It’s the second flight of the £150,000 guaranteed £550 Main Event today in Manchester, and Grosvenor Casino is prepared for the rush. In evidence: all tables bear notices reminding players that dinner break food can be ordered in advance. If you’re taking your seat/second bullet at noon today, we highly suggest you take this reminder firmly to heart.
So – to the poker! Twelve levels cut the Day 1A field to just two tables by 11pm, led by Jari Hurri with just shy of 200,000; with more than double the entries expected today, we’re betting over/under for the chip lead in the press room as players begin to filter in to the tournament area.
Late registration is open all day (in fact, until the start of Day 2, tomorrow at 1pm) so if you’re in the vicinity (or even anywhere in the UK or a lot of Scandinavia and Europe) there’s plenty of time to catch your transport of choice and take part in the highlight of the Manchester MPNPT weekend. The day’s tournament action will be rounded off with a £110 Turbo side event at 7pm tonight.