The penultimate starting flight of Season 5’s UKIPT Nottingham Main Event was bar far the busiest thanks to a total of 265 players piling into the Dusk Till Dawn poker room and then purchasing 26 re-entries between them, taking the day’s attendance to 291 and the overall figure to 469. The mathematicians among you will have worked out this means 531 entries are needed on Friday’s Day 1d to avoid overlaying on the £1 million guarantee.
One man who won’t be competing on Day 1d is Alex Harriman because he bulldozed his way to the Day 1c chip lead and now returns to DTD on Saturday’s Day 2.
Harriman’s 205,900 chips were more than any of the 109 surviving Day 1c players and is enough to claim the overall chip lead with one flight remaining. According to the PokerStars Blog, Harriman is a 24-year old recruitment headhunter who has been playing poker for four years, but only recently switched to tournaments.
Northern Ireland’s John Keown also had a profitable day at the DTD felt, finishing with 155,800 chips. Keown has four UKIPT Main Event cashes and we wouldn’t be betting against him adding a fifth by the time the money is dished out in Nottingham.
Others who progressed to Day 2 from the star-studded Day 1c field include Ireland’s Chris Dowling (137,600) and Rory Brown (133,700), Christopher Vernon (117,700), Marc MacDonnell (93,000), American grinder Jason Wheeler (92,000), Matas Cimbolas (85,200), Sergio Aido (85,200), Ben Dobson (85,100), Paul Zimbler (79,900), Lynne Beaumont (68,100), Kevin Allen (66,100), Bryn Kenney (60,000), Jeff Kimber (52,200), Tom Middleton (36,500), James Atkin (32,400), Paul Vas Nunes (32,000), and 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Felix Stephensen (18,200).
UKIPT Season 5 Nottingham Main Event Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts
In addition to Day 1d of the Main Event taking place on Friday, there is also Day 1a of the £330 buy-in Notts Cup, a tournament that is sure to attract a ton of players. We’d suggest getting to DTD as early as possible because there will be queues, but we know from experience that the excellent DTD staff will try and sit everyone as quickly as humanly possible.
Lead image courtesy of the excellent Mickey May