Day 2 of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Goliath took place inside the Ricoh Arena, Coventry yesterday and it saw the 343 players who had managed to navigate through the three starting flights whittled down to just 28.
Leading the way going into the penultimate day's play is a 20-year old student from Birmingham by the name of Abas Ladak. When play resumes for Day 3, Ladak will un-bag and have to put 5,200,000 chips into towers; that is almost three times the size of the average stack at this point of the tournament and he is certainly in pole position to walk away with the first place prize of £35,800.
Ladak's nearest rival is Gavin Manley and his 3,874,000 stack, closely followed by Kristopher James Graham on 3,200,000 and slightly further in front of Mark Harding (2,754,000) and Allan Peers (2,614,000) who make up the top five in chips.
The 28 players who return to the felt this afternoon will do so safe in the knowledge they have locked up a payout of at least £660 for their efforts so far in this event, though by the time the curtain comes down on another day if intense poker action, the final table of nine will be set and £2,880 guaranteed.
Who will make it to the GUKPT Goliath final table? Follow the live updates over on the official blog and tune into these very pages tomorrow to find out. UK & Ireland PokerNews would like to wish the 28 survivors the very best of luck for today!
Top 10 Chip Counts At End Of Day 2
|3||Kristopher James Graham||3,200,000|
|9||Richard William Sutcliffe||2,103,000|
Lead image from GUKPT's Facebook page