partypoker yesterday broke the record for the largest-ever £300 buy-in tournament held in the United Kingdom when it’s Pokerfest Live Main Event surpassed its £300,000 guarantee.
A total of 879 unique entries and 122 re-entries took the total attendance to a staggering 1,001 and meant the in-the-money players are sharing £300,300 including 25 World Poker Tour seats worth £2,200 each.
Saturday 5 September was Day 2 of the Main Event and saw the money bubble burst late into the evening. A players who failed to show up for the second day’s play bust in 91st place to put the remaining players on the pure bubble and that popped in two spots meaning Rupinder Bedi and Peter Stoneman actually received some prize money for their efforts despite bubbling.
Bedi can count himself extremely unlucky because his exit hand saw him get his substantial stack into the middle with versus the of Terry Jordon and the latter hit a two-outer on the turn to send a disappointed Bedi to the rail with a legitimate bad beat story.
As is usually the case, once the bubble burst there were a flurry of eliminations with the likes of Basharat Mahmood, Ben Jackson, double UKIT winner Duncan McLellan, Timothy Chung, Shaun Conning, Jack Allen and Paul Jackson all being eliminated inside the money places.
Pokerfest Live Main Event Final Day Top 10 Chip Counts
When the curtain came down on Day 2’s proceedings there were 33 players remaining and none of them had more chips than Martin Hogarty (3,115,000). Earlier this year, Hogarty finished as runner-up in a £300+£30 side event at Dusk Till Dawn during the UKIPT festival and secured a £12,000 payment. Should he have a repeat performance in the Pokerfest event he will walk away with £31,200.
Thanks in part to that elimination of Rupinder Bedi on the bubble, Terry Jordon starts Day 3 second in chips with exactly three million betting tokens. Also flying high are Adam Ford (2,800,000) and the recently engaged Chris Sly (2,545,000).
Among those in the chasing pack are Jefferson Dike (2,060,000), Lee Taylor (1,745,000), Dan Owston (1,705,000), Willie Tann (1,540,000), Robert Boon (830,000), Lee Mulligan (750,000), Leo McClean (470,000) and the shortest stack at the start of play Lawrence Gosney (161,000).
Play resumes at 1:00pm on Sunday 6 September and each of the returning players is guaranteed at least £1,300 for their effort thus far. Should any of them reach the final table, this sum increases to £3,300 with the eventual winner adding a cool £52,000 to their bankroll.
Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday for a full recap of the final day’s antics.
Lead image courtesy of the partypoker blog