The record-breaking Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Goliath is in its final stages after the 371 players who returned to the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Saturday were reduced to only 27. Daniel Cullen, who has 7,200,000 chips at his disposal, leads these 27 players.
As we suspected earlier in the week, Max Greenwood’s tournament leading stack of 700,000 was a mistype on the GUKPT blog and he actually started Day 2 with 100,000. The chip leader going into Day 2 was Matt Hays on 589,200 followed by Adrian Evers (495,800), Nishid Pnadipleuman (485,000) and Alexander Slade (474,000).
The tournament progressed at a lightening pace throughout the day and the bubble burst within the first hour. Amazingly, seven players busted on the bubble so the GUKPT took the unprecedented step of awarding each of them a seat in next year’s Goliath along with £25.70 in cash (a min-cash was £180). A fantastic gesture, especially when you consider GUKPT added £55,000 to last year’s prize pool, too.
With the bubble burst, everyone who still has chips in front of them were guaranteed a payout of at least £180, but with around £50,000 awaiting the champion, nobody wanted to be awarded that morsel.
The most notable elimination on Day 2 came at the end of play. Sung Hee Yun finished in 32nd place when her could not come from behind to beat the of Ernesto Aguilar. Yun’s exit means the final days of the GUKPT Goliath are an all-male affair.
Official chip counts have not yet been made available by GUKPT, but we do know the top four players thanks to the GUKPT blog. The aforementioned Cullen leads with 7,200,000 with Nishid Pnadipleuman (5,700,000), Peter Rhodes (4,400,000) and Daniel Arbon (4,100,00) keeping tabs on him.
Day 3 begins at noon and continues until the nine-handed final table is reached. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday morning to discover which players make up the final table.