Day 1b of the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Manchester Main Event took place on Friday 13 March and it proved unlucky for the organisers after 120 players bought in, resulting in the £200,000 guarantee being missed by £2,000 – the third consecutive year the Manchester leg has overlaid.
Thirty-eight of the 120 starters had chips to bag up after the completion of nine 60-minute levels, but none of them had a bag as full as that belonging to Alex Golubevs who was the only player to finish with more than 200,000 chips.
Golubevs finished Day 1b with 205,700 chips and leads the tournament overall, giving him the perfect opportunity to win the second major live tournament of his career. In February 2014, Golubevs took down the £550 Pot Limit Omaha event at the inaugural Sky Poker UK Poker Championships, defeating Ben Vinson and Tony “Tikay” Kendall when three-handed to get his hands on £11,500.
Tom Dunwoodie was another player who had a successful day at the Grosvenor-branded felt, bagging 166,400 chips at the close of play to go into Day 2 second in chips from the 63 returning players.
Newcastle’s Hamid Rowshanaei (148,000), fresh from his third place finish in the partypoker WPT500 UK event at Dusk Till Dawn, is now nicely poised for a deep run in Manchester.
Others who progressed to Saturday’s Day 2 include Alex Lindrop (117,000), Ben Jackson (111,300), Grosvenor Poker sponsored pro Jeff Kimber (94,700), Phil Huxley (57,600), Kevin Williams (56,900), Mike “Da Bookie” Hill (40,700), double Sunday Million champion Kev Steele (36,300), Steve Warburton (32,500), Ben Martin (20,100), Sin Melin (18,400), Caicai Huang (12,300) and Alex Spencer (8,100).
2015 GUKPT Manchester Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
Seventeen of the 63 returning players receive prize money in this event. A min-cash is worth £2,600 and a final table appearance increases that amount to £4,800. The eventual champion of the 2015 GUKPT Manchester Main Event locks up a cool £59,000, the winner’s trophy and a place in poker’s history books.