Early on Friday morning Richard Trigg updated his Facebook status saying: “Up at a ridiculous hour to head to blackpool for the gukpt, 18th in 2011, 12th in 2008 1st 2013??” It appears that Trigg must have some sort of psychic ability as he bagged up 120,600 chips at the end of Day 1b of the GUKPT Blackpool Main Event, enough to lead the entire tournament going into Saturday’s Day 2.
Day 1b started with whispers of a potential overlay on the £200,000 prize pool, but thoughts soon disappeared as 155 players bought in for £1,070, which when added to the 71 who played on Day 1a, means the total attendance stands at 226 and the prize pool at £226,000.
GUKPT Blackpool Payouts
Including Trigg, five players ended Day 1b armed with six-figure stacks; Charlie Denton (112,175), Gregg Garrett (107,800), Derek Leach (102,200) and Sean McBride (101,425) being the other four big stacks.
That quintet joins the likes of Irish Open champion Ian Simpson (94,375), Stuart Rutter (63,075), last year’s GUKPT Blackpool champion Simon Deadman (62,825), Sky Poker’s Ryan Spittles (49,275), Tom Hall (47,300), Jamie O’Connor (36,900), Steve Warburton (35,500), and UKIPT Marbella winner Ludovic Geilich (21,525) on Day 2.
Sadly, for neutrals and fans of the game, some of the countries most established players fell by the wayside on Day 1b and won’t be battling it out for the £63,000 first place prize. Commiserations go to Jeff Kimber, Julian Thew, Fraser MacIntyre, Luke Reeves, Yucel “Mad Turk” Eminoglu, Mitch Johnson, Ben Jackson and many others who busted during the day’s proceedings.
Day 2 kicks off at 12:00 noon on Saturday and the plan is to get as close to the nine-handed final table as possible. With 91 players returning to the G Casino Blackpool felt, that is quite a task. The money bubble is guaranteed to burst at some point on Day 2 so make sure you tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday to discover which unfortunate soul popped the bubble and whether Trigg is still on course to become a GUKPT champion.
GUKPT Blackpool Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
Lead image and data courtesy of the GUKPT blog.