The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) has dropped anchor in Luton where a star-studded Main Event kicked off in style yesterday. By the time the registration desk closed and the cashier had stopped taking the £1,070 buy-in there were 155 players signed up for the GUKPT Luton Main Event.
Of those 155 entrants just 63 players made it through to Saturday’s Day 2, 63 players who are being lead by the man better-known as Full Flush, Luke Schwartz, who ended Day 1a with a tournament leading stack of 179,100 chips. In years gone by Schwartz has mainly played cash games, but of late has started to participate in more tournaments. This summer he helped himself to a career-best score of $406,736, which he was awarded for finishing fourth in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Whilst he will not win anywhere near that amount for taking down this tournament, a victory would be Schwartz’s first major title and that itself is worth more than any sum of cash.
Schwartz’s closest rival when Day 2 gets under way is Matthew Perry and his 145,575 stack. Perry is in fine form of late, having taken down the Palm Beach Big Game on Oct. 01 for a £22,400 score and he will be looking to add to his bankroll with another deep run in Luton.
Rounding out the top ten chip counts are Allan McLean (118,200), Shaun Conning (116,125), Jeff Kimber (100,275), Antonis Poulengeris (96,875), Getting’s Ben Jackson (95,875), Thomas Myland (94,100) and Jamie O’Conner (84,275). Looking outside the top 10 places are another host of poker stars including; Karl Mahrenholz (70,900), Stuart Fox (69,275), “Mad Turk” Yucel Eminoglu (68,625), Sunny Chattha (65,000), everyone’s favourite Welshman Roberto Romanello (50,000), Sam “TheSquid” Grafton (43,300), Marc “dean23price” Wright (36,400), Teddy Sheringham (34,725), John Gale (29,550), Dave “DevilFish” Ulliot (20,000) and Simon Deadman (15,350).
Play resumes at 14:00 and will continue until the final table has been reached. With the field being so stacked there is a solid chance that the final table will star-studded and one of the best ever assembled on the long-running GUKPT. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews tomorrow to discover which players made it through Day 2 and who fell by the wayside.