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Martin Hampton On Top As 2014 GUKPT Leeds Smashes Guarantee

2014 GUKPT Leeds

Both start days of the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Leeds Main Event are in the bag after Day 1b ran its course on Friday. Day 1a attracted 66 players with the second and final flight seeing 162 hopefuls buy into the £100,000 guaranteed tournament, a guarantee that was smashed by some £14,000.

Martin Hampton was the player who finished atop of the chip counts, accumulated a total of 222,700 chips over the course of the day, including those of actor James Hooton who plays Sam Dingle in the soap opera Emmerdale.

Hampton’s colossal stack over 45,000 chips more in it that the Day 1a chip leader Jonathan Cooper, which gives Hampton a legitimate chance of securing what would be his first Hendon Mob flag, and that’s always a great occasion for a poker player.

Joining Hampton into Day 2 from Day 1b are players such as Todd Cairns (169,000), Sam Lunt (132,800), Allan Peers (124,400), Willie Tann (105,200) and Graham Peckover (102,700) who all bagged up six-figure stacks.

Established pros Chun “Harry” Law (76,800), Jamie Sykes (47,400), Jeff Kimber (25,100), and Keith “The Camel” Hawkins (23,100) also progressed to Saturday’s official Day 2.

The list of stellar names who failed in their quest to navigate their way through to the second day’s play would not have looked out of place in a €5,000 European Poker Tour Main Event, never mind a £550 buy-in tournament in Yorkshire!

Bolton fan Lee Taylor, online grinder Billy Chattaway, Pokermob’s Joe Beevers, Richard Hawes, World Series of Poker bracelet winner Lawrence Gosney, the online legend that is Rick Trigg, Ellie Biessek, Neil Raine, Paul Foltyn, Matt Perrins, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, Mike “DaBookie” Hill, and former EPT Barcelona champion Tom Middleton will all have to watch on from the sidelines having used all of their lives on Day 1b.

2014 GUKPT Leeds Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Martin Hampton222,700
2Todd Cairns169,000
3Sam Lunt132,800
4Alan Peers124,400
5Willie Tann105,200
6Graham Peckover102,700
7Jack O’Neill98,900
8Martin Paul95,900
9Martin Sanderson89,500
10Wayne Watson85,300

Play resumes at 1:00p.m. on Saturday afternoon and sees the 22 surviving players from Day 1a combine with the 54 who made it through from Day 1b to create a crowd of 76 grinders. By the time the curtain comes down on another day of high octane poker, the tournament should be at or close to its final table.

Who will make it through to Sunday’s Day 3? Head to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday morning to find out!

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