Day 1c completed
Day 1c completed
Stuart Hulston finished with the overall lead not only on Day 1c, but also overall with all three Day 1 flights combined. He racked up another 109,300 in chips on the final flight of the 2015 partypoker World Poker Tour National London £200 No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator at Aspers Casino.
Most of Hulston's chips came from a rivereded king-high straight flush with that got paid off. Towards the end, it was a very close race with Paul Bennett, who ended up second best with 108,100 after Day 1c. Interestingly enough, Bennett also ended the day with a straight flush.
The third and final flight attracted a total of 224 entries including all online qualifiers. Throughout the three starting days, there were 372 unique entries and 222 reentries. The overall attendance of 594 entries created a prize pool of £106,920, and there were eight players to accumulate chips in all three flights.
Hulston (181,000) overtook Day 1b chip leader Matas Cimbolas (169,200) and Aziz Kara finished as third in chips overall with 142,100. It was also Kara who flat-called a raise with pocket kings to trap and bust WPT Champions Club member Tony Dunst just before the end of Day 1c. Dunst did advance with chips from another flight, though.
Other big stacks advancing to Day 2, which will begin at 1 p.m. UK time on Saturday, include Kevin Allen (130,200), Zagon Calin (121,200), Peteris Berzins (113,200), Ali Zihni (102,400), and Laurence Essa (94,100). Surinder Sunar (90,200), the aforementioned Dunst (74,500), Tristan Chaplin (73,500), WPT500 Nottingham runner-up Matthew Noonan (70,400), Aleksandar Spadijer (58,700), and Tamer Kamel (55,900) will return with above-average stacks as well.
Sinem Melin, Steven Watts, and James Dempsey played on both Day 1b and 1c, but all of them couldn't bag up any chips. James Akenhead (40,200) and former WPTN London champion Gabriel Tuna (29,200) are below average, but they'll still be returning nonetheless.
The second tournament day is scheduled to host 12 levels of 40 minutes each or until the last 16 players has been reached, whichever of the two comes first. The payouts have not been published yet, but will become available before the start of Day 2. The same also applies for the redraw of the remaining 205 players.
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Some of the biggest stacks may have slipped through without us noticing, but the full chip counts should be available soon. Stuart Hulston jumped into the big stacks at the end of day 1c after rivering a king-high straight flush and getting paid for a pot of more than 65,000.
Carlo Citrone raised to 2,300 preflop and received two callers in Paul Bennett and Josep Vives out of the blinds. Vives check-raised all in after the flop for 13,600 and Bennett called after having made a bet of 6,000. Vives had two over cards and a double gutshot with whereas Bennett had middle pair and a massive draw in .
Vives was drawing dead after the turn and just to rub it in even more, the fell on the river. "Do I get champagne for that?" Bennett asked with a grin on the face.
Aziz Kara just flat-called a raise to 2,500 and then snap-called the all in of Tony Dunst from one seat over for 11,200 chips with . Dunst had one over card in but failed to bring a second stack forward to day 2 after a board of .
The clock has been stopped and four more hands will be played. The screens show 107 players left but that may not necessarily include all recent eliminations. A clear chip leader was also not found either, at least when looking through all remaining tables the last time.
A short stack was at risk for 8,700 after the turn and Paul Bennett called with for the flush draw and open ended straight draw. The short stack was slightly ahead with but the river resulted in a split pot.
James Akenhead is still just below average stack but dropped more than 15,000 chips in the last hand after calling the shove of a shorter stack on the turn. His were no good against and a on the river provided no help anymore either.