The 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Cardiff Main Event has reached its third and final day’s play and only 13 players remain in contention for the £29,000 first place prize, the seat to the season-ended Grand Final and the coveted GUKPT winner’s trophy.
Saturday’s Day 2 began with 74 players in the hunt for glory and after nine hour-long levels only 13 of those managed to bag up chips for Sunday’s Day 3.
During the nine levels of play the money bubble burst, albeit after 75-minutes of hand-for-hand play. The unfortunate bubble boy was GUKPT regular Jeff Kimber who saw Vaidas Sirionas raise to 10,000 and then call when Kimber three-bet all-in for 30,000 in total.
It was Kimber’s versus Sirionas’ . A final board reading was of no help to Kimber and he crashed out in 21st place.
Kimber’s exit meant each of the players still in the field had locked up at least £1,200 for their efforts. Renata Jack was the first in-the-money player to bust, followed by Simon John, John Barker, Emyr Lewis, Warren Jones, Chris Williams and Terence Davies, the latter being the final elimination of the night.
Topping the chip counts when the dust had settled was James Fisher who managed to end the night with 576,000 chips. Two other players bagged up more than half a million chips, those two souls being Michael Corrigan (537,000) and Tim Marshall (532,000).
Others still in contention for the winner’s prize include Stuart Costa (443,500), Kimber’s assassin Sirionas (177,000) and recent GUKPT Walsall champion Ben Winsor (153,000).
Play resumes at 12:00pm with each of the returning players guaranteed £1,600. The final nine players take home a minimum of £2,300 with the eventual champion scooping the £29,000 that is up top.
Return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday for a recap of the final day’s action from the 2014 GUKPT Cardiff Main Event.
GUKPT Cardiff Main Event End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts
|13||Juan Castro Calvo||76,500|
Thanks to the GUKPT blog for the leading image and data.