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2014 GUKPT Brighton Main Event Day 1b: Ben Winsor Finishes On Top

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The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Brighton Main Event continued on Friday afternoon with the second and final starting day. By the time late registration closed, there were 108 buy-ins taken, which left the GUKPT nursing a second consecutive overlay – this one £10,000 – following the Edinburgh leg failing to reach its guarantee last month.

Ben Winsor, fresh from his fifth place finish in the Genting Poker Series (GPS) Southend Main Event in April, performed the best of the 43 surviving players and earned himself the title of chip leader. However, his 124,800 stack, although mightily impressive, isn’t enough to topple Day 1a’s Ethan Davey (150,000 chips) from his lofty perch.

Winsor win a £100 buy-in GUKPT Champion of Champions event in Luton in early 2013 for £4,440 and will be hoping for a similar result in this larger buy-in tournament.

Ending Day 1b second in chips was a player who has been a regular on the GUKPT for several years and a player who has two GUKPT Main Event titles to his name. Sunny Chattha bagged up 109,000 chips at the close of play and that is bad news for anyone who has to sit with him at the start of Saturday’s Day 2.

Chattha is in good form having finished second to FTOPS Main Event champion Niall Farrell’s brother, Iain, in an €800 side event at the recent Paddy Power Poker Irish Open for a cool €14,600.

Winsor and Chattha were the only Day 1b players to end the night with a six-figure stack, but David Stevenson (98,300) and James Dempsey (93,200) almost joined them in the “100K Club.” You may be more used to seeing Dempsey’s name in reports from European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker – he has a WSOP and WPT title – yet here he is grinding it out in Brighton and seemingly having a ball, such is the lure of the GUKPT.

2014 GUKPT Brighton Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Ben Winsor124,800
2Sunny Chattha109,000
3David Stevenson98,300
4James Dempsey93,200
5Lee Taylor86,000
6Paul Dunne75,500
7Sven Tiesmeyer75,200
8Andy Purser73,300
9Colin Snowsill73,200
10Balbir Pottiwal63,900

Among the 43 surviving players are the talented Lee Taylor (86,000), Callum Smith (59,000), Fraser Bellamy (56,300), Danny Tran (52,000), 2013 GUKPT London winner Martin Bader (46,000), Deborah Worley-Roberts (40,600), Paul Coughlan (37,200), Ellie Biessek (34,300), PokerMob’s Joe Beevers (30,200) and Ross Boatman (25,000), and GPS Southend runner-up Leon Campbell (30,000).

Play resumes at 1:00pm on Saturday afternoon and attempts will be made to reach the final table. Return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday for a recap of 2014 GUKPT Brighton Main Event Day 2’s recap.

Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT Blog

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