The £1 million guaranteed WPT500 UK got off to a solid start on Sunday when 198 entries were taken at Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) in Nottingham. By the time 14 levels were in the bag, only 46 players had chips in front of them and nobody had more than Mark Elliott who bagged up 275,000.
Elliott is a familiar face at DTD and one who has tasted success there on numerous occasions. The bulk of Elliott's live tournament winnings came from his third place finish in the 2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Nottingham Main Event, a result that netted Elliott an impressive £35,760.
Another familiar face, and a popular one at that, finished Day 1a of the £500 buy-in event second in chips. Chin Chai Koh, affectionately known as “Chinese Frankie,” ended the night with 255,500 chips to bag up, which puts him in a superb position to make a deep run in the £1 million guaranteed tournament.
In addition to the aforementioned Elliott and Frankie, seven other players finished Day 1 with more than 200,000 chips. David Cook (254,000), Robert Smith (246,500), Kenny Badachha (236,000), Mark Buckley (232,000), Richard Norfolk (210,500), Derek Boyle (207,500) and Richard Jwanczuk (206,000) being those seven deep-stacked souls.
Also punching their Day 2 ticket were the likes of Mark McCluskey (177,000), Chun Law (156,500), Timotheos Timotheou (77,500), and Paul Coughlan (29,000).
2014 WPT500 UK Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
|2||Chin Chai Koh||255,500|
Day 1b kicks off at 1:00 p.m. on Monday and should see another substantial crowd descend on DTD. Among those hoping for a good start in Nottingham include two former Manchester United players in Lou Macari and Arthur Albiston, while Day 1a bustees such as Chris Sly, Yucel “Mad Turk” Eminoglu, Eirimas Livonas, Tamer Kamel and Ashraf “Wadey” Waheed are likely to take another bite at the cherry.