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Brian Yates Tops GUKPT Walsall Day 1a Field

Brian Yates

Brian Yates bagged up a tournament leading stack of 142,300 chips at the end of the first day’s play in the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Walsall Main Event, a most impressive total considering he started with 20,000 and only had nine one-hour levels in which to amass his monster stack.

Although Yates finished as the tournament’s chip leader, it could have been a whole different story. On the second to last hand of the night, Yates raised and was called by a player in the big blind. The flop came down {Q-}{8-}{2-}, the big blind checked, Yates fired a continuation bet only to see the big blind check-raise. Yates called the raise.

The turn was a brick and the big blind led for 9,000. Yates raised to 20,200 and then tank-called an all-in bet from his opponent. Yates flipped over pocket aces while the big blind had him crushed with a flopped set of deuces, that was until Yates improved to a set on the river to rake in the monster pot.

Check the chip count table below and you will see the name of Simon Deadman in fourth place. Serial runner-up Deadman could have had the chip lead all to himself had he not lost his first coinflip of 2014 when his {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} inexplicably didn’t get there against the {8-Spades}{8-Hearts} of Stuart Fox late into the night.

A few hands later and Deadman lost a second flip, this time holding {9-Clubs}{9-Spades} to the {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} of Andrew Probyn to see his once 150,000 stack reduced to 83,800.

GUKPT Walsall Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts

1Brian Yates142,300
2Lorenc Boci127,700
3Tina Bandyle84,500
4Simon Deadman83,800
5Mark McCluskey77,500
6Manwell Bardon73,700
7George Lakin73,500
8Phil Walker67,300
9Darren Aston60,900
10Rob Quinn59,800

Among the 26 players who navigated their way through to Saturday’s Day 2 include Mark McCluskey (77,500), Chinese Frankie (55,200), bonus tournament extraordinaire Peter Wigglesworth (44,900), Deadman’s better-half Shola Akindele (40,300), the tallest man in poker Karl Mahrenholz (30,900), former GUKPT Brighton winner David Lloyd (20,600) with Mitch “Doubt I’ll Event Min-Cash This Time” Johnson bringing up the rear (13,900).

Day 1b kicks off at 1 p.m on Friday afternoon and continues until nine hour-long levels are in the bag. At least 124 entries need to be taken in order to avoid an unwanted hat trick of overlays, tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday to find out if anyone manages to catch Yates or if he is still the chip leader going into Day 2.

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