Fifty-five players returned to the G Casino Didsbury yesterday afternoon to ply out the penultimate day of the Grosvenor Poker UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Didsbury main event. Over the course of eight hours these 55 hopefuls found themselves whittled down to the final table of nine and they are led by Eirimas Livonas.
Livonas starts the final table with 875,000 chips, almost double the amount of chips of his nearest rival, Amir Dandanfard. Lithuanian-born Livonas plays an unusual style that allows him to see plenty of flops; he is also prepared to make big calls with less than premium holdings. It is a playing style that helped him bamboozled his opponents on his way to winning the recent APAT World Championships Main Event and could see him become a GUKPT champion later today.
He may have a substantial chip lead over the rest of the field but a Livonas victory is far from guaranteed thanks to him being kept company by eight other talented individuals, who have all reached the final table on merit. Along with the aforementioned Dandanfard, the GUKPT Didsbury final table will house Yani Yanev, Justin Devonport, Ben Winsor, Tom Hall, Andy Booth, Alex Zeligman and Matt Davenport.
Each of the finalists is guaranteed a payout of at least £1,530, a prize made possible by the unfortunate demise of Rod Albright – himself a former GUKPT champion. Albright busted in 16th place when he three-bet all in over the top of a raise from Graham Doherty with pocket sevens and ran into a pair of eights. Doherty’s eights improved to a set on the flop and a full house on the turn, busting Albright from the tournament and bursting the money bubble.
Pay at the final table begin at 14:00 and continues until just one man is in possession of all the chips in play. Who will become the GUKPT Didsbury champion? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews tomorrow to find that out.
GUKPT Didsbury Main Event final table chip counts
Thanks to the special relationship between PokerNews and Grosvenor Poker you could be heading to the 2013 GUKPT’s third leg in Stockton. On April 28 there is a PokerNews-exclusive freeroll taking place at Grosvenor Poker that will see the winner take home a £550 seat to GUKPT Stockton. In addition to this, players who finish in positions second through to seventh will win a £55 GUKPT online satellite ticket that can be used to try and satellite into any GUKPT Main Event of your choice.