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Charlie Combes Claims 2015 GUKPT London Chip Lead With 20 Remaining

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There is a familiar name at the top of the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) London Main Event chip counts, that of online star Charlie Combes.

Only 20 of the 103 returning players ended Day 2 with chips in front of them and it was Combes who bagged up the most. Combes bagged up 618,500 chips at the close of play, a mere 1,000 more than second placed Justin Sevilla, and will no fancy his chances of a large live score.

Combes has amassed almost $5 million from his online poker exploits and is one of the most-feared players at the virtual felt, but the live arena hasn't been as kind to him despite having won some $213,236 so far in his career. His largest cash weighs in at €59,004, his reward for a sixth place finish in the 2013 Master Classic of Poker in Amsterdam, a sum he would blow out of the water if he goes all the way and wins what would be his first major live title.

Standing between Combes and the £82,600 first place prize are some talented players who will have a major influence on where the winner's trophy heads.

Barny Boatman starts the day in fifth place with 413,000 chips and is nicely poised to reach yet another final table. Boatman's brother Ross will also fancy his chances thanks to bagging up 348,000 on Day 2 while the Boatman brothers' close friend Joe Beevers (101,000) has a little more work to do.

Throw into the mix the fact Victor Ilyukhin (296,000), Alex Spencer (257,000), and Ellie Biessek (115,500) are still in contention and you have the recipe for a fantastic day of poker at The Poker Room on Sunday.

2015 GUKPT London Start-of-Day 3 Chip Counts

1Charlie Combes618,500
2Justin Sevilla617,500
3Mark James461,000
4Zahari Petrov417,000
5Barny Boatman413,000
6Niall Murray369,000
7Andrew Christoforou349,500
8Ross Boatman348,000
9Victor Ilyukhin296,000
10Jerome O'Shea272,500
11Alex Spencer257,000
12Abi Khaitan255,000
13Adrian Memed189,000
14Graham Parkin176,500
15Marc Hunter131,500
16Alan Stearn125,000
17Ellie Biessek115,000
18Joe Beevers101,000
19Vladimir Swaton89,000
20Adam Kossew77,000

Play resumes at noon on Sunday with each of the 20 returnees guaranteed £2,900 for their efforts so far. The prize money rises steadily from here on in, with a final table appearance locking up £6,050, a top three finish £33,800 and the eventual champion scooping £82,600.

The money bubble burst late on Day 2 and it was Tom Dunwoodie who was the unfortunate soul to pop it.

Niall Murray opened to 12,000 with {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and Dunwoodie responded with a three-bet to 32,000 with the {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}. Murray then four-bet all-in and Dunwoodie quickly called of his last 125,000 chips.

Dunwoodie's hand remained best on the {Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} flop and on the {K-Spades} turn, but the river brought the {8-Spades} into view to improve Murray to an unlikely set of eights, which cracked the aces in Dunwoodie's hand to send him to the rail in 24th place.

Ken Wong, Paul Dunne and Stephen Bean all crashed out during the last six hands of the night to leave only 20 players in the hunt for the first GUKPT title of 2015.

Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to discover who became the 2015 GUKPT London champion.

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