleanor Gudger (102,500) managed to end the day with a six-figure stack, while Dave Shallow (89,900), double World Series of Poker bracelet winner Matt Perrins (87,000), EPT Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard (77,600) and Andrew “stato_1” Hulme (63,000) are also nicely poised for an attack on the chip lead.

Dan Charlton (57,300), fresh from his $153,681 score last week, has a playable stack, while Craig McCorkell (50,800), Rick Trigg (46,400), Matt Davenport (34,500), Ian Simpson (30,100), Keith Johnson (24,700) and James Sykes (23,800) are still in contention.

2014 UKIPT Nottingham High Roller End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts

1Ben Vinson147,800
2Steven Warburton114,000
3Eleanor Gudger102,500
4David La Ronde98,000
5Marcin Kreft95,900
6Dave Shallow89,900
7Richard Kellett87,800
8Matt Perrins87,000
9Emanuele Pani82,700
10Willie Tann82,200

Day 2, the final day, of the High Roller begins at 12:00pm on Wednesday, which also happens to be the start time of the first of three Day 1s in the £1 million guaranteed Main Event. Once again the DTD will be packed to the rafters and that is great to see for anyone who is a fan of British poker.

Good look to all of the heroes and heroines competing in Nottingham today!

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