Friday saw the biggest and busiest ever day at the UK Student Poker Championships, as a staggering 243 players squeezed into the G Casino at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry in a bid to become the Main Event's next champion.
Over 50 different universities have turned up this week in a grassroots event that is rapidly expanding thanks in part to the support of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT). The total field cracked 500 runners for the first time ever in a student-only event, with 544 buy-ins taken over the course of the three starting flights. This means the champion, who is crowned on Sunday, returns home with more than £4,000 AND a seat to a GUKPT event of their choice worth a cool £1,000. Not too shabby at all when you consider the Main Event cost an affordable £35 to enter.
Eighty-seven players made it through the the huge Day 1c field, but none of them could catch Day 1b's chip leader Harry Vane who leads overall. Paul Charles got the closest to him after bagging up 162,000 chips, which earned him the title of Day 1c supremo and bagged the Exeter University student a £100 bar tab. Hopefully he won't drink it all during Saturday's Day 2!
2014 UK Student Poker Championships Main Event Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts
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There will be live streaming and written updates at the GUKPT site from 1:00pm as the tournament progresses towards the money bubble and beyond. You can get involved on twitter by following @ukspc_poker and using #ukspc to get your tweets on the big screen in the poker room.
The team competition is also hotting up, with Edinburgh leading the way after the High-Roller and PLO event with both Glasgow and Southampton closely behind. The winning team takes home a custom made poker table worth around £1000.