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Van Nunes Claims the Day 1a GUKPT Reading Chip Lead

Paul Vas Nunes

Earlier this week, we previewed the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Reading festival and stated that an overlay on the £100,000 guaranteed prize pool was “a realistic possibility.” It appears that our comment was hasty because Day 1a of the £500+£50 buy-in Main Event saw 107 entries taken, which means only 93 players have to buy-in on Friday’s Day 1b in order for the guarantee to be reached.

If this doesn’t happen, I will eat my hat, which is probably another statement made in haste.

Among the 107 entries were Albert Sapiano (twice), Eirimas Livonas, Martin Bader, James Bott, Matt Davenport, Matthew Simpson, Joe Grech, Barny Boatman and Jeff Kimber. All of the names on that long list share something in common: none of them managed to make it through to Day 2 at the first attempt.

One man who definitely made it through to Day 2 was Paul Vas Nunes, the overnight chip leader. Vas Nunes bagged up 162,900 chips at the close of play, 16,000 more than his nearest rival Alex Liang.

Those of you who follow our weekly update of the UK online poker rankings should be familiar with Vas Nunes’ name because he’s currently ranked 14th in the United Kingdom and 134th in the world. The Surrey-based pro has over $1.7 million in online tournament winnings, including a massive $304,005 score that he picked up by winning the $2,100 buy-in NL Hold’em 8-Max event during the 2014 Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) at PokerStars.

Plenty of established and well-known players punched their Day 2 tickets including Karl Mahrenholz (112,500) who may need to win GUKPT Reading in order to cover his fiancée’s bar bill as she is on her hen party in Marbella, Lynne Beaumont (102,100), two-time GUKPT Student Poker Championships High Roller winner Simon Priddis (74,400), Stuart Kinghorn (40,300), Main Event Travel’s David Lloyd (39,200), Ben Winsor (35,500) and Willie Tann (18,300).

2014 GUKPT Reading Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts

1Paul Vas Nunes162,900
2Alex Liang146,900
3Robert Whatsize135,300
4Karl Mahrenholz112,500
5Vance Martin112,000
6Vaidas Sirionas102,100
7Colin McTaggart80,300
8Lynne Beaumont80,000
9Steve Channels80,000
10David Orrin78,100

The second and final starting flight begins at 1:00pm on Friday and play continues for 10 hour-long levels. Please be aware that Saturday’s Day 2 does not commence until 4:00pm so that players can go to the funeral of the late Kirit Patel and pay their respects.

How many Day 1b players will join the 32 Day 1a survivors? Return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday morning to find out.

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