Whitney Leads UKIPT Nottingham Main Event; Margereson Wins SHR
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Day 1a of the £1,100 PokerStars United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) Nottingham Main Event is done and dusted after 13 action-packed hours of poker action at Dusk Till Dawn. The first flight of the UKIPT Nottingham Main Event drew in a 149-strong crowd but only 21 of those starters had chips in front of them when the curtain came down on proceedings.
Also taking place at the home of British Poker was the £5,300 buy-in Super High Roller. It crowned its champion after a heads-up deal between two of the United Kingdom's elite grinders
£1,100 UKIPT Nottingham Main Event Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts
The opening flight of the first UKIPT Nottingham Main Event since 2015 saw Mark Whitney make a superb start, turning his 30,000 starting stack into a tournament-leading 385,000 chips. Whitney has just under $25,500 in live tournament winnings but looks set to more than double that sum if he can continue his Day 1a form into the latter stages of this £500,000 guaranteed event.
Ben Jones is hot on Whitney's heels with a 376,000 stack. Most people know Jones by his "jenbizzle" online monikor, an alias that has seen Jones win more than $5.2 million in the online poker world.
Majid Nadeem, third-place finisher in the 2022 Irish Open Coin Rivet High Roller for €51,385, bagged up 359,000 chips at the close of play, which ties him with Italian Alberto Speranzoni.
Other familiar names in the Day 1a top 10 chip counts include Robbie Bull (309,000), and former Dusk Till Dawn dealer Rehman Kassam (278,000).
Also through at the first attempt are such luminaries as Usman Siddique (157,000), MILLIONS Online champion Endrit Geci (103,000), and the 2016 WPT500 champion Andreas Olympios (38,000).
Of course, if only 21 of the 149 starters punched their Day 2 tickets, plenty of stellar names busted out before time was called on Day 1a. James Clarke, Matthew Davenport, Jack Allen, Brandon Sheils, Lee French, Yiannis Liperis, Keith Johnson, and Jack Hardcastle will all have to enter Day 1b if they want to become this tournament's champion.
Day 1b shuffles up and deals at 12:00 p.m. BST on July 29, and the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be with you every step of the way.
Margereson Wins the UKIPT Nottingham Super High Roller
The £5,300 Super High Roller saw 40 players create a £200,000 prize pool, with the top two finishers walking away with more than half of that princely sum.
Seven places were paid, and it was Dusk Till Dawn regular Mitch Johnson who was the first to cash, his seventh-place finish coming with £10,000. Leo Farodoye joined Johnson at the cashier's desk with a payout slip for £12,500, before popular grinder Alex Golder got his hands on the £15,000 fourth place prize.
Danish rounder Henrik Hecklen, a player who you find playing anything from $500 to $100,000 events, finished third here for £30,000, which left Scott "AggroSantos" Margereson heads-up against the recent WSOP bracelet winner Harry Lodge.
The heads-up duo struck a deal before Margereson came out on top. Lodge's runner-up finish came with £50,341 with Margereson scooping £56,159. Look out for both Lodge and Margereson on Day 1b of the Main Event.
£5,300 Super High Roller Final Table Results
*reflects a heads-up deal