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
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.