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There is a familiar name at the top of the Day 1d 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK chip counts, that of Simon Deadman. Deadman finished the fourth starting flight with 346,500 chips, the most of any of the 56 surviving players.

It could have been a different story had the £1 million guaranteed tournament not been played to a re-entry format because Deadman managed to bust out during the first level of play. Like a true professional, Deadman bought back in and normal business was resumed, the business of winning opponents’ chips.

Deadman is enjoying his best year at the live felt having won more than $850,000 in 2014 so far. A hat trick of second place finishes in major live events were capped off with a win in the Hollywood Poker Open in Las Vegas for $351,097 and he’ll be hoping for another victory by the time this tournament concludes on Sunday.

Shaun Blackshaw was another player who enjoyed a great opening flight, finishing with 318,000 chips while Will Barnes (213,500), Adam Latimer (197,500), Georgios Charmpilas (193,500) and Mohammadhossein “Hoss” Sharifkazemi (192,500) all bagged up big stacks.

Other notables who punched their Day 2 tickets include local hero Nick Hicks (152,500), veteran Willie Tann (114,000), Rehman Kassam (93,500), Alex Goulder (66,000).

2014 partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1d Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Chips
1 Simon Deadman 346,500
2 Shaun Blackshaw 318,000
3 Will Barnes 213,500
4 Adam Latimer 197,500
5 Georgios Charmpilas 193,500
6 Mohammadhossein Sharifkazemi 192,500
7 Raymond Power 190,000
8 Fraser Dunphy 189,000
9 Daryosh Rossookh 187,000
10 Jianfeng Sun 186,000

Day 1e kick off at 13:00GMT and should see one of the largest fields in the tournament to date, mainly because the army of partypoker qualifiers start playing today! The WPT is providing live updates, while we will be tweeting live from the venue throughout the day.

Those of you choosing to play on Friday’s Day 1f will be in the company of two darts stars. Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson are ready to swap arrows for cards and play for a share of the £1 million guaranteed prize pool. We hope to see you there.

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