The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) rolled into The Vic yesterday for the start of its first £1,070 Main Event of the 2013 season. By the time the registration desk closed there were an impressive 173 entries, which means the £200,000 guarantee has already been met despite another starting day taking place today!
Just 73 players managed to navigate their way through to Saturday’s Day 2, including some extremely well-known names. Leading the way after Day 1A is Marc “dean23price” Wright and his 113,425 chips. Wright, who is currently ranked eighth in the UK and 67th in the world in PocketFives’ online tournament rankings, busted out once on Day 1A but re-entered and put his second bullet to good use.
The rest of the surviving pack reads like a who’s who of poker. Players to look out for on Day 2 include “Mad” Marvin Rettenmaier (89,990); Surinder Sunar (88,750);Stuart Fox (87,525); Neil Channing (74,225); Manig Loeser (64,025); Genting Poker Series grand Final winner Elliot Panyi (62,450) Chris Bjorin (60,100).
Slightly less deep stacked but still definitely in contention are Poker Encore’s Karl Mahrenholz (30,500); last year’ GUKPT London champion Robin Keston (26,000); Rory “mafews” Matthews (23,825); Swedish superstar Martin Jacobson (20,300) and Jeff Kimber (19,850).
Day 1B kicks off at 12:00 and should see another bumper crowd descend on The Vic. Join us tomorrow to find out if Wright is still the overall chip leader or if someone manages to turn their 20,000 starting stack into more than 113,425.
GUKPT London End-of-Day 1A top 10 chip counts
|3||Wei Deng Wang||108,400|