What an explosive day of poker was witnessed by all in attendance at the 2013 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final at The Vic on Saturday.
As the clock struck midday, 132 players were in their seats, ready to battle their way through the penultimate day’s play in order to give themselves a shot at the massive £158,700 first place prize. As the curtain came down on proceedings – some 10 hours of poker later – only 13 player still had chips at their disposal.
The man with the most chips is Richard Kellett who starts Day 3 with 1,475,500 precious ceramic betting discs. Kellett, a 24-year old from Preston, has a number of impressive scores in the live poker arena, including a 15th place finish at European Poker Tour Dortmund in 2009 (€20,000) and a win in a £200 side event at the 2009 GUKPT London (£26,350).
In addition to his $100,413 in live tournament winnings, Kellett has more than $200,000 in the online arena and will be a formidable foe going into the final day’s play of the GUKPT Grand Final.
The only other player to bag up more than one million chips was Matt Davenport, who starts with 1,020,000 chips. Davenport has a ninth, fifth and second place finish in GUKPT Main Events and will be hoping this is the tournament that gets the monkey off his back and allows him to call himself a GUKPT champion.
Sat in third place as the third and final day begins is the popular pro Sam Grafton, who you may recall took down this very tournament in 2012 and is looking to become the first ever back-to-back GUKPT Grand Final champion. Grafton starts with 795,500 chips and, although there is still a long way to go in this competition, must surely be the favourite to go all the way at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino.
Among the final 13 players are some extremely talented individuals who if they do not win the event themselves, will have a major say in who does. Players such as Scott “Aggro Santos” Margerson, Ben Jackson, Zimnan Ziyard, Will Kassouf, Unibet Open champion Pratik Ghatge, Thomas Bichon and Kevin Allen are all capable of leaving the capital with the first place prize and trophy tucked under their arm.
The final day’s play begins at 1:00 p.m and continues until a champion is crowned. Who will the 2013 GUKPT Grand Final champion be? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday morning to discover the answer to that question.
2013 GUKPT Grand Final Day 3 Chip Counts
2013 GUKPT Grand Final Remaining Payouts
Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT Blog