Day 1a of the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) had to be stopped early on Thursday die to a severe lack of entrants. Only 46 players participated and after eight levels of play there were 18 players with chips in front of them and the decision taken to pause the tournament earlier than anticipated.
When the dust had settled it was Lee Tatters who had accumulated the most chips, cramming 127,500 chips into his overnight chip bag. Tatters finished fifth in the £220 buy-in Grosvenor 25/25 at the very casino the GUKPT it taking place at and won £7,000 – the largest cash of his career so far. He'll be hoping for at least a repeat performance in this much larger buy-in event.
The only other player who bagged up a six-figure stack was John Hughes who finished Day 1a with 101,800 chips. Hughes has enjoyed four cashes in major events during 2014 and now looks set to add a fifth to his list by the time the curtain comes down on the 2014 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event.
Notables who safely navigated their way through to Saturday's Day 2 include Sky Poker UK Poker Championships winner Alex Spencer (65,150), Richard Kellett (52,275), Steve Warburton (25,500), Keith “The Camel” Hawkins (13,425) and Nick Slade (11,175).
It wasn't a successful day for the likes of Joe Beevers, Ben Jackson or Liam Batey who all busted during various points of the shortened day, but they have the chance to redeem themselves on Fridays Day 1b.
2014 GUKPT Blackpool Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 1b needs to attracted at least 154 players otherwise the GUKPT organisers face a potentially massive overlay. Some of the UK's top talent including reigning champion Rick Trigg, Sam Grafton, Matt Davenport and those stellar names who busted during Day 1a's proceedings are expected to take to the felt and grab a slice of extra value.