A total of 58 players returned to their seats in the Grosvenor Casino, Walsall for the second day of play in the GUKPT Walsall Main Event and before the allocated nine levels had been played out the nine-handed final table had been reached.
With 152 starters the £152,000 prize pool was shared out amongst the top 15 finishers so nobody wanted to finish in 16th and burst the bubble; but as we know someone has to in every tournament. The worst finishing position in the tournament was determined at around 21:45 on Saturday when Steve Holden made it 9,000 to play and was called by Simon Deadman on the button. Priyesh Jani moved all-in from the big blind, Holden folded but Deadman made the call, showing . Jani flipped over a dominating but when the board ran out the bubble was burst and whilst Jani went home empty handed, except his bad beat story, everyone else locked up at least £2,300 for their efforts.
Over the next hour six more players bit the dust and the final table was formed. Commiserations to Anthony Gaughan who I know from the blogging world who was the final table bubble boy. The action folded to young Gaughan on the button and he shipped in 20 big blinds with . Chris Gavriel then said "I don't believe you" before making a quite ridiculous call with . The flop paired Gavriel's three but he still needed to hit again if he was to win; and hit he did as a king peeled off on the turn. The river was a five and with that Gaughan exited in 10th place for £2,650.
When play resumes at 12:00 this afternoon it will be the aforementioned Holden who starts as the chipleader; the experienced pro will no doubt be the favourite to walk away with his first GUKPT title. Holden is a regular on the live UK circuit but a GUKPT title has eluded him so far. In 2009 he busted in ninth in this very tournament and will certainly want to improve in that result today. Another result he will want to improve on will be his second place finish in the 2010 Tournament of Champions, a result that netted him a career-best score of £31,125. Can he do it? Tune in tomorrow to find out.
GUKPT Walsall Final Table
GUKPT Walsall Final Table Payouts