Ludovic Geilich’s loose-aggressive approach to the game gained him plenty of fans of the European Poker Tour Deauville live stream, but it is a style of play that his opponents hate to have to attempt to counter. Whatever countermeasures they deployed on Friday’s Day 1b didn’t exactly work because the talented Scot bagged up 178,700 chips and leads the £1,080 buy-in GUKPT London Main Event going into Saturday’s Day 2. Amazingly, Geilich busted out during Level 6 and re-entered, yet still finished in style at the top of the counts.
Thanks to 174 players buying in on Day 1b, the total prize pool stands at an impressive £323,000 of which £84,000 awaits the eventual champion. While there is a long, long way to go in this superbly structured tournament, Geilich will be confident of yet another deep run in a major live event.
Geilich burst onto the live poker scene when he took down the UKIPT Marbella Main Event in June 2013, a result that netted him a then career-best score of €130,000. Five months later, Geilich bamboozled his opponents on his way to a fourth place finish in the European Poker Tour London Event. That result netted Geilich £193,340 and gained him even more respect from his peers.
More recently, Geilcih finished 34th in the EPT Deauville Main Event for €14,010.
Joining Geilich in the “I progressed from Day 1b” club are players such as Tamer Kamel (139,600), Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer (87,900), Ben Vinson (84,400), Keith “The Camel” Hawkins (49,300), Jeff Kimber (40,800), Talal Shakerchi (34,100), Chaz Chattha (28,200), Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Sin Melin (21,800) and Kevin Iacofano (9,600).
Sadly, for neutrals at least, Day 2 will be missing some of the biggest names in the UK as they failed in their quest to follow in Geilich’s footsteps and crush the Day 1b field. James Mitchell, Tom Hall, Toby Lewis, Ryan Spittles, Alex Goulder, Ben Jackson, Mat Cuthbertson, Richard Ashby, Zimnan Ziyard, Martins Adeniya, Fraser MacIntyre, Teddy Sheringham and Sunny Chattha just a selection of those who will be watching the tournament progress from the sidelines.
2014 GUKPT London Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
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The Poker Room inside “The Vic” opens for Day 2 action at 1:00pm on Saturday afternoon and the 65 Day 1b survivors join with the 60 who made it through from Day 1a, making for a field of 125. The plan of action is to whittle this number down to a more manageable one, possibly getting close to the final table and certainly bursting the money bubble.
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