Only nine players from the original 126 remain in the 2013 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour remain, and what a final nine it is. There are some excellent poker players among the final nine, which should make for quite a spectacle when play resumes.
Ian Simpson, who won this year’s Irish open for a massive score of €265,000, is the man who holds the chip lead going into the finale. Simpson’s stack of 744,500 means he starts with his name in the number one spot, but a victory in Manchester is far from a done deal.
When the 69 surviving players returned to the G Casino on New Bury Road on Saturday afternoon, the first goal was to reach the final 20 places where the prize money was. This goal was not reached by luminaries such as Jake Cody, Tom Middleton and John Eames, nor was it met by Darren Delahunty who ran his ace-king into the pocket aces of Danny Tran to finish in 21st place and burst the money bubble and lock up a payday of at least £2,000 for the remaining players.
Now there are only nine players left in the field and the guaranteed payout is now £4,000. This amount rises steadily until the champion is crowned; that champion will leave Manchester with £57,000 in prize money.
Joining Simpson at the final table are a number of players who will have a major say in where the title ends up. Jeff Kimber and Sunny Chattha are probably the two most experienced players at the table and although he starts as the short stack (he has 15 big blinds), keen amateur Gordon “GiMac” MacArthur certainly knows his way around the baize of a poker table.
GUKPT Manchester Main Event Final Table Chip Counts
Tune in to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday for a full recap of the action from the final table of the 2013 GUKPT Manchester Main Event.