It has been a roller coaster year for professional poker player Sinem “Sin” Melin, one that has seen her reach the final tables of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour London Main Event, one of the Dusk Till Dawn Multi Prize Pool poker events and a six-max event at the recent UKIPT Galway festival. Melin was also snapped up by Full Tilt Poker as one of its UKIPT Ambassadors, and now she stands a chance of becoming the GUKPT’s first-ever female Main Event champion.
Melin leads the final 12 players in the GUKPT Luton Main Event and by quite a margin, too. Melin bagged up 1,350,000 chips late on Saturday night, a stack that contains over 500,000 more than her nearest rival Driton Haxhaij (737,000).
Day 2 commenced at 12:00 on Saturday and saw 88 players take to the G Casino Luton felt. It took nine hours for those 88 hopefuls to be reduced to 25, the number of players who were paid out. The bubble burst at 21:00 and the unfortunate bubble boy was Day 1A’s chip leader Billy Chattaway.
A raise to 14,000 by Tim Jones was met by a three-bet all in from Chattaway. The 45,000 bet represented more than half of Jones’ stack, so Jones took over a minute to decide whether to make the call or not. Jones eventually called with and found himself narrowly ahead of the of online star Chattaway. The small pair of Jones remained best on the flop, then fell way behind when the fell on the turn. The prospect of doubling up on the bubble must have had Chattaway fist-pumping on the inside, but that elation was short-lived as the completed the board and improved Jones to an unlikely set of fives.
With Chattaway out of the way, the remaining 25 players basked in the glory associated with reaching the money of the £1,070 buy-in GUKPT Main Event. Players such as Mark McCluskey (24th for £2,350), Ben “F3nix35” Dobson (21st for £2,600), Joe Grech (18th for £2,600) and Kirit Patel (15th for £2,600) each made it into the money places.
When play resumes – at 1:00 p.m. – each of the 12 players is guaranteed £3,300 for their efforts so far. Anyone who reaches the nine-handed final table will walk away with at least £5,250, while the eventual champion leaves Luton with £72,250 and the title of GUKPT Luton champion. Will Melin become the first-ever female GUKPT Main Event champion? We will find out the answer to that question in around 12 hours’ time.
GUKPT Luton Main Event Day 3 Chip Counts