When only 74 entries were processed on Day 1a of the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Reading Main Event, the organisers were slightly worried that they faced the prospect of having to make up a potential shortfall in the £100,000 guarantee. However, those fears were dashed as Day 1b saw 177 entries and a guarantee-busting £124,000 prize pool created.
Vaidas Siriunas topped the Day 1b chip counts and also leads the tournament overall going into Saturday’s Day 2. Siruinas, who won the 2014 GUKPT Cardiff Main Event 11-months ago, bagged up 166,200 chips, 7,000 more than Day 1a chip leader, Raul Martinez.
Another former GUKPT winner progressed with an ample stack and should be quietly confident of yet another deep run in a major live event. David Lloyd won the 2013 GUKPT Brighton Main Event and goes into Day 2 in Reading armed with 101,400 chips.
2015 GUKPT Reading Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
Other notables who punched their Day 2 tickets after a successful Day 1b battle include 2013 GUKPT London champion Martin Bader (85,100), Kelly Saxby (68,000), online superstar Charlie “chaz_man_chaz” Combes (46,100), Renee Xie (43,700), Amy Mahrenholz (41,500), Matt Davenport (38,800), and the talkative Will Kassouf (18,000).
Some of the less fortunate souls competing on Day 1b included Albert Sapiano, Richard Hawes, James Akenhead, Ceri Rees, Terry Jordan, Ellie Biessek, and Danny Tran who all crashed out and will have to wait until the tour heads to Leeds at the end of July if they want to win a GUKPT title.
In total, 64 players made it through from Day 1b and they’ll be joined at 1:00 p.m on Saturday afternoon by the 25 who navigated their way through the shark-infested Day 1a waters. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday morning to discover how many remain in the hunt for the GUKPT Reading title and who has their nose out in front.
Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT Blog