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2015 GUKPT Luton Day 1b: Artan Dudusha Soars as Guarantee Hit

Artan Dedusha


  • Former GUKPT champion, Martin Bader, finishes Day 1b second in chips

  • Fraser MacIntyre fares well on the final starting flight

  • Eighty-nine players return to the action for Day 2

Day 1b of the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton Main Event needed 136 entries in order to hit the £200,000 unconditional guarantee set by the organisers. Not only was the guarantee hit, it was smashed by some £27,000 going to show that Luton still has pulling power when it comes to live poker tournaments.

2015 GUKPT Luton Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Artan Dedusha165,800
2Martin Bader135,000
3Liam Duffy115,800
4Gary Banks105,100
5Fraser MacIntyre104,600
6Neil McCulloch103,000
7Dean Swift81,600
8Hui Jin80,000
9Hamid Rowshanaei79,700
10Nathan Lee79,300

Artan Dedusha was the man who bagged up the most chips (165,800) when play ended on the second and final starting flight of the £1,090 buy-in Main Event. Dedusha recently returned from Ireland where he helped himself to the €4,565 ninth place finish in the MPN Poker Tour Dublin Main Event.

Martin Bader finished the night second in chips with a 135,000 stack. Bader, who won the London Main Event for £56,000 in 2013, is a regular on the GUKPT circuit and has some superb results on it. In addition to his Main Event victory, Bader has a fifth place finish (Brighton 2014) and an impressive 14 final tables in side events. He’s definitely one to watch as this tournament progresses.

Four other players ended Day 1b with six-figure stack and have given themselves a great chance to leave Luton with some prize money to show for their efforts.

Liam Duffy (115,800), Gary Banks (105,100) Main Event Travel owner, Fraser MacIntyre (104,600), and Neil McCulloch (103,000) being that aforementioned quartet.

Other notables progressing from Day 1b include Hui Jin (80,000), Renee Xie (70,200), Rapinder Cheema (69,500), reigning champion Adam Reynolds (50,500), “The Elegance” Joe Beevers (47,100), Caicai Huang (43,600), Waheed “Wadey” Ashraf (33,700), Richard Kellett (29,100), Chris Johnson (20,200), Danny Blair (13,900) and Will Kassouf (13,300).

Eighty-nine players return to the fray on Saturday afternoon with play resuming at 1:00pm. Efforts will be made to reduce the field to the final table of nine, but even if that doesn’t happen, the money bubble will burst and that’s equally of not more exciting.

Return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday morning to discover which unfortunate soul was the last player to leave empty handed and see who is still in contention to become a GUKPT champion.

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