The favourite pastimes of a typical student include: Not actually doing their coursework, sleeping in, eating Pot Noodle and drinking. However, did you know they also love poker. I mean they really love poker.
Last year 280 students piled into the G Casino inside the Ricoh Arena, Coventry for the annual UK Student Poker Championships (UKSPC) and each paid the £30 entry fee. This created a prize pool of £8,400 (which also had £3,000 of prizes added to it) and a first place prize of £2,190.
Fast forward to the present and this year’s UKSPC has smashed its attendance record by a remarkable margin. The previous best-attended UKSPC Main Event drew 357 players in but the 2013 edition has seen a staggering 469 entrants, meaning the prize pool stands at £14,070 – and that does not include the £2,000 GUKPT Grand Final seat that will be awarded to the eventual champion.
One of the reasons for the huge attendance spike is the fact one re-entry was allowed, but also because the tournament now has the backing of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT). There will also be other factors but it is great to see grassroots poker being so popular and well supported.
Of the 469 entrants, fewer than 100 players remain. These hopefuls will be lead back into battle by Andrew Symeou who has amassed a gigantic stack of 392,100 chips. To put his stack into context, Symeou’s nearest rival is George Heaton with 191,000 chips! The tournament is certainly not a forgone conclusion but something drastic is going to have to happen for Symeou not to progress into the money places and beyond.
UK & Ireland PokerNews would like to wish each of the remaining players in the 2013 UKSPC the very best of luck going into the final day’s play.
2013 UKSPC Final Day Top 10 Chip Counts
Images courtesy of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour site.