The 2013 edition of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) London main event is one of the best attended GUKPT events in recent memory after 224 players turned out for Day 1B, taking the total attendance to an impressive 397. These players have created a prize pool of £397,000 and a first place prize of £103,240.
The man who bagged up the most chips at the end of the nine 60-minute levels, and bagged up the most over the two starting flights, was Main Event Travel sponsored pro Rhys Jones. Known as “floppinhel” in online poker circles, Jones ended Day 1B with a tournament leading 149,775 and now that the talented youngster has heaps of chips he is a good bet to have a very deep run in the British capital.
Jones is currently ranked 74th in the world for online poker tournaments according to the PocketFives rankings, thanks to his impressive lifetime cashes of almost $1,500,000. Although Jones is a formidable player, he is yet to transfer his online prowess to the live arena. Could this be his breakthrough tournament?
Joining Jones, and the survivors from Day 1A, are the likes of Kevin Williams (115,100); Leon “flippetyflop” Louis (78,650); Jack Ellwood (74,000); Jerome Bradpiece (67,075); recent EPT Prague High Roller runner-up Tim Reilly (36,325) and Ben Vinson (31,900). Also keep an eyes out for Ivey Poker pro John Eames (28,000); World Series of Poker bracelet winner Craig McCorkell (27,925); Mark McCluskey (25,125); Ben Jackson (18,575) and Keith “The Camel” Hawkins (16,500).
Day 2 commences at 12:00 today and by the time the curtain comes down on proceedings the money bubble should have burst or at least be somewhere near doing so. The top 38 players will receive prize money for their efforts, a min-cash being worth £2,380. Who will make it into the money place and who will fall short? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews tomorrow to find that out!
GUKPT London Main Event End-of-Day 1B top 10 chip counts
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