The registration desk at the G Casino Manchester needed to take at least 143 entries on Day 1b of the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Manchester Main Event in order to avoid a dreaded overlay. By the time the staff rolled the shutters down, they had exchanged £1,080 for 20,000 tournament chips a total of 135 times meaning an overlay of £8,000 for the players to enjoy.
When you add the 135 Day 1b entries to the 57 who chose Thursday’s Day 1a as their start day, you get 192 entries and a £192,000 prize pool. This substantial sum is going to find its way into the pockets of the top 20 finishers, with a min-cash being worth £2,000 and the eventual champion heading out of Manchester with a novelty cheque for £57,000.
2014 GUKPT Manchester Main Event Payouts
France’s Alain Bauer bagged up 138,600 chips at the close of play to finish as Day 1b’s chip leader. Bauer’s impressive stack will see him start Saturday’s Day 2 second in chips behind Day 1a leader Nathan Jackson (152,800).
The final starting flight of a major live tournament is always, almost without fail, the most popular day and the one that draws all of the big names out of the woodwork. One such player is Luke Reeves who bagged up 115,500 chips as the curtain came down on Day 1b’s proceedings. Reeves, known as “Bit2Easy” in online circles where he has more than $1.1 million in winnings, finished fourth in the 2012 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event – the one that Simon Deadman won – and will be looking for a repeat performance at the very least in Manchester.
Among the 49 players who progressed to Day 2 are the likes of Ben Jackson (95,000), last year’s winner of this event Sunny Chattha (86,000), Grosvenor Poker sponsored pro Jeff Kimber (78,200), Michael Piper (70,400), Mr Elegance himself Joe Beevers (63,400), motor-mouthed Sam Grafton (61,000), Ben “jenbizzle” Jones (57,300), Mike “Da Bookie” Hill (51,500), Tom Ambler (37,800), the tallest man in poker Karl Mahrenholz (34,400), and Ross Boatman (33,400).
Day 2 commences at 1:00pm and the plan of action is to first burst the money bubble and then try to whittle the field down as close to the nine-handed final table as possible. With the aforementioned stars and those who survived Day 1a – read the recap of which here – Day 2 should be a superb poker spectacle.
2014 GUKPT Manchester Day 1b Top 10 Chips Counts