If you’re looking for something to do this Sunday because let’s face it, the weather will be terrible as it is a bank holiday weekend, you could do much worse than tune into the live stream from the G Casino Brighton as the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Main Event taking place there is down to 14 players and what a talented bunch they are.
Day 2 saw nine hour-long levels completed and during that time the 71 players who survived Day 1a or Day 1b reduced to only 14, each of whom have now locked up £1,400 for their efforts thus far and are now only 13 eliminations away from securing a £29,000 payday.
The reason they are guaranteed that sum is because the money bubble burst during Day 2’s play. The tournament lost the likes of James “Flushy” Dempsey, Ross Boatman, Joe Beevers and Barny Boatman as the bubble loomed, with David Backler's failing to his against Callum Smith’s as the clock struck 10:00pm to leave everyone else in the money.
Sunny Chattha was looking for his third GUKPT title, but those hopes and dreams were dashed in a cooler hand with Martin Bader, who himself is a former GUKPT champ. Chattha found himself all-in with against Bader’s and just as the players were ready to sing the infamous European Poker Tour song of “everybody loves a chopped pot,” the flop came down , leaving Chattha drawing dead and busting him in 19th place.
2014 GUKPT Brighton Main Event Final Day Chip Counts
Play ended with 14 players and with Fraser Bellamy in the driving seat thanks to his 597,500 stack. This is the first time Bellamy has reached the money places in a GUKPT event and would love to mark that first cash with what would be his sixth career victory.
Bellamy’s task is not going to be made any easier by some of those final 14 players who have reached Day 3 on merit. Lee Taylor (296,500) is a fearless opponents, has plenty of chips and has the experience to go all the way and become Brighton’s champion.
Other top players include, but aren’t limited to, Babis Lappis (210,500), Martin Bader (127,000) and Callum Smith (122,500). However, the poker media will be watching the lady in who starts the day ninth in chips, Ellie Biessek (198,000).
Southampton’s Biessek already has a Genting Poker Series (GPS) Main Event title after she showed the boys in Newcastle how to close out a tournament, becoming the first-ever female GPS champion in the process. Should the polska księżniczka (Polish Princess) go all the way in Brighton, she would become the GUKPT’s first-ever female Main Event winner in its eight season history.
Good luck to the final 14, tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to discover who walked away with the title of 2014 GUKPT Brighton Main Event champion.