Sam Macdonald leads UKIPT Nottingham Day 1B

Sam MacdonaldThe 2011 UK and Ireland Poker Tour Nottingham Main Event had a buy-in of £560 and featured two starting days, and it was highly anticipated that it would be the largest UKIPT field in history.

Things were looking good on Day 1A as 478 players entered, and yesterday a total of 580 players entered, meaning a total field of 1,058 players to set the record as they fight it out for title of 2011 UKIPT Nottingham Champion and first-place prize of £109,000 with the top 128 players all making the money for at least £955.

When play finished for the day, the field had been reduced from 580 players to 116 players who will join the Day1A survivors on Sunday for Day 2 of the event. Finishing as chip leader on Day 1B was Sam Macdonald who qualified for the event through an online satellite tournament. Macdonald managed to accumulate 260,100 chips, followed by Luke Fields (255,900 chips), Samad Razavi (222,300 chips), Kim Holmberg (199,900 chips) and Paul Nash (179,400 chips).

Once again there was a lot of familiar faces participating in the event. Jude Ainsworth and Vicky Coren were just two of the Team PokerStars Pro’s participating in Day 1B of the event, however neither of them managed to survive the day.

Other high-profile names who joined them on the rail were EPT winner Jake Cody and Full Tilt Poker Pro James ‘The Doctor’ Dempsey.

Also in action was Canadian player Nick Abou Risk who won two UKIPT events in 2010 (the Edinburgh Main Event for £50,000 and the Galway Main Event for €67,100). It was looking like he was in for another deep run in a UKIPT event, however he was constantly involved in pots against Sam Macdonald and it was a huge pot against him which saw him eliminated from the tournament. Abou Risk actually got all-in ahead in the hand on the turn with top two-pair while Macdonald was chasing with a flush-draw, but a cruel river gave Macdonald the 140,000 pot and meant Abou Risk would have to wait for a future UKIPT event to get another win.

Macdonald will now enter Sunday’s action as chip leader, with Luke Fields just behind him, with Day 1A chip leader Dave ‘El Blondie’ Colclough entering with the third largest stack. A total of 215 players will recommence play on Day 2 as the bubble will burst, with the top 128 players all guaranteed at least £955 while there is £109,000 up for grabs for the winner of the tournament.

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