In an attempt to improve attendances at its main events, the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) placed a £50,000 guarantee on all of its £500+£50 buy-in tournaments for the 2013 season. Those guarantees have done their job and the turnout for some of the recent GUKPT tournaments has been impressive to say the least.
GUKPT Walsall saw 144 entrants and an £86,000 prize pool, while GUKPT Reading witnessed 140 players buy in and create an £85,200 prize pool. Yesterday, the cashier at the G Casino in Brighton took 131 lots of £500+£50, which took the combined number of players to an impressive 198 and means the players are now playing for a share of £98,000.
Ross Patman, a regular at the Dusk Till Dawn club in Nottingham, ended Day 1b as the chip leader with 143,250 chips and will start Day 2 in second place overall as his stack contains around 10,000 less than Babbis Lappas – the Day 1a leader.
Patman snatched the lead towards the end of the night, as it was John Allison who led the field for most of Day 1b. Allison’s stack contained 127,025 chips when the curtain came down on Day 1b’s proceedings.
Among the 58 player who navigated their way through the nine 60-minute levels played on Friday are some marquee names who are sure to heavily influence where the GUKPT Brighton title goes. Leeds-based online pro Marcin “marcin123” Milde (82,400), Steve Watts (45,050), Tom Hall (31,250), German pro Sebastian Gohr (25,300), and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Craig McCorkell (20,975) are a few of the big names who progressed from Day 1b.
Day 2 begins at 12:00 and the tournament staff will try their best to reach the nine-handed final table. The money bubble will burst at some point in Day 2 – prize pool information was unavailable at time of writing – so make sure you tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday morning to discover which unfortunate soul was the bubble boy and who has made it through to the GUKPT Brighton final table.
2013 GUKPT Brighton End-of-Day 1b- Top 10 Chip Counts