2015 GUKPT Luton Day 2: Richard Kellett in Pole Position

Richard Kellett
  • Richard Kellett has two GUKPT cashes, both resulted in final table appearances

  • Reigning GUKPT Luton champion, Adam Reynolds, progresses to the final day's action

  • Jerome Bradpiece among the 23 returning players

Twenty-three players remain in contention for the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton Main Event title and it is Richard Kellett who leads them back into battle on Sunday afternoon and does so with a sizeable chip leader.

2015 GUKPT Luton Main Event Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Richard Kellett611,500
2Martin Bader430,500
3Carl Spicer429,500
4Hary Banks376,000
5Chris Gordon283,000
6David Clark249,000
7Neil McCulloch187,500
8Wai Kwan Yuen173,000
9Adam Reynolds165,000
10Athir Ali163,000

Kellett has more than $380,000 in live tournament winnings and more than $200,000 from his online exploits. While Kellett prefers live cash games to tournaments these days, it is safe to say he knows all about the nuances of MTTs. He had two previous GUKPT Main Event cashes, both of which resulted in final table appearances.

In 2013, Kellett finished sixth in theGUKPT Grand Final for £25,900 and then in 2014 bust in fourth place in the Manchester Main Event for £15,000. Can he complete his hat trick with a win in Luton? Kellet returns to the felt with 611,500 chips, 181,000 more than Martin Bader in second place.

Bader already has a GUKPT Main Event title to his name, having won the London leg in 2013. We mentioned in the Day 1b recap that Bader has a superb record on the GUKPT circuit and looks odds-on to add yet another cash to his poker CV by the time play ends in this event.

Day 3 should start in a rather cagey manner because the money bubble didn’t burst on Day 2, something of a rarity in recent times. Twenty of the returning 23 players are paid, with a min-cash weighing in at £2,500 and a final table appearance boosting that sum to £5,150. The 2015 GUKPT Luton Main Event champion returns home with a cool £65,550 in their bank account.

Kellett and Bader aside, there are some talented individuals among the Day 3 returnees who will have a major influence over where that princely sum ends up.

Carl Spicer (429,500) will fancy his chances, while David Clark (249,000) has won this tournament previously. Chris Gordon (283,000), last year’s champion Adam Reynolds (165,000), Danny Tran (110,000) and Jerome Bradpeice (90,000) are among returning to the fray at 12:00pm on Sunday afternoon.

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