Day 1b of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Bolton Main Event took place on Friday and drew a much more substantial crowd than the previous starting day. Where Day 1a saw 44 players participate, Day 1b attracted 89 entrants and it is a Day 1b competitor who leads going into Saturday’s Day 2.
Liam Batey is a former professional BMX rider who managed to pull a few stunts at the G Casino felt on Friday. Batey, fresh from winning $42,596 in Las Vegas – Batey won a $235 Rio Daily Deepstack – bagged up 210,600 chips when play ended, which is almost 50,000 more than anyone else managed.
Amazingly, this is Batey's first-ever GUKPT tournament and he is now odds on to secure his first GUKPT cash, too.
Unlike on Day 1a, where nobody ended with a six-figure stack, Day 1b saw four players struggle to fit their chips into the overnight chip bag. Joining Batey in the “big stack club” are Todd Robinson (156,850), Mark James (102,450) and Abed Eid (100,350). Of that large-stacked trio, we urge you to keep your eye out for James as he has an exceptional record in GUKPT events and other tournaments with buy-ins similar to this tournament.
In total, 32 players made it through to Day 2 where they will join with the 17 survivors from Day 1a. This means the G Casino Bolton will see 49 players return to the felt at 12:00 Saturday, each of whom share a common goal – to make it into the money places and then onto the final table. The prize money is distributed to the top 13 finishers in the GUKPT Bolton Main Event; a min-cash is worth £1,000 while the eventual champion takes home £20,000.
Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday to discover who burst the money bubble, who made it to the final table and our thoughts on who will be the 2013 GUKPT Bolton Main Event champion.
2013 GUKPT Bolton Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts