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Jonny Gray Grabs 2015 GUKPT Day 1b Chip Lead

Jonnny Gray

Day 1b of the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Edinburgh Main Event saw a bumper crowd of players pass through the doors of the Grosvenor Maybury Casino and by the time the registration desk pulled its shutters down there were 163 entries added to the prize pool, pushing it £17,000 over the £100,000 guarantee.

Faring the best of the 62 players who made it through to Saturday’s Day 2 was Jonny Gray, a man who has a solid record in Edinburgh-based poker tournaments. In 2014, Gray finished as runner-up to Andrew Teng in the GUKPT Edinburgh Main Event for £22,000 before finishing fourth in the Genting Poker Series Edinburgh leg for an additional £8,750. Now that Gray has 137,000 chips at his disposal he should be confident of adding yet another Edinburgh cash to his Hendon Mob page.

Some of poker’s big guns turned out for some Day 1b action and a handful of them managed to punch their ticket for some Day 2 antics. Stewart Hay (112,400) and Richard Clyde (103,800) both ended the night with six-figure stacks while the likes of Gordon Huntly (90,200), Jeff Kimber (81,100), Vince Calenti (81,000), Neil Raine (61,000), James Mitchell (40,700), Joe Beevers (39,800), Paul McTaggart (30,700), and Robbie Bull (30,300) are still in contention.

However, Day 1b spelled the end of the road for such luminaries as Makka Hussain, Ludovic Geilich, Kellyann Hefferman, Rupert Elder, Niall Farrell, and Michael Kane.

2015 GUKPT Edinburgh Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Jonny Gray137,000
2Stewart Hay112,400
3Richard Clyde103,800
4Gordon Huntly90,200
5Clive Smith87,200
6David MacClean84,600
7Jeff Kimber81,100
8Todd Cairns81,000
9Vince Calenti80,200
10Usman Ulhaq75,300

Play resumes at 1:00pm with 84 players, all of whom are led by Day 1a chip leader Colin Wu. Follow the action at the GUKPT Blog but return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday morning for a recap of the action plus full prize pool information.

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