Sunday saw the first of the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Goliath Main Event’s six starting flights take place and if the other five are as well-attended as the first, the £250,000 guarantee will be obliterated.
When the registration desk finally closed its doors to the poker loving public, the television screens round the vast tournament area displayed 542 runners. By the time the 16th and final level of play concluded in the early hours of Monday morning, only 75 of those starters had chips in front of them that required bagging and tagging.
Leading those 75 survivors was Mark Adams, a player from neighbouring Birmingham who turned his 25,000 starting stack into a Goliath-like stack of 497,500. Adams was one of three players to end Day 1a of the 2014 GUKPT Goliath with more than 400,000 chips, the other two monster stacks belonging to Wayne Davison (427,500) and Lee Barber (400,000).
Also safely through, albeit after a roller coaster of a day, was the 2012 GUKPT Goliath champion Les Fenton who knows all too well how well a players needs to run in order to go deep in this event. Fenton outlasted 1,953 opponents in the 2012 Goliath to get his hands on the £35,800 first place prize. On Sunday, Fenton bagged up 87,000 after a swingy start.
Day 1b kicks off at 12:00 and ends when 16 level are completed. It will be interesting to see how many players choose Monday lunchtime as their start day of choice, I guess time will tell.
2014 GUKPT Goliath Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Also on Monday’s agenda is the £75+£8 4/5/6 Omaha which is played seven-handed. That particular tournament, which sees 4-card, 5-card and 6-card Omaha played, opens its doors at 7:30pm in the Auditorium Hall and for their money, players sit down with 7,500 chips.