While Lucas Blanco Oliver was busy navigating his way to the Devilfish Cup title, the £1 million guaranteed partypoker WPT UK Main Event Day 1a was getting underway at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham.
A total of 177 entries, of £2,200 each, were processed and 125 of those starters made it through to Friday’s Day 2. None of those surviving players bagged up more chips than the 150,000 in the overnight chip bag of Cesar Garcia Dominguez.
2016 partypoker WPT UK Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
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Spain’s Cesar Garcia Dominguez finished Day 1a with 150,000 chips, enough for first place in the overnight chip counts, while Ning Lu also had a successful day and ended the night with a healthy stack of 147,275. Dominguez has more than $920,000 in live tournament winnings including a $447,739 score awarded for winning a $2,000 buy in event at the 2016 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
The Day 1a field was full of stellar names, perhaps so they could enjoy the players’ party at the casino without having to worry about playing Thursday’s Day 1b suffering the after-effects of such an event.
The likes of Kuljinder Sidhu (121,150), Padraig Parkinson (103,550), Chris Gordon (89,850), Tom Middleton (83,400), Tony Dunst (83,050), Jon Spinks (81,275), Anton Wigg (73,000), Tom Hall (58,275), Steven Warburton (51,000), Jason Wheeler (45,000), Ben Vinson (44,825), Alex Goulder (36,500), Richard Trigg (33,400), last year’s champion Iaron Lightbourne (21,400), Michael Tureniec (18,175) and Daniel Rudd (5,600) all made it through to Day 2.
Having to re-enter on Day 1b are such luminaries as Chris Sly, Adrian Mateos, Michael Mizrachi, Shola Akindele-Deadman, Kevin Killeen, Niall Farrell and Rob Tinnion.
Day 1b kicks off in earnest at 2:00 p.m. GMT on Nov. 3 and continues until seven 60-minute levels are completed. Will anyone surpass the impressive 150,000 stack of Cesar Garcia Dominguez by the time the curtain comes down on the second starting flight’s action? Tune into PokerNews on Friday to find out.