Day 1a of the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) kicked off on Thursday afternoon and saw 74 entries taken while the registration desk was open. After the completion of nine hour-long levels, all but 25 of those entrants had bust.
Topping the chip counts at the close of play was Raul Martinez who finished the night with an impressive stack of 159,200 chips. In April 215, Martinez put together a deep run in the PokerStars UKIPT Nottingham Main Event, a run that ended with a 26th place finish worth £5,090. Although there’s still a long way to go in this Reading-based event, Martinez will be quietly confident of reaching the money places in another major live tournament.
Two other players managed to break through the 100,000 chip barrier on Day 1a, those players being Andrey Vasilov (146,700) and Khalick Mohangee (116,200). The latter has two GUKPT cashes to his name, a fourth place finish in the 2013 GUKPT Portsmouth Main Event and a 15th place finish in the 2013 GUKPT Goliath.
2015 GUKPT Reading Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Another talented player to progress to Saturday’s Day 2 with a large stack was Hui Jin (90,000). Jin is a regular on the UK live circuit and has so far notched up more than $110,000 in tournament winnings. In May 2014, Jin finished as runner-up to Chris Cousins in the GUKPT Brighton Main Event and collected £19,800 – the second-largest cash of his career so far.
Others who navigated their way through the Day 1a field include Alex Bounsall (45,400), recent GUKPT Edinburgh champion James Mitchell (36,100), Phil Souki (34,400) and Danny Toffel (20,400).
Having to make do with the various side events and cash games, or fire another bullet at the Main Event are players such as Dinarte De Sousa, Danny Blair, Nick Slade, Terry Jordan, and Peter Wigglesworth.
Day 1b commences at 1:00p.m on Friday and needs to attract 126 players through the casino doors to avoid an overlay on the £100,000 guaranteed prize pool. Return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday to discover if that guarantee was hit.
Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT Blog