The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) has headed north of the border for the first time in its history so it is quite fitting that two of Scotland’s most prominent poker players are leading the way after the first of two starting flights in the £550 GUKPT Edinburgh Main Event.
Eighty-one players headed to the Grosvenor Maybury casino on Thursday afternoon with a plan to turn £550 into a much more meaningful amount. Ten of those 81 hopefuls busted out and then took advantage of the re-entry format, taking the total number of entries to 91 and putting the tournament well on course to reach its £100,000 guarantee.
Only 28 players managed to progress to Saturday’s Day 2, among them some of the United Kingdom’s best poker talent.
The name at the top of the chip counts is that of Ross Loggie thanks to his bagging up 146,600 chips at the close of play. Loggie is an online poker pro who has amassed more than $2.4 million in cashes in his career, most under the alias “RLOG.” Being from Edinburgh, Loggie couldn’t miss playing such a prestigious event in his home town so tore himself away from his computer monitors and stepped into the live arena, and what a great decision that looks to have been.
Hot on Loggie’s heels is fellow Edinburghian David Vamplew. The former European Poker Tour London Main Event winner was pipped to the post for the chip lead by Loggie after ended Day 1a with 141,300 chips. Vamplew, currently ranked number two in the UK by the Global Poker Index, should be odds on for a deep run now that he has accumulated a big stack.
Other notables who navigated their way through the minefield of Day 1a action include Genting Poker Series Sheffield champion Mudasser “Makka” Hussain (113,100), World Series of Poker bracelet winner and World Poker Tour champion Dominik Nitsche (46,900) and Karl Mahrenholz (26,700).
According to the GUKPT blog, a crowd of around 150 players is expected for Friday’s Day 1b as it will some of Day 1a bustees return to fire a second and possibly third bullet. Players such as Paul McTaggart, Magnus “Giffordonian” Martin, Irish Open winner Ian Simpson, Andrew Teng and Robbie Bull busted on Day 1a and are expected to return, while the newly branded PokerMob should make their debuts in Grosvenor Casinos colours.
2014 GUKPT Edinburgh Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
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