The fourth and final starting day of the record-breaking PokerStars Festival £990 Main Event saw a total of 166 players take their chance at the iconic Hippodrome Casino and fire a second bullet after having busted in one of the three previous flights. After 12 levels of 20 minutes each, it was Adrian Mateos who emerged on top of the counts with 185,200 as 74 hopefuls bagged up for Day 2.
The Spaniard ended the day with a huge bang by knocking out three opponents with ace-jack of spades, making the nut flush on the river to scoop a big pot. Until then, James Akenhead appeared to be the one in the overnight spotlight after a late double up. Akenhead eventually claimed 170,900, good enough for third after Day 1d as Jose Astima finished ahead of the Brit with 180,900.
Other big stacks and notables advancing from the turbo heat include Emrah Cakmak (150,200), Benjamin Morrison (133,000), Keisuke Hikosaka (130,400), Kalidou Sow (125,000), Diego Gomez (96,900), Fraser MacIntyre (89,000), Albert Sapiano (78,300) and Chris Moorman (31,200). PokerStars Team Pro Aditya Agarwal made it through as well with 107,200 while well known casualties included Barny Boatman, Rodrigo Strong, Paul-Francois Tedeschi, Kully Sidhu, Fabio Sperling, Will Givens and Javier Zarco to name just a few.
After all starting days, a total field of 944 entries - including one no show - emerged and 314 hopefuls will be coming back for Day 2 as of 11 a.m. local time. This massive number outshines the 649 entries of the last United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour £770 Main Event at the same venue one year ago, which drew 649 entries, and a new record for the Hippodrome Casino was set. More than £820,000 will be up for grabs and the prize pool information will be released at the start of Day 2.
Ten levels of 60 minutes are scheduled for tomorrow, but due to the field size the plan for the day may be altered still. The PokerNews live reporting will be there when history is made here in London, so check back regularly.
The action continues to rise and Javier Zarco was among those to fall. He lost a flip for the starting stack with against the of Fabio Miranda, as the Portuguese spiked a king on the board . Zarco was left with around 7,000 and those vanished soon after.
Raz Alon avoided a big setback when his cracked , the board came .
Rodrigo Strong is nowhere to be found either, he has been replaced by the always smiling Scotsman Fraser MacIntyre.
After her episode with William Kassouf at the end of Day 1c, Alexandra O'Brien is recovering with some more poker and jumped into the turbo heat. At the end of the previous level she called a raise to 700 and behind her another player called, the small blind then made it 2,200.
All called and it headed four ways to the flop that got checked around. On the turn, the initial raiser bet 3,500 and O'Brien called, as did the small blind. The river was checked to O'Brien and she bet 7,000. The small blind called and the initial raiser folded. O'Brien turned over for aces and eights, her opponent had for aces and fives.
The PokerStars Festival London £990 Main Event has seen the Hippodrome Casino burst with players and many of them failed to bag up a stack in the previous three starting times. Thanks to the re-entry turbo heat Day 1d, everyone gets a second though and those that have not booked their seat for Day 2 yet can do so in 12 levels of 20 minutes each as of 10 p.m. local time.
Quite a few big names that dropped out today and yesterday are expected back at the tables such as Barny Boatman, PokerStars Team Pro Jake Cody, Daniel Wilson, Javier Zarco, £2,200 High Roller champion Joe Johnson are all among those that will likely fire a second bullet.
Even before the first cards were dealt, the tournament screens showed 100 entries to further boost the record. Check back regularly as the PokerNews live reporting team will be there for all the action as well.