When Luigi Viscomi turned his 30,000 starting stack into 522,000 chips on Day 1 we said that nobody would match that impressive total on any other 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK starting flight. We were almost made to eat our words on Day 1e as Dahe Liu surged up the leader board and finished with the welcomed problem of having to cram 408,500 chips into the overnight chip bag.
According to the Hendon Mob database, Liu has $60,195 in live tournament winnings, stemming from 16 cashes. The most impressive of those in-the-money finishes weigh in at £7,670 and £9,500, the latter Liu's reward for a sixth place finish in the Manchester leg of the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT). By the time this £1 million guaranteed event is done and dusted, Liu could be bragging of a far more substantial score.
With a total of 374 entries processed on Day 1e there were bound to be a larger number of big stacks simply because of the increased number of players. Indeed, this was true, with three players (in addition to Liu) finishing the night with more than 300,000 chips and nine others ending with 200,000 or more.
Nick Holbrook's 388,000 gives him a solid platform to work from on Saturday's Day2, while the likes of Simon Brooks (356,000), Daniel Ward (324,000) and Darren Jarvis have done their chances of WPT glory no harm at all.
Day 1e was crammed with top poker talent and plenty of that talent filtered through to the next stage. Such luminaries as Thomas High (249,000), Charles Chattha (247,000), Steve Watts (216,500), Ronan Gilligan (208,000), PKR's Eleanor Gudger (206,000), Gareth Walker (171,500), Ali Mallu (157,500), Jon Spinks (141,500), Billy Chattaway (138,500), Michael Kane (89,000), Paul Romain (72,500), Tommy Bingham (64,500), Shola Akindele (56,000), were among the 95 surviving players.
Some of poker's big names failed to progress on Day 1e including Ludovic Geilich, WPT Champions Club member James Dempsey, Kevin Allen, Ben Warrington and American superstar David Peters. All three should be back in action on Friday's Day 1f.
2014 partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1e Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 1f looks set to be massive, with word around the camp fire suggest a crowd in excess of 700 descending on Dusk Till Dawn. Among them with be all of the big names who crashed out on Day 1e, plus “The Flying Dutchman” Marcel Luske, poker legend Mike Sexton and darts' Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson. It looks set to be a superb day of poker in Nottingham.
Lead image courtesy of the WPT live updates team