The final two starting flights of the 2015 partypoker World Poker Tour National London £200 No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator at Aspers Casino took place on Friday, a couple more big fields were out to play. On Day 1b, 177 entries were added to the mix, and then Day 1c's field grew to 224 entries. All told, the field size for this event swelled to 594 entries and a prize pool of £106,920 was generated.
At the end of all the starting-flight carnage, the UK's Stuart Hulston was the man atop the leaderboard. He bagged up a combined 181,000 in chips, and will be trailed by Lithuania's Matas Cimbolas with 169,200. Rounding out the top five overall are Aziz Kara (142,100), Kevin Allen (130,200), and Anthony Mitchell (124,200).
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Another notable face to advance to Day 2 was WPT Champions Club member and host of the tour's Raw Deal TV segment, Tony Dunst. Dunst was eliminated at the end of Day 1c, but thanks to bagging up 74,500 in chips on Day 1b, he's still very much alive going forward.
Other big stacks advancing to Day 2, which will begin at 1 p.m. UK time on Saturday, include Zagon Calin (121,200), Peteris Berzins (113,200), Ali Zihni (102,400), and Laurence Essa (94,100). Surinder Sunar (90,200), Tristan Chaplin (73,500), WPT500 Nottingham runner-up Matthew Noonan (70,400), Aleksandar Spadijer (58,700), and Tamer Kamel (55,900) will return with above-average stacks as well.
Sinem Melin, Steven Watts, and James Dempsey played on both Day 1b and 1c, but all of them couldn't bag up any chips. James Akenhead (40,200) and former WPTN London champion Gabriel Tuna (29,200) are below average, but they'll still be returning nonetheless.
The second tournament day is scheduled to host 12 levels of 40 minutes each or until the last 16 players has been reached, whichever of the two comes first. The payouts have not been published yet, but will become available before the start of Day 2. The same also applies for the redraw of the remaining 205 players.
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