UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: David Price leads at the end of Day 1B

Opening days have a habit of looking the same. Just like yesterday, Day 1B started this afternoon with a generic crowd of poker players, converging on a familiar poker room, to slog it out for eight levels; the reward for surviving them being another day of the same on Saturday.

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The tournament room

But on closer inspection there were some differences - the most notable being the increase in numbers, with 132 payers taking seats: double that of yesterday and then some, bringing the total to 193. With a guarantee set at £500,000 it offers potential value for passing trade come the start tomorrow.

Most likely to benefit from any of that right now is tonight's chip leader David Price.

Price, 32, from Essex, took the lead late, winning the biggest pot of the day worth 72,000 chips: a 4-bet pre-flop pot with pocket kings against jacks. It was good to leave him with 156,600 at the close. But while that's the lead on the day, he still trails overall, some way behind yesterday's leader Mitch Johnson, who closed on 171,500.

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David Price

Others at the top end of tonight's chip counts include Viktor Leonov on 116,200, Jack Ellwood on 114,200, Mark Kirkpatrick on 112,800, Paul Febers on 111,000 and Tom Barratt with 107,400.

Ellwood stood out on occasion today; the man from Newcastle got a hold of his table in his teeth and shook it until all the chips fell to him. It was a powerful performance and one that should leave him in good shape to carry on in much the same way come Saturday.

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Jack Ellwood

There are also four former champions still in the field Alan Gold and Richard Evans returning on Day 2, along with Robbie Bull and Ludovic Geilich. For a full list of those joining them, check out the official chip count page.

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Alan Gold

For Team PokerStars Pros it was a mixed day. As Mickey Petersen was finishing third in the High Roller event (ultimately won by Jon Spinks), Vicky Coren was headed for the rail.

Coren was in good company, with the names of those eliminated today reading like a proverbial UKIPT 'who's who'. The likes of JP Kelly, Jamie Roberts, Tamer Kamel, Dominik Nitsche, Kelly Saxby, Paul Zimbler and Jon Kalmar all made their way to the rail, either to congregate around the bar or leap straight into a side event.

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Vicky Coren

For those remaining, there will be a day off tomorrow before they return for Day 2 on Saturday. Before that though another opening flight, starting tomorrow at noon and playing in the same way as today and yesterday.

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Dusk Till Dawn this evening

For a full recap of all of today's events you can catch up with our live coverage, with links to levels 1 to 4 here, and levels 5 to 8 here.

For now that's everything from Nottingham. Join us again tomorrow for more coverage.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.

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