What an amazing day Day 1f of the 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK was. A day that broke the attendance record for Dusk Till Dawn when 673 unique players bought into the £1 million guaranteed event, smashing the previous record set when PokerStars were in town for its UKIPT.
Those 673 entrants made 147 re-entries, taking the total attendance to an astonishing 820, which means reaching the lofty £1 million guarantee a formality. A total of 219 players progressed to Saturday's Day 2, but it was Richard Buck who fared the best, ending the night with 431,000 chips in his stack and giving himself a real opportunity of a massive cash haul.
There were so many notable players in the field you would be forgiven for thinking this tournament featured a much higher buy-in than the £500 it actually cost. Scotland's Gordon Huntly is usually found playing in the biggest tournaments in Europe, Asia and the World Series of Poker, but he made the journey to Nottingham and had a superb day at the felt, bagging up 397,000 at the close of play.
Iaron Lightbourne, a very talented individual, sists on Saturday with 371,500 while Chuck Clark bought in late and ran his 30,000 starting stack into an impressive 272,500.
Other notables progressing to Day 2 included Carlo Citrone (205,500), Ireland's David Tighe (154,000), Danny Blair (145,000), double UKIPT winner Duncan McLellan (143,000), Marc Inizan (116,500), Jonas Mackoff (116,500), Kevin Allen (109,000), PKR Pro Simon Hemsworth (102,000), David “Le Knave” Jones (100,500), Mitch Johnson (93,500), Rob Sherwood (78,500), Paul Vas Nunes (76,000), David Peters (53,500), Yucel “Mad Turk” Eminoglu (46,000), professional darts player Simon Whitlock (46,000), Scott O'Reilly (31,500) and Fergal Nealon (14,500).
2014 partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1f Top 10 Chip Counts
The final starting flight is slightly different to the rest with it being played to a turbo format. Day 1g kicks off at 12:00 with the official Day 2 commencing at 4:30 p.m. The turbo day is expected to hit at least 300 players and that would mean the guarantee is smashed to pieces and Day 2 will be huge!
Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday morning to find out how many players turned out and who progressed to the third and final day's play.
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