Day 1b of the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final saw 133 players exchange £2,150 for the chance to become the tournament's champion, among them some of the biggest names in the business, but out-chipping all of the stellar names was Spain's Juan Perez Benito who bagged up 213,200 as play ended for the night.
Most of Benito's live tournament cashes come from his native Spain, but his largest cash came from his exploits here in the UK. In May 2014, Benito finished sixth in the UKIPT Nottingham Main Event for £38,400, by far his largest cash of his career so far. However, now that Benito has plenty of chips at his disposal he will be confident of eclipsing that impressive sum.
Joining Benito on Saturday's Day 2 are players such as Khao Nguyen (157,700), Ben Vinson (128,700), the legend that is Barny Boatman (103,400), online phenom Charlie Carrol (101,100), French star Fabrice Soulier (93,700), Joe Beevers (93,400) David Tighe (87,600), Jamie Roberts (81,600), 2014 partypoker WPT UK Main Event finalist Tamer Kamel (72,300), Jonas Mackoff (66,300), Rhys Jones (46,600), Phill Huxley (46,300), Morten Mortensen (46,100), Andrew Teng (42,800), Billie Chattaway (39,100), Mitch Johnson (37,700), Steve Watts (37,500), Oliver Price (37,500), Sky Poker's Neil Channing (29,200), Stuart Rutter (24,300), Chris Moorman (16,100), Charlie Combes (10,600) and Harry Law (7,400).
See, we said it was a stellar field!
The Day 1b field was even tougher at one stage because Lee Taylor, last year's champion Kevin Allen, Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis, Ben Winsor, double World Series of Poker bracelet winner JP Kelly, Sergio Aido, Zimnan Ziyard, Chris Sly, and Andrew Hulme all busted during Day 1b meaning they'll have to wait until 2015 to win a GUKP title.
2014 GUKPT Grand Final Day 1b Top 10 Chips Counts
|1||Juan Perez Benito||213,200|
Only 20 of the returning players receive money for their substantial efforts, but what prizes they are. A min-cash guarantees everyone £4,700 while anyone reaching the final table walks away with £9,800. The eventual champion takes home the coveted GUKPT trophy and £122,900.