The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) in Cardiff has overlaid to the tune of £11,500 after 124 players bought in on Day 1b, some 23 short of reaching the guarantee. While the GUKPT managers soak up the loss, the players still in the hunt for the title are enjoying extra value, particularly Vadas Sirionas who bagged up 132,100 chips at the close of play to become the overall chip leader.
Siriuans’ stack is the biggest across both start days and he’s now in pole position for a decent score come the end of the tournament. Fifty-three players made it through from Day 1b to Saturday’s Day 2 and among them are some very talented individuals.
Jamie Fisher (107,000), John Cleverly-James (106,300) and Aaron Bowen (102,000) were the players who bagged up six-figure stacks, while the likes of Matthew Simpson (91,600), Rick “The Claimer” Trigg (59,400) and Jeff Kimber (21,900) all punched their Day 2 ticket with varying stacks.
The 54 surviving players from Day 1b meet up with the 22 from Day 1a making a combined field of 76 for Day2. Although the prize pool information hasn’t been officially announced at time of writing, the tournament will most likely pay the top 12 spots and those lucky in-the-money souls will be paid out at some point on Saturday.
Play resumes at 1:00pm and should play down to the nine-handed final table. Stay tned to UK & Ireland PokerNews for a recap of the Day 2 action.
2014 GUKPT Cardiff Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts