The second of three opening days for the UK and Ireland Poker Tour Main Event at Nottingham´s Dusk till Dawn poker club was practically a re-run of Day 1A. 558 players got a chance at the tables (as opposed to Wednesday´s 532) with 120 of those making it through to Saturday´s Day 2. Day 1B chip leader is Ken Isaksen, who bagged up 227,600 chips at the end of the day and he currently lies in second place overall behind Day 1A target – Marcin Milde (278,700 chips).
Did Somebody Mention Records?
Yesterday we suggested that the £1 million guaranteed prize pool would be sufficient to break a few records and indeed one has already gone. The combined total of players that have qualified for the event or paid the £700.00 + £70.00 buy-in directly is currently 1090 – surpassing the record for a UKIPT Main Event of 1058 with one day of entries still to go. With an anticipated entry of 500+ for Friday, it would also be fair to guess that the guarantee is going to be smashed and a record prize pool announced for a UKIPT event.
Top Players Join the Fray
As with Day 1A, plenty of top live and online poker players joined the action – some with more success than others. UKIPT Brighton Season 1 winner Jamie Burland successfully negotiated a tricky day, as did UKIPT Brighton Season 2 champion Chris O’Donnell. David Rudling-Smith, who finished sixth in Brighton in Season 2, was riding high when the final hands were dealt (there must be something in the sea air on the South Coast) and Team PokerStars online player Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen will also be returning on Saturday.
It was not such a successful day for Dusk till Dawn´s Simon “Aces” Deadman, PokerStars Team pro Victor Ramdin or EPT Vienna winner John Eames who all hit the rail before the end of the day. Warren Wooldridge was kicking himself after getting into a good position with two calls against flopped quad 7s and his disappointed was compounded by Mrs Wooldridge commenting on his return home “so you couldn´t even make Day 2!” (courtesy of Twitter @warrenw26).
Looking Ahead to UKIPT Nottingham Day 1C
Effectively, expect more of the same. More than 500 players will take their seats, the leader at 1.00am on Saturday morning will have somewhere between 225,000 and 275,000 chips and plenty of well-known poker celebrities will be having a go at taking down what will be a record first prize for a UKIPT Main Event. Among those scheduled to take part in Day 1C are Liv Boeree and Vicki Coren, and you can read how they both performed on UK Poker Player.