The first of two starting flights in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Blackpool Main Event took place at the G Casino at The Sandcastle on Thursday afternoon and saw 71 entries by the time the registration desk slammed shut. Of those 71 entries only 28 survived the nine 60-minute levels with their chip stacks intact. Richard Pearson bagged up the most chips to end Day 1a as the tournament’s chip leader.
Pearson has been a regular on the GUKPT in 2013 and has some superb results in the side events. Two wins and a third place at GUKPT Stockton were followed up by a win in Portsmouth and then another third place in Manchester on Leg 9. More recently, Pearson finished third – he seems to have a knack of doing that – at the inaugural Isle of Man Cup that bagged him a career best live score of £5,225. Pearson, who ended Day 1 of this £1,070 buy-in event with 100,150 chips, will no doubt be hoping to better that prize by the time the GUKPT Blackpool Main Event ends.
Keeping Pearson company at the top of the Day 1a leader board are John Haigh (92,625), Syed Zaidi (81,300), John Hall (73,425) and Les Kearney (71,625).
Day 1a was the chosen starting flight for some of the United Kingdom’s big guns, but for the majority of them it simply did not work out. Karl Mahrenholz, last season’s GUKPT Blackpool champion Simon Deadman, Paul “Action” Jackson, Steve Warburton, James Browning, Tom Hall, Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody and John Eames all crashed out at various points of the day. Eames was the first player to bust from the tournament, running his queens into pocket aces, but he re-entered and finished Day 1a with 16,000 chips.
The second and final starting day kicks off at 12:00 noon and continues until nine hour-long levels are done and dusted. There needs to be 129 entries in order to prevent an overlay, will this many players turn out for the £1,070 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday morning to find out.
GUKPT Blackpool Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
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