There are large sections of the poker community who dislike the re-entry formats offered by many tournaments these days, but one man who could rapidly become a fan is Simon Deadman.
You see, Deadman entered the £500 buy-in £1 million guaranteed partypoker WPT500 UK on Wednesday afternoon and promptly busted during the first level of play, telling his army of fans on Twitter that he had “Just absolutely punted it in the 1st level.”
Deadman re-entered as quickly as he'd busted and it was a case of business as usual for him as he accumulated chips throughout the 14 levels of play, ending the night with 346,500 and the title of Day 1d chip leader.
It's been a fantastic year for Deadman so far and he hopes it will get even better by the time the WPT500 UK comes to a conclusion over the weekend. Some of the highlights of Deadman's 2014 include:
- 2nd place in the Genting Poker Series Nottingham for £70,000
- 2nd place in the FPS Deauville High Roller for €87,280
- 2nd place in the Genting Poker Series Birmingham for £40,000
- 1st place in the Hollywood Poker Open for $351,097
Hot on Deadman's heels is Shaun Blackshaw who ended with 318,000 chips in his stack, while the likes of Will Barnes (213,500), Adam Latimer (197,500), Georgios Charmpilas (193,500) and Mohammadhossein “Hoss” Sharifkazemi (192,500) also had solid days at the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) felt.
Fifty-six players, from the 194 entries, progressed to Saturday's Day 2, some of the United Kingdom's most talented among them.
Nick Hicks bagged up (152,500), while veteran Willie Tann (114,000) finished with a decent stack, as did the WPT Warm-Up champion Rehman Kassam (93,500). Fresh from Barcelona, Alex Goulder finished with 66,000.
2014 partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1d Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 1e kicks off at 1:00pm on Thursday and should see one of the biggest crowds of the day head to DTD for this amazing tournament. There is a chance that numbers will be hit by the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Blackpool Main Event, but the lure of the WPT will prove too be strong, mark our words.
Lead image courtesy of the WPT Live Updates team