Leeds is a vibrant city known for its bustling nightlife, especially on a Friday night when people kick back and relax after a long working week. The city centre was 154 people short this week because they were busy helping the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Leeds Main Event smash it’s £100,000 guarantee by £24,500.
Of those Day 1b entrants, only 56 players stamped their tickets for Day 2, again postponing a night on the tiles in the United Kingdom’s third-largest city.
Andrew Hills, back from an impressive summer in Las Vegas that saw him cash in 11 different tournaments, finished the final starting flight with 140,800 chips, which were enough to claim the Day 1b chip lead, although he goes into Saturday’s Day 2 in second place.
In October 2012, Hills finished sixth in the GUKPT Luton Main Event for £7,360 – his only GUKPT Main Event cash to date – and he’s done his chances of a repeat performance no harm at all by getting off to a blistering start in Leeds.
Two other players accumulated a six-figure stack during Day 1b proceedings, those players being Joey Townsend (138,600) and Andrew Pidcock (108,800). Both will fancy their chances of progressing much deeper in this event.
As will some of the players in the chasing pack, which reads like a who’s who of British poker.
Mark James had a solid day at the Yorkshire felt and bagged up 89,500 chips, while Luke Fields and Steve Warburton return to the fray with 85,900 and 84,000 stacks respectively.
Also through to the nitty gritty of the tournament are the likes of Jeff Kimber (75,100), Richard Hawes (57,700), Neil Strike (51,500), Renee Xie (51,200), Dan Charlton (41,900), Mo Qureshi (29,400), and Lee Taylor (18,700).
2015 GUKPT Leeds End-of-Day 1b Chip Counts
Day 2 commences at 1:00pm on Saturday and sees 87 players sit down sharing a common goal: to progress to the money places and then beyond. The plan is to play nine levels or to a final table, whichever occurs first.
Return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday morning to see if the final table was indeed reached, who burst the bubble and which star is on course to be celebrating in Leeds by the time the weekend is over.
Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT blog