Simon Deadman has been in the form of his life during 2014 with six cashes, three of which were final tables and all three of those final table appearances resulting in a runner-up finish. On Sunday, Deadman has the chance to stop being a bridesmaid and be the bride as he leads the final nine of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Manchester Main Event.
Deadman starts the GUKPT Manchester Main Event final table with 772,000 chips and would be the bookies favourite to add this title to the GUKPT Blackpool one he won in 2012. If Deadman does indeed go all the way in Manchester, it would possibly be one of his best achievements as the final table is packed so full of talent that it will be pouring out of the doors of the G Casino Manchester!
One of Deadman’s most dangerous foes is sure to be the Main Event Travel sponsored pro Rhys Jones. The online superstar bagged up 668,000 chips at the end of Saturday’s Day 2 and if he doesn’t bink his first major live title – and the £57,000 first place prize – he will certainly have a major say in who does.
Third in chips at the start of play is Poker Encore owner and one of the nicest guys you will meet both in and out of poker, Karl Mahrenholz. This is the fifth GUKPT final table that Mahrenholz has reached in his illustrious career, and the 575,500 chips that Mahrenholz starts the final table with give him a solid chance of adding a second GUKPT title to his already impressive poker CV. One thing is for certain, Mahrenholz is going to have a loud rail, even if 99.9% of the noise is coming from fiancée Amy Trodd!
Completing the final table, but not there to make up the numbers, are local cash game grinder Steve Warburton (543,500), Nathan Jackson (418,000), Graeme Crozier (299,000), Dahe Liu (278,500), Richard Kellett (228,000) and Mark Harding (120,500).
Play resumes at 1:00pm and continues until one man has all of the 3.84 million chips that are in play in front of him in a massive pile! Whoever that man is will have won the 2014 GUKPT Manchester Main Event and will be £57,000 richer. Who do you think that man will be? Make your predictions in the comments box below, but make sure you tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to discover if you were correct or not!