While Newcastle United fans were staging a protest at St. James’ Park, where they walked out en masse at the 69th minute of their team’s match with Cardiff City, there was another mass exodus at the Aspers Newcastle where 130 players were reduced to only 16 over the course of eight hours of intense poker action.
When the dust had settled, the tournament area rid of Newcastle Brown Ale bottles and dozens of empty cans of energy drinks, it was Darren Mapley whose name was displayed on the television screens around the casino as the man who bagged up the most chips.
Mapley is one of two players to sit down on Day 3 with a seven-figure stack. The shaven-headed player starts the final day with 1,367,000 chips at his disposal and has to be one of the favourites to reach the final table and even go all the way and win this prestigious event.
He is already guaranteed to beat his best finish in the partypoker WPT National UK because he finished 18th in the recent London leg.
The other millionaire in the field is Mark Harding, a man who certainly knows his way around the poker table. In 2012, Harding finished second in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Goliath for a cool £22,340 and more recently he danced his way to a ninth place finish in the GUKPT Manchester Main Event for a £4,000 score.
2014 partypoker WPT National UK Newcastle Day 3 Chip Counts
|4||James Arthur Brady||802,000|
When play resumes on Sunday afternoon it will do so with the players guaranteed an £885 return on their investment. Once the nine-handed final table is reached that prize money increases to £1,740 and the eventual champion walks away with bragging rights and a bankroll-boosting £17,500. Nice.
Data and lead image courtesy of the partypoker Blog