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Will Sascha Manns Advance to His Third The Festival Series Main Event Final Table?

Will Sascha Manns Advance to His Third The Festival Series Main Event Final Table?

The Festival Series Nottingham has been buzzing the past five days at Dusk Till Dawn. Day 5 featured five winners while also boasting the final two opening flights of The Festival Series Nottingham £450 Main Event.

Main Event in the Money

The Festival Series Nottingham Main Event attracted a banner field of 609 entries to create a tasty £236,292 prize pool. A total of 91 players bagged stacks into Day 2 through the four opening flights with Carlo Solazzo miraculously advancing during two separate opening flights collecting a min-cash of £800 already on the stack not being brought forward.

Michael O'Brien leads the way and was the only player to bag more than 4 million in chips with a stack of 4,120,000. Meanwhile, Marian Dumitrache (3,565,000), Ali Ayub (3,420,000), and Satnam Sandhu (3,045,000) each will start off Day 2 with more than 3 million in chips.

One player to keep your eyes on is Sascha Manns as he is in prime position to make The Festival Series history. Manns appeared at the final table at the last two The Festival Series Main Events in Tallinn and Bratislava and will start Day 2 with an impressive stack of 2,965,000 in chips in the hunt for the trifecta. Of course, Manns wants the cherry on top with his first Main Event victory at The Festival Series which comes with a healthy £42,250 top prize.

Main Event Payouts


Tarique Imam Wins the Short Deck

The £230 Short Deck attracted a tidy field of 10 players to create a £1,940 prize pool. Tarique Imam won the event for £1,050 after agreeing to a heads-up deal with James McLaren.

1Tarique Imam£1,050
2James McLaren£890
Tarique Imam

Professional Flip Winner Ian Vertefeuille Wins the Freezeout

American Ian Vertefeuille visited The Festival Series in Bratislava and went on to win the Franke's Flip Flops there. This awarded him a package to The Festival Series Nottingham.

While Vertefeuille may or may not be a "professional flipper" we can tell you that he can also win when there is a bit more skill on the line. Vertefeuille agreed to a heads-up deal with Jack Morrison before going on to win the title.

1Ian Vertefeuille£2,045
2Jack Morrison£2,261
3Gatis Reigass£1,250
4Max Downdall£850
5Qadeer Ahmad£650
6Raivo Pinsel£500
8Karl Fenton£300
9Huong Dinh£250
10Yasir Khan£200
11Florin Chitan£200
12Rinalds Zimka£200
13Hans Trodal£175
14Marek Liiva£175
15Terence Nelson£175
Ian Vertefeuille

Zhongming Liao Wins the PLO Freezeout

The NLH Freezeout wasn't the only Freezeout of the day as later on Day 5, Zhongming Liao shipped the £230 PLO Freezeout for £2,045.

Erik Hamre was also on the podium in second place followed by Alexandru Talica in third place. Talica also officially won the Franke's Flip Flops this time around and thanks to that will join us at The Festival Series Malta at Portomaso Casino from May 15-21.

Also cashing this event were a pair of Estonian in Toivo Ojasoo and Allan Arjut.

1Zhongming Liao£2,045
2Erik Hamre£1,595
3Alexandru Talica£990
4Toivo Ojasoo£600
5Allan Arjut£424
Alexandru Talica

Follow today's action at The Festival Series blog!