The 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Goliath is beyond huge. Not only has its £250,000 guarantee been met, despite only costing £100+£20 to buy into, it has been smashed to smithereens after another 1,146 players bought in on the final starting flight to take the total attendance to an almost unbelievable 3,394.
This mammoth-sized attendance sets the prize pool at £339,400 and gives the GUKPT bragging rights for holding the largest-ever tournament held outside of the United States of America, quite an achievement for a low-stakes event held in the not-so-glamorous Coventry.
Topping the chip counts of the 194 players who navigated their way through from Day 1f is Hamed Nikjeh who made the trip down from bonny Scotland, a decision that looks set to pay off because he ended the night with 535,000 chips and is right up there with the overall chip leaders.
Joining Nikjeh on Day 2 from Day 1f include Phil Mildon who ended the night with a 474,000 stack. Mildon finished 160th in this event last year and has since added cashes in Luton and Las Vegas to his Hendon Mob profile.
Other big stacks include Alan Rogers (434,500), Sadman Shefan (423,000), Bob Morley (367,000), Ricky Griffiths and Adam Piotrowski (361,000), the latter being player who has a solid record in tournament with similar buy-ins to the Goliath.
2014 GUKPT Goliath Day 1f Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 2 commences at 12:00p.m on Saturday and the money bubble is sure to burst despite a large returning crowd. Keep your browsers locked to UK & Ireland PokerNews for a recap of the Day 2 action on Sunday morning.
Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT Blog