One of James Mitchell’s first live tournament scores came at the 2008 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton Main Event where he finished third for £45,100. Since then, Mitchell has cashed three more times on the GUKPT and each of those have resulted in final tables being reached.
Now Mitchell looks set to continue that impressive trend as he goes into the final day of the 2015 GUKPT Edinburgh Main Event first from 19 in chips and with a realistic chance of adding a GUKPT trophy to Irish Open title he famously won in 2010.
Day 2 of the £500+£50 buy-in event started with some 83 players in their seats, a figure reduced to a more manageable 43 by the time the first two levels were in the bag.
With 20 places paid, nobody wanted to finish in 21st and be the unfortunate bubble boy, but the very nature of tournament poker dictates someone has to be that poor soul. This tournament’s money bubble popped when Martin Devine opened from the button with and then called when Alastair Patrick three-bet all-in for 90,000 with .
The flop kept the nines in front, but gave Devine four more outs to a straight. The turn was a relative blank and Patrick looked set for a double up. However, the river came the to bust Patrick and leave the remaining 20 players to lock up £1,290 in prize money.
Only one more player, Gary Swan, fell before the tournament director called time on proceedings, leaving 19 player to bag their chips up and these 19 return to the felt at noon to play down to a champion.
2015 GUKIPT Edinburgh End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts
While Mitchell is in command going into Day 3, he is sure to be pushed all the way be his 18 opponents. Richard Clyde, Usman Ulhaq and the aforementioned Devine each have more than 430,000 chips, while Colin Wu (171,500) and Jeff Kimber's executioner Todd Cairns (147,500) both know their way around a poker table. Defending champion, Andrew Teng (94,000), has a lot of work to do, but if anyone can turn things around it is he.