Day 2 of the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Reading Main Event started with 89 players returning to their seats and finished with only 17 after the completion of nine hour-long levels. Topping the chip counts at the end of the penultimate day’s action was Andrey Veselov who is now in pole position to collect the £35,960 first place prize.
Veselov claimed the chip lead late on Day 2 when he sent Nathan Blank to the rail, bursting the money bubble as he did so. A flurry of betting on a flop resulted in Blank being all-in with and practically drawing dead to Veselov’s . The turn was followed onto the board by the , Blank bust in 21st place and the surviving players all locked up £1,360.
Also crashing out, although not as painfully as Blank, were the talented James Mitchell, Will Kassouf, Philippe Souki, Renee Xie, Danny Toffel, Alex Bounsall, Martin Bader, Kelly Saxby, Matt Davenport and Amy Mahrenholz, meaning Day 3 will be less shark-infested, but will still have plenty of talent on show.
2015 GUKPT Reading Main Event End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts
Certain to push Vaselov all the way are two players who have been up among the chip leaders since the tournament director first said shuffle up and deal.
Raul Martinez finished Day 1a as the chip leader and he goes into Day 3 with 679,000 chips, enough to place him second at the start of play.
Hui Jin (670,000) looks odds on for another final table appearance while David Lloyd (311,000) is also lurking. Both Viadas Siriunas (172,000) and Driton Haxhiaj (132,000) both have shorter stacks but are experienced enough to know they’re only a double from becoming a major threat in this event.
Play resumes at noon with each of the 17 returnees guaranteed £1,490. Anyone reaching the final table sees their take home pay increased to £2,860 with the eventual 2015 GUKPT Reading champion scooping £35,960. Who will win that princely sum? Return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to find out.
Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT Blog