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Rosa Flourishes on Day 2 of the 2015 GUKPT Manchester Main Event


Sixty-three players returned to their seats on the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Manchester Main Event on Saturday afternoon and by the time the tournament director called time on proceedings, only 14 of them had chips in front of them that needed bagging and tagging.

Jorge Sevillano Rosa fared the best on the penultimate day’s play and ended as the tournaments chip leader with 720,500 chips. Try as we may, we’ve been unable to turn anything up on Rosa’s past poker performances, but thanks to this tournament now being in the money, Rosa will show up on future searches!

One man who has plenty of results when you type his name into Google – other search engines are available – is third placed Ali Mallu, who is somewhat of a legend in British poker circles thanks in part to his crazy style of play. Mallu goes into Day 3 armed with exactly 500,000 chips and should be good value to watch on the live stream when play resumes.

Since the GUKPT first appeared in January 2007, it has never crowed a female Main Event champion. While that may be hard to believe, it is true, but perhaps it is a fact that won’t remain so for very long because to women are among the final 14 competitors in the 2015 GUKPT Manchester Main Event.

Katie Swift, formerly O’Connor, is the best placed of the two ladies thank to bagging up 211,500 chips at the close of play, enough to see he firmly in the middle of the pack. Swift has 30 cashes on her Hendon Mob page, the latest coming in February 2015 when she finished 15th in the Grosvenor 25/25 Series in Reading.

The second of the two remaining female players is Michelle Mercer, who doesn’t find herself in as a healthy position as Swift due to only having 91,500 chips at the start of play. However, you don’t need telling that anything can and will happen in tournament poker.

2015 GUKPT Manchester Main Event End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts

1Jorge Sevillano Rosa720,500
2Mark Davey658,000
3Ali Mallu500,000
4Alex Golubevs366,500
5Liam Hooks295,000
6Tom Dunwoodie257,000
7Katie Swift211,500
8Nigel Ventre209,000
9Asif Choudry172,000
10Tim Hickling165,000
11Osman Mustangolu116,000
12Andreas Oympios114,000
13Michelle Mercer91,500
14Alex Lindop67,000

Each of the returning players has locked up a cash of at least £2,800 thanks to the money bubble bursting late on Day 2.

The likes of Matthew Davenport, John Eames, Sin Melin, Jeff Kimber, Tom Middleton, Kevin Williams and Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody all crashed out before the money places, with John Hall becoming the unfortunate bubble boy when his {A-}{J-} failed to improve against Michelle Mercer’s queen. Hall busted in 18th place and everyone else banked some cash.

Hamid Rowshanaei fell in 17th place and he was followed to the rail by James Walsh. The final elimination of the night took place during the final six hands and saw Mike “Da Bookie” Hill bust to leave the aforementioned final 14 players.

The final day commences at 12:00 p.m. and continues until one man, or woman, has all of the chips in their possession. Who will the champion be? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to find out.

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