Leg 7 of the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) began on Thursday afternoon at the Grosvenor Luton and saw a total of 64 entries processed on Day 1a, 21 of who managed to make it through the nine 60-minute levels with chips needing bagging up.
Leading the way at the end of the first starting flight is David Clark who had a spectacular day at the tables, ending the night with a colossal stack of 208,400 chips, becoming the only player to break through the 200,000 mark.
Clark may not be the most well-known player on the British poker circuit, but he is a poker champion having won the inaugural GUKPT Luton Main Event in 2007 for a career-best score of £117,300. While it early days in this event, Clark has given himself every chance of joining an exclusive group of players who have multiple GUKPT Main Event titles to their name.
Yucel Eminoglu, the man whose nickname of “Mad Turk” describes him perfectly, also ran up a massive stack on Day 1a, one worth 187,000. Emingolu has cashes dating back to 2006 yet has never reached the money in a GUKPT Main Event, something he’s looking to change in Luton. Recently, in July 2015, Emingolu won a £200+£20 Genting Poker Series Mini Main Event for £13,200 and will be looking for a similar result in this £1,090 buy-in tournament.
Eminoglu won a massive pot at the end of Day 1a when he opened to 2,100 with and was called by Chris Spicer. Tamer Kamel squeezed all-in for 15,000 with and Alan Stearn cold four-bet all-in for 56,500 with . Eminoglu called, Spicer got out of the way and the dealer spread the board to bust both Kamel and Stearn, leaving Eminoglu to rake in he huge pot.
2015 GUKPT Luton Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Ending the night in third place was Chris Gordon (89,500) who you may recall won the partypoker WPT National UK London Main Event in February 2015 for £22,500, while Danny Tran (53,000) also punched his ticket to Day 2.
British poker legend Willie Tann (51,000) is another big name that progressed from the opening flights, as did Ellie Biessek (46,500) and Alex Bounsall (28,500).
Friday’s Day 1b needs a total of 136 entries in order for the £200,000 guarantee to be hit. It could be close but a number of Day 1a casualties should take a second (and possibly third) bite of the cherry on Friday afternoon. These include the aforementioned Tamer Kamel, Katie Swift, Nicholas Crisp, Trevor Pearson, John Gale, Ben Winsor, Charles Chattha, Terry Jordon, Sunil Mistri, and Carlo Citrone.
Day 1b, the final start day for this event, commences at 1:00pm and continues until nine 60-minute levels are completed. It is unlikely that Clark’s stack will be surpassed but tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday morning to see if anyone managed to get anywhere near the former champion’s total.