When the third and final day of the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton Main Event commences at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon it will do so with 16 players in the hunt for the £62,500 first place prize and former European Poker Tour Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard leading the way.
Ziyard sits down with a massive stack of 942,000 chips, more than double the amount of his nearest rival Todd Cairns (422,000). Ziyard is well known for his loose-aggressive approach the game, a style that very few are able to combat effectively, as shown by him accumulating a huge stack in this £1,080 buy-in event.
While anything can happen in poker tournaments, if we were putting our money on the line we would be putting everything we own on a Ziyard victory come the end of Sunday night.
Standing between Ziyard and another live title are 15 players who have all reached the final day’s play on merit and who will have a major say in where the winner’s trophy ends up.
We’ve already mentioned second-placed Todd Cairns is in contention, as are the likes of Carlo Citrone (337,000), Adam Reynolds (307,000), Day 1a chip leader Dinarte De Sousa (268,000), Sky Poker Pro Ryan Spittles (161,000) and the recently married Amy Mahrenholz (99,500).
Each of the players will walk away with a minimum of £2,400 for their efforts after the money bubble burst during Day 2’s action. Familiar names such as Karl Mahrenholz, GUKPT Leeds winner Harry Law and Barny Boatman crashed out before the bubble burst, with the unfortunate bubble boy being Rob Boon.
Boon was all-in with on a seven-high flop against Todd Cairns’ and looking in great shape to double. That was until a king landed on the turn to gift Cairns two pair and when the river bricked, Boon busted.
Boon’s exit meant the likes of Martyn Frey and Andrew Hulme received something to show for their efforts, Hulme being the final exit of Day 2.
2014 GUKPT Luton Main Event Day 3 Chip Counts
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Who do you think will emerge victorious in the 2014 GUKPT Luton Main Event? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to find out!