The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Goliath tournament kicked off in Coventry yesterday afternoon with the first of three starting days. After 14 40-minute levels the curtain was brought down on an intense day of poker and it was Bill Wallace who was announced as the overnight chip leader.
Wallace bagged up an impressive 430,000 chips at the end of the night to find his name at the top of the chip counts – and by some margin too. Ironically, Wallace was the first player to be eliminated from the tournament, but thanks to the re-entry format being employed in this event, Wallace re-enter and what a decision that turned out to be.
The London-based professional gambler was propelled to the top of the chip counts during the last 15-minutes of play after he won a monster pot in a clash with the talented Mark McCluskey. According to the GUKPT Goliath blog, the pot started off with limpers but on the flop Wallace bet 15,000 only to see McCluskey raise to 34,000. Wallace moved all in and McCluskey made the call with . McCluskey needed to catch a club or a five to crack Wallace's queens but his outs failed to materialise and McCluskey was sent packing whilst Wallace went in the opposite direction.
Speaking to the GUKPT Goliath blogging team Wallace – who finished 248th in last year's event – said, “I played last year and really enjoyed it. This tournament is great value.”
Including re-entries there were 457 buy-ins but of those only 79 managed to make it through to Saturday's Day 2. Joining Wallace at the Ricoh Arena at the weekend will be fellow high flyers Lydia Cugudda (339,600 chips), Robert Harding (320,400) and Lez Fenton (300,000) plus those souls who manage to navigate through today's Day 1b and Friday's Day 1c. Who will make it through? Tune in tomorrow to find out!
GUKPT Goliath Day 1a Top 10 Chips Counts
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