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GUKPT Blackpool Main Event: 16 Remain; John Haigh Leads the Way

GUKPT Blackpool Main Event: 16 Remain; John Haigh Leads the Way 0001

Only 16 players remain in the 2013 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Blackpool Main Event as the £1,070 buy-in tournament reaches its final day. In pole position for the whopping £63,000 first place prize is John Haigh and his 675,000 stack.

Haigh, who won a 25/25 event in Manchester in July for £15,000, won a massive pot that resulted in Jamie O’Connor heading to the rail short of the money places. All the chips went flying into the middle of a {A-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{5-Spades} board, Haigh showing {5-Clubs}{5-Hearts} for quad fives, leaving a disgusted O’Connor to show {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} for a full house. That hand catapulted Haigh to 540,000 and sent him well on his way to being the chip leader.

It took almost nine hours of play for the money bubble to burst and when it did it was Danny Tran who picked up the unwanted title of bubble boy. Tran shipped his tiny stack into the middle of the felt with what turned out to be {10-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and Dan Pope re-shoved to isolate him with the monster that is {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}. A board reading {10-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{6-Spades}{7-Spades}{A-Hearts} kept the kings in front and sent Tran to the rail in 23rd place with 22 places being paid.

Helping themselves to some prize money were Sky Poker pro Ryan Spittles, Stuart Rutter and last year’s champion Simon Deadman. The latter busted on the final hand of the night hwen his {9-Clubs}[8jh] couldn’t get there against the {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} of Caicai Huang.

Deaman’s exit saw the tournament director pause the tournament for the last time as Day 3 will proceed until the 2013 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event champion is crowned.

GUKPT Blackpool Main Event Day 3 Chip Counts

RankPlayerChips
1stJohn Haigh675,000
2ndDean Swift498,000
3rdJohn Miller392,000
4thCaiCai Huang389,000
5thDan Pope346,500
6thDerek Leach292,000
7thRichard Trigg239,000
8thKev Steele234,500
9thDahe Liu231,500
10thAdam Forsyth230,000
11thLee Taylor198,000
12thKyle Hendry181,500
13thYusuf Erdam177,000
14thMajid Khan163,000
15thSyed Zaidi162,500
16thRichard Pearson105,000

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