After a slow start to Day 1b, the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Manchester Main Event exploded into life and saw a more than respectable 126 players buy in for £1,070. This left the GUKPT nursing a £20,000 overlay, but it could have been much, much worse.
With the word of an overlay spreading across the United Kingdom like ants on a discarded piece of fruit, some of the country’s biggest names jumped into their cars and headed to Manchester to a slice of it. By the time the registration desk closed, players such as Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, double World Series of Poker bracelet winner JP Kelly, recent bracelet winner Matt Perrins and current European Poker Tour Barcelona champion Tom Middleton had bought in. All but Kelly made it through to Day 2.
The chip leader at the end of Day 1b was Jeff Kimber who finished with 157,975 chips. Those who read our recap of the Day 1a action will notice that Kimber’s stack is larger than that of John Eames – Day 1a’s top man – and he therefore leads overall.
How did Kimber amass so many chips? We will let the man tell you himself.
Got 130k with a level n a half left of #gukpt Manchester, got @johneamespoker in the crosshairs. Trying to keep the 20k overlay in house!Follow @jeffkimberpoker
@johneamespoker slightly edited highlights. 3b KK, bb cold 4 AA for just over mon raise, JJ 5b allin for 65 bigs. Flop KJ was ok thoFollow @jeffkimberpoker
Second in chips from the Day 1b field was the aforementioned Middleton, a man who can do no wrong at the moment. After winning the EPT Barcelona Main Event for €942,000, Middleton won the Sunday 500 at PokerStars and then final tabled a World Championship Of Online Poker event. He couldn’t go all the way and win GUKPT, could he?
A number of established players also progressed to Saturday’s Day 2. These included Matt Davenport (99,750), Sky Poker’s Julian Thew (79,025), Ian Simpson (69,475), Mike Hill (63,700), Peter Charalambous (40,450), Fraser McIntyre (37,850), Jonathan Beck (36,650), Sunny Chattha (15,000), and Jamie Sykes (14,900).
GUKPT Manchester End-of-Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
The 53 surviving players from Day 1b will join with the 19 from Day 1a creating a Day 2 field of 72 players. The plan of action is to restart the tournament at 12:00 noon and continue until the money bubble bursts and then attempts will be made to play down to the nine-handed final table, or thereabouts.
Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday for a recap of the action from Day 2 of the GUKPT Manchester Main Event.