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Day 1a Completed

Serkan Ersoy Claims Day 1a Chip Lead of the partypoker Main Event; Farrell, Newey, Higgins Also Through

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Serkan Ersoy
Serkan Ersoy

After a slight delay, Day 1a of the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Main Event started and at the end of the day, 38 entries were collected. Those 38 entries included three reentries and of those 38, 18 players managed to find a bag at the end of the day to tag. Claiming the Day 1a chip lead is Turkey’s Serkan Ersoy with 4,830,000 in chips.

Ersoy was slowly collecting more and more chips but got most of them when he eliminated Erik Friberg with ace-queen against the pocket queens of Friberg. The ace fell on the flop to propel Ersoy into the chip lead, and that was a spot he didn’t want to give up during the later levels of the day.

Trailing Ersoy in the chip counts is Florin Sucala from Romania with 4,085,000. Is it going to be the year of Romania in Nottingham too? Sucala is definitely hoping so. Sucala took some of Rifat Palevic’s chips when he flopped top pair against him. Sucala also eliminated Javier Zarco and Kristoffer Rasmussen to take him to his current position.

Closing the podium in third place is UK’s own Simon Higgins who bagged 3,840,000. Other notable players who made it through to Day 2 include Guillermo Sanchez (3,150,000), Mark Gardner (2,100,000), David Lopez (1,850,000), Ben Dobson (1,780,000), Niall Farrell (1,550,000), Paul Newey (1,360,000), and Orpen Kisacikoglu (985,000).

Not everyone got lucky enough throughout the day though. partypoker pro Sam Trickett was eliminated when he shoved on the flop with a straight and flush draw but didn’t get there against the aces of Andrew Mapp. Palevic busted both of his bullet, as did Arran Fletcher. Other players failing to get to the end of the day include Paul Dando, Andy Black, Nabil Cardoso, and Yani Yanev.

Main Event Schedule

DateStartLate RegLevelsClockEventNumber of PlayersPlayers Left
Sunday, September 30, 201821:00- 24Online - Day 12112
Monday, October 1, 201812:00Day 2860Day 1a3818
Tuesday, October 2, 201812:00Day 2860Day 1b--
Wednesday, October 3, 201812:00Day 2860Day 1c--
Thursday, October 4, 201812:0017:00860Day 2--
Friday, October 5, 201812:00-860Day 3--
Saturday, October 6, 201812:00-860Day 4--
Sunday, October 7, 201812:00- 60Day 5 (Final Day)--

Players will get another chance to try to make it to Day 2 as there are still more £550 satellites to come, two more Day 1s and players can even still register during the first four levels of Day 2.

Satellite Schedule

DateStartLate RegClockEvent
Monday, October 1, 201814:0017:0020Mega Satellite: 30 x Main Event Seats GTD
Monday, October 1, 201819:0023:0020Mega Satellite: 30 x Main Event Seats GTD
Tuesday, October 2, 201814:0017:3020Mega Satellite: 30 x Main Event Seats GTD
Tuesday, October 2, 201819:0022:0020Mega Satellite: 30 x Main Event Seats GTD
Wednesday, October 3, 201814:0017:0020Mega Satellite: 10 x Main Event Seats GTD
Wednesday, October 3, 201819:0022:3020Mega Satellite: 10 x Main Event Seats GTD

Make sure to come back at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, October 2, as Day 1b will be attracting even more players to Dusk Till Dawn and the PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand to bring you all the action.

Tags: Andy BlackArran FletcherBen DobsonDavid LopezErik FribergFlorin SucalaGuillermo SanchezJavier ZarcoKristoffer RasmussenMark GardnerNabil CardosoNiall FarrellOrpen KisacikogluPaul DandoPaul NeweySam TrickettSerkan ErsoySimon HigginsYani Yanev

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

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Serkan Ersoy TR
Serkan Ersoy
TR 4,830,000 230,000
Florin Sucala RO
Florin Sucala
RO 4,085,000 -15,000
Simon Higgins gb
Simon Higgins
gb 3,840,000 1,840,000
Guillermo Sanchez es
Guillermo Sanchez
es 3,150,000 150,000
Andrew Mapp GB
Andrew Mapp
GB 3,065,000 565,000
Hao Ran Cai GB
Hao Ran Cai
GB 2,910,000 110,000
James Atkins US
James Atkins
US 2,260,000 -290,000
Mark Gardner gb
Mark Gardner
gb 2,100,000 1,000,000
David Lopez us
David Lopez
us 1,850,000 350,000
Ben Dobson gb
Ben Dobson
gb 1,780,000 1,144,000
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 1,550,000 350,000
Gavin Chamberlain GB
Gavin Chamberlain
GB 1,415,000 -85,000
Paul Newey gb
Paul Newey
gb 1,360,000 352,000
Neel Murthy us
Neel Murthy
us 1,060,000 -240,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
tr 985,000 -470,000
Alex Lindop gb
Alex Lindop
gb 765,000 -85,000
Mauricio Pais de
Mauricio Pais
de 590,000 -410,000
Samuel Gagnon ca
Samuel Gagnon
ca 385,000 -1,515,000

Play Ended

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Eighteen players have bagged their chips at the end of the day for Day 2, Thursday, October 4.

The full chip counts and a recap of today's action is to follow.

Last Four Hands

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The tournament clock has been stopped and Ben Dobson drew the four so the players need to play four more hands before they can bag and tag their chips for Day 2.

Tags: Ben Dobson

Fletcher Can't Stay Alive

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Arran Fletcher
Arran Fletcher

David Lopez raised to 50,000 from mid-position and everyone folded to Arran Fletcher in the small blind who shoved for 361,000. Lopez looked at the amount and then called.

Arran Fletcher: {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
David Lopez: {A-Spades}{Q-Spades}

The flop came {J-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{A-Clubs} to give them both a pair with Lopez ahead with the aces. They also both had a straight draw.

The {2-Hearts} on the turn didn't change the situation as Lopez was still ahead.

The river completed the board with the {10-Spades} which didn't change the outcome in the end as Lopez now improved to a straight to take Fletcher out on his second bullet.

David Lopez us
David Lopez
us 1,500,000 400,000
Arran Fletcher GB
Arran Fletcher
GB Busted

Tags: Arran FletcherDavid Lopez

Yanev Busted by Chamberlain

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Yani Yanev
Yani Yanev

Yani Yanev shoved for 299,000 from mid-position and action folded to Gavin Chamberlain in the big blind. Chamberlain checked his hole cards and looked pained. He counted out his blue 100,000-value chips and considered what to do. After a few seconds, Chamberlain called.

Yani Yanev: {A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}
Gavin Chamberlain: {4-Hearts}{4-Spades}

Yanev got up from his chair already when he saw Chamberlain's cards.

The board ran out {10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{K-Spades}{6-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} for Chamberlain's pocket fours to hold to eliminate Yanev from the tournament in the last level of the day.

Gavin Chamberlain GB
Gavin Chamberlain
GB 1,500,000 600,000
Yani Yanev gb
Yani Yanev
gb Busted

Tags: Gavin ChamberlainYani Yanev


No Kings for Gardner

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Mark Gardner raised to 40,000 from mid-position and action folded to Tolga Istek in the big blind.

"Kings again?" Istek asked Gardner and Gardner just smiled.

"Just tell me before I call," Istek said and then made the call.

"Jacks?" Gardner asked Istek.

The flop came {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}{8-Spades} and both of them checked through to the {2-Spades} on the turn. Istek now check-called the 60,000 bet of Gardner.

The river was the {10-Spades} and they both checked again. Gardner took the pot with {A-Hearts}{J-Spades} as he had flopped top pair and improved to a flush on the river.

Tolga Istek GB
Tolga Istek
GB 2,100,000 900,000
Mark Gardner gb
Mark Gardner
gb 1,100,000 300,000

Tags: Tolga IstekMark Gardner