After an action-packed Day 2 of the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Leeds Main Event, only 16 players remain in the hunt for the £32,500 first place prize. The day started with 76 players in contention for the title of champion, but over the course 11 hours, they were reduced to the final two tables of hopefuls.
Martin Paul is the man going into the final day’s play in pole position, having ended Day 2 with almost one million chips. Paul bagged up 935,000 chips as Sunday morning approached and now has a substantial lead of over 200,000 chips.
Paul already had a decent stack in front of him before he sent Todd Cairns to the rail in 17th place.
Ben Turnstill opened to 12,000 and Cairns responded with a three-bet to 30,000. The action then folded to Paul in the big blind and he four-bet all-in for almost 800,000. Turnstill folded, but Cairns called off his remaining 100,000 chips.
It was the of Paul versus the of Cairns. The flop gave both players a sweat, but the ended the hand because it gave Paul a hand-winning flush. The meaningless completed the board and busted Cairns.
Each of the 16 returning players sit down in their seats on Sunday afternoon knowing they will walk away with at least £1,250 for the efforts so far. This is because the money bubble burst slightly before 10:00 p.m. on Saturday night and in dramatic fashion.
Renee Xie opened shoved for 40,000 chips – or eight big blinds – and Jim Gardner called to put Xie at risk. Xie had made her move with and was crushing the that was in front of Gardner. The flop gave Gardner flush draw and drew some “oohs and ahhhs” from the crowd that gathered around the table. The on the turn was a blank, but the on the river gave Gardner a full house and sent Xie to the rail in 24th place with the unwanted title of “Bubble Girl.”
Over the next couple of hours, Francisco Garcia, Theodoros Drekolias, Dan Johnson, Richard Horton, Nicholas Purvis, Martin Hampton and the aforementioned Cairns busted in the money places and with 20-minutes to go before midnight, the tournament director called time on proceedings and brought Day 2 to a close.
2014 GUKPT Leeds Main Event Start of Day 3 Chip Counts
Play resumes at 1:00 p.m. and although Paul has a huge chip advantage, he is being flanked by some vastly experienced players such as Willie Tann, former GUKPT Luton champion Jamie O’Connor and European Poker Tour Deauville fifth place finisher Harry Law.