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Andrew Holroyd Leads the UK Student Poker Championship High Roller

Andrew Holroyd

The 2014 UK Student Poker Championships kicked off at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Tuesday with the £110 buy-in High Roller event.

The tournament's start was delayed by an hour following severe delays on the M6 motorway following a traffic accident. The delay didn't hurt the tournament as 140 entries created a record £14,000 prize pool, a figure that could rise to an even dizzier heigh as late registration is open for the first 45-minutes of Wednesday's Day 2.

Andrew Holroyd of Cardiff University leads the remaining 64-players after bagging up an impressive 121,050 chips when play drew to a close. Hollroyd was one of three players who turned a 20,000 starting stack into more than five times that amount, the other two big stacks belonging to Tommy Zhang (Warwick) and Bradley Green (UCLan).

The High Roller resumes at 5:00pm where the blinds start at 600/1200/200a. As mentioned, late registration is open until 5:45pm to give everyone a chance at a shot of what should be a relatively huge first place prize.

2014 UK Student Poker High Roller Top 10 Chip Counts

1Andrew HolroydCardiff121,050
2Tommy ZhangWarwick115,250
3Bradley GreenUCLan105,150
4Thomas DeansPlymouth85,875
5Ging PangAston81,850
6Sahil GadimbayliSouthampton79,625
7Chi YauWarwick75,025
8Simon SteedmanUCLan72,100
9Matthew GrayUCLan69,775
10Peter ReesCambridge64,400

The feature table of the High Roller is set to be streamed on a 30-minute delay on the GUKPT website, giving player the chance to experience the pressure of being on show, much like at the much higher buy-in European Poker Tour, something organiser Callum Stewart is delighted about.

"It's [the live stream] yet another first for the UKSPC, and an incredibly exciting one, especially for those that haven't made it down to Coventry who can still get a taste of the action."

The week-long festival of poker, in its 10th anniversary year, features a range of events: the £35 Main Event with re-entry and three Day 1s starts at 1:00pm on Wednesday, with a £28 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha scheduled for Thursday night.

The student events have become a favourite on the GUKPT fixture lists. Organiser Callum Stewart said "It's already been a really busy week and it's very exciting to have the full support of the GUKPT team all week. The students bring with them a whole lot of fun as well as plenty of skill and experience, and it's nice to be able to match that with our own resources."

Follow @ukspc_poker on Twitter for live updates through tomorrow's Day 1a and the HR Day 2.

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