When I think of Brighton, despite having never been within 100 miles of the place, I think of sunny skies and sandy beaches. I don’t know what, I just do. Maybe I have seen a postcard from Brighton, or maybe it’s my mind’s eye playing tricks on me.
Brighton also makes me think about my mate “Cogs” who lives there or thereabouts and of online poker legend Chris Moorman – again I’m not sure why – and of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) that takes place on a regular basis in the East Sussex coastal town. Oh that’s right, that’s why we’re writing this, Day 1a of the 2014 GUKPT Brighton Main Event took place on Thursday.
When the £500+£50 buy-in £100,000 guaranteed Main Event kicked off at 1:00pm on Thursday there were only 30 players in their seats, ready for action. However, over the course of six levels of late registration that number steadily increased to 72 entries, meaning Friday’s Day 1b needs to 128 entries in order to avoid an overlay.
One of those 72 Day 1a entrants was a certain Ethan Davey who had a great time at the G Casino. Davey flew out of the starting blocks and found himself armed with 75,000 colourful betting discs at the break and continued to hoover up chips around him like a new-fangled Dyson. Davey eventually bagged up a tournament leading stack of 150,000 and is one to watch on Saturday’s Day 2 and possibly beyond.
Joe Greenfield(109,200) and Otto Richard (102,700) both finished Day 1a with six-figure stacks and have done their chances of becoming the GUKPT Brighton champion no harm at all.
Other players who managed to navigate their way through a day of bluffing, raising and three-betting include Babbis Lappas (92,300), World Series of Poker bracelet winner and all-round top bloke Barny Boatman (80,000), Britain-based German Sebastian Gohr (34,500) and former GUKPT Walsall winner Alan Mansbridge (19,800).
2014 GUKPT Brighton Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
The second and final starting flight opens its doors to the poker-loving public at lunchtime, with the Main Event commencing at 1:00pm sharp. Friday’s Day 1b’s are always the most popular start day and I don’t believe there will be any problem in reaching the £100,000 guarantee, especially as many of the British heroes are returning from the EPT Grand Final and will be willing to flick in £550 after paying that amount for a ham sandwich and a bottle of lager all last week.