Simon Higgins Claims Overall 2014 WPT500 UK Chip Lead After Day 1b

Simon Higgins

The £1,000,000 guaranteed 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK continued on Monday afternoon with the second of seven start days. The cashier desk of Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) processed 115 entries while registration was open and only 30 of those managed to navigate their way through to Saturday's Day2.

Of the 30 survivors, Simon Higgins bagged up the most chips. In fact he bagged up the most chips of anyone who has entered the £500 buy-in event thus far.

Higgins is a phenomenal player and now that his has oodles of betting tokens at his disposal he is going to be a major force in this tournament. The Gainsborough pro has more than $820,000 in live tournament winnings to his name, stemming from impressive results such as a runner-up finish in the 2013 European Poker Tour London High Roller (£242,300), an 11th place finish in the 2014 EPT Grand Final €25,000 High Roller (€95,950) and a win in the partypoker WPT Merit Classic North Cyprus (€62,546) this September.

Finishing Day 1b second in chips was David Zermon who went on a huge heater late on in proceedings to end with 326,500. Zrmon is more accustomed wot playing tournaments up to £200 in the live arena, but has shelled out more than twice that to buy into this tournament and it looks to be a great decision at this stage.

Two other players finished the night with stacks exceeding 200,000. Gary Woods has 231,000 and Alain Bauer 205,000, the latter made a deep run in the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event, a run that ended in 22nd place.

Another player to keep an eye out for on Day 2 and beyond is Scott Margereson Those of you who follow our Sunday Briefing updates will be aware that Margereson is a real boss in the online poker world where he crushed under the alias “Aggro Santos.” Margereson progressed with 143,500 chips and is definitely one to be reckoned with.

2014 partypoker WPT5000 UK Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Simon Higgins330,400
2David Zermon326,500
3Gary Woods231,000
4Alain Bauer205,000
5Alan Picken159,500
6Trung Cheng Moc153,000
7Jesse Algranti146,500
8Phillip Dudley144,500
9Scott Margereson143,500
10Gary Banks123,000

Day 1b saw a number of stars, both of the poker and sports variety, take part. Former Manchester United stars Lou Macari and Arthur Albiston both failed to make it through to Day 2 but could take another shot on one of the other five starting flights. Albiston can count himself unlucky not to be still in the hunt because his {A-Spades}{J-Spades} lost to {A-Diamonds}{6-Spades} when the board ran {10-Spades}{8-Spades}{8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{K-Hearts}.

The third starting flight commences at 1:00 p.m. and should see another 100 or so players pack into DTD over the course of the afternoon. Traditionally, field sizes grow as the tournament progresses so Day 1c could well be the busiest day of the tournament so far. We will find out if that is true soon enough.

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