As a Bolton Wanderers fan, Lee Taylor doesn't have much to smile about, but when it comes to playing poker Taylor has a beaming smile across his face thanks to ending Day 1b of the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) London Main Event as the overall chip leader.
Another huge crowd of 179 players descended on The Poker Room on Friday afternoon, taking the total attendance to 289 and meaning the £200,000 guaranteed prize pool was smashed by an impressive £89,000. Sixty-five of those Day 1b starter progressed to Day 2.
If you have played any major live tournament in the UK over the past four years you will certainly have seen Taylor in action. The man from Bristol has accumulated more than $350,000 from live tournaments and almost $1.7 million from his online exploits. Now that he has 142,100 chips in front of him he is going to be a force to be reckoned with as the GUKPT London Main Event progresses.
The Day 1a field as a star-studded affair and Day 1b was no different. The likes of GUKPT regular Caicai Huang (107,400), Willie Tann (90,300), Phill Huxley (86,700), Joe Grech (79,300), Rob Sherwood (64,400), Ross Boatman (62,000), Carlo Citrone (56,900), Joe Laming (50,300), Eliie Biessek (45,400), Mark McCluskey (42,600), and Gabriel Tuna (22,100) being a selection of those stellar names making their way through to Day 2.
Some of those less fortunate included Kevin Allen, Driton Haxhiaj, Jamie O'Connor, Alex Bounsall, Albert Sapiano and JJ Hazan.
2015 GUKPT London Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 2 sees 103 players return to their seats each hoping to be still in contention for the title once nine more levels are completed. Will Taylor still be on top come the end of the night? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday to find out.