Only 37 players remain in the Season 5 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event and if things weren’t already deadly serious before they certainly are now. Each of the returning players are guaranteed at least £3,760 for their effort thus far, but with a massive £182,000 awaiting the eventual champion none of them want to collect that sum.
In pole position going into Day 3 is David Clarkson courtesy of his impressive 1,715,000 chips. Many of those chips used to belong to the now busted double Sunday Million champion Rob Tinnion.
As the clocks around Dusk Till Dawn displayed 10:25 p.m., Tinnion raised preflop with and then called a three-bet from Clarkson who held the . Tinnion then check-raised on a flop, before pushing all-in on the arrival of the on the turn. Clarkson called with his flopped flush, which held when the completed the board. Tinnion busted in 60th place and Clarkson soared to the top of the chip counts.
The bubble had burst some five hours previously so at least Tinnion collected some prize money, which is more than Chuck Khuu can say as he was the unfortunate soul who burst the money bubble. Ben Longstaff opened to 11,000 and Alexander Beck flat-called. Khuu then three-bet all-in for 111,000 and only Longstaff called.
Khuu turned over and was way behind the . The gae Khuu a plethora of outs, yet he somehow missed the lot as the turn and river came and to send him to the rail with nothing but memories to show for his UKIPT Nottingham adventure.
The DTD cashiers were busy processing payouts of Tim Davie (140th for £1,820), Daiva Barauskaite (136th for £1,820), Kevin Allen (129th for £1,820), Charlie Combes (124th for £1,820), Mick Graydon (114th for £2,030), Leo McClean (92nd for £2,280), Jamie O’Connor (90th for £2,280), Ludovic Geilich (78th for £2,280), Matas Cimbolas (68th for £2,710), Neil Raine (£3,200), Leon Louis (42nd for £3,200), and William Dorey (41st for £3,200) throughout the afternoon and will have another busy day on Sunday as the tournament plays down to a winner.
Joining Clarkson through to Day 3 are some very talented poker players who are going to have a major influence on where the trophy heads next. 2014 Irish Open champion Patrick Clarke (1,404,000) has done his chances of adding a UKIPT title to his CV no harm at all, while Ben Vinson (1,114,000) is going to be a pain to play against with his big stack.
Ireland’s Dara Davey (820,000), the reigning UKIPT Payer of the Year, would make a popular champion, while Sergio Aido (669,000) is hoping to follow in Duncan McLellan’s footsteps and win his second UKIPT gong in Nottingham.
UKIPT Season 5 Nottingham Main Event End-of-Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
Play resumes at noon and continues until one man has all of the chips in front of him. Follow the action over at the PokerStars Blog (who we thank for the info and lead image) but return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday for a full recap of the action.