Leg 6 of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) has got off to a great start with 95 entries taken in Leeds on Day 1a. Thirty-one of those entrants survived the first day’s antics, with Andrew Christoforou enjoying a particularly fruitful day at the felt, bagging up 283,000 chips at the close of play.
Christoforou’s previous three live tournament cashes have all come on the GUKPT circuit. In February 2014, Christoforou finished third in London for a career-best score of £38,000 and followed that up with deep runs in the January 2015 London Main Event (12th place for £4,300) and the June 2015 Reading leg (11th for £1,980).
Having bagged up double the number of chips as second placed Gary Whitehead, Christoforou should be quietly confident of adding a fourth GUKPT cash to his name by the time the money is distributed in Yorkshire.
Whitehead finished Day 1a with a stack of 143,100 chips, enough to see his name in second place in the overnight chip counts. The majority of Whitehead’s $23,363 winnings stem from tournaments in an around Yorkshire, with his largest score weighing in at £2,200. That result came in March 2015 when he finished in fourth place in the Grosvenor 25/25 series in nearby Bradford.
This is only be the second time in the history of the GUKPT that the UK’s third-largest city has hosted a Main Event and some of poker’s big names are making the most of the occasion.
Manchester’s Gerald “Skullman” David bought into Day 1a and finished with 134,500 chips at his disposal, while former European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona champion, Tom Middleton, bagged up 122,000 chips when play ended for the night.
Richard Kellett (64,500), high stakes cash game guru David Gent (56,600), Michael Howard (41,800), and 2014 Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Main Event winner Alex Spencer (29,200) also progressed to Saturday’s Day 2.
2015 GUKPT Leeds End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts
Day 1b needs 105 buy-ins in order to reach the £100,000 guarantee, a figure that should easily be reached by the time late registration ends.
In addition to those taking their first bite at the GUKPT Leeds cherry, opening day casualties such as Andrew Hills, Ali Mallu, Luke “LFmagic” Fields, Richard Hawes, and Hui Jin should all take advantage of the re-entry format and further boost the number of entrants.
The second and final starting flight kicks off at 1:00pm and UK & Ireland PokerNews will have a recap of the action on for you on Saturday morning.