UKIPT4 Nottingham: Baez bests Bens to lead Day 1A field
For a good while it looked as if Ben Mayhew was going to end the day as chip leader but a last level surge from Mauricio Baez, Ben Vinson and Alex Spencer saw them eclipse him at the top of the counts.
Baez, the only Paraguayan in the field, ended the day on 184,800. The 27-year-old now lives in Madrid and plays poker for a living, albeit cash games. Vinson, who min cashed the High Roller earlier today, came in second with 180,100 for a great day at the tables. Spencer, who took down the UK Poker Championships here a couple of months ago for £125,000, rounded out the top three with 171,900.
The UKIPT has seen three, two-time champions in Nick Abou-Risk, Wojtek Barzantny and Joeri Zandvliet but the tour has the chance of adding a fourth. Mayhew won the UKIPT 6-Max Event back in early December and he has positioned himself well for the UKIPT/Dusk Till Dawn double by virtue of accumulating an of end of play big stack.
The young Briton busted the High Roller just shy of the money and late-registered for the Main Event. He may have been blowing off steam but it certainly worked as he bagged up (134,900), ahead of such players as Team Pokers Pro Jake Cody (70,000), Tom Middleton (87,500), Ryan Spittles (130,300), Max Silver (76,100) and Ben Dobson (56,100). A total of 42 players made it through to Day 2 on Saturday.
Normally this is the paragraph to say goodbye/unlucky to those who busted during the day but this is a re-entry event! Yes, it was a shame to lose the likes of Daniel Charlton, Dave Nicholson, Royston Drenthe, Simon Deadman, Julian Thew, Richard Trigg and Matt Perrins but some, and maybe all, will make a reappearance tomorrow for Day 1B.
James Tomlin, Matt Davenport, Richie Allen, James Williams, Leo McClean, Alex Goulder and Team PokerStars Pros Chris Moneymaker and Chris De Meulder are all confirmed for tomorrow so maybe they should wait for Day 1C. Actually, scratch that - the 450 player cap for Day 1C has already been reached.
The Main Event wasn't the only tournament in the room today as the UKIPT High Roller played to its conclusion. One-hundred-and-one players entered yesterday and 35 returned today. Ben Vinson was chip leader at the start of the day; he was the first player out in the money (13th) but failed to make the final nine.
At the start of the final table there were just over four big blinds separating Richard Kellett and Dave Shallow in first and second. A tick over five hours later they were the only two left and with little still between them decided to cut a deal. They did an even chop for £68,000 each and Shallow took the trophy by virtue of having the bigger stack. "We're still deep, I'm tired and I have the upmost respect for my opponent," said Shallow on his reasons for dealing. To see all the High Roller reports click here and the full list of pay outs can be seen here.
To see all the Main Event updates from today and the overnight chip counts, click the links below.
Day 1B will start at 12pm local time and a bigger field is expected than today. As was already said, we'll see some new faces and some familiar ones from today. Until then, it's goodnight from Nottingham.
Photos copyright of Danny Maxwell.