The Main Event of UKIPT stop in Nottingham offered a guaranteed prize pool of £1,000,000 for a relatively small buy-in of just £1,000 + £100. The idea behind the guarantee was, naturally, to attract the greatest number of players possible – and it worked like a charm. With three starting days and a single re-entry allowed per player, Dusk Till Dawn casino saw a total of 1,223 entries in the Main Event, creating the richest ever UKIPT stop in history.
With registration closing today with the official start of Day 2, we have the final prize pool numbers. A total of 183 players will be walking away with some money for their performances, with the smallest cash being enough to cover the room expenses and a good dinner with friends – £1,770, while the winner will be able to afford a new house and car to match, as he or she will be walking away with £218,300.
Of the total number of entrants, more than half the field entered yesterday during Day 1C – a total of 629 players and, naturally, yesterday provided us with the overall chip leader heading into Day 2 today. It was Ben Miller who accumulated a stack of 264,000. He got in during Level 4 of the tournament and decided to take a riskier approach in order to try and build his stack. The risk clearly paid off, as he is leading the pack toward the final table. That pack consists of 331 players who managed to keep their title dreams alive.
Second in chips to start the day is Jude Ainsworth. The Irishman started today with 238,600. Other players to watch who made it through include Martins Adeniya, Dermot Blain, and Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliot. As is always the case, many have fallen along the way as well, including 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker, EPT San Remo winner Liv Boeree, Roberto Romanello, and Ludovic Geilich. Interestingly enough, although the tournament offered one re-entry per player, of all 1,200+ entries, only 165 were re-entries, which is a bit unorthodox considering the size of the prize pool.
The bubble should be bursting a couple of levels into the play today after another 150 players see their dreams postponed until another tournament. The rest will then continue battling before stopping for the day after a few more hours. The final table will then be determined tomorrow and the winner of the richest UKIPT stop to date will be declared on Monday. Whether it will be a big name professional or the dreams will come true for yet another amateur player remains to be seen – and that’s one of the reasons we enjoy tournament poker so much, as anything can happen!