UKIPT Nottingham: Ken Isaksen takes honours at end of day 1B
No two hands of poker play out exactly the same. And it follows that no two tournament days are identical. However days 1A and 1B of UKIPT Nottingham, the latter of which has just finished at Dusk Till Dawn, certainly felt very similar indeed.
There was the crush at the start, the race for the alternates line, the queues at the player buffet and then the gradual but consistent drip, drip of eliminations. By the end of the 11th level - the 11th hour no less - there were only 123 players remaining from a starting field of 558.
The chip leader - as there will always be - is Ken Stean Isaksen from Norway. He bagged 227,600. Change the name, tinker only slightly with the numbers and yep, that's what we had yesterday too.
Other notable stacks at this stage include those in front of Jack McDermott (196,200), Ben Dobson (170,900) and Scott van der Vliet (163,100). And at various times today, we have also been diverted by the surge into contention of the likes of Mani Elmarsson (140,100) and, in particular, Tereza Brouckova from the Czech Republic, who was a relentless force for much of the evening. She fell late on but not before putting on a brief display of dominance that evoked memories of some of the major stars - the Obrestads, Minieris of this world.
Team Online's Mickey Petersen has seen it all before and he ground and ground and ground today. And then two hands before the resumption, his day was done. Victor Ramdin, of Team PokerStars Pro, also swung by but lasted significantly less time. He bust within about three levels.
Take a look back on how the day played out in our level-by-level updates, links to which are below. And then prepare to return at noon tomorrow for more of the same. I'm guessing once again there'll be the crush at the start, the race for the alternates line, etc., etc., etc.
All photos from Nottingham for PokerStars Blog are © Mickey May.