Only nine players managed to make it through Day 2 of the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Cardiff Main Event and none of them performed as well as Owain “sngwonder” Carey who goes into Sunday’s final table with a substantial chip lead.
Carey bagged up 968,000 chips after the completion of nine levels more than 400,000 more than his closest rival, Joe Keegan (560,000), and will be quietly confident of being able to secure his second major live tournament victory of the year in time to head home and grind the Sunday Majors online.
The man from Pembrokeshire has more than $1.3 million in online tournament winnings and more than $200,000 in the live arena, the bulk of those coming from his sixth place finish in the €2,200 Eureka Prague High Roller (€102,400) in December 2014 and his win in the £3,300 High Roller at the January 2015 UKIPT London (£44,550) festival.
Joining Carey and Keegan through to Day 3 are Rais Khan, Dan Owston, Greg Barratt, Joanne Ramsden, Julian Davies, Bashir Ahmed and Kyle Hyman. All eyes will be on Ramsden as she has the chance to become the first female winner of a GUKPT Main Event.
2015 GUKPT Cardiff Final Table Chip Counts
Each of the nine returning players has locked up £2,500 for their effort thus far and there is £30,000 awaiting the eventual champion.
The money bubble burst around 10:00p.m. on Saturday night and it was Fraser Bellamy who burst it. Bellamy, who started Day 2 as the chip leader, saw Hui Jin open to 13,000 and decided to call with the on the button. Jin then led for 15,000 on the flop, Bellamy moved all-in and Jun called, turning over as he did so. The failed to alter the hand’s course, but the improved Jin to a pair of aces and sent Bellamy to the rail in 16th place with 15 spots paid.
Dan Clark was the first in-the-money casualty and he was followed to the rail by Ian Bosley, Sam MacDonald, Patrick Sekinger, Carl Harris and the aforementioned Hui Jin.
Play resumes at 12:00 p.m. and continues until the champion is crowned. Who will that champion be? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews later to find out!