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Dexter Turnbull Turns On the Style in the UKIPT Nottingham Main Event

Dexter Turnbull

Day 1b of the £1,100 PokerStars United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) Nottingham Main Event was almost three times as large as Day 1a, with 433 players heading to Dusk Till Dawn to try their luck in the £500,000 guaranteed tournament. After 17 intense levels of play, only 65 players had chips in front of them and nobody in the entire event has more chips than Dexter Turnbull.

£1,100 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChip Count
1Dexter TurnbullUnited Kingdom736,000
2Jonathan MccannUnited Kingdom708,000
3Adam MaxwellIreland515,000
4Philip ClarkeUnited Kingdom461,000
5Jack HardcastleUnited Kingdom430,000
6Stephen WoodheadUnited Kingdom423,000
7Mark LilesUnited Kingdom405,000
8Alan VinnicombeUnited Kingdom347,000
9Aaron KheraUnited Kingdom328,000
10Tan Luan LeUnited Kingdom322,000

Mark Whitney claimed the Day 1a chip lead courtesy of turning his 30,000-starting stack into 385,000 chips. Whitney's stack, although impressive, is only enough for eighth place going into Day 2 after the chips went flying on the second Main Event flight.

Turnbull is a local player who has $70,808 in live tournament cashes, and a largest score worth £7,985 ($10,529), which he won at Dusk Till Dawn in May 2018. Turnbull soared into the chip lead before the scheduled dinner break and maintained his lead until the curtain came down on Day 1b proceedings.

Jonathan McCann (708,000) was the only other Day 1b player to finish with more than 700,000 chips in his stack. McCann came close to winning the WPT Opener event at the 2019 WPT UK at Dusk Till Dawn, finishing fourth for $37,000. He now has a chance to make amends for that near miss.

Jack Hardcastle
Jack Hardcastle

Jack Hardcastle took advantage of the re-entry system and bought into Day 1b after busting on Day 1a. Hardcastle finished his flight with 430,000 chips, which is bad news for anyone who finds themselves on his table on Day 2.

Stephen Woodhead (423,000) and Alan Vinnicombe (347,000) were two other notables who finished with top ten stacks.

Further down the chip counts but still in the hunt for the UKIPT Nottingham Main Event title are stars such as Anthony Gardner (240,000), Fabio Sperling (234,000), Michael Kane (196,000), Brandon Sheils (155,000), Dusk Till Dawn legend Waheed "Wadey" Ashraf (130,000), and Team PokerStars Pro Benjamin "Spraggy" Spragg.

Day 2 kicks off at 12:00 p.m. BST sharp, with the PokerNews Live Reporting team updating throughout. The returning 86 players play to extended 60-minute levels as they battle for a place at the 2022 PokerStars UKIPT Nottingham Main Event final table.

Chung Enjoys an Early Birthday Present; Wins the £230 PLO

Tim Chung
Tim Chung

It is Timothy Chung's birthday on July 30 and he earned himself an early present by winning the £230 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha event. Ninety-nine players bought in and created a £19,206 prize pool. Chung got his hands on £5,126 of that pot after defeating Osman Mustanoglu heads-up for the title.

Usman Siddique (3rd - £2,360) and Steve Jelinek (6th - £1,160) also saw returns on their investment.

Curry Adds Some Spice to His Bankroll With a £14,375 Score

Joshua Curry is £14,375 richer than a couple of day ago after he came out on top in the £230 buy-in UKIPT Nottingham Mini Main Event. The tournament drew in a 1,039-strong crowd, made up of 577 unique players and 462 re-entries; they created a £158,300 prize pool.

The top 157 finishers won at least £400, with the top 45 finishers receiving a £1,100 UKPIT Nottingham Main Event in addition to their cash prize.

Players including Jack Allen, Paul Coughlan, Richard King, Team PokerStars' Benjamin "Spraggy" Spragg, and the 2014 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event champion Duncan McLellan were among those who received a £1,100 ticket despite missing out on a final table place.

The nine finalists were whittled to only two, and that duo decided to strike a deal. The deal secured Matthew Cartright £17,726 as he was the chip leader at the time. However, Curry staged a comeback and took down the tournament, earning himself £14,375 in the process, the largest score of his career.

UKIPT Nottingham Mini Main Event Final Table Results

1Joshua Curry£14,375*
2Matthew Cartright£17,726*
3Scott Berko£8,000
4Jav Javed£6,000
5Freddie Henry£4,750
6Steven Simpson£3,750
7Manuel Zapf£3,000
8Vinnie Mohan£2,500
9Pavel Sergeiciuc£2,000

*reflects a heads-up deal

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