Day 1b of the Season 5 edition of the UKIPT Nottingham Main Event took place at Dusk Till Dawn on Wednesday afternoon and saw a total of 128 entries buy into the £1,000,000 guaranteed tournament.
Upon the conclusion of 10 levels of play, only 48 of those hopefuls had chips that needed bagging and tagging, and nobody had more chips than student Max Ladbrooke.
Ladbrooke ended Day 1b with a stack of 190,900 chips, by far the largest amount in the room. Speaking to the PokerStars Blog, Ladbrooke revealed that he was meant to be writing his dissertation for his degree and that he classifies himself as a “terrible poker player” who puts this short-term success down to being a “fish on a heater.”
Fish or not, Ladbrooke goes into Friday’s Day 2 with a more-than-healthy stack and will be quietly confident of recording his third Hendon Mob flag.
Others who are joining Ladbrooke from the Day 1b flight include luminaries such as Simon Higgins (151,800), Unibet Open London winner Iaron Lightbourne (144,000) and Leo McClean (119,200) who was without his trademark hoodie for this event.
Also through to the business end of the tournament are Lee Taylor (93,900), Simon Deadman (80,100), Daniel Charlton (72,100), Yucel “Mad Turk” Eminoglu (63,300), Christopher Brammer (59,000), Ben Jackson (49,700), Rhys Jones (48,000), Chris Sly (46,700), Ben Vinson (24,300), and Jack Salter (18,000).
UKIPT Season 5 Nottingham Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 1c commences at noon and should be by far the largest of the starting flights thus far not least because players such as Nick Hicks, Ludovic Geilich, Keith Johnson, Jon Kalmar, Niall Farrell, Keith Hawkins, Billy Chattaway and Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody will almost certainly take advantage of the re-entry format after busting on Day 1b.
Ivan Luca is the Season 5 UKIPT Nottingham High Roller Champion
While the Main Event was in full swing, the £3,200 High Roller was busy whittling its field down towards a winner. That winner turned out to be Argentina's Ivan Luca.
The Argentine recently finished as runner-up to David Peters in the European Poker Tour's €10,300 HIgh Roller in Malta for a cool €397,000 and is now rapidly approaching $1 million in live cashes after beating the in-form Matas Cimbolas heads-up to get his hands on the title after Thiago Nishijima, Tom Hall, Mitch Johnson, start-of-the-day chip leader Felix Stephenson and Bryn Kenney finished inside the money place.
Scotland’s Ludovic Geilich bust on the pure bubble with the talented Max Silver crashing out in ninth place.
UKIPT Season 5 High Roller Final Table Result
Lead image courtesy of Mickey May and the PokerStars Blog