Michael Dorman takes a huge chip lead into Day 3 of the 2014 UK Student Poker Championships Main Event which will see the best of new talent from the UK poker scene take to the felt on Sunday to fight it out for the trophy, their university and the £4,250 first place prize — plus a £1,000 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) seat.
Plymouth have three players left in the Main Event and with a solid finish look set to over take UCLan to claim the team title and bragging rights of best poker university in the UK.
In a week where the calender was packed around the UK poker circuit it was great to see such a turnout for by the students, with a great range in first time players, social players and professional grinders. While the Main Event only has a buy-in of £35, over £4000 first place prize money would do a lot of good until that next student loan payment! Aside from the money, the competition and passion shown this week rivals any poker tournament.
160 players returned to Day 2 but only 52 would leave with the money. The bubble was one of the most exciting seen in GUKPT history. After ace-king had beat aces with a few players until the bubble, the very same thing happened on the exact bubble, with all the players watching and around 50 more on the rail.
Henry Hartigan shoved with and Thi Tran called with . The flop looked innocuous enough, but the turn gave Haritgan a flush and straight draw. The latter came in as the completed the board and a double for Hartigan.
Soon after, Dieter Pospischill got his stack into the middle with and Thi Tran looked him up with . Those sevens improved to a set on the flop, and when the turn and river fell the and Pospischill became the unfortunate bubble boy.
With the bubble burst and all players guaranteed cash, the bust-outs came thick and fast as the field was whittled down to the final 16. As the night got longer, the rail got louder with over 100 students watching the action as they cheered on their friends to take down the title.
When play ended for the day, only 16 players remained with Dorman leading them all courtesy of his 2,021,000 stack. Dorman's closest rival is Ryan Mandara on 1,140,000 which shows how substantial Dorman's lead is.
2014 UK Student Poker Championship Main Event Final Day Chip Counts
|3||Ben Renton Williams||980,000|
|14||John Anthony Jacobs||302,000|
|15||Ka Wang Leung||247,000|
|16||Jordan Lee Ruff||220,000|
Play resumes at 1:00pm and continues until only one student remains. Will it be Dorman who wins the title or one of his peers? Watch the action unfold before your eyes at the GUKPT site, but make sure you return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday for a full recap of the action.