The Partypoker WPT500 UK progressed to its final day’s play on Sunday, further whittling down the 1,835-strong field to a more manageable 55 players.
Day 2 began with 475 players returning to their seats, filling the vast tournament area of Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham. Each of those returnees had their eyes set on the £150,000 first place prize, but for 424 of those hopefuls, the dream ended early.
It was during the penultimate day’s play that the money bubble burst. Arkit Ahuja three-bet moved all-in with pocket queens and found himself in relatively good shape against his opponent’s ace-queen. The nine-high flop was safe for Ahuja’s queens, but aces on both the turn and river resigned him to a 161st place finish, the final position not to receive any prize money.
Ahuja’s exit meant the surviving 160 players were guaranteed to walk away with at least £1,000 for their efforts. The likes of Marcel Luske, former WPT500 UK champion Eleanor Gudger, Kevin Houghton, Willie Tann, Phil Mighall, David Docherty, Paul Romain, Ben Vinson, Dan O’Callaghan, Surinder Sunar, partypoker ambassador Mike Sexton, and last year’s winner Iaron Lightbourne all crashed out in the money places, securing payouts of between £1,000 ad £3,250.
Each of the returning players on the third and final day’s play will win at least £3,250 for the £550 buy in, with a final table appearance (eighth place) worth £12,000 and the eventual champion collecting £150,000. Anyone finishing in the top 50 wins a £2,200 ticket for future Dusk Till Dawn events in addition to the cash payout.
On course for a big payday is Keith Cummins who topped the chip counts with 3,005,000 chips at the close of play. Hot on Cummins’ heels are William Davies (2,350,000), Andrew “stato_1” Hulme (2,290,000), and Jonathan Slater (2,200,000) while the likes of Rob Tinnion (1,905,000), partypoker ambassador Tony Dunst (1,425,000), Ben Winsor (1,200,000), Alex Goulder (1,140,000), Jack Allen (1,005,000), Shola Akindele (875,000), UKIPT Isle of Man champion Daniel Stacey (630,000), and Stuart Fox (555,000) are all still in the hunt for the title.
2016 partypoker WPT500 UK Top 10 Chip Counts
Play resumes at midday and continues until only one player has all the chips in play. Also on the Dusk Till Dawn schedule for today is the inaugural Devilfish Cup, a £5,300 buy in event with a £1 million guaranteed prize pool, plus a special edition guitar signed by rock legend Brian May for the winner.