Day 1d of the Season 5 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event needed to attract at least 531 entries in order to avoid Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) facing an overlay on the lofty £1 million guarantee it had placed on the prize pool. As ever, the support for the UKIPT and DTD was there for all to see as 494 unique players purchased 63 re-entries, taking the total attendance for the day to 557 and the overall attendance for the event to a guarantee-busting 1,026.
The £1,026,000 prize pool is to be distributed among the top 151 finishers with the first rung on the payout ladder securing a £1,760 prize, an official final table berth locking up £17,320 and the eventual champion winning the third largest UKIPT prize ever, a cool £182,000.
One man who will be confident of reaching the money places is Poland’s Remi Wyrzykiewicz courtesy of bagging up the most chips on Day 1d. Wyrzykiewicz finished the night with a stack of 189,600 chips, which are enough to see him return to the fray on Saturday in third place with only Alexander Harriman (205,900) and Max Ladbrooke (190,900) in front of him.
Another player whose confidence was done no harm on the final starting flight is Seun Oluwole. According to our friends at the PokerStars Blog, Oluwole used to be a regular on the UKIPT circuit during its early years, but has been more focussed on his work life of late. Perhaps that may change if he returns home with a comedy-sized cheque for £182,000.
UKIPT Season 5 Nottingham Main Event Day 1d Top 10 Chip Counts
|5||David La Ronde||168,100|
|6||Diego Gomez Gonzalez||167,900|
As you would expect, the field on Day 1d was a star-studded affair as players gave it one last shot to reach Day 2. It was a day that proved fruitful for the likes of Jamie O’Connor (173,200), Mick Graydon (118,400), Neil Raine (115,300), Rob Tinnion (110,900), Alex Goulder (109,000), Dara Davey (75,000), Ludovic Geilich (74,100), Ryan Spittles (58,800), Marcel Luske (55,300), European Media Person of the Year Marc Convey (35,300), Alan Gold (33,400), Charles Chattha (15,100) and Team PokerStars Pro duo Leo Margets (32,900) and Jake Cody (17,300).
There are 383 players returning to the DTD felt on Saturday afternoon, but by the time the curtain comes down on proceedings, that figure will have been decimated and the final table will be in sight. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday to find out which players are still in the hunt for the title.