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Nicholas Stylianou Leads Final 14 in GUKPT Brighton Main Event

GUKPT Brighton

No Limit Hold’em, once nicknamed “The Cadillac of Poker” by Doyle Brunson, is a game that can completely turn around in a single hand. Those competing in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Main Event yesterday witnessed such a hand.

Day 2 was almost over when a massive pot went down. On a board reading {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and with around 100,000 chips already in the pot, Rajinder Kumar bet 100,000 and Nicholas Stylianou called. Before the dealer had placed the {3-Spades} on the river, Kumar announced he was all in. Stylianou snap-called and showed {K-Spades}{J-Spades} for the nut flush, a hand much stronger than the {A-}{K-} of Kumar.

That hand resulted in Stylianou’s stack swell to 836,000 and left Kumar with 299,000 chips.

GUKPT Brighton End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts

RankPlayerChips
1stNicholas Stylianou836,000
2ndDanny Tran410,000
3rdPiers Whyman339,500
4thRajinder Kumar299,000
5thJohn Allisson288,500
6thDaniel Bushell266,500
7thPerri Fox245,500
8thGrham Fabrace234,000
9thDinarte Desousa230,000
10thMatthew Bushell211,000
11thAmin Mousavin204,000
12thGary Sandford200,500
13thDavid Lloyd106,000
14thRoss Patman88,500

Stylianou’s largest cash was for £5,925, which was his reward for winning a £200 buy-in competition at The International Club in February 2012. Should Stylianou want to better that prize, he will have to finish fifth or higher in this event.

Starting Day 3 in second place is Danny Tran, a player who has a fantastic record on the GUKPT, although mainly in side events, and some excellent results in £100-£500 buy-in competitions. Tran has 10 career wins, four second places and six other final table appearances. Tran start with 410,000 chips.

2013 GUKPT Brighton Remaining Payouts

RankPrize
1st£28,210
2nd£19,560
3rd£12,130
4th£7,420
5th£5,690
6th£4,700
7th£3,720
8th£2,720
9th£1,980
10th£1,730
11th£1,480
12-14th£1,240

Day 3 starts at 1pm and continues until a champion is crowned. Who will emerge victorious and bag the £28,210 first place prize? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to find out.

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