Day 1e Completed
Day 1e Completed
Francis Foord-Brown Tops Day 1e of the partypokerLIVE MILLIONS in Nottingham
It was another busy day at the home of poker in the United Kingdom, as both the main room as well as the Marquee room of the Dusk Till Dawn Nottingham cardroom were in use for the last Live Day 1 of the partypokerLIVE MILLIONS £5,300 Main Event. While the official numbers are yet to be confirmed, it seems that the £6m guaranteed flagship tournament of the festival has almost reached the guarantee already thanks to the additional 445 unique entries and 35 re-entries on Day 1e.
Furthermore, all players that carry chips over into Day 2 at the Dusk Till Dawn, as well as new participants, can still enter the competition and take advantage of a single re-entry option during the first two levels and subsequent break on Thursday, April 20th at approximately 3.50 p.m. local time. The blinds are rolled back to 10,000/20,000 with a running ante of 2,000, and all new entries would commence their attempt at claiming the guaranteed first-place payout of £1,000,000 with 50 big blinds.
Tomorrow's Day 2 will feature a total of eight levels of 75-minute with a split dinner break, and the field of hopefuls will be cut down significantly. It appears that Francis Foord-Brown will be leading the pack with 7,700,000, as that's what the Brit bagged up tonight. Foord-Brown scored his second-best result just two months ago after finishing 4th in the UO London Main Event for £23,000, but the payday here in Nottingham may very well be far bigger.
Other big stacks and notables include Carlos Sanchez Diaz (6,043,000), Ireland's Paul Carr (5,920,500), 2015 WPT Nottingham Main Event champion Iaron Lightbourne (5,706,000), Tomas Soderstrom (5,471,000), Steven Warburton (5,000,000), Lee Egan (4,186,000) and former back-to-back World Poker Tour champion Marvin Rettenmaier (3,758,000).
A trio of partypoker representatives also made it through in Mike Sexton (2,571,500), Boris Becker (1,992,000) and Tony Dunst (1,630,000), while fellow ambassadors Padraig Parkinson, Johnny Lodden, Natalia Breviglieri and Jan-Peter Jachtmann were eliminated during the ten 60-minute levels. Jachtmann was done for the day after a big three-way all in early on, and Parkinson's ace-king suited for flopped top pair and top kicker stood no chance at the flopped set of eighty by Gerald Karlic.
Other notables that will have to re-enter in order to take a shot at the guaranteed £6,000,000 prize pool are Sam Grafton, Adrian Mateos, Usman Siddique, Rehman Kassam, Joris Ruys, Ben Vinson, Jason Wheeler, Ben Heath, Felipe Ramos and Keven Stammen, as they were all sent to the rail as well.
Such a mammoth Day 1e field was going to take time to reduce, but several players endured early setbacks. Ian Simpson lost 70% of his million-chip starting stack when he ran his nut flush into a straight flush. Simpson would recover his starting stack on a comeback trail, but others were not so successful. Steve Watts lost not one but two entries. First his two-pair all-in on the flop lost to a straight draw after he was committed. Finally, he had top two pair against Steve O’Dwyer’s turned full house and called off his tournament life on the river.
O’Dwyer was the early pacesetter, and not just in the first few levels. The American-Irish High roller crusher was quick out of the blocks but kept sprinting, hoping to follow on from yet more recent success with another title. Seven-figure scores are his specialty – a nice one to have – and to win a million in pound sterling on Sunday would boost him to above Jason Mercier in the all-time money list. O'Dwyer advanced with an above-average 3,071,000, while Simpson has plenty of work ahead with 747,000.
Towards the end of the day, the action heated up significantly and fewer than 200 players out of the 480-entry strong field for Day 1e bagged up and will return tomorrow as of 1 p.m. local time to join all other Day 2 qualifiers at the Dusk Till Dawn. This includes online qualifiers from PartyPoker, as well as players that advanced through one of the Live Day 1s in Nottingham or via other live partners such as the 2017 Irish Open.
One thing is for certain: The poker action will be buzzing once again when the tournament recommences, and the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide all the good and bad beats, setups and roller coaster runouts.
End-of-Day Notables and Big Stacks
Ben Heath Busts in the Very Last Hand
There's always a lot of interesting dynamics in play on the last hand of the day. On table #92 Andreas Constantinou was looking to bust or double his stack, and thus put his 450,000 in blind from first position. Paul Nunes called right after him before Jonathan Spinks moved in over the top. Xin Ke in the big blind all of a sudden seemed interested but ended up folding, before Nunes ultimately decided to live to fight another day.
Spinks' held up against the of Constantinou, and the Brit could bag up more than 2,2 million chips.
On the adjacent table, Ben Heath was put to the test by Christopher Brammer. Heath had bet 240,000 on a flop but faced a shove of approximately 1,100,000 chips. The loud noise of hundreds of players backing their chips seemed to throw Heath off, so he put on his headphones to get into the zone. After a few minutes of deliberation, he made the call with for the flushdraw, but didn't get there as the board was completed by and .
Less Than 200 Players Bag Up
The level has come to an end, and according to the screens, there are just 195 players out of a 480-entry strong field remaining for Day 1e. They are all bagging up right now and selected chip counts will follow shortly.
Fellone Falls to Jahn
Nicholas Fellone limped in, Sohnke Jahn raised to 110,000 in the hijack and Fellone then limp-raised to 450,000. Jahn moved all in and Fellone called it off for around 1.3m to put himself at risk.
When the cards were turned over, Fellone walked away from the table and cursed himself for the way he got the chips in, then said "All that grind and then I get it in with nines. ... I had to anyways as I need to have a stack for tomorrow,"
The board came and Fellone was eliminated, he walked away from the table and Jahn simply said "thank you."
Kurganov vs Kamel
Several big names including Steve O'Dwyer saw their stack sizes fluctuate quite a lot and and they are below or just above the average with less than 200 players remaining.
Igor Kurganov was spotted raising to 100,000 and Tamer Kamel called on the button. On the flop the duo checked and Kurganov's bet on the turn for 240,000 won the pot uncontested.
What's Up, Doc? Prodhan Finds the Six
Nicholas Fellone limped from the hijack, and Masud "Doc" Prodhan raised it up from the cutoff. The blinds quickly got out of the way, and back on Fellone, he put Prodhan to the ultimate test. Prodhan made the call for 901,000 total.
The cheeky limp-jam from Fellone had gotten him his money in very well against Prodhan, but the flop changed the good outlook, as it came . The turn and the river did not improve Fellone, who cut out the chips of his potent stack and handed them over to his opponent.
Casualties of the Last Level
Among those to bust were also partypoker ambassador Natalia Breviglieri, Keven Stammen, Jason Wheeler and Ben Vinson.
Sanchez Diaz Busts Tinnion
A raising war resulted in a big clash between Robert Tinnion and Carlos Sanchez Diaz with the former all in and at risk for more than 2.5m and with the worse hand.
Tinnion had and Sanchez Diaz turned over to see the board run out . The Spaniard is among the big stacks and trails Paul Carr by just a few big blinds.